Concept Tool - more efficiency in the business process

VenturislT launches a new, intuitive tool for rapid concept creation, tailored for all factory and plant planners.

The IT industry has been talking about media discontinuities for decades and has always promised to make them finally forgotten. For example, by presenting software on tablet PCs that can be operated using special pens. It is true that surfaces and 3D objects can be extruded from the lines in a jiffy — a promising approach at first glance, but then clearly missing the point when it comes to end-to-end process support. Moreover, a large  number of regulations and factory standards must be considered in building and fac-tory planning, meaning that if the planner is given too much freedom in the concept phase, the detailed engineer must then make comprehensive corrections.

For VenturisIT GmbH, this dilemma has been a thorn in the side for many years. So, it started to develop its own soft-ware for concept studies. No name has yet been found for this  remarkable  innovation, but the solution has already come a long way. Intuitive in operation, but always strictly aligned with regulations and standards — the experts from Bad Soden have come up with something very unique: “The sketches are created in the top view, just like with any other freehand drawing tool, even with a pen on a tablet PC.

It doesn’t matter which hardware is used,” says Holga Schwipp, Managing Director with VenturisIT, explaining the program to us. The goal is to get away from working with different tools depending on the discipline for which the drafts are currently being created: “In principle, all concept planners should be able to work with the same objects as the designers will later be able to do with the details.”

For Mr Schwipp, it is obvious that time-consuming 3D modelling is simply a nuisance if a sketch is to be created quickly. Hence the interaction with a pen. But: “The planner is provided with all objects, such as conveyor belts, painting booths, reference points for robots, and so on, to which certain properties have already been assigned.” In this way he moves as if in a grid with his ideas. A conveyor belt, for example, can be symbolised by a line connecting two points. “Many metadata and the underlying logical relationships remain hidden from the draftsman because he does not need them for the initial concept. Almost like a magic wand, the user uses his pen to drag and drop objects from the library and place them.” The highlight here is that the detail designer can easily access the metadata linked to the objects and that these are available for 3D — with all specifications, factory standards and general regulation

At a glance: Sound basis for consistent planning

From the first step, planning is carried out according to defined standards, multiple data entry is avoided, and all planners work on a common basis,” Mr Schwipp says emphatically. The data can be completely used in all the downstream processes, as it is made available parametrically and associatively. An initial mass excerpt for the rough calculation can also be created during the concept phase. And another piece of good news: The licence for this sketch tool will be considerably cheaper than a CAD licence for factory planning.

*Source: D1g1tal Agenda Issue 3/2019, Dr. Valnion