The 3D design process begins with building and laying out 3D model primitives for the equipment and piping in the plant, based on process P&IDs. The 3D model primitives are then enhanced by adding intelligent links to project documents and drawings, e.g. P&IDs, line lists, Vendor general arrangements, etc.
The following video shows how 3D model primitives for equipment items are created using standard Synergy templates and then enhanced with intelligent links.
The next video demonstrates how standard piping assemblies (e.g. control sets, PSVs, etc) can be added to the model using rule-based templates.
The following video shows how pipe supports can be modelled using the Multidiscipline Supports (MDS) feature and created from project design templates.
Managing a 3D model during the engineering design process involves 1) ensuring the data integrity of the model across all disciplines, 2) facilitating quality control processes throughout the project, and 3) providing project status updates and progress reporting.
Underpinning the data integrity of the model is the Synergy Clash Manager, which stores clashes locally in the 3D model database and allows the real-time update, resolution and approval of clashes. The following video demonstrates the clash manager in action and how Synergy designers can resolve different types of hard and soft clashes.
The following video shows how the Integrated Design Lead prepares piping sections for issue by linking the pipes with document control metadata such as drawing numbers, revision histories, etc. Integrated into this process is the project reporting functionality, which connects the drawing revisions with percentage complete progress. This facilitates the batch plotting of piping isometrics, which is demonstrated in later in the 2D drawing production section.
Once a 3D model has been developed and checked through to completion, the system is then configured for 2D drawing production.
In the following video, the Integrated Design Lead will firstly divide the 3D model into logical working areas using Area Design Volume Boxes. Next, the CAD Administrator will set up the system to automatically generate the drawing key plan index and then build up base template drawings for each area.
These base templates will later be used by the Designers as a basis for discipline-specific 2D drawings. Note that the video only shows the creation of the base template drawing for area TRN. Normally, this process would be repeated for all working areas.
After the system has been properly configured for 2D drawing production, discipline-specific drawings with custom annotations can then be generated. The following series of videos shows examples of how the base templates can be used by the Designers to develop different types of discipline-specific drawings, e.g.
- Equipment Layout Drawings
- Piping General Arrangement Drawings
- Safety Access Drawings
- Hazardous Area Classification Drawings
- Pipe Support Drawings
- Pipe Spool Fabrication Drawings
- Equipment General Arrangement Drawings
- Piping Isometric Drawings
a) Equipment Layout Drawing
Download a PDF of the generated equipment layout drawing.
b) Piping General Arrangement Drawing
Download a PDF of the generated piping general arrangement drawing.
c) Safety Access Drawing
Download a PDF of the generated safety access drawing.
d) Hazardous Area Classification Drawing
Download a PDF of the generated hazardous area classification drawing.
e) Pipe Support Drawing
f) Pipe Spool Fabrication Drawing
Download a PDF of the generated pipe spool drawing.
g) Equipment General Arrangement Drawing
Download a PDF of the generated equipment general arrangement drawing (used to check the model against Vendor drawings).
h) Piping Isometric Drawings (Batch Plot)
N.B. Before batch plotting piping isometrics, pipe sections will have been reviewed and prepared by the Integrated Design Lead (see the 3D Model Management section above)
The final video shows how drawing modifications between revisions are identified and clouded, and then how drawings can be batch plotted.