AVEVA releases powerful new 3D design transfer solution
Until now, solutions for transferring design between different 3D CAD systems have proved to be inadequate in various ways and have not achieved the necessary high levels of usability or industry support. Recently, however, a neutral format has been adopted - STEP AP203 - which does offer an effective means of 3D design transfer and is now achieving widespread industry acceptance. AVEVA Mechanical Equipment Interface has been developed to employ the AP203 protocol and provides a plant or ship designer with a robust and efficient tool for importing into AVEVA PDMS or AVEVA Outfitting accurate 3D models of suppliers' equipment items.
Commenting on this important new release, Bruce Douglas, AVEVA Vice President Product and Marketing Strategy, said: 'The inability to easily share data between computer systems has long been a barrier to exploiting the full value of engineering information and to effective collaboration on complex projects. AVEVA is committed to the removal of such barriers and plays a leading role in the development, promotion and use of open standards for data interoperability.
'AVEVA Mechanical Equipment Interface is further confirmation of this continuing commitment and our equal commitment to providing customers with everincreasing value from their use of AVEVA solutions. This new product will make the practising designer's work a lot easier and provide measurable business benefits in project cost, timescale and quality.'
A number of customers, in the marine, power and mining industries, worked closely with AVEVA during the development of this new product and have already reported up to 60% reduction in manhours compared with their previous practice of recreating equipment models from scratch in AVEVA PDMS.
AVEVA Mechanical Equipment Interface is available for immediate deployment in an AVEVA Plant or AVEVA Marine environment, and is appropriate for the Power, Marine, Mining, Mineral Processing, Pulp and Paper, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing sectors.
About AVEVA Mechanical Equipment Interface
Equipment suppliers can export 3D models from the principal MCAD systems in STEP AP203 format. Using AVEVA Mechanical Equipment Interface, a designer can import these fullydetailed models into AVEVA PDMS or AVEVA Outfitting, where they can be manipulated like any native PDMS or Outfitting objects. This avoids the need for laborious and errorprone workarounds, such as manually recreating an equipment model in PDMS/Outfitting. Now the full design value already created by the equipment supplier can be exploited by the PDMS/Outfitting designer to create betterquality plant or vessel designs more quickly.
AVEVA Mechanical Equipment Interface provides facilities for simplifying the display of an imported model for more efficient working while creating the overall design, and for exporting selected parts of a PDMS or Outfitting model to thirdparty 3D design applications which support AP203 import.
More information about AVEVA Mechanical Equipment Interface and other AVEVA solutions can be found at www.aveva.com/plant or www.aveva.com/marine.
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