PDS® is a comprehensive, intelligent computer-aided design/engineering (CAD/CAE) application for plant design, construction, and operations.

2015 Golden Valve Best of Show winner

PDS® is a comprehensive, intelligent computer-aided design/engineering application. Production-driven, PDS delivers the best design possible – and does it more efficiently to reduce the total installed cost of the project. It enhances value and minimizes risk while preserving the value of data. 

PDS is the market leader, chosen by owner operators; engineering, procurement, and construction firms; and their vendors to design projects around the world since the mid-1980s. Due to its capability and commitment to the industry, many leading EPCs and O/Os have selected PDS as their corporate standard.



Automation that improves productivity

Improved Design

Three-dimensional modeling that helps designers create a better design

Walkthrough the Plant

Dynamic walkthroughs that allow operations and maintenance personnel to interactively view the plant before it is constructed.

Reduce Design Errors

Interference checking to reduce or eliminate field rework

Reduce Costs

Accurate material take-offs that cut costs

Improve Quality

Specification-driven design and checking that improve accuracy

AMEC has been a longtime supporter of Intergraph solutions. Solutions from Intergraph are highly sought by owner operators and after identifying market trends and seeing the strong adoption of Smart 3D technology, AMEC decided to leverage our PDS investment to the new platform to capture business opportunities and establish a global offering.

Jacek Morawski
AMEC Americas director of engineering

Key Features

Robust Worksharing

Provides more robust worksharing functionalities


Offers tighter FrameWorks® Plus and SmartPlant® P&ID integration

Command Options

Supplies more command options

Specification-Driven Design

Provides specification-driven design and interference checking, both "hard" and "soft"

Central Database Storage

Has central database storage

Improves Accuracy

Provides accurate material take-offs | Supplies extensive, customizable reference data created to industry standards | Has library of 50+ typical reports for instrumentation engineering

Provides Web-based data access

Interfaces with popular analysis packages (i.e., STAAD-III, GT STRUDL, LARSA, CAESAR II, TriFlex, and others)

PDS Modules / Plugin Software

CloudWorx PDS®

CloudWorx PDS® is the most efficient and popular plug-in software for using as-built point cloud data – captured by laser scanners – directly within PDS.

FrameWorks® Plus

FrameWorks® Plus is a 2D/3D engineering tool that allows you to build models with associated intelligence.

FrameWorks Plus fully supports PDS®.


SupportModeler™ for PDS® can build your company's standards into flexible libraries of pipe support assemblies.

Third Party Complimentary Software

SDS/2 Detailing Module

Using a 3D model, SDS/2 has the built-in intelligence to automatically design the connections for beams, columns, bracing and joists. Once the model is entered or downloaded, the connections are designed based off of an extensive setup that allows each customer to get the material, edge distance, and details desired. After the connections are designed, the user can model all the minor pieces of steel (ladders, handrails, hoppers, bins, checkered plate, etc.) interactively or using parametric design. The time spent to create the 3D model with all the relevant steel information is phenomenal. SDS/2 calculates all the geometry, setbacks, end preps, lengths, bolts, etc. you will need. Everyone in your company can use this 3D database to obtain the information they need.

After the model is complete, automatic detailing will create the most complete set of 2D drawings available in the industry. All of the major members (beams, columns, bracing, miscellaneous), all of the minor material (plates, angles, templates), all of the erection drawings (plan, elevation and isometric) are automatically created by SDS/2. The 2D drawings taken from the model result in a fit in the field, again and again.

While the job is in progress, it is very easy to view the status of any jobs. Various stages of design, detailing, fabrication and erection are stored within the model. Simply view the status criteria you wish to view and the model changes color to reflect the status of those members.

SDS/2 is the proven leader, time and time again.

Additional Information

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Leica Geosystems

Leica Geosystems provide interface software to SmartPlant® Review that allows existing conditions captured with laser scanners to be viewed in the design environment, or in a walkthrough design review environment. BitWyse's LASERGen product enables the display of point clouds from multiple scanner formats inside SmartPlant Review. Leica's Cyclone Point Cloud Engine displays HDS-produced point clouds in SmartPlant Review. The Quantapoint’s PRISM 3D interface enables interactive and photorealistic 3D laser models of actual as-built laser documentation™ to be accessed from SmartPlant Review. The LFM Server software from Z+F is fast, easy to use and includes live links to SmartPlant Review.

Transition from PDS® to Intergraph Smart® 3D or CADWorx®
Step-up to the next level of plant design ... make the switch from PDS® to Intergraph Smart® 3D or CADWorx® today.
PDS® Ortho-Draw

PDS® Ortho-Draw is a powerful automatic annotation and dimensioning solution used to produce project deliverables for PDS. Save time and improve the quality of PDS orthographic drawing production with PDS Ortho-Draw.

Special Focus in the industries: Oil & Gas, Process, Power, & Mining

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From PDS to Intergraph Smart 3D and Intergraph Smart P&ID

"The ease of documentation generation, lowered error risk before the construction stage, and high reliability are the key reasons why we have chosen Intergraph® as our main solutions provider, and why we intend to keep using Intergraph solutions in the future."

Victor Smirnov, CEO

Intergraph Smart 3D
Intergraph Smart 3D is the world’s first and only next-generation 3D design solution specifically tailored for plant, offshore, shipbuilding, and the metals and mining industries, employing a breakthrough engineering approach that leverages real-time concurrent design, rules, relationships, and automation.