CHALLENGE: CPE approached WMD Squared with an overflow of design work and tasked them with creating a water treatment skid from the ground up. This consisted of modeling all components, determining routing of all pipe spools from given schematics, and obtaining and researching standards for how FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic piping) needed to be designed. This included requirements such as the minimum distances between flanges, olet design, support gusseting, and corner radii minimums. This posed particular challenges because FRP is different from the industry standard, schedule steel piping. CPE expected a General Arrangement print consisting of flow arrows, ordinate dimensions, and showing instrumentation as well as individual pipe spool prints, and a correct bill of materials for connecting hardware and fittings.
APPROACH: Our timeline was to have a preliminary package for CPE to internally review and submit to their customer as soon as possible. We started by obtaining models for main components of the skid to accurately determine pipe routing and terminations. Once these were all obtained through either downloading or modeling from scratch, WMD Squared set up a mock layout to submit to CPE and give a general idea of the space within the skid boundaries. We raised questions about component arrangements such as if it were acceptable to place smaller pumps and generators underneath and around the larger components. After a design meeting to review the general arrangement of the skid, location of components, and acceptable termination points, we moved ahead with routing all necessary pipe spools. During the process of designing, several issues arose with conflicting information on the schematic. WMD Squared consulted with CPE and their customer to make the necessary revisions. The model was adjusted accordingly and a new preliminary model was submitted.
IMPACT: WMD Squared was able to provide CPE with spool manufacturing prints along with general arrangement prints as a completed package for production.