Renewables, Retrofits & Upgrades

Aveva launches power plant design tool upgrade

8 November 2004 – Engineering IT solutions and services provider Aveva has unveiled a new release of its flagship product: Plant Design Management System (PDMS). The new release is intended to bring measurable new levels of productivity to the system, which is used on the majority of engineering projects in many process, power, offshore and marine sectors.

As well as many productivity and integration enhancements, the latest release includes features that will significantly increase the speed and accuracy of the 3D plant design and ship outfitting tasks. Using the very latest Microsoft Windows platform, it also offers final construction drawings in AutoCAD, the most widely used drawing format, that synchronise with changes to the master plant model. This functionality is a result of Aveva’s alliance with Autodesk, the world’s leading design software and digital content company.

“We weren’t going to accept any compromises on behalf of our customers or ourselves,” said David Wheeldon, Group Product Development Director at Aveva. “Often, software manufacturers offer products with good-looking, ergonomic interfaces at the cost of project performance, or vice versa. Analysts consider PDMS to be the most stable 3D design platform available. We have aimed for nothing less than excellence in both qualities and have delivered a version of the product that will even surprise its most seasoned users.”

PDMS was first launched in 1974, during the advent of CAD techniques. Aveva (then known as Cadcentre) developed a system for building complex, data based plant models from which drawings and graphics were extracted. The underlying, visionary architecture on which the product was built has evolved through the many changes of the IT revolution in the last 28 years without requiring any fundamental alterations. PDMS has therefore been able to offer security to its customers by maintaining the value of their information and skills investments throughout its upgrades. The open qualities of the system also mean that it is compatible with many third-party applications, including those of its competitors.

“We’ve raised the bar again,” commented John Sanins, Aveva’s Head of VANTAGE Plant Design. “This is the world’s longest running 3D design system and it just keeps getting better. We’ve made a huge leap forward with 11.6 but maintained total compatibility with previous versions. Most customers will be able to roll it out onto existing projects right away and benefit from its new functionality. That level of security is essential in an industry which continues to see vendors changing direction and expecting their customers to follow.”