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Instrumentation, Control, Fire & Gas and SIS Design Engineering Software Database

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Instrumentation Design Software Databases

Today, on small and large projects an Instrument Design Software tool is an essential part of completion of the design documentation. There are several companies which have developed these systems. They include;

AVEVA Instrumentation™

The following papers and information is from AVEVA Instrumentation™

AVEVA Instrumentation™ is an intuitive, feature-rich Engineering & Design system enabling efficient management of Engineering & Design data for the rapid production of high-quality deliverables in an intuitive environment. The four integrated program modules support the entire Instrumentation and Control system lifecycle from engineering and design, through installation, maintenance and modification. Select a module or here to find out more about it. 

AVEVA Instrumentation features:

Instrument Engineer Design Module Features

This is enables index data entry, change tracking, and the creation and management of documentation. Features include:

KKS and ECS tagging support

Instrument Datasheets

Instrument List

Instrument Calculations

Loop List


Instrument Designer Design Module Features

This module enables automatic generation and revision of CAD drawings from the database. Features include: 

Drawing List Management

Loop Diagram Generation

Termination Diagram Generation

Hookup/Installation Drawings

Change Management

Wiring Manager Design Module Features

A powerful module for detailed cable, wiring and termination design, including Fieldbus. Data can be output as pdf documents, or by drawing creation by the Instrument Designer module. Features include: 

Equipment Functions

Cable Functions



Process Engineer Design Module Features

View and Edit Data for Multiple Instruments

Enables Process Engineers to Enter their Own Data

Powerful Reporting

Other Features of AVEVA Instrumentation

Increased Instrument Design Productivity

Reuse Legacy Data

Increased Design Quality

Efficient Lifecycle Support

AVEVA Instrumentation Intelli-Link running within AutoCAD

AVEVA Instrumentation Intelli-Link is an add-in application that enables intelligent, automatic import and checking of instrumentation data from AutoCAD P&ID drawing files.

Key features include:

For more information, download the following AVEVA product literature: (You will need to register to obtain this information.)

SmartPlant® Instrumentation Powered by INtools®

The following papers and information is from SmartPlant® Instrumentation Powered by INtools®

SmartPlant® Instrumentation Powered by INtools® - Intergraph SmartPlant Instrumentation provides a single source of instrumentation information that you can easily access and update, and ensures consistency across the different instrument tasks and deliverables.

Why Choose SmartPlant Instrumentation – This white paper highlights the features.

Next Step in Control System Design Productivity and Quality - A joint development by Intergraph and E+H now makes it possible for SmartPlant Instrumentation to automate a large part of this process by exchanging the specification sheets electronically. This reduces engineering time because once a device has been selected, the supplier’s system automatically populates the specification sheet and attaches all of the respective technical documentation and sizing calculations. This eliminates the need for manual entry, reduces data transfer errors, and can save an estimated more than one hour of engineering time per device. In a plant with 5,000 instruments, this can quickly bring huge savings in engineering time.

What's New in SmartPlant Instrumentation -  SmartPlant® Instrumentation enables you to perform instrument design in both engineering as well as operations to meet your business needs. The software surpasses other instrument design tools that are limited to only a few workflows. The latest release of SmartPlant Instrumentation offers additional capabilities to the solid and robust solution to increase your design quality and productivity.

Smartplant® Instrumentation Telecom Design - Define and manage telecommunication equipment objects, their connections, and internal configurations with SmartPlant® Instrumentation telecom design functionality. You can create telecommunication devices and equipment, hubs, routers, multiplexers, and switches. In addition, you can generate telecom tag reports and load reports. SmartPlant Instrumentation is your solution for: • CCTV equipment – Telephones, speakers, and IP cameras. • Network equipment – Hubs, switches, and routers. • Audio equipment – Amplifier cards

Dynamic Asset Documentation (DAD)

The following papers are from Dynamic Asset Documentation and I+E Systems.

Documentation Errors in Instrumentation and Electrical Systems - Prof. Peter ED Love and Dr. Jingyang Zhou - Documentation errors have been identified as a significant problem within the construction and engineering industry. Errors contained with contract documents can contribute to loss of profit, reduced productivity, cost and time overruns as well as contractual disputes. Research has identified that as much as 60% of variations in construction and engineering projects are a result of errors and omissions contained within poor quality documentation. This paper uses a case study to show the benefits of a Design Database.

Intelligent Solutions for the Process Industries - Data Flow & Business Process Modeling For Manufacturing Operations Management - This paper presents the means to generate dynamic models, through use of the Dynamic Asset Documentation system (DAD), while ensuring integrity between the data interchanged between the various Level 3 Systems, as well integrity in the use of the data and work flows by specific users and in specific user scenarios.

Assessing the Impact Of Request For Information (RFI) in Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering Contracts - Peter E.D. Love, Jingyang Zhou, Chun-pong Sing and Jeong-Tai Kim - Using a case study, errors, omissions and information redundancy contained in the electrical and instrumentation (E&I) ‘As-built’ drawings for a Stacker Conveyor were examined. A total of 449 errors and omissions were identified within 42 documents. In addition, 231 cables and components appeared once among the 42 documents; 86 cables and components appeared twice and 12 cables and components appeared thrice. As a result of the errors, omissions and redundancy, requests for information (RFIs) were required. Retrospective analysis indicates that the indirect cost of raising the RFIs to the contractor was estimated to be approximately 9% of the cost of the E&I contract. To address the problems of errors, omissions and redundancy, it is suggested that there is a need to adopt an object orientated system information model (SIM) for E&I engineering design and documentation. It is demonstrated in the case study that the use of a SIM could bring significant improvements in productivity and reduce the cost of engineering design.

A Systems Information Model for Managing Electrical, Control, and Instrumentation Assets - Peter E.D. Love, Jingyang Zhou, Jane Matthews, Chun-Pong Sing and Brad Carey - – The purpose of this paper is to present a systems information model (SIM) that is akin to a building information model (BIM) and can be used by asset managers and staff to make more informed and quicker decisions about maintenance. Design/methodology/approach – The problems associated with managing assets are examined alongside recent international efforts to standardize methods of data collection for meeting the objectives of owners. A case study in the domain of electrical, control and instrumentation (ECI) documentation is examined in detail, with particular reference to the amelioration of errors and omissions in “as built” drawings in order to provide the underlying foundation to support effective asset management (AM).

Object-Oriented Model for Life Cycle Management of Electrical Instrumentation Control Projects - J. Zhou , P.E.D. Love, J. Matthews , B. Carey , C.P. Sing  - Electrical instrumentation and control (EIC) systems can account for as much as 60% of maintainable items as well as being critical to safe and efficient operations. Thus, it is imperative that as-built documentation is error-free and reflects precisely what has been installed. Yet EIC as-built drawings that are produced often contain errors and omissions. This paper reflects the benefits of utilising a design database.

Toward Productivity Improvement in Electrical Engineering Documentation - J. Zhou, P. E.D. Love,  J. Matthews, B. Carey, C.P. Sing and  D.J. Edwards - The purpose of this paper is to determine the unproductive time and additional cost to re-engineer a safety control system for a Floating Production Storage Offloading vessel that was originally engineered and documented in computer-aided design (CAD).

Systems Information Modelling: From File Exchanges to Model  Sharing for Electrical Instrumentation and Control Systems -  Peter E.D Love, Jingyang Zhou and Jane Matthews - The mining industry in Australia is in a period of intense introspection as it seeks to improve its productivity and competitiveness in global markets. With mining projects experiencing increasing overruns on capital expenditure, there is a need to re-examine existing business practices to address the prevailing productivity crisis that the industry is experiencing. In addressing this issue, within the context of electrical instrumentation and control systems (EICS), a case study that examines the development of a systems information model (SIM) to improve productivity during the engineering, construction, maintenance and operations processes of a magnetite iron ore processing plant is presented and discussed.

DAD Application Notes - These Application Notes discuss particular ways in which DAD can be applied. You will see that it can improve a very wide range of work processes. They use the standard DAD System Information Model and Portals.