For AseptSoft Core to integrate with Autodesk AutoCAD Plant 3D it reads data regarding the PID Shape Components which are always created by the user in order to classify them and create the runtime engine which can be used to design the Process and the Algorithm.
The ways AseptSoft recognizes the types of PID Shape Components is related to the Plant3D Properties of these shapes, which can be created, edited and deleted using the Project Setup tool from the Home tab of Plant3D.
A PID in Plant3D is mainly built using Assets, Basic Shapes (like Polylines, MTexts, etc) and Pipes.
The classification is done based on the Properties of each Asset as we will describe further on.
Classify as Engineering Item
As shown in the AseptSoft Control property, AseptSoft will classify this Asset as an Engineering Item having the Type ‘Valve’. Thus, it will be exposed to States having the same ‘Valve’ usage. AseptSoft will reclassify the Asset upon every change in this property
If an Asset does not have any assigned value in the AseptSoft Control property, or it is missing that property entirely, AseptSoft will consider that the shape does not represent an Engineering Item. In this case, it will be considered a possible Source or Instrument, and be checked for those cases.
Classify as Instrument
As shown in the Type property, AseptSoft will classify this Asset as an Instrument that measures pressure. AseptSoft will reclassify the Asset upon every change in this property
If an Asset does not have any assigned value in the Type property, or it is missing that property entirely, AseptSoft will consider that the shape does not represent an Instrument. In this case, it will be considered a possible Source and be checked for that case.
Classify as Source
As shown in the SourceContent property, AseptSoft will classify this Asset as a Sourcethat generates for Fluidstream Simulations the ‘Purified Steam’ Flow State. AseptSoft will reclassify the Asset upon every change in this property
If an Asset does not have any assigned value in the SourceContent property, or it is missing that property entirely, AseptSoft will consider that the shape does not represent a Source In this case it will be considered a simple Asset with which it does not interact in any other way than the Fluidstream Simulations passing through it.
The classification of each category from above can be fully customized from the Project Setup within each Plant3D project
You can Create, Rename, Update or Delete any of the Properties of any PID Class.
The properties ‘AseptSoft Control’, ‘Type’ and ‘SourceContent’ used in the examples before can be renamed to any other name that you wish to have. This works because AseptSoft is not looking for that specific name to use for classification. Instead, AseptSoft is looking for any property with any name which have the ‘List’ Property Type, and use specific Selection Lists to take values from.
Example: AseptSoft Control is recognized by AseptSoft as an Engineering Items classification property because it takes values from the ‘AseptSoft Controls’ Selection List Property:
For Instruments classification the targeted selection list is not fixed, and you are free to chose which one to be considered, as we describe in First Time Setup.
For Sources classification the targeted selection list is fixed, to the AseptSoft Fluids selection list.
Both of the lists AseptSoft Controls and AseptSoft Fluids are automatically created and automatically re-created upon user-deletion, but you are always free to add and remove options to the lists.
Selection List Property customization
The Selection List Property used to determine the Class Properties used for classification are not limited in any way. You can create, edit and delete them according to your preferences. You will have to choose them in AseptSoft as your classification Selection Lists. Thus, AseptSoft will know how to recognize the classification Properties, and then classify the Assets based on them.