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Benefits of Outsourcing Piping Design and Modeling Services


Smart design is required when it comes to building an efficient and optimized structure, may it be for a residential/commercial complex or an industrial plant. There are many aspects to consider while it is designed and one of the most prominent is Piping Design and piping modeling. In fact, Piping Engineering is a separate department in many companies dealing with piping design and piping layouts of piping roots/networks across the plant and along with the equipment.

With CAD-based piping designs and piping layouts, you may visualize several piping layouts and choose the best-optimized plan for a project. You can also assess other variables on a piping system, such as pressure, temperature, vibrations, and seismic conditions, using simulated stress tests, based on the type of fluid, the temperature of the fluid, and the surrounding conditions. 

Piping Designs and Modeling services Industry Applications  

Piping designs and piping modeling services are required for almost every establishment but there are some industries wherein, Piping Design & piping modeling is required frequently and has a bigger role to play.  Here they are –

  • Oil & Gas Extraction Plants
  • Refining Plants
  • Chemical Industry
  • Dying Industry
  • Pharmaceuticals Plants
  • Water Resource Management
  • Process Plants
  • Fertilizers Manufacturing
  • Waste management
  • Heavy Scale Industries

Importance of Accurate Piping Design and Piping Layout

Piping Design and piping layout are the basis for every aspect of material flow within/outside the plant. For example, in a processing plant, the movement of material within the different units must be optimized so that it can travel a minimum distance and curves to get processed quickly. Alternatively, in heavy-scale industries, the heat or pressure in the pipe is very critical. A simple miscalculation of the pipe network’s capability can lead to a disastrous outcome, often resulting in casualties.

The piping design has become a major component of all industries, with pipe infrastructure contributing to total transactions in power plants, pharmaceutical firms, chemical plants, CNG/LPG plants, oil industries, and more. Pipe design engineers work to create an efficient plant design and construction, preparing route layouts & equipment specifications.

Factors to Consider in Piping Design and Modeling

Having in-depth knowledge of material properties and accordingly designing and modeling the piping structure is the best way to go ahead. A designer and modeler need to consider the following factors while they analyze and define a piping design model –

  • Stress analysis
  • Flowing material properties
  • Piping material quality, property & life span
  • Piping placement and elements around
  • Minimum distance & curves in material flow
  • Heat & steam pressure

Plant Engineering – Typical Reasons for Failures 

While there are no thumb rules as to how a structure should be, as it depends upon the plant layout, processing unit placements, and resources availability, we can chalk out typical reasons for piping design failures as below –

  • Lack of expertise & knowledge in underground pipeline design, construction, and management around the world.
  • Inadequate understanding of pipe-soil interaction principles.
  • Wide-ranging behavior of pipe materials.
  • Claims and counterclaims of pipe manufacturers.
  • Inconsistent design standards for different pipe materials.
  • Inappropriate and inadequate utility mapping during the design or construction of a pipeline.
  • Improper designs and inadequate pipe factory and site supervision by engineers.
  • Pipelines are being used well beyond their intended design life.
  • Improper operation and maintenance.

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Benefits of Outsourcing Piping Design and Piping Modeling services

CAD Outsourcing is a powerful tool used by companies around the globe to leverage the global talent pool and get competitive and cost-effective solutions at a quicker TAT (turn-around time).

If you haven’t already, here are some strong reasons to consider outsourcing piping design:

1. Access to expertise

You have the flexibility to build your dream engineering and design team by selecting from a large pool of technical resources. Get access to expert resources with years of experience creating smart 3D models, as well as the ability to generate and edit isometrics and bills of materials.

2. Smart & Cost-Effective Solutions

You enjoy the benefit of innovative and smart solutions to deal with the real-world complexity of piping design and piping layout when you hire a specialised CAD partner. This means that the engineers think outside the box and produce clever solutions that enhance the plant’s efficiency and overall production, in addition to using the software tools and standard precautions.

3. Flexible Engagement Models

When you outsource engineering CAD services to a company with a track record, you can expect flexibility in engagement models that are tailored to the client’s schedules. Fixed-price, time and resources, a hybrid model, and a wholly tailored arrangement to meet the needs of the clients.

4. Optimized Piping Layouts

Well-designed piping layouts can make better use of plant space, improve accessibility, and make maintenance easier. Particularly for skid packages put in tight enclosures, there are significant efficiency gains. Highly complex CAD tools and software have transformed the design of piping systems, and outsourcing has decreased the cost of owning licensed software and engaging expert design workers. As a result, a specialized CAD partner can assist you in becoming more efficient and decreasing waste.

5. Compliant with International Standards & Codes

Any plant’s piping engineering and design are critical. As a result, precision is key in the piping models that are built. An experienced CAD outsourcing partner is well-versed with international norms and standards for various types of piping design, such as ASME, ANSI, DIN, and others, ensuring that you receive trustworthy and compatible solutions.

Top Piping Design and Modeling Software – 2022 

Piping design software is essential to creating draught plans and drawings for process plants, office buildings, housing, utilities, and other sorts of facilities. Given the variety of options, it’s critical to understand the industry-recognized software and validate your outsourcing partner’s skill set. 

Let’s check out some of the top Piping Design and Modeling Software used in the industry: 

  • AutoPLANT 3D by Bentley

Bentley, USA, has created a sophisticated, spec-driven, and intelligent 3D plant design and a modeling software tool called AutoPLANT 3D. The AutoPLANT 3D modeler saves time and money by producing intelligent piping layout drawings, equipment, raceways, and isometrics in a single application. The design work is done using an application that is based on AutoCAD and is very simple to administer, utilize, and adjust. In a 3D multi-discipline setting, AutoPLANT further offers a closely integrated set of tools for interactive routing and placement. 

  • AutoCAD Plant 3D by Autodesk

Autodesk developed the cutting-edge plant design tool known as AutoCAD Plant 3D. This AutoCAD-based pipe design software program includes contemporary 3D models of piping, equipment, and support structures. It can produce isometrics incredibly quickly. The tool is quite simple to model and update and is integrated with AutoCAD P&ID, boosting productivity, and reducing cost. 

  • Smart Plant 3D or SP3D by Hexagon(Intergraph)

Smartplant 3D, sometimes known as SP3D, is one of Intergraph’s (Hexagon) finest plant design software packages. A software program for a piping design that is next-generational, data-centric, and rule-driven has been created with the goal of handling all the important aspects of plant design. This genuinely iterative engineering design solution can easily design the plant, marine, and material handling facilities in a highly developed 3D environment, giving all piping specialists a competitive advantage. An easy way to create, analyze, alter, and optimize a plant design model is offered by SP3D by Hexagon PPM due to its top-notch visuals. In order to properly manage the schedule and expense for quick projects, Smartplant 3D, a piping design program, is used. 

  • PROCAD Plant Design Suite by PROCAD

All of PROCAD’s 3D modeling and 2D drafting software, including 3DSMART, P&ID, ORTHO, ISOMETRIC, and ELECTRIC, are included in the Plant Design Suite. The finest feature of this software package is how simple it is to make comprehensive drawings utilizing user-friendly interfaces for people with little or no CAD experience. 


Another very well-liked 3D CAD piping design software tool created by AVEVA is called Plant Design Management System (PDMS). One of the earliest high-end software programs still in use today (started in 1976). To replace PDMS with their newest, most cutting-edge 3D software, E3D Design, AVEVA has chosen to phase out this product from the market by 2024. Compared to the older PDMS, AVEVA E3D is stronger, more sophisticated, and more effective. As a plumbing design software solution, E3D saves more time because fewer administrative activities are necessary. Organizations may increase productivity, quality, and profitability all at once using E3D. 

INDOVANCE Inc with its exclusive delivery hub in India is a global CAD outsourcing partner serving the needs of the AEC industry since 2003. As we know, having experience and in-depth knowledge is the key to successful piping project execution and if you are looking for a reliable designing and modeling partner for your upcoming plant project, you can surely rely on our industry expert who can guide and work along with you for all your design requirements, may it be for piping, structure, mechanical design and drafting works, you name it and Indovance will have a solution for you.

We collaborate with our customers around the world to develop bespoke business solutions using our enormous engineering talent pool and state-of-the-art technology. To deliver long-term engineering and business strategies, we align with your culture and processes to create an unbreakable partnership. With over 500 full-time employees and more than 600 customers in the US, Europe, India, and Asia, we are poised for the next level of success. 

For more queries regarding any of the above-mentioned topics, feel free to connect with us on our website www.indovance.com or contact us on +1-919-238-4044


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