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AutoCAD® has been around for almost 40 years, while Plant 3D and P&ID were initially released roughly 13 years ago. As a result, it is not uncommon for companies to have a large number of P&ID drawings that were created in Vanilla AutoCAD. However, if you search the internet for a method to convert these AutoCAD drawings to a Plant 3D P&ID, you will find links that state, “There is currently no Autodesk tool to convert plain AutoCAD drawings to AutoCAD P&ID drawings,” as well as blogs and videos that show methodology with less than desirable results, limited capabilities and time-consuming techniques like tracing the drawing.

While there is no magic button to instantly convert an unintelligent AutoCAD drawing into an intelligent Plant 3D P&ID, there are things you can do on both the AutoCAD side and the Plant 3D side that will enable a faster, more accurate conversion. You can't mass-convert multiple drawings in one click, but you can convert a single drawing relatively quickly and accurately without redrawing everything.

This webcast will highlight the process for Converting a Plain Vanilla AutoCAD Drawing of a P&ID into an Intelligent Plant 3D P&ID Project Drawing.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding Pipe Line Segments and Pipe Line Groups
  • In AutoCAD
    • Prepare the Pipes
    • To Scale or Not to Scale
    • Bye ByLayer, Hello ByBlock
  • Plant 3D
    • Prepare the Project
    • Converting Linework to Pipe Line Segments & Groups
    • Converting AutoCAD Objects to Equipment
    • Converting AutoCAD Blocks to P&ID Inline Assets
  • Complete the Conversion with Additional Tips & Tricks
Plant 3D: Converting AutoCAD to P&ID
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Start Time: 11:00 a.m. CT (12ET/9PT)
Length: 1 hour
Location: Online
Presenter: Rick France, Solutions Engineer, Hagerman & Company