Oil & Gas

Design, construction, and operation of oil and gas process plants

Hexagon PPM supports the design, building, handover, commissioning, operating, and maintaining of large plants involved in producing or processing oil and gas natural resources, including offshore platform structure construction. Oil and gas refinery owners can eliminate unplanned plant shutdown to avoid the tremendous costs of labor and lost production. Plus they can comply with federal regulations in order to keep their plant operating. Both designers and owners can enjoy better decision support capabilities to facilitate global design, life cycle optimization, and refinery production.

At every step of the way

3D Design & Visualization

There is a relentless global push to expand plants needed to process oil and gas. This places even greater demands on the design and construction of larger, more complex oil and gas plants worldwide. The importance of bringing new refineries and gas processing plants online more quickly is a major challenge to both plant owners and engineering companies, necessitating continued reductions in project schedules while extending the level of design integrity, innovation, and design quality. As the leading supplier of 3D plant design solutions to the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years, Hexagon PPM's latest 3D modeling and visualization applications continue to support all key aspects of project execution for the oil and gas industry, from conceptual plant design, through detailed design and construction, into plant operations and maintenance. Some of the world's leading EPC companies involved in the design and construction of oil and gas facilities, such as Fluor, Bechtel, and Foster Wheeler, have used PPM plant design software for major oil and gas plant installations over the past two decades.


Our analysis solutions help petrochemical companies and other oil and gas processors, transporters, and deliverers diminish risk by using the latest global design codes and standards to help prevent substandard design, regulatory violations, and costly and potentially dangerous system failures in plants and piping systems that operate under extreme pressures, temperatures, and conditions. For example, Intergraph CAESAR II®, the world’s most widely used software for automating pipe stress analysis and design, includes the latest global codes and standards and has been proven in the most complex, challenging applications and conditions where reliability of results is critical. Intergraph PV Elite® automates the analysis and design of vessels and exchangers to ensure reliable design while improving engineering design efficiencies. Intergraph TANK™ automates the analysis and design of tanks for storing oil and other petroleum products associated with these facilities.

Asset Lifecycle Information Management

Safety, integrity management, regulatory compliance, time to market, operational uptime – all of these are factors for which the oil and gas market depends on quality information. Hexagon PPM's Asset Lifecycle Information Management solutions offer the longest track record in the industry for delivering integrated engineering information throughout an asset's life cycle.

Engineering & Schematics

Hexagon PPM has been the market leader in the oil and gas industry for years. SmartPlant Engineering & Schematics has a proven track record and makes the perfect fit to execute projects faster, better, and cheaper. Plus, it offers data for the operational phase to lower the risk of running the facility.

SmartPlant® Engineering & Schematics offers a solution to quickly create the plant configuration from scratch or in as many cases as possible from existing designs or licensors. The solution is rule-based and relationship-driven to promote design consistency through the complete design process. Of course, integration is a key element in passing the data in a controlled manner between the engineering tasks, such as instrument and electrical design as well as physical 3D modeling. As in many cases, hazardous materials make the point that process safety is key. SmartPlant Process Safety can design safety into the plant as part of the design process. These designs have several iterations. These are perfectly normal. The key is to manage the changes, and SmartPlant Engineering & Schematics offers that capability.

Procurement, Fabrication & Construction

For a typical new oil or gas facility, 10 to 15 percent of the total cost is for engineering design and 50 to 60 percent of the costs are related to material. It is obvious that surplus materials caused by ineffective materials management, even to levels of only five percent, can result in the loss of millions of dollars on an average capital project. Without continuous management and project performance, it is difficult to take the appropriate corrective action to prevent schedule delays. These delays can often be even more costly when they affect the oil and gas facility owner's ability to produce and sell the product. Effectively managing these complicated business processes in an integrated environment throughout all phases of the project life cycle is vital.