Today, work processes are to a limited extent supported by computers, and automation with substantial efficiency and quality gains have not yet been implemented. A reason for this being that the industry is mainly working document centric, meaning that standards, requirements and technical documentation are kept and communicated in documents only understandable for human beings. This limits computer aided analytics and assistance in repeatable knowledge intensive tasks, resulting in time consuming, error prone manual work processes.

The information handed over from projects to operations is non standard and company specific. Both the documentation formats, and the structure and identification of components and functions in the asset are implemented differently among the operators. This hamper standardized and automated information flow in the supply chain. The challenges cascades along the life cycle of an asset, with frequent deviation from requirements and significant quality cost.

Overview if the current document engineering work processes.

READI provides a computable format for requirements specification, and for Design Data Model (Digital Twin) formulation. This is a proposed methodology which includes extension of international standards, use of Reference Data Libraries (RDLs), and a governance structure that enables computer‐aided assurance of requirements’ self‐integrity as well as the conformance of design and LCI to Requirements, thereby reducing manhour cost, time duration, and eliminating quality deviation.

Unlike the current situation, with requirements written in the conventional human language, and design and LCI being formulated by means of a variety of drawings and documents, the READI format will enable computers to perform automatic reasoning on Requirements data and Design data to verify conformance and integrity, with accuracy and at a minimal cost and time expenditure, from Front End through Operations.

Illustration of the possible future engineering work process with READI implemented.