JGC America, Inc., a growing engineering, procurement and construction management firm based in Houston, Texas, and a subsidiary of JGC Corporation of Japan, has entered into a seven-year agreement to use Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise Engineering & Design Solution Suite hosted in Intergraph® SmartPlant® Cloud as the computing infrastructure for its American office.
For its new office JGC sought a secure, more efficient way to collaborate and share project data using SmartPlant software with its parent company, affiliates and other engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms. It also required a flexible and scalable information technology infrastructure to manage costs to meet changing business conditions.
SmartPlant Cloud is Intergraph's engineering ecosystem offering SmartPlant applications and third-party applications supported by technical and business operations service. A secure https URL supplies access to the service with minimal end-user local computing footprint. SmartPlant Cloud provides a single, unified, and secure computer environment which can contain multiple projects and user communities.
Key business drivers in the decision to adopt SmartPlant Cloud included:
The continuation of JGC Corporation's long-term relationship as a user of Intergraph Process, Power & Marine's SmartPlant integrated application software for EPC projects.
The implementation of a new type of business model that will provide an advantage in a highly competitive engineering services environment.
The requirement for a flexible, yet scalable, computing infrastructure connected to a global high-speed network, providing the ability to rapidly modify its business structure, adjusting to changes in project demands.
The ability to be agile, grow and control costs as business conditions dictate.
The ability to easily communicate and share information and project data with other global EPC firms and joint venture partners.
Following an extensive industry review, it was concluded that Intergraph's SmartPlant software suite, combined with SmartPlant Cloud, delivered the technology platform to support the company's innovative business strategy.
Dedicated to safe and cost-effective project execution, from project feasibility studies to front-end engineering design (FEED) work - all the way through commissioning and start-up - JGC is capable of working with its clients to deliver both large- and small-scale engineering, procurement and construction management programs.
"By partnering with Intergraph, JGC is now positioned to be more effective in executing projects in Houston, or with other global EPC partners," said Nick Cummins, Vice President, IT, JGC America, Inc.
Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, "JGC Corporation has been a longtime user of Intergraph software, and we look forward to helping JGC's new office establish its computing infrastructure and be able to work globally with its parent company, as well as being able to communicate and share project data with other EPC firms using Intergraph SmartPlant solutions."
SmartPlant Cloud supports customer objectives to reduce CAPEX/OPEX costs and shorten project schedules by enabling all parties involved - in either the design of a project or the operations and maintenance of a facility - to share a consistent, common view of all documents and data available.
Intergraph Technical User Forum (TUF) LinkedIn groups provide an online discussion forum for year-round networking between users. To learn more about SmartPlant Cloud and network with other Intergraph users, visit www.intergraph.com/go/tuf.
The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering solutions for plant design (process, power and marine), according to its "Engineering Design Tools for Plants and Infrastructure Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2018."