Project Description

Project Details

Client: NSG Pilkington 

Services Provided

Virtual Engineering

Plant Design

Systems Engineering & Integration


VGI-2 Modelling

NSG Pilkington builds on average one new £200M glass float production facility every two years and the Group operates 55 plants worldwide. Speed to the market is a major driver in all new build projects and Pilkington’s had looked at utilising a 3D model of the plant in order to minimise design changes mainly due to clashes that had previously been identified during the build. Morson Projects were selected to work in partnership with Pilkington’s to develop a 3D model of the VGI-2 facility in Vietnam using AVEVA PDMS.

The model confirmed all interfaces between the foundations, buildings, process plant and all services would be checked in terms of space management. It allowed detailed material lists and isometrics to be produced for quicker and more precise site contract quoting and installation, which would save significant rework, cost and time during construction.

Once completed, the detailed intelligent model allowed the client to “walk through” the facility – providing opportunities in terms of training and maintenance of the site team operating the completed build. Additionally, it has already proved to be a notable aid for considering new designs of future installations.

Morson Projects were made up of a team of 8 Designers, 6 working on the 3D Model, 1 on P&IDs and 1 supporting.

Using 2D reference information from a previous Glass Factory build in Russia and marked up P&IDs, the team had been required to deliver an integrated 3D model of the new proposed VGI-2 glass Float Line to be built in Vietnam. The following deliverables were required:

  • A 3D integrated design of the factory foundations, buildings, process equipment, access platforms, piping, ducting and cable trays. Including various levels of instrumentation. Demonstrating a clash free design within a tolerance of +/- 75mm.
  • A complete set of intelligent P&IDs for all systems and processes.
  • As an output of the above, Material Take Off Lists – Line lists, Valve listings, Equipment Data sheets, Plant Arrangement drawings, Piping/Ducting/Cable Tray General Arrangements and Isometrics.
  • Software used – AVEVA PDMS version 12.0 for the build, converted to Navis Works Manage 2012 as the final format. Also AVEVA P&ID and AVEVA Instrumentation used.