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Enterprise Technology Review | Thursday, May 06, 2021

Several companies are utilizing 3D CAD modeling in engineering to enhance the asset data developed for plants.

FREMONT, CA: In the world of operation and maintenance (O&M), particularly in the oil and gas sector, appropriate design and documentation are vital due to the projects' scale and complexity. Accurate transferring of data from facility engineers to the O&M team by using advanced software and 3D designs are essential for operational readiness that helps to improve asset data developed for plants. It can be utilized in several processes like basic plant engineering, piping stress analysis, design review, piping design, commissioning, and detailer engineering services. Therefore, due to such advantages, 3D CAD Modeling, and digitalization in the industry, its importance has become more evident.

Increasing international competition, fluctuating energy prices, and growing expenses are some of the problems. The companies are focusing on enhancing profitability with better projects and shorter turn-around times. The oil and gas sector has also become more dependent on data and technology to offer a competitive advantage. Here are some of the benefits of 3D modeling that is used in engineering for improving operational efficiency.

Simplified and improved piping design

The 3D CAD modeling helps the companies to streamline the iterations by utilizing user-friendly pipe routing. The improved abilities of 3D CAD software and engineering and design input can develop complete 3D pipelines with accurate fittings with the help of sketched paths and other components and set up of the necessary connections. The software helps to authorize the conformity of the elements to characters such as pressure and diameter to provide appropriate pipeline design and process dependability.

Better visualization and future forecasting capabilities

The companies can also conduct productivity savings for the central plant design disciplines with 3D CAD modeling software. It helps the owner-operators and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) organizations to better visualize the plant. It also offers them with the capability to make intelligent, data-driven decisions and estimations.

Enhances designer output

The companies can better use the designer resources by decreasing the manual and monotonous part of designs with 3D CAD. It also allows the designer to visualize every component in 3D during the early stage of the design and modify them immediately. It can also decrease the repetition of steps and enhances the productivity of the designer.