UK-based industrial software company AVEVA has signed a long-term partnership with EDF to elevate its 3D nuclear engineering program and deliver leading-edge energy-efficient performance.

AVEVA will help drive EDF’s SWITCH digital transformation program with its AVEVA™ E3D Design solution and other components of the AVEVA™ Unified Engineering solution. EDF will strengthen its engineering design portfolio by way of faster design and delivery of its nuclear plants as well as advanced safety and performance standards.

By streamlining data from different design disciplines – including mechanical, electrical and civil works – several hundred users across different global locations will be able to work together within a digital twin repository, eliminating siloed engineering design approaches, avoiding data inconsistencies, and removing duplication. AVEVA technology will enable users to collaborate on shared 3D models simultaneously, thus improving the competitiveness of EDF’s nuclear engineering design processes.

This partnership builds on a long-term relationship between AVEVA and EDF. AVEVA has supported EDF with 3D digital engineering solutions at its N4 nuclear plants since the 1980s. To date, AVEVA’s capabilities have enabled EDF to drive its nuclear vision by reducing operational work-hours and by enhancing data consistency.

The new partnership is expected to generate the following results:

  • Reduction in design work times and in engineering work times.
  • Decrease in the need for re-work due to consistently accurate and high-quality deliverables.
  • Faster development rate of 3D models.
  • Greater project visibility for all project stakeholders.
  • Greater collaboration between design and engineering teams.
  • Extended asset lifespans and the ability to reduce CO₂ emissions.

The new agreement will see AVEVA digital design systems implemented as the gold standard for all new EDF nuclear projects.

“We are proud to have built a trusted partnership with EDF that serves as the foundation stone of its digital transformation vision and sustainability programme," said AVEVA CEO Peter Herweck. "Our market-leading digital engineering design enables us to support EDF in driving their net-zero energy strategy for the benefit of end consumers throughout the world. With our new agreement, AVEVA will help EDF accelerate engineering collaboration, connect teams and unlock higher performance through shared contextual data and intelligence. We look forward to assisting EDF’s expert engineers to cut design time, improve collaboration and accelerate efficient decision-making to develop the nuclear industry of the future.”

Photo: Peter Herweck, CEO AVEVA