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African Petrochemicals May/June Edition 15.3 {2018}

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CAPITALISING ON BIG DATA AND ANALYTICS FOR IMPROVED OPERATIONS Enhancing shareholder value, changing the way businesses operate and compete, and obtaining real-time insight into consumers, risks, profit, performance, and productivity management are all core elements of ‘big data’ and analytics, a digital enterprise capability from Advisian, WorleyParsons’ global advisory business. Mohamed Madhi, Managing Director of Advisian SSA, says that the company’s big data and analytics capability provides more certainty to clients than ever before by tapping into every possible source of data available. A relatively new concept to southern Africa, big data and analytics can be applied to both new and existing operations in many sectors of industry. Madhi says that it will prove highly beneficial particularly to the power generation sector where data such as billing and usage information, and digital technology such as smart meters, allows better understanding of load patterns to optimise operations. Big data and analytics relies on tapping into as much raw data as possible, comprehensively analysing the data and then capitalising on it, thus allowing commercial enterprises to optimise their operations and become more cost effective. Digital technology is used to generate, store and process data while digitalisation then uses this information to create value for the organisation. By processing big data, digitisation and advanced analytics can be used to create virtual plants, access real-time market data to manage operational schedules, and plan and optimise production while simultaneously improving monitoring and control. Big data solutions include real-time monitoring to help identify abnormal conditions as they arise; providing real-time status updates to stakeholders; looking at alternate ways of organising, distributing and transacting units of value through a block chain approach; and smart optimisations such as smart grid power utilities that can predict demand by location and segment their customers accordingly using smart meters and analytical solutions. “Before the benefits of big data analysis can be realised, comprehensive and effective data mapping is required. Advisian assists companies in understanding how to tap into and use the big data concept by developing a comprehensive map of all data flows available,” explains Madhi. “The next step identifies data gaps throughout all operations before sensing, monitoring and recording all data flows. The final stage is capitalising on data analytics to improve operations.” He adds that detailed data mapping and identifying data gaps assists in optimally matching operational supply with customer demand, while the ability to sense, monitor and record data flows has recently become more readily attainable through advancements in technology and digitalisation. “The latest sensor technology makes previously unobtainable information readily available as sensors can now be placed in hostile and volatile environments such as those with high temperatures or high pressures for example, while fast-paced innovation in connectivity and social platforms allows marketrelated data such as user habits and usage demands to be relatively easily obtained.” “As smart and connected equipment becomes the norm and new sensor-based features become available, adapting technology infrastructure becomes critical for success, and this is where big data and the associated analytics are key to providing a competitive advantage,” says Madhi. Drawing on WorleyParsons’ global capabilities and resources, the big data and analytics capability was developed by Advisian’s global digital enterprise business line and offers large-scale data analysis to optimise future projects, and allows WorleyParsons to deliver and execute projects in a highly efficient way. Madhi says that while there are companies in the country offering statistical data analysis, Advisian is in the unique position of being able to offer a digital enterprise capability combined with engineering skills grounded in years of experience. Advisian provides consulting services focused on asset intensive business operating within the hydrocarbons, minerals and metals, chemicals, power and infrastructure sectors. The company focuses on harnessing the significant experience of their locally based teams with their strong global capabilities to provide their customers with access to world class capability across a wide range of industries and asset portfolios. 33

DUAL-RANGE PRESSURE CALIBRATOR FOR GAS CUSTODY TRANSFER MEASUREMENTS IN INTRINSICALLY SAFE ENVIRONMENTS Comtest is offering Fluke ‘Ex’ Dual Range Pressure Calibrator for use in classified environments, offering ranges, accuracies and capabilities ideal for gas custody transfer measurements. The Fluke 721Ex, with IECEx and Atex Ex ia IIB T3 Gb (Zone 1) ratings, is available in 14 models and can be used with a Fluke 720RTD probe for temperature measurement. Fluke has also introduced 700 series pressure test hose and pump kits which minimise the difficulty and leaks when connecting a pressure calibrator or pump to a device under test. The quick installation, without the use of tools, increases efficiency, and saves time. These pressure accessories are a best-in-class set of premium hose and No Tools Required (NTR) pressure connection accessories. The rugged Fluke 721Ex Dual Range Pressure Calibrator, featuring two isolated, stainless steel, pressure sensors with accuracies to ±0.025% Full Scale, provides measurement of static pressure, difference in pressure and (optional) temperature of gas flow. The Fluke 721Ex is configured by choosing either a 1.1bar or 2.48bar low-pressure sensor, together with one from seven highpressure ranges, including 6.9, 20, 24.5, 69, 103.4, 200, or 345 bar. The large backlit display will show two pressure readings and a temperature reading simultaneously. Up to five frequently used setups can be stored. The Fluke 721 Ex Precision Pressure Calibrator. Fluke 700 Pressure Calibration Test Kits introduce a family of pressure connection accessories to make the difficult task of making pneumatic and hydraulic pressure test connections easy and leak free. This family of accessories includes two special transmitter test hoses, the TTH5K and the TTH10K, providing No Tools Required connections between hand pumps or pressure transmitter to the standard IEC ¼” female input on most pressure transmitters worldwide. The 700MTH test hose is similar to the 700TTH but has a ¼” male metric hose termination rather than the ¼” NPT male connection. The 700M20TH is intended for connection to female Chinese M20 process connections. The 700PTPK2 Pneumatic Test Pressure Kit and 700HTPK2 Hydraulic Test Pressure Kit are premium versions of the standard 700PTPK and 700HTPK and add premium test hoses and a NTR connection to easily attach and remove 700G test gauges or other devices with ¼” NPT male terminations. The Fluke 721Ex is supplied with a soft case offering storage for an RTD probe. For more information contact: The Comtest Team Tel: 010 595 1821 E-mail: Subscription Services For address changes, subscriptions or missed editions, please email or call 011 083 5125 34


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