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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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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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FastTrack Navisworks (formerly Datalink)

The Fasttrack Navisworks plugin provides the ability to embed custom project data and hyperlinks into the Navisworks model. Initially this plugin was called Datalinks in the Autodesk app store.  Now it’s being released for free and we are adding new features that will tie into our FastTrack Plant product. Trial Purchase https://apps.autodesk.com/NAVIS/en/Detail/Index?id=1735878922346646719&appLang=en&os=Win32_64 Posts   Videos […]

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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 […]