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What is plant design software?

Plant Design software is used to help plant engineers and designers to design and build models and digital twins in a 3D plant design environment to model piping, mechanical, HVAC, and electrical components primarily in mining, water and wastewater, process, and power generation, in an open, intuitive, and collaborative environment.

What is the best Plant Design Software​?

Improve your plant design, analysis, and collaborative operations process with comprehensive plant design and engineering software. 

Discover which ones are best for your project. Here are some of our most trusted, best-selling plant design software.

OpenPlant Modeler

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OpenPlant Modeler

Quickly create 3D designs of your plant piping, HVAC, and mechanical and electrical equipment in an open and collaborative digital twin environment.

OpenPlant PID

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OpenPlant PID

Improve plant design and operations with fast, intelligent, and accurate P&IDs you can share across your project using the ISO 15926 open data schema.

Bentley Raceway and Cable Management

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Bentley Raceway and Cable Management

Save time and reduce costs with the first and only integrated application for cable system layout, routing, and material estimating.

PlantSight

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PlantSight

PlantSight fetches data from multiple 3D models including reality meshes in one portal view, allowing rapid access to information.

OpenPlant Isometrics Manager

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OpenPlant Isometrics Manager

Create intelligent isometrics from multiple 3D model sources in a collaborative, interoperable, and stand-alone software.

OpenPlant Support Engineering

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OpenPlant Support Engineering

Get fast and accurate design, modeling, and detailing of support for piping, electrical, and HVAC components.

OpenPlant Orthographics Manager

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OpenPlant Orthographics Manager

Produce faster, higher quality general arrangement drawings by automating extraction of 2D files from 3D models.

AutoPLANT Modeler

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AutoPLANT Modeler

Quickly create intelligent 3D plant designs and models with an integrated, AutoCAD-based application for designing piping, equipment, and raceways.

How to choose Plant Design Software

How does plant design software from Bentley compare to other vendors? How can you tell which products are best for the type of design projects you will be working on? There are different types of plant design software that will help you deliver different types of projects.

Look for these qualities when choosing plant design software

Usability

Plant designs can be complex, but using them shouldn’t be, with our easy-to-use interface for all phases of the design.  

Scalability

Your plant design will grow, so you need a solution that grows with you so you can start small and scale up and deliver detailed plant designs quickly. 

Interoperability

Integrate with multiple design applications faster to enhance collaboration and speed up review cycles. 

Which professions use Plant Design Software?

Bentley Plant Design software is used by design engineers and owners across all aspects of the plant lifecycle, from initial design through to construction and operations.

Since every project requires a different mix of plant software for modeling, documenting, and delivering new and updated assets, we have assembled helpful software lists broken down by profession to help guide you.

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Plant Design Engineer

Conduct scalable and collaborative multidiscipline 3D design modeling and rapidly create intelligent piping and instrumentation diagrams.

Cable/Raceway Engineer

Create 3D raceway layouts and route cables in one application.

Digital Twin Designer

Create, maintain, and visualize an evergreen process digital twin throughout the whole asset lifecycle in an open, immersive, and connected data environment.

Operations and Maintenance Engineer

Aggregate, visualize and surface operational data from multiple sources using open formats to gain operational and maintenance intelligence and insights within one centralized application.

Plant Design Software Resources and Tutorials

Find out more about Bentley’s plant design software applications with these resources, educational programs, and tutorials.

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Learn with courses

There are lots of videos and courses available to learn all about using Bentley’s plant design software, including OpenPlant and more.

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Academic programs

For Students and Educators

If you are an educator or a student, learn more about accessing the software and learning what you need to teach or learn Bentley plant design software best practices.

featured user stories

“The Bentley platform works well in improving communication, design quality and efficiency, and in developing reasonable project plans to reduce risks for the whole project.”

Dr. Chu Xuezheng, Deputy Director of the Engineering Digitalization (BIM) Center
WISDRI Engineering & Research Incorporation Limited