Award for 3D modeling of Kusile power station

March 2nd, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Eskom’s Kusile power station, which is currently under construction near Emalahleni (Witbank) in Mpumalanga province, has been awarded first prize in the 2013 Be Inspired competition, in the Innovation in Power Generation category for the innovative development and use of a 3D Plant Operating & Maintenance (O&M) Simulator. The O&M Simulator was created on 3D-Pact and Flownex technology developed by South African companies Samahnzi and M-Tech Industrial, using CADD 3D model content delivered by EPC contractors for the new power station and integrating it on the Bentley MicroStation platform before migration into the 3D-Pact Simulator technology platform. The Bentley Innovation in Power award recognises projects that have demonstrated excellence in planning, designing, building, operating, modeling, and analysing power generation plants including traditional fossil fuel plants, combined cycle plants, nuclear power facilities, and renewable power generation. The 3D, virtual and interactive model of Kusile allows Eskom engineers, operators and plant maintainers a thorough understanding of the plant design and lay-out, plant processes, operations and maintenance requirements. Changing plant conditions and operating parameters can be simulated in a 3D virtual environment. The 3D simulator will also provide improved emergency preparedness capability.

Contact Suhail Rassool, Bentley, Tel 082 806-9419, suhail.rassool@bentley.com

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