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A Jewel in the Crown How AVEVA technology supports India's power industry. Formed only as recently as 1964, Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd (BHEL) is an integrated power plant equipment manufacturer which has today established itself as one of India's 'Navratnas' or Nine Jewels and is likely to be 'Maharatna' soon, one of the country's largest Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). But its success transcends even its national importance; it is the world's twelfth-largest manufacturer of power equipment and in 2011 was ranked by US business magazine, Forbes, as the ninth most innovative company in the world. Not surprisingly, BHEL has been a user of AVEVA software for around 15 years, although not in all of its operating divisions. In 2008, BHEL Haridwar made the decision to follow the lead of some of its sister divisions and upgrade to AVEVA PDMS™. Mr A.B. Gupta, AGM, BHEL Haridwar, explained the background. 'We had been using a variety of Engineering & Design applications, including AutoCAD, Pro/ENGINEER, Unigraphics NX and Solidworks,' he explained. 'We had looked at the AVEVA implementations used elsewhere in the group and recognised that we needed a similar single, integratable solution for piping layouts that was optimised for plant engineering and would be a platform for our future development.' Other BHEL divisions had already adopted AVEVA and therefore Haridwar also decided to adopt AVEVA so that there is a total plant integration of BHEL on the same platform. 'AVEVA's solution was extensively benchmarked on representative tasks,' said Mr A.B. Gupta. 'We chose AVEVA for two reasons. First, PDMS was clearly a scalable platform for long-term business growth; it's important that we can build up a future-proof asset of reusable design work. Second – and equally important – was AVEVA's excellent delivery model and impressive customer support. Colleagues in other divisions had told me of this and AVEVA more than met our expectations.' Deployment went smoothly. The local AVEVA team provided on-site training and support. Today, BHEL Haridwar has more than 25 trained PDMS users. Early success was achieved using PDMS on the Yermarus 800 MW power plant project. 'We were very satisfied with our performance on the Yermarus project,' explained Mr Himanshu Gupta, Engineer, BHEL Haridwar. 'PDMS enabled us to create orthographic drawings and Bills of Materials direct from the 3D model, so we knew they were accurate and complete. In addition, we also generated around 300 construction/fabrication drawings. The design fully met the client's requirement for a 3D model, right down to all the small-bore pipe runs, with zero clashes.'

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