KNEXIT®

Connecting Information in Silos to enable

  • Seamless Information Navigation
  • Real-Time Compliance Tracking
  • Change Impact Tracing
  • Data Access Continuity during Digital Transformation
  • Institutional Knowledge Retention

 

Enabling Information Without  Borders

Large capital projects and operating facilities unnecessarily incur millions of dollars a year as a cost of doing business due to  worker inefficiencies in finding reliable information.  Finding requirements, drawings, equipment specs, procurement documents, and QA records related to a specific equipment item becomes a tedious process needing users to manually bridge their searches across multiple systems and have a deep knowledge of traceability.  The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) (https://www.epri.com/research/products/000000003002003126) estimates that the lack of structure and traceability of information is costing well over $2M a year per operating nuclear power plant in lost efficiency.  Multiple industry research sources confirm that 20%-30% of every info worker’s time in large process plants is spent either looking for correct information or validating the information they have is up to date.
The reason for the inefficiency is that the total defining information set and its status are inevitably dispersed across several specialized, disparate information systems (silos) that are owned and controlled by different groups.  There is as yet no single software application on the market that can securely manage all of the large variety of information and media types to satisfy all groups across the life-cycle of these facilities. As a result, tracing project licensing requirements, drawings, equipment specs, datasheets, purchase orders, and installation, maintenance and QA records related to a specific item requires specialized search knowledge and read-only access permissions for the many information systems for all users.
KNEXIT® (pronounced  Connects It) addresses this problem by bridging and linking all interrelated information from disparate silo systems into a readily navigable network of information that can be browsed through a single intuitive graphical user-interface.  KNEXIT® becomes a single window into all systems simultaneously, without the need to login to any system or requiring special provisions on those systems.  And it does this without major changes to existing information systems and work processes!
The overall solution through KNEXIT® to providing efficient information access is
  • low risk - KNEXIT® is an ‘overlay application’ that does not replace or disrupt the current use of any existing application.
  • low cost - it does not disrupt or modify the company’s existing business work processes.
  • implemented quickly and seamlessly - it does not require a disruptive transition in company work processes, extensive training or data migration to go-live.
  • comprehensive - it provides the user with contextual access to a wide variety of information with logical interlinkages including
    • project information such as requirements, codes & standards, assumptions, document records
    • engineering information such as design data/specs (equipment, instrumentation, electrical, piping, vessels, etc.), drawings, calculations
    • procurement information such as purchase orders, vendor documents, procurement specifications
    • QA records such as receipt verifications, condition reports, weld records
    • maintenance information such as assets, locations, warehouses

For more information on getting started with implementing KNEXIT®, please contact us.