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Easy-to-use piping design software

Plant Design Suite is a cost-effective solution for plant design layout that helps engineers to design, model, and review plant projects. Learn from the experience of AutoCAD-trained professionals who can help you to deliver plant projects with easy-to-use and easy-to-learn tools.

Cloud service available with a subscription or purchase of a perpetual license with maintenance plan.

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    Equipment & skid design

  • Cloud service

    Mechanical design optimization

    ULTIMATE WITH SUBSCRIPTION

    Optimization for Inventor software enables Subscription customers to perform cloud-based analysis. Mechanical engineers can analyze design models, visualize and explore results within Inventor, and minimize workflow disruptions by performing analysis in the cloud as design continues on the desktop.

  • Equipment and skid design

    ULTIMATE

    Design and model equipment and skids with Inventor 3D CAD software. Create more accurate digital prototypes for a wide variety of equipment and skid units such as pumping systems, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, and separators. 

  • Routed systems design

    ULTIMATE

    The Ultimate edition of Plant Design Suite 2016 includes Inventor with Routed Systems 2016 software. More easily design routed elements, including tube, pipe, cable, and electrical harness runs when designing equipment and skids.

    P&ID & piping design

  • Tight integration with Vault New

    STANDARD, PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    Integrate with Vault data management software to improve inter-office project coordination:

    • Collaborate across offices.
    • Receive design update notifications.
    • Manage piping specification and catalogs inside projects.
    • Manage model workflow throughout the project.
  • Electrical raceways and ducting New

    PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    Plant Design Suite includes AutoCAD MEP mechanical, electrical, and plumbing software for modeling electrical raceways and ducting.

  • P&ID creation and management

    STANDARD, PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    Create, modify, and manage piping and instrumentation diagrams with AutoCAD P&ID piping design software. Take advantage of faster piping—insert industry-standard symbols (PIP, ISA, JIS, ISO/DIN) or customized symbols into drawings. Access component and line information while you work.

  • 3D plant and pipe design software

    PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    Experience modern 3D process plant modeling. Create more accurate designs in less time with spec-driven piping and components. Use spec-driven technology and ANSI/ASME (B16) and DIN/ISO catalogs to help meet project requirements.

  • Design, drafting, and plant layout

    STANDARD, PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    AutoCAD design and documentation software is included in every edition of Plant Design Suite for general design, drafting, and plant layout design.

  • Isometric and orthographic documentation

    PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    Generate piping isometric and orthographic drawings and documentation with AutoCAD Plant 3D software. Produce more accurate documentation throughout the process.

  • Fixed length pipe modeling

    PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    Route fixed length pipe more easily with functionality in AutoCAD Plant 3D plant design software. Plant Design Suite supports AWWA, BPE, and other piping catalogs. 

  • Weight/Center of Gravity (COG) calculations

    PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    Use AutoCAD Plant 3D software to more quickly identify Center of Gravity (COG) for piping components and networks and produce COG reports.

    • View the COG location in 3D as the properties display the x,y,z location, as well as the total weight of the selected components.
    • Edit the COG location of individual components for custom parts, such as extended valve operators.
    • Generate COG reports in PDF, Excel, or HTML files.
  • Bill of Materials (BOM)

    PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    Use AutoCAD Plant 3D software to create Bill of Materials (BOM) tables and linked annotation from 3D models when creating orthographic drawings. By selecting the view, you can customize a predefined BOM table to better comply with client standards, then place it anywhere on the drawing.

  • Reality capture

    STANDARD, PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    Begin your design process in context from existing environments with ReCap reality capture software and services. ReCap creates 3D data from laser scans and photos, enabling you to clean, organize, and visualize massive datasets more easily.

  • Raster-to-vector conversion

    STANDARD, PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    Plant Design Suite includes AutoCAD Raster Design software to more easily incorporate design information from scanned drawings, maps, satellite images, aerial photos, and raster images, then convert them to DWG™ files.

    Structural design & detailing

  • Structural design workflow

    PREMIUM, ULTIMATE WITH SUBSCRIPTION

    Perform preliminary structural layout within AutoCAD Plant 3D plant design software. Transfer the model to Revit Structure for the detail design and structural analysis or, alternatively, use Advance Steel detailing software for structural design and steel detailing. 

    Structural analysis capability is only available with Subscription.

    Advance Steel is not included with Plant Design Suite.

  • Cloud service

    Structural analysis

    PREMIUM, ULTIMATE WITH SUBSCRIPTION

    Structural Analysis for Revit software enables Subscription customers to perform cloud-based structural analysis as part of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. Visualize and explore results within Revit, and minimize workflow disruptions by performing analysis in the cloud as design continues on the desktop.

  • Design and structural detail

    PREMIUM, ULTIMATE

    Model, analyze, and document structures with Revit Structure software.