Process plant layout optimization: equipment allocation

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Abstract

Designing the layout of a chemical plant is a complex and important task. Its main objective is to find a most economical spatial arrangement of the equipment and associated pipes that satisfies construction, operation, maintenance and safety constraints. The problem is so complex it is still solved manually, taking multiple engineers many months (or even years) to complete. This paper provides (a) the most comprehensive model ever reported in the literature for spatially arranging the equipment, and (b) a Large Neighbourhood Search framework that enables complete solvers explore much larger neighbourhoods than previous approaches to this problem. The two contributions are part of a system being developed in collaboration with Woodside Energy Ltd. for arranging their Liquefied Natural Gas plants. The results are indeed so promising that Woodside are actively exploring its commercialisation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrinciples and Practice of Constraint Programming
Subtitle of host publication24th International Conference, CP 2018 Lille, France, August 27–31, 2018 Proceedings
EditorsJohn Hooker
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages473-489
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319983349
ISBN (Print)9783319983332
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2018
EventInternational Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming 2018 - Lille, France
Duration: 27 Aug 201831 Aug 2018
Conference number: 24th
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Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume11008
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming 2018
Abbreviated titleCP 2018
CountryFrance
CityLille
Period27/08/1831/08/18
Internet address

Cite this

Belov, G., Czauderna, T., de la Banda, M. G., Klapperstueck, M., Senthooran, I., Smith, M., ... Wallace, M. (2018). Process plant layout optimization: equipment allocation. In J. Hooker (Ed.), Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming : 24th International Conference, CP 2018 Lille, France, August 27–31, 2018 Proceedings (pp. 473-489). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 11008 ). Cham Switzerland: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98334-9_31