Enhancing safety through innovative 3D design technology
By B Grib, Aurecon
Electricity+Control, December 2014 (pages 28 – 29)
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Safety in the engineering environment is increasingly being improved through the use of innovative 3D design software. The application of visual aids is contributing to the reduction of project construction and safety risks, while assisting engineers to comply with client and international standards for safe design.
Innovative intelligent 3D design software is enabling the production of higher quality and improved designs with significantly better accuracy. In addition, the embedded metadata can efficiently deliver an accurate bill of materials. Standards such as the NRS and SANS are now embedded into the symbols themselves to ensure high standards are utilised throughout the safe designs. The flexibility of the latest design software can be utilised to accommodate various customer needs with reference to templates used or material descriptions. As well as improving the quality of designs, the developments in 3D design software are also proving to be the means to achieve significant gains in productivity, through the clever data link imbedded into the symbols, giving the symbol properties such as size, weight of material, grouping of voltages and current capacity, restriction of proximity of other equipment and associated pairing of other equipment.
- Intelligent 3D design software is enabling the production of higher quality and improved designs with better accuracy.
- The future of engineering design lies in providing clients with safe, innovative, cost-effective, quality designs.
- The safe design concept needs to be entrenched in the minds of future design leaders.