Credit: Javier Carrasquel
Vepica 3D is a CADWorx Plant Professional 2017 application developed, over the last two years, by employees at Vepica.
After a pilot test and overcoming the project’s first stage, the 3D tools administrator, Javier Carrasquel, with help from the different engineering departments, managed to develop an application that facilitates 3D modeling in the Electrical and Instrumentation areas, and which permits more integrated teamwork and lower costs in man-hours.
Javier Carrasquel tells us that the reason for developing Vepica 3D, and improving the tools offered by the standard platform CADWorx, is to facilitate 3D modeling for disciplines that do not have advanced integration for project design and to simplify the search for components on each project.
The platform contains hundreds of graphical components for Electrical and Instrumentation, which have been optimized to work in conjunction with the functions of CadWorx Plant 2017. Complete integration will allow Vepica to level the scope of CadWorx Plant Professional 2017 in the modeling of Electricity and Instrumentation pipelines. All components are in a database, which can be exported for material listings or for the extraction of 2D drawings.
This has represented a multidisciplinary effort. The people working in Electrical and Instrumentation generate the graphics, validate them with the required norms and catalogs and pass on the information to Javier Carrasquel, who integrates it into the system.
Vepica 3D has a friendly and intuitive interface, familiar and easy to use, within a CAD environment. It is composed of several programming languages: .Net Visual Basic, .Bet C ##, Scripts (Bats).
Credit: Javier Carrasquel. Its accomplishment required multidisciplinary work that included a combination of 6 work fronts
Among the components that Vepica added to the platform are:
Credit: Javier Carrasquel
All the designers use the same platform, whereupon the modelling is performed in a language that is accessible to everyone. Information can be extracted from the system without having to use another source. Engineers have the option to go to dialog boxes that allow them to see the specifications of each component more easily. Piping has seen the advances of 3D programming in use and would like to include some 3D design developments in their area.
In this sense the objectives of the 3D tool have been met: 1. Align the integration of the different disciplines to achieve better multidisciplinary work. 2. Reduce man-hours on modeling time. 3. Allow designers to go to the same source for the same component.