Intergraph updates design software; extends Vale connection

Vessel and heat-exchanger design, analysis and evaluation software features new modelling capabilities

Staff reporter
Large-scale heat exchanger

Large-scale heat exchanger

New configuration options and improved analysis capabilities are among the key enhancements to an advanced vessel and heat-exchanger design package, PV Elite 2015, which has just been released by Hexagon-group business Intergraph.

Intergraph says that a new 3-D PDF modeller and its CodeCalc pressure-vessel code and calculation updates will also help engineers and designers to create vessel and heat-exchanger designs quickly and accurately for projects of varying scopes and sites.

“Favoured by owner-operators and engineering firms worldwide, PV Elite is compliant with American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section VIII Divisions 1 and 2, PD 5500, EN 13445 and API 579, providing an inclusive set of international code rules and region-specific content combined with robust data-collection tools,” the software developer states.

PV Elite also has important equations built in to help users meet inspection requirements and graphical inputs and make it easy to create, update and manipulate analysis models, and includes bi-directional links to CADWorx Plant Professional and PV Fabricator for live project-information sharing.

“Users have a lot to look forward to with this latest release of PV Elite, especially the addition of a 3-D PDF modeller, which allows for easily shareable and dynamic visual representation of vessels, as well as enhanced output presentation,” says Rick Allen, president of Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis Solutions. “This visibility allows others to easily see the results and make comments and changes earlier, which enables higher-quality deliverables.”

Meanwhile, Vale Canada is now using Intergraph SmartPlant Materials as its supply-chain management software at the Long Harbour nickel-processing plant in Newfoundland, Canada, expanding Vale Group use of the software. The Brazilian iron-ore, nickel and coal giant has successfully implemented SmartPlant Materials at its domestic operations.

SmartPlant Materials will be used at Long Harbour mainly for tracking previously procured materials as well as changes in material requirements as the project continues.

Vale Canada has licences for other Intergraph products, including SmartPlant P&ID, SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant Electrical and PDS, which will also be utilised and integrated at the Long Harbour plant.

“SmartPlant Materials will enable Vale Canada to optimise its materials-management process for increased time and cost savings on this important project,” explains Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph process, power and marine president.

“SmartPlant Materials is the only solution available on the market that fully supports the unique materials-management processes needed in the process, power and marine industries, offering a total materials-management and subcontract-management solution for their plants and projects.

“It is proven technology and has been adopted by industry-leading engineering firms around the world.”

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