SeZaM system based on the GE Smallworld platform supports pipelines as well as telecommunications and energy networks at PERN.
Solution – the SeZaM system functional development
The success of the initial SeZaM system implementation meant that it is seen as an answer to the new needs and requirements of PERN. Those stem from the business changes as well as internal company decisions about implementing and improving new processes.
The needs that trigger system development
- Organizing and managing real estate and land easement on the pipeline course;
- Supporting maintenance process;
- Improving the outage management within pipelines and the fiber optic network;
- Managing the pipeline capacity;
- Improving the accuracy of determining the amount of fuel needed for pumping;
- Improving the management of Explosion Hazardous Areas (Ex Zones);
- Managing the internal energy network;
- Initiating the new business process operations:
- Shutting down devices
- Device damage handling
- Modernization support;
- Supporting fieldwork such as inspections, maintenance, or diagnostics;
- Including an incorporated company, Liquid Fuels Logistic Operator LLC, into the system.
Expanding the SeZaM system
To meet the needs of the parcel easement, maintenance, modernization, device discontinuation, as well as outage and damage management, we implemented special modules that were adjusted to PERN’s requirements. We created a new module for the unique requirements of Ex Zone management. Additionally, we created an interface with a system for handling pumping to support pipeline capacity management and determining the amount of fuel for pumping.
To support the management of the fiber-optic network, we implemented the fiber monitoring system. To precisely determine capacity, we needed to expand the database with information about device volumes and supplement pipes inside the objects as well as introduce the pipeline segmentation for the system for handling pumping. Therefore, the SeZaM system became the most reliable source of data about capacities.
The internal energy network was modeled in the EL.GIS/Smallworld system used by the Distribution System Operators. The model included a medium and low voltage network and the EL.GIS system was adjusted to PERN’s needs. All three solutions (for crude oil transfer, telecommunications, and energy) were built on the same Smallworld platform, using the same database and licensing model. This reduced the solution cost and its operational costs.
The data from different business areas are easy to access by anyone who needs them and the user experience is the added value to the company. Managing such a complex solution is easier when it’s done through a single platform with an integrated database.
The architecture of the Network Asset Management system implemented at PERN
Choosing the renowned GE Smallworld platform with its support from one of the largest solution providers for the utilities has guaranteed implementation success. It allowed PERN to constantly develop, meet arising business needs and tackle challenges over the years. During the 12-year collaboration, the Pay-As-You-Go model for the system development turned out to be very efficient. Each module and integration was implemented as an answer to a new business need. Only then the company had to cover its cost. The SeZaM system, together with the SAP system, is a critical tool for PERN operations.
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