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February, 2013

The following enhancements have been added to the PipeDesigner 3D software in  this release:

Hanger Points

Hanger Points can now be automatically generated based on parameters you define.  Multiple rules can be defined for hanger spacing, customization of layer type,  elevation, single or double hangers, vertical runs, and hanger symbol.

Trimble quickpen pipedesigner 3d hanger points

 

Additional hanger settings can be defined in this module also. See the online help  system for more details.

Once hangers have been placed, they can be copied, moved, and modified when  required.

Hanger Blocks

You can now insert hanger blocks into Hanger Point Positions. This command is  under PD3D™ Tools / Field Points / Insert Hanger Blocks.

pipedesigner hanger blocks

 

This feature allows you to add hanger blocks to specific hanger points in your  drawing. These blocks are included in your field point export.

Note – The PipeDesigner 3D block library includes several default hanger blocks that  you can insert into your drawing. You can also easily create new hanger blocks that  will also be available for selection in the Hanger Block Insertion window.

Field Points

When you create a field point, the PipeDesigner 3D software retains the  information for the last point you created. This allows you to quickly place  additional points in your drawing.

The Field Points exports now allow you to overwrite an existing export file. It  no longer requires a new file for each export (instead of incrementing the file  name by one character). This creates fewer files to keep your export more  organized.

Routing points are now placed at the center of an elbow (rather than one at  each opening).

Field Point Tooltips are now available. When you hover your mouse over a  point, information pertaining to the point displays on-screen. These settings  are available under AutoCAD Options / PipeDesigner 3D General.

trimble pipedesigner 3d options

 

Annotation Controls

The PipeDesigner 3D software now allows you to have more control over  annotations.

pipedesigner annotation cotrols

 

When you click on an option in the left pane and then go to Advanced Options, you  can define annotation behavior for the selection. This includes overriding the  annotation layer settings in the PipeDesigner 3D® Data Editor.

The settings for this feature are under Options /PipeDesigner 3D Annotation

Price Codes

Price codes set in the PipeDesigner 3D Data Editor pull through to the CAD-side of  the software. Price Codes are displayed in the Part Query, reports, and are included  in exports. These codes can be included in the BOM.

Tag for BOM Attributes

You are now able to view the Tag for BOM Attributes in the Part Query and the  Properties window. These were previously only viewable after the BOM was created.

Pipedesigner bom attributes

 

 

AutoBid® Export/Import Centerline

The PipeDesigner 3D software now allows you to import centerline of pipe and  branches created in the AutoBid® Mechanical software (On-Screen View TakeOff and  Graphical View TakeOff).

Note – This feature will be available in Release 2013 v1 of AutoBid Mechanical in On- Screen View TakeOff, Graphical View TakeOff, and Audit Trail View TakeOff (under the  File menu).

Automatic Reconnection of Pipe

In this release of the PipeDesigner 3D software, when you remove a tee, valve, or  other item from the middle of a run of pipe, the software will attempt to connect the  pipe back together.

Coupling Insulation

The PipeDesigner 3D software now includes insulation for coupling3.

Insulation Graphics

Insulation graphics are now handled more efficiently on smaller graphics and  connectors.

Tekla® BIMsight / Tekla® Structures / IFC

  • When you create an export, the PipeDesigner 3D software retains the  information for the last export you created. This allows you to quickly re-export  whenever necessary.
  • The export now allows you to overwrite an existing export file. It no longer  requires a new file for each export (instead of incrementing the file name by  one character). This creates fewer files to keep your export more organized.

Steel

The PipeDesigner 3D software defaults to the last type and size of steel drawn  previously. This eliminates the need to define it every time you use it in your  drawing.

Additional Modifications

  • Editing a mark in the BOM table now updates the balloon.
  • Autorouting is now available for combo wyes