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Advanced Features 6.


Some Advanced Features
The purpose of this section is to inform users about some of the more advanced features which are available in Personal ISOGEN , and the extra information which can be provided on the Isometric drawings or in text files. For detailed description of these facilities and others, and instructions on how to use them, users should refer to the Reference Manual. 1. Alternative Text (AText) 2. User Positioned Text (TextPos) 3. Weights and Centre of Gravity 4. User Defined Symbols

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1) AText - Alternative Text What is AText?
AText (Alternative Text) allows users to substitute their own preferred terminology in place of the standard ISOGEN text on the isometric. Example 1. The standard text heading on the BOM for materials needed for fabrication is FABRICATION MATERIALS - as shown here. If required this could be changed to some other text string, for example, FAB SHOP COMPONENTS - when the heading would then look like this.

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Example 2. Where a pipeline connects to a nozzle on a vessel the standard text to indicate this on the isometric is CONN. TO - as shown here. Again, this could be changed to some other text string, for example, ATTACH TO - as shown below. To effect AText changes like these, you don’t need to replace all the standard AText strings that are held in the program, as little as just one word may be changed if that’s all that is needed.

How it Works - The Basics
All the standard text generated on an isometric by Personal ISOGEN is held internally in the program in the form of a series of individual text strings. Each of these text strings has a unique identification number to enable recognition of that text string, both by the program and the user. e.g. The identification number for the text FABRICATION MATERIALS used on Example 1 on the preceding page is -300 while the identification number for the text CONN. TO on Example 2 is -208. The total number of standard text strings held by the program in this way is currently in excess of 300 A standard text string may either be a single character, a single word or a group of words. Furthermore, some special ATexts are, by default, set to a blank word. All the standard text strings, their identification numbers and a description of their uses are listed in the ISOGEN OPTIONS & ATEXT section of the Reference Manual.

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Note that all the standard AText for Personal ISOGEN is stored internally in the program itself. are used in AText definitions. All AText identification numbers are negative and hence must be preceded by a minus sign. Examples -208 ATTACH TO -300 FAB SHOP$COMPONENTS -456 SEE SKETCH ? Advanced Features 6. Default ATRNare held in each isotypeA files L E T directoryV under I \PISOGEN\STANDARD and each has the extension . Foreign Language Use AText can be of particular benefit to non-English language users who wish to produce isometrics containing text in their native tongue. eg -317 -318 will turn off the text strings PIPE NS and CL LENGTH from the summary area along the bottom of the Material List and the centre line length summary will not be included in the drawing. The specific action of ? depends on the particular AText item..Where AText is stored In the Personal ISOGEN system. A $ symbol between two words will cause the string to be broken into two lines.5 If the record consists of the identification number alone.g. the file is automatically accessed by the program every time Personal ISOGEN is run. They are loaded into the isotype directories when a project is created. and the Reference Manual gives full details. as illustrated here. as listed here. The default files can be customised using the Atext Editor or a suitable text editor (e. However there are restrictions governing which characters are permissible. the EDIT program in DOS or the Windows Notepad) for changes to be applied to all projects. This is an ASCII text file that can be created and maintained using any suitable text editor but to simplify the use of this feature there is an Atext Editor available to users of Personal ISOGEN. The Usable Character Set Only standard English. These settings turn off some ISOGEN text which would otherwise over write parts of the drawing frames provided. the corresponding ISOGEN text will be turned off together with any associated data. all you have to do is add a record to the ALTERNATIVE-consist of the AText identification file. Once created. all User defined AText is stored in the ALTE ATI E-EXT RN V T file. Changing An AText String To replace any Personal ISOGEN default text string with your own wording. and certain special purpose characters.FLS files and the . or project specific changes can be made to the copies in the project area after it has been created.ALT. ♦ Upper or lower case letters in the range A to Z ♦ Numeric characters in the range 0 to 9 ♦ A blank space character (from the space bar) ♦ The symbols * + .ALT files can be deleted from the isotype directories for the project. : [ ] ( ) # ’ < > = | & % . L E can then be removed from the appropriate ISOGEN. This will TEXT number followed by the replacement text. A ? symbol causes ISOGEN to introduce data which it has calculated or found in the piping data file. . If you do not have this editor please ask your Piping Design System supplier or contact Alias Limited directly. If you wish to use all this default text and do not want to create any of your own AText at all then you do not need an AT The line defining the ALTERNATIVE-TEXT file file. Users of the Atext Editor will not need to know any more than this but for those using a simple text editor the following will help.

This is below the associated box containing the fixed descriptive wording PIPELINE REF which is part of the drawing frame. Advanced Features 6..7 The definition file for this TextPos would be as follows: Advanced Features 6. newly defined words or word strings should be about equal in length or shorter than the text that is being replaced.6 2) TextPos .User Positioned Text The TextPos feature is used to position various ISOGEN parameters at user defined locations on the user’s own backing frames. Although the AText feature has a considerable degree of built-in flexibility. . As a general rule. The . 4. particularly in respect of word lengths.g. it is most likely that once you have become an established user.) N Take care when assigning AText definitions . Here. Each record in these files includes a code to identify the parameter and the XY coordinates at which the text is to be positioned. Further data is specified to define the character width and height. Badly designed AText can lead to undesirable results .this means the number of spacing-out characters between the data fields is not fixed. To specify text positions. There is a definition file for each “isotype” in the subdirectories under each project. 2. (Obvious exceptions to this are the cases of the single line headings in the Material List region. TexPos has placed the pipeline reference 1P5 empty box allocated for in” H5the . a User Positioned Text Definition file is created with a record for each required parameter. these positions are all in fixed boxes which are next to an associated box containing identification text. Examples of such parameters are ♦ the PIPELINE REFERENCE ♦ the PROJECT IDENTIFIER ♦ the PLANT AREA ♦ the PIPING SPECIFICATION ♦ the DATE OF ISSUE Example In the following example the TextPos feature has been used to locate data in a user defined backing frame at pre-defined positions on the isometric.8 Explanatory Notes 1. Advanced Features 6. e. All Text I/D numbers are negative. All X and Y drawing positions and character height must be specified in 1/100 millimetre units.such as over-writing or incorrectly positioned text. See example below. The 5 file heading lines shown above are all mandatory and must be present in the file 3. (Although Personal ISOGEN offers users the option of using several supplied drawing frames.4 G2 0 that purpose. users must exercise a certain amount of care when defining their own words. you will want to make your own frame design and have your isometrics plotted onto that).sign preceding the number must appear in column position 1. Data input is ‘free-format’ .ISOGEN will not warn you in cases where words are too long and hence cannot be accommodated in the standard space provided on the isometric.

Personal ISOGEN can calculate pipeline or spool . Regular TextPos. You may completely eliminate an unwanted text item that would normally be generated on the isometric but which is not required (for example PLANT AREA) by setting both its X and Y data co-ordinates to zero ( 0 ). I. Number Use -6 Pipeline Reference -8 Revision Identifier -9 Project Identifier -10 Plant Area -11 Piping Specification -12 Pipeline Pressure Rating -14 Processing Date Advanced Features 6. 8. When doing this note from the sketch below where the X and Y fixing points are on the North Arrow. The North Arrow TextPos may also be used to position the North Arrow.9 -15 Insulation Specification -16 Tracing Specification -17 Painting Specification -19 Pipeline Operating Temperature -23 Standard Bend Radius -25 System Isometric Reference -600 to-699 Additional user defined pipeline attributes -700 The North Arrow -702 Isometric Drawing (Or Sheet) Number -703 Number Of Isometric Drawings (Or Sheets) TexPos Table 2 . 6. TextPos identification numbers The following tables list all the permissible TextPos numbers in the Personal ISOGEN system.D. Character Width should be set to zero (0) as this field is not yet operational. Any data following it on a line of input will be ignored by the program. TextPos Table 1. The exclamation mark symbol ( ! ) can be used to denote useful comments. You do not need create a PSTif I N O using the standard ISOGEN file you are O I drawing frame and are therefore not using the TextPos feature.5.TextPos for the Weights and Centre of Gravity facility. -704 Total Weight of all components on DRG -705 " " " Fabrication components only on DRG -706 " " " Erection components only on DRG -707 " " " Offshore components only on DRG -710 Weight of Unlisted Items on DRG -711 Total Dry Weight (empty pipe) for complete pipeline -712 Total Wet Weight (full pipe) -713 Total Insulation Weight -718 Total Fabrication Weight for Pipeline (All DRG’s) -719 " Erection " " " " " -720 " Offshore " " " " " -714 C Of G Dry (Empty) -715 C Of G Dry (Empty) + Insulation -716 C Of G Wet (Full) -717 C Of G Wet (Full) + Insulation 3) Weights and Centres of Gravity (C of G) If component weight information is available. 7.

Operating Files The generation of Weights and C of G information in Personal ISOGEN is achieved through the use of the following user provided text files. Most of the standard symbol shapes that are plotted on Personal ISOGEN isometrics may be redefined by the user if required.11 2. the SGF is only needed if you only want to calculate Weights and C of G for Full pipelines. if available in the 3D Design system. . Detailed component Weights are also available. Advanced Features 6. 4) User Defined Symbols. 4. it may be passed to Personal ISOGEN in the piping component file. This shows how component Weights can be included on the Material List. Empty pipeline 2. IWF and SGF. 2) Detailed Component Weights. (This particular example does not show insulation details). The IWF is only needed if you want to consider the effect of insulation in Weight and C of G calculations. information can be provided for the following pipeline conditions :1.Empty or Full 4. 4. Similarly. Personal ISOGEN can put the results in a text files. If the Piping Design System does not support component weight data the Component Information Module (see Reference Manual for details) allows the user to specify the required data in an external file and thereby take advantage of the facilities within Personal ISOGEN. The minimum file requirements are a CIF and FDF.3 E 510’ 6" N 476’4" EL +56’3" E 508’3" N 479’1" EL +57’7" Advanced Features 6. Insulated pipeline . The Insulation Weights File (IWF) which contains insulation weights for the various Insulation Specifications. 1.10 Examples 1) This is how Weights and Centre of Gravity information can be reported on the isometric: Here. The Function Definition File (FDF) which is a master control file that defines the structure of the CIF. As an alternative to obtaining basic component Weight information from the CIF.weight and centre of gravity. and pipeline contents weights expressed as weight of water for Pipeline Full calculations. 3.6 428. 2. the information is written to a pre-determined area of the drawing frame using the Personal ISOGEN TextPos feature. EMPTY PIPE FULL PIPE WEIGHT LBS C of G POSITION 585. The Specific Gravity File (SGF) which contains a Specific Gravity value for each pipeline reference on the project. The Component Information File (CIF) which holds individual component weights. In addition (or as an alternative) to placing the calculated Weights and C of G on the Isometric drawing. 3) Weights and C of G output to a text file. 3. Explanatory Notes 1. Full pipeline 3. Depending upon the features required. These will provide the capability of generating Weights and C of G information for Empty pipelines only.

The creation of new shapes with new SKEY’s 3. Alias Limited has therefore created a User Defined Symbols Editor which allows the graphical construction of Symbols and the creation of the Binary file in the required format. the standard shape for a globe valve that looks like this Could be made to look like this Using X-Y points. Further Information Full details of these and other ISOGEN features can be obtained through your Piping System supplier support channel or by contacting: Alias Limited 16 Seymour Court Tudor Road Manor Park Runcorn Chechire WA7 1SY England Tel: +44 (0)1928 579311 Fax: +44 (0)1928 579389 Email: Info@alias. Scaling of symbols Creating a User Defined Symbols File Whilst in principle it is possible to create a User defined Symbols file using a text editor to create records in the required format and then converting this file to Binary foramt using a translator available from Alias Limited.FLS: The command set in the symbol file permits the following operations :1.For this is a very laborious and time consuming process. Advanced Features 7.12 These shapes are defined as ISOGEN Symbol Keys (SKEY’s) and the creation of new of shapes like these is achieved through the use of a User Defined Symbol File that contains redefined data. the standard weld neck flange shape here Could be made to look like this This is how these new shapes would look on the isometric - Advanced Features 6. This file must have an entry in the Or visit us on our Web Page at WWW.alias.1 7. the redefinition of symbol shapes for existing SKEY’s . If this utility has not been provided with your Personal ISOGEN installation please ask your Piping System supplier or contact Alias Limited directly.