PDMS (software)

The Plant Design Management System ( PDMS) is a 3D planning system, ie, a computer-aided design application specially mostly used to arrange planning in construction. Common applications of the PDMS are the planning of process plants such as chemical plants, power plants, refineries, oil platforms and papermaking. Likewise, the PDMS to the arrangement of machinery stands used in a production hall. In part, the function of the PDMS by CAD programs such as CATIA is offered to a smaller extent.


In managed by PDMS databases, all necessary components can be represented.

  • Equipment (apparatus, pumps, heat exchangers, collectors ) ( Equipment)
  • Piping ( Piping )
  • Steel construction ( Steelwork )
  • Concrete structures (Civil Arrangement)
  • Cable trays
  • Ventilation channels ( HVAC)

Individual objects can be assigned to all necessary information. Thus, for example, behind every pipe the information on nominal size, the material, the operating temperature, etc. deposit.

Isometrics and 2D plans can be created dynamically via a set of rules.


Inspired by the UK Ministry of Technology, now the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI ), Cambridge end of the 60s were taken the first research work at the university, which should investigate whether it is possible to use 3-D basic body and those for imaging more complex combinations (eg pipelines in chemical plant ) to use. From this work, the Plant Design Management System, which is now marketed by the company AVEVA, Cambridge, UK was born. One of the pioneers, the (now AVEVA or CADCentre → ) led the development of the Plant Design Management System on Computer-Aided Design Centre, was Dr. Richard G. Newell.