Pipe Fabrication Software

Typically, piping systems for process plant facilities are prefabricated in sections called spools. A spool is an assembly of pipe and components that can be built in the workshop and then shipped to site for erection. The method of communication from detailed design to pipe fabrication is usually by the supply of piping isometric drawings. Irrespective of how good the detailed design team is, it is impossible to fully appreciate and take account of the factors that are key to fabrication, transport, and erection. Therefore, fabricators mark up the design isometrics and then redraw them in the form of spool isometrics, including their marked-up comments. This process is slow and can lead to the introduction of errors that may result in higher rework costs.

Intergraph SmartPlant® Spoolgen® is pipe fabrication software that acts as a bridge between the design contractor and the fabricator, allowing them to take the original design isometric in electronic form and make mark-ups to suit their requirements. By necessity, the application is focused on the task in hand, guides the user through each stage of the process, and ensures that the original design integrity is not compromised. Fabrication pipe spool drawings and reports can then be generated automatically with extreme ease.

Intergraph SmartPlant Spoolgen is a proven, industrial-strength pipe fabrication software application that enables the creation of piping isometric drawings for fabrication and erection from the design created during the detail engineering phase of projects. You can add additional information – such as the location of field welds – and create new drawings and reports from the same source as the original drawings. SmartPlant Spoolgen is built on ISOGEN®, the industry-standard software for automated piping isometric generation.

SmartPlant Spoolgen is widely used by the world’s leading pipe fabricators and by EPCs generating fabrication drawings. Extensive global project use has identified quantifiable savings in terms of labor hours, manufacturing costs, project schedules, rework, and erection errors. SmartPlant Spoolgen generates significant financial savings and provides a very quick return on investment.

Key Features

Workflow Management System

SmartPlant Spoolgen has an integrated workflow management system. The user logs into a project, which represents a set of pipeline isometrics from the design contractor. Multiple users can access the files within a project.


SmartPlant Spoolgen commands typically enable the addition of new information to the existing design. The user is not able to delete components in the pipeline, or to change dimensions of pipe, so that design integrity is maintained.


SmartPlant Spoolgen offers a powerful automation function – Get External Data - that enables data from external sources to be added to the pipeline. This means that tables of data – for example, welding procedures – can be held in external data sources such as spreadsheets and databases and automatically associated with welds in the pipeline.

Fabrication-friendly Isometrics

The splitting of piping systems into individual pipelines (isometrics) is managed by the piping design contractor. On occasion, the logic used for splitting – for example, by plant area – results in a less than ideal work package for the piping fabricator. SmartPlant Spoolgen allows material to be moved between drawing sheets or for multiple pipelines to be merged together. This enables optimal work breakdown.


SmartPlant Spoolgen is integrated with SmartPlant Foundation – the basis of the SmartPlant Enterprise suite. SmartPlant Spoolgen drawings and data can be published for retrieval by SmartPlant Materials and SmartPlant Construction.

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