Database Detect Tab (Interference Server Settings Dialog Box) - Intergraph Smart 3D - Administration

Intergraph Smart 3D Project Management

Intergraph Smart 3D
Administration & Configuration
10.1 (2014 R1)

Provides options for assigning interference checking priorities to aspects, specifying the comparison methods, and optionally including a clearance rule. You can also assign the interference results to a selected permission group. All properties on this tab when viewed outside the Project Management task are read-only.

You must run Database Detect before running the delivered Interference report. The Interference report is not intended to run on local interferences.

Check Model

Specifies the name of the model that the server process needs to check. The server software must have the Site database locations predefined. This option is not available if you are in the Project Management task.

On server

Specifies the name of the server on which the interference checking is processed for the identified model.

Assign interference checking priority to aspects

Select each aspect that you want checked and assign a priority to it.

  • Aspect - Lists all the object aspects that are identified for use in the model. This includes the system-defined aspects and the user-defined aspects. Select those aspects in the Aspect column that apply to your objects, and then specify the type of comparison in the Type column. The Diagnostic Interference Checking report lists these aspects settings in its header.

  • Type - Lists three types of checking you can apply to the selected aspect: Required, Optional, and Not checked. Choose the appropriate type for each aspect you select in the Aspect column. Not checked means the selected aspect is not used for interference checking.


Select which aspect types are to be compared against each other to find interferences.

  • Required - Required - Defines interferences classified as hard/hard. For example, one pipe physically intersects another pipe.

  • Required - Optional - Defines interferences that are not as severe and are classified as hard/soft. For example, one pipe overlaps the optional aspect of the other object but does not actually intersect the other object.

  • Optional - Optional - Defines interferences that are not severe and are classified as soft/soft. For example, the maintenance aspect of one piece of equipment overlaps the maintenance aspect of another.

  • Smart 3D - Foreign Interferences – Considers referenced 3D models, referenced PDS objects, referenced MicroStation objects, and 3D AutoCAD files for interferences. This option is enabled after you have selected a Model at the top of this tab. For PDS objects, the selected Model must have an attached PDS project. For Database Detect, this box must be checked for PDS objects to be considered. In the case of Local Detect, the software by default considers referenced 3D models, PDS objects, MicroStation objects, and 3D AutoCAD files that are in the workspace.

    • This option only checks active model objects against foreign objects. The option does not check for interferences between two foreign objects (PDS to 3D AutoCAD, for example), except when the two foreign objects are referenced 3D models.

    • Direct PDS project references are not processed in 64-bit IFC. You can either use Reference 3D for your PDS projects or run 32-bit IFC.

  • Smart 3D - Point Cloud - Considers an attached point cloud during interference checking. The Point Cloud check box must be selected to consider Smart 3D objects and the point cloud. The point cloud must have a valid connection to the model with no unresolved vendor licensing issues for the Point Cloud check box to be available.

Include clearance rule

Specifies the clearance rule to add to the Required type of interference check.

Assign results to permission group

Specifies the permission group to which all the detected interferences are assigned. The list displays only those permission groups to which the server containing the interference checking software has Write access.

Marker size

Specifies the size of the interference graphic marker. Choose a size that is clearly visible, but one that does not interfere with the smaller details in the workspace view.


Begins the process. This option is only available in the Project Management task.


Closes the process. This option is only available in the Project Management task.