Your plant is a large, complex machine with thousands of moving parts that must all fit and function together. Each one of those parts occupies a three-dimensional space and must connect with the appropriate piping, connections and adjacent equipment.
When it comes time to install a new or upgrade an existing piece of machinery it’s not always clear that it will fit into the available space and easily connect to the right fittings. It’s also never truly clear that a concept workflow will increase performance and plant through-put.
Fortunately, we can now visualize new installations and process systems in a 3D model. Using our modeling software, MAI can generate a fly-through or walk-through of your plant with the new equipment in place. This will clearly demonstrate whether or not the equipment will fit into the space you’ve allocated before the first construction dollar is spent. Not only can it demonstrate fit, it will allow you to be 100% satisfied with the new arrangement before you commit to construction.
The modeling process has our designers and engineers precisely model the affected portions of your facility as well as the proposed process or equipment. By digitally inserting the equipment into the space, you can be assured that the improvements, new equipment or process will deliver increased production.
Not only do we need to concern ourselves with whether the equipment will fit well into its final position, we need to know if it can be brought to that spot through a congested plant. A 3D model of the delivery route that lifts the equipment off the truck, snakes it through your plant and installs it in the final location lets you rest easy that the entire process is going to go smoothly.
Whether they’re prepared by MAI or another firm, traditional 2D engineering drawings can often be confusing and hard to visualize in their finished configuration. By preparing the 3D model, you can actually see what this equipment will look like, and how it’s going to integrate into your existing plant. Any concerns can turn into quick changes before concrete and steel are involved.
Finally, 3D modeling software can automatically generate both the two-dimensional construction drawings and a bill of materials. Designers and drafters don’t have to create separate, projected views, increasing speed to completion. Any changes to the 3D model will immediately update, move or resize dimensions and other attributes on the technical drawings.
Altogether, the convenience, speed and accuracy of a 3D model makes it a huge improvement on quality and functionality.