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Plant layout and piping design features

AutoCAD® Plant 3D software enables piping designers to more quickly lay out steel structures, model equipment, and route piping design using AutoCAD commands.

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  • Tight integration with Vault New

    Vault data management software integration enables easier interoffice project collaboration. Create the Vault project from within AutoCAD Plant 3D.

  • Cloud service

    AutoCAD 360 Pro New

    Get essential tools for on-the-go CAD work. AutoCAD 360 Pro is the official AutoCAD mobile app that lets you take the power of AutoCAD wherever you go.

    • Create, edit, mark up, annotate, and measure CAD drawings on your mobile device.
    • View and work with the latest plans on job sites or client visits.
    • Use advanced layer management.
    • Connect to external cloud storage services like Google Drive and Box.
    • Work offline and sync changes later.

    AutoCAD 360 Pro is included with your AutoCAD subscription. Simply download the free AutoCAD 360 mobile app to your device. Log in to the app with your Autodesk ID (the same ID as your AutoCAD subscription ID). You’ll be automatically upgraded to the Pro version.

    Perpetual and maintenance customers can subscribe to AutoCAD 360 Pro at a low monthly rate.

  • Automated pipe routing

    Route spec-driven piping quickly and easily. AutoCAD Plant 3D automatically adds mating flanges when needed. Semi-automated pipe routing makes piping design simpler. Branch from an elbow, and the software automatically replaces the elbow with a tee. When routing to an existing pipe, the software automatically places the branch component according to the spec-driven branch table.

  • Parametric equipment modeling

    Quickly place equipment into the 3D model using predefined parametric models. Or create equipment using parametric components. Define equipment using standard solid shapes, and save as templates for other projects.

  • Structural modeling

    Quickly lay out steel structures, including stairs, ladders, and railings, using standard steel sections. AutoCAD Plant 3D includes industry steel catalogs, such as AISC, CISC, and DIN.

  • Calculate weights and center of gravity (COG)

    Calculate the center of gravity (COG) of individual piping components and combinations of components, including pipelines and piping spools, and produce COG reports. View the COG in 3D as the properties display the X, Y, and Z location, as well as the total weight of the selected components. You can edit the COG location of individual components to allow for custom parts, like extended valve operators, and produce COG reports in PDF, Excel, or HTML files.

  • Fixed length pipe modeling

    Route fixed length pipe more easily and produce detailed material takeoffs (MTOs). AutoCAD Plant 3D supports AWWA, BPE, and other piping catalogs that typically contain fixed-length pipes. 

  • P&ID data validation

    Route piping from the P&ID, and check the 3D piping model against the P&ID. Select a piping component from the P&ID, and it goes right from the piping spec into the 3D model. Validate the 3D model against the P&ID at any time and view the difference report.

  • Orthographic drawings and piping isometrics

    Create orthographic drawings from a model for more consistency across the drawings. The software creates piping isomterics automatically, as needed. Tools in AutoCAD Plant 3D display when you need to update an orthographic drawing due to changes in the plant model.

  • Import Inventor equipment models

    Place simplified Inventor 3D CAD software models into AutoCAD Plant 3D models and intelligently connect piping. Update the Inventor model, as needed, and check piping connections for consistency

  • Bills of materials (BOMs)

    Create BOM tables and linked annotations when creating orthographic drawings. Customize project-specific table formats, as needed.