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Autodesk has introduced AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010, a new software product that brings the benefits of model-based design to mainstream plant-design projects.

Purpose-built for the design, modelling and documentation of process plants, AutoCAD Plant 3D makes modern 3D design more affordable and accessible to project teams of all sizes.

AutoCAD Plant 3D allows project teams to increase productivity and improve accuracy and coordination of shared information.

The vast majority of plant design and engineering projects support the operation, maintenance and expansion of existing facilities.

These projects are typically executed by small teams facing tight time and budget constraints.

AutoCAD Plant 3D is tailor-made to increase the productivity of these teams by reducing setup time, facilitating straightforward information sharing and minimising the impact of changing project information.

Mark Strassman, vice-president of AEC Plant Solutions Group at Autodesk, said: ‘The most common plant design and engineering projects today are retrofits, upgrades and expansions that run on tight budgets and fixed shutdown windows.

‘The teams that execute these projects simply can’t afford to waste time and overheads with complicated solutions.

‘Since AutoCAD Plant 3D leverages the familiarity of AutoCAD and the popularity of the .DWG file format, project teams can get up and running quickly, more easily share design information and finish projects faster.’ AutoCAD Plant 3D features specification-driven design and standard parts catalogues to help streamline the placement of piping, equipment and support structures.

Also included in the product are integrated AutoCAD PandID functionality and quick generation of isometric and orthographic drawings.

The new product joins AutoCAD, AutoCAD PandID and Autodesk Navisworks software products in a line-up of Autodesk products built specifically for the plant design and engineering industry.

Autodesk has also introduced a new community for plant designers and engineers on AutoCAD Exchange.

On AutoCAD Exchange Plant, users can network, learn from experts, enhance professional skills, engage in discussions and provide feedback to Autodesk product teams.

Visitors can create profiles to personalise their experience and share their tips, projects and experiences with other global plant design and engineering professionals.

Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, the global water and wastewater treatment expert headquartered in Singapore, is using AutoCAD Plant 3D Beta 3 on a bid for a water-treatment plant project.

Alan Chew, Veolia CAD manager, said: ‘Our team of CAD and piping engineers is very interested in using a 3D plant-design product that is compatible with the other Autodesk products we use.

‘I am already impressed with AutoCAD Plant 3D’s ease of use; I downloaded the software and started designing the project the very next day.’ Mark McLeod, CAD manager at Energysolutions, said: ‘We use 2D and 3D software to design machined equipment and related buildings.

‘Currently, we are blind to obvious clashes, have duplicate tag numbers, and cannot see our piping designs in 3D model review.

‘As we evaluate AutoCAD Plant 3D, we expect to benefit from correct tagging, 3D model reviews, clash detection, connection to PandID work, orthographics and isometrics.

‘Being able to pass useful data to structural engineering and fabricators will also add a lot of value.’

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