Isogen® is the most widely used software to automate piping isometric drawings. Almost all 3D piping design software solutions either include Isogen or at least support the Isogen data file – the piping component file, or PCF. Because of this, the PCF is an ideal way to transfer piping data between engineering, fabrication, and construction companies.
Hexagon PPM is seeking to support intelligent data transfer by making the PCF format available for general use by anyone wishing to either read or write piping data and by extending it to hold more data, the so-called Super PCF. The scope was proposed by industry stakeholders working as part of the FIATECH Project Information Flow (PIF) project.