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Did you miss the chance to watch “Plant 3D Virtual Community Meetup” live from Autodesk University 2019 in Las Vegas last week?

You can catch-up with those that did with the recording and the presentation added to the Plant 3D Virtual Community Meetup Resources Store.

Click on the image below to go to the resource store.


Plant 3D with the Experts video series has a new video for the month of October!

When helping customers we often answer questions that can be commonly found through various resources online. This month’s video provides information on where to get help for various issues or questions you might have while using AutoCAD Plant 3D.

Listed here are all the links mentioned in the video for your reference.

AutoCAD Plant 3D Help

AutoCAD P&ID Forum

AutoCAD Plant 3D Forum

AutoCAD Plant 3D / P&ID Ideas

AutoCAD Plant 3D Knowledge Network

AutoCAD YouTube – Plant 3D Videos

Autodesk University – AutoCAD Plant 3D Courses[0]=urn:adsk.content:content:b6bb09cc-0b88-4037-8bc9-6630482da151

In the Pipes

AutoCAD Plant 3D Training and Tutorials

How to get technical support for an Autodesk product




There will be an important maintenance event for Plant Collaboration Services on Production servers on Oct. 12 (Saturday) which will affect:

  • Plant Collaboration Projects
  • Revit P&ID Modeler


When is this happening?

On Saturday, Oct. 12th, from 12:00 AM to 02:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7).

Please don’t work on your Plant Collaboration projects during this time.


Who will be affected?

Everyone using Plant Collaboration Services.

Plant Collaboration Services will be inaccessible, which affects all operations on Collaboration Projects via AutoCAD Plant 3D and Revit that require accessing Plant Collaboration Services.


What is happening and why?

This is to update the hardware configurations the Plant Collaboration Services for better capacity.


To determine the version of a Plant 3D / P&ID project, just open the project.xml file and check the <ProjectVersion>…</ProjectVersion> Tag. Instead of … you will find one of the following:

projectversion xml created by Plant or P&ID version
92 2018 or 2019 or 2020
91 2017
9 2016
8 2015
7 2014
6 2013
5 2012
4 2011
3 2010
2 2009
1 2008

Wow. I just have announced the updates for 2019 and 2020 in this blog and now there is another one: Plant 3D Update 2018.2. You can reach either by your Autodesk Desktop App or via Autodesk Account.

And here are some information about this Update.

So, it is really worth to install it. 🙂


Good news. 🙂 Autodesk Plant Support has started a new Plant 3D Video Blog Series which are now available on YouTube.

See this link to get more information about this series.

And here is the playlist of this series. Currently there are two uploaded videos: one which explains a bit the purpose of this video blog series and the other one is a general introduction for AutoCAD Plant 3D.

This playlist will be updated on a monthly base.

The updates 2020.1 and 2019.2 are published. Reach out for them either via your Autodesk Desktop App or in Autodesk Account.

See here the release notes:

For the update 2020.1 there is no need this time to install the plain AutoCAD Update 2020.1. It is already included in the Plant Update.

Note that there is a new command available for Collaboration projects now which is PLANTAUDITDATABASE” to make it possible for project administrators for auditing a project database in the Cloud.


AutoCAD Plant 3D and AutoCAD P&ID users please refer this article that contains information regarding Autodesk Identity Services moving to TLS 1.2 on August 3.

Transport Layer Security (TLS): Updates Required to Maintain Software Access

This applies to  single-user subscribers using certain version of AutoCAD Plant 3D and AutoCAD P&ID listed below; customers using software or versions not listed and customers using perpetual or multi-user (network) licenses will not be affected.

AutoCAD P&ID 2014, 2015, 2016

AutoCAD Plant 3D 2014, 2015, 2016




Although most of you are familiar with AutoCAD Plant 3D Isometric styles, within those styles is another level of organization called “themes” that may not be obvious as to their purpose.  I recorded this short video to explain how themes work within an isometric style, and show how to create your own theme, enjoy!

Caution: Even though AutoCAD Plant 3D Project Setup allows you the ability to customize quite a bit in the software, there are times when a setting must be directly modified in one of the project files (as shown in the video above).  Whenever you find that you need to resort to manually editing files you should follow good housekeeping practices:

  • Make a backup of the file(s) before performing any edits,
  • Only change one variable/section at a time and then test to validate your changes,
  • Document your changes using comments within the file.
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