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SmartPlant Electrical Rule Manager Help

Intergraph Smart Electrical
2018 (8.0)


Rule Manager is an environment used for creating, manipulating and managing sets of consistency rules that apply whenever a user associates two items or modifies properties of a certain item tag in SmartPlant Electrical.  These rules determine how items act and interact within a project.  Usually, you create a set of rules at the beginning of a project.  You can modify any rule at any stage of the project life-cycle when project requirements dictate a change.

A rule is a combination of various consistency criteria that you can specify for rule components.  A rule component can be either an item type or a filter created in Filter Manager.  The following types of rules are available:

  • Relation rules - rules in which consistency criteria apply to two specific components.  These rules ensure that correct relationships are created when you create a new relationship or modify properties or values of related items in SmartPlant Electrical.  The items can belong to a specific item type or be specified by using a filter.  When a rule matches both items, the rule is implemented, and the software performs the actions associated with the rule.

  • Single component rules - rules in which consistency criteria apply to one component only.  These rules validate consistency of the properties or property values of a specific item tag.

Rules are used in SmartPlant Electrical for the following reasons:

  • To ensure that consistent relationships are created between items when you create a new item relationship.

  • To ensure that consistent relationships are created when you modify item properties for related items.

  • To check the consistency of item properties or property values.

  • To copy property values from one item to another, allowing the propagation of data from one item to its related/connected item.

In SmartPlant Electrical, when a rule matches the properties or property values specified for a particular rule component, the rule is implemented.  When a rule inconsistency is found, the software performs the action associated with a specific consistency setting.  Depending on the associated action, the software records an inconsistency in a log file, warns the user about the inconsistency, or rejects the inconsistency automatically.

On detecting a rule inconsistency the software, depending on the severity of the inconsistency, rejects the inconsistency and does not allow you to proceed until the inconsistency is fixed, or displays a message that allows the user to either accept or reject the inconsistency.  Prior to taking any action, the user can always display the rule properties. By accepting an inconsistency, the user overrides the rule.  By rejecting the inconsistency, the user takes into account the rule consistency criteria and needs to make the appropriate corrections to the data.

You can generate and print a Rules Summary Report.  This report displays a detailed listing of all your current rules.

Before you can work with a rule base in Rule Manager, you need to connect to a specific plant available in your plant structure.  Also, if you have appropriate access rights, you can connect to a plant located on a different site server.

  • Rule manager does not validate that the two properties in the consistency rule are of the same data type.  Attention should be paid to the property data types so that you do not create a rule that might lead to the wrong results.  For example, a rule that copies a length property into a power property.

  • You can enable or disable the use of SmartPlant Electrical rules in Options Manager.

  • Note that relation rules are not applied for electrical items that are connected in parallel.

  • If a user performs a batch operation, in case of a rule inconsistency, the software response depends on the setting defined in Options Manager, and on the action associated with the violated logical expression.  For details of action descriptions, see the Consistency Tab (Rule Properties dialog box).

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Version 2018 (8.0)
Published 8/29/2019 at 01:29