A new interface between a suite of design products used to create many of the world’s process and power facilities and an explosion-consequence prediction tool shortens the time needed to run safety analyses of plant designs from weeks or months to days or hours. Photo Courtesy Of Intergraph Corp. New interface between explosionanalysis and design software may boost safety. “The interface between Intergraph’s rules-based 3D design solution and GexCon’s FLACS explosion analysis software can help designers increase productivity and enhance safety before plant construction begins,” says Tom Fiske, a senior analyst with ARC Advisory Group, an industry analyst firm. GexCon,
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.