Software for designing support assemblies, developed in-house by Bergen Pipe Supports, is available free-of-charge to customers. There are two programmes which can be downloaded:
PSDesigner is a support assembly design programme, which uses its own draughting engine, removing the need for recipients to have third-party CAD installed on their own computers. PSDesigner is a versatile tool for designing pipe hanger assemblies using Bergen Pipe Supports' standard components. Detailed hanger drawings are produced including bills of material. By using the programme, a bill of material and quotation for the hangers on a whole project can be produced.
• The system enables the design of ‘standard’ hanger and support assemblies.
• Selection criteria, client, project and system data are entered to establish the basic parameters for selection of spring hangers and snubbers and to populate the drawing title block.
• Using a series of interface techniques the preferred support can be configured.
• Dimensions and support data are entered via dialogue boxes, selections are made by the software.
• The support configuration is validated by internal checks to identify incompatibility and interference between components.
• A fully detailed, scale drawing with detailed BOM is produced, the hanger assembly is priced and the BOM is exported all through the software.
There are 3D catalogues in the following programmes:
PSDesigner links to 3D programmes as follows:
1) Stand-alone programme – 3D DXF Export. When using PSDesigner in stand-alone mode, use the “3D” button on the final drawing page to create a 3D DXF file of the support assembly. This file can be imported into any 3D CAD system which is compatible with DXF file format i.e. AutoCAD, Microstation etc.
2) PDMS/MDS. PSDesigner can be used in conjunction with PDMS and Aveva’s MDS (multi-discipline supports) programme. Details of support location and properties are passed to PSDesigner where the support assembly is designed, and details of the support are passed back to MDS. MDS then builds the support from the PSL PDMS component library.
3) PDMS Direct link. PSDesigner can also link directly to PDMS. Details of support location and properties are passed to PSDesigner where the support assembly is designed, and details of the support are passed back to PDMS. This link uses the 3D dimensional data stored within PSDesigner and does not use the PSL PDMS component library.
4) PDS/SupportModeler. PSDesigner can be used in conjunction with PDS and Intergraph’s SupportModeler programme. Details of support location and properties are passed to PSDesigner where the support assembly is designed, and details of the support are passed back to SupMod. SupMod then builds the support from the PSL SupportModeler component library.
5) SmartPlant3D Direct Link. PSDesigner can link directly with SmartPlant3D. Details of support location and properties are passed to PSDesigner where the support assembly is designed, and details of the support are passed back to SP3D as SP3D objects. This link uses the 3D dimensional data stored within PSDesigner and does not use the PSL SP3D component library. The latest version of PSDesigner features an improved SP3D interface in which support assemblies can now be broken down into component parts, that can then be moved, rotated or deleted as required.
Installation and operating instructions for all of the above are provided in the Download Area on this website (please 'Create New Account' in order to gain access, if not already done).
PSDesigner does not interface with PlantSpace at present.
Spring Selector, which is contained in PSDesigner, allows the user to quickly select or check the selection of constant and variable effort supports, as an alternative to using the PSG catalogue.
PSLCAD is an AutoLisp utility that works in conjunction with all versions of AutoCAD from R14 to 2011 version. In conjunction with ToolKitMax or CADSTA Max, it is also compatible with AutoCAD LT versions from 2007 to 2011.
Pipe Supports Group components are selected and drawn using various algorithms and parametric drawing tools. PSLCAD allows highly accurate detailing of our standard hanger components and spring supports.
a. Snubbers, Constant and Variable Effort supports are selected within specified criteria by entering the load and movement required. They are placed in the drawing frame showing the connection points in their true positions for the pre-set load/movement.
b. Ancillary components are selected via simple icon menus or by typing the component part code at the command line. The size is pre-determined by the previously selected part (spring unit, clamp or beam attachment).
c. The drawing is created by simply placing each part onto its mating part using object snaps. Additional detail is added to the drawing using conventional AutoCAD facilities.
d. As each PSL part is added to the drawing the bill of materials (BOM) is automatically created. Hanger rod and supplementary steel lengths are calculated automatically and the length entered into the BOM.
e. A location plan is automatically created if the user requests such, grid references and dimensions are added via dialogue boxes.
f. The BOM is an exportable text file that can be consolidated over a range of drawings to make estimating and planning virtually effortless.
Our support products are included in the following programmes:
• SupportModeler programme for 3D modelling of hangers supplied by Pelican Forge, which is owned by Intergraph Corporation.
• Caesar II stress analysis programme produced by COADE. Bergen Pipe Supports' variable effort support data is included in Caesar II Version 5.00 under ‘Pipe Supports’, and will also be in the new Version 5.20 when this is released. In Caesar II Versions 4.50 and earlier, Bergen Pipe Supports' supports are listed under the name ‘Comet’ (this used to be our brand name).
• Autopipe 3D piping analysis programme, supplied by Rebis.
• Triflex piping analysis software supplied by Software Solutions.
• Logisterion P10 piping analysis software.
• ROHR2 supplied by SIGMA Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH. Bergen Pipe Supports' data for spring hangers and spring supports has now been implemented in ROHR2. ROHR2 users can update the programme via the implemented update function.
• CAEPIPE, but we may be listed under the name ‘Comet’ (this used to be our brand name).
There is not a library of Bergen supports in CATIA 3D software as this is a solid modelling tool generally used for designing products, e.g. gearboxes, rather than complete plants.