AutoCAD Plant 3D General DIscussion

Active Member
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎09-10-2011
Message 1 of 7 (522 Views)
Accepted Solution

Plant Generation

522 Views, 6 Replies
09-10-2011 07:27 AM

I'd like to know if I can get elevation information automatically in the plants generated by PLANT 3D. 


Nowadays my designers are referring to the 3D model and entering this information in the plants, which I think is not the correct way to use the program.


I refuse to believe that the information of the pipeline elevations are not automatically brought to the plants generated from the 3D model.


Does anyone have any suggestions?



Valued Mentor
Posts: 385
Registered: ‎07-07-2011
Message 2 of 7 (511 Views)

Re: Plant Generation

09-10-2011 10:39 AM in reply to: andersoncoelho

Sory, but I don't understand what do you want. Can you explain better, please? The elevation is one propertie which there are in all pipes an fittings. And normally when you start to design the plant is necessary to position the things in the coordenates of the real plant and usually work in mm(or in inch).

Yury Bogdanov
ASIDEK(Grupo CT) - Partner Directo de Autodesk
Barcelona (Spain)
Posts: 190
Registered: ‎11-14-2008
Message 3 of 7 (506 Views)

Re: Plant Generation

09-10-2011 07:58 PM in reply to: andersoncoelho

When you say "Plant" generation, I assume you mean "Plan" generation.


If this is true, I don't believe there is an out-of-box way to do this at the moment.  In 2012 I just checked what Plant annotation options were available and I received the following list:


Full Line Number Callout [Size-Line Number Tag-Spec]
Insulation Callout [Insulation Thickness-Type]
Line Number Callout [Line Number Tag]
Nominal Size [Size]
Oval Tag Style
Pipe OD [Outside Diameter]
Size and Spec Callout [Size-Spec]
Tie-In Point [TP-xxx]


After about 5 minutes of investigation, it does seem that you can add to this list in the "Project Setup" interface.


Here is a rough set of steps to follow (you will have to work out the details though as I have not tested the results thoroughly):

1) Open Project Setup

2) Navigate to "Plant 3D DWG Settings-->Plant 3D Class Definitions-->Piping and Equipment-->Pipe Run Components"

3) Look in the lower right corner of the right side pane of the dialog.  There is an Annotation section where you can Add an annotation

4) then select the new annotation and select "Edit Block"

5) In the block editor, I saw a small tool bar floating near the top of the screen that had a single button in it for "Assign Annotation Formats"

6) Select the attribute that is visible and then in the resulting dialog make sure that the format is set to 2 "parts".

7) The first row's "Field" should be a blank and then set the "Delimiter" to "EL. ".

8) In the second row, select the first button to assign a class property

9) Select "Piping and Equipment-->Pipe Run Component" on the left side and "position Z" on the right.

10) Make sure the "Use Target Object's Property" is checked and hit "OK". And then "OK" to the other dialog too.

11) Save the block and exit the block editor


You should now be able to put this new annotation style in your plan drawing.  When I tried it, I saw 2 things that I would want to tinker with (i.e. a dot in front of the "EL." and the number was not in Architectural units), but the gist of it was there.  I assume you can apply number formatting to the "Position Z" property back in the Annotation Format dialog.


Hope this helps...


Active Member
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎09-10-2011
Message 4 of 7 (476 Views)

Re: Plan Generation

09-12-2011 04:18 AM in reply to: awerning

That´s it!


Sorry for my english.


 I´ll try to do this, and I think that will solve my problem. This solution will save me a lot of work.


Thank you!


Anderson Coelho

Project Manager

EPC Engenharia Projeto e Construção

Active Member
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎09-10-2011
Message 5 of 7 (474 Views)

Re: Plant Generation

09-12-2011 05:12 AM in reply to: andersoncoelho

When I typed plants, I wanted to enter plans. Sorry!

Active Member
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎09-10-2011
Message 6 of 7 (473 Views)

Re: 2D PLAN Generation

09-12-2011 05:16 AM in reply to: ybogdanov


I'll try to explain betther now...


When I finish the modeling of the project, I need to generate 2D Plans to submit them to the customer. When I'm working on these drawings I need to enter all pipe elevations. I think there must be some way of listing this property automatically in the drawings, without having to enter one by one manually, since the 3D Model has this information.


Anderson Coelho

EPC Engenharia Projeto e Construção

Project Manager


Valued Mentor
Posts: 523
Registered: ‎08-19-2008
Message 7 of 7 (450 Views)

Re: 2D PLAN Generation

09-12-2011 03:05 PM in reply to: andersoncoelho

under the orthoview tab, on the dimensions panel, under the dimension pull down, pick ordinate dimension

CAD Management 101:
You can do it your own way,
If its done just how I say!
[Metallica:And Justice For All:1988]

You are not logged in.

Log into access your profile, ask and answer questions, share ideas and more. Haven't signed up yet? Register

Are you familiar with the Autodesk Expert Elites? The Expert Elite program is made up of customers that help other customers by sharing knowledge and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration. To learn more, please visit our Expert Elite website.

Need installation help?

Start with some of our most frequented solutions to get help installing your software.

New AutoCAD Plant 3D Category!

The AutoCAD Plant 3D forum has moved into it's very own category page, and can no longer be found within the Additional Product Forums.

Ask the Community