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Avonmouth is a port and outer suburb of Bristol, England. Avonmouth faces two rivers, The River Avon and River Severn. Strategically the area has been and remains an important part of the region’s maritime economy particularly for larger vessels for the unloading and exporting of heavier goods as well as in industry including warehousing, light industry, electrical power and sanitation. The area contains a junction of and is connected to the south by the M5 motorway and other roads, railway tracks and paths to the north, south-east and east.
As part of the planning and preparations for World War II, the Air Ministry realised that the ability to distribute aviation fuel to the Royal Air Force (RAF)’s aircraft and petrol to its ground support vehicles was essential to sustaining any battle, in which superiority would be gained mainly in the air. In 1936, however, the RAF only possessed fuel reserves of 8,000 tons. These were at the time estimated to be enough for 10 days of war but in reality would have only represented one day of peak wartime use.
Authorisation was given to build a series of fuel storage depots with semi-buried tanks in them that would be protected against aerial attack. Initially in 1936 the figure was set at 90,000 tons but this had been increased to 800,000 tons by 1938. By the start of World War II in 1939, a number of these new protected fuel storage depots were already operational.
However, no pipelines were constructed until after the war started, with the first being built in 1941 that would connect the Stanlowe refinery in North-West England to Avonmouth. Further buried fuel lines extending towards East and South-East England meant that fuels at West coast ports could be pumped towards fuel storage depots located close to the military airfields. By 1943 an entire ring-main linking the River Mersey, the Avonmouth area, the River Thames and up to the Humber area, was constructed. This was later extended into East Anglia to supply both the RAF and the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) airfields.
Many of these semi-buried fuel tanks have since been surveyed by A3D during our 3D laser scanning contracts as part of a continued tank inspection program.
Plant 3D is an Autodesk toolset built on the AutoCAD application, its tools, and features designed around the piping/process industry allowing designers to create detailed plant models including pipework, piping components and supports, tubing, steelwork, and equipment. The 3D modeling is built against detailed piping specs to allow models to be created quickly and accurately, due to the amount of detail that’s included when modeling a range of exports can be achieved such as isometrics and bill of materials.
The system also includes functionality to allow for digital twin creation of existing sites by using technology such as 3D laser scanning to produce an accurate survey of sites, which the point cloud can then be transformed into spec-driven 3D models.
The Plant 3D Toolset also includes functionality for producing Smart Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams P&IDs, allowing for CAD Standards, Symbology, Nomenclature, Borders, Templates, and Reports to be customized and built into the setup allowing for speed and consistency across a process site’s drawings.
The 3D Process Models, Smart P&IDs, Specs, Isometrics, Project, Orthographic are all held in a project folder and all interlink with a database. The 3D and P&ID files can validate against each other which drastically improves as-built accuracy.