Worley, Aveva partner to deliver first EPC cloud solution

September 5, 2019

Worley, a leading Australian engineering company which provides project delivery and consulting services to the resources and energy sectors, has joined forces with top IT firm Aveva to deliver the first cloud-based enterprise resource management solution optimised for the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) market.

As part of the partnership deal, Worley has selected Aveva’s enterprise resource management solution as its preferred materials management platform.

The tie-up combines Worley’s EPC knowledge with Aveva’s industrial software expertise to deliver the cloud-based ERM solution, said the statement from Aveva.

Companies now can build on Aveva’s enterprise resource management solution to develop a project delivery system that meets the unique materials management challenges facing EPC organisations, it stated.

In April, Worley and Aveva kicked off the final stage of a four-phase programme to develop the Aveva enterprise resource management solution for EPCs.

Phase One included design, while phase two incorporated the solution build, moving onto phase three integrations and catalogue readiness, and now into phase four – project go-live and decommissioning of Worley’s legacy solution.

As part of the programme, Aveva enterprise resource management reduced training time across engineering, procurement and project controls by 23 per cent.

Participants noted the solution was easy to use, provided quality training materials and the right functionality for EPC projects.

Like many businesses, today’s EPCs are challenged with reducing project costs while keeping pace with changing IT environments. However, as EPC projects operate as mini-enterprises, on-premises configuration and hosting of enterprise projects within private networks is not only costly, but restrictive and unsustainable in an industry undergoing mass consolidation, said the IT firm in its statement.

For global EPCs to remain competitive, the move from an on-premises infrastructure to cloud-based enterprise resource management is necessary, it added.

Worley aims to help its customers find a way to streamline their materials management to deliver on these challenges while also creating process improvements, increased efficiency, ease-of-use and the ability to deliver in-house training, said a top official.

'The advances in technology and digital disruption have provided us with an opportunity to rethink our approach to materials management. We needed to deliver an efficient, cloud-based solution customised for the nuances of our market,' remarked Worley CEO Andrew Wood.

'The EPC market is undergoing a period of change and our customers are looking to us to help them find solutions in this new world. The advances in technology and digital disruption have provided us with an opportunity to rethink our approach to materials management. We needed to deliver an efficient, cloud-based solution customised for the nuances of our market,' he noted.

'With Aveva, we saw a commitment to developing this solution together to create something best-in-class for engineering. We believe the Aveva enterprise resource management solution marks a step forward for productivity, efficiency and effectiveness that will drive the EPC industry forward,' he added.

Aveva CEO Craig Hayman said a transparent and open working relationship with a keen focus on the success of the initiative played a crucial role in adjusting to all project challenges, 'and this solution is something we are proud to have delivered together.'

'The construct of the co-managed project team exceeded all expectations. We set up stringent delivery benchmarks and executed the project in phases to ensure alignment between the teams remained in place,' noted Hayman.

'A transparent and open working relationship with a keen focus on the success of the initiative played a crucial role in adjusting to all project challenges, and this solution is something we are proud to have delivered together,' he added.

The first official project roll-out for Worley on the Aveva enterprise resource management solution for EPCs will begin this month, said Wood.

Worley will use Aveva enterprise resource management and Aveva Everything3D innovative plant project execution software in tandem, and the two companies have agreed to work to continually mature enterprise resource management for the EPC market, he added.

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