The smart side of 3D modelling

Published: November 1, 2012

 

3D Modelling is a common tool in engineering. But in expert hands it can also be used to bring real cost and operational benefits to our clients. Jiri Netusil – Business Unit Manager Design & Engineering, Tractebel Engineering (Czech Republic), explains.

Smoother Project Coordination

For energy, oil & gas, chemical and industrial clients; resolving clashes and interfaces between the many different elements and various contractors in complex projects helps to save costs and time. With advanced 3D modelling knowledge, this can be achieved at an early design stage by combining the 3D models of all contractors and vendors, with the Balance of Plant models, to create one fully coordinated 3D model. Find out the 4 main advantages:

Efficient Operations & Maintenance

Creating a virtual reality model of any plant or installation allows you to input and record data relevant to each item and component of the plant or project. Long-term, this makes the data contained in the final model useful beyond the design, budgeting, procurement and realisation phases. Linked to the financial and maintenance systems it can also be effectively used in the operation and maintenance of the plant. Read more about this long-term valuable tool: 


SMOOTHER PROJECT COORDINATION

For energy, oil & gas, chemical and industrial clients; resolving clashes and interfaces between the many different elements and various contractors in complex projects helps to save costs and time. With advanced 3D modelling knowledge, this can be achieved at an early design stage by combining the 3D models of all contractors and vendors, with the Balance of Plant models, to create one fully coordinated 3D model – with 4 main advantages:

  • Everyone involved can easily see the reality of the big picture – resolving where contractual responsibilities start and finish.
  • Language barriers are reduced on international projects.
  • Building a comprehensive 3D model of a plant or installation, from the first bolt up, provides an accurate bill of quantities – and equally accurate budgeting.
  • Construction time and cost savings because of resolved clashes, possible prefabrication and smoother on site coordination.

MAKING 3D MODELLING A MODEL TOOL

To set up and optimise standard 3D models to meet specific project needs requires special expertise; experience as well as technical knowledge and capability. 15 years spent developing detail design as a full package service and creating Balance of Plant models for industrial and energy customers, has made our team in Czech Republic very strong in this field:

  • Software knowledge – The complex 3D tools most often used are PDS (Intergraph) and PDMS (AVEVA). We use both of these and other software as well. We can take models generated in any 3D software to develop a coordinated model.
  • Server strength – 3D models are easily transmitted by email and can be viewed on regular computers and notebooks, but the hardware capability needed to create coordinated 3D requires substantial investment. We already have this set up.
  • Service efficiency and flexibility – Creating 3D models in good time to be of value to a project is not a small job. We have the resources to commit several people (working in Czech Republic) to a project to ensure its timely completion. If a project requires it we can also provide an expert on site to collect all necessary input data and to participate during construction phase.

“3D modelling doesn’t replace engineering intelligence – it adds to it and that’s when it gets really interesting.” Jiri Netusil – Tractebel Engineering (Czech Republic)


  • 3D Model Cogeneration plant - photo Tractebel Engineering
  • 3D Model Cogeneration plant - photo Tractebel Engineering
  • 3D Model Nuclear power plant - photo Tractebel Engineering
  • 3D Model Nuclear power plant - photo Tractebel Engineering

 

EFFICIENT OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE

Creating a virtual reality model of any plant or installation allows you to input and record data relevant to each item and component of the plant or project. Long-term, this makes the data contained in the final model useful beyond the design, budgeting, procurement and realisation phases. Linked to the financial and maintenance systems it can also be effectively used in the operation and maintenance of the plant.

A LONG-TERM VALUABLE TOOL

Creating a coordinated 3D model, that grows as the project progresses and intelligence is added, is just the starting point. The end result is a complete, accurate record of the plant as built – owned by the client.

  • Ordering spare parts becomes a simple matter of pointing to a specific part or piece of equipment on the model and retrieving the part name, model number, material, operating and design conditions, the name of the vendor (the possibilities are endless depending on the quality of the data input).
  • The model will also help pinpoint the location of a part and clearly show what needs to be cut (or should not be cut) to access it.
  • Updating upgrade and modifications data directly onto the model is also a good way of keeping records – important in many industries; particularly nuclear.

“3D is not new technology – what’s new is thinking of ways to make it work harder for our clients.” Jiri Netusil – Tractebel Engineering (Czech Republic)

In Expert Hands

Tractebel Engineering (Czech Republic) is a group competence centre; supporting projects in all domains with 3D modelling expertise. Services offered to energy, oil & gas, chemical and industrial clients include:

  • pre-engineering, tender packages;
  • complete detailed design packages;
  • coordination models;
  • design review.

References

  • Slovenske Elektrarne/ENEL – NPP Mochovce Completion Unit 3&4 (Slovakia)
  • CEZ– CCGT in Pocerady (Czech Republic)
  • LZD Kolin – EDN unit (Czech Republic)
  • Lillo Energy – CHP Degussa Cogeneration Plant (Belgium)
  • Spolchemie – Epichlorhydrin Production Unit (Czech Republic)
  • Trasgas Atlantico – Sines LNG terminal original build (Portugal)

More information

Jiri Netusil – Business Unit Manager Design & Engineering, Tractebel Engineering (Czech Republic)

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