Integration standardizes and improves the communication among the various authoring tools you use in the course of designing, constructing, and operating a plant. Integration manages data exchange among these authoring tools, which enables sharing and re-use of plant information throughout the plant life-cycle. SmartPlant Foundation acts as a repository for data and a medium through which information is shared among other tools, such as Aspen Basic Engineering, Smart Instrumentation, Smart Electrical, and Smart 3D.
Most of the commands that provide access to integration functionality exist in the common user interface available on the SmartPlant menu in Smart P&ID Drawing Manager and the Smart P&ID Modeler.
The following graphic displays what Smart P&ID publishes and retrieves and shows the flow of data and the different types of data.
Smart P&ID interacts with SmartPlant Foundation by correlating items between the plant database and the SmartPlant Foundation database by retrieving documents from SmartPlant Foundation. Also, Smart P&ID creates a set of tasks in the To Do List that you can run to update the plant database. In the Smart P&ID Modeler, you can also use the commands on the SmartPlant menu to publish documents and retrieve data, access SmartPlant Foundation to browse data, and subscribe to change notifications and compare documents.