Intergraph Smart 3D rules-based design software helps users to build safety into plants early in the design process, enforcing regulation and engineering standards to increase safety, productivity and quality of operations. The rule-based engineering design capabilities ensure compliance with many of the world's industry and safety standard organization bodies. GexCon's FLACS has been the leading tool for explosion consequence prediction on offshore oil and gas installations for more than a decade.
Ideal for chemical, oil, gas, power and other plants involved in the handling or manufacturing of explosive or flammable materials or pressurized liquids and gases, the safety management software configuration helps identify safety risks early in the design phase thus improving safety and design quality as well as reducing higher costs for late corrections during construction and operation phases.
Now with the interface between Intergraph design software and FLACS, Smart 3D models can be imported for analysis and validation within hours or days. This capability reduces cost and increases model accuracy compared to the typical workflow of re-creating the model within FLACS which can take from one week to several months. The interface enables users to iterate design options faster, with higher model accuracy, as they can analyze gas dispersion and explosion impacts.
"Plant safety is a growing industry concern. The interface between Intergraph's rules-based 3D design solution and GexCon's FLACS explosion analysis software can help designers increase productivity and enhance safety before plant construction begins," said Tom Fiske, Ph.D., senior analyst with ARC Advisory Group which is a leading industry analyst firm, and the author of "Process Engineering Tools (PET) Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013," which ranked Intergraph the No. 1 vendor of overall engineering design software and process engineering tools.
Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, "Intergraph Smart 3D rule-based design solutions inherently promote safer plant design, construction and operations. The interface with FLACS will further increase the safety, productivity and quality for our customers, while further enhancing the robust safety management capabilities of the SmartPlant and SmartMarine solution suites."
"With Smart 3D conveniently interfaced to FLACS, users have a quick, reliable way of analyzing their 3D models for explosions and risk assessment," said Olav Hansen, Product Director of GexCon. "Being able to perform analyses in a timely manner speeds projects and improves plant design safety to ensure a safer working environment."
GexCon, an independent consulting company in the field of gas dispersion, fire and explosion safety, developed FLACS with the full cooperation, support, direction and funding of 10 of the largest oil and gas companies in the world.
Smart 3D solutions are members of Intergraph's Plant Enterprise suite of integrated solutions that provides full design, construction, materials and engineering data management capabilities needed for the creation, safe operation and maintenance, and capital Project Life Cycle Management (cPLM) of large-scale process, power, marine and offshore projects. The software's life cycle data management also enables a smoother handover for EPCs to owner operators and for owner operators to more easily maintain, refurbish or modify their plants.
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