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Oil & Gas

RDS customer story

RDS designs offshore drilling rigs faster and more efficiently with Plant Design Suite
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Plan, design, document, build, and manage oil and gas engineering projects more effectively with intelligent 3D

Workflow for oil & gas


Help speed your design cycles, more effectively collaborate across teams, and better understand real-world performance for your oil and gas engineering projects. Complete a wide variety of process plant design tasks; design oil and gas equipment; and plan, visualize, and design infrastructure.



  • Plan

    Outline preliminary design by creating and modifying piping and instrumentation diagrams faster and more accurately. 

    Access, integrate, and analyze georeferenced raster imagery, GIS, and CAD data with CAD and GIS integration tools.

    Generate data-rich proposals in the context of the existing environment, supporting more informed decision-making and an accelerated design process.

  • Conceptual design

    Evaluate and communicate site plan proposals for faster stakeholder buy-in and more confident decision making.

    Design, model, and document process plants with a familiar AutoCAD-based software platform, using 3D plant layout and piping design.

    Edit, enhance, and maintain scanned drawings and plans with raster-to-vector conversion tools; explore and sketch mechanical design concepts.

    Develop and modify process design by creating and modifying piping and instrumentation diagrams faster and more accurately. 

  • Detailed design & analysis

    Design, model, and document process plants on a familiar AutoCAD software platform.

    Design and create accurate digital prototypes for a wide variety of oil and gas equipment, including package equipment and skid units, using Routed Systems technology.

    Explore civil design options, analyze project performance, and deliver consistent, high-quality documentation.

    Perform detailed simulation and code checking on a range of structures with advanced building simulation and analysis capabilities.

    Predict, optimize, and validate design decisions early with cloud-based mechanical, fluid flow, and thermal simulation tools.

    Organize, manage, and track data creation, simulation, and documentation processes for design and engineering workgroups.

  • Fabricate

    Create tooling and documentation for fabrication of custom equipment.  

    Create piping isometrics for fabrication of spool piping for process plants.

    Create more precise detailing and fabrication shop drawings, including structural drafting and steel and concrete reinforcement detailing.

  • Construction

    Integrate 3D models and multiformat data so you can better coordinate disciplines and plan projects.

    Enhance cross-team communication by simplifying multidisciplinary model coordination with data-centric, cloud-based management.

    Create 3D construction animation of process plants and perform rigging studies for erection and lifting of complex equipment.

    Generate material and perform conceptual estimates to estimate costs faster and more accurately.

  • Operate

    View and manage piping and instrumentation diagrams. Query and manipulate data contained in drawings, and then generate reports.

    Create as-built plant models for brownfield retrofit projects with reality capture tools.

    View and navigate plant models.

All products for oil & gas

Plant Design Suite for process plant design

Plant Design Suite
Comprehensive 3D plant and piping engineering software.

Autodesk 3ds Max Design software for architects, designers, civil engineers, and 3D visualization specialists

3ds Max Design
3D modeling, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing software.

Vault data management software

AutoCAD 360
Cloud-based CAD editor app available for web and mobile.

AutoCAD Raster Design raster-to-vector conversion software

AutoCAD Raster Design
Powerful raster editing and raster-to-vector conversion tools.

InfraWorks 360 civil infrastructure design software

InfraWorks 360
Engineer preliminary design options in context to improve collaboration.

Navisworks products for integrated project management

Project review software for analysis, simulation, and clash detection.


Product Design Suite 3D product design software

Product Design Suite
Optimized 3D tools for product design.

AutoCAD Civil 3D civil engineering software

AutoCAD Civil 3D
Civil engineering design and documentation software.

AutoCAD design and documentation software

CAD design, drafting, modeling, drawing, and engineering software.

AutoCAD P&ID piping design software

Piping and instrumentation diagram design software.

Inventor mechanical design and 3D  CAD software

3D mechanical CAD, visualization, and documentation software.

Revit for Building Information Modeling

BIM tools for architectural design, MEP, and structural engineering.

Infrastructure Design Suite civil engineering software

Infrastructure Design Suite
Comprehensive civil design, modeling, and review software.

AutoCAD Map 3D mapping software

AutoCAD Map 3D
Model-based mapping software with access to CAD and GIS data.

AutoCAD Plant 3D plant design software

AutoCAD Plant 3D
Modern 3D plant design software.

AutoCAD Structural Detailing software

AutoCAD Structural Detailing
AutoCAD software with features designed specifically for drafting.

Vault data management software

Mockup 360
A real-time collaboration and digital design mockup tool.

Vault data management software

Project collaboration software.


What customers are saying

Products they used


Engineers at a Norweigan energy company discuss the advantages and value of software products—including viewing tools, laser scanners, and 3D design data—which improve design review.

Cameron Process Systems: Canada

With Autodesk software, this firm finishes drawings faster and gets better results. It moves from defining customer requirements to cutting metal in minutes for its oil and water treatment vessels.

 Cameron Process Systems Canada customer story

Fyfe Engineers & Surveyors

Fyfe provides surveying and engineering services to land developers and oil and gas companies in Australia. With help from AutoCAD software, they're now generating construction documentation about 50% faster.

 Fyfe Engineers & Surveyors customer story

Civil & Environmental Consultants

CEC turns to AutoCAD Civil 3D software to help speed the civil design process for natural gas exploration, production, and midstream facility sites.

 CEC customer story