2018 - PI World - San Francisco - Oil & Gas / Petro Chemicals
The Journey Begins - PI System and DCP's Digital Transformation
A foundation of DCP’s digital transformation is having rapid, near real time, accurate, meaningful and complete data with context. An important part of this capability is provided by a company-wide PI system that was deployed in 2017. Change has been rapid, with DCP moving from no centralized means of collecting and using operational data to having 28 gas plant, 500 compressor stations (and their associated gathering systems), and the company’s major interstate pipelines connected to the PI system in 10 months. In parallel with deployment, DCP has put PI to use, building products that support the improved business processes and organizational changes. Two examples of these efforts are our Plant Views (optimizing cryo plant operation) and Compression Health Monitoring (focused on condition-based maintenance). In addition to business benefits totaling >$5MM in 2017, access to near real time data from all parts of our company is central to the effectiveness of a newly established ICC.
A registered PE, Mr. Milliman is Chemical Engineer by education with a graduate degree in Engineering Management. He has more than 25 years of engineering and project management experience in the manufacturing and consulting arenas, primarily in the energy, chemicals, and related sectors. Upon joining DCP Midstream as a Senior Project Manager in 2012 and until 2016, Mr. Milliman focused on the design and construction of new gas processing plants and related facilities. Since that time, Mr. Milliman has been a key member of DCP 2.0, a group spearheading the digital transformation of the company, including the deployment of DCP's OSI PI system.
Damon Vinciguerra graduated from Bucknell University in 2012 with a master's degree in Chemical Engineering. Right out of college he went to work as an Asset engineer at the Goldsmith plant in DCP's Permian region, working directly with Operations on asset optimization and new capital projects. In 2016, Mr. Vinciguerra joined the DCP 2.0 group in Denver to focus on enterprise-wide optimization of processes and development/deployment of new technology solutions for business challenges. Damon joined the PI team at the beginning of 2017 and has been instrumental in guiding the installation, configuration and initial use of the system. He is currently the primary PI Administrator and continues to drive development and use of the PI System to improve DCP's performance.