hi everybody ,, I'm a petroleum engineering student and I want to draw a whole drilling rig model using solidworks ,, how can I get the accurate dimensions ? thanks
You will need to get the dimensions from either the equipment vendor or taking measurements from the equipment. SW uses the input you give it. If the rig is very big, you may need to scale it down because there is a max size (dimensions not file size) in SW. I doubt that you will need to worry about that.
I would start by searching sites like this and Grabcad to see if anyone has posted a model already, I have also had some success getting models from the manufacturers of various items, however they are often hesitant to release models as they may contain intellectual property. I have worked around several different sizes of drill rigs and there are a lot of different configurations and designs that all accomplish the same goal, knowing more specifics about the purpose of your model rig would help to determine what dimensions you might need and how to acquire them.
I did this, by the way for a deep sea rig. I got the AutoCAD from the manufacturer. Unless you are interning at a manufacturer, or at some company that has a non-disclosure agreement with one and a plausible reason to ask for the drawings, I don't think they are going to be sending them.
I'm not sure how any of this helps you. Maybe Google image search for hi res oil rig drawing and scale it.
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