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Haldor Topsoe uses Aucotec platform

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Haldor Topsoe has started the use of Aucotec's platform Engineering Base (EB).

“The introduction of this system is a key milestone in our digital transformation”, explained Topsoe's CIO Niels Keller-Larsen at the go-live in which more than 100 engineers, managers and project managers participated.

“With EB, we are finally working in a truly data-driven manner across all engineering phases and disciplines on one data model”, emphasised Keller-Larsen. The migration to the platform is Topsoe's largest IT transformation project to date.

As a knowledge base for everyone involved, EB supports projects from their ‘birth’ to the very end and offers customers a continuous customer journey. Furthermore, EB standardises Topsoe's system environment and engineering; numerous discipline-specific tools have been replaced.

The (petro)chemical professionals attached great importance to having to order as few special solutions as possible for their engineering ideal. Thus, EB was chosen. “However, today's platform differs from how it was at the start of the partnership with Haldor Topsoe”, said Aucotec Executive Officer Uwe Vogt. The partnership led to the joint creation of several new developments that are important efficiency drivers for EPCs, plant engineers and operators, such as EBML for faster data exchange or the automatic data sheets of Asset 360. “Both are now part of the standard in EB's plant license, thus they benefit all customers”, reported Vogt. Keller-Larsen added: “We wanted a partner, not a supplier. The implementation and pilot project have shown that this has been successful.”

“The transformation process was complex and very democratic. Never before have we brought together so much expertise and knowledge”, said Keller-Larsen. Everyone had to rethink, but they now have a uniform "data home" for the entire engineering and maintenance tasks. This increases flexibility and saves around 10% of costs. Due to considerable acceleration – some work now takes six weeks instead of six months – significantly more projects will be able to be created within the same time in the future according to Niels Keller-Larsen.

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