The downside to an all-in-one product is a lack of focus and limited development resources. The end product would be a bloated, massive program leading to excessive bugs and users complaining that it doesn't do structural design as well as Revit, or mechanical design as well as Inventor.
Better for the program to focus on what isn't already avaialble - process piping design - with the basics for the other disciplines, and leave the focused, detailed design use to the programs which are already available and designed specifically for those users.
- using EN(Din) flanges and valves in ASME piping system
- weld numbers changing after generate new iso (after piperouting update)
existing weldnumber should be still the same as in older revision
- need more settings for proper dimensioning piping on isometric.
- posnr. and weldnr. arrows pointing into space and not to the location they should
(for general, we still need a lot of manual changing on isometric)
- still have problems with stud bolt length (120 mm - 120.69 mm .....)
In case of use DIN or EN flanges and valves, it's possbile to use it in ASME pipings. You need alow metric-imperial connection and modify match properties of connection (delet facing restriction)
Include P&ID "Title block and display\Setup title block" template in the project settings.
After all that is the only drawing template what is not included yet (ISOs ans orthos are already)
Easier 3D modelling. Eg:
I asked for these for 2014 with no luck, I will ask again and see what happens. At least fix the bug in the Line to Pipe command.
Stop locking the specs when a user has Plant 3D is open.
Bug with Line to Pipe on sloping lines. For example a pipe falling at 3 degrees and dropping vertical. Using the Line to Pipe it will draw the pipe and bends, but the bends are incorrect and are drawn in at 90 degrees instead of 87 degrees. The danger here is that it does not show up as a problem. The way around this is to set the variable PLANTSLOPETHRESHOLDANGLE variable to 0 and use the Route Pipe command. Bends between 90.1 and 96 degrees are also a problem.
Rotate valve actuator on its own axis. When bringing in valves with the actuator, it would be good to get the option to turn the valve actuator on its own axis. At this stage you can rotate the valve which rotates the actuator but you cannot rotate the actual actuator. For example Butterfly and Ball valves have lever actuators which at this stage can only be shown as open or closed there is no option to rotate the actuator itself.
Annotate the pipe line number. We create our arrangement drawings by using xrefs of our steelwork and pipework models, these are very large and contain Prosteel objects. At this stage we will not be using Plant 3D orthographic views. It would be good if Plant 3D could do this by retrieving the line number, or tag information from the xref model and placing it in Paperspace.
Add expansion joints as a Plant 3D piping component, they are a common pipe line item. Presently I have to make a custom block for each size.
Isometric start point. We need to be able to specify which end of the pipe is the start point so that the spool number goes the correct way.
Speed up Isometric creation.
It would be good to allow the Matching Pipe OD, End Type and Facing to be altered in the spec. Apart from the geometry of the part the rest should be changeable in the spec. I have a case where I am using the same valve but with different end types. One spec requires bolts while the other spec has the bolts supplied by the supplier. To achieve this I have to create two catalog items with the same geometry but different end types. If I was able to change it in the spec I would only need one catalog item. In regards to the Matching Pipe OD I would like to have the catalog correct but be able to change it in the spec. I am using a joint setting with the Matching Pipe OD as the property match. This way I can use a DN200 valve on a DN200 and DN225 pipe line.
Part use priority. It would be good to have the ability to set the part use priority for a series of sizes and not have to do each size individually.
We need the ability to Mitre pipe.
In Plant 3D when you hover over a pipe it says that it is a pipe, if you hover over anything else for example bends, flanges, valves etc., it says that it is a Pipe Inline Asset which is not very helpful. I would like to see the Long Description (Size), other users might like to see the Long Description (Family), either way it would be good to have an easy way to set up what is shown when we hover over a pipe, valve etc. You should also be able to get the information from piping components in an xref. From past experience this is an extremely useful feature
When the Isometrics are created it is notified in the Status Bar Tray. We usually have the variable Traynotify turned off since we don’t want to be notified each time a plot is created, but this also turns off the notification of the isometrics. Would it be possible to separate these two notifications?
Standardise the Plant 3D Catalog format so that they work with all releases or make available a convertor for saving to earlier releases. Presently you have different content packs available for different releases but the newer ones cannot be used by earlier releases. It is also a bit of a pain Migrating specs and catalogs for each version.
Add weights to your catalogs. Create and ASME catalog for Stainless Steel and Carbon Steel, this covers most situations. Create an ASME Metric catalog. I know it is based on imperial sizes but I like to keep all of the catalogs used in the project Metric.
It would be good if the data manager in the drawing had all the information available from the database including Line numbers, file names plus when you have “Current Drawing Data” selected that it also gives you the option to select xref’s in that drawing. This way you could get a quick MTO without having to select the drawings in the Report Generator. CadWorx had a really simple way of getting MTO's. With a few clicks you could export a Bill of Material into Excel, Access, text or html from objects in the current drawing including xref's. You could select by line number or select the models, there was no need to worry about the Database or Report generator.
Layer and Color settings: We use the settings Assign layer by Spec and Assign color by Layer. I need to be able to set the color of the layer is this dialog as well, therefore when it creates the new layer it also gives it the correct color. At the moment it creates a new layer with the spec name but sets the color to white, this means I either have to have the layers already present in the drawings or set the color afterwards.
Stub flange: We use a lot of poly pipe with stub flanges and backing rings. I don’t mind having to select the backing ring to put them in the model but if I later erase the pipe it should not erase the stub flange as well. They are actual items that would be better treated like a WN flange and not a connector. In reality they can be welded back to back and this should be allowed in Plant 3D.
When I use Line to Pipe command it erase’s the construction lines, unless I say don’t erase during the command. Can we have this as a variable so I can keep the construction lines all the time if needed.
We do a lot of stubins at unusual angles, in Plant 3D it is hard to make that connection to the exact spot you want, it would be great to model the pipe to the intersection of construction lines and then say connect to pipe, this can waste a lot of time making simple connections.
To get gaskets and bolts on the end of a pipe run you have to add a piece of equipment, which is fair enough but I could then not get it to do what I needed. I want to be able to xref in equipment and toggle on the gasket and bolts without converting anything to equipment. It would be good if I had the option to turn the Gaskets and bolts back on.
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