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Pipeline 2008 #1

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AMEC Paragon uses AVEVA's portfolio of applications to deliver measurable project savings AMEC Paragon, the Americas Oil & Gas hub for AMEC, the international project management and services company, received a 2007 AVEVA Engineering Excellence to the Extreme award (Americas) for its Integrated Project Execution (IPE). The award was presented to AMEC Paragon at the ISEIT Americas conference in October 2007. Becky Stevens Marketing Consultant for AVEVA (Americas) IPE is a work process that has allowed AMEC Paragon to measure and deliver outstanding time and cost savings across multiple projects, utilising the full suite of AVEVA's design and engineering applications. AMEC Paragon's IPE strategy enables the safe, efficient and effective collaboration of all parties involved in an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) project, across all applications and executed from multiple locations. How IPE solves design challenges 'Each project has some common design challenges,' explained Marc-Henri Cerar, Project IT & Information Systems Manager for AMEC Paragon. 'We use the full suite of AVEVA's solutions – AVEVA VPE P&ID, AVEVA VPE, AVEVA PDMS, AVEVA VPRM, and AVEVA Review with AVEVA Laser Model Interface – to address these challenges, and we have found that, when employed together, the benefits achieved are much greater than any single application could deliver.' Common design challenges, and AMEC Paragon's approach to solving these problems: • The design model must reflect reality, i.e. what is to be built. AMEC Paragon answers this challenge by dynamically linking the design model to P&IDs and procurement. • Document changes must, and can be, controlled by requiring electronic approvals for revisions. • Changes in one document must be reflected in all documents. At AMEC Paragon, documents, models and other engineering deliverables are linked and 'red-flagged' when a change is made. • Information must be readily available to all. Internet access is used, and documents are linked for quick reference. • The pieces must fit together when fabricated. The design model includes everything (actual structure, pipe supports, cable trays, realistic valves and controls). Page 20 | AVEVA PIPELINE | 2008 Issue 1 Marc-Henri Cerar continued: 'The AVEVA suite provides the framework for AMEC Paragon's IPE strategy by enabling reliable and repeatable work processes. It establishes a common technical database across multiple project areas, eliminating duplicated effort and producing consistent results. It provides us with a common configuration across multiple projects, resulting in consistent design and execution and a consistent basis for progress tracking and reporting. From using the suite, we gain improved quality management, improvements in communication and collaborative work effort between multiple work sites. Further advantages include consistent material requisitions, awards and tracking of procured equipment and material, and the quicker, more consistent conveyance and storage of deliverables and other project documents.' Support and collaboration between AMEC Paragon and AVEVA's Americas operations have been instrumental in the success of AMEC Paragon's IPE strategy. As Marc-Henri commented: 'I have personally worked with AVEVA on two different projects from start to finish. AVEVA has a team of fine professionals who have advised us on what we need to do technically. Having the AVEVA Houston office close by is a great help. If we have a serious issue, AVEVA sends a person immediately to fix the problem. We can also take advantage of the many advanced technical courses AVEVA offers, both at their training facility and at ours.' He concluded: 'AVEVA also solicits our feedback on product enhancements, and when there is a major new product in release AVEVA will visit our office and conduct several days of product orientation, helping us understand what the product does, what it is capable of, and how it can impact our future strategy. We derive tremendous value from our relationship with AVEVA.' About AMEC Paragon AMEC Paragon is AMEC's hub for Oil & Gas production, midstream/gas processing, and pipeline operations. Based in Houston, Texas, it provides engineering, design/drafting, mapping, materials management, and construction management services. Specialities include onshore and offshore production facilities, onshore and offshore pipelines, floating production and subsea systems, LPG and LNG facilities, alternative fuels facilities, stranded gas applications and heavy oil treatment facilities. AMEC Paragon has completed more than 4,000 projects, in 30 countries, for over 260 clients. Visit www.amecparagon.com for more information.

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