Process Graphics

3D Process Graphics

3D process graphics can bring industrial plant operations to life. At Intelligent Plant, we can create views from photographs, 2D schematics, process flow diagrams (PFDs), piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), screenshots or rough sketches.

Example 1: Centrifugal Pump

The following example shows 3D visualisation of a centrifugal pump. Real time information shows that Pump A depicts a status of "running" while Pump B is "stopped". Note there is no process flow through Pump B. The tank level and pressure information also show dynamic values in real time.


The following example shows closer detail of Pump A with a status of "running". The flow proceeds down from the tank along to the pump then continues out from the top of the pump and along the pipeline.


The following example depicts closer detail of Pump B with a status of "stopped". The flow proceeds down from the tank along to the pump then goes no further due to the pump status.


The following pump curve was produced using software created by our in-house developers:


2D Process Graphics

We can build you 2D process graphics from P&IDs, PFDs, screenshots and rough sketches. 2D process graphics provide operators with dynamic process values and indicators specifying how the process is performing in real time.

Example 2: Sulphur Recovery Unit

The following example shows 2D visualisation of a Sulphur Recovery Unit. Dynamic values show the pressure, flow, temperature and levels associated with the Tank and Pumps. The pumps show their status of "running" and "stopped" and the valve on the flare line shows a status of "open".


Example 3: Gas Metering System

The next example depicts a Gas Metering system. A typical Gas Metering graphic will show relevant pressures, flows and temperatures. These are shown with stand-alone text and dynamic values. The crossover valves (XV) may be shown with no live data or have a real time status attached to them which would alter the color of the valve to indicate open/closed status. Similarly the control valves (PV) can be shown with no live data or have a dynamic value and status that shows the valve position.


Example 4: Oil Separation

The following example depicts an Oil Separation overview. An overview normally has the same level of detail as the layout of a PFD and one or more drill-down graphics that display the same level of detail as a P&ID.


Example 5: Storage Tank & Feed Pump

A typical Storage Tank & Feed Pump graphic shows the flow from left to right. There are dynamic values that show the pressure, temperature and levels associated with the Tank and Pump. The valve coming from the tank shows a status of "closed". This information is also summarised in a table format.


Example 6: HMI Standards and Best Practices

Human-machine interface (HMI) standards and best practices are used to create 2D graphics showing the most important information that the user needs to carry out their work. Dynamic information is also added to show the real time values of the pressure, temperature, flow and levels around the vessels.

These standards dictate that a limited amount of colours are used with this type of graphic. A typical offshore user will be looking at a screen for prolonged periods of time; the graphic below offers little distraction other than the coloured areas that show the type of alarm that has occurred.


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