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How Omexom uses 3D technology for design problems

Dennis Rekveld uses 3D technology to help clients with their design problems. Why is this a positive development in the energy sector?

Advantages of 3D technology

We speak to Dennis in Zwolle, Omexom’s engineering site that helps clients with design problems for high-voltage systems. As a client manager, Dennis is the link between the client and the shop floor. In this role, he manages a team of (lead) engineers and draughtsmen. Dennis is one of the initiators of using 3D technology within the engineering department of Omexom: ‘By using this technology, the client, other stakeholders and ourselves have better insight into what the high-voltage system will look like. It also allows us to monitor its integrality.’

Dennis explains why he is so enthusiastic about this development: ‘The industry sector, for instance, has been using 3D technology for some time. This trend is now also visible in our market since it offers many benefits.

You can define a number of design conditions in the 3D software, thus minimising the probability of design errors. This allows us to reduce the costs of failure.’ Since the design is visualised, engineers also have another major advantage: they can organise the existing space in a smarter way. ‘The available space – or the coherence with the existing plant – is often a challenge, especially if it concerns an extension of an existing plant. By visualising the design in 3D, engineers can use the space more intelligently and check the connection to the existing plant’, Dennis explains.

Continue to encourage engineers

‘The technology is advancing at a rapid pace,’ says Dennis. He notices that the engineers are responding well to the fact that Omexom is taking steps to implement this technology. ‘In private, they are often already involved the latest techniques. They like to follow such developments closely.’ The same goes for 3D technology. The engineers are aware of new developments, and it gives them the motivation to deepen their knowledge. Dennis: ‘In my role, it is all the more satisfying that I can encourage my team to use this enthusiasm.’

What is next?

In the long term, Dennis sees many opportunities for 3D technology within Omexom. ‘We can link 3D technology to planning, by simulating how a high-voltage station is built, for instance.’ Safety is always essential. ‘Such a visual simulation can certainly help us achieve that.’ Efficiency can also be increased in the field of purchasing. ‘With the push of a button, we can create lists of materials and control machines for the production of steel. This is also positive for colleagues in the field during the manufacturing and assembly phase.’

Finally, we can exchange our designs with the client and other stakeholders in a project. ‘This allows us to combine multiple 3D models and monitor the interfaces. Any clashes will be detected at an early stage’, Dennis explains.