Shell selects Siemens to simplify project management and execution

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Royal Dutch Shell has partnered with Siemens Digital Industries Software to implement a digital platform that is expected to help the energy company better manage its workflow.

Siemens is providing its digital platform, Polarion, to improve the efficiency and flow of digital project data and integrated requirements throughout the Shell supply chain.

The platform will help Shell to accelerate the development of its digital enterprise as the company further transitions from document-centric communications to data-driven execution. 

The software helps improve communication between Shell’s project development teams to increase the pace at which projects are developed and tasks are allocated and executed.

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Siemens and Shell collaborated to ensure that the Polarion solution was configured to accelerate Shell’s digital transformation goals. The strategy involved atomising corporate specification documents into data using Polarion to automatically create status reports, documents and workflows that subsequently improve the real-time availability of relevant standards content and requirements across the organisation

Shell will be expanding the use of Polarion across a number of its projects globally.

John Nixon, senior director for the energy & utilities industry at Siemens Digital Industries Software, said: “By implementing a unified approach to requirements management that connects all project development processes with their engineering artifacts, and improving the collaboration between the teams that originate, manage and review them, Polarion is helping Shell and its supply chain partners reduce their total cost of ownership, improve regulatory compliance, and accelerate time-to-value on assets.”

James Haug, general manager for systems engineering at Shell, adds: “Shell invests billions of dollars each year in new capital projects, Powering Progress in the energy transition and working toward our climate target of being a net-zero energy emissions business by 2050, in step with society. We need trusted partners to do this – which is why we are working with Siemens on a robust, comprehensive and innovative requirements solution.”

The digital transformation of energy companies is expected to play a key role in enabling the transition to low-carbon business models hence many companies are investing in new technologies to simplify their operations and to lay foundations for the decarbonisation of operations.

The announcement by Shell to expand the use of the technology globally follows the energy firm releasing its energy transition roadmap which is now awaiting approval from shareholders.

Royal Dutch Shell CEO, Ben van Beurden, in his introduction to the publication, said: “As we transform our business, it is more important than ever for shareholders to understand and support our approach.

“We are asking our shareholders to vote for an energy transition strategy that is designed to bring our energy products, our services, and our investments in line with the goal of the Paris Agreement and the global drive to combat climate change.”