2018 - PI World - San Francisco - Industrial IT
The PI System – Leveraging the IT/OT Relationship to Identify Optimization Opportunities
Companies are beginning to see operational data as an asset. However, operational data comes from multiple control systems, IoT solutions and manual entry. Data rates vary from sub-second to monthly values. There are few standards to label the data points or provide context. Access all available operational data points can be a daunting challenge. PI Asset Framework (AF) has changed that. Our presentation will discuss how the PI System can become the foundation that provides trusted operational data to all. We will show examples of secure, seamless interactions crossing the OT/IT boundary many times providing various user communities with the information they require, in the form they need to support and optimize operations. Nutrien has leveraged this capability in their potash operations. Bob McIntyre will explain how they are now leveraging PI AF to integrate key business systems with operational data in the PI System to address their Operation’s needs.
Bob is the quintessential “PI Guy”, installing and supporting PI Systems since 1989. Bob has been with Nutrien for over 11 years and has been instrumental in Nutrien’s adoption of the PI System. In addition to PI, Bob is also responsible for control systems (Delta V and Rockwell), instrumentation, control networks and all other aspects of OT. Bob has worked extensively as a liaison between IT and OT, helping Nutrien to leverage their operational data more effectively. Prior to joining Nutrien, Bob worked in the Pulp and Paper industry in various roles as process engineer, reliability engineer and production supervisor. In all of these roles Bob leveraged the PI System.
Heather has spent the majority of her professional life leveraging data and technology as a competitive advantage. She started her career in upstream oil and gas and was fortunate to gain experience in many areas including exploration, development, automation, asset rationalization, information technology and corporate planning. 20 years ago, she started Mera, a technology company to assist clients to use their operational data to make timely, informed decisions. Heather has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s largest companies in oil and gas, pipelines and mining companies across many parts globe. Her hands on experience from the field to the boardroom has allowed her to demonstrate to decision makers the value they receive by uniting both their IT and OT teams to use their data more effectively.