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Novacem uses Autodesk design software

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Novacem is to use software provided by Autodesk Inc. to help increase production and improve efficiency in its pilot plant that is developing a new magnesium silicate-based ‘carbon negative’ cement.

The AutoCAD Plant 3D software will digitally design and visualise the performance of the plant’s planned automated control systems under simulated real-world conditions, before the systems are built and installed. The software helps designers reduce complexity by streamlining the placement of piping, equipment and support structures.

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program offers digital prototyping software licenses to clean technology companies in North America, Europe and Japan.

Howard Simons, Novacem Vice President of Engineering, said: “Being able to develop the process using state of the art layout design tools allows Novacem to effectively and efficiently scale up the technology.” He continued: “This approach enabled us to explore different concepts by giving our design team more freedom to be creative, while pioneering new and innovative production techniques. This helps Novacem optimise the process design of its plant technology, as well as provide vital information associated with costing and visualising the technology for investors. We value the opportunity to be part of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program.”

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