User-friendly, state-of-the-art software surrounds a core of immutable excellence
By Richard Sterman
Chief Technology Officer, ESI
What gives PIPE-FLO its well-earned reputation as the world’s leading performance analytics software for piping systems?
In my observation, it’s two foundational things, present when PIPE-FLO was first developed in the 1980s and just as crucial as we enter the third decade of the 21st century.
Our co-founders, Ray Hardee and Carolyn Popp, say it best.
“PIPE-FLO started with built-in data tables to enable engineers to size pipelines and insert a variety of valves & fittings using flow and head loss calculations. Each pipeline is stored in a Pipeline Database, with the ability to resize as more design data is available. This made our customers more efficient, and improved the accuracy of their work,” Ray stated.
“PIPE-FLO’s core calculation engine was added, an advanced mathematical model that determined flow distribution and pressure in an interconnected system of pipelines. Engineers could now model complete piping systems of a virtually unlimited number of pipelines.”
“PIPE-FLO’s core calculations engine was first conceived in 1986, but it isn’t static,” says Carolyn Popp, who wrote the initial code. “The engine has continuously learned over many PIPE-FLO releases as engineers modelled thousands of large complex systems. It’s been adapted to accommodate new elements and devices, hundreds of new fluids, and other head loss calculations. The code has been rewritten to take advantage of faster technology, new computer languages, and current operating systems with user-friendly interfaces. The engine may be only two percent of PIPE-FLO’s code today, but it remains stable and reliable—the math-embodied in it doesn’t change. It simply works.”
This unique heritage enables PIPE-FLO to continue to lead its category in pipe modeling and performance analytics. It has performed billions of calculations in tens of thousands of models and delivered thousands of successful outcomes. And it’s ready to do more.