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Smart Isometrics I-Convert Help

Intergraph I-Convert

Before you can configure the software to process PDMS catalogs and specifications to Smart Isometrics format, you must first create the project hierarchy which contains the folders used to store the data extracted from the PDMS database. The basic workflow for data extraction is shown below:

Generate one neutral file per piping specification.

Extracting the necessary data from PDMS is a two-stage process in which the data for each piping specification is extracted from PDMS by running a macro called CatScan. This macro scans the required specification and then accesses the catalog to find the necessary data for each component. It then creates a file containing a data set (.dat) for each component that includes all the information required to build a catalog.

After CatScan has created the input data file, I-Convert only needs this file and its own control files, and no further access is required to PDMS data during the creation of the catalog.

  1. On the local machine, create the folder structure shown below:

  2. Place the following files in the specified PDMS folder. All of the files are delivered to the <installation drive>:\Program Files\SmartPlant\Isometrics\I-Convert\CatScan folder

    1. Place the Alias.frm file in the %PMLLIB%/design/forms folder.

    2. Place the CatScan.mac file in the %PMLLIB%/paragon/forms folder.

    3. Place the file Alias.png file in the %PMLLIB%/icons/actions folder

  3. Open the PDMS software, and then open the Paragon module.

  4. Type $m/%pmllib%/design/forms/alias.frm on the command line, and then press ENTER.

  5. Type show !!AlisKetch, and then press ENTER.

    The Alias.frm form file with the specs in the project listed displays.

  6. Specify the output folder, and then press ENTER.

    The routine creates a file for import into the software.

  7. Copy the output files to the project folder. You can edit the CatScan.mac file to extract one additional user-defined attribute per component.

  8. Copy the PDMS specification files to the Specs folder.

    The resulting project folder hierarchy is shown below.

  • A top-level project folder is mandatory, but the name is user-specified. In the example, the name of the project folder is PDMS Project.

  • The Catalogues and Specs folders are mandatory, fixed-name folders.

  • Safe is an optional folder, but it is usually used to store the project (.ICP) file. For more information, see Project Creation and Configuration.