Getting Started with Fasttrack

When you first get Fasttrack, you may be wondering how do I start using this tool effectively? This article will cover the basics of running the setup of Fasttrack in Plant 3D, some of the properties that are automatically added to help Fasttrack work, and some ideas for best practices.

When you first create a project you should get a notification in the bottom right corner of Plant 3D’s interface.

To start taking advantage of Fasttrack we’ll need to run the command mentioned in the notification, but we can also access this tool using the ribbon. Navigate to the FT Manage Tab. Under the FT Plant Setup Panel, the Setup Current Project button will run this command, so you don’t have to type out the FASTTRACKPLANTSETUP command.

Once this command is launched, all the properties that Fasttrack will require are automatically added. You will also be prompted if you want the nominal spec (P&ID and 3D Pipe Line Group properties) to be populated automatically. The value is based off the longest schematic line segment or pipe depending if it is a P&ID or 3D model.

If the values are not already completed in the Nominal Size and Spec then the Nominal Size will be filled out automatically (as well as the Nominal Spec if you said yes during setup) when you open a drawing. The values can also be completed automatically by using the Batch Update tool located in the FT Manage Tab, FT Plant Setup Panel.

Some of the properties that are added into the project are:
LineTag_Trimmed, To_Trimmed, and From_Trimmed
These values are used to remove the suffix from a line number tag where ending values were left blank resulting in question mark values. This will cut off the hyphens and question marks, but if you are using any specific abbreviations, those will not be trimmed.

Here are a few examples:
If the tag is “1234-PP-1” the value will stay the same, but…
“1234-?-?” will return “1234”, and…
“1234-INS?-?” will return “1234-INS”

In the 3D model you will find that all Pipe Run Components have a property called LineTag_Trimmed that performs the same function as the LineTag_Trimmed property used in the P&ID.

Valves in your P&ID will be populated with properties like:
PartFamilyId, PartFamilyLongDesc, and PartSizeLongDesc.
These values are to help check to confirm that the parts inserted into your P&ID match the parts used in your spec designed for the 3D model.

Due to limitations of how the P&ID Line List operates, the part that is placed may not be the exact one described by the PartFamilyLongDescription. That being said, we should still consider mapping a property like this from the P&ID to the 3D models, but we have to be careful.

When mapping a property, the P&ID Line list will try and fill out the values for your 3D parts. This means that instead of inserting the valve that uses the correct Family Long Description as identified in the P&ID, that the P&ID Line List could insert the default gate valve based on part use priority in the spec and override that description regardless of its end type or dimensions. Clearly this would be problematic.

What we want to do is make sure that all the values set based on the spec that should never be changed are set to read only, preventing the P&ID Line List from altering them, otherwise the validation process will not be able to catch the difference.

In this example I’m going to lock down the Family Long Description, so that if I wanted to modify the Size Long Description, I’ll be able to do so without being flagged for validation issues between my P&ID and 3D model. I could also accomplish the same goal by using the PartFamilyId, however, this property displays a code that isn’t as user friendly. As a user, I would have an easier time recognizing the issue when the values being compared are words instead of something like “70a86934-9d2b-4c5e-add1-7aa8a35c6689.”

In Project Setup expand Plant 3D DWG Settings, Plant 3D Class Definitions, and select Piping and Equipment. From here, we are going to set the Part Family Long Desc property to Read Only by checking the property. This will prevent users from manually adjusting the value set here from the default value set in the spec. This will also prevent it from being changed when inserting components using the P&ID Line List. If you decide to use any other property, note that the property will need to also be Visible in Object View, so be sure to check that option, too.

Our next step is to map the property from the P&ID for validation purposes. After you apply the changes you just made, select P&ID Object Mapping under the Plant 3D Drawing Settings branch. From here expand Engineering Items, Inline Assets, Hand Valves, and select the first valve you want to map.

Note that this change should be done to each of the components to which we want this property to be mapped.

Once you have selected the component you want to map for validation, scroll down the list until you find the P&ID property. Then use the drop down next to it to find the property that correlates with the component in your 3D models. If you don’t see the property on the list make sure that property has been set to be visible in Object View, and don’t forget to hit the apply button if you have to check that option! Finally, with the property mapped, check the Validate option on the right.

Once this is set, if the P&ID Line List uses the wrong valve from your spec, we have a way to catch the issue using validation. After running the validation for my ball valve, I can see that the flanged end type seems to have made it into the 3D model instead.

With this information, your end users should be able to see the problem and use the substitute grip to swap for the correct part.