Get A Boost for Plant 3D


March 26, 2020 | All, Plant 3D, Industrial and Plant

Do you sometimes feel the weight of the world is on your shoulders – or at least the weight of your process plant facility? In some scenarios the tolerances for errors are so small, and sometimes life and safety are at risk. It would help relieve some of the burden if you had an intelligent software tool for design and layout of your process plant facility. This ideal exists in AutoCAD Plant 3D. One of the “specialized toolsets” available with the newest version of AutoCAD, Plant 3D and the other toolsets can simply be downloaded and installed separately from the AutoCAD entitlement.

Most of the benefits of using Plant 3D involve data – what users need and care about most. With Plant 3D you can customize your project setup and add properties that are unique to your situation. Because customization is easier in Plant 3D, process plant facilities continue to move to Plant 3D from other platforms, like AutoPlant.

Out-of-the-box Plant 3D has catalogs and specifications, but they may not represent exactly what your industry requires. In addition there are great reports, but they may not quite fit what your company needs. Customizing these features to fit your needs could take weeks. Fine tuning them could take months. That’s a lot of productive time spent on research and changes or workarounds and fixes. What would be really useful is having someone else spend their time customizing these features to align with your industry-specific needs.

Does your company face the challenges other companies do when adopting new software?

  1. Company goals – When adopting new software, these goals lead to certain expectations . . .
    • Decrease the time it takes to design.
    • Reduce the effort to produce takeoffs and estimates.
    • Improve cost forecasting and bid accuracy.
    • Improve collaboration among teams.
  2. Product knowledge – Someone has to do research and testing to . . .
    1. Evaluate the software.
    2. Decide if the software fits your daily workflow.
    3. Determine if the software works with other tools you have.
  3. Execution strategy – When a software tool is chosen, before it is implemented someone must . . .
    1. Measure the impact it has on the current projects.
    2. Develop customized inhouse training.
    3. Plan the implementation.

Small companies, in particular, rarely have the manpower to address these hurdles. And yet, jumping into implementation without a plan is bound to result in problems down the road from impacts and clashes you didn’t foresee during evaluation.

Figuring out how to use software features may be easy in some cases. In others, it could cost you weeks of productivity to learn them, then another couple of weeks putting them to use. To complicate matters, instead of getting training on software features, end users might create workarounds that become so cumbersome that the software tool is eventually abandoned. The Applied Software team has heard about such scenarios from customers many times. Using the experience gained during implementations of Plant 3D throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Applied experts came up with the idea for a service that provides content and documentation on demand.

Enter Plant 3D Boost, available exclusively through Applied Software. The Plant 3D Boost service was created to fill the need process plant facilities have for optimized plant design. The industry-renowned Applied Plant 3D experts spent their time developing a way for you to get your team up and running faster on Plant 3D. Using an actionable project template, Plant 3D Boost shortens the time required to become productive.

Plant 3D Boost offers you:

  • Valuable content in one package.
  • Better documentation than what is included out-of-the-box.
  • Content guides.
  • Organized work processes.
  • More work in a shorter amount of time.
  • An opportunity to provide input on Plant 3D Boost features and reports.
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The Plant 3D Boost service is offered and managed through a BIM 360 Docs document management portal. Get to work right away using Plant 3D Boost. Here’s how it works.


Choose the features you want to use that best fit your company goals. What do you need in order to implement continuous improvements in your company’s projects?

Applied Software:

  • Explains what customization is required to the out-of-the-box feature(s) you select. You get to test features without investing time on research and configuration. Learn how the feature affects your key required outcomes.
  • Provides a guide to configuration, definitions and project plans, including the timeline and the departments involved.
  • Develops a template so you can implement the feature immediately.
  • Gives you sample projects to use in learning the feature.
  • Provides documentation on the feature which enables your users to learn how to use it.
  • Enables you to measure your staff’s progress and quantify your company’s success in achieving the goals you set year after year.
  • Allows you to create issues and dialog with the Applied Plant 3D experts.

Also available for download are catalogs, project templates, report templates, and specifications. Included at no extra charge will be an installer for custom scripts.

If Plant 3D Boost sounds like just the thing your process plant facility needs for optimized plant design, contact Applied Software today. Plant 3D Boost is sure to lift some of the weight of your process plant facility off your shoulders.

Included content with Plant 3D Boost:

Master feature nameFeature reference #Feature name
Report TemplatesPLNTBST-1P&ID Line List
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-7Tee Pole (Tube and Structural Tub)
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-8Multi-Level trapeze with rod and angle
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-19Clevis Rod with Hanger
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-20Clevis Hanger with Rod and Beam Clamp
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-21Clevis hanger with Rod and Scissor Clamp
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-22Clevis Hanger with Rod and Square Washers
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-23Elbow Hanger with Rod and Beam Clamp
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-24Hexclamp
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-25Hexclamp with Beam Attachment
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-27Hexclamp with Grommets and Beam Attachment
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-28Hexclamp with PVC Sleeve
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-29Hexclamp with PVC Sleeve and Beam Attachment
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-30Kneebrace with Angles
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-31Kneebrace (Inverted) with Angles
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-32Kneebrace (Tiered) with Angles
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-33Kneebrace with Wide Flanges
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-34Kneebrace (Inverted) with Wide Flanges
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-35Kneebrace (Tiered) with Wide Flanges
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-36Roof-Mounted Support
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-37Roof Mounted Support (Single Horizontal)
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-38Roof Mounted Roller 3in – 4in – 6in – 8in
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-39Stanchion Adjustable Pipe
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-40Stanchion Adjustable Pipe with Channel
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-41Stanchion Cradle
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-42Steel Support Angle
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-43Steel Support Angle with Vertical Angle
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-44Steel Support Wide Flange
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-45Steel Support Wide Flange with Vertical Wide Flange
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-46Swivel Ring Hanger with Rod
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-47Swivel Ring Hanger with Rod and Beam Clamp
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-48Swivel Ring Hanger with Rod and Scissor Clamp
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-49Swivel Ring Hanger with Rod and Square Washers
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-50Teepole with Post
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-51Teepole with Channel and Angle
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-52Teepole with Angle
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-53Teepole with Wide Flange
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-54Trapeze on Beam and Column with Hilti
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-55Trapeze on Beam and Column with Angles
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-56Trapeze on Beam and Column with Unistrut
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-57Trapeze on Beam and Column with Wide Flanges
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-58Trapeze (Tiered) on Beam and Column with Wide Flanges
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-59Trapeze with Beam and Angles
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-60Trapeze with Beam and Wide Flanges
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-61Trapeze (Tiered) with Channels and Angle
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-62Trapeze with Hilti
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-63Trapeze with Angles
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-64Trapeze with Angle and Rods
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-65Trapeze with Unistrut
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-66Trapeze with Unistrut and Rods
Steel SupportsPLNTBST-67Trapeze with Wide Flanges


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