AutoCAD Plant 3D training course for beginners, teaching how to build and maintain 3D process plant models, and create content for use in 3D process plant models.
The AutoCAD Plant 3D toolset is used by designers and engineers to model and document process plants in 3D. Our AutoCAD Plant 3D course provides a thorough grounding in the application and its key features. Sessions include:
- Building steel structure models.
- Creating equipment models.
- Create piping components.
- Project configuration.
- Working with data and using the Data Manager.
- Isometrics, orthographics and catalogues.
Been furloughed? You can still participate in training without this affecting your furloughed status, as confirmed on gov.uk.
In-class or online
In-class courses are now available to book again. We’re taking comprehensive measures to ensure your health and well-being – fewer people in-class, you won’t sit next to another person, comprehensive cleaning. To read more, see Covid-19 measures.
You can participate in this course online, from your place of work or home, at a discounted price. To read about how this works, see Live online training.
Upcoming course dates
Accredited AutoCAD Plant 3D training
Armada is an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our AutoCAD Plant 3D training courses are accredited by Autodesk.
AutoCAD Plant 3D courses are hosted by Stewart Cobb, an Autodesk Certified Instructor.
How will I learn?
AutoCAD Plant 3D training is hands-on and practical.
Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running AutoCAD Plant 3D.
There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.
AutoCAD Plant 3D training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A comprehensive training guide for AutoCAD Plant 3D, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited AutoCAD Plant 3D training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
After course support
Following AutoCAD Plant 3D training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their AutoCAD Plant 3D trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
Delegates should be familiar with the fundamentals of standard AutoCAD. If you don’t have this knowledge, we recommend you attending AutoCAD Essentials training first.
A basic knowledge of process or piping industry practice is beneficial but not essential.
AutoCAD Plant 3D version
Training is based primarily on AutoCAD Plant 3D 2021. It is relevant to all recent versions of AutoCAD Plant 3D, from 2013.
Our guarantees to you
- A price guarantee that you’re getting the best value for money.
- A training guarantee that you’ll learn the concepts and skills you need.
On-request AutoCAD Plant 3D training available
AutoCAD Plant 3D training is available on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group, hosted at one of our centres, your venue or online.
On-request AutoCAD Plant 3D training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing. Please contact us for a quote.
Payment for AutoCAD Plant 3D training can be made bank transfer or card.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.
For further details, see training course payment options.
Cancellations and transfers
You can cancel a booking on a scheduled training course, or transfer to a later course, without penalty providing you give us 10 working days’ notice. Any fees already paid will be refunded.
If you cancel a booking on a scheduled AutoCAD Plant 3D training course giving less than 10 working days’ notice, or request a transfer to a later course, a cancellation/transfer fee is payable. The fee charged depends on the notice period given. For details, see cancellation terms.
Different terms apply for the cancellation or postponement of an on-request course (one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group). For details, see course cancellations.
Terms and conditions
Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.
Stewart began his working life as a junior draughtsman, and progressed through to Design Director leading a studio of designers working on both 2D and 3D projects.
He then worked for himself for over 25 years, completing around 100 design projects per year for a myriad of clients, including household names such as Vauxhall and McDonalds.
More recently, Stewart’s focus has been on training. He has been an Autodesk Certified Instructor since 2010, hosting courses in AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, AutoCAD Plant 3D and SketchUp.
In between courses, Stewart uses these applications professionally when carrying out project work for clients. Using the applications regularly helps him to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices. He also specialises in the production of photorealistic rendered images and visualisations using renderers including V-Ray.
Outside of work, Stewart enjoys music (he runs the sound desk for a number of local bands), reading and playing with any new piece of technology he can lay his hands on!
Session 1: Introduction to AutoCAD Plant 3D
- Working on a project
- AutoCAD Plant 3D user interface
- Different workspaces in AutoCAD Plant 3D
- Invoking commands in AutoCAD Plant 3D
- AutoCAD Plant 3D Dialog Boxes
- Opening a drawing that is not in the project
Session 2: Creating projects and P&IDs
- PROJECT MANAGER
- Creating a new AutoCAD Plant 3D project
- Defining a P&ID
- Validating a drawing
- Editing a drawing
- Adding intelligence to custom P&ID symbols
Session 3: Creating structures
- Creating a grid
- Setting the representation of the structural member
- Adding members
- Creating stairs, railings, ladders, plates/grates, footings
- Editing the structural members
- Visibility options
- Exchanging data with other applications
Session 4: Creating equipment
- Placing equipment in a drawing
- Adding vessels, heat exchangers, pumps, heaters
- Creating a customised equipment
- Modifying equipment
- Converting solid models into equipment
- Converting Inventor models into equipment
- Attaching and detaching objects
- Adding nodules
Session 5: Editing specifications and catalogs
- Gelling Started with the Spec Editor
- Working with Spec Files
- Working with the Catalog Editor
- Creating a new catalog from an existing catalog
- Adding a new part to a catalog
- Modifying the Branch Table
Session 6: Routing pipes
- Selecting a Spec
- Working with the Spec Viewer
- Routing a pipe
- Creating branches
- Creating a weld connection
- Creating Autodesk Connection Point
Session 7: Adding valves, fittings and pipe supports
- Adding valves and fittings
- Adding pipe supports
- Insulating a pipe
- Modifying the pipe components using grips
- Validating a 3D model
Session 8: Creating isometric drawings
- Isometric drawing types
- Creating a quick isometric drawing
- Creating a production isometric drawing
- Placing Iso messages and annotations
- Exporting a pipe component file
- Configuring isometric drawing settings
Session 9: Creating orthographic drawings
- Generating the first view
- Creating the adjacent view
- Adding annotations and dimensions
- Locating a component in the 3D model
- Editing a drawing view
- Adding grips to pipes
- Generating Bill of Material
- Creating BOM annotation
Session 10: Managing data and creating reports
- Viewing data in the DATA MANAGER
- Modifying the display of data
- Zooming to plant objects
- Editing data in the DATA MANAGER
- Placing annotations in P&ID using the DATA MANAGER
- Filtering information in the data table
- Exporting data from the DATA MANAGER
- Importing data to the DATA MANAGER
- Viewing DATA MANAGER reports
- Working with the Report Creator
Live online training
Live online training lets you participate in a real AutoCAD Plant 3D course from your place of work or home.
We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:
- See and hear our trainer, and see the other delegates participating in the AutoCAD Plant 3D training…
- Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
- Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.
We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…
- Online AutoCAD Plant 3D courses are presented by Autodesk Certified Instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
- You receive comprehensive training materials.
- Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using AutoCAD Plant 3D.
- If you don’t have access to AutoCAD Plant 3D software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
- You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.
When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.
All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.
For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.