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Creates or modifies a surface style rule. Surface style rules are based on filters. When you create new rules or modify rules, you specify a filter on which to base the rule. See Smart 3D Common Help for information about filters..

Rule name

Specifies the name of the surface style rule.


Identifies the filter used within the style rule. The filters available are the ones defined for the current database. The list in the dropdown includes the last ten filters selected. Selecting Create New Filter in the dropdown list displays the New Filter Properties dialog, which allows you to define a new filter for the style rule. Selecting More in the list displays the Select Filter dialog. The Properties button for this field displays the Property dialogfor the selected filter.See the Smart 3D Common Help.

SHARED Tip We recommend that you use simple, asking, and compound filters with style rules. Using SQL filters can result in significant performance degradation and should be avoided whenever possible. Unlike the other types of filters, the SQL server is performed directly on the database. For each object passed to the SQL filter, the software checks to see if any of the objects were returned by the query. However, modification of the object may change whether or not the object passes the SQL filter. For example, a pipeline might pass the SQL filter before it is assigned to a different system. After the system assignment changes, a different style rule is applied. Therefore, some SQL filters may result in decreased efficiency in assessing the project data model.

Style applied

Specifies the surface style to be used for the objects identified by the selected filter. The list in the dropdown includes all surface styles available for the current database. The Properties button displays the Surface Style Rule Properties Dialog so you can edit the style as needed.

Select all aspects to which the style will be applied

Shows a checkbox list of all aspects defined by the model reference data. You can check multiple aspects. By default, all aspects are selected.

  • An aspect is a geometric area or space related to an object. The aspect represents information about the object, such as its physical shape or the space required around the object. Aspects are associated parameters for an object, representing additional information needed for placement. Aspects can represent clearances for safety or maintenance, additional space required during operation, or simple and detailed representations of the object. You define aspects when you model a part class for the reference data.

  • The Simple Physical aspect includes primitive shapes. The space can be a field junction box displayed in both the model and in drawings. When you publish 3D Model Data documents, this is the default aspect used if no other aspects are selected for the document properties.

  • The Detailed Physical aspect provides a more detailed view of equipment in the model. For example, certain types of equipment may include legs and lugs. As opposed to the Simple Physical aspect, which only shows the body of the equipment, the Detailed Physical aspect shows all the graphical details associated with the equipment.

  • The Insulation aspect shows an area around a piece of equipment indicating insulation is present. For example, a 4-inch pipe with insulation might look like an 8-inch pipe when the Insulation aspect is selected.

  • The Operation aspect includes the area or space around the object required for operation of the object. This space shows in the model but not in drawings. The Operation aspect leaves enough space around a motor for a person to operate the motor.

  • The Maintenance aspect includes the area or space around the object required to perform maintenance on the object. This space may appear in the model but not in drawings. The Maintenance aspect leaves enough space around a motor to perform maintenance on the motor, including space to remove the motor, if necessary.

  • The Reference Geometry aspect allows you to construct or add graphical objects that do not participate in interference checking. For example, a reference geometry object could be the obstruction volume for a door on a field junction box. Another example is a spherical control point.

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Surface Style Rule Properties Dialog