PLC had decided to move to 3D software designed specifically to automate the plant design process, choosing CADWorx Plant Professional from COADE because it offers many features, including collision checking, automatic ISO’s, bills of material, model walkthrough capabilities, links to stress analysis and stress isometrics. With CADWorx, the PLC designer enters each part of the design only once, and each deliverable is produced directly from the 3D model. Each drawing element can be checked once for all design views. The designers can adjust the design, and the software will update all views accordingly.
For typical projects, PLC is responsible for delivering piping isometrics (ISO’s) to the shop for fabrication and plan drawings to the construction managers for putting the project together. “Our intent is 100% fit-up,” said Keith McKinney, president of PLC. CADWorx Plant Professional from COADE is helping the firm toward that goal. “CADWorx reduced the time required per delivered ISO to about 4 to 4½ hours for typical renovation and expansion projects,” McKinney explained. “Overall, CADWorx enables our 10 designers to produce the work of 20 using traditional methods,” he concluded. This and other Case Study articles can be found at www.coade.com.
Piping Layout Consultants, Inc. (PLC), Louisville, Kentucky, engineers, designs and installs industrial equipment and piping systems. The company has prospered through its ability to deliver quality piping plans, sections and isometrics for shop fabrication and field support projects, on time and under budget. For more information on PLC, visit www.pipinglayout.com.
COADE, Inc. is a provider of software for multiple plant design and engineering disciplines. COADE’s aims are that design and engineering should share relevant information seamlessly, thereby maintaining accuracy and improving efficiency. COADE’s product line conforms to those goals and includes: CAESAR II, the world's most widely used pipe stress analysis software; PV Elite for pressure vessel and heat exchanger design and analysis; CADWorx Plant Design Suite for intelligent plant design modeling, process schematics and automatic production of plant design deliverables; and TANK for the design and analysis of oil storage tanks. COADE, CAESAR II, CADWorx, PVElite, CodeCalc and TANK are registered trademarks or trademarks of COADE, Inc. For more information, visit www.coade.com.