The Inform prize was created in 2014 and is funded by Intelligent Plant, all 3rd year students at Aberdeen University are invited to register to be counted in the prize for the year. Each team will be invited to present their project - Format of the presentation: 5 minute overview presentation, 10 minute demo, 5 minutes Questions and answers. The prize is awarded to the team who presents their project in such a way to bring the audience with them – engaging content, speaking and answering questions confidently, not bamboozling the audience with technical jargon are some tips for how to proceed. Should you prefer to present in a different format that too is allowed but we will be looking to see the actual delivered product as you would demo one to a client if you were in the working world. The prize is £800 which will be awarded to those who present on the day – so don’t sit back and let your mates present, get involved to get some of the prize.
In 2019 the Inform Prize expanded to the King's College Auditorium and opened to industry. For the first time, 4th year students were present to showcase their seniour honour's projects and dissertations to academics and employees.
Artificial Lift Performance Limited started working with Intelligent Plant and using their Historian (IP Hist) in mid 2016. We work with Intelligent Plant to enable visualization of real-time operating parameters of artificial lift systems on oil wells within our Pump Trends application. We picked Intelligent Plant as a technology partner because of their expertise in industrial automation and because they offered a scalable solution that would meet our needs, for small clients with just a few wells, to clients with 100’s of wells (usually 30 tags per well). We currently have Intelligent Plant’s software deployed for multiple clients with well counts ranging from 10 - 260. IP Hist in combination with the Datcore product has allowed us to connect to multiple data sources using different communication protocols and store the data in one central repository, which we can then access extremely quickly for visualization. Compression routines as well as formulas and functions (max / min / average) facilitate full use of the data set. The open API interface also allows external configuration of devices for reading of data through our user interface, so that IP Hist can run in the background using our platform as the interface. Intelligent Plant’s expertise in industrial SCADA/automation has been highly valuable to us. On a software deploy for one of the largest major oil companies, their support was superb, with 2 of their team working until 1am in the morning to troubleshoot the oil companies system and ensure a successful deploy. Response times to technical problems have been quick and Intelligent Plant frequently provide a value add in terms of suggestions to make things better. Their level of expertise and customer support is excellent.
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