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AutoCAD 3D Model of Piping Design for a Leading Argentine Engineering Services Firm

The Client - Engineering Design Firm

Based in Argentina, the client is a multidisciplinary engineering services firm focused on the commercialization of design systems in industrial plants. At its core, the firm makes use of technology and innovation to set itself apart from other engineering firms in the industry.

The firm is well-known for using advanced technology in the delivery of a wide range of services, including 2D and 3D design systems, laser surveys, and databases for technical information management.

Requirements for 3D Modeling of Piping Design

Our team was required to create a 3D model of piping design, to be completed in an AutoCAD file. We received laser scan data in .STL file format via Dropbox.

The complete area required detailed scanning, and the piping model needed to be shared based on the scans. Our team was tasked with creating 3D piping models for two locations within the power plant. As per the client’s specifications, we followed the Argentinean piping standard throughout.

With a team made up of 5 3D modeling experts and one dedicated team manager, we were able to cover both areas in 2 weeks.

Challenges that Our Engineering Team Overcome

Our team struggled to obtain accurate data in the joint flange, valves, and support from the scanned files. To combat this, it was necessary to re-create the models by referring to the piping standards.

Covering both areas in 2 weeks presented somewhat of a challenge insofar as timing was concerned. However, with a highly experienced team on the job, we were able to complete the project within the requested two-week time frame.

Process Outline for this Project

As with most projects, we implemented a thorough, step-wise process to ensure top quality service within the minimum amount of time.

  • After an initial meeting with the client, we established detailed project parameters.
  • Our team received the scanned input files via Dropbox.
  • We assigned a dedicated team to the task and set up a final run-through with the client to ensure that we were taking the correct approach.
  • Our 3D modeling experts recreated the models by referring to the Argentinian piping standard whenever details were missing from the scanned copies.
  • Sample snapshots of the model were shared with the client.
  • Modifications were made based on the client’s feedback.
  • The final output was submitted to the client in an AutoCAD file.

Quality and Compliant Results for the Client

All team members assigned to the task were engineers with previous experience with this type of work which made the delivery smooth for the client. At all stages, the necessary standards were incorporated, which gave rise to quality and compliant results. The client was satisfied with our commitment to quality, and no further revisions were requested.

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