Model piping faster with P&ID Modeler for Revit 2018.1


By Martin Schmid

We are pleased to announce the release of Revit P&ID Modeler for Revit 2018.1.

Revit P&ID Modeler helps you model piping faster and more efficiently using P&IDs (piping and instrumentation diagrams) from a Plant 3D Collaboration project directly within Revit.

A common request from our customers across the building and industrial industry has been to have an intelligent connection between their Revit models and a schematic, or P&ID. The general goal of this feature set is to provide a simplified workflow of generating a model in Revit from a schematic authored with Plant 3D’s P&ID capabilities.

P&ID Modeler connects Revit to P&ID drawings authored with the new Plant 3D 2018 collaboration capabilities powered by BIM 360 Team. This enables collaboration between project team members, and facilitates the model creation process by leveraging information captured at earlier design stages. This helps ensure consistency between the schematic and the model, minimizes manual data entry and input errors, and helps visualize model creation progress.

Note that use of the Revit P&ID Modeler functionality requires a subscription to Autodesk Collaboration for Revit (which includes BIM 360 Team).

The Workflow

In the typical workflow for this functionality, a team will have some members working in Plant 3D, and some working in Revit. Both the Plant 3D and Revit users are working in a shared BIM 360 Team project.

The Plant 3D users produce the P&ID drawings. These drawings are synced to a BIM 360 Team project folder using the Collaboration functionality within Plant 3D 2018. These individuals don’t need Revit to produce the P&IDs.

The Revit users use the P&ID Modeler functionality to produce models derived from the P&ID data, accessible through BIM 360 Team via their Collaboration for Revit entitlement. These individuals don’t need to have Plant 3D installed on their machines.

P&ID Modeler for Revit

Available Now!

You can now download Revit P&ID Modeler with the Autodesk Desktop Application, look for it among the Revit related updates.

view of Autodesk Account page with Revit and P&ID Modeler

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  1. rbolton6R4HV

    I am wondering if this feature is a prelude to process plant design in using Revit instead of Plant 3D or if it's intended primarily for the MEP portion of the flow diagram. Can revit 2018 or upcoming versions handle line numbers, detailed isometrics and more complex piping and equipment?

    1. Sylvia Knauer
      Sylvia Knauer

      It is not uncommon to see our users pushing our products beyond their intended / target usage. We've seen users use Revit on water treatment and other such project types, and was part of the impetus behind this functionality. For P&ID Modeler, the functionality assumes from the P&ID side that line numbers are being used. Revit does not handle line numbers itself, but the tool does provide validation that the elements in the model correspond to the elements in the P&ID. Line numbers are not commonly used in the MEP side of the industry, though we do see some usage of P&ID for the documentation of MEP systems. With regard to Revit handling complex piping systems, you can see some of this capability in this on-demand webinar that touches on how Revit’s detailed piping capabilities can more easily model welded/flanged systems, and more complex connections, such as socket fusion piping, with no add-on software. More info on P&ID modeler is available here:

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    Hi Martin. Thanks for listening to my complaints at the Inside Factory Live! in Shanghai 2016. Let's hope the company will start using this workflow in our new projects! Well done!

  3. kunal.dubey

    Hey, Thanks for the update. Can we also generate the P & ID drawings from the same model, if there is any design change after the first revision?

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