Nortech Streamlines Plant Design with Intergraph® CADWorx® Solution

Nortech, an award-winning engineering design, project management, procurement and construction management assistance service provider, chose Intergraph® CADWorx® Plant Professional to improve the security of supply and to remove the need for the gas holder for the new Jersey Gas plant.

Nortech streamlines plant design with Intergraph CADWorx solution

The Challenge

Nortech, an award-winning engineering design, project management, procurement and construction management assistance service provider, was selected to engineer and design a new plant for Jersey Gas company, a liquefied petro gas importer owned by International Energy Group.

The new plant was required to operate on demand and cover seasonal differences in energy demand, allowing the existing gas holder to be withdrawn out of service and the associated land to be sold for further development. The main drivers for the project were to improve the security of supply and to remove the need for the gas holder - which was decommissioned in 2012 - and free the land for potential redevelopment.

A tight time schedule and the limitations to the available data model affected the engineering and design process. Nortech needed a solution to ensure clash-free design with efficient 3D design capabilities, the ability to produce and revise isometrics, and the ability to create bills of materials.


The Solution

Nortech chose Intergraph® CADWorx® Plant Professional and Autodesk Navisworks for their familiarity and AutoCAD-based 3D design capabilities. The 3D design began with the creation of piping specifications along with existing, modified, and new piping catalogs. The piping modelling commenced after the creation of the specifications.

CADWorx Plant Professional was also used for the structural, civil, and mechanical design. After this, all the isometric drawings were produced with Isogen®, enabling automated isometric creation tailored to Nortech’s needs. Piping support details and generic 3D design were also created with Intergraph tools. Moreover, the 3D design was transferred into a fully dimensional 2D format for fabrication purposes.

Intergraph CAESAR II® was used for pipe stress analysis throughout the project. The interoperability of CAESAR II and CADWorx Plant Professional enabled quick and highly successful information transfer between the solutions. This provided an effective and cost-saving way to easily define a piping system analysis model.

Working with CADWorx Plant Professional and Navisworks gave Nortech’s engineering department an overall view of the 40+ separate 3D files and helped the team keep track of the design processes. The models could be easily viewed within Nortech as well as readily shared with the client.