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AutoCAD Plant 3D Plant Design and Advance Steel Sport New 2016 Features
June 15th, 2015 by Susan Smith
New features and enhancements AutoCAD Plant 3D plant design software and P&ID arriving with the new 2016 release of Autodesk products include replicating the plant database to distributed teams to make it faster and able to manipulate data. The main focus of Plant is to take something and process it into something else. The industries served include pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and food and beverage, all who require special material needs such as stainless steel that must be cleaned daily.
At Autodesk, Media and Entertainment software is applied for platform rig evacuation. Simulation is used to show how fluid flows through a valve. Using .Autodesk has done a lot with integrating it with other tools within Autodesk, one with Advance Steel 2016, so those structures can be brought into Plant 3D environment. Using an Navisworks underlayer, you can bring structures also into Advance Steel. These new releases were discussed at the recent Autodesk AEC Summit held in Boston.
In the new release of Plant 3D, Autodesk focused heavily on the analytical, works massing and Revit being in the same model. The analytical model is based on the same concept in FormIt.
Autodesk Advance Steel 2016 software provides structural steel detailers, fabricators and engineers, with comprehensive tools based on the familiar AutoCAD platform. These 3D modeling tools support a Building information model (BIM) process to help accelerate more accurate detailing of structural elements, steel connections, and plates.
In addition, Advance Steel 2016 helps speed time to fabrication by automatically generating shop and general arrangement drawings, creating bills of materials, and producing CNC files directly from designs. With interoperability between Autodesk Revit 2016 and Navisworks 2016 software products as well as other BIM software, Advance Steel 2016 also provides a way to connect BIM-based design and construction through fabrication.
While virtually all the primary Autodesk products are experiencing the 2016 upgrades, the A360 Collaboration for Revit (Skyscraper) (public cloud – AWS) is a gateway to other solutions. This product gives distributed teams model access anywhere in the world and allows change management between them.
A360 Model Viewing will allow those who are not Revit users to see, view and interact with the model.
BIM 360 Scheduling (not available yet) will provide cloud-based scheduling.
BIM 360 Plan runs on the iPad, identify tasks for the week, and the system tracks information that is shared and connected, and the schedule is connected to the production plan.
BIM 360 Docs to Field (not available yet) will provide project teams with a place to go to get up-to-date project information and be able to query it, see a 3D view, mark it up and share.
Enterprise Insight (BIM 360) will also be released later this year.
In the U.S. the total number of refineries operating between 2009 and 2012 were between 147 and 152. This hasn’t changed much and there are not a lot of new refineries built, so the majority of the work in that area is retrofit. Reality capture plays a big role in this. Using Recap, for point clouds, users can do reality capture at huge cost savings. The product Autodesk P&ID, launched in 2006, involves using intelligent models (this was also employed by plant design before there was BIM). Now the technology allows users to take this model into the field. They can also take an old model into Navisworks. P&ID takes the model into the field for use in maintenance and operations, using a tablet. P&ID 2016 is more agile and can employ legacy models from other software to make them intelligent in Plant 3D. Recap is included in the Plant Design Suite. The main users of the suite are EPC designers and owners who are getting interested in operations.
On our second day of the Autodesk AEC Media Summit in Boston last month, Autodesk bussed the media to two Cambridge customers, Gilbane and BioGen.
BioGen has built their own cogeneration plant to provide efficient energy to all buildings on their Cambridge campus. (see photo above)
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