In a continuing effort to provide high-quality products, Autodesk has released AutoCAD Plant 3D 2017.1 Update. This release includes updates, such as Spec Driven P&ID, and fixes to issues found through internal testing and customer error reporting. The Plant 3D...
Autodesk® AutoCAD® Plant 3D 2017 Service Pack 1 Primary Issues Resolved by This Service Pack Issues fixed with this Service Pack: Plant 3D Advance Steel XML generated in Plant 3D had incorrect data when imported into Revit with Advance Steel...
There's a Hotfix for that! AutoCAD Plant 3D 2017 Hotfix 1 Readme Issues fixed with this Hotfix: Plant 3D Add-in for Vault In Autodesk Vault 2017, the Plant 3D add-in is not able to check out a license. The message...
As we announce our 2018 plant products it is hard not to reflect on the past year. It has been quite exciting for the team responsible for Autodesk’s Plant and Building MEP products. One of our major initiatives has been...
This past year has been exciting for the AutoCAD Plant 3D development team. We have added features that further simplify the design process by helping customers easily produce P&IDs, integrate them into a 3D plant design model, and collaborative effectively...
“The report of my death has been grossly exaggerated.” - Mark Twain Even though the quote was made over 120 years ago it is still relevant today because it speaks to how rumors spin out of control. Sometimes rumors are...
OK, let’s be real here. As with all close relationships, our love affair with Plant 3D can also be a kind of love-hate relationship at times. We love the many features of Plant 3D with its quick, powerful and efficient means of enabling us to get-work-done. But at times … it talks back to us, or stops talking all together, or even refuses to do something we specifically asked it to do!
For soothing therapy and further relationship building with P&ID, Plant 3D, or Plant Design Suite, please join us at AUTODESK UNIVERSITY in Las Vegas December 1-3, 2015! There will be numerous classes to nurture or rekindle that loving feeling.
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Imagine you have a property that contains a data string, and you need to extract a section of the data into a new property.
How do you do it without having to manually enter the data into the new property?
It can be done by using the Substring function of the PLANTDEFINECALCPROPERTIES command:
So for example, you have a 6 digit property called TagCode for hand valves that includes a text prefix followed by a hyphen and then a number (eg, AA-101) and you would like to extract the number (101) into a new property without including the text prefix.
This can be achieved using the following syntax "Substring(TagCode,3,3)":
The resulting calculated property, is a new property, called TagAnno that only includes the last 3 digits from the TagCode property:
Autodesk today announced the Availability of Plant Design Suite 2016.
Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2016 provides intelligent 3D modeling documentation and review software. To meet the growing demands of the industry and the need for designers and engineers to work together across geographically dispersed teams, the Plant Design Suite 2016 provides tools to support multi-discipline workflows and collaboration. With integrated design and documentation tools, as well as enhanced workflows with data management solutions, Plant Design Suite 2016 allows designers and engineers to efficiently design, collaborate and deliver on projects.
Key enhancements include:
AutoCAD Plant 3D 2016: The latest release offers tight integration with Autodesk Vault** to help facilitate collaboration across multiple offices. The integration provides support for both Autodesk Vault replication as well as replication of the plant project database. Autodesk Vault manages plant project models, piping specifications and catalogs, and all the documentation to help make project administration of plant projects much easier and reduce administrative time.
Plant Projects can be fully managed using Autodesk Vault, allowing easier inter-office collaboration. Image courtesy of Autodesk.
AutoCAD 2016 - Enhanced features specifically for the construction industry to help make it easier to coordinate, extract as-built information, and document your designs:
Attach and view Navisworks models directly inside AutoCAD software, referencing the Navisworks model as you design to avoid potential design clashes. Take advantage of Navisworks’ vast file format support to bring models into AutoCAD from other applications, further integrating AutoCAD into a BIM workflow.
Improvements to the drawing canvas in AutoCAD 2016 dramatically improve the visual accuracy seen on screen. AutoCAD 2016 takes full advantage of the latest graphics hardware to deliver a richer, yet faster, visual experience.
Enhancements to PDF export performance and usability improves their use in communication with stakeholders. PDFs are smaller but maintain fidelity and are more searchable, retain hyperlinks, and can be attached to drawings more quickly.
Integration with BIM 360 Glue is now made much easier for Plant projects. Image courtesy of Autodesk.
Autodesk 2016 ReCap – Helps integrate captured data from a laser scans or photos into the design process enabling architects, engineers and contractors working on renovation projects to design in context and deliver high quality reports, drawings, 3D models and visualizations based on existing conditions. For infrastructure projects, ReCap can be used during the design process to visualize current project progress captured via laser scans or photos to help improve accuracy and reduce risk and errors by providing project stakeholders with vital information at the early design stage.
AutoCAD MEP 2016: AutoCAD MEP 2016 is a new addition to the Suite which helps support faster and easier modeling of electrical raceways and ductwork in plant models within an AutoCAD framework.
Model electrical raceways and ducting with AutoCAD MEP. Image courtesy of Autodesk.
* BIM 360 is a cloud-enhanced collaborative construction management solution not included in the Autodesk Building Design Suite 2016, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, or Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2016. See product information and availability at http://www.autodesk.com/products/bim-360/overview.
By default the line number has to be unique for the whole project in a pipeline segment tag. For some reasons you want to customize that two properties in combination have to be unique in a pipeline segment tag. How can you do this?
For example a pipeline segment was already inserted with property A which has value "1" and property B with the value "a". So the tag is 1-a. The next pipeline segment tag can have values like 1-b or 2-a but not 1-a.
To get the solution you have to know that only these properties in combination have to be unique which are part of the tag-definition of the pipeline group. So you have to modify the tag-definition of the pipeline group. In the example below the "Service" was added to the tag definition of the pipeline group:
Afterwards you have to ensure that both properties are inherited to the pipeline segment class and that both properties are used in the pipeline segment tag:
The Customer & Experts Council for Plant 3D and P&ID is for end-users and Autodesk partners to influence and validate functionality that is being considered by the Plant 3D and P&ID team. You can help drive the future direction of our products by using the resources on the Council to:
Share - Give your ideas for new workflows and tools directly to the product team.
Elaborate - Tell us if our proposed solutions are viable before we implement them.
Validate - Try early versions of working software to validate workflows and uncover defects.
Accept - Let us know when something is ready to be released to a wider user base.
This program isn't just about beta testing. We want trusted advisors who can provide early feedback on proposed workflows, usability, and product fit. Thank you for your interest and participation!