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Answers to common questions regarding information on how BCS integrates into SAP Oil & Gas – greenfield and brownfield implementations

How does QuantityWare BCS integrate into SAP Oil & Gas?

SAP Oil & Gas does not deliver any validated, measurement standards-based quantity conversion solution, owing to complexity and risk, this has always been a customer task.

QuantityWare’s BCS plugs seamlessly into SAP Oil & Gas and provides the only SAP-certified and non-modifying ABAP quantity conversion solution, available to all SAP Oil & Gas customers.

QuantityWare’s BCS thus works with SAP Oil & Gas on the ECC, NetWeaver, S/4 HANA, and S/4 HANA Cloud – Extended Edition (aka. S4HCEX, S/4HC_EX, PCE) platforms.

For further information regarding SAP deployment options,

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Why do we need measurement standards-based QCI calculations in the SAP Oil & Gas system?

SAP Oil & Gas comes with an open interface – the Quantity Conversion Interface (QCI).

  • SAP Oil & Gas does not deliver any validated, measurement standards-based quantity conversion solution for the QCI.
  • Business processes require thousands of quantity conversions per day.
  • For a multitude of units of measure (UoM) of various quantities (SAP dimensions) – e.g. gross & net standard masses, gross & net standard weights, gross standard & observed volumes, net standard & observed volumes, superior and inferior energies etc. such calculations are performed.
  • The calculations also control (“Gatekeeper”) and enrich thousands of external measurement data sets per day.

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How does QuantityWare BCS integrate into SAP PRA?

QuantityWare BCS seamlessly plugs into SAP PRA via the SAP QCI conversion groups.

However, a PRA Measurement System Expert is recommended to be available for your BCS implementation in addition to a certified BCS consultant.

The working paper QuantityWare PRA Measurement System provides detailed guidance how to proceed within such a project.

Concerning natural gas, read notes 000059 and 000063 for important details.

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We want to install QuantityWare BCS 3.0 into our productive system landscape and replace/extend existing legacy QCI calculations. Is this possible?

Yes. QuantityWare has spent a considerable amount of time, effort and money to ensure that a move from legacy quantity conversion methods using the SAP QCI to QuantityWare BCS using the QCI and MQCI is safe and transparent. You may also install QuantityWare BCS and continue usage of your existing legacy quantity conversions.

Read the FAQ  “How do I convert SAP legacy conversion groups from C to ABAP” for additional information.

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How do I convert SAP legacy conversion groups from C to ABAP?

The installation of BCS into a legacy-configured system will not effect any existing quantity conversions. Once BCS has been installed, the conversion of SAP legacy conversion groups from C to ABAP is supported with an easy-to-use conversion tool, which is available in the Petroleum Measurement Cockpit:

In the QuantityWare Knowledge base, a detailed project guideline manual for a C to ABAP conversion project is available.

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We are converting our legacy conversion groups from C to ABAP. How do we convert our legacy LPG conversion groups?

For SAP legacy template conversion groups for crude oil and products, an automated conversion tool from C to ABAP is available within the PMC.

This is not the case for LPG:

Historically, SAP delivered exactly one LPG conversion group example, SAP template conversion group 234E (relative density, 60 °F base temperature), which customers could activate at their own risk:

Technically, an example function module – based on superseded measurement standard GPA TP-25, but not successfully reproducing all GPA TP-25 test examples – 

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We are converting our legacy conversion groups from C to ABAP. How do we convert our legacy asphalt conversion groups?

For SAP legacy template conversion groups for crude oil and products, an automated conversion tool from C to ABAP is available within the PMC.

This is not the case for asphalt:

Historically, SAP delivered exactly three asphalt conversion group examples, SAP template conversion groups ASPA (API gravity, 60 °F base temperature), ASPR (relative density, 60 °F base temperature) and ASPD (absolute density, 15 °C base temperature) which customers could activate at their own risk. Technically, an example function module – based on superseded measurement standard ASTM D4311-1996 – was delivered by SAP for these conversion groups,

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We need to replace the SAP QCI legacy conversion group AROM for Benzene. How do we proceed?

SAP QCI legacy conversion group AROM (which is an example for Benzene – ASTM D1555 – 95(2000)) can be easily replaced by the ASTM D1555 MQCI conversion groups for industrial aromatic hydrocarbons:

The latest ASTM D1555-2016 version introduces a non-rounded CT(P)L for the calculations. With note 000074 , QuantityWare has shipped the required new ABAP implementation for that version. It can easily be utilized – as described in note 000074 – to update a template conversion group to that new version.
With BCS 3.0 CSP02,

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We have obtained a 4 week test usage key. How can we get the most out of it?

In order to obtain a good overview on the BCP and BCG capabilities, you should involve a certified BCS consultant as early as possible in the project.

In order to enable a quick and efficient project start, QuantityWare provides the BCP Test Manual and the BCG Test Manual.

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