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Populating the Assign Tag Annotation Styles

When you assign tag information to a P&ID object you are also prompted for an annotation style, but custom annotations may not always get included in the list. In this example the annotation I’ve created is called Trimmed Line Tag, and the contents of the block are shown below: As you can see above the […]

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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 […]

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PT15439-Plant 3d Expert Q & A

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Autodesk University

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Autodesk UniversityThis past November, I had the opportunity to partner with Jason Drew answering questions at AU 2016. I wanted to take a minute to write up some of the class notes. The class is posted at AU Online here: http://au.autodesk.com/au-online/classes-on-demand/class-catalog/2016/autocad-plant-3d/pt15439#chapter=0 where you can see the […]

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Backwards project compatibility

Every now and then we have to take a project to an earlier version, like from 2017 to 2016. For most of the version the next steps work, but you will be attempting this at your own risk. First be aware of when major project formats were changed. The really big one was between 2013-2014 […]

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Read-only Instrument Properties

Periodically we get a question about not being able to assign tag information to instruments. It turns out there is some sort of bug that is setting the instrument tag properties read-only. To fix it, go to project setup. Navigate to P&ID DWG Settings > P&ID Class Definitions > Engineering Items > Instrumentation. Make sure […]

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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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Getting Started – Plant 3d administrator

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Getting Started

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Getting StartedI was asked a couple days what someone should read to get up to speed with some of the more advanced topics for configuring Plant 3D. Resources Watch the Getting Started videos here: http://docs.autodesk.com/PLNT3D/2015/ENU/plant/pip//ap3d_movielist.htm Read through the workflows here: http://help.autodesk.com/view/PLNT3D/2016/ENU/?guid=GUID-DF3EDA04-9C16-4FE9-8346-75C5311A7D22 The most comprehensive reference […]