Experience with Computer Aids for Routing Pipes — ISOROUTE

  • A. G. Foord
Conference paper


Nine different ICI design projects for chemical plant have used an ICI program called ISOROUTE or the CAD Centre program PIPER [Newall 1972] to assist designers. A review of these projects reveals the value of a computer program which can quickly select routes for pipework which avoid obstructions. Both project and pipework designers reject “automatic routing” for pipework. Project designers will, however, use ISOROUTE as a tool to assist their own design.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. G. Foord
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  1. 1.ICI Engineering DepartmentDesign Systems GroupUK

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