QualEx Engineering

Engineering and Design Services
Piping / Equipment Arrangement Design

The importance of an experienced piping department cannot be overstated. The overall efficiency of the design and the constructability of the project as well as the Client’s ability to safely operate and maintain the facility are highly dependent on the equipment layouts and piping plans initiated and produced by the Piping Department. The Lead Piping Designers at QualEx have an average of over 25 years experience enabling QualEx to successfully provide cost effective designs to meet these important requirements.

The Piping Department’s duties begin at the inception of the project by gathering field data and providing drafting services to support the Process Department in the generation of the project PFDs and P&IDs and their duties may continue through the construction phase to implementation and start-up. This department is central to the success of the project and the other engineering disciplines’ ability to successfully complete a project.

In addition to their layout and piping design duties, which includes the creation of general arrangement drawings, piping plans, piping section and detail drawings and piping isometric drawings, the piping designers are also instrumental in: providing assistance to the other engineering disciplines; reviewing vendor equipment drawings to insure nozzles, supports, etc. are correctly located; generating material takeoffs that may be used to estimate material and labor requirements for the project cost estimate and the generation of material requisitions for piping, valves and specialty items; generating piping control documents such as tie-in lists, isometric control schedules and line lists; producing shop-fabricated and field construction piping packages; and participating in constructability reviews. This group may also be called upon to provide field assistance during the construction and startup efforts.

Some of the software available to aid the piping design and increase the efficiency of piping design related tasks is as follows:

  • AutoCAD (latest version)
  • CADWorx Plant Professional (AutoCAD based) for 3D equipment, piping (w/ ISOGEN)
  • Microstation (latest version)
  • Intergraph PDS 3D (Microstation based) for 3D equipment & piping (w/ ISOGEN) modeling