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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Vantrunk as a sub-supplier to MacLean Electrical have been awarded a major contract to supply their world renowned Speedway Cable Ladder system to the GDF SUEZ E&P UK operated Cygnus Gas Project. Vantrunk will supply their Speedway SW6 Ladder complete with accessories in marine grade stainless steel to ensure the system can withstand the harsh North Sea environment. The award cements Vantrunk’s position as the leader in Extreme Cable Management.
The Cable Ladder will be manufactured out of Vantrunk’s 100,000 sq ft facility in Warrington and shipped to Heerema Fabrication Group’s Hartlepool yard in the United Kingdom where fabrication and commissioning of four topsides is taking place.
The Cygnus project, sanctioned in August 2012, is expected to contribute 5% to UK gas production at peak production (due 2016) – supplying gas to the equivalent to 1.5 million homes in Britain. GDF SUEZ E&P UK is the operator of Cygnus, responsible for ensuring that this valuable hydrocarbon resource is extracted and supplied safely and efficiently. Cygnus gas field is situated in the Southern North Sea within UK Continental Shelf blocks 44/12a and 44/11a in 23m of water
You could be next! Vantrunk is celebrating 50 years by giving away spot prizes, monthly prizes and a trip of a lifetime star prize in the year long Xtreme Challenge.
League of Ladders is Vantrunk’s online Ladder Challenge. Register today as lucky registrant number 50 will win an ipad mini…
Have you got what it takes to climb to the top! Take up the challenge online or via your smartphone & throw down the gauntlet to colleagues.
To mark its 50th anniversary Year in 2013, Vantrunk is undertaking an extensive media campaign. Watch out for crocodiles, iguanas and polar bears popping up in Xtreme conditions across a spectrum of trade publications throughout the remainder of 2013.
Check out the schedule below and pick up a copy featuring one of our Xtreme creatives when they appear over the next few months:
May - Upstream
June - Upstream and HazardEx
July - Upstream
August - Upstream, OTI and HazardEx
September - HazardEx
November - Upstream
December - Upstream
Vantrunk has always shown dedication to using new and innovative ways to test its Speedway Cable Ladder and Vantrunk Cable Tray to ensure that they can survive in extreme conditions. To this end, Vantrunk’s engineers recently collaborated with the Aircraft Research Association (ARA) to carry out a series of tests on its products.
The tests were carried out using the same wind tunnels that were used to carry out research on illustrious aircraft such as Concorde as well as the Tornado and Typhoon fighter jets. The purpose of the tests was to demonstrate how Vantrunk’s Cable Tray and Speedway Cable Ladder can survive the ferocious wind speeds and extreme conditions that would be produced by hurricane force winds.
Don’t miss the full test report over the coming weeks.