The integration functionality standardizes and improves the communication among the various authoring tools you use when designing, constructing, and operating a plant. The integration functionality manages data exchange among these authoring tools, which enables sharing and re-use of plant information throughout the plant lifecycle. SmartPlant Foundation acts as a repository for data and a medium through which information is shared among other tools, such as Smart Electrical, Smart P&ID, and Aspen .
Most of the commands that provide access to the integration functionality exist in the common user interface available on the SmartPlant menu in Smart Instrumentation.
The following graphic displays what Smart Instrumentation publishes and retrieves and shows the flow of data and the different types of data.
Smart Instrumentation Data Exchange Example
Smart Instrumentation interacts with SmartPlant Foundation by correlating items between the plant database and the SmartPlant Foundation database, retrieving such documents as Cabinets, Electrical Signals, P&IDs, and the like from SmartPlant. Also, Smart Instrumentation creates a set of tasks in the To Do List that you can run to update the plant database. In Smart Instrumentation, you can also use the SmartPlant menu to publish documents and retrieve data, access SmartPlant Foundation to browse data, and subscribe to change notifications and compare documents.
You can only use the SmartPlant menu commands after the item registry has been activated and database items have been registered for use in an integrated environment.
When working in an integrated environment, you must register your required projects with SmartPlant Foundation. Failure to register your projects with SmartPlant Foundation results in an error when trying to log in to a project in the integrated environment. For more details on how to register your project in SmartPlant Foundation, see Register with SmartPlant.