Hi Dan, I have a question. Do you remember the days when Solid Edge was an Intergraph product? Well, that company has a range products that is used by most other CAD manufacturer in the Plant industry. It is called Isogen, Spoolgen and Orthogen. Will Solid Edge in the foreseeable future be able to work with those sub-routines?
We have an integration with Intergraph SmartPlant. You can transfer the Solid Edge 3D model to SmartPlant and incorporate into the larger plant. Then do Isogen from there.
Probably would have been better to start a new thread for this, but yes, Solid Edge can open SolidWorks models. The delivered version of Solid Edge should be able to open any SolidWorks version released prior to the version of Solid Edge used. Maintenance Patches might enable opening of later releases but not sure.