The following is a compiled list of preferred methods for companies who wish to deploy an environment for CADWorx projects.

List of CADWorx required support files. 

  • CADWorx configuration file.  The default configuration files are located in C:\CADWorx 2016\Plant\System\ with a file extension of *.cfg.  This file controls for the user how the piping methods of CADWorx are used, as well as which specifications they can use for piping.  Typically for a project that is networked, this file would be located in the model directory on the network, so that any *.dwg's that are inside that directory that are accessed by the user will automatically pull the configuration file that is inside that directory.
  • CADWorx Catalog and Project file.  These files have an extension *.cat and *.prj respectively.  The catalog is a database of values that control dimensional properties and other custom data fields for components.  The project file contains all of the specifications, and controls how those database of values from the catalog is configured into a single CADWorx component with descriptions that the user wants to see in AutoCAD. There is generally one major catalog that contains all of the types of parts a company could use.  A project may be global as well, or it may be specific to each actual project that it is being used on.  The project file which contains the piping specifications is generally used by multiple designers at the same time.  Both of these files can be located on the network, where the CADWorx configuration file points to that directory.

List of general CADWorx deployment recommendations.

  • Move all piping and steel specs, catalogs and libraries to the server and remove from local machines to avoid users from being able to select incorrect items.
  • Set the ISOGEN directory at a high level on a network with each ISOGEN Project and ISOGEN styles in it.  Point all users to that ISOGEN folder for ISO production 
  • Have all users connect to that ISOGEN directory, and then remove the i-configure.exe from any user who should not be able to edit an iso style.
  • Remove the CADWorx Specification Editor from any users's machine who should not be able to edit a specification.
  • Use the Sheet Set Manager.  Have a pre-configured project folder group that is set up to use the Sheet Set Manager, with every project discipline contained in those directories. That way, getting ready to deploy new projects is more streamlined.
  • Move drawing templates to a folder on the server and set CADWorx Profiles in AutoCAD for users to use the default template for all new drawings. Template file should include: 
    • Project border
    • Text styles, fonts, layers, etc. 
  • Place the CADWorx configuration file (CFG) in model folder, (this works best if all models are stored in one folder so a single CFG can be maintained). To best use this method a project should consist of a single model folder and disciplines should be distinguished by name rather than breaking into separate folders. This will avoid having the CFG in multiple locations and possibly get out of sync. 
  • Place the CFG in a read only location for the typical user and either train the users to make sure they select the proper CFG for the project they’re working on or set up a project specific CADWorx/AutoCAD profile icon for each project set to use the proper CFG for that project.