The PD Shell program provides access to the various functions that are associated with the PDS 3D Modules. You can access the Plant Design System Environment form by clicking Start > All Programs > PD_Shell > PD_Shell. This executes a control script that defines all of the environment variables that are needed to run the product, and it identifies the location of the product files. These files can be located on the workstation or a server on the network. See pds.cmd for more information on this file. The script also activates the Plant Design System Environment form.
The PDS forms have been modified to make colors easier to read (blue text instead of yellow) on flat screens and projectors. If you prefer the old yellow text forms, they are delivered in AlternateOldColorfb.zip.
This form identifies the active project(s) and provides access to all the PDS functions.
Schematics Environment — Provides access to the PDS 2D modules that are used to create and modify piping and instrumentation diagrams, process flow diagrams, and instrumentation database records.
Equipment Modeling — Provides access to the Equipment Modeling module, which provides an interactive graphics environment that is used to create and revise equipment model graphics and database information.
FrameWorks Environment — Provides access to the FrameWorks module, which provides an environment that is used to create and revise structural models, create and revise structural drawings, and propagate structural models.
Piping Designer — Activates an interactive command environment that is used to create piping and in-line instrumentation in the model; revise existing model graphics and database information; and verify the integrity of the data in the model.
Electrical Raceway Environment — Provides access to the Electrical Raceway module, which provides an interactive environment that is used to create and revise raceway models and access raceway utilities.
Piping Design Data Manager — Provides access to a set of options that are used to verify the integrity of the graphic and database information that is associated with a model.
Piping Model Builder — Enables you to create piping graphics from a nongraphics environment. This module is used with PD_Design to create an accurate 3D model of the piping network.
Pipe Support Designer — Activates an interactive command environment that is used to create pipe supports in the model, and revise existing pipe support model graphics and database information.
Pipe Stress Analysis — Activates a set of forms that are used to extract information from piping models for input to third-party pipe stress analysis products.
Interference Manager — Activates a set of forms that are used to check for interferences among project models and to control approved interferences.
Isometric Drawing Manager — Activates a set of forms that are used to extract isometric drawings from piping models and to review or plot the created isometric drawings.
Drawing Manager — Activates a set of forms that are used to create and manipulate drawings and drawing views; provide access to the interactive graphics environment for drawings; and provide access to a plot manager and vector hidden line manager.
DesignReview Integrator — Activates a set of forms that are used to extract information to form label files for use in SmartPlant Review and to review data from a SmartPlant Review session.
Report Manager — Activates a set of forms that are used to create and revise report format files and report on information in a project including Material Take-Off reports.
Project Administrator — Provides access to a set of forms that are used to create a project, create and revise project files, define project seed data, and control the project.
Reference Data Manager — Provides access to a set of forms that are used to control the reference data for a project including Piping Job Specification data, Graphic Commodity Data, Alphanumeric Commodity Data, Standard Note Library, Label Description Library, and Piping Assembly Library.
User ID — Used for access control. This field also sets the Review User ID for use in the Interference Manager module.
If access control has been defined, you must key in a valid user ID as defined by your system manager to gain access to the projects. Refer to Access Control Manager for more information on using access control.
If access control has not been defined, no entry is required for this field.
Password — Key in the password for the specified user ID.
Project List Field — Displays the defined projects for the network and allows you to select the active project. The system lists all the defined PDS projects (2D-only, 3D-only, and 2D & 3D). An error is displayed if you select an option that is incompatible with the active project. For example, if the active project is a 2D-only project, you cannot access the Interference Manager module.
If access control has been defined, only those projects for which you have some level of access are displayed.
Message Area — Displays prompts and messages that are associated with the active process. Error messages are displayed in red.