We are designing a pipeline on top of a pointcloud so all pipes are skewed and to connect them is very difficult;
I raised the tollerance in the "defaultconnection.xml file but it doesn't work .
We tested it on a new project. i routed 2 pipes ,ends together only a offset of 0,1mm in Z-direction. if i change the tollerance value in the xml to 10 it doesn't change anything. I switched project and even restarted plant , and still he says port arent adjecant and i still cant connect them.
is there an other way to connect pipes that have a little offset? or a solution to make the XML work? Do i need to do something to make plant reload/reread the XML file?
Not a direct solution, but when we re-model based on point clouds we put them in nice orthogonal runs, 90 degree elbows, etc. Its more "as designed" than "as-built" but the important points are the same as the scan. Avoids various connection issues plus others such as thermal growth from operating conditions/lift-off, and makes further design easier as well.
You have my deepest sympathy - Trying to create real-life piping from skewed point cloud models. And even worse when you have to handle tilted flanges and non-colinear pipe joints.
Imposing orthogonality onto an as-built model is not always a solution when interfacing to existing pipiing systems.
I have resorted to making a new flange type using custom scripts. The flange has two extra parameters, tilt angle about the horizontal plane and about the vertical plane.
This requires adding each horizontal and vertical tilt angle combination to be added to the piping catalog and pipe spec.
It does produce a readable isometric - see attachment.
I do wish Autodesk would give some concrete feedback on this problem. Use of point cloud based models is on the increase.
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