I am trying to set up AutoCAD P&ID to use it throughout our company, which means I will have to put in functionalities that can be used by our Process, E&I and Software divisions. One of the things we would like to do is use AutoCAD P&ID to make a Process Flow Diagram. Does anyone know we can create a functionality somehow that let's me select lines and instruments (control valves ed) and add them to a flow. I know I can make a different layer for each flow but that is a lot of work and I use AutoCAD to make my work easier. I was thinking about using a "Bitwise Flag" in one way or another but I don't know how.
I am using AutoCAD P&ID 2010.
I've developed over a thousand PFDs and would not suggest trying to make them "ACAD PID" smart. It's not beneficial for all the work you will need to go thru. It can be done, but the time spent does not add much value to your project.
Thank you for reaction, but I would like to think that it can somehow to be done. Once created I think I can use it over and over again, I will create a blank project which I will use as a template for new projects. I need to determine the maximum amount of PFD's to create and the way to mark the flow. Currently we are making PFD's by printing an P&ID and use a marker to highlight the path or we will create a different layer for each Process Flow, where the first one is not very professional and the second one is time consuming. So I would like to use AutoCAD P&ID to do it for me without drawing each line 5 or 6 times (this also clashes with my line list). My common sense says it could be done somehow but I haven't found the way.
Also, when I'm able to create PFD's from my P&ID it is only a small step te create SCADA images of it. And that would be a major improvement.
Do you have any suggestions? Perhaps someone else on the Forum has?
PS: Happy new year to all and all the best.
I'm sorry, I found out what I'm calling a PFD isn't really a PFD but more a Graphset (I am quite new to the industry). I will try to explain more thoroughly. What we do is, when we finished our P&ID and Process Description we will highlight the different status our installation kan be in. For instance: We want to fill our Tank 01 with product A using Pump X and going through filter XY and heat exchanger XX. This state we'll call Filling.
So what we want is to assign this state to the equipment and line. I want to make a rule somehow that allows me to see the different states with just a few mouseclicks. I could make a different layer for each state, but in that case I will get conflicts in my tagnames. I have discovered that AutoCAD P&ID uses Bitwise Flags to make different blocks available for the selected standards. I would say that somehow it should be possible to use this feature to assign each line and asset to 1 or more states.
So whizkids, programmers, philosophers, visionairies and collegues, who would like to take on that challenge?
Regards, Mark D
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