NOV FGS Implements SmartPlant® Isometrics for Production of Fiberglass-composite Pipes

NOV FGS manufactures and markets the world's most comprehensive line of fiberglass pipe products for the chemical and industrial markets. The company had been using plain 2D Autodesk AutoCAD® to create fabrication spool drawings, and it looked to SmartPlant® Isometrics to increase accuracy of material take off (MTO) to help to facilitate the production process.

The Challenge

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) acquired Ameron International Corporation in 2011, creating NOV Fiber Glass Systems (FGS). NOV FGS manufactures and markets the world's most comprehensive line of fiberglass pipe products for the chemical and industrial markets. They are used for oilfield, service station fuel handling, offshore platform, and marine applications.

NOV FGS had been using plain 2D Autodesk AutoCAD® to create fabrication spool drawings. This process is both time-consuming and error-prone, leading to shortages of materials during procurement, as well as dimensional errors during manufacturing. With the growth in business, NOV FGS wanted to boost efficiency of its production, as well as ensure it could effectively handle future growth. The company also sought to increase accuracy of material take off (MTO) to help facilitate the production process.

The Solution

NOV FGS wanted a standalone solution that is easy to use and would produce accurate results. The company chose Intergraph® SmartPlant® Isometrics because it was the only software solution available in the market that met these key requirements. In addition, the solution is user-friendly so only minimal training was required. NOV FGS could also customize SmartPlant Isometrics as required because the solution is very flexible.

SmartPlant Isometrics, powered by ISOGEN®, is the Intergraph solution designed to document piping systems with industry-standard piping isometric drawings, and is ideal for site-based piping engineers and designers. SmartPlant Isometrics can read design isometrics from almost any 3D plant design system, or create new isometrics quickly and accurately from sketches, providing a high-quality record for planning, cost estimation, inspection, or design of modifications.

NOV FGS implemented SmartPlant Isometrics to generate database spools with accurate and automated MTO. The draftsmen use the Intergraph solution to develop spool drawings for production from NOV FGS clients' isometrics or layouts. The generated MTO is then sent to the sales and production team for planning and preparation.

SmartPlant Isometrics has also delivered significant time savings to NOV FGS. With its previous methods, it might have taken approximately one hour to create each and every individual spool drawing, including the addition of attribution, cutting and MTO information, and jointing details between male and female parts. Due to the productive pipe-sketching functionality and powerful editing tools of SmartPlant Isometrics, as well as the inclusion of ISOGEN drawing automation, making revisions to piping designs is fast and easy. Using the Intergraph solution, NOV FGS has dramatically reduced design time and errors, with drawing production time per spool drawing now reduced to just minutes. NOV FGS considers all drawings and MTOs produced by SmartPlant Isometrics to be 99 percent accurate.