By following these tasks in order, you can create and customize your own piping reference data.
Define Piping Specification Rules
When defining your piping specification, the first step is to define the rules that apply to the entire project. Most of these rules are independent of the individual piping material classes that you will be defining later. However, there will be a few cases where you will need to come back to the piping specification rules after you have defined your piping material classes. For more information, see Piping Specifications Common Tasks.
Define Piping Materials Classes
A piping material class is a classification of components based on design data and service limits and is independent of nominal piping diameters and commodity items. Numerous piping material class rules define the design data and service limits. For more information, see Piping Materials Classes Common Tasks.
Define Welded Connections Rules
If your piping materials class uses welded connections, you need to define rules for those welded connections. For more information, see Welded Connections Common Tasks.
Define Bolted Connections Rules
If your piping materials class uses bolted connections, you need to define rules for those bolted connections. For more information, see Bolted Connections Common Tasks.
Define Piping Symbols
Almost all parts, also known as commodity items that you will place in the model are represented by a symbol. A symbol is nothing more than a graphical representation of the part. In addition to the symbols that are delivered with the software, you can create your own custom symbols for placement in the model. For more information, see Piping Symbols Common Tasks.
Define Piping Parts
Parts, or commodity items, are placed in the model. In addition to the parts that are delivered with the software, you can add your own parts to the catalog for placement.