The apps bring together site mapping, user orientation, plant and process illustration and locations, calendars and task scheduling, complex data entry forms, alerts and notifications, site reference data and instructions, and data exchange with external systems.
We have used GPS, NFC, QRCode, and augmented reality techniques, including the use of AR headset to offer operators hands-free, safe access to all the data and information they may need in the course of their duties.
The mapping component displays plant schematics layer on a map with additional layers showing the location of equipment associated with operational processes. The user can sequentially step through a process to see descriptions, images and the location of the equipment involved. Equipment and associated processes can be located through search facilities, and QR or NFC tags attached to equipment allow the user to quickly display associated information.
The calendar and task scheduling functions provide users with a list of tasks that need to be performed, along with an overall “traffic-light” assessment of the plant status in relation to critical operational parameters. Scheduled tasks can be uploaded from central systems or be generated by the app.
Data entry forms associated with the scheduled tasks allow plant operators to enter data while they moving around the plant. The data collected by these forms can then be downloaded to central systems.
The app also allows the users to complete work orders where maintenance is required, and these work orders can also be uploaded from central systems. Charts of critical parameter values can be displayed to assist with the assessment of plant operation over time.