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AVEVA World Conference NA - Aaron Durant, Northwest Fabricators

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In late 2016, Northwest Fabricators executed a project with 45,000 parts 13,000 assemblies and 95 truckloads to a remote jobsite in British Columbia. As many fabricators do, they ran this project on an excel spreadsheet and spent many hours in hair-pulling frustration.

Just over a year later, the company has fully converted from these excel-based processes to AVEVA solutions including AVEVA FabTrol and Bocad, and they are now able to track parts on a minute-by-minute and day-by-day timeframe, enabling complete traceability and peace of mind.

This presentation explores how the company’s digital approach has streamlined their internal processes, reduced the impact of change orders, enabled more accurate estimating, and improved their ability to react to changing project needs.

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AVEVA World Conference NA - Aaron Durant, Northwest Fabricators

  1. 1. © 2017 AVEVA Solutions Limited and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Presentation Summary In late 2016, Northwest Fabricators executed a project with 45,000 parts 13,000 assemblies and 95 truckloads to a remote jobsite in British Columbia. As many fabricators do, they ran this project on an excel spreadsheet and spent many hours in hair-pulling frustration. Just over a year later, the company has fully converted from these excel- based processes to AVEVA solutions including AVEVA FabTrol and Bocad, and they are now able to track parts on a minute-by-minute and day-by- day timeframe, enabling complete traceability and peace of mind. This presentation explores how the company’s digital approach has streamlined their internal processes, reduced the impact of change orders, enabled more accurate estimating, and improved their ability to react to changing project needs.
  2. 2. © 2017 AVEVA Solutions Limited and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Aveva World Conference February 14,2018 Aaron Durant 45000 parts 13000 assemblies Our road to digitization
  3. 3. © 2017 AVEVA Solutions Limited and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Northwest Fabricators Started in 2006 to provide light structural steel for the Voyageur Project - 40000 square foot shop - 10 acres - Servicing O and G, mining, pulp and paper - Emphasis on industrial structural steel - Strong process piping division - Engineering - Estimating - Field Construction
  4. 4. © 2017 AVEVA Solutions Limited and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Where did we come from? - Massive 1D data - Complex document control procedures - Spreadsheet based Procurement system - Material tracking done through spreadsheets - Progress tracking and billing improperly tracked - Time management in our shops was cumbersome - Client reporting was two to three weeks behind - Shipping/Receiving was time consuming/inaccurate - Detailing to nesting on robotics not streamlined - Estimating was time consuming
  5. 5. © 2017 AVEVA Solutions Limited and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. - New server and upgrades to current system - Company buy in from all departments - Complete paradigm shift in thinking - Costly - Realigning and restructuring of systems - Sheer terror What did implementation mean?
  6. 6. Implementation Process - Purchase of Aveva Fabtrol and start of the training (February 2017) - Creation of new materials database using Aveva Fabtrol initial data - Start to use every suite of Aveva Fabtrol Pro from day one - Set a live date for the staff of 6 months - Set up of shop work stations for floor staff to utilize Aveva Fabtrol mobile - Daily conversations with our Aveva reps - Writing of new procedures for our detailers for proper alignment with nesting - Procurement restructuring for proper procurement strategies - AP/AR realignment to ensure proper streamlining of Aveva Fabtrol with our accounting software
  7. 7. Where are we today? - Fully operational in using Aveva Fabtrol - Estimating is completed through Aveva Fabtrol - Procurement is fully run through Aveva Fabtrol - Material receiving and traceability is run through Aveva Fabtrol - Nesting of fully automated through Aveva Fabtrol - Production time, productivity is monitored on an hourly basis by Aveva - Project Management and progressing is fully tracked - Shipping and Receiving is performed through the software - Recently purchased Bocad to start our own detailing to help with streamlining - Document Control run through Aveva Fabtrol
  8. 8. What benefits have we seen? - We have realized significant cost reductions in estimating time ( 20% ) - Reduced our procurement time by 10% - Production tracking is in real time allowing us to be more efficient - Nesting is automatic once we receive our detailed drawings - AR/AR is up to date daily. - Materials are able to be tracked on a minute by minute basis for client reporting. - Progress billing is streamlined allowing us to stay cash liquid - Material in our yard is mapped and tracked through Aveva Fabtrol allowing us easier material handling scenarios. - Crop utilization is up to 98%
  9. 9. Where are we going? - Want to fully utilize Aveva Bocad into our day to day operations. - Eventually want to start providing services to our new and existing clients through LFM and Aveva Engage - Building relationships with existing clients currently using Aveva Solutions - Start new relationships with clients not using Aveva Solutions to show them the benefits of being full automated with Aveva solutions - Eventually start using Augmented Reality to streamline manufacturing, supply and construction for us and our clients. - Be a fully automated service provider to our clients
  10. 10. © 2017 AVEVA Solutions Limited and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Questions?
  11. 11. © 2017 AVEVA Solutions Limited and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Northwest Fabricators Aaron Durant
  12. 12. © 2017 AVEVA Solutions Limited and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. This presentation may include predictions, estimates, intentions, beliefs and other statements that are or may be construed as being forward- looking. While these forward-looking statements represent our current judgment on what the future holds, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could result in actual outcomes differing materially from those projected in these statements. No statement contained herein constitutes a commitment by AVEVA to perform any particular action or to deliver any particular product or product features. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect our opinions only as of the date of this presentation. The Company shall not be obliged to disclose any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date on which they are made or to reflect the occurrence of future events.

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