LAFAYETTE — PhDsoft Technology’s C4D is an asset integrity management software that accurately predicts the degradation and corrosion of complex assets over time.
Since 2000, PhDsoft has been providing world-leading technology to manage and monitor structural integrity, degradation protection and the safety of structures and static equipment. Our primary solution PhDC4D, or just C4D (“see in 4 dimension”) is an asset integrity management software that accurately predicts the degradation and corrosion of complex assets over time. It is a robust, proven solution that has been used by more than 110 assets.
C4D is a comprehensive system resulting from the synergistic integration of a 4D-space-time visualization software with a predictive corrosion algorithm, a standards code compliance engine and automation of engineering activities and best practices. It consolidates a safer, cost-effective maintenance process for structures, piping and static equipment.
Using cutting-edge 4D technology, C4D provides automation to accurately predict the cost of repair and maintenance. It enables cost savings for companies by eliminating unnecessary repairs, increasing inspection intervals for low-risk assets and preventing failures in structures, and avoiding financial loss due to disasters and accidents.
C4D integrates the management of complex systems, including fixed and floating platforms, subsea equipment, tankers and oil refineries. In fact, it is the only software solution capable of managing an entire Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) or offshore platform, including the structure, topside equipment, piping and risers. C4D can also be used to evaluate assets in many different industries including aviation, industrial plants, and infrastructure.
One of the unique features of C4D is its 4D software interface analysis. It enables the users to create inspection sketches, calculate repair areas, determine steel and paint areas and volumes, redesign and position anode protection, assess the ‘as built’ and ‘as is’ structural condition at any time, identify a problem’s location in the actual structure, easily reference an area in the structure through the use of a photo key, and use a single file paradigm such as Word, Excel, etc. More than just software, C4D implements a process, where data is naturally fed into a database, facilitating the maintenance and integrity management cycle for all parts involved.
Another important attribute is the ability to quickly generate inspection reports. With C4D, spreadsheets are automatically completed, with the relevant isometric drawings and tables that can be exported. As a result, inspection companies only have to provide the thickness readings that are then imported back into the model, where the original thicknesses are compared to the corroded ones.
C4D gives users the ability to modify the date to predict the corrosion condition at specific times in the future and easily visualize all the parts that will have excessive corrosion. It then generates a list according to the condition and the remaining life. The information allows the user to schedule repairs and maintenance, prioritizing replacement and ranking parts to be replaced according to the risk of failure for different elements such as paint, coating condition, corrosion, cracks, pitting, etc.
Many types of documents containing relevant data can be accommodated by C4D, including text, spreadsheets, photographs, original drawings, schedules, and reports. This information is organized in a database that is used to prepare tools for analysis such as statistical curves, probabilities of corrosion rates, evaluations of repair volumes, detections and prioritizations of critical areas that exist in the present and over time. The C4D database can store petabytes of hybrid information.
Some of the benefits of C4D include substantial cost reduction, accurate prediction of future degradation, automated planning and operating process, reduction of engineering work, accurate estimation of cost and timing of repair, reduction of repair costs and downtime, accurate calculation of areas for shot-blasting and paint volumes, maintenance of accurate record of asset condition, creation of Best Practices for future use and enabling of operators to maintain control of the entire process.
In summary, C4D is the all-in-one integrity management solution—organizing data, allowing maintenance to be planned and executed more effectively and facilitating actions in the present to ensure proper structure maintenance and avoiding failures, accidents and extension of the life of their assets. PhDsoft is constantly developing new specialized features tailored to our clients’ needs. We focus on developing a long-term and unique business relationship with each of our clients by offering superior services. We have been recognized for our outstanding software solution, C4D, and have been the recipient of several awards.
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“Módulo Security Solutions is a Brazilian firm that has internationalized. Receiving this type of critical recognition from a major magazine in the IT segment was satisfying for us because we are doing the work right and we are showcasing Brazil among exporters of technology solutions,” recounts Sergio Thompson Flores, CEO of Módulo. With over 400 employees and its own offices in the United States, Canada, India and England, Módulo posted sales of more than R$85 million in 2013, up 20% over the previous year. “The outlook for 2014 is to continue our growth strategy by developing more solutions and functionalities in the Risk Manager software. We must continue to invest as well in stepping up our international work, primarily by setting up partnerships and winning new markets for the software,” stresses Rodrigo Palo, manager of the company based in Rio de Janeiro.
Another company from Rio is PhDsoft, which is on the verge of reentering the global market of suppliers of applications and technologies for the oil sector. The main product of the firm, founded 14 years ago by former UFRJ professor Duperron Marangon, is the C4D software, a simulation program that predicts structural failures on ships, oil platforms, bridges and other large constructions. The purpose of the technology is to prevent accidents and lower costs. C4D anticipates future conditions of critical structures. This avoids accidents and it also extends service life, resulting in significantly lower inspection and maintenance costs.
Large companies in the oil sector that operate in Brazil, such as Petrobras, Shell, Transpetro and Subsea7, are already clients of PhDsoft, which plans to open an office in Houston, Texas, by September of this year. “This will be our base for operations in the US market,” Marangon says. In addition, PhDsoft is negotiating with a government agency of the province of Nova Scotia in Canada to begin selling its products to that country. “We have always pursued the goal of internationalization. Expanding our sales outside Brazil will mean a change in the level of our business,” Marangon notes.
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