When you design in Smart 3D, you create various design objects with discipline-specific properties, behavior rules, and geometry. Specifications and catalog reference information assist you as you create these objects.
There are many types of objects (such as equipment, piping, HVAC, and structure). The software lists these types on the Object tab of the Filter Definition Property dialog box. Different object types are depicted by distinct icons in the Workspace Explorer. For more information, see Icons in the Workspace Explorer. You can select design objects based on their type by using Select in combination with a Locate Filter.
Each task has specific commands for creating and editing the design objects needed by that engineering discipline. For more information, see Tasks Menu. These commands provide a logical interface that steps you through the design process based on the object you have selected. You use these commands to create and modify objects using the same intuitive steps and workflows.
The software stores design and reference data objects in standard relational databases (Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle). Designers and engineers can access any portion of the model required for their specific design activities, regardless of the discipline. When you create or edit an object, the software immediately commits that object or change to the database so that it is available to others. Access control is managed at the individual object level. Managers have the flexibility to increase the number of users working on an area of the design while still giving individual users control over their own objects. You are not limited by the access control constraints of the design files in file-based design systems.
Administrators create and maintain the databases used by Smart 3D as well as the access control to the data using Project Management.