COMOS Process

COMOS Automation: Efficient engineering from EI&C planning to automation technology

The early planning phase of a plant is particularly important from a financial point of view. At the start of engineering, in the front-end-engineering- and design-phase (FEED), up to 80 % of the total costs of a plant project are defined. All decisions made during this phase strongly affect the subsequent planning steps as well as the safety, performance and cost efficiency of the entire plant. Any errors occurring in this stage will pervade throughout the entire remainder of the planning phase if they are not remedied. This can result in time-consuming and expensive corrections or possibly even damages to the plant or personal injuries. The complexity of basic and detail engineering requires exact planning, a low risk potential and interdependent processes.

The COMOS Process software concept lays the foundation for effective process plant engineering with its consistent data transfer from simulation over P&ID all the way to 3-D engineering and pipe isometrics. COMOS offers a wide range of functionalities and is strictly object-oriented. The software solution concept is designed to be flexible; it can be perfectly matched to the requirements of the company, and it can be seamlessly integrated into existing IT landscapes.

Business Benefits with COMOS Process: Complex requirements call for highly efficient engineering processes and shorter project times.

Customer benefits:

  • Latest step in the engineering evolution: Intelligent, interconnected documentation across drawings, lists, datasheets
  • Direct data based collaboration of different disciplines across the engineering process
  • One platform for FEED and detailed engineering like P&ID
  • Automated Simulator data and design incorporation
  • Bidirectional loss-less data take over from earlier stages in the engineering (FEED to detailed design, P&ID)
  • Minimized manual data entry, maximum speed of engineering, minimized data inconsistency

COMOS FEED – Controlled plant engineering from the beginning

The front-end-engineering- and design-phase (FEED) marks the beginning of plant engineering. COMOS FEED is the ideal solution for early reliable engineering.

Cost estimation made easy: An important task of the FEED phase is an initial cost calculation defined by preliminary assessment of all delivery items. It forms the basis for a binding cost estimate for the plant designer and serves as a guideline for the basic engineering. COMOS FEED provides the basis for the rough calculation of all costs even in this early engineering phase. Prices can be stored without problems and managed in clear table form.

Clear representation of processes: Entire processes can be displayed clearly and without problems in block diagrams to support the development of process flow diagrams. The flow direction as well as the relationship between the different processes is schematically represented by different symbols. Thus you always have an overview of all sub-processes and their contexts.

COMOS P&ID – Meets all requirements of the process industry

Many individual departments are involved in basic and detail engineering. This means that there are high demands for the software in this highly sensitive area. Data, devices and structures must be represented in a coherent, comprehensive and linked manner. The growing complexity of plants also increases the amount of data that has to be handled. There is a great risk of data loss at the interfaces – especially at the transitions between process, pipe and EI&C Engineering.

Data and information from the FEED phase can be seamlessly integrated into COMOS P&ID. Furthermore, COMOS P&ID offers an optimal connection to EI&C Engineering so that process-oriented and EI&C Engineering sequences can be mapped quickly and easily without data loss at the interfaces.

COMOS P&ID is also linked with pipe engineering, isometrics and 3-D, maintenance and service areas so that there is consistency in all directions. COMOS P&ID is the data hub for all disciplines and departments and effectively supports plant engineers, installers and operators in their work. This results in less potential for errors, increasing productivity and reducing project lead times.

COMOS PipeSpec – Safely defining and managing pipes

If the necessary objects of the plant and the connections between them have been specified, the next planning step involves the specification of the connections – the pipes.

COMOS PipeSpec Designer is a solution to create and manage pipe specs. In a pipe parts catalog, based on approximately 450 geometry standards to DIN, ANSI, etc., more than 1,000 standard pipe components have been predefined and can be used for plant engineering.

Based on parameters such as material, pressure and temperature, components can be selected from a multitude of options and classified in pipe specs. You can also attach generic, configurable description texts for parts lists, order lists, etc. to the pipe specs to get a better overview.

If pipe part attributes are to be changed, the respective pipe spec is automatically updated using an inheritance mechanism. This completely eliminates the need for manual entry of pipe part or pipe spec data. Incorrect entries are not possible because all data comes from the pipe spec.

The pipe spec management guarantees quality-assured creation of 3-D models and pipe isometrics because all pipe parts are defined by the respective pipe spec. The object orientation ensures consistency of all descriptions and specifications of the respective pipe regardless of which view it was created in. This means that you always get consistent data in all engineering phases.

COMOS Isometrics – Creating exact isometrics

With COMOS Isometrics, a complete solution is now available for interactive isometric creation based on a central database. This makes it the ideal solution to drastically reduce the error potential in the isometrics area. Intelligent data transfer and support of different isometric types lets you work easily and with consistent data on a variety of engineering projects, such as planning new plants, reconstruction planning, inventories and inspections. They are also essential when determining maintenance points for maintenance of the plant during operation.

All required data from COMOS P&ID, COMOS PipeSpec or even COMOS 3D Integration can be integrated into and reused in COMOS Isometrics without problems. This is possible without media breaks thanks to object orientation. COMOS Isometrics is very simple to use: Objects can be positioned and moved on the user interface with drag& drop, while dimensions and geometry are automatically adjusted in the process. All pipe runs created in COMOS Isometrics can be controlled in the 3-D model at any time, even during the operating phase. Interfaces to third-party systems as well as connections to accounting and measurement systems ensure effortless integration of external data.

Pipes can be divided or combined into suitable manufacturing sections (spools) for prefabrication and assembly. With a mouse click, spools can be conveniently created as an independent drawing including parts list. Cut and bending lengths are automatically detected in this process.

COMOS 3D Integration – Seamless integration of P&ID, isometrics and 3-D

COMOS 3D Integration creates a connection between the individual COMOS software solutions and 3-D tools and thus ensures the exchange of information.

The COMOS Plant Modeler ensures a seamless connection of P&ID, isometric as well as 3-D and the consistency of bidirectional data flow.

The Plant Modeler arranges the direct synchronization of process and construction data between P&ID and 3-D engineering. The software solution enables bidirectional engineering without media breaks between isometric and 3-D engineering. Intelligent and interactive isometrics can be directly derived from the 3-D model. You can also transfer the modifications in the isometrics directly to the 3-D model.

Users can access the object-oriented pipe specs of COMOS using pipe spec-controlled menu bars. The determination of connection material and its installation (e. g. counter-flanges, gaskets, screws, etc.) are based on rules. This simplifies detail engineering and increases the quality tremendously.

COMOS also offers an integration tool for Aveva PDMS. Any engineering data created in COMOS can be optimally synchronized with the 3-D model using COMOS PDMS Integration. There is convenient navigation between the two systems. This makes inconsistencies between the two engineering types easy to spot for the user. Time-consuming checks are eliminated and the potential for errors is reduced.