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Australian project engineering contractor automates piping and instrumentation validation process

Intergraph : 23 March, 2013  (Application Story)
Clough is an engineering and project services contractor servicing the Energy & Chemical and Mining & Mineral markets in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Wiith headquarters in Perth, Western Australia, this long-time user of Intergraph software has selected Intergraph SmartPlant P&ID Engineering Integrity to automate many manual validations of piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) against best practice engineering rules, safety practices and client-specific standards.

To enhance automation capabilities, the engineering firm sought to establish P&IDs as part of an intelligent process design system and eliminate the manual checking process. Clough can now automate comprehensive design validation against more than 3000 rules. It can also apply its own rules in SmartPlant P&ID Engineering Integrity and set them according to the company’s operational process standards. This ensures that safety engineers can quickly execute automatic checks against all P&IDs to ensure the design basis is correct before execution, which reduces the risk of late changes.

SmartPlant P&ID has created more than 200,000 P&IDs for plants around the world. It helps users to develop and manage their P&IDs with a focus on the plant asset rather than the documentation representation, aiding 3D design and control systems development. The rules engine of SmartPlant P&ID Engineering Integrity will check P&IDs against safety and engineering practices and project standards, and can also be extended with customers’ rules on safety or any other engineering checks that are usually done manually.

“SmartPlant P&ID Engineering Integrity will help us to eliminate the manual P&ID checking process and provide significant time and cost savings,” said Paul Rushton, general manager of engineering at Clough. “This ensures we maintain high-quality P&IDs, and when handed over to owners, they meet all operational needs of the project.”

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