Cadalyst: Plant and Piping Software Design

From: <Paul>
Date: Mon Apr 16 2007 - 21:52:00 EDT

As usual, the article is short on details like advantages/shortcomings of individual software packages. It's also written by an architect (not that there's anything wrong with that).


<<Plant and piping software has reached an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, stage. With much of today's industry dependent on processes involving the movement of liquids and gases, there's an ever-increasing need for this type of software to design the infrastructures that carry these commodities. Plant and piping software developers were early adopters of 3D modeling. These software offerings fall into two broad groups—2D schematics, such as P&IDs (piping and instrument diagrams) and instrument and electrical diagrams, and the physical design comprising 2D and 3D deliverables. What's notable is that more 3D-based design packages at all price levels are available, and they automatically produce the 2D deliverables, reports and BOMs (bills of materials) that were available only in high-priced offerings in the past.

Although most of these design applications run on either AutoCAD or MicroStation platforms, other offerings from AVEVA and Intergraph use their own graphics engines and output to either the DWG or DGN drawing formats.

This "AEC in Focus" column discusses some of the latest developments for this area of engineering.>>

  From March 2007, the rest of the article: Received on Mon Apr 16 21:52:00 2007

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