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Lynn Levy and Sankar Ganesh are Senior Principle Engineers in the Autodesk Plant Solutions group. They have both been part of this team since it formed in 2006.
Lynn is the lead developer on the Tag and Annotation features of AutoCAD P&ID, and has also worked extensively on the fundamentals that allow Plant products to interact well with AutoCAD features. Lynn has been with Autodesk since 1993, working on the AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map, and now the Autodesk Plant Solutions team. (Sparkle has been an Autodesk code-review cat since 1998.)
Before joining the Plant team, Sankar was a Software Developer for 8 years on the AutoCAD team. He is the lead developer for many of the key features of AutoCAD Plant 3D and AutoCAD P&ID, including Project Setup, the Project Manager, Migration, Workspaces, and others.
06-03-2010 10:10amQuestion #1why can't i open 2010 lt files in 2004 lt?
June 03 2010Reply to Question #1
You can open the older version (2004 LT) files in the newer versions (2010 LT) but not the vice versa. This is the expected behavior in any application.
06-07-2010 12:30pmQuestion #2
The setup instals XML's on the c:\programdata\autodesk\contentpacks containing XML with patch to c:\AutoCAD Plant 3D 2011 Beta 2 Content where the catalogs are. Changing the location of the catalogs (network for example) or the XML's pad do not have the appropiate results.
How can I control my location for this content?
June 07 2010Reply to Question #2
I'm not 100% sure from your question whether you want to install the content to a different location during the installation procedure, or move it after the installation.
If you want to move it after installation, we don't really have a UI for that, but there is a workaround that you could try.
- Copy the content folder to your desired location.
- Modify the registry entry as in the attached image.
Be aware that if you relocate the files after installation, then the UnInstall process will not be able to find and remove them.
To use a network path, either during installation or with this workaround, make sure you are connected and have write permissions on the network for install/uninstall.
If you are having a problem not resolved by my answers, please write back with some more detail.
Hope this helps.
06-08-2010 05:16amQuestion #3HELP! I sprayed to much insecticide on my garden and the leaves are starting to droop. is there any way i can reverse the damage done!?
June 08 2010Reply to Question #3You may want to try UNDO command to reverse the damage done on the Plants. If that doesn't work, try RECOVER command. :-)
06-10-2010 05:59pmQuestion #4
I would like to model and identify existing piping componentry on a brown field project. What is the simplest way to isolate existing piping components ensuring they are not included in Bills of Material etc.
June 11 2010Reply to Question #4
There is a property called "Status" on all Engineering Items. If you set the value to "Existing", then these lines will be dotted on the ISO, and will not appear in the BOM on the ISO.
To change the value, open the Data Manager, and scroll about 2/3 of the way to the right hand side.
You can also use this value to filter the view in the Data Manager. There are a variety of approaches to filtering Data Manager information. Try this one: Right click on the column head of the 'Status' column in the Data Manager. In the "Filter For.." box, fill in ='Exsiting'
This will cause the Data Manager to show only rows with the Status property equal to Existing. You could also show rows that are not equal to Existing using <>'Existing'
Hope this helps!
06-14-2010 02:16amQuestion #5Is there a Plant 3D user's manual in microsoft word format ?
June 14 2010Reply to Question #5
The AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010 User’s Guide is not available in Microsoft Word format, but it is available in CHM and PDF formats (Select add/remove features from install, and select "Documentation" link, to get the PDF files).
It is also available online at http://www.autodesk.com/autocadplant3d-help.
06-16-2010 03:16pmQuestion #6
I'm using AutoCAD 2011 & after I insert a pdf document (by way of Insert / pdf underlay) everything in my drawing moves extremely slow. Like if I had a computer from the 80's. My computer is brand new with top of the line NVIDIA video card. My virtual memory is good and my AutoCAD option setting are not max out.
June 18 2010Reply to Question #6
This is more of a question for the general AutoCAD product, rather than for the Plant product. I recommend that you re-post this question on the AutoCAD "Ask the Expert" board, which you can find at:
Thanks for writing to us,
06-21-2010 03:45amQuestion #7
I'm using AutoCAD 2009 with Solid 3d modeling is it possible to convert this
into something you can use on other formats such as PDMS or PDS
June 21 2010Reply to Question #7
This is a general AutoCAD question, rather than a Plant question. I recommend that you repost this question on the AutoCAD "Ask the Expert" site, which you can find at:
If you have some questions about AutoCAD Plant, we'd be happy to answer.
06-28-2010 02:21amQuestion #8
i am using p&id within autocad plant 3d.
i have created a new tank and when i draw a line from it or to it, the line does not pick up the 'from' and 'to' information.
Do you have any ideas why this is happening?
June 28 2010Reply to Question #8
The only time I have seen this happen is when the Symbol Settings for the tank has had the "Join Type" property set to "No Join".
The "Join Type" setting indicates how the part is meant to be associated with a line that it touches. For example, an "inline" join type means that the part does not break the line segment when it is inserted into an existing line. An "endline" join type is expected to terminate the line at one end or the other. A "segment breaker" part breaks the line segment, but not the line number (aka group), when it is inserted. Etc. The differences in these settings can be subtle.
If you select "no join" as the Join Type, it means that no connection is established between the part and any line that may touch it. If no connection is established, then you don't get To/From information. Usually, equipment should have the "endline" join type.
Is it possible you have set your tank to "no join"?
To check, raise the Project Setup dialog by right-clicking the project and selecting "Properties" from the menu. Browse the tree to: P&ID Dwg Settings/P&ID Class Definitions/Engineering Itemes/Equipment/Tanks/YourTank, then press the "Edit Symbol" button. This will raise the Symbol Settings dialog.
See the attached image.
Hope this helps,
06-28-2010 07:11amQuestion #9
How can I add a Actuator to a Valve in 2010 spec editor? In the part edit I see just a default actuator applied with a list with no more than 1 item. Where does this apply, inthe catalog, or in the spec. and how?
June 30 2010Reply to Question #9
Congratulations on stumping me on my last day as an Expert! Our Spec and Catalog expert is out this week, but I'll try to get you an answer when he returns if I am still able to post responses then, or you might try reposting you question again when the July experts come online.
I'm sure others would also be interested in the answer to your question.
Thanks for asking,
06-29-2010 07:05amQuestion #10
I have a couple of questions for Plant 3D 2010. First i am getting few Fatal Errors while trying to execute some commands. I just wanted some direction to solve these issues.
1. Fatal Error: Unhandled e0434f4dh exception at fddoaa7dh. (This happens when i select a piece of equipment and right click and go to "Modify Equipment")
2. Unhandled Exception FFFFFFFFC0000005 (Access violation Reading 0x0000) at address 3fbe9ce2h. (This happens when i click on a file under plant 3d drawings in the project manager)
- Also when drafting a large plant would you recommend drawing large parts of a plant and then X-Ref those drawings into one DWG? Or is it best to just draw the entire plant in one large DWG all together?
June 30 2010Reply to Question #10
With respect to the errors; it is very difficult to give you a concrete answer based on just this information, even though your descriptions are quite good. The best thing to do when you experience these types of errors is to respond to the Error Reporting dialog by sending the error information directly to Autodesk. Any information you add in the dialog about what you were doing when the error occurred is included in the report that Autodesk receives, and it helps us to track down the problem. Do send the information each time an error occurs, even if it is the same error. The number of "hits" helps us to determine which errors our users are seeing most often, so that they get the appropriate attention.
With respect to the XREF question: I can't make an outright recommendation since everyone's situation is different, but I can give you some information that might help you decide.
AutoCAD can get a bit sluggish during operations like pan and zoom when viewing a very large drawing file in 3D. To improve this, one option is to switch back and forth between wireframe and realistic views. Alternatively, you can break up your project into smaller drawings. Each smaller drawing will be more responsive, but the master drawing (into which the other drawings are xref'ed) will have the sluggish response. If the master drawing is used for reference, not editing, this can be an acceptable trade-off.
Something to keep in mind is whether you will need to create direct connections between the drawings, for example, a pump in 1.dwg connected to piping in 2.dwg. Cross-drawing connections are possible across xref'ed drawings, but only when the reference drawing is inserted at the origin, and the ports in the two drawings are coincident. So, if cross-drawing connections are needed, you will be doing things like xref'ing 2.dwg into 1.dwg. You will need to think ahead about positioning your parts so that all the drawings are in "real" coordinates relative to one another, allowing all your supplementary xref connections to be at origin.
Hope that's clear.