- Intelligent Computer-Aided Design/Engineering (CAD/CAE)


PDS is a comprehensive, intelligent computer-aided design/engineering (CAD/CAE) application for plant design, construction, and operations. Production-driven, it helps EPCs and owner/operators deliver the best design possible - and do it more efficiently to reduce the total installed cost of the project. Due to its capability and commitment to the industry, many leading engineering firms and owner/operators have selected PDS as their corporate standard.

Whether you’re operating on a global scale or at the project level, PDS fits perfectly into your corporate strategy. PDS projects range from small plant revamps to multibillion-dollar offshore platform construction.

PDS runs on the popular Microsoft Windows® platforms; is compatible with popular relational database management systems such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Informix; and interfaces with Intergraph SmartPlant® Enterprise software as well as a variety of third-party software.

PDS helps companies achieve more with fewer resources by providing:

  • Automation that improves productivity
  • Three-dimensional modeling that helps designers create a better design
  • Dynamic walkthroughs that allow operations and maintenance personnel to interactively view the plant before it is constructed
  • Interference checking to reduce or eliminate field rework
  • Accurate material take-offs that cut costs
  • Specification-driven design and checking that improve accuracy

We have a well-established track record of providing migration paths to our newest technologies, including the SmartPlant environment, the most advanced plant design architecture in the industry. PDS migrates smoothly to SmartPlant® 3D - Intergraph Process, Power & Marine's next-generation, data-centric successor to PDS - helping you make the most of your investment.

The capabilities provided by PDS address all of the design, build, and operation requirements of a facility throughout the entire plant life cycle, as shown in the table below.


  • Provides more robust worksharing functionalities
  • Offers tighter FrameWorks Plus and SmartPlant P&ID integration
  • Supplies more command options
  • Provides specification-driven design and interference checking, both 'hard' and 'soft'
  • Has central database storage
  • Provides accurate material take-offs
  • Supplies extensive, customizable reference data created to industry standards
  • Has library of 50+ typical reports for instrumentation engineering
  • Provides Web-based data access
  • Interfaces with popular analysis packages (i.e., STAAD-III, GT STRUDL, LARSA, CAESAR II, TriFlex, and others)


  • Increase productivity by taking advantage of all your global resources
  • Ensure accuracy by using the same data across the project workflow
  • Save time with powerful functionality that reduces the number of mouse clicks
  • Improves accuracy; reduces or eliminates field rework
  • Keeps information accurate, current, easy to access
  • Cuts costs
  • Can speed creation of P&IDs and 3D models with predefined components
  • Makes reporting easier, faster
  • Provides secure, fast, easy, up-to-date viewing and publication of data
  • Saves time and effort; enables quick evaluation of structural and piping configurations

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