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Compressor Station Design

Building information modeling maximizes efficiency in compressor station design, fueling the demand for natural gas.
  • An aerial 3-D rendering helps designers visualize the site layout-Gannett Fleming

    An aerial 3-D rendering of the compressor station helps designers visualize the site layout.

Client
Confidential Client
Location
Western Pennsylvania
Our Role
Site Layout, Construction Document Development.
Data
Completed:
In Progress
Duration:
In Progress
Outcomes
  • Compressor station helps natural gas flow effectively through pipeline
  • Moisture from the compressor station is safely removed and stored
  • Use of building information modeling assists with facility layout and design.

Compressor stations play a crucial role in the movement of natural gas by acting as the engine that powers the gas through the pipeline. They are part of a network that fuels the demand for natural gas energy development and export. The stations compress the natural gas entering the facility to a specified pressure, allowing the gas to continue flowing through the pipeline to its intended destination. Another function of a compressor station is to separate and filter out liquids, dirt, and other impurities by use of scrubbers, strainers, and filter separators. The natural gas being carried through the pipeline is “dry,” but as the gas cools, water and hydrocarbons condense along the pipe walls. This moisture is collected and removed from the stream and stored in holding tanks on site.

What We Did

Gannett Fleming’s role is to assist the client with site layout and to develop construction documents. The firm is using Revit®, a 3-D modeling building information modeling (BIM) software product, to model the intricate and complex facility into a finished product. BIM expedites the modeling process by providing comprehensive 3-D visualization instead of separate plan, elevation, and section views. The design team sees the clearances and interferences between objects such as equipment, piping, building elements, and topographic surfaces, allowing them to discover and address problems early in the design when they are easier to fix.

Key Features

  • BIM helps identify problems early in design, when fixing problems is less costly than during construction.

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