In 2013 Total asked Magion to merge the existing Honeywell Uniformance PHD data historian of its olefins plant with the existing OSIsoft PI System of the refinery in Antwerp.
The goal of this project was not only to start collecting data from the olefins plant into the PI System of the refinery, but also to have all historical data of up to 13 years present in the Uniformance PHD data historian of the olefins plant available in the PI System of the refinery.
Magion was chosen to execute this project for its vast technological knowledge of historian systems and their application in the oil & gas downstream industry. The project started with the upgrade of the existing PI System of the Total Refinery in Antwerp to the latest OSIsoft technology. Also its tag database was extended to be able to incorporate the extra data coming from the olefins plant.
The next step was to transfer the data collection of the olefins plant from the Honeywell Uniformance PHD data historian of the olefins plant to the OSIsoft PI System of the refinery. This was a precarious step as the capacity of the network gateways was limited and therefore the risk of overloading the network was ever-present.
The third step in the project was to transfer the existing historical data present in the Honeywell Uniformance PHD data historian to the OSIsoft PI System of the refinery. Again this was a complex step, as both systems have significantly different data collection and storage mechanisms. Magion succeeded in transferring all data without loss. To finalize the project a user training was given, which enabled Total’s staff to quickly familiarize itself with the new system.
Magion’s approach has led to a flawless transition of the PHD data historian into a PI data historian. The project was executed on time and within budget. We also believe that the success of this project is attributable to the perfect collaboration between the Total Antwerp and Magion staff without which this task would not have been possible.