A conceptual framework for information linkage and exchange throughout the lifecycle of process plants

DS 125: Proceedings of the 34th Symposium Design for X (DFX2023)

Year: 2023
Editor: Dieter Krause, Kristin Paetzold-Byhain, Sandro Wartzack
Author: Sebastian Schwoch (1), Jonathan Leidich (2), Max Layer (3), Bernhard Saske (1), Kristin Paetzold-Byhain (1), Peter Robl (2), Sebastian Neubert (3)
Series: DfX
Institution: 1: TUD Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany; 2: Siemens AG, Munich, Germany; 3: Siemens Energy GmbH & Co.KG, Erlangen, Germany
Page(s): 245-256
DOI number: 10.35199/dfx2023.25


Based on the need of unified access to process plant related information across disciplines, companies and lifecycle phases as well as efforts to establish methods of modularization and standardization, this paper introduces a conceptual framework to address these challenges. Based on a systematic literature review and an analysis of data and information flows of two companies, a comprehensive list of requirements is derived. A conceptual framework is proposed based on these requirements and consisting of four linked structures with distinct types of elements. Also, the concept of metadata management within the framework is illustrated which utilizes interfaces to the native Data Management Systems. These interfaces are used to retrieve source data of asset attributes managed within the framework.

Keywords: information management, data structures, metadata management, modularization, standardization


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