Projects that are constructed in extreme environments or designed to require extreme engineering, such as oil and gas, petrochemical, heavy industry and nuclear facilities, are often extremely complex and highly demanding. Designing the mechanical and electrical services for these assets requires an accurate specification and excellent spatial data in order to avoid any service route clashes.

Sophisticated 3D modelling programs have helped significantly to manage the complexities of this process, improve accuracy and aid effective collaboration between delivery partners. That’s why Vantrunk has fully integrated our entire cable management portfolio in the latest 3D plant design software, including cable ladder, cable tray and our triple-slotted modular support system.

How Vantrunk Can Help You Model Your Cable Management in 3D

We’re committed to supporting engineers and designers in maximising projects’ productivity and capabilities, working with you to advise on the best cable management solutions, including bespoke items developed by our in-house design team where required. That commitment is the same whether you’re working on a small brownfield upgrade or a huge multi-faceted scheme, and integration of our product range within 3D modelling software is just one example of how we deliver that in practice.

Our products have been integrated with the latest plant design software, including AVEVA PDMS and Everything3D, and Hexagon PPM Smart 3D (formerly known as Intergraph Smart Plant 3D).
The availability of our entire product catalogue in these systems helps you to:
- Reduce design time
- Improve accuracy
- Avoid costly re-working of the design during the site phase
- Prevent potential delays by resolving any issues during the design phase

The Benefits of 3D Digital Modelling in Plant Design

There are several reasons why using a cable management system available within your digital design software can help you save time and costs, improve your design and avoid potential problems during the build phase. Here are just a few of them.

Thanks to our investment in ensuring all our product data is available in 3D digital modelling systems commonly used by engineers and designers, you can not only clearly visualise the cable management systems as you design them, but also gain an accurate understanding of the weight of each component in the cable management infrastructure. This can be particularly beneficial where transportation of building materials to remote or offshore locations is a major cost or logistical consideration, and for projects where the structural loading of the electrical services needs to be controlled.

The digital modelling software can help you plan the routes of cables and cable management with accurate product dimensions embedded in the model thanks to the integration of our product data within the system. Clash-detection and integrity checking are automatic, supporting improved buildability and avoiding costly re-working and potential delays once the project reaches site.

Designing the cable management installation using a 3D modelling program enhances efficiency for all disciplines and helps the team to manage risk, cost and timescales for both new build and refurbishment projects. Potential savings can be identified and plants can start up faster and more safely, meeting mission-critical deadlines and requirements.

Procurement Advantages

It’s not just the design process that’s more accurate when using a cable management system that’s been integrated with a digital modelling program; the Vantrunk data in the system also helps to ensure a smoother procurement process.

Our investment in fully integrating our product catalogue with the most popular digital design software platforms means that you benefit from full part code compatibility with Vantrunk’s ordering system. It also means that drawings, reports and bills of materials (BoM) are produced directly from the digital modelling software, ensuring their accuracy and compatibility with the products in our range.

First-hand Experience

We know that integration of our products with digital modelling software has made a big difference to the engineers and design teams we work with, because they’ve told us.

Here’s what lead electrical engineer, Gary Hastings, had to say: “Using the Vantrunk catalogue in the Aveva PDMS modelling system during the design phase will prevent clashes with all items that have been modelled, thus significantly reducing any re-work during the construction phase.

“The catalogue has an accuracy of modelling down to 1mm and the precise design produced enables enhanced scheduling and forward planning and the accurate production of MTOs and isometric drawings for construction.”

For more information on designing Vantrunk systems into your project using digital plant modelling software contact our technical team technical@vantrunk.co.uk.


Understanding Project Requirements

With our advanced manufacturing facilities and extensive warehouse capacity at both our Lisburn and Warrington sites, we’re extremely proud of our capabilities as a UK manufacturer and we have lots of customers here in the UK. However, we also supply on a global scale, and ensuring that the right materials arrive in the correct location on time and with all the necessary documentation requires much more than a standard order fulfilment approach; it demands project management expertise.

Understanding Project Requirements
Vantrunk specialises in providing cable management solutions for all kinds of extreme environments, including the oil & gas industry, petrochemicals, rail and nuclear. The diversity of projects we get involved with leverages the company’s 50+ years of experience but no two projects are the same and different geographies have their own requirements in areas as diverse as customs regulations, import duties, health & safety legislation, climate and compliance, affecting both specification decisions and logistics. One thing that all the projects we supply have in common, however, is that both scheduling and budgets must remain on track, which means our customers have to be able to rely on us to manage every aspect of their requirements.

Project Management Expertise
We work with our customers to understand their needs and specify a solution that fits their requirements, and that solutions-driven approach continues in the way we apply our experience to managing their order through the production, fulfilment and delivery process, anywhere in the world.
We support our customers by:
• Advising on shipping quantities and intervals
• Managing production schedules to ensure product is ready for shipping on time
• Managing inspection requirements
• Packing to meet any customer, carrier or destination port requirements
• Compiling all documentation, including ensuring that the right documents are available, in the local language of the destination if required, and with the right number of copies
By working with customers to understand their site requirements, we can ensure that their shipments are staggered in a way that’s manageable in terms of their local logistics and build schedule, without the risk of any site delays. With the size and frequency of shipments agreed, we can then plan our production schedules and put everything in place for seamless packing, dispatch and transportation,.
And, of course, we also keep customers up-to-speed with progress reports at regular intervals throughout their project, providing complete peace of mind that everything is on track.

Exceeding Expectations
From the oil markets of USA, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to the tiger industrial markets of China and Korea, our customer-base is truly global. Our commitment to customers, wherever their project may be, is that they can expect the same level of service from our UK team as they could if we were based on their doorstep.



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Unitrunk Group has appointed Alan Campbell to the post of Group Projects Director, with responsibility for driving business development strategy for major projects in the heavy industrial sector and overseeing project delivery across both Vantrunk and Unitrunk.

Alan has been part of the team at Vantrunk, the Unitrunk Group’s specialist in cable management for harsh environments, for 10 years. He worked across numerous departments, including engineering and sales, before becoming Commercial & Projects Director. His appointment as Group Projects Director marks a strategic move to align the commercial activities of both Vantrunk and Unitrunk in heavy industrial sectors, such as oil & gas, petrochemicals, water treatment, rail and nuclear, and provides a solutions-based approach that addresses the specific cable management needs of each project.

Alan comments: “Vantrunk has more than 50 years’ experience of providing robust cable management solutions for extreme environments and has been part of the Unitrunk Group since 2000. There has always been a synergy between the product ranges of the two companies and we have always been united by a service-driven approach to collaborative working with customers. The creation of a Group Projects Director role formalises this synergy and ensures that we take a holistic approach to driving business development with solutions from across the group portfolio for the various specialist sectors where Vantrunk already has a strong and respected presence.”

Alan will continue to work from Vantrunk’s advanced manufacturing site in Warrington and work closely with colleagues at the group headquarters in Lisburn, including Group Managing Director, David Morrow, and Group Sales Director, Eddie O’Reilly. He will lead a Group Projects team made up of sales people from across the Vantrunk and Unitrunk businesses, with a remit of identifying and securing projects that require the groups unique cable management solutions both nationally and internationally. Alan’s role also includes working with the customer throughout the lifespan of the project to ensure that the groups ethos of delivering a customer centric approach is maintained.


Extreme Cable Management for Extreme Enviroments

For a specialist in cable management for harsh environments like Vantrunk, Kazkhstan is both exciting and challenging because it’s a dynamic market that is full of business development opportunity and has some of the most extreme specification requirements of anywhere in the world.

Specialists in Oil & Gas

The Oil & Gas industry is one of the specialist sectors that Vantrunk works with across the world to provide the robust cable management solutions required for extraction and processing infrastructure. We have been actively involved in the Oil & Gas sector in Kazakhstan since 2005, working with varying engineering companies to ensure the cable management specification meets with the harsh environmental conditions that characterise the region.

Kazakhstan – a snapshot

Kazakhstan has become a major market for Vantrunk because of the sheer scale of infrastructure needed to extract the oil and gas from the country’s ample reserves. The facts and figures speak for themselves:
• Kazakhstan is in the top 15 countries in the world for oil reserves
• The country is more than one million square miles, 62% of which is rich in Oil & Gas reserves
• There are 172 oil fields in Kazakhstan
• A further 80 are under development
• Atyrau province alone has 75 oil fields

Vantrunk’s Distinctive Capabilities

All the projects we supply involve cable management for harsh environments, but in Kazakhstan the extremes are beyond those found almost anywhere else in the world. With night time winter temperatures that can plummet below -48C and searing summer heat, we have to be able to develop bespoke solutions that offer the durability and service life required for business critical infrastructure.

When engineering companies come to us for projects in Kazakhstan, they are not only purchasing our precision-manufactured products, they are also buying our expertise. We help them select the correct technical specification for these harsh environments, such as expansion joint requirements to cope with variations in temperature and suitable steel grades to operate as low as -48C.

It’s our ability to provide a collaborative approach and bespoke solutions that has led us to supply in excess of 200km of cable management into Kazakhstan to date and, with the market still growing, we’re looking forward to getting involved in even more projects in the future.

If you would like to know more about our innovative solutions contact our sales team sales@vantrunk.co.uk. 



Specialists in cable management for extreme environments, Vantrunk, part of the Unitrunk Group has become the first cable management specialist in the UK to pass fire safety testing for its cable ladder systems.

The move pre-empts any mandatory requirement to certify cable management systems for fire safety in the UK or the EU and has seen Vantrunk proactively choose to invest in fire testing as part of a market-focused approach to supporting robust specification of cable management for any environment.
Independent third party tests have been carried out on Vantrunk’s 900mm SW4 medium duty cable ladder in both stainless steel and hot-dip galvanised, alongside a number of the other cable management systems in its portfolio, including 450mm wide heavy duty UniKlip cable tray and 300mm wide medium duty UniKlip cable tray, and 450mm hot-dip galvanised cable tray.

Vantrunk’s projects director, Alan Campbell comments: “Our cable management systems are designed for tough environments and we know that they can withstand the harshest of conditions. These tests were all about verifying that the cables held within the cable management infrastructure will remain intact and fully-functioning at temperature extremes, underpinning both safety and business continuity for the end user.
“We believe that fire testing should be integral to quality assurance processes for all cable management systems, regardless of whether compliance to a standard is required, and we’re proud to be setting the bar for the sector.”

To pass the fire tests, all the cable management systems had to withstand a temperature curve rising as high as 1000C. The cables in the system had to maintain circuit integrity during the test in order for the system to meet the test criteria. The systems were then fire rated based on the number of minutes they were able to successfully withstand these conditions.