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Welcome To Another Dimension: Power Plant Engineers In Rugby Are Peering Into The Future


Welcome To Another Dimension: Power Plant Engineers In Rugby Are Peering Into The Future

An average power plant is a very large and complicated network of machines for making electricity that need to be kept in good order. That is not an easy or simple task. In the design phase of a power plant upgrade, for instance, engineers must consider every detail, this includes the way old and new pieces of steam pipes, some of which are as thick as tree trunks, fit together. “Even the most experienced engineers can get it wrong,” says Stacie Tibos, GE Power’s lead engineer for steam power systems in the U.K.  That costs both time and money — in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars a day in penalties.


Previously, engineers at GE relied on plans built from 2D blueprints and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) files. “But the second the project starts, the plan is wrong,” Tibos says. “Real life kicks in.”


That is why last year Tibos and his team in Rugby, England, started using special 4D software to get life under control.


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