CFIHOS (Capital Facilities Information HandOver Specification) for process industries
The CFIHOS project started in 2012 and has just completed development phase 3. The CFIHOS maintenance phase 1 has now started in which the CFIHOS standard is maintained and enriched from actual implementation projects from the project partners.
The CFIHOS project has built on the engineering information specification as developed by the Owner Operator Shell who use this specification already for about 8 year to specify the information they wish to see handed over by the contractor to populate their O&M systems. Their request to USPI was to widen the spec into an industry specification standard.
To ensure practicality of the project approach, a de-facto CFIHOS industry standard has been created and reviewed in practice. This standard is now in process of being implemented in industry. Once the CFIHOS standard has been enriched with missing elements as found by the project partners, it will be proposed as ISO 15926-10X standard under TC 184/SC 4/WG 3.
Setting an industry standard for this specification has several advantages for each of the major stakeholders:
Owner Operators - an industry recognized standard would reduce the effort required to specify and communicate the information requirements to the supply chain leading to lower costs. It will also become more advantageous to move from company standards with high cost of maintenance to international ISO standards. Also the cost of mapping the handover information to the current systems of operation, engineering and maintenance will be reduced.
Contractors - a consistent approach to information handover requirements from Owner Operators would allow Contractors to integrate the information requirements into their corporate business processes and systems resulting in more efficient delivery and improved quality of the information. Currently Contractors are issued different requirements for each project or are expected to propose what should be delivered and how.
Equipment Suppliers - similarly to Contractors, a standard definition of information requirements would provide suppliers with a consistent view of requirements enabling the information to be generated once and reused.
Software Vendors - a clear definition of the core information requirements would provide clarity in the functionality needed by the industry in the tools that the develop.
Currently following companies have joined the CFIHOS project:
PWHM van Exel