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Industry News
Update on Plant and Process – Part 2 of 2
by Susan Smith

Autodesk Plant Solutions

Last year Autodesk entered the Plant and Process market with Autodesk P&ID and is now talking about a product called Plant 3D to be released later this year.

Vice president of Plant Solutions Mark Strassman stated that the answer to Plant for 25 years has been AutoCAD, with over half a million licensed plant users. Today Strassman said that 10-15% of the AutoCAD user base is using AutoCAD for plant design. Strassman also added that plant works across all the vertical market segments.

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Plant fits very well into global trends. Since 1950, population growth has been greater than in the previous four million years. Strassman noted that there are 200,000 new people on the earth each day, meaning there are that many more beings with a demand for energy, water, and food.

One of the biggest issues is water, as in the 20th century alone population tripled and water consumption grew six times. Looking ahead, there will be 4 billion people on the planet by the year 2050.

All things are processed in plant, food beverage, water, wastewater, medications, energy consumption and these will all increase 50% in the next five years. Renewable energy sources are growing at about the same rate as eventual energy sources as well.

Strassman said that Autodesk is addressing the plant market at this time because of the increasing world energy consumption, shortened project schedules and regulatory pressure, and reporting and testing.

So many plant designers use AutoCAD and AutoCAD based tools already. Many existing plant tools are hard to use, and the same issues that affect the rest of the industries affect plant:

Staffing crisis.
- 50% designers will retire in 10 years
- subcontracting and offshoring
- cost and time for training
- AutoCAD trained base is largest available

Information needs not met.
- incompatible design systems
- deliverables are drawings
- IT support

Autodesk is one of the only companies that offers what they call “multidisciplinary engineering:” civil, structural, architectural, plant, MEP, equipment, geospatial, power, and controls.

The news is that Autodesk is working on 3DPlant, and working hard to integrate heating ventilation, AC, equipment design, civil design, Buzzsaw, ADT, Revit, and other products. They’re looking at having an API where you can hook up to a database, and are working with AVEVA and Intergraph to provide a data layer into their database.

The P&ID product is built like Excel, so that it fits in with existing workflows. The next release of P&ID will focus on rounding out P&ID drawings to specify the logic of the plant, what’s connected to what, with a logical diagram to the whole plant including the design and operations and maintenance phase.

P&ID has tag information and line information as to what these different lines are. These are a challenge to keep synchronized, but users can work with their P&ID anywhere and can share a common data structure and share all data with the 3D designer.

Although P&ID only needs to be 2D, there is a lot of back and forth between P&ID and the 3D designer, then after that, the involvement of instrumentation.

Strassman pointed out that up to 80% of designers’ time is spent on revision. Currently, Autodesk is working on making the application easier and easier, so that the processes of moving things around and putting them back together and revising take less time. Also, set up and maintenance time needs to be improved “If these issues aren’t dealt with people will find less efficient ways to work,” Strassman noted.

Strassman said they have been showing a working product of Plant3D and hope to have it out this year. “What we’re trying to do is solve a key piece of the puzzle in a way that’s flexible. Designers have to make a choice as to a database based system or file based system. With Plant 3D you’ll be able to make a choice.”

People aren’t able to keep track of a big 3D model while doing asset management in plant, for example, and with Plant 3D you could connect it to a database to keep track of it.

Navisworks is useful in plant for visualization and clash detection. Other features of Plant 3D will address how to bring in an Inventor file and what part of that file will be relevant to the plant design.

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Correction to last week’s Industry News “Update on Plant and Process – Part 1 of 2” –

In the second paragraph of the article, FIATECH is referred to as a consulting firm that is “adding some of the tools for ISO 15926.” FIATECH is not a consulting firm. It is an industry consortium housed at the University of Texas in Austin. As such it is a not-for-profit and is driven by its members (Bentley, Intergraph and AVEVA are among them). Information can be obtained by going to the website. FIATECH and the POSC Caesar Association have been working on the implementation of the ISO 15926 standard over the years and members are developing tools to support it. – correction provided by Nicole Testa, deputy director, FIATECH.

Top News of the Week

ShareCG.com now features a growing number of animated architectural fly-throughs, and the caliber of the material is excellent.

Primavera Systems, Inc., released details of its record-breaking 2007 fiscal year (ended Dec. 31, 2007), in which the company capped 24 years of consistent revenue growth. Total revenue for 2007 increased by 43 percent to $176 million.

Primavera's growth in 2007 was primarily driven by its ability to deliver industry-focused solutions that meet customer demand for end-to-end project, program and portfolio management. In recent years, organizations have increasingly adopted company-wide, standardized systems for project, program, resource and portfolio management. Primavera's integrated software suite is the industry's only solution that covers the entire project lifecycle, from prioritization, to program and portfolio management, to risk management and execution.

Acquisitions/Agreements/Alliances

CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction and operations firm, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Texas-based Goldston Engineering, Inc. Goldston, with offices in Houston and Corpus Christi, is a technology driven consulting engineering company providing marine, coastal, municipal, and transportation engineering services.

Announcements

CAFM Resources announced the upcoming release of FMView. FMView provides robust web access to Autodesk FMDesktop data via the browser and includes a comprehensive and innovative user interface that makes it easy to search, theme, edit and report facilities information.

TRIRIGA INC. ("TRIRIGA"), the global leader in Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS), announced that another leading U.S. retailer has selected TRIRIGA's solutions, TRIRIGA for Retail(TM) Real Estate and Projects and TRIRIGA performance management. Toys"R"Us, Inc., the nation's leading toys and baby products retailer, recently purchased the TRIRIGA for Retail and the TRIRIGA performance management solution.

Awards

Raleigh-based VectorWorks user Clearscapes, PA, has been named the 2007 AIA North Carolina Firm of the Year, the highest honor the chapter bestows upon a firm. Each year, this award honors a North Carolina firm that has an established presence in the state and has consistently produced quality architecture, with a verifiable level of client satisfaction, for a period of at least ten years.

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Rutherford & Chekene (R&C), a San Francisco-based structural and geotechnical engineering firm, has been awarded a Revit BIM Experience Award for its innovative use of building information modeling (BIM) to promote integration and collaboration across the extended building team. For more than two years, R&C has used Revit Structure software for design and collaborate on large technical institutional projects. Through its use of BIM, R&C is more efficiently and effectively coordinating designs and improving visualization, analysis and documentation. This close collaboration helps the team identify issues early in the design phase.

New Products

Primavera Systems, Inc. announced the immediate availability of Primavera ProSight (version 7.0), which enables executives and managers to analyze, modify and reprioritize portfolios of IT and other strategic investments quickly and effectively in response to rapidly changing business strategies.

Event 1 Software, Inc. (Event 1) the Vancouver, WA based creators of Office Connector for Sage Timberline Office and Microsoft Excel, unveiled its latest product in the Office Connector line, Office Connector Import for Sage Timberline Office.

WennSoft, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, has released Project Management Portal, a brand new product allowing organizations to manage documents and projects from one central location, built on the Microsoft SharePoint platform. Built on the premise of simplistic usability, the product routes custom workflows and keeps project managers updated on project status, tasks, and critical dates – including vendors – allowing them to identify issues before they become problems.

Trimble announced that it will demonstrate its new Trimble Connected Community, a Web-based set of networking tools for heavy and highway construction contractors to connect with internal and external partners and clients. As part of the Trimble Connected Site(TM) portfolio of construction solutions, the Trimble Connected Community allows contractors to build information portals, share information and collaborate between head office management, site office teams, field crews, subcontractors, suppliers, engineers and clients on a project.

Events

BudEXPO-Spring
Date: March 18 - 21, 2008
Place: Palace of Sports
Lviv, Ukraine
Modern construction technologies. Construction units, materials and tools. Construction and decoration materials. Architectural projects. Electrotechnical equipment. Sanitation. Systems of heating and water supply. Energy-saving technologies and materials

 

Revit Architecture Test Drives
Date: March 18, 2008
Place: 20 Public Square
Ramada Inn, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 USA

See how easy it is for you create naturally, design freely, and deliver efficiently. And because it is purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM), any change you make, anytime, anywhere, is automatically coordinated everywhere in your project. Design and documentation stay coordinated, consistent, and complete.

A complimentary lunch will be served from 12–1pm. 

Time:

1:00 - 4:00pm 

 

AutoCAD Architecture Test Drive
Date: March 18, 2008
Place: 20 Public Square
Ramada Inn, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 USA

Experience how creating and sharing accurate drafting and construction documents is made more efficient with the system’s familiar environment, flexible implementation options, and easy-to-use architectural drawing and design tools. See how the DWG file format enables coordinated collaboration between engineers and design professionals, and integrated rendering can bring your client presentations to life.

A complimentary lunch will be served from 12–1pm.

Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

 

AutoCAD MEP Test Drives
Date: March 20, 2008
Place: 545 Greenfield Rd.
Hampton Inn, Lancaster, PA 17601 USA

Learn to layout duct systems and place wire devices.  Become introduced to the new piping functionality in an improved operating environment.  Physically perform practical mechanical, electrical and plumbing design tasks.

A complimentary lunch will be served from 12–1pm.

Time:

9:00am -12:00pm

 

Revit MEP Test Drives
Date: March 20, 2008
Place: 545 Greenfield Rd.
Hampton Inn, Lancaster, PA 17601 USA

Get a first look at the building information modeling software available for MEP engineers.  Discover the distinct differences between Revit based products and traditional CAD.  Learn how to use the tools that help to easily create duct runs, size systems, wire devices and more.

A complimentary lunch will be served from 12–1pm. 

Time:

1:00 - 4:00pm 

 

Revit Structure Test Drive
Date: March 20, 2008
Place: 9615 Deereco Rd
Days Inn Hotel, Timonium, MD 21093 USA

Revit Structure can save you hours by linking your design and analysis programs.  Avoid the lengthy process of coordinating information and re-modeling.  Focus on your design, produce accurate and consistent documentation, and deliver on time, on budget with Revit Structure! 

Use building information modeling to do higher value tasks and produce fully coordinated construction drawings.  Take advantage of parametric change technology so a change in one view accurately updates in all other views.  Experience how to use a single integrated model for multiple analyses and documentation.  Come on out and try it for yourself.  See firsthand how this powerful BIM design tool can simplify your current methods.

Time:

9:00am - 12:00pm 

 

From CAD to Collaborative Plant Modelling
Date: March 27, 2008
Place: Oosteinde 114
Voorburg, 2271 EJ Netherlands
"From CAD to Collaborative Plant Modelling", a seminar on the 27th of March in Voorburg, the Netherlands CEA will organize a seminar for Thursday the 27th of March in Voorburg, the Netherlands.

The seminar is titled "From CAD to Collaborative Plant Modelling", which could more or less be translated as follows: The process of efficient cooperation of different disciplines to concurrently design a process plant.

We will start the afternoon with a presentation on this subject and subsequently a lively and interesting discussion about "Collaborative Plant Modelling". Part of the afternoon will be dedicated to demonstrate the highlights of Plant-4D, both by us and by a client.

We will conclude the undoubtedly instructive and informative afternoon to share thoughts with colleagues while enjoying a drink at this very inspiring location.

The seminar will take place at Besturenraad. Spiegelzaal.

Please register for the free seminar by sending e-mail to Irina.Solovieva@cea-int.com .

Start 13:00; Close 17:30.

Lunch will be provided.

 

AutoCAD Civil 3D Test Drive
Date: March 28, 2008
Place: One North Second St.
Harrisburg Hilton, Harrisburg, PA 17101 USA

Would you like to see how to intelligently link design and production drafting, greatly reducing the time it takes to implement changes?  How about learning ways to streamline office processes, increase project capacity and improve customer service?  Join us for this software overview to see how to complete projects faster, smarter, and more accurately.

A complimentary lunch will be served from 12–1pm. 

Time:

9:00am – 12:00pm

 

SAP-Centric EAM 2008
Date: March 30 - April 2, 2008
Place: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa
Austin, TX USA
The SAP-CENTRIC EAM conference is tailored for individuals involved in the maintenance or management of enterprise physical assets. This event draws numerous attendees from various divisions within each company.This conference is geared towards individuals involved in any of the following areas:
  • Maintenance management (senior, mid-level and tactical)
  • Maintenance planning and scheduling
  • Operations management
  • Product or facilities engineering; process engineering
  • Design, construction, commission of new facilities/assets

 

Residential Design and Construction
Date: April 2 - 3, 2008
Place: Seaport World Trade Center
Boston, MA USA
Residential Design has been renamed “Residential Design and Construction” (RDC) illustrating the show’s emphasis on both aspects of this building industry sector. It is the only event in the country dedicated to this field – resulting in record-breaking attendance and exhibitor participation since its debut three years ago.

 

Using the Functionality of AutoCAD MEP
Date: April 3, 2008
Place: 20 Public Square
The Ramada Inn, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 USA

It’s time for you to take advantage of all that AutoCAD MEP has to offer!  AutoCAD MEP is specially engineered to boost your productivity, improve your accuracy and ensure discipline coordination across your projects.  By using “Intelligent” objects you will assemble systems in your drawings exactly as they would be installed during construction.  And since they understand what they are and where they are in the design environment, any changes can be easily made giving you powerful modifying capabilities.

At this exclusive Synergis lecture-style event, two-time Autodesk Trainer of the Year, Jim Law, will show you why you should make the move from AutoCAD to AutoCAD MEP. 

Time:

8:30am – 12:30pm

 

Lean Management Processes for Facilities Management & Capital Projects
Date: April 7 - 8, 2008
Place: San Diego
CA USA
The new management models for facilities management and capital projects are getting ever more productive by implementing lean processes and eliminating waste. These new models are using less manpower, less capital, less energy, less space, and less time, AND they are producing better outcomes. Attend this conference to learn lean strategic plans, lean management processes, and tools to implement lean processes, including total-cost-of-ownership planning, strategic energy and sustainability planning, organizational structures and staffing and radical new lean project management structures.

 

COFES 2008
Date: April 10 - 13, 2008
Place: The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale, AZ USA
COFES is the engineering software industry's only annual think tank event which brings executives from design, engineering, architectural, development and technology companies together to understand the role engineering technology will play in the future survival and success of your business.

 

AutoCAD MEP Test Drives
Date: April 10, 2008
Place: 9615 Deereco Rd.
Days Inn Hotel, Timonium, PA 21093 USA

Learn to layout duct systems and place wire devices.  Become introduced to the new piping functionality in an improved operating environment.  Physically perform practical mechanical, electrical and plumbing design tasks.

A complimentary lunch will be served from 12–1pm.

Time:

9:00am -12:00pm

 

Revit MEP Test Drives
Date: April 10, 2008
Place: 9615 Deereco Rd.
Days Inn Hotel, Timonium, MD 21093 USA

Get a first look at the building information modeling software available for MEP engineers.  Discover the distinct differences between Revit based products and traditional CAD.  Learn how to use the tools that help to easily create duct runs, size systems, wire devices and more.

A complimentary lunch will be served from 12–1pm. 

Time:

1:00 - 4:00pm 

 

AutoCAD Civil 3D Test Drive
Date: April 11, 2008
Place: 422 Delaware Ave
Sheraton Suites Wilmington, Wilmington, DE 19801 USA

Would you like to see how to intelligently link design and production drafting, greatly reducing the time it takes to implement changes?  How about learning ways to streamline office processes, increase project capacity and improve customer service?  Join us for this software overview to see how to complete projects faster, smarter, and more accurately.

A complimentary lunch will be served from 12–1pm. 

Time:

9:00am – 12:00pm

 

AutoCAD Architecture Test Drive
Date: April 11, 2008
Place: 1915 John Fries Highway.
Hampton Inn, Quakertown, PA 18951 USA

Experience how creating and sharing accurate drafting and construction documents is made more efficient with the system’s familiar environment, flexible implementation options, and easy-to-use architectural drawing and design tools. See how the DWG file format enables coordinated collaboration between engineers and design professionals, and integrated rendering can bring your client presentations to life.

A complimentary lunch will be served from 12–1pm.

Time:

9:00am -12:00pm

 

Revit Architecture 2008 Test Drive
Date: April 11, 2008
Place: 1915 John Fries Highway.
Hampton Inn, Quakertown, PA 18951 USA

See how easy it is for you create naturally, design freely, and deliver efficiently. And because it is purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM), any change you make, anytime, anywhere, is automatically coordinated everywhere in your project. Design and documentation stay coordinated, consistent, and complete.

A complimentary lunch will be served from 12–1pm. 

Time:

1:00 - 4:00pm

 


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