The CGK Consulting Group Smart P&ID Tool is a Microsoft Visio plug-in that allows users to easily draw and store plant information in drawings.
In 2013, CGK Consulting Group was assisting Americas Styrenics with their MOD-V to ABB 800xA migration. In efforts audit the plant documentation and prepare an accurate I/O list for the DCS Migration, Americas Styrenics invested in updating their existing MicroStation CAD drawings to Bentley OpenPlant PowerPID. Efforts to migrate the plants’ P&ID drawings to a “smart” drawing platform been frustrating. As is case in many plants today, experienced drafters, IT professionals, and control systems engineers were in short supply, making the configuration, customization, and implementation of database driven drafting software taxing on the plant staff.
To solve this problem and expedite the DCS migration document validation efforts, CGK developed the CGK Smart P&ID Tool for Micrsoft Visio. The tool uses a customization set of easy to use stencils combined with behind-the-scenes programming to create “relational database like” behavior, without the relational database. This means that no database administrator is required. The relationships between MOD-V address, P&ID I/O Tags, P&ID Equipment Tags, and Independent Layers of Protection is achieved through the use of specialized Visio connectors. You simply draw your P&ID an populate the data fields as desired and add in the relations by drawing them directly on the P&ID.
The concept behind this tool was to provide an easy to learn, easy to maintain work process for managing a set of smart P&IDs. Visio is inexpensive, easy to learn, and most engineers have had some exposure to it. The data created and stored in the drawing is exported to Excel, another staple software for engineers. By using platforms that are pervasive within the chemical plants, CGK was able to produce a tool that even someone with zero drafting or engineering experience could learn to use proficiently in a matter of days. For America Styrenics, CGK provided conversion services using our in-house drafters to convert the 800+ MicroStation drawings to CGK Smart P&ID Visio drawings. Compared to Bentley PowerPID, CGK was able to convert the drawings to smart P&IDs in 25-30% of the time, with a data model that perfectly fit the DCS migration project requirements.
Although this tool was designed for use in the conversion of a Dow Chemical MOD-V to ABB System 800xA control system, it can be easily adapted to meet your company’s standards and data requirements for any process control system.