AutoCAD Plant 3D-Converting AutoCAD to PID

AutoCAD® has been around for almost 40 years, while Plant 3D and P&ID were initially released roughly 13 years ago. As a result, it is not uncommon for companies to have a large number of P&ID drawings that were created in Vanilla AutoCAD. However, if you search the internet for a method to convert these AutoCAD drawings to a Plant 3D P&ID, you will find links that state, “There is currently no Autodesk tool to convert plain AutoCAD drawings to AutoCAD P&ID drawings,” as well as blogs and videos that show methodology with less than desirable results, limited capabilities and time-consuming techniques like tracing the drawing.

While there is no magic button to instantly convert an unintelligent AutoCAD drawing into an intelligent Plant 3D P&ID, there are things you can do on both the AutoCAD side and the Plant 3D side that will enable a faster, more accurate conversion. You can't mass-convert multiple drawings in one click, but you can convert a single drawing relatively quickly and accurately without redrawing everything.

This webcast will highlight the process for Converting a Plain Vanilla AutoCAD Drawing of a P&ID into an Intelligent Plant 3D P&ID Project Drawing.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Pipe Line Segments and Pipe Line Groups In AutoCAD
  • Prepare the Pipes
  • To Scale or Not to Scale
  • Bye ByLayer, Hello ByBlock
  • Plant 3D
  • Prepare the Project
  • Converting Linework to Pipe Line Segments & Groups
  • Converting AutoCAD Objects to Equipment
  • Converting AutoCAD Blocks to P&ID Inline Assets
  • Complete the Conversion with Additional Tips & Tricks
Shaun Lee
27 days agoApril 21, 2021
Hi can you guys post instructions on how to implement the free tools provided from this webinar?
Hagerman & Company
25 days agoApril 23, 2021
You can access this link for instructions:
Shaun Lee
19 days agoApril 29, 2021
Thank you!
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