Chapter 4

Twenty-First Century Process Plant Design Tools

We do most of our design work on personal computers nowadays. The workhorse for design calculations is MS Excel running on a PC. Drawings are usually done with AutoCAD, again running on a PC. Other programs are used in academia, especially modeling and simulation programs, and some which allow you to write your own modeling programs. The academic’s favored programs are far less useful in practice than in research, due to the requirements for testing and validation in the case of design with a view to plant construction.


Design software; Excel; AutoCAD; QA


There is a far greater use of computers in process plant design than when I started in practice. Hand drafting of most drawings ...

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