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Intergraph Smart Isometrics Help

Intergraph Smart Isometrics
2019 (10.0)

After you define the pipe route, you can begin to place components using the commands on the Place toolbar.










Tapping Point

The Place toolbar organizes components by group, such as flange or valve. If a component group consists of multiple component types, you use the list next to the component group to select the specific component, such as ball valve or gate valve, to place.

The placement of most components works in much the same way: select the required component object, place it on a section of pipe, and then slide it into position. Although you can place all components fitting to fitting, that is, they do not require sections of pipe between them, components that force a change of direction, such as offsets or bends, can only be placed at an open end of an existing fitting or section of pipe. You can only place components that are out of network, such as supports, bolts, and additional materials, on other existing components, meaning there is no actual connection.

  • To indicate that it is permissible to insert the component in the specified location, the cursor changes to . If you cannot place a component in that location , the cursor changes to .

  • You can also place components using the commands on the Place menu.

Automatically place components

While creating the pipeline model, you can make use of some powerful tools that help automate the sketching process.

Autoplace Bolts

The software can Assign bolt sets automatically for components based on information in the specification. The bolt set that the software applies is determined by the item code and bore of the component. The software scans the entire pipeline and assigns a bolt set based on the following:

If ...

Then ...

No adjacent component exists

The software places a bolt at an open end if one is assigned for it in the specification.

No bolt assignment on adjacent component exists

The software does not create a bolt set.

Bolt assignments match (bolt code, quantity, and bore)

The software creates a single bolt set based on the Bolt Assignment reference table.

Bolt assignments do not match (bolt code, quantity and bore)

The software does not create a bolt set.

For more information about the specification of bolt sets for Smart Isometrics, refer to the Material Editor User's Guide, available using the Help > Printable Guides command in the software.

Autoplace Gaskets and Flanges

The software can also Place gaskets and flanges automatically. The software scans the entire pipeline and assigns gaskets and flanges based on the following:

If ...

Then ...

The software finds a gasket with pipe on one side

One flange is assigned.

The software finds a gasket with pipe on both sides

Two flanges are assigned

The software finds an open end of pipe

One gasket and one flange are assigned (if the Automatically place flanges with gaskets option must be selected on the Preferences tab of the Options dialog box).

When automatically placing gaskets and flanges, the software always uses the default choice.

Default choice

The specification to which your project is connected acts as a filter that reduces the number of components in a catalog to a small, relevant set. However, for any given group (flange, valve, instrument) and configuration (angle, tee, inline), more than one choice can arise. If the specification contains information on a default choice, the software automatically assigns the correct item code. This default choice information is contained in the Default Choice reference table, which is created and managed using Material Editor. For example, if there are a number of 4" flanges in the specification, the default choice table allows you to specify which flange the software should use.

If only one choice is available, the software automatically selects that component.

In either case, the software automatically assigns the item code as you place the component. The component displays green in the sketch, which is the default color for a fully specified component.

If there is no choice available, the software places a generic component, which has no item code, and consequently, no other catalog information, such as dimension. Generic components display as blue in the sketch, which is the default color for no defined length.

After placement, you can reposition components within the pipe

  • When placing components, the default behavior is for the software to remain in place mode so that you can continue to place additional objects of the same type without re-selecting the command.

  • Although most components in Smart Isometrics are explicitly placed, some components can also be implied as the pipeline is routed:

    • Bends/Elbows are implied when a change in direction is drawn.

    • Reducers are implied when a change in size in the same direction is drawn.

    • Tees are implied when a branch is drawn from another line.

Keeping pipeline components up-to-date

You can synchronize the pipeline model with changes that you make in the material database. For example, when you modify the material description of a pipe or change the dimension of a component in the active specification, the pipeline model can be updated automatically to reflect those changes. The Synchronize Specification command compares pipeline model objects against what is currently defined in the active specification and looks for discrepancies between the material descriptions, dimensional data, and attribute data, excluding the material SKEY or item code.

After evaluating the pipeline, the software then displays a list of those pipeline components whose dimensions or material attributes do not match what is defined in the active specification. A component with material properties that have changed can be updated without any issues. However, a component with dimensions that have changed can be updated only if the neighboring pipe can accommodate the new dimensions. In situations where the dimensional changes cannot be accommodated, such as when the neighboring pipe is too small, the component is considered out-of-spec and is made generic during the synchronization process.

  • The software does not check for changes to the material SKEY or the item code.

  • You can synchronize a single piping file or multiple piping files in batch mode.

  • For more information about using Material Editor to define your reference data, see the Smart Isometrics Material Editor Help.

  • Alternatively, you can use I-Convert to convert piping specifications contained within a plant design system database to Smart Isometrics format. For more information about converting piping specifications, see the Smart Isometrics I-Convert User's Help.

  • For information about generic component properties, see Define generic component properties .

Physical dialog box

Item Code dialog box

Dimension Tap dialog box

Synchronize Specification dialog box

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