Release Announcement of PV Elite 2018 Service Pack 2

Service Pack Release Announcement

Hexagon PPM support has posted PV Elite 2018 Service Pack 2 ( for PV Elite Version 2018. This Service Pack is now available for download from Hexagon PPM’s Customer Response System. Further information about what is contained in this Service Pack is available in the Readme File link shown in the download description on the Service Packs and Fixes page.

To access this Service Pack, please follow the steps below:

  1. Logon to Hexagon PPM’s Customer Response System at
  2. Select the View Downloads tab.
  3. Select PV Elite.
  4. Select Service Packs and Fixes.
  5. Select the download icon or the file link of the Service Pack.

If you have trouble accessing this Service Pack or need further information, please file a Send Request for an analyst to assist.

Thank You for being a ImageGrafix customer!

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PIPENET News Summer 2018

Modelling Valves in PIPENET
It is clear that modelling of items such as valves, control valves, surge relief valves, relief valves, rupture discs and regulators are essential aspects of transient analysis.

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Water Injection Systems Capabilities of PIPENET
PIPENET can be used to model various aspects of water injection systems. This includes establishing potential water hammer problems, cavity formation and collapse, sequence in which booster pumps and water injection pumps should be started, and the calculation of unbalanced force-time history with the view of further processing by pipe stress analysis programs.

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Sensitivity Analysis of the Control Systems on a Pipeline
Modelling control loops is one of the outstanding capabilities of PIPENET. The article provides an example of a sensitivity analysis of the control system on a pipeline. The network has 3 pumps of which one pump is running at its design speed in this scenario.

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Creating Alternative Networks by Combining Systems
The purpose of this document is to show how to combine different sub-networks to a common network in order to create different networks.

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Convert to Transient

Converting a data file from PIPENET Standard or Spray/Sprinkler Module to Transient Module is an invaluable utilitiy which saves engineers a lot of time and effort.

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Convert a Pressure Drop into an Equivalent Length
Sometimes an engineer may need to calculate an equivalent length of a device knowing its pressure drop.

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Use Excel for Editing Data in PIPENET
PIPENET provides several means for managing data. Input data can be managed in the properties window or the data window. The properties window can be used to manage data on a particular component, while the data window allows the user to manage data on all components of a certain type at the same time.

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CAESAR II Webinar: Using Load Case Multipliers to Expand Load Conditions

with Richard Ay, P.E., Vice President
Date: June 26, 2018
Time: 10 AM CDT click here to for your local time
Duration: 60 min
Cost: free eSeminar

Come experience the CAESAR II Static Load Case Editor in the live webinar with Richard Aye, P.E. The Static Load Case Editor is very powerful, providing complete control and customization of static load cases.

Expand your analysis capabilities of load conditions in the editor through the use ofload case multipliers. Learn how load case multipliers can extend loading conditions beyond what is specified in the piping input. Load case multipliers can be used to adjust the contribution of any linear load primitive.  Load case multipliers should not be used with non-linear load primitives, such as temperature.

Check out this webinar and attain a greater understanding of load primitives, load cases, load case multipliers, and the options in the Static Load Case Editor that provide a strong foundation for properly assessing the behavior of piping systems under a variety of operating scenarios.

Speaker bio:

Richard Ay is a registered professional engineer who serves as the vice president for analysis products. In 1985, at the request of Tony Paulin, one of the founders of COADE, Ay joined the company, which later became part of Intergraph. He has worked on the development of CAESAR II, TANK, product licensing, QA, technical support procedures, and technical presentations. Ay has previous experience at a major EPC firm and an offshore consulting firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Ay is a member of ASCE and ASME.

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GT STRUDL® Webinar: GT STRUDL v2018 R1

with Joe Harrison, Hexagon PPM
 June 28, 2018
Time: 10 AM CDT click here to for your local time
Duration: 60 min
Cost: free eSeminar

Experience the difference with the new GT STRUDL v2018 R1 as we explore how the latest enhancements help you to do your job even more efficiently. We will cover:

  • Automatic Creation of Views
  • Stiffness Analysis launched from GTMenu
  • Report Builder launched from GT STRUDL
  • CAD Modeler
    • Report Builder launched from CAD Modeler
    • CAD Modeler Physical Member Creation/Display/Changes
  • Vertical Seismic Load Creation – changes to Seismic Load command and Dialog
  • Automatic ASCE & AISC Load Combinations
  • Placing Physical Member
  • Edit Physical/Analytical Members

Join us as we cover the extensive functionality offered with the new place Physical member capability to ease your modeling experience.

Speaker bio:

Joe Harrison is the Product Manager for Hexagon PPM’s Civil/Structural/Analytical Applications. He has a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering and previously worked for Fluor Corporation as a Structural Engineer. At his role with Intergraph, he was the Software Development Manager for FrameWorks Plus and Executive Manager for Intergraph’s Smart 3D Structural and Civil Applications.  Currently, Joe is the Product Owner for GT STRUDL.

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PV Elite Webinar – PV Elite SOLIDWORKS Plugin

with Carlos Valdez, Support Engineer, Hexagon PPM
 June 27, 2018
Time: 10 AM CDT click here to for your local time
Duration: 60 min
Cost: free eSeminar

In this webinar, learn about the items and geometries covered in the new PV Elite 2018 Plugin for SOLIDWORKS®. The PV Elite SOLIDWORKS plugin allows users to load a PV Elite .pvdb file directly into DSS SOLIDWORKS. The software converts the file to an assembly file. Saving time and helping in obtaining faster deliverables.

Take advantage of the ability to manage the vessel information associated with the model, such a smart tag which links the vessel data from your model Properties to a drawing.

Join us as we explore the software’s customization and detail for assembly representations, and see this powerful functionality for yourself during a live demonstration.

Speaker bio:

Carlos Valdez graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. With years of experience in customer service and with an engineering background, Carlos joined the Hexagon PPM team and took on the roll as a Support Engineer. He strives to find solutions and provide technical support for PV Elite and CAESAR II analysis software.

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CADWorx Webinar: Efficient Design of Wastewater Treatment Structures

with Aimee Ferguson, Hexagon PPM

with Michael Smith, Hexagon PPM

Date: June 21, 2018
Duration: 45 min
Cost: free eSeminar

Water treatment plants are vital to all of us and intrinsically tied to the energy industry. For modeling the specialized structures that are typical in the wastewater industry, it is important to have the right design tool in order to stay a step ahead of your competition.

In the fall of 2017, CADWorx Structure 2018 released several new tools that can be utilized in the design of wastewater treatment structures to help increase your efficiencies when modeling in this industry.

During this webinar, we will show how these tools can be used to their fullest potential, provide information on what opportunities this industry can offer you, and offer you some examples of success stories where CADWorx has been the tool of choice.

Speaker Bios:

Aimee Ferguson, P.E., is the product owner for CADWorx Structure, coming to Intergraph in 2008 after a career in Construction Field Engineering. Her background in structural engineering and construction with a large EPC has been leveraged in the development of several Intergraph products, including Smart 3D. Aimee has added agile software development skills to her technical experience and joined the CADWorx Structure team in 2016 in the product owner role to assist in launching and further developing this product. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Kentucky and Alabama.

Michael Smith serves as CADWorx Business Development Manager at Hexagon PPM. He joined the company in 2012 with more than 30 years of experience in the process industries, covering multiple aspects of design, engineering, and construction. Michael previously served as Director of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) at a prominent mechanical contractor. He oversaw the implementation and use of engineering design tools such as CADWorx in US-based semiconductor plant mega projects. Michael also has experience working within the Autodesk channel as a Revit BIM Specialist.

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ImageGrafix Software – Hexagon Spoolgen – Fabrication & Construction Solutions

SmartPlant® Spoolgen® is a proven, industrial-strength application that enables the creation of piping isometric drawings for fabrication and erection from the design created during the detail engineering phase of projects. You can add additional information – such as the location of field welds – and create new drawings and reports from the same source as the original drawings. The technology is based on Isogen®, the industry-standard software for automated piping isometric generation and has been deployed successfully on all sizes of plant engineering projects in every region of the world.

SmartPlant Spoolgen is fast and accurate because it eliminates the need to redraw isometrics and manually re-create material take off reports. SmartPlant Spoolgen can work with data from almost any plant design system – Intergraph Smart® 3D, PDS®, and CADWorx®; AVEVA PDMS; and Bentley AutoPLANT and PlantSpace are all supported.

Sihy Finland use Spoolgen to Improve Productivity

Spoolgen automates receipt and processing of PCF files to generate data files for workshop machines and to populate planning and tracking systems. 

Reach us to learn how SmartPlant Spoolgen / Plus meets key business challenges and delivers real benefit by helping you to:

        Optimise spooling for workshop pre-fabrication and field piping erection

        Efficiently utilise materials, machinery and manpower

        Automatically create shop drawings, including all required details, ten times faster

        Calculate accurate bulk MTO quantities to gain best material prices

        Measure fabrication tasks and shop productivity

        Monitor and control welding procedures

        Manage the impact of revisions on pipe spool production

        Reduce errors and avoid rework by eliminating 95% of manual data entry

        Increase accuracy and quality of pipe spool deliverables

        Deliver fit-for-purpose pipe spools to current standards and on schedule

If you would like to know more or for an exclusive presentation to know how Hexagon Smartplant Spoolgen can help you to improve the productivity of your team, please get in touch with us.

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