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WSP CEL is utilising MPDS4 plant design software from CAD Schroer to deliver its plant design projects. The company, which designs process plants for pharmaceutical, food, chemical and energy providers, believes the large-scale 3D design software provides the flexibility required when clients or bosses demand changes to industrial plant designs weeks or days before project deadlines.

Process changes involving changes in line size, valves, pumps or machinery have the most wide-ranging consequences as it could mean throwing out entire layouts, changing 30 per cent of the plant. For example, in pharmaceutical projects, layout changes affect airflow rates and the air-handling units, requiring adjustments to ductwork.

MPDS4’s interactive, catalogue-driven 3D design approach allows engineers to quickly lay out complete process installations.

Key benefits of product application

  • Martin Tompkins, senior mechanical engineer at WSP CEL, said: ‘Clients update requirements regularly, often half way through a project or later. When last-minute requests drop onto your desk, 3D plant design software really comes into its own.’
  • He added that, using MPDS4, his company can respond immediately to last-minute changes and even make them in project meetings.
  • In 3D, a change is made once and all the derived 2D drawings update automatically. Using 2D, WSP CEL would have to change multiple drawings — the layouts, different views on detail drawings, the pipe isometrics and more — with no way to visualise the result.
  • MPDS4’s 3D visualisation delivers fast proofs of concept and effective change communication. Tompkins explained: ‘A customer recently wanted to change their oil well tree type, which entails surface pipework modifications. With MPDS4, it took two to three days to prove feasibility and complete the design change. In 2D it would have taken two to three weeks.’
  • He added: ‘With automatic interference checking, we can avoid any mistakes caused by the rush to make last-minute changes, minimising the risk of ugly surprises on site.’

CAD Schroer is a global software development company and engineering solutions provider, helping to raise the productivity and competitiveness of customers working in manufacturing and industrial plant design with productivity-enhancing products and services, delivered by engineers for engineers.

CAD Schroer has offices and subsidiaries throughout Europe and in the United States. CAD Schroer's product portfolio includes 2D/3D CAD, plant design, factory layout and data management solutions. We emphasise close customer partnerships and support our clients' objectives through extensive consultancy, training, development, software support and maintenance services.

A global customer base

Our customers include engineering project management, design and construction firms, manufacturers, machinery providers, system integrators, plant providers and factory and plant Owner/Operators across most industry sectors, including industrial machinery; food; consumer goods; chemicals, pharma and biotech; automotive and transport; energy and water. They rely on MEDUSA4, MPDS4 and STHENO/PRO to provide an efficient, flexible and integrated design environment for all phases of product or plant design: cutting costs while raising quality.

Over 25 years of sustained growth

CAD Schroer is a privately owned, independent, profitable company which has invested in long-term customer relationships and sustained growth over 25 years, proving a reliable partner and software provider over the long term.

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