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Fasttrack Navisworks 1.26 Update

Hi we’ve just released an update for our P3d Datalink plugin. The plugin is being renamed Fasttrack Navisworks and has had a couple features added. Here’s the product page: http://www.pdoteam.com/store/fasttrack-navisworks/ where you can download a trial, purchase, or view help videos. In summary for 1.26, you can pick a part in a model without having […]

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Automatic Line Lists from AutoCAD P&ID

In 2016, we have the ability to debug scripts in the report creator. Recently I was able to use that to develop a report that shows a true piping line list. It does function a little different from the stock line list and the stock line summary list in that it requires grouping line segments […]

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Alternate component auto-selection

Today a client asked how to have a secondary gasket automatically inserted when a specific flange is placed. After experimentation, I found some joint settings that work. The overall process goes like this: Modify your catalog components to use a Gasket Standard Add the items to your spec Modify your simple flange joint connection to […]

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Handling Coordinates with Named UCS in AutoCAD

In some situations, users may run into issues when the coordinates for their facility are too far from the origin for AutoCAD to correctly process the model. Background Information Please see these articles for more details about the types of issues that may arise: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-plant-3d/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Using-AutoCAD-Plant-3D-in-a-state-plane-coordinate-project-environment.html https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-plant-3d/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Different-issues-with-high-coordinates-in-AutoCAD-Plant-3D.html https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-plant-3d/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Checklist-of-tips-on-orthographics-in-AutoCAD-Plant-3D.html Here are some links showing how Microstation handles […]

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Managing Plant 3D Catalog Content in Vault

One of the organization hurdles that can be overcome by utilizing Vault is deploying custom catalog content.  While putting content on the network is a valid option, deploying it through Vault is actually a better scenario as you get better control and certain aspects perform better.   This article will cover the following steps: How […]

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Loosening bolt requirements in Plant 3D

Every now and then, you discover something that would have been handy to know years ago. In Plant 3D 2016 extension, configuration options were added to the connection settings so that you can control requirements on fasteners. So now, for bolts, we can remove the facing property since that really shouldn’t affect them. That lets […]