Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution (EPMS)

Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution (EPMS)

Yokogawa’s Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution (EPMS) provides a comprehensive series of standard software applications which are integrated within the FAST/TOOLS real-time system platform to facilitate pipeline management and operations.

Derived from our many years of experience through numerous projects in the oil and gas pipeline industries, EPMS substantially reduces application deployment time while affording the reliability of fully-tested and proven, industry-standard algorithms for measurement, monitoring and system management.

Latest Release Information

The Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution (EPMS) R1.03 has been released on January 2018, the latest version of an enterprise level pipeline applications suite that was first released to the market in June 2015.

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Development Background

Many pipeline SCADA systems that are in use today have been tailored to suit a specific set of circumstances. They lack both a standard system foundation for supporting pluggable application modules and a core design that ensures interoperability with enterprise IT environments and policies. The maintenance and upgrade of tailor-made applications that often have a complex system architecture for protection from security breaches poses increasing challenges for pipeline operators.
The EPMS suite is a sustainable solution made up of pipeline applications that may be used in combination with common supervisory and monitoring functions, and is based on a well-designed modular platform that is both IT friendly and secure. As no two pipeline applications are identical and operational philosophies can differ from one pipeline operator to the next, the EPMS suite allows the easy modification of templates and functions, without having to call in pipeline application experts. Furthermore, the EPMS can be offered in combination with advanced pipeline simulation solutions that both reduce commissioning time and enable the full simulation of the pipeline operations management environment for the training of operators.

New Functionality

  1. Enhanced interface management
    When transitioning from one product to another in a pipeline, a trans-mix that is of a certain volume and varies in quality will be formed at the interface between the adjacent fluids. With EPMS R1.03, multiple product cuts from the same interface can be performed, for the easy management of quality gradations. Furthermore, the use of product density meters to detect variations in interface quality based on color and sulfur content is now supported.

  2. Shared use of physical devices
    For the delivery of products to different tanks, EPMS R1.03 allows multiple flow paths to share use of the same physical meter. This is made possible by the assignment of a so-called “logical meter” to each flow path. The assigned logical meters are then associated with a specific physical meter. This is cost effective as it reduces the number of physical meters that are required to cover a specific application.

  3. Enhanced batch management
    For greater flexibility, continuity, and energy efficiency, EPMS R1.03 supports side stream injection and stripping as a product batch passes an intermediate delivery or receiving site. The main benefits here are the opportunity to easily adjust the volume of a main batch and to more efficiently manage sudden changes in demand. For further optimization, enhancements are provided for split/merge and local batch operations.

  4. Drag Reduction Agent (DRA) injection
    Energy is a big contributor to the operational cost for transportation of gas and liquid products. The new DRA management component of EPMS R1.03 assures accurate injection resulting in less energy consumption and increased capacity.

  5. Tracking of inspection devices and scrapers
    As per EPMS R1.03 tracking of pipeline inspection devices and scrapers can start at any moment from the new pig launcher component. Further enhancements are provided by accurate calculation of slippage to more precise allocation at any given time.

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FAST/TOOLS Integration

Integration with FAST/TOOLS allows the full EPMS capabilities to be applied throughout the enterprise for the most effective information utilization and decision support.

Simple Maintanence and Flexible

Unlike customized applications, EPMS is easily maintained and upgraded. Since EPMS is completely version-coherent with FAST/TOOLS, users realize the most effective possible life cycle management. EPMS and FAST/TOOLS always share compatible version updates and a common development roadmap.

At the same time, the standardized functions provide the flexibility to be tuned and extended to fit specific customer needs.

Object-oriented and Scalable

The object-oriented EPMS structure expedites configuration of user graphics and data structures. Plus, EPMS maintains the same scalability as FAST/TOOLS. Therefore, system expansions such as new pipeline construction, mergers & acquisitions, etc. are readily implemented.

EPMS delivers the following integrated and interrelated functions:
  • Processing of meter inputs for accurate measurement and flow calculations
  • Management of gas data with the device scheduler and EFM log up-loader
  • Schedule and monitor gas nominations
  • Monitor the line-pack along the pipelines and segments
  • MAOP (Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure) monitoring
  • Pipeline balance, storage and inventory calculations
  • Schedule and track batches for efficient transportation of liquid products
  • Monitor liquid pipelines for leaks, inventory and hydraulic profiling
  • Drag reducing agent management and power management on compressors and pumps
  • Controlling a manifold with the flow path manager
  • Tracking and management of anomalies like pigs/scrapers, merge/hot spots and interfaces
EPMS consists of two application solutions:
  • Gas Enterprise Management Suite (GEMS)
  • Liquid Enterprise Management Suite (LEMS)
GEMS includes a comprehensive suite of management functions for natural gas pipeline operations.
Gas Enterprise Management Suite (GEMS)

 


LEMS includes a comprehensive suite of management functions for hydrocarbon liquids pipeline operations.
Liquid Enterprise Management Suite (LEMS)

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