Enersul Improves Efficiency and Quality Assurance with Plant-4D
A worldwide technological leader in the handling and processing of sulphur, Enersul offers a full range of integrated services to the sulpher industry ranging from production to consumption. Due to the complexity of the processes, Enersul faced several challenges in its design build process including bottlenecks in time and man-hours, much of which occurred during the internal quality assurance and quality controls processes that check data sheets, Piping and Instrumentation Drawings (P&ID) and line lists. Another challenge Enersul faced was the element of human error such as the failure to catch inconsistencies or inaccuracies early on.
Enersul selected CEA's Plant-4D, a data-centric design software solution specifically for plant engineering.
Plant-4D was interoperable with the company's primary design build process software, Autocad (CAD), and allowed Enersul to fully customize its CAD interface. Plant-4D transitioned all of the CAD information into mathematical data.
It also allowed customized and seamless transitions from P&IDs and 3D modeling to Isogen spool drawings.
For example, Enersul can change the high- level for a water tank and Plant- 4D will automatically update its water level symbology on the P&IDs, reducing inconsistencies on the drawings and ensuring a dynamic parameter set regardless of changes. This creates an internally consistent drawing, regardless of edits, which complies with the original specifications, safety parameters, and constructability issues.
Plant-4D has helped Enersul manage the front-end logic, programming, and customizing for the design build of its projects. The company also has established a full tracking system for all changes that maintains the time and place of the change, with intuitive user-friendly indicators of the specific changes. After realizing the benefits of completely customizing its internal application of Plant-4D to its P&IDs and knowing that specifications are ever-changing, Enersul decided to dedicate a full-time person to customization. The company thinks this new approach will yield significant savings in the long term and allow the full utilization of Plant-4D's benefits.
With more than four projects completed using Plant-4D, the Enersul team approximates a 15 to 20 percent increase in productivity and accumulative time savings to draft P&IDs for its clients' projects.