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Easy-to-use piping design software

 
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Process engineering

Create and modify P&IDs in an AutoCAD environment

  • Automate design and editing tasks
  • Annotate designs based on industry-standard formats
  • Identify drawing inconsistencies

Improve coordination with other disciplines

  • Share plant designs and models
  • Create standard reports and export data in various file formats
  • Use industry-standard P&ID symbols

Easily provide compliance documentation

  • Quickly produce instrument lists and reports
  • Connect to process data to identify equipment for monitoring
  • Integrate with monitoring databases (such as LDAR)

Piping design

Simplify plant design and editing

  • Quickly model piping using spec-driven technology
  • Share info between 3D models, P&IDs, and orthographics 
  • Work easily with point clouds for brownfield projects

Improve consistency between P&ID and piping

  • Quickly generate materials lists and reports
  • Work via an interconnected model
  • Easily share construction documents

Minimize piping man hours

  • Check against criteria to design to spec
  • Better coordinate piping and structural design
  • Check designs for interferences

Skid and equipment design

Quickly create equipment specifications

  • Create and modify P&IDs more easily
  • Use Digital Prototyping for equipment and skids
  • P&IDs and 3D models share one integrated project

More easily validate design packages

  • View equipment and skids in a 3D process model
  • Optimize designs and find problems earlier with simulation
  • Better coordinate information on fast-paced projects

Produce detailed fabrication documents

  • Create and share DWG™ drawings
  • Generate documentation from digital prototypes
  • Create and manage bills of materials (BOMs)

Structural design

Design and analyze plant structures in 3D

  • Quickly create preliminary structural models
  • Design more efficiently with intelligent structural objects
  • Integrate design and analysis with bidirectional links

Create steel and concrete reinforcement drawings

  • Define and visualize concrete reinforcement
  • Create details with 3D model views
  • Prepare shop drawings for fabrication

Deliver more complete documentation

  • Calculate and track detailed material quantities
  • Provide more accurate engineering models
  • Automatically generate sections and elevations
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Process plant operator

Better front-end engineering design (FEED)

  • Create and modify P&IDs faster and more accurately
  • More easily extract info from P&IDs
  • Minimize documentation errors

Improve coordination

  • Deliver more coordinated information across teams
  • Provide more complete plant engineering data
  • Minimize rework by identifying issues earlier

Design with widely used 2D and 3D CAD tools

  • Create with state-of-the-art software
  • Use AutoCAD-trained staff
  • Help attract graduates trained on Autodesk software

Engineering and consulting

Improve design efficiency

  • Create P&IDs and equipment lists more quickly
  • Share info across process models, P&IDs, and orthographics
  • Support faster reviews with CAD renderings

Minimize rework

  • Identify issues earlier with 3D models and visuals
  • Minimize change orders
  • Find fewer documentation errors

Fast-paced project support at lower cost

  • Start projects faster using existing AutoCAD-trained staff
  • Use tools designed for 3D plant design workflows
  • Help speed project tasks with 3D process models

Equipment suppliers

Digitally prototype plant equipment

  • Simulate performance before manufacturing
  • Create and modify P&IDs more easily
  • Connect skid to main P&ID to display project scope

Minimize project delivery risks

  • Improve project team coordination
  • Better understand site conditions before delivery
  • More effectively identify issues before construction

Work within tight budgets and deadlines

  • Use materials more efficiently
  • Minimize changes on the shop floor
  • Reuse design data for manufacturing and marketing

Construction

Virtually explore constructability

  • Determine project complexity and scope
  • Aggregate data for whole project review
  • Better coordinate site and workflow planning

Improve cost reliability

  • More rapidly generate material takeoffs
  • Evaluate design alternative costs
  • Help resolve conflicts before construction

Better predict project outcomes

  • Simulate schedules and logistics in 4D
  • Assess and quantify scope changes
  • Easily communicate plans to stakeholders
 
Features
 
Equipment & skid design
 

Mechanical design optimization

Access cloud-based services.
 

Equipment and skid design

Model 3D plant equipment with Inventor.

(Video: 0:25 sec.)
 

Routed systems design

Design routed elements more easily.

(Video: 1:38 min.)

 
P&ID & piping design
 

Tight integration with Vault

Improve interoffice project management.
 

Electrical raceways and ducting

Model with AutoCAD MEP.
 

P&ID creation and management

More easly modify and manage piping.

(Video: 1:02 min.)

Isometric and orthographic documentation

Document more accurately with AutoCAD Plant 3D.
 

Design, drafting, and plant layout

AutoCAD software is included in the suite.
 

3D plant and pipe design software

Model process plants more efficiently.

(Video: 0:47 sec.)

Fixed length pipe modeling

Route fixed-length piping more easily in 3D.

(Video: 0:49 sec.)
 

Weight/Center of Gravity (COG) calculations

Calculate COG for piping components.

(Video: 0:50 sec.)
 

Bill of Materials (BOM)

Create BOM tables for orthographic drawings.

(Video: 0:33 sec.)

Reality capture

View and organize laser scan data with ReCap.
 

Raster-to-vector conversion

Work scanned data into CAD workflows.

(Video: 1:29 sec.)

 
Project review & clash detection
 

BIM coordination with AutoCAD 2016

Model in-context across design software.
 

Integrate with BIM 360 Glue

Share Navisworks data with BIM 360.
 

Clash detection

Identify plant layout interferences early.

(Video: 0:43 sec.)

Design visualization

Create high-impact 3D visuals of process plants.
 

Faster project reviews

Aggregate models to speed project reviews.

(Video: 1:27 min.)

 
Structural design & detailing
 

Structural design workflow

Integrated structural layout tools.
 

Structural analysis

Simultaneous cloud analysis and desktop design.
 

Design and structural detail

Detail and design steel structures in Revit.

(Video: 0:31 sec.)

The system requirements below are specifically for Plant Design Suite users running products on the same system. Note that the system requirements for individual products may differ from those in this document. You can find details on those requirements by visiting the System Requirements page located at http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/system-requirements.

 
System requirements for Autodesk® Plant Design Suite 2016 – All Editions
64-bit
Memory 4 GB minimum (8 GB recommended)
Disk Space 8 GB (Standard Edition)
30 GB (Premium Edition)
38 GB (Ultimate Edition)
CPU Type AMD Athlon® 64 or AMD Opteron® with SSE2 technology
Intel® Xeon® or Intel Pentium® 4  with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
Media (DVD) Download via internet or installation from USB 2.0 key
Connectivity Internet connection for license registration, prerequisite component download, Maintenance Subscription-enabled features, and full user assistance documentation.
Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant (three-button recommended).