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EDF already uses the AVEVA Global™ work-sharing solution to achieve this control, having worked with AVEVA to implement WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) support to increase system security. EDF's AVEVA PDMS™ projects are equally impressive with, typically, over 300,000 objects in the model, over 500 P&IDs and around 12,000 Instrumentation and Control diagrams. Close collaboration Given the unique nature of nuclear engineering, adopting any new software must be undertaken cautiously and requires a very high level of validation. It is also essential that users of the software are confident in its performance and reliability. AVEVA engineers worked closely with their EDF counterparts to configure the two products to EDF's needs, testing and verifying their performance and resolving any unusual problems. This programme proved very successful, achieving production readiness within schedule, after only two iterations. Feedback from EDF's subcontractor community was extremely positive, with users quickly becoming confident with the new tools. 'For obvious reasons, we need to mandate common software systems across all project participants,' said Laurent Perry. 'We are very pleased with the success of this implementation, which is due to its support among our engineers and subcontractors and to the technical support from AVEVA. Nuclear engineering is a complex industrial challenge; we need tools and systems which are part of the solution. AVEVA has consistently provided us with these for over 30 years.' In order to meet new requirements and to further improve quality and efficiency, EDF decided to extend the use of AVEVA products by using AVEVA Global, AVEVA Diagrams and AVEVA Schematic 3D Integrator at the start of the detailed design phase of the EPR projects in the UK at Hinkley Point and Sizewell. 'AVEVA has enabled us to standardise on a single integrated technology platform for P&IDs and 3D design. This has already proved to be an efficient solution, enabling speedy responses to the Engineering Division's key requirements, which include implementing modern, user-friendly tools, efficient 2D/3D comparison and open solutions to quickly customise catalogues and configuration,' said Bruno Pentori. 'Our AVEVA deployment provides many benefits,' he continued. 'One of the most valuable is the ease of design reuse, which not only reduces project cost and timescale, but also eliminates a great deal of technical risk. So, too, does generating production drawings directly from the 3D model. 'We are also able to use the 3D model on site to support construction work; the shorter the links between engineering, design and construction, the better,' he went on. 'That is why our technology strategy is based on integration and standardisation. We are now looking at closer integration of Control and Instrumentation information. Future developments will focus on Revision Management, Configuration Management and Series Management, where we foresee valuable improvements in efficiency.'

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