AVEVA to shape Indian power sector

“Our technologies are widely recognised as enablers of industry best practice,” remarks Navtej Garewal, Senior VP and Country Head (India), AVEVA
 For more than 50 years, AVEVA has been working closely with the power industry. Its solutions are widely used in the industry, and several of its design applications were originally developed specifically for it. In an exclusive interview with EPR, Navtej Garewal shares why the industry draws extensively on AVEVA’s solutions for engineering, 3D design, 3D laser scanning and information management.
Could you highlight key growth opportunities for the application of IT in the power sector?The Indian power sector has grown impressively in size and capacity over the years. However, as projects grow in size, complexity and sophistication, they become more challenging, both in on-time and on-budget delivery and in their efficient life-cycle management.
Modern 3D design, engineering and information management technologies are essential to meeting these challenges. The engineering and design solutions are highly productive in areas such as eliminating clashes and ensuring design consistency while information management solutions ensure the quality and accessibility of all project information. The benefits gained in project execution are dramatic. It has been estimated that a 1 per cent reduction in information quality leads to a 10 per cent increase in man-hours to complete the project.
Once the new plant is commissioned, the challenge lies in maximising its output and availability throughout its service life. Here again, information management technologies are the key enablers. They can aggregate, validate and make readily accessible all types of asset information from whatever source or originating application. This enables the creation of a living digital asset, the information “mirror image” of the physical asset, which continuously reflects the true current state of the plant as it changes over time. Such trustworthy, complete and accessible information enables the most efficient asset management, minimising outages and operating costs.Discuss relevant trends and activities in the market with regard to the use of IT in the power sector.
Many governments insist on the use of information management systems in the power sector for safety reasons. These systems are also powerful tools to ensure that plant operation and management are efficient. The Power Ministry, therefore, now wants to see evidence of the use of such solutions.
This top-down push for technical and operational excellence is a key opportunity for AVEVA. Our technologies are widely recognised as enablers of industry best practice.
Which of your products and solutions support the power sector?AVEVA has had a close working relationship with the power industry – both thermal and nuclear – for nearly 50 years. Our solutions are widely used in the industry, and several of our design applications were originally developed specifically for it. Today we also support the growing renewable energy sector, with customers using AVEVA technology to execute impressive projects involving solar and wind power.
The industry draws extensively on AVEVA’s solutions for engineering, 3D design, 3D laser scanning and information management.
How can your solutions shape the future of the power sector?AVEVA’s digital asset approach unifies the trusted information that flows through every system, populates every application and is embedded in every document and model. It supports every stage of the life cycle of the physical asset, from initial concept through design and construction into operation.
In project execution, this means predictability. It enables greater efficiency, tighter control of costs, improved risk management and a smoother handover to the client. In operations, it means reliability. Both planned and unplanned downtime can be reduced. The costs of compliance can be reduced and the organisation can be more agile in coping with changes, interruptions and unforeseen circumstances.
By enabling its customers to unlock the power of the digital asset to support the entire asset life cycle, AVEVA technology will shape the future of the Indian power sector. More collaborative working between contractor and operator will help deliver vital energy projects more quickly at less cost and with reduced operating cost. The future of the industry lies in becoming leaner and more efficient, and the tools to achieve this goal are ready and waiting.

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