New features for TMS

December 21st, 2017

Our Technical Monitoring System has now reached the release No., meaning new features and many improvements. We would like to recap a few of them here.
New options have been added in the “Quantity Production Chart” report: it is now possible to represent a specific time window in the Data Table; also, you can make the Chart start after an “X” number of periods following its actual beginning.

A new command – “Get Missing Dates from P6” – has been added into the “Work Class Progress” context: it allows to retrieve the Actual dates of each Deliverable automatically from Primavera but it also prevents the manual input of Actual dates in case the progress cumulated at the date of each deliverable is inserted massively (for the first time). This new command and the existing “Get Missing Progress from P6″ command guarantee a complete reconstruction of the history, which has not been archived yet, in coherence with the Schedule.

Not only fresh stuff, but also improvement of the existing lot…
A better readability has been given to the “OTP Report“: two separate columns now show the “Milestone Status Index” calculation and the “OTP Index” calculation.

The algorithm calculating the automatic distribution of the Progress Actual between two non-consecutive Updates has been improved, making it homogeneous in all “Import Schedule Data” contexts (Import XML and Import XLS, both for Primavera and MS Project).
Last but not least, the “Out of Range” dates check, performed during the Import Schedule Data phase, has been improved with the specific indication of the activities involved in the “Inconsistency Check” report.
For a complete overview and all the technical details, log in our Customer Care portal and download the latest What’s New document.

Bolts management and more in Puma5 02.910.04

November 22nd, 2017

A new release of our Puma5 software is now available, reaching version No. 02.910.04.

The major feature we have introduced is the new management of bolt type components. As you can read in our “What’s New” document, available for download in our Customer Care portal, the Piping Class Bolts table now offers many more options than before. For example, Puma5 will not prevent the User from inserting more than one component (bolt type) using the same object code. Components will be identified by the newly added fields: Position ID, Position and Note.

Take a look at the screenshot below:

Do you see the “Bolt changing” section? Well, here you can insert bolt components, which are used as an alternative to the selected bolt. The bolt can be replaced on the base of the diameter range of the bolt itself and this “replacement” is identified by its position.

Have you noticed the second tab?

Yes, it’s the “Extra bolt length”. This is an utility helping with CAD modelers, which need a lot of measurements, because here you can generate objects of bolt type adding extra measurements. These extra length bolts have no link with flanged objects.

The Project Tag attribute has been added, too, and you can handle it in the same way as the Project Tag attribute of the ‘Components’ section.

If you need a list of the components with alternative bolts, simply use the ‘Piping class components – Bolt table situations‘ function (nominal bolts of the piping class are not shown).

Let’s focus now on the “Mechanical Check” module of Puma5.
As you know, “Service List” is an alternative and simplified way to manage the Fluid List. Starting from this release, Puma5 performs a thickness check at the internal pressure and the hydraulic test based on its data. Previously, it would only perform checks and test on the Piping class – Line List data. Not only that – look at the following screenshot:

While performing the checks and test on the Service List data, now you can also choose which standards to refer to: ASME, European or ASME + European.

For a complete overview of all improvements of this latest release, download the “What’s New” document from our Customer Care portal.

Piping class components, diameter series and upgrade operation log

June 16th, 2017

In the latest version of our Puma5 software (02.910.02.02) major enhancements have involved the piping class components form, the diameter series and the upgrade operation log.

Alternative thickness
There are now two ways to handle the generation of components having a different thickness than the piping class thickness: the first one, which is the usual way to manage it and can still be used, creates an association of the alternative thickness table with the piping class components. The new one, which is presented as the default mode, can get the value of the alternative thickness replacing the value of the piping class ‘thickness table’ (“SUBSTITUTE” option); or it can create two groups of components: one with the piping class thicknesses and the other with the alternative thicknesses (“ADD” option).
The full operation procedure is explained in the “What’s new” document available in our support website.

In the ‘alternative thickness by size’ section a new warning alerts the user in case thicknesses that do not belong to the list of thicknesses compatible with the piping class ‘base material’ are inserted.
All data of the ‘alternative thickness by size’ section of the piping class components are now displayed in the new report named “PIPING CLASS ALTERNATIVE THICKNESSES (BY SIZE)”.

Diameter series
New additions also for the ‘diameter series’: the ‘Series measures’ section lets users insert inches and millimetres measurements for each diameter; in the ‘diameter series measure’ table the measurement referred to the current series (both in inches and millimetres) can be inserted for each diameter of the ’size dictionary’. Functions available are: import of diameters from the ’size dictionary’; copy of values among the existing series; copy of values from some columns of the ’size dictionary’.

Depending on the component attributes, it is now possible to assign a ‘diameter series’ code, containing the measurements related to all diameters. More than one assignment rules can be set inside the new ‘diameter series assignment’ form. If not set, the ‘diameter series’ value of the ’size dictionary’ will be exported in the DIAM_SERIE column (only one for each diameter).
If a value is set in the ‘diameter series assignment’ option, 4 new columns will be exported to the Catalogue.csv file: main and second diameter in inch and millimetre measurement.

Upgrade operation log
As mentioned before, also the upgrade operation log has been enhanced: there is a new button, ‘Global View’, which has been added to the form, and it displays, in read-only mode, a form with the overall view of the table (heading and detail); by using this form, all movements related to a component can be viewed.

In the ‘Flags’ section of the Project setup form, the ‘Enable tracing of component status’ option has been renamed into ‘Activate the upgrade operation log’. This option enables the record registration in the ‘Upgrade operation log’ table, that takes place during the ‘Component catalog upgrading’ process.

The ‘upgrade operation log desc’ field has been added into the ‘Component catalog’ form; here a text can be typed that will be used as description of the new revision of the ‘upgrading operation log’ table. This description is not included in the ‘Settings’ form.

Also, in order to avoid records without detail movements in the table, the movement queuing function, that is in the ‘Component catalog upgrading’ procedure, inserts a new revision only if there are one or more movements. During the database updating, revisions without movements are deleted from the ‘upgrade operation log’ table.
The component deleting function (‘Component catalog zap’) deletes also movements related to the deleted components.

See everything new and changed by downloading our latest ‘What’s new’ document from our support portal.

A quick Puma5 update

December 21st, 2016

It’s been quite a while since we last gave you an update about our Puma5 software. Hard work has been going on to improve the system; as usual, we’ve also listened to your requests and enhanced the software accordingly.

In the “Piping class component” form, for example, the ‘Copy to…’ command button has been added; this button is associated with the function that copies components from one piping class to the other. By using the ‘Check’ button, it is possible to check for the existence of the selected components in the destination piping class.

Changes have been made also in the “Component catalog – custom description” form:

  • fields have been positioned on 5 rows;
  • the ‘filters’ form has been added;
  • for the copy function (‘Copy values’ button), the value of the ‘mark’ field can be used as the source of the copy;
  • the ‘Empty values’ function has been added, so it is now possible to set the ‘null’ value for the selected field in the ‘From code’ text box;
  • the ’sign’ field and the ‘Select all’ and ‘Select none’ buttons have been added, so that all the operations are now carried out only on the selected records.

A better visibility, especially for screens in landscape mode, has been given to controls and fields of the “Piping class Components” form:

  • controls that were in the section located under the fields with the diameter intervals have been moved to the right-hand section of the form;
  • the ‘Object Alias’ and ‘Tag filter’ fields have been moved to the right-hand section of the form;
  • the switches that act as filters for the ‘End’, ‘Rating’, ‘Construction’ and ‘Material’ values are on the right of the relevant fields.

Also, in the “PDMS Production Export”, the descriptions written with UNICODE characters are now exported; for example, it is possible to export Arabian, Cirillic, Greek, etc. characters.

New release for ELENA Server and ELENA Web Client

September 6th, 2016

September 6, 2016

ELENA has reached the release No. 01.400.01.00, bringing you something new both for the Server and the Web Client module.

We would like to focus on the new ELENA CX plugin: according to the new CADWORX version, ELENA CX plugin has been updated and made suitable with this new version.

Configuration files ar easier to compile for the user and have mappings enhancements (DataBolted, DataFemale and ValveOperators sheet).

Here below an example of the new mapping:

Moreover, a new optional mapping sheet has been added, in order to give to the user the possibility to enable or  disable some warnings: in this way he/she can ignore the unblocking warnings (in a different way ELENA  would report these warnings).

An example of these warnings are the ones related to the dimensional catalogue, that were introduced in ELENA 01.400.00.00 version.
For more detail about the new mapping sheet, see the image below:

Finally, in case of Elena Direct library use (to launch ELENA directly from PUMA), it has been added a mode with specific features on the server, that enables the elaboration to ignore the presence of a specific project code both in permisisons an builder configuration files, using in the mapping the placeholder “__BYPASS__”, instead of the project code.

In the image below is shown the new workflow:

The user can also use the login function whitout authenticating on the Active Directory. This feature is configurable. For more detail see the What’s new documentation, which is available on our support portal.

Planrs – 16th March 2016

March 18th, 2016

TMS software at PLANRS

March 14th, 2016

Next Wednesday 16th March 2016 CLA will attend the PLANRS event at Hoog Overborch, Moreelsepark, Utrecht. If you’d like to come, get in touch with us as soon as possible and we’ll provide you with an invitation from SPIN so that you’ll be able to listen to the latest news about our TMS software.
The meeting will start on 4pm with three interesting presentations:

  • Future of Progress Statusing using 3D Models
  • TMS – Progress Support Solution for Oracle Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project
  • Progress vs Compliance, are you really ready?

Planrs is a Community of Practice (CoP) for planning professionals.
See you there!

CLA is the new sponsor of SPIN

January 29th, 2016

New year and new projects! CLA is now sponsoring SPIN – Dutch acronym for Dutch Planning & Scheduling Association, an association founded in 2011 to support the professionalization of the discipline of Planning & Scheduling in the Netherlands and far beyond its borders.
Many services are delivered by the association, such as training and education brought to new levels to meet the market’s needs and the introduction of new independent standards, which work together with the existing standards and conventions of this field.
TMS, our software solution which supports the project & planning done by using Oracle Primavera P6 and MS Project, will perfectly integrate into this environment being an essential tool for all professionals.
Stay tuned for some important events taking place in the next months with CLA and SPIN!

CLA at “Planning Oil&Gas plants” university master

December 4th, 2015

The second level university master, “Planning Oil&Gas plants“, has become a pleasant tradition for CLA. The master is promoted by ENI, Tecnomare and ENI corporate university and it is held at Bologna university.

As every year, last week CLA dressed as professor to teach students the “Work flow & tools for Piping Management”. First of all the basic concepts of a piping class were explained, then the components were reviewed in detail (pipes, flanges, type of fittings, valves, gaskets, bolts, type of materials, etc.). This introduction allowed the presentation of our Puma5 (SPC PUMA) and ELENA software and the interaction of both applications to manage ENI’s projects in the piping management and the subsequent generation of the component catalogue.
Many jobs examples were analyzed and this raised interesting questions among the students attending.

Looking forward to seeing you again next year in Bologna!

Meet Spider ‘Reverse’

November 30th, 2015

Spider Reverse is the core of the news for the latest release of Spider, belonging to #Plant version
Starting from a configuration already existing, Spider Reverse allows the automatic generation of configuration files; this function is particularly useful when important modifications need to be applied to the configuration, without using the interactive functions of Spider Configurator.

The whole process for the massive modification of the configuration is performed in three steps:

  • execution of the “reverse” of Spider current configuration to extract Excel configuration files;
  • modification of the files generated at the previous step;
  • loading of modified configuration files, by using the “Loader” function.

Data requested to perform this process are only two: the path to the directory where the ‘Reverse’ folder is located (the configuration files are generated and saved here) and the colour palette to be used for the template colouring (each type of cell will have its own colour).
For more details on Spider Reverse, please check our documentation available for download in our support portal.