Improving Plants Using 3D Visualization
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Improving Plants Using 3D Visualization

By Energy CIO Insights | Monday, August 12, 2019

Power plants are turning to 3D visualization methods to streamline plant activities and maintenance across the asset life cycle.

FREMONT, CA: Power stations are becoming more modular as developers seek to decrease on-site activities that are expensive and less predictable. Instead of producing big modules assembled on-site using high-fidelity, immersive 3D visualization designers and developers can show prospective disputes and conflicts during the building and assembly phase. This can enable asset executives to maintain the smooth operation of the project, sometimes even before it begins.

3D visualization, however, can help much more than plant growth. When it comes to system upgrades and even continuing power plant maintenance programs, it can also save plant managers time and money.

Designing Sustainable Plants

Maintainability is one of the main attributes for effective energy plant design. Because any outage or decrease in efficiency is possibly a significant daily loss, owners and operators of power plants need facilities intended to be constructed with technical accuracy and easy to maintain.

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For example, asset owners and operators may indicate that when designing plant design specifications, any maintenance outage must be feasibly finished in three days or less. The design method must, therefore, guarantee reduced downtime and account for the demand of the client.

Another segment of this toolkit encourages operations of an outage. Major plant outages, for example, involve some area to assess more significant components and modules. Such factors can be simulated by 3D modeling to guarantee that the disruption goes smoothly and that the repair team meets the maintenance goals.

Getting Ready For a More Flexible Future

Plant longevity can also be helped by a more involved and thoughtful design method enabled by 3D simulations. Because a typical power plant can operate for 25 years or more, holders of power plant assets need to consider long-term developments as well as present ones. Never in the energy has the company required flexibility and the ability to react to evolving conditions been higher. More stringent emission control legislation or altering standards for grid code can inform investment choices and operating regimes shortly.

Again, by assisting plant developers simulate these patterns and account for them during growth, 3D visualization can support future planning. Using the technology can help guarantee that asset owners have the correct alternatives open to anticipate future requirements. These demands are probable to include renewable balancing, provision of ancillary facilities, and even on-site energy storage technologies reserve capability.

Data Integration into Digital Plant

More advanced instruments for 3D visualization also enable related data coupling within power plant 3D models. The 3D-modeling software introduces all the information and relevant paperwork about any element. Asset owners and operators update and alter the associated data as maintenance occurs or parts are substituted, for instance, by painting an accurate, real-time image of any element's situation.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have extensive information on significant machinery such as gas turbines, generators, steam turbines, HRSGs, condensers, etc. Supply chain producers or distributors are needed in some instances to provide asset owners with source information in a compatible format.

Reduction of the Energy Cost

3D visualization allows sophisticated designs supporting both building and assembly, as well as continuing maintenance and future planning. Real-world simulations help speed up field repairs and decrease downtime. They enhance availability numbers while ensuring that access, appropriate lay-down regions, crane capability, and a host of other parameters are adequate to accomplish essential performance goals.

All of these variables affect the lifetime price of energy and thus benefit power customers as well as the generating plant owners and operators. Bringing 3D modeling and simulation to the energy company guarantees that asset executives can deliver profits in the real world.

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