SNERDI Uses SmartPlant® for Nuclear Plant Design

Chinese nuclear research and design institute implements SmartPlant® Enterprise solutions in global workshare environment. SNERDI produced 3D models to support Westinghouse's AP1000 plant design, which is recognized as among the safest and most advanced nuclear power plants on the market today.

The Challenge

Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute (SNERDI) is the leader in creating technology for nuclear power across Asia, including Westinghouse AP1000® nuclear projects the Sanmen and Haiyang nuclear power plants in China and Chasma Unit 2 in Pakistan.

SNERDI produced 3D plant models to support Westinghouse's AP1000 plant design, which is recognized as among the safest and most advanced nuclear power plants on the market today. It is based on standard Westinghouse pressurized water reactor (PWR) technology that has achieved more than 2,500 reactor years of highly successful operation. Modular in design, the AP1000 promotes ready standardization and high construction quality.

However, to further its expertise in nuclear power plant design and support an increasing number of global projects, SNERDI needed to move away from traditional design methods and leverage intelligent, advanced technology to support an integrated design platform.

Its challenge was to:

  • Establish integrated engineering design platform with 2D engineering and schematics and 3D design
  • Support multiple nuclear power projects concurrently in a global workshare environment
  • Improve quality of engineering design and overall project productivity

The Solution

SNERDI has been an Intergraph® customer since 1997 and it selected SmartPlant® Enterprise engineering solutions to improve its design processes for its global nuclear power projects. SmartPlant Enterprise offers true engineering integration, enabling SNERDI to establish and develop an integrated design platform to enhance global collaboration and meet project requirements.

By integrating SmartPlant Engineering & Schematics applications - such as SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant Electrical, and SmartPlant P&ID - with 3D design, SNERDI is able to complete engineering design for its nuclear power plants across all disciplines. The integrated engineering environment enables SNERDI's engineers to perform global, concurrent engineering for multiple projects, improving the quality and efficiency of the design work involved.

For example, the integration of SmartPlant P&ID with the 3D design platform enables SNERDI's engineers to quickly view the relevant P&ID data and generate the associated reports, without having to refer to a large number of documents separately. The integration also improves the consistency and accuracy of the data, which can be reused with other engineering applications to minimize errors.

SNERDI Vice President Gu Guoxing, said, "The strong growth of our business requires reliable design and engineering solutions that improve our productivity significantly so that we can achieve a competitive advantage on the international market. Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise suite satisfies this demand because it provides leading technology coupled with strong local and international support to achieve optimized benefits from our investment."