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AutoCAD Plant 3D: How To Customize The Line Number To Match A Client Standard

AutoCAD Plant 3D: How To Customize The Line Number To Match A Client Standard

Brian Lister Greetings Readers, and welcome to another edition of Your Plant Buddy. Today’s blogger is Brian Lister. Brian is a Technical Account Manager with Autodesk and has been working at Autodesk since March 2012. Brian’s focus is in the Oil & Gas industry with many of his clients specializing in this field. Based out [...]

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Efficient Xref Management for AutoCAD Plant 3D

Efficient Xref Management for AutoCAD Plant 3D

Jarrod Mudford A successful 3D Model in AutoCAD Plant 3D relies on many efficient foundations. One of these foundations is Xref Management within your project. There is countless number of times that I come across projects that have a poorly managed xref system and the consequences from such a system can cause delays in your [...]

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AutoCAD Plant 3D: What is a Good Model Size?

AutoCAD Plant 3D: What is a Good Model Size?

Good day readers! Thanks for coming to our blog regarding the use of AutoCAD’s Plant 3D Tools. Today’s topic will be model sizes! What is a good model size? Well there are plenty of factors that can affect your models beyond size, such as custom parts, inserted parts from programs like Autodesk Inventor and other [...]

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MAXScript: Improve Viewport Performance with the DWG to 3DS Max Block Cleaner

MAXScript: Improve Viewport Performance with the DWG to 3DS Max Block Cleaner

AKA Optimize Your 3DS Max/Design Scene!! AKA One Of The Most Important Things To Do After Importing DWG Files Into 3DS Max/Design Importing DWG CAD files efficiently is one of 3DS Max’s many bright spots. Unfortunately, the import will bring across some junk that will, depending on the complexity of your scene, significantly slow down [...]

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SmartPLANT Review .NET API Usage Tutorial

SmartPLANT Review .NET API Usage Tutorial

SmartPlant Review .NET API Usage Tutorial By Parrish Husband When I worked as a piping designer, the SmartPlant Review driving and reporting fell into my lap more times than I can remember. Eventually I got to a point where I spent more time setting up VUE sessions and making tag reports than I was designing; [...]

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Polyform Importer: The DWG batch importer for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design

Polyform Importer: The DWG batch importer for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design

I recently released my dwg batch import utility for 3ds Max Design called “Polyform Importer”. The purpose for creating the utility was to solve the problem of only being able to import one file at a time into 3ds Max. In this article, I will show you how to install it and then talk about [...]

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Invasion of the CAD Snatchers!

By on March 12, 2013 in Editorial, News, Plant Software with 3 Comments
Invasion of the CAD Snatchers!

So I am sitting there working away in my little corner on Friday when all of a sudden, the live chat room became engulfed in the flame (pun intended?) of heated discussion that involved the Intergraph Marketing Machine, Bentley’s OpenPLANT, and how Autodesk’s Plant 3D product intends to dominate mid level market at a time [...]

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The Microeconomics of Plant Design

By on January 13, 2013 in Editorial, News, Plant Software with 1 Comment
The Microeconomics of Plant Design

I have to admit to one thing: I really didn’t like the economics classes I had in college. Maybe it was the fact that I was broke most of the time and the concept of massive economies the size of nations was beyond what I was able to understand at the time. Fast forward to [...]

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The Dreaded Oracle Block Corruption Error

By on December 13, 2012 in Database, Oracle, Smartplant with 5 Comments
The Dreaded Oracle Block Corruption Error

Recently I was hit with the question: (paraphrasing) I just received the error “ORA-01578: ORACLE data block corrupted (file # 11, block # 410112)”. Is there another scenario you can receive this error, without it meaning physical corruption? If there is, I’ve never run into it. In my experience, this has always meant physical block [...]

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AutoCAD Plant 3D Isometrics Tutorial

By on December 10, 2011 in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Plant Software with 4 Comments
AutoCAD Plant 3D Isometrics Tutorial

Autodesk Plant guru Joel Harris breaks down AutoCAD Plant 3D Isometrics for us into easy to swallow, bite sized chunks. Joel presented some of this material to a packed house at Autodesk University 2011. Click on the image to view the tutorial.

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