How often has a project in your facility been delayed or endured budget overruns due to a lack of readily available and accurate engineering and safety information? How many times have you updated the same information in a piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) and other process safety information (PSI) in successive process hazard analyses (PHAs)?
How much time does your average plant engineer spend locating and verifying information required in executing day-to-day functions such as Management of Change (MOC)? How many times has your facility incurred a near-miss or worse, an incident due to poorly documented procedures, training, or other safe work practices?
How much money and lost opportunity is all this costing your company? Finally, how many times have you thought about fixing the problem?
A recent survey of engineering and safety information management, across diverse process industries, identified three primary problems which are summarized below:
Table 1. Primary Problems Associated with Engineering and Safety Information Management
Moving forward, our challenge is how to harness the power of process safety knowledge and workflows to leverage our existing information (in many different formats), prior investments in information updates, existing information management systems, and explicit understanding of our work processes to realize the hidden value of effective engineering and safety information management.
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