Correct PCF file format for SmartPlant PCF to AutoPIPE Translator

I'm trying to import model of piping prepared in Autocad 3D Plant to Bentley AutoPIPE using PCF-file.  SmartPlant PCF to AutoPIPE Translator generates an NTL file, which can be successfully imported to AutoPIPE, but in the new model lacks many of parameters (there's no wall thicknesses, no materials, no pressures and temperatures). Only outside diameters of piping are good transferred. I've tried to manually change PCF file, but it wasn't an good idea. Could someone show me an example of PCF file which has all basic piping's data and can be correct imported to SmartPlant PCF Translator, and to AutoPIPE after that? Any suggestions about how to configure Autocad 3D Plant to get an correct PCF file will be also very helpful.

  • Hello Dudiw, 

    As you know, the imported information is only as good as the information contained in the PCF file. If the PCF file is poorly written then one can still import that file into AutoPIPE and with the power of AutoPIPE's input grids, selection tools, etc.. quickly adjust the model to the correct settings. 

    You do not mention what version of AutoPIPE you are using. I would suggest that you use the most recent version of the program, v., released Oct 2019. This version installs PCF translator v. The PCF translator has been updated with a lot of really nice features to help poorly written PCF files. The import process specifically asks for Material selection if none is mentioned in the PCF file. You can also Map this information for future imported models. 

    IF you do not already know, I have created a WIKI page for the PCF translator issues here that contains copious amount of information to address many issues. Some of which you mentioned (wall thickness).


    Mike Dattilio
    Bentley Systems Design Analyst
    Design Engineering Analysis group