Vepica Speeds Fractionation Project By 15 Percent Using CADWorx


Basic Equipment Inc. selected Vepica to design the fractionation facility of a 25,000 BPD Atmospheric Distillation Unit (ADU) in Houston, Texas, US, for processing Crude A (API 38.2°) or Crude B (API 45.8°) in single crude streams or a combination of these two feed stocks.

The facility includes 87 pieces of equipment and 28,500 feet of pipe ranging from 3/4 inch to 24 inches in diameter. The structural steel totaled 737,400 lbs.

Vepica used CADWorx to maintain quality control, reduce human error, and achieve faster processing times for reports, drawings, and other client deliverables. The client took advantage of the 3D model for reviews during the fabrication phase of the project.

“With CADWorx, we completed the project in 15 percent less time than our initial estimate, and our client was highly satisfied with the quality it provided and began using us on other projects,” explained Jesus Espiga, piping engineer at Vepica.


Vepica received the 2016 CADWorx Drivers of Success Runner-Up Award for its use of the software. The annual Drivers of Success competition recognizes innovative applications of Hexagon PPM products, impressive project results, and significant benefits from collaboration among disciplines and the integration of the products.

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