Ludan Engineering achieves record timesavings with CADWorx® P&ID Professional

Ludan Engineering, a multidisciplinary engineering organization, decided to use CADWorx® P&ID Professional to allow users to incorporate any tagging rules for equipment, lines, valves, fittings, instruments in a basic engineering project of a new waste water treatment plant in Russia.

The Challenge

Ludan Engineering was involved in a basic engineering project of a new waste water treatment plant in Russia. Multiple advisory and design teams from around the world participated in the project, while Ludan Engineering was responsible for integrity of the final deliverables to the client.

The project had a very tight schedule, and the time between receiving the information from partners to the delivery of final documents to the client was extremely short. This required the use of very powerful design tools with high customization flexibility to incorporate the client format requirements.

The client sent extensive procedures for document numbering, as well as for tagging of equipment, lines, valves, fittings, instruments, etc., plus the required drawing symbols and line patterns – all of which are available in PDF form.

To shorten the design time, each participating advisory team worked in its own document and drawing formats. The extremely simple and transparent database system provided by CADWorx P&ID Professional allowed easy incorporation of the incoming materials directly into the CADWorx® P&ID Professional database with further simultaneous update of all relevant documentation.

The Solution

CADWorx P&ID Professional allowed Ludan to work “smart” at any design stage. The interface made it possible to define equipment items in block diagram and then use these definitions later during the PFD and P&ID design stages. It’s also possible to define the equipment in the database before the drawing creation and then later during drawing creation process using this available database data.

The drawing creation process automatically generates the project database behind the drawing elements. In other words, it’s possible to use CADWorx P&ID as ordinary AutoCAD as well as the universal drawing creation tool.

Thanks to live bi-directional links to a database, Ludan can easily integrate mass and heat balance tables presented in block-diagram/PFD with the calculated results from Aspen, HYSYS, CHEMCAD, or PIPENET. And with the ability to store the coordinates of each drawn element in the database, it’s possible to generate the PIPENET input file based on the AutoCAD drawing.

"The benefits of the tool were very apparent from the beginning and included easy customization – no programming skills are required; high flexibility – it’s possible to work 'smart' from the block diagram project stage; and a very full tools set: datasheet module, Internet Publisher, data inheritance, piping specifications, control, etc.," explained Boris M. Solovyev, Ph.D. ChE., senior process engineer at Ludan Engineering.

"Time savings can also be significant, depending on the type of project. For instance, if the project has multiple instruments and control loops, the instrument index is generated automatically with the P&ID progress, as well as equipment and instruments datasheets. This case corresponds to 90 percent time savings, in comparison to the conventional instrument and equipment data filling. If the project is a drawing creation itself, for an AutoCAD novice user, CADWorx P&ID can save 50 percent of time."

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