News | June 11, 2010

Emerson's Ovation™ Documentation Builder Helps Utilities Meet European Documentation Requirements

Intelligent software improves power plant project planning, maintains documentation consistency and tracks modifications across the control system and physical plant

Emerson Process Management introduces the Ovation™ Documentation Builder, an integrated suite of software products that helps power utilities meet European documentation standards through consistent process engineering, process control and electrical engineering design. Tightly integrated with the Ovation control system database and configuration tools, the Ovation Documentation Builder provides automatically generated project documentation as well as Instrumentation & Control (I&C) documentation, including P&I diagrams.

The Ovation Documentation Builder features an intuitive interface with specific templates and wizards to allow quick and automatic creation of drawings and layouts such as Ovation cabinet drawings, card drawings, electrical connection drawings, marshalling cabinet drawings, cabling reports and loop diagrams.

Control system configurations, created using Ovation's standard suite of engineering tools, are automatically matched with broader plant design and operational data in the Ovation Documentation Builder. The highly flexible data formats allow customer and plant-specific data for field devices and other equipment to be easily imported, saving time and reducing the likelihood of errors.

Ovation Documentation Builder is completely integrated within the Ovation operator environment and features intelligent navigation for efficient and simple access to the target information or documentation. Within the Ovation environment, all drawings can be viewed in a contextual manner with just a click of the mouse so that an operator can, for example, easily access the loop diagram of a selected tag.

The Revision Management feature of the Ovation Documentation Builder makes all changes within a project traceable and creates clearly arranged reports for management and operational purposes. Through the integration of plant and control system information, documentation is automatically updated. This has always been a challenge because changes are often made by firms that were not involved in the initial construction.

Ovation Documentation Builder improves project planning and consistency and supports all of the main global standards such as IEC, ISO, ISA and DIN. This is particularly useful for companies with projects across several countries.

"With power facilities having a long life expectancy, it is particularly important that documentation is kept up to date," said Pascal Galant, European Vice-President of the Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson Process Management. "The tight integration within the Ovation control system and its synchronization features will guarantee the quality and consistency of project documentation."

Emerson's Ovation expert distributed control system utilizes commercially available, off-the-shelf technology to provide a powerful and secure architecture while allowing power utilities systems to easily progress with rapidly advancing computer technologies. Ovation provides a seamless interface with the most widely adopted bus standards allowing smart device technologies to be incorporated into your process. Ovation's embedded advanced algorithms and proven industry-specific control routines optimize operations to maximize efficiency, productivity and profitability.

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the power, water and wastewater treatment, chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. Its Pittsburgh-based Power & Water Solutions division ( is a global supplier of advanced distributed process control and information systems, and a recognized leader in developing plant-wide process control solutions for the power generation, water treatment and wastewater treatment industries. These systems and solutions play a key role in the Emerson mission of combining superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include PlantWeb™, Ovation™, Scenario™, SmartProcess™, SureService™, Syncade™, DeltaV™, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Daniel®, and AMS Suite. For more information, visit

About Emerson
Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9B. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Emerson Process Management, Power & Water Solutions