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.
- 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