Autodesk is bringing modern 3-D modeling to the design of mainstream process plants with the introduction of its new Plant 3D 2010 software, used for modeling piping and infrastructure. The software, built on the familiar AutoCAD platform, is aimed at small teams facing tight time and budget constraints in their efforts to retrofit existing plant facilities, spearhead plant expansions or conduct on-going maintenance.
Compared to the majority of existing plant design tools in this category, which are expensive and highly complex, AutoCAD Plant 3D leverages the familiarity of AutoCAD and the popularity of the .dwg file format to help teams more easily share design information and meet their goals in an timely fashion, according to Robert Shear, Autodesk’s senior industry manager for process and power. “With AutoCAD Plant 3D, you can design the plant so you can see clashes and conflicts digitally before they become steel or concrete,” Shear explains.
To accompany the release, Autodesk also launched AutoCAD Exchange, a new community for plant designers and engineers. The site encourages visitors to network, enhance professional skills, engage in discussions and interact with experts, sharing tips and experiences on global plant design efforts.
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