In this video, Irene Radcliffe gives you an overview of the piping elements of the Plant 3D program.
- [Instructor] Finally, the moment we've all been waiting for, we get to add some pipe to our model. So, welcome to Chapter 05, and we're going to start by opening up our project, so we're going to go to our Project Manager window. Open, Desktop, Exercise Files, Chapter 05, and we have our Project, XML. So we're going to come down to our Plant 3D Drawings, we're just going to open drawing 05_01. So for this video, we're just going to give you an overview of the interface, and just point out where all the different commands are, and all of the stuff that we're going to look at, we'll get into more in depth later on in this chapter, but I just want to give you an overview so that you know where to look, and you can get a feel for what tools we have available for running pipe.
So, Project Manager, you should all be familiar with. We have toggles, which toggles our Project Manager window on and off, and Data Manager, which again, we just click, and we have Data Manager available, if we need to search for any components, or modify information. The main part that we're looking for in piping is our Parts Insertion. So we have a couple things here. We have Route Pipe. So this little section that you see here, when we start to run pipe, this is where we set the information up that we want. We designate what size pipe the line is, what spec we're going to be using, we can choose a line number.
We can route a new line number, it opens up a dialogue box here, and we can put, for example, a 300 in here. Now that we have this here, this is the three criteria we need, and now we can just come ahead and route pipe. So just a couple more toggles that we have here. When we're working, we have a dialogue box that we'll just open up the assign, allow us to assign tags. And we have a Spec Viewer too. So, when your working with Plant 3D, you know you have all the components that we have on our tool palette over here.
We can actually look for individual components and sizes without exiting and going into the spec tool that comes with the program. And we can do that by just clicking on the Spec View window, and you're looking directly in to the Plant 3D specs. So if you're looking for specific component, for example, you're looking for Reducer, you can see here we have, sort of, like, the rolled up listing, where we've got a 3 to 24 inch. If we click on that, now we can see which different components that we have inside that rolled up view there.
And we can actually, if you're more comfortable using this than the tool palette, so, you can just, kind of, go ahead and insert this in our model, and you can see that the Reducer's there, to be inserted. So this is just another way that we can select components, and really get an in-depth view of what we have available to us in this particular spec. We also have the P&ID Line list, again, we're going to go into this in a little more detail. This is the link that, if we have a line available in our P&ID, we have these lines that can link these into our Plant 3D model, too. We have the ability to Toggle Cutback Elbows.
If you're mandated not to use them, then you would leave that off. If you're allowed to use them, you can put that on, and the system will allow that calculation while you're running pipe. And the same goes for bends, if you're allowed Pipe Bends, you can toggle that on or off. And based on your branch connection table, in your spec, whether or not you're allowed stub ins, so you can toggle that ability on or off. So Line to Pipe, and Line to PCF, this is just taking standard AutoCAD line work, what we call flooding.
So we'll take a center line, we would assign a pipe size and a spec over here, and then we can convert that line, that single line, into a 3D pipe, using the criteria we specify here. We have a section line to run an ortho, so once you got your pipe runs ready to go, we can create orthographic drawings from here. Again, we'll look at that later. In this Compass section, we have the ability to, if we run a little bit of pipe here, we'll see this little red compass, this allows us to get a visual on what we're doing with the pipe, how we're running that pipe.
And again, we're going to get through that into our second video in this chapter, but that's just where we'll have this located. And we also have the ability to specify an elevation, and also a routing. So if we're running our pipe center of pipe, we can select Center Of Pipe, designate what we want our center line to be, and the pipe will run on that center line, and the advantages of having Bottom Of Pipe is, if we specify, perhaps, top of steel on the pipe rack, we don't have to worry about calculating diameters, in order to get the distance between the center pipe and top steel.
We can just run automatically on Bottom Of Pipe, and let Plant calculate the differences. We can do slope piping, just by specifying a rise and a run. And again, we have a toggle. If we don't want to have any slope piping, we leave that turned off. Pipe Supports are important. A number of features with Pipe Supports here, that, again, we'll get into a little later in the chapter. The Pipes Supports are available to insert here, but also on our tool palette over here. We have our Pipe Supports spec, where we can just look and see all the Pipes Supports that we have available, and these are just simply a drag and place into your model.
Equipment we don't need to look at that. We've already discussed. This area, you'll become more familiar with this as we go through the piping. We'll play with these toggles on and off, and you'll see the advantages that we have for using them. Everything else that we have here is just regular standard AutoCAD, or have used in our Layers. And of course, we have our tool palette here, and this is dynamic. And by dynamic, I mean, because we're running over here. I'm going to pop up to our insert panel here. If I change this to a CS150, what I want you to watch on that tool palette over there, it's going to regenerate, and now you're going to see that it's showing 150, CS150.
So all our piping components available to us in the spec we're working with are on this dynamic tool palette. And if you are working with AutoCAD Plant 2018, we do have an addition, where we have a tool palette, a dynamic tool palette, now for instrumentation. And this works the same way as the piping. We can just drag and drop this into our model, the same way we would with some valves. So it's very important that you get to understand the various commands that we just discussed, as you're going to be constantly using these toggles, display options and routing tools as you model. If it seems like a lot to remember now, don't worry.
They'll be second nature to you in no time, as you become more familiar with the program.
- Setting up the Plant 3D workspace
- Using on-screen tools
- Working with Plant 3D files
- Creating a new model
- Importing an existing Plant 3D file into a project
- Locating missing drawing files
- Creating a structural grid
- Working with the structural steel component
- Creating equipment
- Basic pipe routing
- Moving and copying data
- Locating components using Data Manager
- Linking P&ID line information to your 3D model
- Orthographic drawings
- Isometric drawings