Integrating the SmartPlant authoring tools standardizes and improves communication among these tools over the course of designing, constructing, and operating a plant. Working in an integrated environment manages data exchange among these authoring tools, which enables sharing and re-use of 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 Aspen Basic Engineering, Intergraph Smart® Instrumentation, and Smart P&ID.
Most of the commands that provide access to SmartPlant functionality exist in the SmartPlant common user interface. You have access to the common user interface through commands in the authoring tools.
In the authoring tools, you can use the commands on the SmartPlant menu to interact with the integrated environment, including publishing and retrieving data, registering your plant with a SmartPlant Foundation database, and so on.