Computer Aided Engineering CAE
As Much (or as Little) as You Really Need– Why CAE Can Do More
At present these include a module for generating P&IDs (piping and instrumentation diagrams) and another for electrical engineering in process plants. If he wishes, the user can make use of these ‘all from one source’ solutions, but he doesn’t have to —because in any case all documentation-relevant data generated during the whole planning process are passed on seamlessly to the I&C-CAE system.
Reliable adapters convert the incoming data from the other software tools used in plant engineering, and pass them on to Pro Dok NG (Figure 2).
Fast, Easy Generating P&IDs
The P&ID module simplifies the planning, documentation and administration of process elements in piping and instrumentation diagrams (Figure 3). The engineering data are available online, thus ensuring consistency and integration throughout the whole life cycle of the plant.
Data are always up-to-date, there is no need for additional drawings to be made, and nothing needs to be converted. This saves time and money. Planning has more quality and reliability, since one single system is used for process technology and instrumentation and control.
The Diagram Editor is automatically updated whenever data are changed. Many other features help to make work easier; for instance, functions for processing mass data, comfortable query options, exports into various data formats, a symbol library which is expandable as required, and fast possibilities for altering and adding to the master data.
Since the import of planning data from other systems into the P&ID module is revision-proof (in accordance with IEC 62424), it may even be worthwhile for plant engineers to use the P&ID module in addition to the P&ID planning software they are already using. In this way, no-one runs the risk of having to work with ‘slimmed down’ I&C plans using plant documentation that may not be up to date. As user interfaces and symbols are the same as in the I&C-CAE system, practically no additional training is needed for employees.