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You can use the Catalog task to create and edit your piping specification reference data.

Before introducing changes into a working project, we recommend that you create a separate Model and Catalog database specifically for testing your piping specifications and all other catalog changes. After creating, testing, and verifying your additions/changes in the test catalog, copy the additions/changes to the working project catalog.

When creating piping specifications, we recommend that you start with an existing specification, one that resembles the specification you need to create. For example, locate an existing specification that has similar materials, pressure ratings, end preparations, and fluid service codes and then copy and paste the existing specification to create your new piping specification, and then make the appropriate modifications.

Many companies prefer to keep a master specification, which provides a centralized starting point for all project specifications. The master specification contains all the commodity codes, and each project then copies from the master specification as a starting point.

The purpose of a project piping specification is to limit and aid in the selection of piping parts available to a piping designer as they design piping systems. Limiting the selection of parts eliminates decisions by the designer related to applicability, cost, procurement, and safety of particular parts within particular pipeline services. Rules regarding the usage of particular types of parts in particular design situations also limit part selection. Within a particular pipeline service, decisions relating to allowed parts and requirements for the parts that may be used in that service are made in advance by the specification author.

The piping specification is represented by piping materials classes, which define the requirements, characteristics, and behavior of the piping commodities for a specific service. Typically, the piping specification is specific to a project. The data required for the piping specification and the piping materials classes can be categorized as follows:

  • The data that defines the piping specification is the piping specification data.

  • The business rules that apply to the piping specification are the piping specification rules. For more information, see Model Rules.

  • The data that defines the piping materials class is the piping materials class data. For more information, see Piping Materials Class Data.

  • The business rules that manage the behavior of the piping commodities within this service are the piping materials class rules. For more information, see Piping Materials Class Rules.

  • The data that represents the rules for selecting piping commodities within the piping materials class is the piping commodity filter. For more information, see Piping Commodity Filter.

  • The standard notes that apply to a specific piping materials class or to an individual piping commodity, piping specialty, instrument, or connection commodity in the piping specification are the piping specification notes.

  • The data that represents the rules for selecting gaskets, bolts, nuts, and washers at bolted joints and the rules for selecting clamps at mechanical joints within the piping materials class is the connection commodity filter. For more information, see one of the following:

    Bolt Selection Filter
    Clamp Selection Filter
    Gasket Selection Filter
    Nut Selection Filter
    Washer Selection Filter

  • The data that is specific to the engineering office, and is used for the material control of piping commodities, is the piping commodity material control data. This data is a function of the contractor commodity code.

  • The data that determines the Common Industry Material Identification Standards (CIMIS) size-dependent commodity code from the contractor's size-independent commodity code is the size-dependent commodity code data. This data is a function of the contractor commodity code (or the industry commodity code) and the sizes for each piping point.

    CIMIS is a cross-industry initiative to provide common identifiers and standard descriptions for commodity materials used in maintenance, operations, construction, and OEM activities.

  • The data that is specific to the engineering office, and is used for the material control of valve operators, actuators, and appurtenances, is the valve operator material control data. This data is a function of the valve operator catalog part number. For more information, see Valve Operator Material Control Data and Multiport Valve Operator Data.

  • The piping specification data that is required for reporting loose material and provided by the vendor is the vendor-supplied loose material data. This data is a function of the contractor commodity code and optionally the size.

  • The data that is specific to the engineering office, is specific to a class of piping specialties, and is used for the material control of those piping specialties, is the piping specialty class data. This data is a function of the piping specialty tag number, and a size range for generic piping specialties. For more information, see Piping Specialty Class Data.

  • The data that is specific to the engineering office, is specific to a class of instruments, and is used for the material control of those instruments, is the instrument class data. This data is a function of the instrument tag number and a size range for generic instruments. For more information, see Instrument Class Data.

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