The input data required for the detailed heat-tracing design requires the generation and transmissions of numerous documents. The cost and schedule impact for this activity is rarely quantified by engineering contractors and end customers. However a typical piping isometric will pass through the process, piping, electrical and document control departments before being received by the heat-tracing contractor typically taking 2 hours for each document transmitted. The impact upon cost and schedule is further multiplied when design changes are required.
New developments in heat-tracing design: TRACERLYNX ®
In recent years Pentair Thermal Management has developed TRACERLYNX ®, a 3D computer aided design tool using industry standard software as a platform to interface directly with most modeling packages used by customers such as PDMS and PDS. A new highly productive workflow enables Pentair Thermal Management to import electronic IDF (Intermediate Data Files) and/or PCF (Piping Component Files) from the customers’ model directly into our bespoke heat-tracing design tool. The client does not need to generate and transmit hard/electronic copies of isometrics. The tool generates accurate reports identifying missing data such as continuation drawings. As the project progresses there are always changes to the input data which often have substantial impact on both cost and schedule. The tool incorporates a ‘Revision Identifier’ so customers don’t have to invest time sorting, reviewing and filtering before issuing this information to the heat-tracing contractor.