When importing a PCF I receive "WARNING: MISSING FLEXIBLE JOINT DATA." What is the required data, even if it's unique to AutoPipe?

I have created a couple of pipe examples in AutoPIPE using Flexible joints.  One exactly vertical and One exactly horizontal.  After exporting the model to a PCF and using the PCF translator on the created PCF file, the model comes in with the pipes offset instead of strait.  The message file give the message: "WARNING: MISSING FLEXIBLE JOINT DATA."  what parameters are missing that I need to include to get a flex component to come in correctly from the PCF file?

  • Greetings Kevin, 

    AutoPIPE's export PCF file is really about sending out geometry and not specific details of individual components as seen in an AutoPIPE model. Perform the following:

    1. With AutoPIPE model open, export PCF file.

    2. Save the file as "AutoPIPE Batch (*.NTL) with file name Flex.ntl

    3. Open the PCF translator and translate the file into a DAT file.

    4. Open the model's folder location, open both files with extension *.NTL at the same time in any text editor application. 

    5. Notice the different information in each file. The Save as NTL file correctly captures all of the Expansion Joint's specifications, where the exported PCF file only captures simple geometry. Thus leaving AutoPIPE translator to use default values for missing data, as indicated by the message you are referring to above.

    Recommend to only use Export PCF file to send model geometry to another cad application, and to use save to NTL as a way of round tripping the model.

    Mike Dattilio
    Design Analysis Engineering Group Senior Analyst Bentley Systems Inc

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  • HI Kevin,

    Are you trying to import a PCF file that was originally exported by AutoPIPE or was it exported by another program?


    Jessica Alegre

    This is a test