How to import a CADWorx model into START-PROF Piping Stress Analysis Software

What is CADWorx

CADWorx is one of the frequently used plant design software developed by Hexagon. It creates a semi-intelligent model using a specification based application.

Since this software is widely used for plant design, creating an interface with CADWorx with START-PROF is highly beneficial. The Stress Analysis Software Start-Prof provides an import feature so that the model can be directly imported into Start-Prof and can be used as analysis input. This feature not only helps in reducing modeling time but also removes man-made modeling errors completely.

This video shows, how to import a piping model from CADWorx into PASS/START-PROF Piping Stress Analysis Software.

Importing Piping Model from CADWorx to START-PROF

Features of Start-Prof

PASS/START-PROF enabling new users to perform piping systems analysis of any size or complexity in days rather than months. In PASS/START-PROF users can start working immediately, with minimal experience. Companies can put PASS/START-PROF into application immediately after purchase, significantly reducing costs in time saved without compromising on the quality of end results. Even a beginner can deliver good quality pipe stress analysis using PASS/START-PROF with minimal training and guidance.

In PASS/START-PROF, since you will be working with a modern object model, everything is easy and straightforward. Creating piping components like a pipe, bend, reducer, cap, tee, expansion joint, restraint, valve, flange, etc are very simple. Perfect Node numbering as found in other stress analysis software will not bother you. Modifying the created model using copying, rotating, mirroring, node renumbering, cut, copy, paste functions from menubar is quite easy.

Method-1: Importing CADWorx Model into Start-Prof using PCF file

There are several methods of how to import the CADWorx model. In this video, we will show the first method using the PCF file.

Export can be done in three steps:

  • Select the piping in CADWorx and export it into PCF file
  • Open PASS/START-PROF and convert PCF file into CTP file
  • Open CTP file in START-PROF

Video Tutorial to Import CADWorx Model into START-PROF: Method 1-Using PCF File

This video was provided by AECSoft company, the PASS/START-PROF dealer in China.

Method-2: Importing CADWorx Model into Start-Prof using Caesar II Neutral file

There are several methods of how to import the CADWorx model. In this video, we will show the second method using the CAESAR II Neutral Format File.

Export can be done in three steps:

  1. Select the piping in CADWorx and export it into CAESAR II
  2. Convert CAESAR II file into neutral format file
  3. Open neutral format file using PASS/START-PROF

Video Tutorial to Import CADWorx Model into START-PROF: Method 2-Using Caesar II Neutral File

This video was provided by AECSoft company, the PASS/START-PROF dealer in China.

Few more Resources for You..

Piping Stress Analysis using Start-Prof
Piping Stress Analysis Basics
Piping Stress Analysis using Caesar II
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Alex Matveev

Alex Matveev is one of the authors of pipe stress analysis codes GOST 32388-2013 Process Piping, and GOST 55596-2013 District Heating Networks. He is also one of the developers of PASS/Start-Prof software, which is developed since 1965 and used in 95% of process, power, district heating, gas and oil transportation design companies in Russia and CIS countries; it is industry standard in that region. He is the head of the PASS/START-PROF pipe stress analysis software development team. Also, He offers technical support and training for users of their software that number already 3000+, developing since 1965, industry standard in several countries for 50+ years, translated into English in 2017, come out from their domestic market, and started sales for the international market since 2018.

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