Energy and Engineering: Collaboration with Suppliers and Contractors made easy


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As the global demand for energy has gone up, energy and engineering sector is beefing up its capital expenditure. The oil and gas industry is executing more and more capital projects with the scope of these capital projects being a wide range from oil exploration, production or refining to delivering oil and gas to the market. This sector relies completely on suppliers and contractors hence making it more important to manage these suppliers and contractors to meet the schedule with best quality while reducing operating cost. The suppliers and contractors are of wide range from small fab shops to global engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) around the world.

This rise in capital projects has created a need to systematically manage the collaboration of Owner Operators with their suppliers. These projects are large and complex and can have hundreds of suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors located in different parts of the world. This demands for an increased level of cooperation and collaboration between the owners and suppliers. Given the size of a project and large number of deliverables from each supplier, it has been a challenge to manage each supplier and contractor with every deliverable individually. The current inefficient ways (email, ftp, internal network) for managing the approval process of deliverables and constant back-and-forth of transmittals and contract deliverables increases the risk of misplacing, losing track of right set of deliverables and large documents handling.

With EMC Supplier Exchange, an industry specific SaaS solution especially designed for energy and engineering addresses the key challenge providing secure environment where both owners as well as suppliers and contractors can access the documents and deliverables involved.

This video demonstrates the value of increased project and operational efficiency, lower administrative costs with no extra IT investment, improved productivity and reduced risk of disputes to meet the project schedule.

Thus, EMC Supplier Exchange makes collaboration with suppliers more effective and simpler to manage.

Tips and Tricks: Purge PLDC after restoring backed up network project


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When users are accessing the AutoCAD Plant 3D or AutoCAD P&ID projects from the network server, some data is cached locally. This is done primarily to improve performance of the application in areas where the data is not expected to change frequently.

It is always recommended to back-up the project and it’s drawings. The process to restore a backed up project in very straight forward, just copy the backed up project to original location using Windows explorer. There is no extra step required if you are restoring the project on your local machine. If you are restoring the project to a network location in the same folder as the original project was, then after copying the project, it is necessary to clear the Persistent Local Data Cache (PLDC). This is necessary because the local data chance still has data from old/original project that might not be relevant to the restored project. To clear PLDC, you have to run the PnPLocalDataCachePurger.exe tool. This tool is installed on your system while installing either AutoCAD Plant 3D or AutoCAD P&ID to the install root folder (default location on Windows XP will be C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD Plant 3D 2011).

Purging the local data cache will not delete, remove or corrupt your projects and the cache will rebuild again as soon as a particular project is opened. You can also consider running this tool when you see low disk space on your C drive. This will purge the local cache, so that you can release disk space usually used by completed projects. After PLDC has been cleaned, opening the project and drawing may take longer than usual as the cache will have to be re-built. Usually it will be the first time project is being used after PLDC purge.

This will be a very useful tip for users accessing project on the network.

AutoCAD Plant 3D Content Packs – Downloads


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AutoCAD Plant 3D contains thousands of catalog parts for the Oil & Gas, Chemical Engineering, and Power industries. You can access and update all these though Specs and Catalogs Editor. In addition to all these users can now download content packs that contain catalog parts for specific needs. Several content packs are already available on AutoCAD Plant Exchange that are built by created by third-party vendors.

The content packs that are currently available are:

     PIP specs (Americas)

     AS/NZS Structural Steel Sections Content Pack

     AS/NZS Pipes and Fittings

     GB Piping Content Pack

     JIS/JPI Piping Content Pack

     JIS Steel

     DIN/EN Piping Content Pack

     UK Ductile Iron Pipes and Fittings Content Pack

Readme files associate with each content pack has the details of content available in the pack and how to use it in your product.

To use these content you need to extract the files to the desired location.

Example: For PIP specs available on AutoCAD Plant Exchange; unzip the PIP specs and copy all the PIP specs into the content catalog location. For AutoCAD Plant 3D 2011 use the location: C:\AutoCAD Plant 3D 2011 Content\CPak ASME\ and if you are still using AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010 then use this location: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Autodesk\AutoCAD Plant 3D\Content\Catalogs\

The content packs are developed based on customer requests. If you would like to request specific regional or industry-specific catalog parts for Autodesk’s consideration, contact your reseller or write your request on AutoCAD Plant Exchange Feedback.

AutoCAD Plant 3D 2011 Hotfix 1 and AutoCAD P&ID 2011 Hotfix 1


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Hotfix have been released for some of the critical issues users have been facing. This hotfix applies to the following products that have Service Pack 1 applied.

  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2011 
  • AutoCAD P&ID 2011 

You can find the Hot Fix at following location:

Following are the issues addressed in the Hotfix.

AutoCAD Plant 3D:

  • Creating a project based on another project – Corrected a problem that prevented the creation of a new project based on an existing project.
  • Exporting a filtered report – Corrected a problem that caused all data to be displayed in the exported report instead of only the specified filtered data.
  • Isometric drawings – Corrected a problem that caused the display of a component’s long description at the point of connection between two iso drawings. The drawing number of the connecting drawing is now displayed instead.
  • Incorrect bolt lengths in PCF file – Corrected a problem that caused all bolt lengths to change when a longer bolt was required for a wafer-style valve flange.
  • Assigning a metric actuator as a valve operator (Catalog Editor) – Corrected a problem that prevented assigning a metric actuator as a valve operator.
  • Creating a second actuator (Catalog Editor) – Corrected a problem that prevented the creation of a second actuator.


  • Creating a project based on another project – Corrected a problem that prevented the creation of a new project based on an existing project.
  • Exporting a filtered report – Corrected a problem that caused all data to be displayed in the exported report instead of only the specified filtered data.

The Readme file provides the details on how to apply Hotfix, etc. As mentioned above; make sure you have Service Pack 1 applied for your product before applying the Hotfix.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2010. That’s about 19 full 747s.

In 2010, there were new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 33 posts. There were 4 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb.

The busiest day of the year was April 16th with 115 views. The most popular post that day was AutoCAD Plant 3D wins Product of the Year Gold Award.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for p&id symbols, autocad plant 3d, autodesk plant design suite, p&id drawings, and p&id symbol.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


AutoCAD Plant 3D wins Product of the Year Gold Award April 2010


Workspace in AutoCAD P&ID February 2009


What is a P&ID? (Piping and Instrumentation Drawing) July 2008


AutoCAD Plant 3D; How easy can plant 3D design be? October 2009
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AutoCAD P&ID ‘Join Type’ to control P&ID symbol behavior August 2009

‘Project X’ preview — using Autodesk Plant Design Suite


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Autodesk University starts from tomorrow at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. AEC Plant Solutions has a list of customer engaging events lined up as mentioned earlier. Project X will be presented at the Plant Industry Keynote.

Learn about Project X, a plant model completed in 2 weeks by a team of industry experts using the Autodesk Plant Design Suite.

This is the trailer to the video that will be presented at the Autodesk University 2010 Plant Industry Keynote, on Wednesday, December 1st @ 1:30 PM in “South Seas B” at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. You don’t want to miss it!!

You can access the trailer on YouTube: ProjectX or you can also access the video on AutoCAD Plant Exchange.