Isogen is a widely-used way to automatically generate 2D piping isometric drawings. It is integrated with most major plant design systems, many of which create either the Piping Component File (PCF) or the Intermediate Data File (IDF) as their main data input to Isogen.
Because SmartPlant Isometrics is frequently used in conjunction with other 3D plant design products, its importing capabilities enable you to load piping data from other plant design systems, such as PDS, PDMS and AutoPlant, and then edit the data using the tools available in SmartPlant Isometrics. For example, you can bring as-design isometrics, in IDF or PCF format, up to as-built status, by adding modifications such as vents and drains. When you import piping data, the resulting model is identical to the one that you would create if you were starting from scratch. After import, all SmartPlant Isometrics commands are available: you can route pipe, place components, and detail the isometric as usual, and then generate a new drawing showing your modifications. SmartPlant Isometrics supports single and batch import of piping data files either directly through the SmartPlant Isometrics interface or by using the command line. For more information, see Import piping data.
Prior to importing a PCF or IDF into SmartPlant Isometrics, see Appendix: Considerations for Importing Piping Data.
Exporting Data from SmartPlant Isometrics
SmartPlant Isometrics can export pipeline data, including the piping geometry, materials, and attributes, to Smart 3D. The transfer of as-built data between SmartPlant Isometrics and the Smart 3D design model is a multi-step operation:
Define the required project defaults in I-Configure.
Edit the .xml configuration file to reflect the necessary POD to XMpLant mapping definitions. A sample mapping file is delivered with the software, but it is only intended as starting point. For more information, see Appendix: POD to XMpLant Mapping File Definitions.
Export the piping data from SmartPlant Isometrics to an XML-formatted file for import to Smart 3D.
Import the .xml file data using the appropriate File > Import command in Smart 3D. For more information about importing data into Smart 3D, refer to the documentation delivered with that software.
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