Intergraph® has announced the release of CADWorx Plant Professional 2013, the newest version of its AutoCAD-based, intelligent 3D plant design and modeling solution. CADWorx represents another improvement in plant design and creation of design deliverables, the company said in a release.
CADWorx Plant Professional 2013 features a number of upgrades, such as routing tools and intuitive components that significantly reduce time needed for design and allow more flexible design modifications. The software features a powerful new pipe routing engine that allows plant designers to move, resize and change the specification as a single line without the need to modify each component individually. As a line is built, it understands how to fit each component to the next and automatically adjusts to match. This allows a designer to perform modifications on lines with minimal effort while ensuring that the entire line has been properly adjusted.
Another CADWorx 2013 feature new to the plant design market is the Assembly View Palette. The assembly builder lets a designer build and save a complete assembly of a piping system that can be re-used in the future parametrically. This feature boosts the efficiency of design by allowing for common assemblies used throughout a project to be designed, developed and modeled once, then re-used quickly in different areas of the plant system.
CADWorx’s Specification Editor streamlines project management by allowing for better control over the project requirements. The Specification Database can be easily shared with everyone involved in a project’s design.
“Modeling is so much faster with the right-click access to pipe components and parameters,” said Carol McComb, a senior mechanical designer with Ecodyne Water in Burlington, Ontario, CADWorx & Analysis University (CAU) instructor and a beta tester of CADWorx 2013. “This modeling feature provides continuous fluid pipe routing without continually having to access palettes or toolbars. The Specification and Catalog Editor makes managing and editing project specifications so much easier. The drop-down lists for the selection of component parameters from the catalog tables is so much quicker than browsing for data files.”
The Intergraph CADWorx Plant Design Suite for process plant design offers intelligent drawing-to-database connectivity, advanced levels of design automation and easy-to-use design tools. Because of these distinct advantages, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms and owner operators in the process, power, water treatment, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and semiconductor industries have rapidly adopted the solution.
CADWorx & Analysis Solutions (CAS) also include CADWorx DraftPro™ for intelligent 2D design and layout; CAESAR II, the world’s most widely used pipe stress analysis software; PV Elite for vessel and exchanger design and analysis; and TANK™ for the design and analysis of oil storage tanks.
Intergraph also offers its famous SmartPlant and SmartMarine Enterprise line of products, the world’s only “third generation” suite of solutions, providing design automation driven by rules for design, construction, materials and engineering data management capabilities for the creation and safe operation of complex facilities, and capital Project Life Cycle Management (cPLM).
The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its “PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2015.”