System Assurance & Integration
In EPC Projects, System Assurance & Integration is an essential role from the very beginning of the Project until the very end when each system must seamlessly work together. Until then, it takes a person who is responsible for the system integration from a technical point of view and as well from an operational point of view. It can include as well sub-contract management, since different systems coming from different sub-contractors.
For us, as the system integration specialists, it means to take the helicopter view on the entire project and look into each system, identify the interfaces, draft the necessary interface documents and follow through until Client approval and final implementation. Further to that, system integration comprises of integrated planning between the different system suppliers and different stakeholder from technical departments to operational and maintenance departments.
System Assurance is part of the System Integration Process to ensure the system integrity and to obtain the necessary license for operation. It includes the necessary reporting from the testing and commissioning, operation and maintenance manuals, as built drawings, training and the engineers report.
RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety) analyses are increasingly important – and required – for homologation procedures. Based on CENELEC, it complies with a high Safety Integrity Level , typically SIL4. To comply inspections on the basis of RAMS.
Systems assurance provides the client with confidence, reduces risk, and helps ensure that a completed project meets all project stakeholders’ requirements. We at PMCC combine requirement management, interface management, configuration management, system integration, technical auditing and system assurance. It includes:
- Technical and operational assessment and issuing of analyses and documents
- Consequence Tree Analysis
- Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)
- Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
- Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA)
- Hazard Log
- HAZOP (Hazard Operability Study)
- Interface Hazard Analysis
- Safety evidence in compliance with EN 50126, EN 50128, and EN 50129 norms
- Subsystem Hazard Analysis
- Maintainability Analysis
- Provision of Standard Operation Procedures (SOP’s)
- Open Item Management (Snag Management)