Posted on Jun 15, 2016
Engineering, Procurement and Construction companies (EPC) are facing increasingly stringent demands from their customers and competition for large projects is intensifying in the global supplier environment. A decade or so ago EPCs had a clear advantage in their local markets due to their proximity to the market, but these advantages have been eroded by global supply chains and truly global providers that benefit from economies of scale.
CADMATIC has worked closely with its EPC (M) clients over the years in order to gain a full appreciation of their needs and the challenges they face. This understanding has led and continues to lead to the delivery of solutions that keep our EPC customers ahead of their competition.
The biggest potential for cost savings found in initial design phases
The technical values of the plant are defined in the concept and basic design phase of the plant where the goal is to find the most optimal (technical and economical) solution for implementation. CADMATIC has developed useful functionality to do initial design quickly and reliably and to utilize earlier approved design and construction solutions effectively. An important new functionality is the “Functional Design Template”, which provides the user with the unique capability to utilize history and existing data and solutions from other successful projects. This can be used in all project phases, but is especially useful in the initial phases to speed up the design process, to improve the quality of the design and to make cost saving decisions. It is important to keep in mind that the most vital decisions that lead to cost savings in the implementation of the whole project are made in the initial phases of the project.
Tools to manage the whole engineering network
As EPCs often work together with a range of subcontractors the ability for them to efficiently distribute design projects is essential. In distributed design the CADMATIC CoDesigner has no equal on the market with regards the efficiency and ease with which projects can be distributed and managed. Most of CADMATIC’s EPC and engineering clients utilize the CoDesigner functionality to distribute design to several of their own offices and subcontractors. This enables access to the most effective resources in the world, regardless of location. This functionality also guarantees good quality even if the design is done in several locations. CADMATIC launched its unique functionality for distributed design as early as 2002.
Globally distributed design requires software that is easy to administrate and that can be used in the whole supply chain and engineering network and in all project phases. It should also be utilizable in low cost countries and by both bigger and smaller companies. This eases management and coordination of the whole supply chain for EPCs and O/Os. Readymade component libraries and user documentation are essential parts of this and development has to be continued.
Over 50 % savings in detail design
CADMATIC has cooperated with EPC (M) companies and universities to find the optimal way to do design and engineering and manage projects. Recently the Tampere University of Technology in Finland compared the efficiency of 2D design and CADMATIC 3D design as well other 3D software applications. The difference was very clear. In general the more complicated the design, the more benefit can be gained from using CADMATIC 3D for design and engineering. There were benefits in all areas but the most dramatic difference was in piping design and document production. According to the study, piping design in CADMATIC 3D was more than 50% faster than in 2D. There was also a clear difference in document production where the benefit gained from using CADMATIC was even greater. Integrated design and engineering minimizes material and erection errors One of the goals of integrated design and engineering is to ensure that the same correct information is available for all designers and for procurement and erection. This means that integrations between design disciplines, such as process, plant, civil, electrical and automation design as well as integrations for material and document management and ERP systems have to function smoothly. The CADMATIC solution consists of integrated data handling and management between all design disciplines and all design phases, built around the CADMATIC core expertise area of plant and process design. Design disciplines such as civil engineering, process analysis (simulations), stress analysis as well as electrical, automation and instrumentation can be integrated with the CADMATIC core. The compact and integrated solution has tools for all design phases from early and basic design through to detailed design and construction. In the early design phases CADMATIC’s ability to import laser-scanned point clouds for further modelling in 3D has been widely used and results in large savings and also minimizes errors e.g. in piping installations.
Information sharing for engineering network and for life time services
On projects EPCs need software applications to easily view project data, monitor progress and communicate regarding technical issues and solutions with all engineering offices, subcontractors and owner/operators. EPCs are often required to supply project data and information in digital formats to Owner/Operators. The CADMATIC’s eBrowser is good base to deliver data to plant owners or to develop and offer life time services.
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