BlueScope Steel is the leading steel company in Australia and New Zealand, supplying a large percentage of flat steel products sold in these markets. New Zealand Steel Ltd., a BlueScope subsidiary, is New Zealand’s sole producer of flat rolled steel products for the building, construction, manufacturing and agricultural industries.
The company uses locally sourced ironsand to produce around 650,000 tons of steel a year. Some 60 percent of the company’s steel output is exported – a good example of how an industry can successfully adapt to take advantage of a natural resource that is unlike any other in the world.
With that scope of work facing it, the engineering design team at BlueScope Steel needed to move from a CAD environment to a data-centric setting.
Andrew Beer - Senior CAD Systems Engineer New Zealand Steel - and his team now use Intergraph SmartPlant® Foundation, which creates and manages a digital representation of the plant and all its activities throughout its life cycle. The system is locally supported by Intergraph partner Matrix Applied Computing, which has developed a browser-access, Web-based front end that enables users anywhere on New Zealand Steel’s site to find, view and print engineering drawings.
The decision to move to SmartPlant Foundation was prompted by the release of a new version of New Zealand Steel's existing CAD software, which made it impossible for the company to read its own "as-builts. Beer realized his team would need to adopt a longer-term approach to the creation and management of its engineering data.
"We knew that moving to SmartPlant Foundation would mean a bigger annual maintenance bill, but as it is the backbone for a number of related engineering design products, the overall package is attractive," Beer said.