Bad Soden am Taunus, 01 February 2021
ITandFactory GmbH (ITF) proudly announces the release of CADISON R20. Intensive global competition, digitalization, new working methods and increasing interdisciplinary networking – are the increased requirements that also apply to Plant engineering. The focus of the developers for the new CADISON Release R20 was therefore on simplifying the processes within Plant designing, reducing the manual work steps, minimizing errors and thus increasing productivity in engineering while not losing sight of the future needs of the users.
As a basis for the new release, the developers have analyzed the basic engineering - i.e. the creation and editing of P&ID Flow diagrams and P&IDs - in detail for potential for improvement as the P&ID is the Master document for the entire planning and design of a Plant.
Back to basics: P&ID design as the basis for success
"We analyzed ourselves: What do our users really need to better manage the complex steps of P&ID design? Because at the end of the day, it forms the solid basis for planning and designing a system," said Stefan Kraus, Head of Development at ITandFactory. For example: It is not uncommon, that when the schematics are completed in the final phase, the line layout has to be completely changed again. Until now, the engineers had to correct the tagging and labelling manually in the last step. CADISON R20 automatically adjusts the tagging. This not only reduces the error rate significantly but also saves the engineers a lot of time and spare their nerves, especially with comprehensive P&IDs.
The optimization of process flow diagrams and P&IDs is also easier with CADISON R20. In addition, the tagging automatically adapts to changes in essential elements or factors such as the pipe segments or the nominal diameter.
Working with Construction sets: Crucial for efficient Plant Design
Another important element for simplified and reduced manual processes is working with Construction sets. They represent standardized units, such as pump groups. The details of an assembly only have to be defined once. Designers from the various disciplines use these prefabricated assemblies without having to know the details. The more standardized assemblies they use, the faster, more error-free and more reliable the planners can design complex systems.
To fully exploit the potential of this way of working, CADISON R20
includes a new editor for the Construction sets. "With the new feature, our users can easily edit the created units," explains Stefan Kraus. "This results in enormous time savings when maintaining existing assemblies. Using the editor, engineers can not only edit the graphical representation for a drawing type (e.g. PID) but they can also add additional graphical representations for other drawing types (e.g. 3D layout plan)."
A value addition: the defined Construction sets can be expanded in a targeted and continuous manner - building on what already exists and has been tested in practice. In this way, customers can use them for other projects in the future.
Another step towards BIM for Plant engineering: expansion of the IFC interface
In the previous version, ITandFactory laid the foundation for networked and digitized cooperation between the specialist disciplines beyond Plant designing with the IFC interface. Because in large-scale Plant construction, different planning offices are always involved. The data is diverse and must be delivered in a standardized format to ensure communication and smooth collaboration. With the IFC interface, there is no longer any need for specifications regarding the software used. The data of the various disciplines, such as buildings, building services, steel construction or pipeline construction, are exchanged in a neutral format by means of the IFC interface.
"Based on the feedback from our customers, we have optimized the workflow for this data exchange", explains Kraus. Now CADISON users can predefine the import and export of data and standardize it for recurring processes. Among other things, this facilitates the transfer of up-to-date information to and from client as well as to external planning partners.
Focus on User friendliness
In addition to these improvements, the focus was on the user experience. An improved display of the relevant information leads to greater planning reliability when synchronizing the P&ID and the 3D installation plan. When placing components, the software visualizes and compares whether the installation situation in the P&ID corresponds to the installation situation in 3D. Also, the development team has optimized the collaboration in a multi-user environment for enhanced productivity. Hence, changes made on one workstation are also visible on other workstations at the push of a button.
Last but not the least, CADISON administrators can administer the databases of the CADISON system in version R20 via a user-friendly front end interface, without any long training requirements.
ITandFactory GmbH - a wholly owned subsidiary of Neilsoft Private Limited - is a solution provider for the Plant engineering industry. The company has been developing and distributing engineering software for over 25 years. The integrated solution CADISON supports customers in project planning and development for Plants in various industries. These include the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, oil and gas industries as well as companies in the water and wastewater treatment sector.