Project Dalton is our free technology preview of a 1D flow analysis tool that allows you to develop and analyze your complex piping systems and distribution networks. Project Dalton helps you understand how your systems will perform when subjected to different operating parameters and routing options. Project Dalton accepts PCF files as the way to import and describe your piping system. You are able to then set physical and operating parameters for your system and solve for a variety of results, including pressure, velocity, flow rate, mass flow rate, and Reynolds Number. Your results are presented graphically and are available for export and post processing via text files. How cool is that?
The technology preview was supposed to expire on November 12, but like a last-minute phone call from the governor, project participants have been granted a reprieve. The team has decided to collect additional feedback. The team provided me with an updated build that I posted to the Autodesk Labs site. This update extends the technology preview to May 6, 2015. In addition to a stand-alone program, you can access the Dalton functionality from within Revit MEP and AutoCAD Plant 3D with native Revit or Plant geometry without needing to export designs into PCF.
We make technology previews available via Autodesk Labs, so that we can get your feedback. We need affirmation for the technology to take the next step. Remember that downloading something, trying it, liking it, but not telling us, is the same as not trying it.
Deadline extension is alive in the lab.