It is obvious that both programs show a high level of geometric detail. This is very useful for visually verifying that the equipment has been modeled correctly. But what about the non-geometric detail? What about details such as material specification, radiographic examination and service?
One of the biggest, and most confusing, terms you will hear these days is the term “smart model”. It seems that everybody has a “smart” model. But what is a smart model? We define it as a model that contains all the engineering knowledge necessary to fabricate, install and maintain the equipment throughout its lifecycle. It contains “sketches” and “features” that permit SM programs like SOLIDWORKS and Inventor to access the information to create components, tables and drawings. The model shown above includes this and companion ASME Code details calculated by COMPRESS such as MAWP, MAP, MAEP, MDMT, required thicknesses etc. This is what I think of when I hear the term “smart model”. Personally, I wish people would just use the term “solid model” and omit “smart” as it’s reasonable to expect a solid model to contain all the information mentioned above.
Now that you know what data a good solid model should contain, I want to go over how having this information available within SM programs improves efficiency.