As the oil price continues to fluctuate, lowering project cost and maximizing efficiency seems more important than ever before. Insider Blog met with STI Engineering, an Italian engineering company to discuss a real life project example on how to lower engineering cost and improve efficiency.
“The use of Intergraph® tools reduced engineering work by approximately 30%, and engineering software cost by approximately 60% compared to similar previous projects. We are currently looking into expanding our knowledge of other Intergraph software like CADWorx® fieldPipe™ Professional, which enables the use of laser-scan and laser-trace technology to capture the real as-built.” said STI Engineering representative after utilizing Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis tools in a waste-to-energy-plant project.
STI Engineering offers design and consulting services in civil construction and industrial plant industries. The company won a tender for a multidisciplinary design, waste to energy plant on the island of Terceira, a small island in the Azores archipelago (Portugal). This plant is set to process 40,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year, generating power for 20,000 residents. The new facility would produce 24 million KWh per year of electricity, from the 10 structures, 30 equipments and 300 piping lines.
The main goals for STI Engineering were to save time and cost whilst creating accurate, timely, and detailed engineering information. With a tender valuing a total amount of 30 million euros, STI Engineering needed to stringently evaluate various solutions available in the market to be able to select the best engineering and analysis solutions provider.
The greatest challenge for STI Engineering was finding a tool that could reduce the overall execution time of the plant design phase. Generally, the company found that many of the solutions provided by other vendors had long start up and implementation times, which could have affected the entire project schedule. Having a solution that was easy to learn, could be set up quickly, and easily customized in accordance with the project requirements, in terms of both documentation and reporting deliverables, was fundamental to the success of the project.
CADWorx Plant Professional was the fundamental base to manage cost control and planning for the project. The engineering work comprised of creation of piping specifications, P&IDs, a 3D model, isometrics, layouts, and material take offs. Once specifications were defined and made available, the first step in the project execution involved creating a 3D model of the plant. The complete model was created and completed in just 4 months.
The second step, to avoid rework in the field, was the CADWorx interference check between all disciplines included in the multidisciplinary design. Finally, utilizing Isogen and OrthoGen, STI Engineering generated accurate isometrics and layouts automatically from the model, saving considerable man hours during this critical step in the project execution.
Next, a database linked to CADWorx Plant Professional, containing all components present in the model and all of the client’s purchase order codes, was created so that bills of materials could be reported and submitted for procurement. Customization and integration of the database with the procurement system was possible without the assistance of Intergraph personnel.
Overall, it is safe to say that the integration of CADWorx Plant Professional has allowed STI Engineering to save vital man hours and engineering software costs up to 60%.
Curious to learn more about how STI Engineering improves productivity? Read the whole case study here.