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Intergraph Smart 3D Piping

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Displays the spooling options to use. Each time you open the session file all spooling options default to the spool settings saved in the catalog. You can change the spooling options if needed for a special situation, but you cannot save your changes to the catalog or to the session file. The next time you open your session file, the spool options default to the catalog settings.

If you need to change the spooling options in the catalog, edit options on the PipeMfgSpoolRule sheet in the BulkLoadIsoKeys.xls workbook and then bulk load the workbook into the catalog.

Name Rule

Specifies the naming rule for spools.

Break Spools at Union

Specifies that the software breaks the spools at unions. The union part must have its Commodity Type property set to "Union" for the spooling software to recognize the union as a break point.

Include Stub Ins with Header Spool

Specifies that a spool can include the stub-in pipe and all the parts of this stub-in branch until the first spool-breaking component is encountered. For example, by setting this option to True, the software spools the stub-in and flange for the isometric drawing with Pipeline_001 even though the stub-in and flange do not belong to Pipeline_001. When creating isometric drawings for Pipeline_001 in the Drawings and Reports task, you must use the Isometric Style Options Browser to set the Drawing.Content.HonorSpoolAtBranch option to True.

Include Items Welded to Pipe in Spools

Includes welded objects, such as pipe hanger or support parts, in the same spool as the components to which they are welded. Surface mounted components are included in the spool if the fabrication type for the surface mounted component is set to "By Fabricator".

Delete Existing Spools

Changes the spool numbering only at modified or added piping. When a drawing is re-extracted, the software recalls the repeated data to avoid changing drawing split points and part, weld, and spool numbers.

This setting guarantees that the software applies the same piece marks (spool names) to spools, even if spools are regenerated.

Ignore Boundaries of Object Being Spooled

When set to False, the software will not cross the boundary of the pipeline or block. When set to True, the software will cross the boundary of the pipeline or block for spool generation until an intrinsic spool break is found. This feature is intended for use when spooling by block.

To use this option correctly, you need to understand the concept of intrinsic breaks. The spooling software starts a new spool any time it hits an intrinsic break:

  • extents of the collection being spooled (pipeline or assembly)

  • bolted connection

  • (field) welded connection

  • change in fabrication category from shop to field

  • union (optional controlled by the Break Spools at Union option described previously)

  • clamped connections

The extent of the collection being spooled is the most important intrinsic break condition. If a pipeline is spooled, the software breaks the spool at the end of the pipeline regardless of what is there. Normally, there is no conflict with the other intrinsic break conditions; however, a conflict can occasionally happen. For example, it does not matter if the pipeline is connected to another pipeline by a shop weld (which would normally not be a spool break), the software will still start a new spool at this point.

In listing the intrinsic breaks in order of importance, the extent of the collection being spooled should always be at the top because it normally trumps any other intrinsic break condition if a conflict arises. Whatever is being spooled, pipeline or block, is the "basket of parts" with which the spool software works. The software does not go outside of that basket for any reason unless the Ignore Boundaries of Object Being Spooled is set to True. In that case, the spool software steals connected parts from outside of its basket until it hits an intrinsic break, an open end, or it runs out of parts. The spool software will not steal a part from outside the provided basket if that part already belongs to another spool.

In other words, to turn off the first intrinsic break, set Ignore Boundaries of Object Being Spooled to True.

Maximum Spool Length

Provides the maximum length of a spool for oversizing calculation purposes. You should type ft (feet) for the units. If you specify units other than feet, the software uses meters as the units.

Maximum Spool Width

Provides the maximum width of a spool for oversizing calculation purposes. You should type ft (feet) for the units. If you specify units other than feet, the software uses meters as the units.

Maximum Spool Height

Provides the maximum height of a spool for oversizing calculation purposes. You should type ft (feet) for the units. If you specify units other than feet, the software uses meters as the units.

Spool Break By Control Point

Specifies if spools should break at control points.

You can place control points using the Insert > Control Point command. You must set the control point Subtype to Spool Break to use the control point with this option. In addition, the control point must be placed on the connection object.

Use QuickPick to verify that you have selected the connection object when placing the control point for the spool break.

Click Ignore Control Points to ignore the control points during spooling. Click Break at Control Points to break spools at the normal intrinsic line breaks and at control points. Click Break Only at Control Points to break spools only at control points.

See Also

Generate Spools
Spooling
Delete a spool
Create spools