Today’s highly complex systems demand a high degree of alignment. In order to achieve this, it is essential to have a deep understanding of how to align the sub systems.
Effective and connected systems
Problems with specific systems will arise when proper integration of these subsystems is not done. This can lead to systems not performing as expected.
When system integration is not carried out in a proper way on a project, the following can occur:
- Systems do not act well as a whole, requiring longer operational trials as a result.
- Problems with EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) related phenomena such as circulating currents or disturbed equipment.
- Failure of equipment and, if failure occurs, the cause is unknown.
- Projects are carried out that can be unpredictable, not on time and not within budget.
By translating the customers’ requirements into effective and connected systems we avoid these kinds of issues. Depending on the needs of the customer on the project we can offer a range of integration packages, allowing the customer to select whichever suits the project execution the best. Below are brief introductions to these packages, but of course giving advice in a face-to-face conversation is always the best way to communicate the details.
Option 1: Systems integration package
The first package we offer is the systems integration package. We define systems integration as the integration of two or more, Alewijnse- and/or third party delivered, electric and/or automation subsystems into a single integrated system, providing an overarching functionality that the separate systems cannot provide.
What we offer is the following:
- We make sure all integrated systems act well as a whole.
- We make sure each individual system performs well and meets or exceeds the agreed specifications, whether it is made by Alewijnse or by a different co-maker.
Within this package we provide services that include conceptual design, basic engineering, detailed engineering, production, installation, commissioning, supervision and project management for all the systems involved. Most suppliers take care of only their own systems and do not take responsibility for the other systems working in relation to the whole function of the ship or plant. The integration responsibility is then the responsibility of the customer itself. These systems get increasingly complicated and the customer often lacks sufficient in-depth knowledge on specific domains. With this package we take on the integration responsibility and make sure that all the systems work together as a whole.
Option 2: E-Installation integration plus package
We also offer an e-installation integration plus package. This package covers projects that entail that we connect our own equipment to that provided by third-party suppliers, based on third-party supplied data plus additional independent technical reviews. Using these reviews, we then assess the performance ratings, manage information flow and provide solid advice to our customer. Within this package we also provide services such as conceptual design, basic engineering, detailed engineering, production, installation, commissioning, supervision and project management for Alewijnse supplied systems and technical reviews of third-party supplies.
Option 3: E-Installation integration package
At Alewijnse we also offer the E-installation integration package. With this package we connect the equipment that we supply to the equipment of third-party suppliers, based on third-party supplied data. Within this package we provide services that include conceptual design, basic engineering, detailed engineering, production, installation, commissioning, supervision and project management for Alewijnse supplied systems only. This package does imply that integration responsibility is shifted towards the customer. This means our customer is responsible for the complete working installation and the third-party supplier is responsible for providing the correct data.
Our engineering approach
In order to ensure that different parties work well together, it is very important that the same methodology is used by all involved. The preferred approach is systems engineering. Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field of engineering and engineering management that focuses on the design, integration, and management of complex systems over their life cycles. At its core, systems engineering utilises systems thinking principles to organise this body of knowledge.
We believe that by establishing such a methodology and a precise framework we are able to make a valuable contribution and improve the way we work together with our partners. In complex projects like Oceanco’s project Y-718 Bravo and Amels’ project LE6001 we implemented this methodology successfully.