Plant 3D toolset is included with AutoCAD

By Elizabeth Crofton | CAD

Benefits of the Plant 3D toolset

Plant 3D toolset provided up to a 74% overall productivity gain compared with basic AutoCAD, when these tasks were performed by an experienced AutoCAD user.

About the study

Autodesk commissioned a study that compared basic AutoCAD to the Plant 3D toolset when performing six tasks commonly used by process plant designers. Results showed that the Plant 3D toolset provided up to 74% overall productivity gain* compared with basic AutoCAD, when these tasks were performed by an experienced AutoCAD user.



The 2024 Plant 3D toolset is included with AutoCAD

Create and edit P&IDs and 3D models, and extract piping orthographics and isometrics with an industry-specific toolset for plant design. With the Plant 3D toolset, you can:

  • Collaborate securely in a cloud-based common data environment

  • Speed up and automate P&ID drafting and 3D modeling with in-context commands

  • Automatically create piping isometric drawings directly from the 3D model

Plant 3D toolset features

Speed up your work with the AutoCAD Plant 3D toolset

Collaboration & P&IDs

Collaboration for Plant 3D

Collaborate on plant design models across project teams and maintain compliance requirements—all in a cloud-based common data environment.

Quick P&ID drafting

Use in-context AutoCAD commands to make P&ID drafting easier.


Industry-standard symbol libraries

The Plant 3D toolset is delivered with standard symbol libraries in the tool palettes. These include PIP, ISA, ISO/DIN, and JIS.

Data validation

Quickly identify possible errors by scanning P&IDs for data consistency according to user-definable rules.


Rapid plant modeling in 3D

Quickly create 3D plant models using parametric equipment modeling, structural steel libraries, and project-specific piping specifications using industry standard piping catalogs.


Parametric equipment templates

Create and edit equipment using parametric templates to help you build plant layouts faster.


Structural modeling

Lay out structures, stairs, ladders, and railings using industry-standard steel sections including AISC, CISC, and DIN.


Create project-specific piping specs

Customize piping specifications to meet project-specific requirements. Include industry-standard components as well as customized components.


Piping Documentation

Create and edit piping orthographic drawings

Extract piping orthographic drawings directly from the 3D model and update them as the 3D model is being updated.


Automated production of piping isometrics

Create industry standard/project-standard piping isometric drawings directly from the 3D model.


Automated project-specific reporting

Define report formats for the project and automatically populate the data directly from the 3D model.


BIM model documentation

Work with other industry disciplines to create BIM models for the plant.



Plant 3D Workflows


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Published on June 27, 2023 in .

About the Author

Elizabeth Crofton is a rising Junior at Carnegie Mellon University studying Architecture and Public Policy. She is working as Microsol Resources' Intern to help with marketing of building innovation to discuss new and existing technologies that are reshaping the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.