Smart 3D Workstation Recommendations - Intergraph Smart 3D - Installation

Intergraph Smart 3D Installation

PPMProductFamily
3D Design and Visualization
PPMProduct
Intergraph Smart 3D
PPMCategory
Installation
Version_S3D
10.1(2014R1)

Before beginning the installation of Smart 3D, verify that your end-user workstation computers meet the following hardware recommendations and software requirements.

Applicable Hardware

  • Administrative client

  • Modeling client

  • Interference detection computer

  • Drawings batch computer

  • Name generator computer

  • Duplication and synchronization computer

  • SmartPlant Piping Specification Remote computer

Hardware Recommendations

  • Intel Core i7, Quad Core

  • 6 GB RAM (2 GB RAM for operating system plus 4 GB RAM for single Smart 3D instance. Other concurrently running programs will require additional RAM based on the programs specific requirements.)

  • Access to a DVD drive, either locally or through a network connection

  • Monitor capable of a minimum of 1280 x 1024 resolution

  • Graphics card designed for 3D intensive applications that meets the following requirements:

    • 32-bit main RGBA pixel buffer

    • Hardware OpenGL 2.1 support

    • Hardware Z buffer: 24 bit or higher

    • 256 MB RAM

    • 8-bit stencil buffer

    • Hardware Alpha blending support

    • Graphics acceleration set to full

    • Hardware Anti-aliasing support recommended

    • Latest available drivers should be installed

  • 1 GbE network interface

Video Cards

There have been many enhancements to the graphic engine of Smart 3D. Most issues are resolved by loading the most current display driver or rolling your current display driver back one version. If the current driver does not fix your particular card's problem, then please copy the "CoreDisplaySettings.ini" file from [Product Folder]/Core/Tools/Administrator/Bin to [Product Folder]/Core/Shared/bin and contact your Smart 3D support representative.

We recommend workstation class graphics cards (designed for use with CAD applications) with as much RAM as is affordable. The minimum RAM is 256MB, but more RAM is better. Because the world of graphics cards changes so quickly, we can only document the specifications required by Smart 3D.

All clients referencing Z+F Point Cloud data need to turn off the Smart 3D hardware with the CoreDisplaySettings.ini file.

As a supplement to this information, a Microsoft Excel workbook is provided on Intergraph Smart Support that records anecdotal evidence obtained from users. Please go to Intergraph Smart Support at https://smartsupport.intergraph.com and select View Downloads > Smart 3D > Technical Notes and White papers > Display > Graphics cards used with Smart 3D. This list is not comprehensive. In some cases, the Smart 3D middle tier error log (with the error logging level set to at least "2-Detailed") will provide more information. Please see the examples of messages returned in the error log listed below:

  • The graphics card or graphics card driver does not support Textures/Shaders. An updated graphics driver could improve performance.

    This indicates that the graphics adapter, driver or display settings do not support the "Shaded with Hardware Enhanced Edges" Render Mode on the Format View dialog box. In addition, the graphics adapter, driver or display settings do not support textures.

  • The graphics card or graphics card driver does not support Shaders. An updated graphics driver could improve performance.

    This indicates that the graphics adapter, driver or display settings do not support the "Shaded with Hardware Enhanced Edges" Render Mode on the Format View dialog box. However, textures are supported.

  • The graphics card or graphics card driver does not support Textures. An updated graphics driver could improve performance.

    This indicates that the graphics adapter, driver or display settings do not support textures. However, the "Shaded with Hardware Enhanced Edges" Render Mode on the Format View dialog box is supported. Please note that the performance may be slow on an ATI card.

  • Hardware Acceleration is Turned off VBO Texture and Hardware edges will not be supported.

    This message indicates that Hardware Acceleration in Display Settings is disabled or the client is being accessed via Remote Desktop or Citrix Client. If Hardware Acceleration in Display Settings is disabled, it should be enabled by selecting the "Advanced" button on the Settings tab of the Display Properties dialog. Then, the Hardware Acceleration can be modified from the Troubleshoot tab.

Due to the 32-bit precision limitations of graphic cards, you may need to create several design coordinate systems so that the objects being modeled are within 10,000 meters (6.2 miles) of the global coordinate system. Objects modeled outside this limit will not display correctly. If your model coordinate values are larger than this limit (for example, E = 20,000, N = 30,000), to get the coordinate readout that you want, you should define a coordinate system at correspondingly large negative values (example, E = -20,000, N = -30,000). Then, use the coordinate system that you created as your active coordinate system for modeling and output. Do not bring this new coordinate system into your workspace, or you will have the display problems that you are trying to avoid. In addition to the 10,000 meter global coordinate system limit described above, the marine mode is limited to a 5,000 meter cube.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 - Professional or Enterprise with UAC 'On' at Level 3 (Default) (64-bit)

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) only as a client for Citrix XENDesktop 7.0

    Citrix XENDesktop 7.0 can be installed only on the Windows 2008 Server R2 64-bit operating system. The Windows 2008 Server acts as a client in this case. The Windows 2008 Server R2 64-bit operating system can also be used to install an ancillary server, such as IFC, Drawings, or Batch Services.

Supported Database Clients

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Service Pack 3 (64-bit) (Required for Project Management and Interference Checking, otherwise optional)

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard Service Pack 2 (64-bit) (Required for Project Management and Interference Checking, otherwise optional)

  • Oracle 11g R2 (11.2.0.2) with Patch 22; 32-bit Oracle client only (Required for all client computers) (Plant mode only)

  • Oracle 11g R2 (11.2.0.4) 32-bit Oracle client only (Required for all client computers) (Plant mode only)

Software Prerequisites

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or later (required for viewing the documentation delivered with the software)

  • Adobe Reader 9.0 or later (required for viewing Printable Guides. You can download Acrobat Reader from the Adobe web site.)

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

  • Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) 6.0 SP1

  • Microsoft Office 2010 (32-bit only) (Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2)

  • Intergraph Batch Services 2010 SP1 (06.01.08.00 or later) if you plan to use the computer for remote batch processing

  • Intergraph SmartSketch 2014 (08.00.00.98 or later), if you are using material handling mode. You must separately purchase SmartSketch (SGBY297AV).

  • For specifications regarding minimum hard drive disk space requirements by the product setup, see Disk Partitioning Guidelines.

  • Dual screen configurations should have either a single graphics card with two VGA outputs or two identical graphics cards. The graphics cards should otherwise meet the requirements of the specified graphics card recommendations.

  • Use thread safe video drivers and CAD application certified video cards when using multiple processor systems.

  • Ensure that your system's security certificates are updated prior to installation.

See Also

Smart 3D Hardware and Software Recommendations