France/Belgium: Software converts multiple CAD formats, produces 3D visualizations for Bonga ///

Upstream projects are significant users of multi-million-dollar CAD models to define surface production schemes. These concepts include fixed platforms, floating platforms and subsea equipment. CAD models are generated throughout the design phase and used to build facilities. Every component, large and small, is designed by various drawing offices and then brought together into one model and visualized. Increasingly, these models have been produced in 3D, so that interference between designs can be checked. They are produced by drafting departments on inputs provided by engineers. Seldom do the engineers get to handle or alter the models in real time to see the effects of their designs on projects.

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