WBS Items and Projects - Intergraph Smart 3D - Administration

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In Smart 3D, the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) provides a means to define additional groupings of design objects for a variety of work purposes. In the software, the currently active Work Breakdown Structure project is shown in the drop-down list in the upper left-hand corner of the task window, next to the Permission Group box.

Each time you create a new session, a blank row is the default. This blank row indicates that the active project or WBS item is set to "none."

Work Breakdown Structure grouping is hierarchical. Objects are assigned at lower levels in the hierarchy, and higher levels automatically provide consolidation. The first level of grouping object is the project. Under the project level, you can nest additional types of groupings called WBS items. Typically, WBS grouping is used for activities at the end of the engineering phase, such as activities related to the generation of deliverables and construction techniques. The following are some examples of the practical usage of WBS functionality in the software:

  • Manual Piping Isometric Sheet Management - Normally when a pipeline isometric is generated using ISOGEN, the software automatically breaks the pipeline into multiple sheets; however, in order to reduce the number of drawings to be issued in case of revisions, many companies control the sheet assignment manually. Smart 3D provides functionality to automatically group and assign objects to a WBS item that represents a single sheet of piping isometric drawing.

  • Modularization of Pipe Racks - In many projects, pipe racks are pre-fabricated in sections and shipped to the site for installation. A number of sections could be large on a project. You can use WBS grouping to define modules representing pipe rack sections.

  • Work Package Definition - Although the definition of Work Package varies widely, Smart 3D WBS functionality can be applied in most situations. Typically, design objects belong to multiple work packages, which is allowed by WBS assignment logic.

  • Use of 3D models in Operation and Maintenance – In a typical plant, the actual plant and 3D model representation keep changing due to small and large projects to improve the plant. The as-built project is used to maintain current state of the model. You can either copy or move 3D objects to different WBS projects to manage changes being made. The Smart 3D Drawings and Reports task provides functionality to distinguish objects on the drawing based on their association with the WBS project. For example, as-built objects can be shown in one color/line style and upcoming changes related to a project can be shown in a different color/line style.

In the Common task, you can create new WBS projects and items or edit existing ones. The New WBS Project and New WBS Items commands appear on the shortcut menu when you right-click a WBS project folder or a WBS item on the WBS tab in the Workspace Explorer.

  • Implementing WBS functionality on a project requires making decisions on common factors regardless of the end goal. Careful planning and decision making based on a study of the following factors will lead to successful usage of WBS functionality on projects. For more information, see Appendix: Implementing a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

  • When you edit an object, it retains the current project and/or WBS item relationship. You can change the project parent using Claim. You can change the WBS item relationship using Assign to WBS.

  • To set properties on a WBS project, see WBS Project Properties Dialog Box in the Smart 3D Integration Reference Guide. To set properties on the WBS items, see WBS Item Properties Dialog Box in the Smart 3D Integration Reference Guide.

  • In the Drawings and Reports task, the WBS is used in conjunction with publishing.