AVEVA PDMS and AVEVA E3D are advanced computer-aided design (CAD) software packages used in the process, power, and marine industries for designing and modeling complex plant and piping systems. These software packages are considered industry-standard tools for plant design and modeling, and they are widely used in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) industry.
PDMS was first introduced in the early 1980s and has been widely used in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and power industries for the design, construction, and maintenance of large-scale plants and facilities. It allows engineers to create 3D models of plant systems, including piping, equipment, and structural components, and provides tools for designing and analyzing these systems. PDMS works with several file extensions such as .rvm, .rvs, and .pdms.
E3D is a more advanced version of PDMS and offers more advanced features and capabilities. It has a more modern user interface and is based on a more flexible data model that allows for greater customization and integration with other software tools.
Both PDMS and E3D are used for a wide range of engineering and design tasks, including piping design, equipment layout, structural design, electrical design, and 3D visualization. They also offer a wide range of import and export file formats, allowing for data exchange and collaboration with other software tools used in the EPC industry.
In recent news, AVEVA PDMS is gradually being phased out and will be removed from the market by 2024, to be replaced by AVEVA E3D Design. This migration is being done to provide customers with more advanced features and capabilities and better interoperability with other software tools used in the EPC industry.
AVEVA PDMS works with the following file extensions:
- .rvm : AVEVA Plant Design Management System Model
- .rvs : AVEVA Plant Design Management System Project
- .pdms : AVEVA PDMS Document
RVM file format can be saved in both binary and ASCII format. The RVM file supports entities such as:
- All geometry
- Attributes stored on groups
- Textures (via RVS file)
- Cameras and camera tracks (via RVS file)
- Clip planes (via RVS file)
- Signs (via RVS file)
- Tags (via RVS file)
- Labels (via RVS file)
- Translucency (via RVS file)
- PDMS origin points
The file extension used by Aveva E3D is .e3d. This is the default file format for 3D models created in Aveva E3D, and it can contain all the necessary data for the plant design, including piping, equipment, and structural components, as well as data for 2D drawings, reports, and other design documents. The .e3d file can be opened and edited in Aveva E3D, as well as in other software tools that support the format, such as AVEVA Review, AVEVA Model, and AVEVA Engage.
Aveva E3D supports a wide range of import and export file formats, allowing for data exchange and collaboration with other software tools used in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) industry. Some of the common file formats that can be imported and exported by Aveva E3D include:
- AutoCAD (.dwg, .dxf)
- MicroStation (.dgn)
- Navisworks (.nwd, .nwf)
- PDMS (.rvm, .cdb)
- SolidWorks (.sldprt, .sldasm)
- STEP (.stp, .step)
- IGES (.igs, .iges)
- STL (.stl)
- VRML (.wrl)
CAD Interop distributes several software solutions for viewing, converting, and comparing Aveva files. Below is a list of our solutions compatible with Aveva.