Engineering Document Enhancement Program Improves Facilities Specifications
- G.L. Sargent (Mobil R&D Corp.) | K.B. LaGrone (Mobil E&P Technology Center) | Roy Wong (Mobil E&P Technology Center)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
- Publication Date
- August 1994
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 708 - 712
- 1994. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 4.6 Natural Gas, 6.1.5 Human Resources, Competence and Training, 4.2.3 Materials and Corrosion, 7.3.3 Project Management, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 4.2 Pipelines, Flowlines and Risers
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In 1990, the Engineering Document Enhancement Program (EDEP) project was initiated to improve the engineering guidelines used to prepare specifications for E&P facilities projects. The EDEP project mission was to assemble technical writing teams made up of facilities engineers from locations worldwide to create new engineering guides. After 2 years, new guides, plus 65 engineering tutorials and applicable industry standards, on CD-ROM are now available to engineers from their workstation desktops. The new system, also named EDEP, is globally implemented, ensuring that the construction of new E&P facilities are uniform in design; meet operating, safety, and environmental requirements; and are constructed at a lower cost.
The E&P divisions use roughly 180 guides for preparing engineering specifications for oil and gas facilities. Traditionally, most of the specifications used were based on downstream and North Sea operations and required extensive modifications to meet local E&P requirements. In 1990, EDEP was initiated to update the engineering specification modification process by revising existing guides, creating new guides and associated data sheets, creating engineering tutorials, and cross-referencing industry standards. The EDEP software runs on UNIX-based workstations, giving engineers fingertip access to a complete on-line library of technical information.
Technical writing teams updated 151 of 180 EDEP guides. This required about 12 man-years of effort by technical specialists-about 22 writing teams per quarter for seven quarters. The remaining 29 guides taken from downstream operations were included in EDEP on an "as-is" basis and converted to electronic format. The project lasted 2 1/2years, from Jan. 1991 through June 1993, and cost roughly $6.9 million.
Guide System Design
The EDEP team consulted other companies to investigate solutions, rather than developing the entire guide system from scratch. Amoco Production Co.'s Engineering Specification Automation System (ESAS) was found to match EDEP's requirements closely and was purchased, with plans to revise it to meet any unique requirements. Much of the terminology, formatting, and linking for EDEP was derived from ESAS.
Similarly, the 28-module Facility Bookware Series was purchased from the Intl. Human Resource Development Corp. to create some of the engineering tutorials. These "off-the-shelf " tutorials were revised by Paragon Engineering Services and edited by company specialists before conversion into electronic format. Additionally, 37 tutorials on topics such as subsea, heavy oil, and noise control were written.
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