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Aveva, a provider of engineering design and information management solutions for the plant, power and marine industries, has introduced a migration capability for the Aveva Instrumentation solution.

This capability enables process plant businesses to more easily upgrade entire instrumentation and control design systems from Smart Plant Instrumentation (SPI/Intools) to Aveva Instrumentation technology.

The upgrade and migration service is provided by The Epises Group, an engineering organisation that offers integration solutions, consultancy and training for plant owners, EPCs, subcontractors and construction and commissioning support teams.

The Aveva Instrumentation ‘visual engineering’ benefits have been key in creating customer demand for migration away from SPI/Intools.

With Aveva Instrumentation, companies can create and manage instrument data through simple, graphical interfaces, rather than error-prone tables and forms, and can apply intelligent change management.

Rerouting wiring, for example, is no longer a multi-stage data-entry process with many opportunities for error; instead, the wiring is moved to its new route by drag and drop.

All associated connections, terminations and other data are managed automatically.

Epises has already delivered migration services for several companies; one recent project involved nearly 80,000 separate items of instrumentation data migrated from SPI/Intools to Aveva Instrumentation in just two weeks.

Dave Gibson, head of product strategy for instrumentation and electrical systems at Aveva, said: ‘There is mounting economic pressure on instrumentation and control engineers to produce and repurpose their designs more rapidly than ever before and to get it right the first time.

‘Slow, costly data entry across multiple applications is out; integrated visual engineering is the answer.

‘This is why we have experienced very strong demand from SPI/Intools users for an easy migration route into Aveva Instrumentation.

‘Epises can now provide this cost-effective service directly to the industry,’ he added.

Aveva has recently published an instrumentation whitepaper, entitled ‘Top Ten Instrumentation Headaches’, which examines the daily challenges facing instrumentation engineers and designers.

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