Facilities that produce a variety of things that help to enrich our lives, including electricity, water, oil and gas, etc. are called plants and are comprised of a diverse range of equipment, piping systems and control units, etc. The layout and design of plant piping systems involves overall plant design.
- Basic layout design
- The volume and space to be made available for the operation and maintenance of piping routes, cable trays and air conditioning ducts that cannot be finalized based on experience and knowledge during the early design stages needs to be anticipated in order to consider a logical and easily accessible arrangement of equipment and the structures that house them.
- Piping system design
- The design of piping systems requires knowledge in a variety of areas, such as architecture, equipment and control units and involves not only the design of the piping system, but also all of the other plant components, including cable trays and air conditioning ducts, etc.
Further, piping system design can greatly impact plant performance, making it necessary to construct a plant with a fully integrated approach to design, encompassing everything from design accuracy to piping system plans to total materials with the aid of 3D CAD, such as PDMS, EYECAD and PLANT 3D, etc.
- Piping system support design
- Once the design for the piping system is complete, it is necessary to design the necessary support structures. Where to position the supports is designed on the back of consideration into the thermal expansion and seismic performance of the pipes. This is followed by a detailed support design and the creation of references for the manufacture of the support structures.