Why P&ID Connect?

Our team is excited to announce the launch of our new product, P&ID Connect! P&ID Connect transforms brownfield piping & instrumentation diagrams into accessible, usable data that supports advanced analytics and daily field operations.


This post is part of a series that will share deeper insight into this new solution. The series will cover the history behind P&ID Connect, the benefits it provides to our customers as well as case studies and field testimonials.



Why P&ID Connect?

As part of our mission to digitize the physical world, we are driven by the potential of Big Data & AI to transform some of our most well-established industries.

Our team of data engineers and process engineers have built over 50 equipment intelligence models, 15+ models for energy consumption and 100+ deep learning product intelligence models – we know what the opportunities and challenges are to create value in physical settings.

With all deployments, we consistently find the same themes:

  • Brownfield sites are old! In some cases, 40, 60 or even 80 years old. The fact is brownfield plants were built before the age of “AI” and “Digital Twin.”

  • Asset information is scattered across many sources with varying naming conventions and with little context.

  • Data “clean up” is hard to do when high-demand field personnel are needed to provide context; this often delays corporate initiatives.

  • Building a digital foundation and pursuing “digital” in general is difficult.

In short, we have observed a persistent disconnect between the physical reality of brownfield plants and the world of industrial analytics.

Industrial analytics are weakened without the physical context of the plant.

What does this mean?

To us, physical context is understanding the relationships of all assets in a plant, to one another, and to production.


It means knowing:

  • How equipment performance is related to the performance and behavior of other relevant equipment along the production line.

  • How similar equipment is configured in multiple settings.

  • What lies along the production path from one piece of equipment to another (even across different P&ID diagrams and battery units).

  • What surrounds a particular piece of equipment for actions like turn arounds or isolations.

We set a goal to convert the physical context that exists in the plant into digital context. We did so by building a proprietary approach to P&ID digitization and by harnessing the power of ground-truth data.

Today, P&IDs serve as the common language of the plant. They exist in hundreds, and even thousands of static images used by engineers to support everyday action and major projects in the plant. P&ID’s offer a lens into the past and present.


Our solution uses P&IDs to extract, connect, and sequence all plant data including equipment, sensors, lines, text, tables, and more. It converts physical context to digital context.




Knowledge of how assets are sequenced within and across the plant provides the context required to enable analytics at scale.


We can use this digital context to allow for quicker, smarter, and safer process optimization decisions and build the foundation to power end-to-end plant analytics, simulation and intelligent automation.


In future parts of this series, we will cover what we are seeing as the highest value use cases for P&ID Connect including benefits for the field and operations across organizations of different digital capabilities. If you're interested in learning more or running a pilot with your P&ID data, drop us an email at info@cerebre.io.


Stay tuned!