Design Generator Software
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. Artificial intelligence and machine learning 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 Transcend 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 water facility including a dozen or more engineering documents and drawings. The software can produce designs for a variety of systems, including CAS, fixed film, and a handful of others. DG was developed by some of the world’s leading experts in wastewater process modelling and architectural design and continuously updated and improved over the last decade.
DG offers Engineers, EPC professionals, Technology providers, Real Estate Developers, and Utility Companies preliminary designs for water facilities in just 8 hours, including a 365-day simulation with diurnal flow. This allows the user to take a real time analytical approach to choosing the best design, as opposed to the 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 clients 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 sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches. The outputs are in native form used as the foundation for detailed design, reducing the man-hours and time requirement for the project cycle, and offering global consistency and quality control in all design documents.
Design Generator (“DG”) is a web-based, online water facility design engineering platform that enables engineering professionals to rapidly generate preliminary engineering designs for CAS facilities as well as MBR, MBBR, and others.
The tool has been developed by leading industry professionals and software development experts to create an easy-to-use, 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 output is a wide spectrum of engineering documents including:
Process Flow Diagram
Design Basis Document
P&ID w/ piping, valves and instrumentation
Mechanical Equipment BOQ
Electrical Load List
Site Plan Drawing
DESIGN GENERATOR PLATFORM
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. The Transcend 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 the Transcend DG normally take them 2,000+ hours to produce!
The Transcend 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
Engineers prefer to spend time doing what they love - making challenging, difficult engineering decisions and analyzing various design options. The DG enables engineers to leave the boring, mundane tasks to the software... freeing them up to do value-added, complex work.
STANDARDIZED QUALITY OUTPUTS
Because the designs are produced by software, 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 engineering firms and their clients.
The Transcend 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.