Moving A Plant Project to Vault

29 September 2020All, plant 3d, Vaultplant, Tips and Tricks



We have many clients who are use Vault with Plant for a variety of reasons. For some they must have their data living on their own servers, for others, they have workflows and approval processes not supported by BIM 360. In any, we have helped each get their projects into Vault and have an idea of the types of issues people run into.

A couple pieces need to be in place before you attempt putting your project in Vault.

  1. Vault Server Configured
  2. User Permissions Configured
  3. Plant 3D SQL Server configured

Each of these items is a significant undertaking and will not be addressed in this post.

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The main steps to getting your project on Vault are:

  • Run Plant Project To Vault Command
  • Troubleshoot
  • Validate


The first step in migrating a project is to make sure you project doesn’t have folders or drawings outside of the project folder before attempting the conversion.

In short, while the folder names or sub-paths may be different, all of your data (specs, P&IDs, models, etc) needs to be fully encapsulated within your project folder.

When ready to start the conversion, by entering PLANTPROJECTTOVAULT at the command line, you’ll have a dialog that will walk through the process. The most critical point here is that you must have Vault Administrator permissions the first time you put a project in Vault.

First is the login screen.

Next, you’ll get the screen for capturing the information on where to place your project.

After filling out the dialog with the appropriate information, click start and the migration process will begin.


In a lot of cases, this process goes perfectly. However, we do run into a few common issues.

  1. Content not in project folder (you have to move it).
  2. Bad Xrefs (detach, and then re-attach later.
  3. Bad File paths (remove from project, and add later).

In general the fixes involve removing offending files, and then using Copy Drawing to project to put them in the Vault project.


To make sure everything went well, and that you don’t run into weird issues down the road, we recommend validating the project.

  1. Make sure off page connectors functionality works for previewing, and opening connected drawings.
  2. Make sure Orthographic drawings can utilize update views, locate object in model, and annotations
  3. Run some isometrics.
  4. Test reports.

If you’re still having trouble, we’d love to help. Also, we have a full guide documenting adopting Vault with Plant 3d in our Plant 3D Boost product.



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