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Revit in FDS

Status: Gathering Support
by Enthusiast wezpb on ‎01-20-2016 05:31 AM

I think it would e a good idea to include a version of Revit in FDS. how else would you conbine a Revit 3D model with a system model to enable to creation of contextual sections i.e. sections that include the building and the system. Inventor can import Revit but not the scale of projects that we work with.

When publishing FDS Assets, the dwg blocks created are set to allow explode in AutoCAD. Why not set them to NO so that the bi-directional work flow is not broken so easily by poor Acad practice. An experienced user can reset this function if needed in the block editor.

Status: Accepted



i´m testing the labs tool Process Simulation 360 and i think it is a great tool and easy to use. But i don´t know the meaning of MTTR and MTBF and there is no discription.


And now my idea:


Create my layout in ACAD Architecture and put in all of my material flow, product and so on. Export an XML or something else and load it in this new labs tool. In Process Simulation 360 i want to check out if my layout can reach my output or what happen if my processor is faster, slower or stops for 2 hours because of a crash in the maschine.


A nice to have: All operations and stations are in Process Simulation 360 from my ACAD layout export. 


Next: Process Simulation 360 integrated in Factory Design Suite 2013.





Status: Accepted



Please consider including AutoCAD Electrical in the suite to support wiring the equipment. ACE is already included in PrDS, FDS users could benefit also.


Also please consider adding AutoCAD MEP to add support for wiring and plumbing the building to run these utilities to the machine equipment.


If machinery moves it would be great if the building wiring/plumbing model could update.


This could provide an even more complete BOM of equipment and MEP requirements for a design layout.


Please don't raise the cost of FDS Ultimate.


If ACE or ACMEP cannot be included, please make them available as an add-on module for a reasonable cost (less than $500).


Thanks for your time and attention.






Ability to edit the generated 2D blocks Factory to create dynamic blocks, adding capabilities (visibility, scale, stretch, matrix, etc..)
I've tried to edit blocks and generated 2D Factory, not recognized back then updated Inventor from AutoCAD Architecture.
We're finding customers already asking us this feature, which would give infinite possibilities 2D/3D workflow.



Hello there,


it would be great if it was possible to change the layer colours in the 2D portion of the assets permanently.

This would save a great deal of work after syncing to AutoCAD. Don´t you think so?


Kind regards




The user can specify in Inventor or AutoCAD the order that an asset is placed in a project. Factory Asset attributes can be used to specify the phase and/or order a given asset is commissioned. This information can be interpreted by Navisworks for the 4D / timeliner process.

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Hi Autodesk,


the FDS is incredible slow synchronizing larger layouts. Make is faster!!! I was playing a bit with LODs insidse FDS. Problem is, that ACAD don't know anything about LODs.



If I suppress components via LOD only the unsupressed components will be transmitted. This can speed up sync between INV and ACAD. To visualize the suppressed stuff inside ACAD I'm thinking about a special Layerset similar to the wonderful Layergroup-functionality in AutoCAD Mechanical.


So a couple of parts are suppressed in INV

- some are placed on layer green

- some are placed on layer red


These suppressed information (if they were already synchronized before!) will be moved on an additional temporarily layer named "LOD-green" and "LOD-red" and they are locked! These parts won't be synchronized!


Can speed up sync! 

Or make it faster anyway! I hate that blue circle of horror....








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Navisworks Unit Conversion

Status: Gathering Support
by Collaborator petestrycharske on ‎03-06-2013 11:28 AM


   Not really sure this is a FDS idea, per se, but it would be really nice if the units from Inventor, ACAD, Revit, whatever, came into Navisworks with the correct units.  For example, I do quite a bit of Inventor modeling and then create a factory asset.  Once I brink an Inventor asset of factory layout into Navisworks, the units become cm (centimeters).  This just seems unnecessarily confusing and could save time checking the scale of appended objects.  Let me know if anyone has any questions and have a fantastic day!




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