Natural resources are materials and components that can be found within the environment. A natural resource may exist as a separate entity such as fresh water or air, as well as a living organism such as a fish; or it may exist in an alternate form which must be processed to obtain the resource such as metal ores, oil, and most forms of energy. It is the industries concerned with the second alternate form of resources and specifically the digital tools developed for them that we shall make particular reference to hear.
There is much debate worldwide over natural resource allocations, this is partly due to depletion of resources but also because the exportation of natural resources is the basis for many economies. Business and industry sectors are able to use these resources to generate significant income while creating many jobs. However, the extraction of raw materials must be done in a controlled, responsible and sustainable way to ensure that resources will be available for future generations.
Digital tools can be used to complete a wide variety of process plant design tasks, design oil and gas equipment, and plan, visualise, document, build and manage the required infrastructure. They help to speed up the design cycles, allow effective collaboration across teams, and give designers a much better understanding of real world performance for their natural resource engineering projects