Key Benefits of 3D CAD Modeling in Engineering

Applied Tech Review | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The advanced capabilities of 3D CAD software combined with engineering and engineered feedback generate full 3D pipelines with suitable sketch path fittings with additional components and arrangement of necessary connections.

FREMONT, CA: The value of correct design and documentation cannot be adequately emphasized in the field of Operations and Maintenance (O&M), especially in the oil and gas industry, given the scope and complexity of the projects. Whether basic plant engineering, piping design and stress analysis, commissioning, design evaluation, and comprehensive engineering services, converting data from facility engineers to the O&M team, sophisticated technologies, and 3D design are critical for operational readiness to boost plant asset data builds. Thus, the value of 3D CAD modeling becomes apparent as the industry becomes more interactive.

With intensified foreign competition, increasing costs, and fluctuating oil rates, there is a great deal of focus on enhancing profitability by leaner ventures and faster delivery times. The oil and gas industry is now highly dependent on data and technologies to have a competitive edge. Analyze below the advantages of 3D engineering modeling to maximize operational efficiency:

Simplified and Enhanced Piping Design

3D CAD simulation allows streamlining iterations of user-friendly pipe routing. The advanced capabilities of 3D CAD software combined with engineering and engineered feedback generate full 3D pipelines with suitable sketch path fittings with additional components and arrangement of necessary connections. This software can validate the compliance of components with characteristics such as diameter, strain, and so on., contributing to highly accurate pipeline configuration and process reliability. Smart P&ID can be used to construct a pipe & instrument diagram as per the procedure.

Improved Visualization and Future Forecasting Abilities

3D CAD modeling program aims to save productivity in key plant design disciplines. It helps owner-operators and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) firms to envision better the final plant and the opportunity to make smart, data-driven decisions and forecasts. In comparison, companies have exposure to several 'what-if' scenarios during the design process. The development of virtual models allows non-CAD and non-design stakeholders to engage in the process.

Strengthens Design Output

3D CAD modeling makes greater use of designer tools by eliminating the manual and time-consuming aspects of the designs. It also lets the designer imagine all 3D elements at the initial design stage and modify/edit them immediately, if necessary. This instance decreases the number of revisions and increases the efficiency of the designer.

Better Quality Deliverables, Quicker and Cheaper Time on the Market

Owners and EPC firms are under tremendous pressure to satisfy global expectations in a challenging and competitive environment. Plant design software has grown in terms of capacity, complexity, and sophistication, allowing these businesses to produce better quality deliverables within a tight timeframe and budget. 3D modeling also eliminates remodeling between conceptual and detailed architecture by transferring original prototype layouts to detailed engineering.

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