As an Owner Operator/EPC Project Mode you can create and export a project with reference data only. This gives an external contractor a blank canvas to populate the project with new items using just the reference data supplied.
The Reference Data Types are:
Wiring supporting tables
Instrument Index supporting tables
Telecom supporting tables
DDP Module supporting tables
Maintenance supporting tables
Process Data supporting tables
Reference Explorer items
Units of Measure definitions
Enhanced Reports changes (layout and reports)
In Smart Instrumentation versions 2018 and 13.1, the ESL layouts are reference data. Therefore changes made to ESL layouts in a project, are imported/merged to your target database changing the reference data. To safeguard against this happening, inform the package/project user to avoid making any changes to the ESL Layouts. This is applicable when working with Offline Projects.
You can export existing projects or create a new project with your scoped items.
To create and export a project with only reference data, follow the procedure Create a Project until the step click Scope.
Click Scope and do the following:
Scope the required unit/units you require to the project.
Make sure that you are using a project that has no plant items copied to it.
In the Save dialog box, type a name for your exported project file.
The following characters should not be used in a project name as this could cause problems when exporting a project or when using the Command Line Interface.
We recommend that you keep this empty project file for future export of the reference data only package.