Place an Imported Shape - Intergraph Smart 3D - Help

Intergraph Smart 3D Equipment and Furnishings

3D Design and Visualization
Intergraph Smart 3D
2019 (10.0)
  1. Click Place Imported Shape from File on the vertical toolbar.

    If an equipment or equipment component object has not been selected, select one in a graphic view or in the Workspace Explorer.

    The Select Shape File dialog box appears.

  2. Navigate to and select the VUE, SAT, or MicroStation DGN file that contains the shape to insert, and then click OK.

  3. In the Display Aspect list box, select the aspects from the list.

    You can click Format > View and change the Render Selected Aspects option in the Format View dialog box to display the aspect in the active graphic view.

  4. Click OK.

    The list box closes, and you return to the model.

  5. Click in the graphic view to select an approximate location or reference element for a relationship for the shape.

After a shape has been placed in the model as part of the equipment or equipment component object, you can use the horizontal ribbon to add or change the positioning relationship. You can add port definitions with the Place Nozzle command to complete the equipment or equipment component definition.

SAT File Limitations

  • From a performance point of view, the SAT file size should be less than 5 MB.

  • From a drawings point of view, the files must not be detailed and must not spread across a large space as they are caught in volume filters for Drawings.

  • Spreading the SAT files across multiple equipment reduces the volume of each .sat file.

  • For efficient Interference Checker processing, SAT files should not have a footprint (range) greater than 100 meters.

  • When we import the SAT files created using third-party tools, they are converted to Intergraph GType format. In some cases, the generated objects may not be valid after the dual conversion, such as when you use AutoCAD to convert an object to ACIS SAT format, and then convert it to GType. The possible causes for this failure are:

    • You are using an old version of the SAT file.

    • The units of measurement do not match. For example, scaling can result in a degenerate geometry if the distance between two points becomes less than 1.0E-6 M.

    • The orientation of the boundary curves is inconsistent with the surface normal. For example, when applying the right-hand rule, the object is on your left when moving in the direction on the boundary, and the surface normal is upward.

  • The valid geometries that you can use in creating SAT files are listed below.

    • GLineTYPE

    • GEllipseTYPE

    • GArcTYPE

    • GLineStringTYPE

    • GBspCurveTYPE

    • GComplexStringTYPE

    • GBspSurfaceTYPE

    • GTorusTYPE

    • GSphereTYPE

    • GConeTYPE

    • GTippyConeTYPE

    • GPlaneTYPE

    • GShapeTYPE

    • GProjectionTYPE

    • GPipeTYPE

    • GRevolutionTYPE

    • GElbowTYPE

    • GRuledTYPE

    • GRuledNormalTYPE

    • GValveTYPE

    • GReducerTYPE

    • GPolyMeshTYPE

    • GPointTYPE

    • GVolumeTYPE

    • GText3dTYPE

VUE File Limitations

  • You cannot import the shape from the VUE file under a design solid.

  • The VUE file size should be less than 10 MB. If the VUE file size exceeds 10 MB, the software displays a warning message.

  • If the VUE file size exceeds 25 MB, the software displays an error message and you cannot place the object.

  • The imported graphics are not smart graphics. They do not contain properties.

  • The valid geometries that you can use are the same as those you can use in creating SAT files.