Since the invention of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), we have seen software rapidly taking over a wide variety of day-to-day tasks that were previously performed manually. At the same time, engineering and construction firms and end users expect an ever-increasing number of preliminary design iterations for complex projects. And they expect them right away, not in weeks or months as it took in the past. And artificial intelligence and machine learnings are making it exponentially easier to find errors and produce higher quality outputs in less time. We believe the water industry must adapt to these evolving trends or it will be left behind.
The wastewater treatment plant Design Generator software is unique to the water sector and infrastructure industry. Design Generator (DG) automatically integrates decisions and calculations from each engineering discipline (process, mechanical, civil, architectural, electrical, control, and automation) to create a custom preliminary design of a wastewater facility including a dozen or more engineering documents and drawings. The software can produce designs for both activated sludge-based systems (CAS, MBR, etc.) and the Organica Food Chain Reactor (FCR) facility. DG was developed by some of the world’s leading experts in wastewater process modelling and architectural design and has been continuously updated and improved over the last decade.
DG offers Engineers, EPC professionals, Real Estate Developers and Utility Companies a preliminary design for a wastewater facility in just 8 hours, including a 365-day simulation w/ diurnal flow. This allows the user to take a real time analytical approach to choosing the best design, as opposed to a traditional wait time of two weeks or more for each iteration. With a user-friendly interface and easy access website, clients have the ability to run and review unlimited scenarios with an 8-hour turnaround time and select the most suitable design for their requirements.
By giving the end user more options, it allows them to select the best solution at the beginning of the process, without having to burn thousands of engineering hours on creating iterations to find the best design. It also enables us to bring new technologies and approaches to the market FASTER. In comparing them to conventional methods, we’re giving the user the cost/benefit analysis of more a sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches. The outputs in their native form can also be used as the foundation for detailed design, reducing the manhour and time requirement for that part of the project cycle, and offering global consistency and quality control in all design documents.
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Components of the Platform
The Organica Design Generator automatically integrates decisions and calculations from each engineering discipline (process, mechanical, civil, architectural, electrical, control, and automation) to create custom preliminary engineering documents.
Design Generator Platform
Design Generator (“DG”) is a web-based, online wastewater design engineering platform that enables wastewater professionals to rapidly generate preliminary engineering designs for both Conventional Activated Sludge Facilities, as well as Organica-powered Facilities.
The tool has been developed by leading industry professionals and software development experts, to create an easy-to-use, yet sophisticated wastewater engineering application.
During the design generation process, DG starts by leveraging proprietary databases and validation algorithms to check the input data for quality and consistency (garbage in – garbage out). Once the data is validated, it leverages hundreds of thousands of decision-trees developed by leading wastewater engineers, as well as a 365 day simulation in top of the line wastewater simulation software. This expertise helps to select the proper process unit and choose each piece of equipment for the facility. From there, DG constructs a 3D Building Information Model (BIM) which can be used for final detailed engineering. The final out is a wide spectrum of engineering documents including:
- Process Flow Diagram
- Technical Description
- Design Basis Document
- P&ID w/ piping, valves and instrumentation
- Mechanical Equipment BOQ
- Instrumentation BOQ
- OPEX Calculation
- Electrical Load List
- Site Plan Drawing
- Floorplan Drawings
- Sections Drawings
- Room Schedules
- Civil BOQ
In today’s world speed matters more than ever. Clients demand immediate results, and companies can produce them much faster than we imagined 1-2 years ago. DG allows users to produce high quality preliminary engineering documents in hours instead of days or even weeks. In fact, some clients have told us the outputs they get from DG Professional normally take them 2,000+ hours to produce!
DG saves clients’ money by cutting down on engineering hours spent on preliminary design, including the ability to quickly adapt to changing client requirements or requests for iteration. The saved hours can then be allocated to more value-added tasks just as billable work or developing new and innovative approaches to end user needs.
Improved Decision Making
With a user-friendly interface and easy access website, clients have the ability to run and review unlimited scenarios with an 8-hour turnaround time, and thus select the most suitable design for their requirements. Whereas in the past, clients always had limited options to choose from due to the costs and time requirement of each iteration. Now clients can truly select the LOWEST COST option considering ALL costs – CAPEX, OPEX, Land Value, Infrastructure cost, and environmental costs.
Standardized Quality Outputs
Because the designs are produced by a software tool, the decisions and document outputs all leverage the SAME standards, enabling global consistency and strong process quality control in all final documentation. This eliminates much of the variation and quality flaws that usually find their way into construction level drawings and create problems during the build phase. DG outputs in their native form can also be used as the foundation for detailed designs, creating a standardized “starting point” for the manual design required to take preliminary engineering drawings to construction readiness.
DG was developed by some of the world’s leading experts in wastewater process modeling and architectural design, and has been continuously updated and improved over the last 10 years. As new innovations become mainstream, we can quickly add them to the tool, thus giving users across the world access to these new approaches. As the quality and uptime of the system is ensured by Amazon Web Services, we can also be sure that any updates are immediate and secure.
The WWTP Design Generator Platform enables its users to simultaneously generate dozens of engineering designs, varying from slight iterations to massively different design requirements in a mere 8 hours, while maintaining high quality standards and quickly reacting to client needs.
Due to the necessity of quick proposal work in sales cycles, the rapid generation of preliminary engineering designs is vastly helpful in setting up and pricing various proposals, ready to be delivered quickly to the clientele, ahead of the competition.
Real Estate Developers
In case of a well progressed real estate development, where wastewater infrastructure is either non-existent or proves challenging due to various geological or economic factors, users face a serious challenge and lack the skills and expertise to meet it. With DG real estate firms are able to quickly benchmark and compare solutions, allowing quick decision making on how to handle wastewater management at a given site.
Allowing the quick estimation of both Capital Expenditures and Operational Expenses for either the upgrade of existing facilities or the implementation of greenfield investments is extremely beneficial in the case of Utilities looking to cut down decision making cycles, while still maintaining precise and accurate verdicts.