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Inside NIRMA - Spring March 2018 Issue


NIRMA Publication Goes Digital! in every issue FROM YOUR PRESIDENT—9 FROM YOUR VP—10 SECRETARY NEWS—11 TREASURER’S REPORT—14 RIMBU NEWS—12 PDBU NEWS—16 INDUSTRY NEWS—17 NIRMA CONFERENCE—20 Happy New Year, and welcome to the new Inside NIRMA digital magazine. Each new year offers the opportunity to set goals, start fresh and embark on new adventures. And for NIRMA we’re kicking off 2018 with a brand-new look to our publication. Our new digital magazine will be emailed to all NIRMA members three times per year (March, June and October). While some may miss receiving the hard copy edition, there are many other opportunities that now exist with the digital publication. This includes the ability to link to other websites and videos. It also helps us become more environmentally friendly. Think of all those trees we save by not printing the editions! With the redesigned Inside NIRMA, we’re streamlining some of our content and will include some new features (Meet the NIRMA Board). It also enables us to provide more options to our advertisers and supporters. As always, we welcome your feedback and are always looking for good stories to share with our membership. Should you have feedback or would like to put pen to paper for an article for our next edition, please contact us at We hope you enjoy the new look and we’re excited to start off another great year in this dynamic industry. 4 Spring 2018 Inside NIRMA

CONNECTING IT WITH OPERATIONAL AND ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY FOR ASSET PERFORMANCE MODELING By Bhupinder Singh, Chief Product Officer and Anne-Marie Walters, Global Marketing Director, Bentley Systems s operations technology (OT) leverages the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with sensors on operating equipment and assets producing an enormous volume of big data, there is a need for improved security, information sharing and data management. This, in turn, is driving an unprecedented convergence with IT. However, organizations are struggling to make use of the data from their OT and IT systems, causing them to miss opportunities to improve asset performance. This is due, in part, to the fact that the digital engineering models developed during the engineering phase of capital projects, are typically not playing a role in operations. What if owner-operators could use these models in operations? Imagine how a digital engineering model—the engineering technology or ET of an asset—could help operations and maintenance people forecast problems, do better planning, and improve performance. It is now possible for companies to converge their IT, OT and ET – and seamlessly integrate process and information flows between them – to enable asset performance modeling to deliver actionable intelligence for decision support through an immersive environment for visual operations. The Digital Engineering Model Nuclear facilities have a mandate to maintain the licensed design basis. This is essentially the engineering model of the plant, and depending on each facility’s digital transformation progress, the model may be partially or completely digitized. There’s a staggering amount of information related to assets – detailed component specifications, precise geo-location, configuration management, fabrication details, cost information, predicted lifetimes, recommended maintenance and repair information. Today’s engineering technology makes it possible to bring all this information together within the federated digital engineering model, making it possible to track, access, and share across plant disciplines. Optimizing this information through operations and maintenance systems across the entire asset lifecycle is key to reducing OPEX. Digital engineering models bring together critical information in a virtual 3D environment. The Beginning of IT/ET/OT Convergence The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is driving a convergence between operational technology and information technology. Digital engineering models can accelerate this convergence and add the visual representation of the real world needed to aid decision making; this can have farreaching impacts on safety, productivity, efficiency and operations. Making the Leap to Asset Performance Modeling Taking the convergence of IT, OT, and ET one step further, it’s now possible to enable real-time asset performance modeling, which ensures that assets are safe, reliable, and efficient over their operating life. Asset performance management software can enable companies to develop both operational and asset strategies for improving reliability and maintaining asset performance and predictable production. Using a common data environment (CDE), companies can collect, consolidate, and analyze data and turn it into actionable intelligence. See Bentley on page 14. Inside NIRMA Spring 2018 5