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Autodesk Announces AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010 Software

At the SPE Offshore Europe Conference in Aberdeen, Autodesk Inc. announced the availability of AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010, a new software product that brings the benefits of model-based design to mainstream plant design projects. Purpose-built for the design, modeling and documentation of process plants, AutoCAD Plant 3D makes modern 3D design more affordable and accessible to project teams of all sizes.

            Built on the familiar AutoCAD platform, AutoCAD Plant 3D allows project teams to increase productivity and improve accuracy and coordination of shared information. The vast majority of plant design and engineering projects support the operation, maintenance and expansion of existing facilities. These projects are typically executed by small teams facing tight time and budget constraints. AutoCAD Plant 3D is tailor-made to increase the productivity of these teams by reducing setup time, facilitating straightforward information sharing, and minimizing the impact of changing project information.

            “The value of 3D modeling is proven in the process plant industry, but existing design solutions are complex and expensive, serving primarily the largest projects,” said Mark Strassman, VP, AEC Plant Solutions Group, Autodesk. “The most common plant design and engineering projects today are retrofits, upgrades and expansions that run on tight budgets and fixed shutdown windows. The teams that execute these projects simply can’t afford to waste time and overhead with complicated solutions. Since AutoCAD Plant 3D leverages the familiarity of AutoCAD and the popularity of the .dwg file format, project teams can get up and running quickly, share design information more easily and finish projects faster – with potentially significant savings in time and cost.”

            AutoCAD Plant 3D features specification-driven design and standard parts catalogs to help streamline the placement of piping, equipment and support structures. Also included in the product is integrated AutoCAD P&ID functionality and quick generation of isometric and orthographic drawings.

            Autodesk also announced the launch of a new community for plant designers and engineers on AutoCAD Exchange. On AutoCAD Exchange Plant, users can network, learn from experts, enhance professional skills, engage in discussions and provide feedback to Autodesk product teams. Visitors can create profiles to personalize their experience and share their tips, projects and experiences with other global plant design and engineering professionals.

            To download a 30-day free trial of AutoCAD Plant 3D or join the AutoCAD Exchange Plant community, please visit:


September 9, 2009 at 11:29 pm 1 comment

CDA Launches Seismic DataStore

Common Data Access Limited (CDA), which manages well data collected during drilling activity on the UK continental shelf (UKCS), has launched its Seismic DataStore. The new online service will increase the efficiency of retrieving and analyzing the 4,500 2D and 3D seismic surveys, enabling companies to respond much more quickly to license applications.

            UK Energy Minister Lord Hunt of Kings Heath commented: “The wealth of knowledge contained in the seismic surveys carried out around our coasts over the last 40 years – at a cost of billions of pounds – is contained on millions of tapes on the shelves of companies or their records management contractors. The Seismic DataStore will transfer and preserve an important element of this collection, relieving the burden on companies who come under pressure to meet their obligation to provide this data to other companies while trying to locate information for their own licensing applications. This development comes at an important time for the UK oil and gas industry; by helping to reduce duplication of work and improve efficiency, it will help to increase recovery of the UK’s oil and gas reserves.”

            Malcolm Fleming, CDA’s chief executive, said: “Under the conventional system, geophysicists can spend up to half their time looking for or managing data when they could be searching for oil and gas. At a time of high costs and a 57% fall in exploration activity, they should be doing what they are skilled in – interpreting data. The Seismic DataStore helps to increase efficiency by reducing data search time.”

            The surveys most in demand are being loaded onto the system first, and by the end of this year more than 750 of the most relevant will be available. Not only will seismic data be easier to locate, it will be quality-assured. When data is located through the Seismic DataStore online, purchasers have the opportunity to preview it to ensure its quality is suitable before investing in it.

            Those surveys that are too big to download immediately will be on members’ desktops within three days. Companies who are not members of CDA will still have to sign licenses, but will benefit by receiving quality-controlled, useful data within the three-week guideline set by Government.

            The Seismic DataStore also overcomes the time-consuming process of scrutinizing and signing data licenses. Companies that subscribe to CDA will no longer have to sign separate data license agreements under the new system.

            Malcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, commented: “The Seismic DataStore brings considerable business benefits. The ability to download quality-assured seismic data in days or hours compared with weeks or months significantly increases the productivity of scarce, expert resources. At a time when resources are being reduced, people will be able to work faster and more efficiently. That means they can make better applications for license rounds and consider more prospects, all of which will help to extend the life of the North Sea.”

September 9, 2009 at 2:26 am Leave a comment

FMC Opens New Global Technology Center

FMC Technologies is expanding its R&D network with the addition of a new Global Technology Center constructed on FMC’s Houston campus. Built to enhance the company’s ability to develop innovative equipment and services for customers worldwide, the building will house product technical management teams and core technology groups made up of a variety of experts including: mechanical and electrical engineers, designers, metallurgists, material scientists, chemists, welding engineers, and other specialists required for the design and verification of high-performance deepwater equipment.

            “It’s an important step that FMC has taken to invest in the future through continued technology development,” said Brad Beitler, Director of Technology for FMC’s Energy Production Systems. “Developing our products and systems with direct input from our customers has been, and will continue to be, one of the keys to our success.”

            The facility provides engineers and researchers with cutting-edge tools to strengthen global collaboration, enhance communication and productivity, and increase efficiency. To support teamwork and creativity among engineers, the center has several state-of-the-art videoconferencing suites to connect teams around the globe, as well as visualization rooms equipped with large, high-definition monitors to display 3D animations and designs. The building also houses a new training center, where FMC will strengthen its existing engineering talent and accelerate the development of new engineers.

            Specialist teams in this location will support the company’s global commitment to developing the leading-edge technologies necessary to produce hydrocarbons from high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) reservoirs and ultra-deepwater fields. In addition, the center will serve as FMC’s global hub for the development of concepts and hardware that can significantly reduce the total cost of ownership of onshore, offshore and subsea fields during their producing life.

September 9, 2009 at 2:22 am Leave a comment

Invensys to Provide Training Simulator for Malaysian LNG Plant

Invensys Operations Management has signed a five-year, multi-million dollar contract to supply a comprehensive operator training, process design and operation optimization solution to Malaysia LNG Tiga Sdn Bhd (MLNG Tiga). This is the third liquid natural gas (LNG) plant located within the Petronas LNG complex in Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia. The Petronas LNG Complex is the world’s largest integrated LNG production facility with three plants at a single location, with a total of eight production trains and a combined capacity of nearly 23 million tons per annum. The integrated operations of the three plants, supported by a current fleet of 13 LNG tankers and with additional six vessels under construction, will enhance Malaysia’s LNG supply flexibility and reliability.

            Under the terms of the contract, Invensys will provide SimSci-Esscor operator training simulator (OTS) technology to train MLNG Tiga’s processing plant operators during startup and shutdown of LNG trains. Besides facilitating process design, optimizing operation processes and diagnosing equipment operation, the solution also allows for safe and rapid evaluation of operational procedures. The virtual environment created results in greater plant safety awareness, productivity and efficiency.

            “We are glad to have selected Invensys as our strategic partner. The customized simulation solution encompassing Dynsim LNG modeling technology and Foxboro® I/A Series simulation technology will result in significant time savings during startup. Most importantly, we are assured of a safe platform of experimentation before implementing process changes,” said Mohd Hatta Abu Bakar, head of OPS Capability Development, MLNG.

            “We are pleased to enter into this strategic relationship with MLNG to help optimize plant performance and drive bottom-line performance,” said Terence Chan, Managing Director, Invensys Operations Management, ASEAN, Taiwan and Japan. “We will utilize an integrated solution that combines our deep industry knowledge, the world’s leading OTS technology, integrated solutions capabilities, global presence and technology transfer programs that will help optimize MLNG Tiga’s performance and plant processes.”

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