“What we used to achieve by modifying a physical prototype, we can now do in software. That saves time and money because we use less material.”
– Jeff Spence, Manager – Engineering
As the largest, privately owned oilfield services company in Canada, with international operations stretching around the globe, Sanjel Corporation embraces the use of design technology to promptly deliver better performing, more reliable products to gas- and petroleum-producing customers. Company engineers used 2D design tools until 2004, when they investigated 3D solutions in response to the rapidly accelerating pace of the oil and gas industry.
Sanjel standardized on the SolidWorks 3D development platform because it is easy to learn and is better suited to help the company’s engineers achieve their goal of responding more quickly to market demands for innovative, high-quality equipment. By transitioning to SolidWorks, Sanjel reduced design time by 40 percent, cut development costs by 25 percent, decreased scrap by 50 percent, and improved design communications with field personnel.
- Reduced design time by 40 percent
- Cut development costs by 25 percent
- Decreased scrap by 50 percent
- Improved design communications with field personnel
Kvaerner Oilfield Products
“3D modeling with SolidWorks® CAD software has made it easier to meet the customers’ requirements for shorter development times.”
– Hans Christen Søvik , Senior Engineer
Kværner Oilfield Products is a company in the Kværner Group, which develops and manufacturers underwater products for the offshore industry. It includes the entire system for controlling the flow of oil from the drill hole to the platform. The products were previously designed with AutoCAD in 2D, but the company was not satisfied with the efficiency of a 2D system, and therefore wanted to switch to a 3D system. In addition, we had difficulties reusing previous designs in the old system, and we were often forced to reinvent the wheel several times over.
After carefully examining the existing 3D systems, we decided on SolidWorks® CAD software. This has meant that roughly 40 CAD designers in Norway were able to increase their drawing productivity by 30 percent, thanks to the new tools. At the same time, the options for using existing designs to create new variations increased considerably. The goal is a modular system with design components that are combined and that can be modified according to individual project requirements, something that eliminates many errors. A third advantage with SolidWorks® CAD software is that it is much easier to present a design to a customer, and to create animations for training the customer’s own service technicians. SolidWorks is currently used for all types of design work, from components via large overview drawings to entire systems.
- Increased drawing production efficiency by 30 percent
- Reduced errors in creating variations by establishing a modular design system
- Produced clear customer presentations with 3D models
- Used animations to help train service personnel
Seabed Rig AS
“We have come a long way since our founding, and SolidWorks has been an important tool for helping us develop our technology.”
– Kenneth Mikalsen, Chief Technology Officer
Seabed Rig AS has invented a better, safer method for conducting deepwater oil and gas exploration by developing an automated, robot-operated, unmanned drilling rig that sits on the bottom of the sea. The Seabed Rig system minimizes problems associated with environmental conditions, eliminates the potential for human error, is safer, and costs less than conventional drilling platforms. To develop the technology, the company needed an efficient 3D development platform.
Seabed Rig chose SolidWorks Professional software to develop its innovative, automated drilling system because it is easy to use and provides robust large-assembly design capabilities. The company also values how SolidWorks facilitates collaboration with its team of consultants and subcontractors, most of whom already use SolidWorks. With SolidWorks, Seabed Rig has shortened its development cycles, streamlined interaction with its suppliers, created an innovative 3D visualization and control module, and developed the next-generation automated drilling system.
- Shortened development cycles
- Streamlined interaction with suppliers
- Created innovative 3D visualization and control module
- Developed next-generation automated drilling system