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Defines the server location and name of the new site and site schema databases. Optionally, you can create a starting catalog and catalog schema database within the same workflow using the database template file delivered with the software. The catalog template file delivered with the software is a backup of an already complete catalog database. It contains the definition of a default catalog of objects, including specific sizes of pipes, pipe specifications, steel section sizes, and so forth. After the catalog database is created, you can then bulkload your customized piping specifications into the catalog database, as needed.

Because the site database and site schema are containers for the other required databases, they are the first databases you create after installing the software. The site database stores work-breakdown and user access for the models. Typically, there is one site database set for each customer location.

General information for creating a new site (Oracle)

Dump files

The dump files used to create the site and catalog database are delivered on the server computer to the [Product Folder]\3DRefData\DatabaseTemplates\Site folder. This location must be shared and write permissions given to both the user login used to create the Smart 3D databases and the account on which the Oracle service (OracleService<SID>) is running (for example, OracleUser\SYSTEM). Before proceeding, verify that the share (with the appropriate permissions) exists on the server computer.

If you are running Oracle on Linux, the database template location must be on the Linux-based computer where the Oracle service is running. Linux is case sensitive environment. The database template names (catalogdb.dmp and apprepos.dmp) and the folder path must be typed correctly when creating the database. The Browse feature is not available for navigating to Linux folder locations.

Log files

The software delivers two log files on the server computer at the local user %temp% folder: one for the site database generation process and one for the catalog database restore process.


You must name the databases with unique entries. To better differentiate between one database and another, include the type of database in the name you type, such as Model1SiteDB. Do not use a name that starts with a digit as its first character in Oracle. For example, if you typea name such as 1ModelSiteDB, Oracle will not create the database. When you name the site database, the name of the schema database will automatically populate with _SCHEMA to match the site database.


We recommend that you increase and/or redefine initial tablespace values based on the expected scope of your project(s). For more information, see your Oracle documentation.

View errors

During the site database creation process for an Oracle model, the software attempts to connect to the site database to create the user interface prior to generating the views, resulting in a "table or view does not exist" error being reported in the various log files. Because views are generated after the user interface is created, these errors cannot be avoided. Additionally, these errors do not have any negative impact on using the software and can be disregarded when reviewing the log files.

General information for creating a new site (Microsoft SQL-Server)

You must name the databases with unique entries.

Site database workshare location

This location is the location of the host site database and is required even if the host is not going to be replicated for worksharing purposes. During generation of the site database, the software creates a location object and associates it with the site database.

Name Generator Service

The Name Generator Service that runs on the server computer you specify in the Name generator server for site box supplies unique names to items placed in the model database. In a replicated configuration, there are multiple servers and multiple instances of the Name Generator Service running at each location; consequently, there is no way to ensure unique and sequential naming of placed objects. The value typed in the Name rule ID text box functions as a substring (an internal ID number) that represents the location at which an item is placed into the replicated model.

Catalog Database and Schema Page

The option control at the top of the page allows you either to create a new catalog database by restoring a backup or use an existing catalog database. If you choose to create a new catalog database using the Restore option, the wizard will restore the .DAT file specified in the Template file to be used to create the Catalog database and schema field. The software delivers one selection for this field, catalogdb.dat. The default is to Restore catalog from backup. If you select Use existing catalog, then no further options are available.

The catalogdb.dat template file contains sample Smart 3D reference data and, while this template contains many useful examples, it is not certified for production use by Hexagon PPM.

If you intend to create a custom catalog, select the Use existing catalog and use the Bulkload utility delivered with the product. Alternatively, you can customize your catalog data using the Catalog task.

Symbols and custom program file folder

The SharedContent is created automatically on the server during the Smart 3D Reference Data installation. The path in the Symbol and custom program file folder box must be a UNC path. To obtain a UNC path, click the ellipsis button and browse under My Network Places, not under My Computer.

Create Site Database and Schema Page

Catalog Database and Schema Page

Ready to Load Databases Page

See Also

Create new site, catalog, and schema databases for Oracle

Create a new site database for Oracle

Create new site, catalog, and schema databases for SQL

Create site database from an existing catalog for SQL