Automatic generation of pipelines into a 3D industrial process model

Seppo A. Sierla, Tommi A. Karhela, Valeriy Vyatkin

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    Simulation has become an established technique to support the design of complex, mechatronic or cyber-physical systems. Ideally, simulations should already be performed at an early design phase before high-cost design commitments are made, and the recent advances in the digitalization of design information open possibilities for automatic generation of simulation models. However, high-fidelity simulation model building depends on accurate data. In particular, first-principles models are desirable source information for simulations, but such models generally are not available at an early design stage. This paper investigates the automatic generation of first-principles 3-D models for piping intensive systems based on design information that is available at an early design stage, namely piping & instrumentation diagrams (P&ID). An algorithm is presented for the generation of such 3-D models based on machine-readable P&ID information. The main focus of the algorithm is the automatic generation of feasible pipelines into the 3-D models, so that the model has sufficient information, which can be exploited in further work to automatically generate high fidelity first-principles thermo-hydraulic simulations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number8114174
    Pages (from-to)26591-26603
    JournalIEEE Access
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    This work was supported by the Engineering Rulez Research Project through Tekes, Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Equa, Fennovoima, Fortum, Masinotek, Outotec, Prosys OPC, PSK, Pöyry, and Semantum.


    • Buildings
    • Control systems
    • Development lifecycle
    • First-principle model
    • Industrial plants
    • Model generation
    • Pipelines
    • Simulation
    • Solid modeling
    • Three-dimensional displays


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