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AVEVA World Magazine 2014 #2

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Expanded Metal A brief look at advances in AVEVA Bocad Last year we introduced readers to the power of the newly acquired AVEVA Bocad steel detailing solution. Enhancement and integration with the rest of AVEVA's design solutions continue to progress rapidly and many important new features have already been added. Integration Lack of effective integration between steel detailing and plant layout or vessel outfitting design has long been a source of costly problems and project delays. We overcame this by creating a robust bidirectional interface between AVEVA Bocad and AVEVA PDMS, AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D) and AVEVA Outfitting. This enables the accurate transfer, not only of linear and planar sections, but also of many elements such as multi-bend parts, stairs, ladders and handrails; something not usually possible with competing solutions. Equally importantly, it also enables reliable round-tripping, which is essential for bringing steel detailing within the scope of the multi-discipline AVEVA environment for clash management and change management functions. A steel structure can be exported to AVEVA Bocad for detailing, and periodically returned for clash checking and updating the common project model. Early adopters have reported excellent results with this capability. Additional interfaces now include a direct bidirectional interface with STAAD.Pro for structural analysis and enhanced interfacing with third-party fabrication management systems. Cutting and welding Steel is expensive, so being able to procure only as much as you need, and then being able to make maximum use of it, can save a lot of money. Responding to users' requests, we have added a powerful bar and plate nesting engine that tests show saves at least 2–3% more raw steel than competing systems. Both cost and time can be saved through reduced wastage and the ability to plan and procure materials earlier and more accurately. Material optimisation is also a feature of the way in which AVEVA Bocad handles welds as individual tagged objects, rather than the customary approach of adding call-outs to 2D drawings. This enables automatic and accurate reporting of weld consumables quantities. More importantly, it also makes it easier to comply with applicable regulations and offers opportunities to make better use of weld-related information, such as inspection records, in an asset life cycle management system. A WISCON interface has been added that enables geometric and welding data to be transferred directly to welding robots, offering significant improvements in fabrication efficiency. New product: AVEVA Bocad NC Smoothing the path between design, fabrication and construction can bring huge benefits. AVEVA Bocad NC is a powerful, standards-compliant production optimiser that enables the design intent to be accurately and efficiently translated into structural steel components. It includes direct links to all major steel cutting and forming machinery and provides production engineers with an intuitive graphical tool for editing and optimising production data to suit the machines to be used. Users benefit from increased rates of consistently high quality production. More to come The development team continue to work on a range of projects aimed at increasing productivity and bringing structural steel detailing ever more closely into an Integrated Engineering & Design environment. For the latest news about AVEVA Bocad products, visit www.aveva.com/AVEVA_Bocad. To learn more about how AVEVA Bocad works in practice, view a webinar at www.aveva.com/webinars. AVEVA World Magazine 2014 | Issue 2 p11

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