In this introduction to specifications and catalogs, Irene Radcliffe walks you through the Autodesk Plant 3D Spec Editor interface.
- [Narrator] When working with an intelligent 3D piping environment, one of the most critical documents in a project is the piping specifications or the pipe spec. Before starting any project, the design team must have an approved, clearly defined list of admissible pipe sizes, piping components, and material grade for each service that's to be used in the facility. This list of acceptable items is typically grouped by pressure rating. For example, the standard CS150 spec contains only the pipe sizes and fittings that are permitted when designing a 150 pound carbon steel line.
A CS300 spec would include only the pipe sizes and fittings permitted in a 300 pound stainless steel pipeline. When we work in a 3D piping environment, each of these piping specifications must have a corresponding CAD spec, which includes only the 3D components listed in the paper spec. Let's take a look at the parts of our spec head that we're going to be working with in this course. The interface is divided into two parts. We have our spec browser on the top, and we have our parts browser on the bottom. Across the top, we have just our standard menus with our file.
We can come here, we can open our specs, open our catalogs. We have some additional features we'll look at, such as convert, save as. We have some editing features. We have some specific tasks that we can use for specs, updating from catalogs. We can bat just high and long descriptions. Again, these are things that we'll look at later. Some editing tools for catalogs. And under tools, we have an area where we can migrate specs and catalogs from other programs, such as CADWorx or AutoPlant. And we can change where we keep our shared content.
Now, when we take a look at what's in our spec browser, you can see here a standard spec, we have a list of components, and they're listed filtered by sizes. And as we scroll down, we can see that we have various components that are standard in a CS150 spec. The components are grouped by type, so we have our elbows, we have our flanges, gaskets, oilets, pipe. And this is an organization, we can make some modifications to that, but this is just a standard grouping. And these are all the valves that we have available in this spec.
Now, if we take a look at the catalog, you'll see that we have lots more information. I'm just going to scroll through here, and you can see all the different components that we have available in our catalog. So, this gives you an idea of what we're actually looking at. It's a filter. So, while all of these components are available in the catalog to be purchased, lots of them aren't permitted to be used inside this spec. So, when we actually look at the spec sheet, what we're seeing is a group of filtered components that come from that particular catalog. So, now that you've seen the spec and catalog, it's easier to understand the relationship between the two.
The catalog contains all the components that are available to use, and the spec contains only the components that are approved to buy for that project.
- Using part filters
- Modifying parts
- Adding new parts to a catalog
- Using the Spec Editor
- Creating a new spec
- Adding components to a spec
- Editing parts
- Using Part Use Priority
- Editing specs in Excel
- Setting up and modifying a branch table
- Testing components and branch tables
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/16/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: locating the specs and catalogs within the project folders.