Quality Magazine

New 3D Design Software Solutions for Shipbuilding, Metals, and Mining Industries

January 1, 2014

Smart 3D is a 3D design solution specifically tailored for plant, offshore, shipbuilding metals, mining and bulk material handling industries, employing a breakthrough engineering approach that leverages rules-based concurrent design, relationships and automation. It is the most advanced and productive 3D design solution that effectively enables optimized design, increasing quality, interoperability and productivity, while shortening project schedules.ship_model_IN

Smart 3D combines the functionality for marine and offshore projects and materials handling with those of onshore plant design. It features numerous unique capabilities and enhancements requested by users of Intergraph's Smart 3D technology, including:

  • Model Data Reuse (MDR) functionality ensures efficient re-use never before possible in other 3D CAD applications. Users can reuse front-end engineering design (FEED) or old designs with different catalogs and specifications, by leveraging MDR's unique rule reuse, tag renaming and specification transformation. Orthographic drawings are automatically copied and updated for unprecedented savings. This combined with 64-bit clash detection and further automated drawing generation for higher performance than ever before.
  • Enhanced 3D interoperability capabilities enable the use of 3D data from multiple third-party CAD systems in conjunction with native Smart 3D models. Smart 3D is the only system offering interoperability with both graphics and data attributes of third-party CAD models, making it ideally suited to brownfield and joint-venture projects. Through integration with SmartPlant Interop Publisher, Smart 3D extends the number of supported 3D formats, providing a richer, centrally-managed 3D ecosystem.
  • Extended 3D translation capabilities enable the use of a single design solution for engineering contractors who are required to deliver in Smart 3D or PDMS formats, including iterative updates. EPCs who take advantage of this feature will cut costs by only supporting one 3D solution.

Many of Intergraph's most significant and innovative clients, as well as participants in Intergraph's Agile software development process, have been involved in beta testing of Intergraph Smart 3D.

"As a participant in the beta testing program, Technip was especially pleased with the installation, configuration and administration improvements in the 2014 release," said Technip Smart 3D Business Product Manager Didier Tison. "We were able to easily bring forward projects built on the 2009.1 release. The improved configuration for extraction of deliverables is significantly faster and the 64-bit processing capabilities allow large drawings to benefit from increased memory availability. It's also much easier to configure and run."

 "Technip designers will definitely take advantage of 2014's improvements around jacketed pipe design and deliverables extraction. One of the reasons Technip adopted Smart 3D was because of its integration with Intergraph's 2D design tools. Smart 3D 2014's Design Basis Viewer provides an easier way to compare and update the Smart 3D model with the data in SmartPlant P&ID, SmartPlant Instrumentation and SmartPlant Electrical," said Thomas Kerjouan, Technip France Smart 3D administrator.