A vehicle manufacturing plant was running on outdated building automation and control systems, which dated back to the 1980s. When WSP was appointed, our client was undertaking several engineering upgrade and construction projects at the plant, including security upgrades, HVAC system replacements, fire life safety replacement, electrical submetering and new construction.
The problem: Unconnected data systems
These projects were all running concurrently, but with little or no overarching facility related control system data integration. As a result, numerous standalone networks were being brought into the facility, a range of digital controllers by different manufacturers were being installed, private internet connections were being established and the control room had a number of screens of various sizes, technologies, manufacturers and technology to display data to the facility engineer, each connected to a separate standalone system.
Having agreed with key client stakeholders on the project’s strategic imperatives, the WSP team began by identifying all the client stakeholders. We held workshops focused not only on the manufacturing facility but on all types of property in our client’s real estate portfolio which also includes offices, servicing, charging and retail locations. While there was a common aspiration for sustainability and efficiency, our client’s teams were disconnected. Building on their corporate vision, and identifying key performance indicators for each team, we created a plan to move our client forward.
Roadmap for a holistic solution
We created a roadmap to enable the manufacturing facility to move toward a cybersecure and integrated environment without major impact to the projects in progress. This roadmap also outlined the transition to becoming a smart building, to integrated manufacturing and to an overall holistic real estate portfolio.
Our client’s approach to the procurement of control systems at the various facilities was urgently in need of review. We created a matrix of best practices and best-in-class decisions complete with weighted scoring as a tool for evaluating procurement decisions. We also developed a data integration guide to ensure competitive pricing could be retained without sacrificing data availability, cybersecurity or holistic real estate portfolio management.
In coordination with our client’s information technology team, we developed an enterprise network architecture aligned with the engineering specifications detailing the building automation system platform for collecting, analyzing, exchanging and visualizing facility-related control system data.