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............................................................................................................................4...................5........12 Structural Components ................................ 15 2..................................................... 18 2............................... 12 2........................... 19 2........................................................................................................... 19 2................................................................................. 25 3...........................................14 Branch (BRAN).......6 Buttons ............................9 Grids........................... 20 2.......................2 Objectives ...........................................5 Element Names in PDMS................................6 Units ......... 14 2.................................................4.............. 20 2.............5...................... 22 3............................................15 Piping Components.................1 How PDMS can help you .7 Link Labels ..................................................3 Checkboxes......13 Pipe (PIPE)......................................4....................................... 10 2 AVEVA PDMS Fundamentals.................................................................5....4 How data is stored in PDMS ......2.....................................................4...........................5.......................................................11 Sub-Framework (SBFR)..............5 Using this guide ................................................................................. 10 1.................................Contents 1 Introduction ..........................5 Paragon.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................4.................2 How PDMS is structured ..........................................8 Sub-Volume Model (SVOLM)............................................................................................................. 27 3.4......................................................................................................1 Aim ...................3 Context Pop-up menus ..............................................................................................................2.......4.............................. 10 1......................................................................................................................................2...............4 Course Structure............................................................................................1 Accessing the Design Environment...... 28 3... 25 3............................................................................... 27 3......................4............................. 18 2.....................3 Prerequisites ......................... 21 3 User Interface Basics ........................................2.....................................................................7 Axis System.....................................................................4.................................4........................................ 26 3..........com 3................. 15 2................................................... 16 2....................................................... 10 1.....2 Draft.5.........................11 Actioning Form Inputs ...................................................................................................9 Structure (STRU)...................................................................................................................7 Lexicon ........ 11 2............ 10 1....................... 19 2....................4...................................................4.............................2 Site (SITE).............................................................................3 Isodraft .........................................4...................................................................................................................................................... 17 2.......................................................12 Alert Forms.......................2 Radio Buttons...................................... 24 3..5..................................... 23 3..5.........3 PDMS Databases.....2...................................................4 Equipment (EQUI)...............................................................................................................................................................................................................3 Using the Mouse .....................2 Sub-menus ...........................................8 Fold-up Panels ....................................................... 10 1.......4................ 19 2.............................. 19 2.................................................................................................................... 22 3............................................. 28 3.......... 19 2........................................................2........................................................ 20 2............................................................................ 15 2........................... 27 3................................1 Design ......................5............................................................................................................4......................................................................................................... 26 3.........................................6 Propcon .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................13 Dockable Forms .....................................................................................................................................................................6 Primitives.................4........1 Tabs ............7 Volume Model (VOLM).......................... 19 2..................... 18 2......... 30 5 ................................................. 18 2...5........................................................................................................5 Scrollable Lists ....................... 24 3..............................................................4................................5...................................................................................1 World (WORL)..........................................................4 Using Menus..4................................ 18 2....................................................................................2 Default Screen Layout ....... 19 2..........................5...................................................................................aveva................3 Zone (ZONE)......1 Pull-Down Menus ................................................................ 28 3.................10 Framework (FRMW)...... 29 www..................................................................... 23 3..... 28 3...............10 Form Menus ......................... 13 2.......................................................................................................5 Sub-Equipment (SUBE) .......................... 27 3...................................................................................................................................................................................... 12 2..............5......................4 Text Boxes ....................... 11 2....................................................................4 Admin ...........................................................5 Using Forms ........................... 19 2........................................................................................................................................................................... 14 2........................................ 28 3...................................................2.................................................................. 29 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...................................7 Command Window...................................com 5......................................................3 Setting the View Direction..............................2 Members List......................................................................................10........................................................ 52 4................................9............3 Clone Views ..............................2 Using the 3D View Pop-up Menu .....................1..............................................2 Fence Selection....................................6.................................................................. 50 4........................................................2.............................................................................................. 38 3..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................6 Using Toolbars ..........6....................................................................................................................1 Using the View Menu ......10................ 60 4.......................................................................................Colour Tab....................8...2 Command Window Pop-up Menu .................................................................................... 40 3...........5 View Projection Mode....................2 Local Views ...... 42 3........................... 73 5............................................................................................................................... 42 3................................... 62 Exercise 2 .................................................. 78 5........7 Setting the View Centre..................................................................9 More View Menu Options ......................................1 Graphics Settings – 3D Views Tab ..... 58 4.............. 66 5............2................................................................. 82 6 .............2 Using the View Menu ........................AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3.................... 33 3...............3 Clearing the Graphical Selection.........10 Saving Changes to the Databases – Save Work.................................................................................................................4 Using the Element Pop-up Menu ..............3 Pan .......................................... 44 Exercise 1 .............................................................. 33 3......2........2...................................... 71 5.......................................... 73 5.............................................................6 Controlling the speed of middle mouse button operations.........4 Reinstating the Previous Graphical Selection..4 Rotate.............. 68 5.....................................11 Updating Databases to Show Other Changes – Get Work .......................6....10.................................... 58 4.................. 79 5............................................................. 75 5...12 Undo and Redo.............................. 68 5........8................................................ 61 4........................1 Using the View Control Buttons ..........................................................4 Deleting using the Command Window.......... 59 4.................................................. 41 3......................................................... 67 5......................................................................................................1 Multiple Views .............................3 History Toolbar ............. 60 4............2 Graphics Settings ............................................ 45 4 Displaying Modelled Elements .......................................... 61 4... 69 5.....9.........................................................1 Modes of Operation in 3D Views ................ 80 www........................................................................... 42 3.............................................................................................7.........10 Graphics Settings .............................................................9................................................................................10................... 70 5.......................... 43 3....................................................................1.........................................................14 Leaving PDMS ......................................2 Setting the View Limits...6 Zoom.......................... 35 3.......................... Local and Clone Views ..................................9........................................................................3 Deleting using the Default Toolbar.....5 Walk ................. 63 5 Working with 3D Views ............................................................................ 74 5.............. 39 3.................................................... 73 5..........3 Graphics Settings – Representation Tab .......................... 43 3..........3 Using the 3D View Pop-up Menu . 72 5.................................6.........................................4.. 35 3.....2 Using the Drawlist Form..................1 Populating the Drawlist Form ................................................1 Selecting Items Individually................................................................................................................................................................................................aveva........................................................9 Deleting Elements from the Databases ......................................3 Navigate to Element Button ............................................................................................................................3...........................................................................................................................13 On-line Help ............................. 34 3.......................................8 Clipping................................2....... 79 5............ 66 5.................................................................................................................. 74 5.......2 Graphical Selections .......1 Deleting using Design Explorer..................................................................................................3 Additional Drawlist Functions .............................................. 50 4.......... 50 4.......................................................................................................... 33 3.............................................4.........8....... 40 3....................................1 Building the Drawlist ...................................4..................................... 66 5................................. 71 5................. 56 4...................................................................................................................................................4 Multiple.............................1 Setting the Middle Mouse Button Options......................................2............1 Design Explorer..7.........................................6..3............................................................................................... Pan................................. 66 5...................................................................................................... 79 5..............2 Zoom .......................................2............................................................................................................................................................................. 69 5...........................................................................................................8 Navigating the Databases ...................................................................................................... 75 5.......................4 Graphics Settings – Steelwork Tab....................................1 Entering Command Syntax ......................................1.........................................................2................................ 67 5.. 40 3............................................................ Rotate and Walk...........................................6.. 72 5.................................2 Deleting using the Main Menu......................

......2 Positioning Explicitly...........AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 5........................................... 89 6......................................................5....................4 Executing the Search .......... 125 Exercise 5 ..................................................................................................4.......................1 Pseudo Attributes................................5 Feedback................... 135 8....................................................................................................................................................................................... 115 7...................................................................................3............................ 127 8 Introduction to Model Editor............................. 139 8............. 93 6...2............................................................................. 122 7............................................................. 88 6............aveva............1...3 Setting Orientation using Rotate .......................................................5 Graphics Settings – Plines and Ppoints Tab. 99 6......5..............................................................3 Positioning Relatively ...............................................4.....................6 Claimlists in Multiwrite Databases ...................... 106 7.......................................... 133 8......................... 141 www..................2.................................................................................................................1 Display Axes on CE ..............2 Automatic Scrolling .......................................2.............................................................................................1 Creating Group Worlds ...........................1 The Positioning Control Toolbar..........................2..........................................2 Overview of Model Editor Operations................................................................................... 97 6....................... 98 6........................................................... 132 8................................ 137 8...................2 Scope of Search..................................................................................................................................... 131 8...................................................................................4 Planar Movement Handles.....................................................................2..5 Rotation Handles.................. 88 6................................................................. 118 7.................2 User Defined Attributes ................................................ 115 7...................4...................................2 Groups .................................................................................................................................1 The Locator Handle............................................................2.........6 Unconstrained Positioning ..................................................................................... 132 8....... 133 8............................ 93 6.............................................................................. 131 8............................... 92 6.. 100 Exercise 4 .......1 Aligning the Graphical Selection with points or lines on other displayed items .. 133 8...................................... 142 7 .................................................................2........... 89 6............................................. 134 8... 113 7.....5.....................................3 Querying and Displaying Attributes.................................................4 Modifying and Deleting User Grid Systems ........4 Modifying Attributes..............................2............................1 Creating 3D Rectangular Grids ................10....3 Grid Display Options .......................... 106 7.............................................................. 133 8..............................................................1 Element Attributes ...........................................................................................................1 Model Editor Mode .............................................................4........................... 109 7..........................................4 Locator Handle as a Frame of Reference..................................................................... 114 7...................... 82 Exercise 3 .............com 8........................ 111 7.....8 Performance........3 Attribute Filters ...............................................4....................................................................................2. 102 7 General Utilities......................2 Setting Orientation using Axes.5............................................................ 133 8.............................................................................. 109 7............ 134 8....................................................................3 Alignment ...........................................................................................6 Positioning and Orientation Using the Edit Menu .............. 135 8.............................................................................4 Positioning and Orientation using the Locator Handle ..........................................5 Displaying Picked Positions in Grid Coordinates ............................................4...........................................................................................................................................3 Managing Groups.......................................................................5 Search Results .......................1...........3 The Selection Menu ........................2 Creating Group Sets .... 141 8.............................................................................................................. 108 7..................... 131 8.................................................1 Display Characteristics.......................................................................................................................5 User Grid Systems.................................... 113 7..................................................1 Movement............................................................ 99 6....................... 141 8.......1.................................................. 120 7...........4 Search Utility ............5 Graphical Equipment Modification (GEM).....................2.........................................................................................................................................................................................2...................................................1 Lists....... 95 6.............6 Dragging the Locator Handle Independently of the Graphical Selection .................2 Rotation ........................................................... 124 7...................................2 Positioning.....4... 113 7........ 90 6...................................................... 118 7. 135 8........5............... 135 8.....................................3 Linear Movement Handles .5.....................2....................4............................................................................................ 132 8................................. Positioning and Orientation......................... 107 7....... 83 6 Attributes.... 124 7...............................2............................................................................7 Undo and Redo .......................................................................................................................................1............................................................................................3 Orientation ...............2 Creating 3D Radial Grids ..........................................................................................................................................................2........................................................................1.....................................................3.................4......................................................................................................................................................3..........................................................4....4......................................................................................3 My Data ........................................1 Specifying the Items to Search for ........

....................................... 152 9...................................2 The Equipment Application .....1 Creating the UDET....................................................................................................2............................................................................................................................................4 Creating the Primitives ...................... Sub-Equipment and Origin ...... 204 11........................................ 208 12............................................................................3 Creating E1302A using Copy Mirror .............................................................................................................. 150 9................................................................................................... 184 Exercise 8 ........................................................................................... 153 9............................com 8 .....................................................................................................................1.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 187 10 Equipment Modelling Using Templates.................. 164 9..............................2 The Modify Menu...............1 The Principles of Modelling Equipment ................. 188 10............................................................... 190 10.................................................................................................................3.............................. 208 12....................................................................................................................................................................................................................4 The Orientate Menu ...............................................................................................................................................................................................3 The Position Menu .................................................................................................. 210 Exercise 11 ...............................................................1........................ 188 10............... 152 9................................. 214 Cone (CONE) ..............................................................................................................3 Creating Equipment – A Worked Example ........................1 Rules for the Content of Import XLS and CSV Files .................................................4 Equipment and Primitive Orientation .................................................. 215 Snout (SNOU)................................................................................................................................................4 Creating Volume Models – A Worked Example . 205 Exercise 10 ............................................................................................................................................ 200 11.............................3 Primitives..... 169 Exercise 7 .....................2 The Equipment Hierarchy ... 219 Nozzle (NOZZ) .................................................................1 Information .................2.......................2...........aveva...1 Selecting Attributes to Output . 214 Cylinder (CYLI)......................................................................................... 160 9.................................................................................4................2..... 210 12............... 217 Dish (DISH) ......................1................................................................ 195 Exercise 9 ...............................................1 The Volume Model Hierarchy....................................1 Import Equipment Utility ................................................................................AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Exercise 6 ..........................................................................................................2 Creating E1302B.................................................................. 165 9..............................................................................................................................2 Equipment Report Utility........................................................................................... 203 11........ 156 9..............................................2................ 153 9......................... 220 www...... 151 9.........................................................................................................2...................................... 150 9......................... 207 12 Volume Modelling ................................................................................................................. 202 11......................................2. 163 9................................................................................. 208 12.................1.................1 Equipment Template Overview......................................................... 218 Solid of Revolution (REVO) ........5 Equipment.........................................3.....................................................4........................................................................................................................................................................................ 163 9.......... 188 10..............................................................2 Creating Standard Equipment – A Worked Example ..................................................3 Creating Primitives ............................................................................................................................................................................ 214 Box (BOX).......1 The Create Menu .................................................................................................................................3 Creating the EQUI Element..........................................................................................................................................................1 User Defined Elements (UDETs) for Equipment......2 Creating the Primitive.... 167 9............2.............2 Outputting Attributes .......................................................................1..................................................................... 218 Extrusion (EXTR) ................ 215 Pyramid (PYRA) .......................................................1......1 Creating the Hierarchy ...............................................................2.......... 213 APPENDIX A – AVEVA Equipment Primitives ........................................................................................................................................................................2.....................................................................................................6 Naming Equipment.......................... 153 9.......................................6 The Equipment Toolbar......................................................... 150 9.........................................................3................................................................. 166 9........................... 198 11 Equipment Utilities ................................... 217 Sloped Cylinder (SLCY) ............................. 145 9 Basic Equipment Modelling............................................................ 216 Rectangular Torus (RTOR) ..................................... 188 10............................. 209 12................................................................ 200 11.................................. 168 9.....................................................2 Creating VOLM and SVOLM Elements...................................... 209 12.....................................................................................................2.5 The Connect Menu.................... 150 9........................1...............3....... 216 Circular Torus (CTOR).....................................................................................2 Information and Decisions.......................

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demonstrations and set exercises. and complete the set exercises. here is a summary.4 Course Structure Training will consist of oral and visual presentations. 1. 'Choose function' Example files or inputs will be in the courier new font. Menu pull downs and button press actions are indicated by bold dark turquoise text.com 10 . colours and styles used as before.aveva. Each workstation will have a training project. These applications use common features within the Design module that designers need to be familiar with before embarking on discipline specific application training. Positioning and Orientation of Elements Introduce the Model Editor for graphical model manipulation Explain how to create Equipment in PDMS Explain how to create Volume Models in PDMS 1. 1. 1.2 ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ Objectives Explain how PDMS can assist in Plant design Familiarise trainees with the basics of the User Interface Explain how to manipulate the model in 3D Explain Element Attributes. www.3 ƒ ƒ ƒ Prerequisites Keyboard Skills Familiarisation with Microsoft Windows Knowledge of Plant Design 1. populated with model objects. This will be used by the trainees to practice their methods. Information the user has to key-in will be in bold red text.e.CHAPTER 1 1 Introduction AVEVA PDMS is a complex program with different applications that enables discipline designers to create a 3D model of a plant design.1 Aim The aim of this training module is to provide the basic knowledge of the common features that provide the ‘foundations’ for PDMS Design. Annotation for trainees benefit: L Additional information Refer to other documentation System prompts will be bold and italic in inverted commas i.5 Using this guide Certain text styles are used to indicate special situations throughout this document.

no matter how many users there are on the project. piping and HVAC isometrics and interfaces to a variety of stressing. which are only found during the erection stage of the project. PDMS allows you to see a full colour shaded representation of the plant model as your design progresses. 2. adding an unprecedented level of realism to design office techniques. analysis.com 11 . size. All this information is stored in databases. With PDMS. all piping component sizes and geometry are predefined and stored in a catalogue. full size model of all the significant parts of a process plant. detailing and visualisation products.CHAPTER 2 2 AVEVA PDMS Fundamentals The AVEVA Plant Design Management System (PDMS) is a multi-discipline 3D modelling system that allows you to simulate a detailed. Indeed. using 2D drawing techniques. This model becomes a single source of engineering data for all of the sections and disciplines involved in a design project. Different types of output from PDMS All the data in a PDMS design would be of little value without the ability to ensure the quality of the design information. fully annotated and dimensioned arrangement and detailed drawings. This is a time consuming process that often leads to expensive errors. www. it would be pointless to develop such a large software system if it could not improve on existing techniques. PDMS contributes to the quality of the design in the following ways: • Ensures consistent and reliable component data In a conventional design environment. part numbers and geometric relationships for the various parts of the plant. the size of each fitting must be decided before it can be drawn. There are many different output channels from the databases through which information can be disseminated including textual reports. This ensures that all items are true to size and are consistent throughout the design.1 How PDMS can help you In the model you can store huge amounts of data referring to position. which cannot be changed by the designer.aveva.

AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Adheres to definable engineering specifications Piping specifications and steelwork catalogues stating precisely the components to be used are compiled for the purpose of ensuring consistent. allowing visual checks on the model from different viewpoints and resolves any potential problems as they arise. www. Design applications for piping. By using the powerful clash checking facility within PDMS. PDMS enables you to avoid such problems in two ways: 1. Through the course of a project. In this module the plant model is built and the data stored in one or more databases. such as arrangement drawings.com 12 . reports etc can be updated and reissued with the minimum of effort. safe and economic design.aveva. cable trays and steelwork all use specifications to control component selection. • Ensures correct geometry and connectivity There are many different ways of making design errors. Component selection is provided through specifications that dictate which catalogue components can be used. traditional design office techniques are still subject to human error. or simple alignment errors. • Annotation and dimensions obtained directly from the Design database Extracted information from the PDMS database. such as incorrect fitting lengths. The main features are: • Creation of new design elements. HVAC. which are trying to share the same physical space. incompatible flange ratings. this can be done interactively or retrospectively. drawings. and general arrangements in confined areas using conventional 2D methods. will always be the latest available as it is stored only in one source. 2. 2. • Avoids component interferences Despite a wealth of skill and experience in plant design. piping isometrics and reports.2. information is constantly changing and drawings need to be reissued. Laying out complex pipe runs. The main modules and their purpose are listed below.2 How PDMS is structured PDMS is divided into a number of functional modules which access the databases for a different purposes.1 Design Design is the graphically driven data input module for the 3D model in PDMS. The databases contain a three-dimensional description of all items in the plant. PDMS can check all of these using data consistency procedures built into the system to check all or individual parts of the design model. • Design • Draft • Isodraft • Admin • Paragon • Propcon • Lexicon 3D Model Design 2D Drawing Production Isometric Drawing Production Project/User Administration Catalogue and Specification Construction Properties Construction User Defined Attributes and User Defined Element Type creation 2. inevitably leads to clashes between elements. which will detect clashes anywhere in the plant. By viewing the design interactively during the design process. When this happens.

The annotation can be in the form of labels attached to design elements or 2D annotation such as drawing notes. project pricing.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • • • • Modification of existing design elements. C of G. The dimension itself is calculated automatically and is recalculated every time the drawing is updated. These applications are: • • • • • • • General Equipment Pipework Cable Trays HVAC Designer Structures Cabling System 2. project timing. etc.2 Draft Draft is used to create annotated.2. drawing frames. lines. Viewing of the design model interactively by graphical manipulation. The Design module has a number of discipline applications and sub-applications to assist discipline designers in building models efficiently. tables. dimensioned arrangement and detail drawings. Dimensions are projected distances between connecting points (P-Point) in the 3D design. MTO.aveva. The design database can be interrogated through the drawing database. but it cannot be changed from within the Draft module.com 13 . Annotation attached to a design data element on the drawing will move if the 3D position of the element changes. e. Example DRAFT output www. weight. etc. Clash detection to find interferences between design elements. Creation of reports.g.

PDMS has Teams.2. draftspeople. the members of which are called Users. Automatic splitting of complex drawings. complexity and configuration of the plant. Automatic spool identification.3 Isodraft Isodraft produces dimensioned symbolic piping and HVAC isometrics for construction and erection purposes in various formats. On a large project. These Teams can consist of any number of Users and can be organised by discipline or physical work areas. Example ISODRAFT output 2. In much the same way as in a design office (with its section leader. User-defined drawing sheets.4 Admin Large plants designed using PDMS are usually broken down into individual areas (either physical areas or design areas).com 14 . • Form reasonable design subdivisions with sensible match-lines and design content. www.).aveva.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 2. Isodraft facilities include: • • • • Full material lists.2. the System Administrator will first agree with Project and Design Management the breakdown of the PDMS project into sections which: • Are relevant to the needs of project reporting and control. • Enable enough designers to work in parallel with simultaneous access to carry out their design tasks. etc. depending on the size.

com 15 .2. For example.2.2. Paragon is used to construct the component catalogue just as Design is used to construct the design data.g.7 Lexicon Lexicon enables the definition of User Definable Attributes (UDA) that may be assigned to PDMS elements so that additional information may be stored in the databases and extracted into drawings and reports. In addition.aveva.g. :PUMP or :EXCHANGER www. the same catalogue component may also appear in other designs proceeding at the same time. an EQUI element may be designated as an element type of. whereas the design data is specific to a particular design. wall thickness. The PDMS component catalogue is used to specify the geometry. For example. expansion coefficients. 2. e. density.6 Propcon Propcon is used to input and edit data within the Properties database. Young’s Modulus. It should be noted that.5 Paragon Paragon is used to create and modify the component catalogue and specifications stored in the Catalogue database. component weight. The database contains data for materials. catalogues and specifications may be specific to a company but general to a number of projects in that company. The catalogues in PDMS serve a similar purpose to the manufacturers’ catalogues. corrosion allowance. 2. structural.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The main features of the Admin module are: • Access Control (Teams and Users) • Databases (DB’s) • Multiple Databases (MDBs) • Database management functionality 2. etc. User Defined Element Types (UDET) may be defined to enhance the engineering terminology in the project and differentiate between types of the base element. HVAC and cable tray components.. as well as component data. connection information. obstruction and detailing data of piping. which you would refer to when using conventional design methods. say. e. etc.

therefore. creating or modifying data held within it. In order that each user can see the required design components modelled by other users and refer to the common catalogue. creating and modifying data within it. Update databases allow only one user at a time to work in the database. There are several different database types. A project.com 16 . Update or Multiwrite and an MDB may contain each type. As this data is common to all users of each discipline. There may be several MDBs for a project. The database system is called Dabacon and is exclusive to AVEVA. Simplified scenario using Update databases Multiwrite databases allow any number of users to work in the database simultaneously.aveva. property and user defined attribute data that is held in different types of databases. references are made to catalogue. may consist of a number of Design databases for each discipline. i. multi-discipline projects are executed using discipline specific designers who will use specific applications in PDMS to construct the model components for their specific discipline. When constructing the model.3 PDMS Databases The heart of PDMS consists of a set of hierarchical databases that store the model data. a ‘claim list’ concept is used to avoid www. each defining specific groups of databases.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 2. as only one user at a time can modify the data this may cause a bottleneck on busy project schedules. These databases are called Reference databases. Generally. the Design and Reference databases are grouped together into a Multiple Database (MDB). property and user defined attribute data. structured specifically for plant design data storage and each type of database stores different data. for users with different tasks to perform. This set-up is easy to administer but on a large project will require a large number of databases. Databases can be of two types. In order to control the modification of the data.e. each user will refer to a common set of data for the project. In addition.

Claim lists are discussed in more detail later in the Training Guide. These are known as attributes. www.com 17 . completely define its properties. below which all other data exists. The topmost data level in all databases is called the WORLD.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 a ‘last saved’ scenario for element modification to occur. Each element has a number of associated pieces of information that. together. The PDMS Design Database Hierarchy (part) Each identifiable item of data is known as a PDMS element.aveva.4 How data is stored in PDMS Each hierarchical database is a ‘tree’ like structure similar to the hierarchy of directories and sub-directories used to contain the files on a computer. Simplified scenario using Multiwrite databases 2.

related equipment in another. it is empty except for a single element named the WORLD.g. whose size is not necessarily determined by physical area. Each element can have many members. Most of the element types are abbreviated. The abbreviations are shown in parenthesis. e. the elements depend on which discipline you are modelling. The vertical link between two elements on adjacent levels of the database hierarchy is defined as an ownermember relationship. it must be owned by a site. usually to the first four letters of the full name.2 Site (SITE) Below the WORLD.4 Equipment (EQUI) Equipment items are built up in PDMS using elements known as primitives.g. Each element may only exist in its correct position in the hierarchy. The SUBE can own primitive elements. The lower level elements are members of their owning element. a SITE is the owner of a ZONE and the ZONE is a member of a SITE. and so on. 2. e.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 In this hierarchical structure all elements are owned by other elements. for example be the whole project. All elements are owned by another element with the exception of the WORLD. Elements that are owned by another element.3 Zone (ZONE) The next level below a SITE is a ZONE.4. such as a piping system in one ZONE. A SITE may be considered as a significant collection of plant. optionally.g. Each database has its own WORLD element as the first element in the hierarchy. The ZONE is a member of the SITE. It may. 2.g. Below ZONE level the hierarchy is discipline dependent.5 Sub-Equipment (SUBE) A SUBE is an optional element to sub-divide an EQUI.e. www.aveva. are said to be members of the owning element. but it can only have one owner. a ZONE may not be directly owned by the WORLD. a ZONE is not necessarily used to define a physical area. 2. Each piece of equipment can comprise any number of primitive shapes positioned in space to represent the equipment item.1 World (WORL) When the database is first built.4. The primitives may be owned directly by the EQUI element or by a Sub-Equipment element.4. the second level of the hierarchy is SITE. it is more likely to store similar types of items for easy reference. You can have as many SITEs within a PDMS project as required for data organisation.com 18 . 2. e.4. The World cannot be deleted or renamed. or one part of a large project. i. You can have as many ZONEs owned by a site as required for data organisation. by a user-specified name. The element on the upper level is the owner of those elements directly below it. As with a SITE. Every element is identified within the database structure by an automatically allocated reference number and. when they are displayed in the user interface. e. but by practical considerations. 2. SITE and ZONE elements are common to all disciplines. with the exception of the WORLD.4. The following sections give descriptions of the main element types in a PDMS Design database. a ZONE is owned by a SITE.

e. A SVOLM may own any primitive except a NOZZ. They are used by other disciplines to create catalogue components.4.7 Volume Model (VOLM) A VOLM is a ‘simplified’ version of an EQUI element.11 Sub-Framework (SBFR) A SBFR is an optional element that can own structural components. In PDMS the start and finish points are called the Head and Tail. A VOLM may directly own any primitive except a NOZZ.9 Structure (STRU) STRU elements are administrative elements.e.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 2. to be done more efficiently.12 Structural Components Structural profiles are represented in PDMS by section (SCTN) elements.4. depending on the configuration of the pipe. Examples of primitives are nozzle (NOZZ). Tees or other Heads and Tails.8 Sub-Volume Model (SVOLM) A SVOLM is an optional element. Plate elements are represented by Panel (PANE) elements and curved profiles are modelled using a Generic Section (GENSEC) component. 2. They may run between several end connection points and are usually grouped by a common specification and process. 2.4. which have known start and finish points. pyramid (PYRA). and also reporting.4.g.com 19 . 2. A complex structure can be divided into logical frameworks. 2. 2. 2. This allows volumes to be modelled without them being called Equipment items.4. 2. box (BOX). cylinder (CYLI).13 Pipe (PIPE) Pipes may be considered like lines on a flow sheet. they exist to own FRAMEWORK elements. i. similar to a SUBE. and allow the plant structures to be sub-divided for ease of modelling and reporting.4. to sub-divide a VOLM. or left open ended. each with its own features which when combined with other primitives can represent complex shapes. Profile sizes are selected using a section specification that references standard catalogue data for section sizes complying with various national standards or company standards.4. 2.6 Primitives Primitives are the basic building blocks of PDMS. cone (CONE) and dish (DISH). They are used to further sub-divide complex projects or for modelling sub-assemblies within a framework.14 Branch (BRAN) Branch elements are sections of a pipe. www. Dividing the structure in this way allows structural modelling. Heads and tails may be connected to Nozzles. by copying a complete FRMW.4. There are many types of primitives.4.10 Framework (FRMW) FRMW elements are used to store structural components in the model.aveva.

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A Branch may own a wide variety of components such as Gaskets (GASK), Flanges (FLAN), Elbow (ELBO), Tees (TEE), Valves (VALV), etc. These form the shape and geometry of the Branch and ultimately the Pipe itself. Piping components are selected using Piping Specifications that reference standard catalogue data. For example, each time you want to use a 100mm bore elbow, PDMS always accesses the data for it from the component catalogue. The data for these elements remains constant no matter how many 100mm bore elbows are used in the design.

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Element Names in PDMS

Any element in a PDMS database may be given an explicit name. Names enable you to identify elements and to produce meaningful reports from the database. Which elements you name is a matter of choice, however, in general ‘significant elements’, e.g. SITE, ZONE, EQUI, SUBE, PIPE, BRAN, STRU, FRMW, SBFR, etc. would be named. It is not usual for primitives to be named. The WORLD is named /* and cannot be renamed. Element names in PDMS must comply with the following rules: • Element names begin with a forward slash, e.g. /MY_MODEL. Generally, most design items give you the opportunity to name them from the element creation form. You do not have to enter the forward slash on such forms as it is added automatically when the Return (Enter) key is pressed. • Element names must be unique across all databases in the MDB. • Element names are case sensitive, e.g. /P1001A, /P1001a, /p1001A and /p1001a are all valid, and different, names. • Element names must not contain spaces. Any character such as forward slash (/), Underscore (_), hyphen (-), asterisk (*), etc. may be used as separators. • Element names must be a maximum of 50 characters. If an element is not explicitly named it receives a system name, e.g. CYLI 2 of EQUI 1 of ZONE 2 of SITE /MY-MODEL. Internally PDMS does not use names to identify elements but a unique database reference number so that an element may be re-named at any time. These reference numbers are never re-used if an element is deleted and are, therefore, remain unique throughout the life of the project. On some forms the reference number is used in place of the system name and will look something like =23584/2152.

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Units

Internally PDMS works in millimetres; however, the current session units may be set to metric or imperial for data input and output. The units may be changed at any time during the session. For metric units the number of decimal places for the output may be specified and for imperial units different output styles are available, i.e. • • • • Inches – part units expressed as fractions, e.g. 39.3/8 Feet & Inches – e.g. 3'- 3.3/8 Feet & Inches – e.g. 3'- 3.3/8" Feet & Inches – e.g. 3ft 3 3/8in

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Axis System
PDMS uses the right hand rule to express the co-ordinate system and rotation: In Design, the WORLD has a world co-ordinate system whose origin is at X 0, Y 0 and Z 0. PDMS assigns cardinal directions to the X, Y and Z axes, i.e. • X is East • Y is North • Z is Up

Many elements in PDMS have position and rotation attributes. Such elements have there own axis system, conforming to the right hand rule, and the position and orientation are expressed with respect to their owner. Refer to Chapter 6, Attributes, Positioning and Orientation, for information on the Position and Orientation attributes.

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User Interface Basics

This Chapter describes the basics of the user interface including accessing the Design environment, the use of the mouse, menus, forms and toolbars and the Design Explorer.

3.1

Accessing the Design Environment

PDMS may be started by selecting Start>All Programs>AVEVA>PDMS 12.0>Run PDMS from the task bar or from a pre-defined desktop icon. Starting PDMS displays the AVEVA PDMS Login form: The AVEVA PDMS Login form controls access to PDMS. The available entries for Username are determined by the Project selected and the available entries for MDB are determined by the Username selected. The Project, Username and MDB may be selected via the option arrows adjacent to each textbox.

Each arrow will display an appropriate form from which the selection may be made. Alternatively, the entries may be keyed in with the Return (Enter) key being pressed after each entry.

When a valid Password has been entered the Change button on the AVEVA PDMS Login form is activated which enables the Password to be changed directly by the user. Clicking the button displays the Change Password form where the new password may be entered and confirmed The required PDMS Module, i.e. Design, Draft, Paragon, etc., may be selected from the pull-down menu. The Restore Views checkbox becomes active once a module has been previously entered. Checking this box will restore the screen layout, including forms and views.

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Default Screen Layout

The first entry into the Design module displays the default screen layout:

This default layout may be modified to suit individual preferences, e.g. additional forms may added to the layout, forms may be moved and ‘docked’, forms may be pinned/unpinned as required, toolbars may be moved or docked around the edges of the screen. Some of these features are described later in this Chapter. After exiting PDMS or changing to a different module, a subsequent return to the Design module will restore the screen layout as it was left in the previous session.

3.3

Using the Mouse

L A three button mouse, preferably with a scroll wheel middle button, is required for PDMS The mouse steers the graphics pointer around the screen and is also used to select or ‘pick’ items by using the mouse buttons. The buttons perform different tasks depending on the type of window, and the position of the mouse pointer in the window. The appearance of the pointer will change according to the type of display item that is underneath it. There are two techniques used when operating the mouse buttons, Clicking and Dragging: • Clicking - the pointer is positioned over a specific point on the screen. Clicking and releasing a mouse button ‘picks’ whatever is displayed at that point on the screen. This technique is generally used for selecting items in graphical views, operating gadgets on forms and for selecting lines in scrollable lists. • Dragging - the pointer is positioned over a specific point on the screen, the mouse button is clicked and held down whilst dragging the pointer to another position on the screen. To complete the operation the button is released at the second position. This technique is mainly used for manipulating the design model in graphical views, moving forms/toolbars around the screen and for operating sub-menus.

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Option shown as plain text: When this type of option is highlighted. dragging with the left mouse button activates the command represented by the highlighted menu option when the button is released. Pull-down Menus. L If. where available. entering data in a form. for details of using the mouse to manipulate the model in graphical views. clicking the left mouse button will directly perform the action described in the menu item. See Chapter 4. after displaying a pull-down menu.4 Using Menus There are three types of menu in PDMS. e. Each menu item has one of three options that result in different actions when the option is selected: Options followed by a triangular pointer: Placing the cursor over this type of menu entry displays a sub-menu.The left mouse button is the main button for selecting items. In a sequence of menus. i. etc. confirming a message.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The functions of each of the three mouse buttons are described below: • Left Mouse Button .The principal use of the middle mouse button in the Design module is to manipulate the model in the 3D graphical view.Clicking the right mouse button displays context pop-up menus.aveva. Option followed by three dots: When this type of option is highlighted.com 24 . Sub-menus and context Pop-up menus. • Right Mouse Button . scrollable lists.4.g. Displaying Modelled Elements.1 Pull-Down Menus Clicking an item on the menu bar with the left mouse button displays the pull-down menu items: As the pointer is passed over the menu items they are highlighted in turn. 3. selecting an item. clicking the left mouse button in a 3D View will dismiss the pull-down menu. the effect depends on the type of selections that are being made. On a form. clicking the left mouse button will require some user input. no menu item is required.e. check boxes. • Middle Mouse Button . buttons. radio buttons. etc. www. On a graphical view clicking the left mouse button with the pointer over a design element selects the element. 3. fold-up panels.

they turn the selection On or Off. Some toggles also have separate buttons on a toolbar which are ‘pressed’ when the menu option is selected: 3. If such a menu option is turned on. i.g. The checkmark is not displayed if the menu option is Off.3 Context Pop-up menus Context Pop-up menus are context sensitive and are accessed by clicking the right mouse button.4. highlighting another option on the pull-down menu will dismiss the Sub-menu.com 25 . it is possible to have a Sub-menu of a Sub-menu. Sub-menus may contain any of the three menu options described above. If none of the menu items are required. Alternatively. e. 3.4. a subsequent opening of the menu will display a checkmark next to the item.e.2 Sub-menus Highlighting a menu item that is followed by a triangular pointer displays a sub-menu.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Some plain text menu items are toggles. Explorers and forms: www. Context Pop-up menus are available from the 3D Views. The menu options depend on where the pointer is located at the time of the mouse click.aveva. clicking the left mouse button in a 3D View will dismiss the Pull-down as well as the Sub-menu.

sometimes collectively referred to as gadgets. When a form is displayed.com 26 . settings may be changed. accepted or cancelled without applying any changes. reset to initial values.5. depending on the design of the form. the mouse being used to select the appropriate controls and the keyboard to enter the data. Grids and Fold-up Panels. www.5 Using Forms Forms are used to display information. Input to a form is usually via a combination of mouse and keyboard. enter data and to modify data. Scrollable Lists. Radio Buttons. Forms typically comprise an arrangement of Tabs. 3. Checkboxes. Buttons.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3. Text Boxes. The current tab is highlighted with a yellow strip along the top of the tab label. Link Labels.1 Tabs Tabs are used to change to a new ‘page’ of the form.aveva. A tab is selected by placing the pointer over the tab and clicking the left mouse button.

to set it ON or OFF. move the pointer into the box and click the left mouse button. or qualifying. A horizontal scroll bar may also be displayed along the bottom of the list. i. To de-select a highlighted option on a multi-item list. names.e. where applicable. 3.e. Multiple selections. or OFF. the data required adjacent to it. e. A text box often contains a default entry when first displayed. Checkboxes are not mutually exclusive so any combination of check boxes on a form may be ON or OFF. Repeated clicks toggle a selection on and off.e. A text box will generally have a label describing. Turning a radio button on will automatically turn the other radio button(s) in the group OFF.5. i. values. To change the status of a check box.5.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3. www. 3. with all selected options highlighted simultaneously. dimensions. i..5. When complete.3 Checkboxes A checkbox may be either ON. To select a list item click the required selection with the left mouse button.2 Radio Buttons Radio buttons are combined in groups and only permit one selection of the group to be set ON.5 Scrollable Lists A scrollable list is displayed as a vertical list of options within a form. The Backspace key will clear the box of any content. selecting any option deselects all others automatically.g.aveva. move the pointer over the check box or associated text and click the left mouse button. To enter data into a text box. are made using standard Windows selection functionality. the Ctrl and Shift keys. Moving the pointer up and down the list highlights each list item in turn. to be entered. Other lists allow multiple selections. i. acceptance of the input is confirmed the by pressing the Return (or Enter) key. the box has no checkmark displayed. If required for the length of the list. When first displaying a form containing text boxes. etc.5. Key in the required data using the keyboard or edit any existing entry as necessary. To select an option from a scrollable list. click on it again.4 Text Boxes Text boxes enable alphanumeric data. Some scrollable lists allow only a single selection.e. i. i. To set a radio button ON move the pointer over the radio button or associated text and click the left mouse button. click with the left mouse button on the list or the down arrow to display the list items.e. 3. the first text box on the form will be current and a text pointer (a vertical bar) will be displayed in the box. a vertical scroll bar is displayed on the right hand side of the list. and entries with the wrong type of data will not be accepted. the radio button with the filled dot in the centre.com 27 . Some text boxes will accept only text or only numeric data.e. a checkmark (tick) is displayed in the box.

3. Once unfolded the circle button on the panel header changes to show two ‘up’ arrows. These options may be any of the other gadgets.6 Buttons Buttons may be any size and have either a text label.com 28 . similar to a spreadsheet.5. it is not underlined when the pointer is moved over it. hiding its contents. i. The functionality will be explained in detail when encountered in the training guides.9 Grids Grid gadgets appear on forms where data is displayed in rows and columns. Clicking the button will fold-up the panel. The button may take direct action when activated.e. the functionality differs between forms that contain these gadgets. the text is underlined when the pointer is moved over it. or inactive.aveva.5. When a Fold-up Panel is hidden it displays a circle button with two ‘down’ arrows on the right hand side of the panel header. display a form or toggle a setting. Link Labels may be active. How this is shown depends on the Appearance settings of the Windows Display Properties. When a toggle button is ON it is shown as ‘pressed’. Link labels are used by moving the pointer over an active label and clicking the left mouse button. i. i.5. column sorting and column filtering. reveal more options. 3. Each button usually carries a Tooltip to describe the purpose of the button. Buttons are used by moving the pointer over the button and clicking the left mouse button.e. a sketch (picture) or a solid colour (swatch) within it that conveys the purpose of the button.10 Form Menus Some forms contain a menu across the top of the form.8 Fold-up Panels Fold-up Panels are used to ‘extend’. The grid gadget has the capability of column grouping. Clicking the button opens the panel to reveal the options contained within it. 3.e. Form menus have the same functionality and options as described previously for menus.5. www.7 Link Labels Link Labels are text that links one form to another. large forms. 3.5. however.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3.

• Cancel any changes made to the form since initially opened.5. Where a form does not contain a Dismiss button a Control form menu item is usually provided.5.g. The OK and Apply buttons enter the current form settings as command inputs. The form will usually have to be acknowledged using an OK button before proceeding.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3. prompts and requests for confirmation of changes.aveva. however.12 Alert Forms An Alert form is used to display information such as error messages. which carry out particular command options (extensions of the Apply concept). The Cancel and Reset buttons cancel any changes made to the settings of the form. This should only be where no other option to dismiss the form is provided. Some forms contain more specific types of control buttons. The Dismiss button simply closes the form. • Close the form. e. 3. This pulldown menu will contain a close option which dismisses the form. Cancel also closes the form. Add and Remove buttons. www. the Goto.11 Actioning Form Inputs Most forms include at least one control button which is used to either: • Enter the command option represented by the current form setting. the OK button also closes the form whereas the Apply button leaves the form displayed further input.com 29 . Where neither a Dismiss button or Control pull-down menu are provided the form may be dismissed by clicking the Close button on the top right hand side of the form with the left mouse button.

When dockable forms are initially displayed they will dock at their default position. they can be fixed in a particular place on the display. the docking tool previews the docking position using a shaded area of the display. i.aveva.13 Dockable Forms Some forms are dockable.5.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3.com 30 . This position may be changed by dragging the form’s banner with the left mouse button. As the form is moved. docking icons are displayed to aid the docking process. When the form is dragged over one of the docking aids. www.e.

additional docking aids for docking the new form over the previous form are displayed.com 31 .aveva. The additional docking aids work in the same way as previously described. releasing the left mouse button will dock the form in the selected position.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Once the required docking position has been achieved. www. If a dockable form is dragged over a previously docked form.

hidden or displayed: Clicking the Pin (tooltip Auto Hide) button on the form header ‘hides’ the form under the tab in the adjacent edge of the display. the tabbed group must be undocked first and then separated by dragging the tab away from the group. Passing the cursor over the tab displays the form which may be used in the normal way.aveva. Once a dockable form has been docked. To separate the forms. www. If the screen layout has been modified selecting Settings>Reset Windows Layout from the main menu will restore the screen to the previous layout in that session.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 If the central Tab button of the docking aids is used.e. it may also be pinned and unpinned. the form being docked will form a tabbed form with the form(s) it is being dragged over. Clicking the Pin button removes the tab and displays the form.com 32 . i.

6 Using Toolbars Toolbars group together gadgets. All toolbars may be moved by dragging with the left mouse button as per standard Windows functionality.7. In this mode. for a particular set of commands or commands related to common functionality.7 Command Window The Command Window enables the user to directly interact with the database(s) by entering valid command syntax to manipulate. create. are displayed as and when required. valid command line syntax may be entered on to the active line. The active line may be edited before executing the command(s). supplied with PDMS. are displayed by default. www. Some toolbars. There is no definitive list of command line syntax. except for names. add or remove the checkbox icon. Toolbars such as the Positioning Control Toolbar.com 33 . however. are displayed when the appropriate application is entered. 3. HVAC Designer Toolbar. The currently displayed toolbars are indicated by the checkbox icon adjacent to the toolbar name. Previously entered commands may be recalled to the active line by double-clicking the left mouse button on the required line in the Command Window or by using the up and down arrow cursor keys to step through previous syntax entries until the appropriate line is found. Toolbars such as the Equipment Toolbar. whilst others. scrollable list and text boxes. These toolbars may be displayed at other times but the gadgets contained in them will be inactive. Command line syntax is executed by pressing the Return (Enter) key. 3. The Command Window is a dockable form and is displayed by selecting Display>Command Line… from the main menu. Command line syntax is not case sensitive. the Design Reference Manuals. however.g. this functionality is outside the scope of this training guide. Most toolbars may be dragged from the main window border into another area of the screen layout to form a standalone toolbar. which is common to all applications. Toolbars may be selected for display by clicking the right mouse button in the ‘blank’ area adjacent to the main menu to display a list of the available toolbars. Pipework Toolbar. Reports may also be output to the Command Window. is displayed only when an operation that may use this functionality is selected. modify and query any database element. The toolbars may be docked around any edge of the main window and in any configuration. buttons. usually those containing common functionality. i.e. etc.aveva. The gadgets on the toolbars operate in the same way as described previously for forms. usually containing more specialised functionality.1 Entering Command Syntax After clicking in the Command Window with the left mouse button. is a useful reference for Command Syntax. L Toolbars may be customised and new toolbars created. the shape and configuration of the toolbar may be modified by dragging its edges. e. Selecting a toolbar from this list will toggle its display on or off.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3.

com 34 . Conversely. to be submitted for processing in the Command Window. Medium or Large: • Clear – this option clears the Command Window of all text. This option enables macro syntax. such as error handling to be used.g. graphics will only be updated at the end of the macro rather than after each command.aveva.7. as if they had been typed into the Command Window. • Paste – this option enables single or multiple lines of text.2 Command Window Pop-up Menu Clicking the right mouse button in the Command Window displays a pop-up menu with the following options: • Copy – this option allows a single highlighted line or multiple highlighted lines to be copied from the Command Window to the clipboard. • Font Size – this option has a sub-menu that allows the font size in the Command Window to be set to Small. Some operations available from the forms and menus cannot be replicated in the Command Window. The last line will not be executed but becomes the active line and must be executed manually by pressing the Return key. e. which has been copied to the clipboard from any source. This option will execute each line of the text as a separate command. L Care should be taken when using the Command Window as all commands entered act directly on the database elements. • Paste as Macro – this option first creates a temporary file containing the copied macro commands and executes this as a macro. For a large number of commands this option gives better performance. some operations in PDMS can only be performed via the Command Window.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3. www.

either via the forms and menus or the Command Window act on the CE. primitives. See section 7.g..com 35 . One element in the Design Explorer will always be highlighted. ZONE.e. SITE. There may only be one Current Element at any one time and most commands. menus and documentation. By selecting the Piping option from the pulldown at the top of the Design Explorer and activating the filter by checking the Filter checkbox. Each element’s type is shown. The icons are only displayed where the elements own other elements. For example. are displayed with their system generated name. however. etc. www. other discipline elements are restricted. often abbreviated to CE in forms. The user interface provides several tools to facilitate navigation. the current user may be a Piping Designer routing and modelling pipes. the Design Explorer has a filter that. i. or elements that are explicitly claimed. Elements that have been created or modified in a Multiwrite database with an explicit claim.1 Design Explorer The Design Explorer is a dockable form that provides a ‘tree’ view of the database elements in the current MDB. Elements that have not been explicitly named. Where elements have been explicitly named the name is displayed without the leading forward slash. are displayed in Bold text in Design Explorer until they are unclaimed.8. the Piping elements are left unaffected.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3.1. Functionality for commands to act on more than one element at a time is explained later in this training guide. Elements in Update databases are not displayed in Bold text. EQUI. when activated.aveva.6 – Claimlists in Multiwrite Databases for further information on claim lists. 3. 3. restricts the display of elements for other disciplines. This is referred to as the Current Element.1 Design Explorer Filtering As the databases in the current MDB may contain many thousands of elements.8 Navigating the Databases Being able to navigate around the databases and the database hierarchy is an essential part of successfully working with PDMS. e.8. The tree can be expanded and collapsed by using the and icons adjacent to the database elements. together with its name.

Equipment and Structural function in a similar way. Displaying Modelled Elements. e. See section 6 for details of querying.1. • Show Attributes – this option displays the Attribute form for the Current Element.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Equipment elements only display the Nozzle (NOZZ) primitives. www.this option has a sub-menu and enables elements to be displayed or removed from the 3D View.com 36 . if any. • Rename – this option displays the Rename form: The element name may be modified by entering a new name in the Name text box and clicking the Apply button. that they own. no elements below the Framework (FRMW) level are displayed. if any.aveva. • Un-name – un-names the CE so that its Name attribute is unset.8. The filters cannot be extended or edited. 3. This functionality is covered in Chapter 4. For Structural elements.2 Design Explorer Pop-up Menu Clicking any element in the Design Explorer with the right mouse button displays a pop-up menu with the following options: • 3D View . displaying and modifying attributes. The pull-down menu options are: • Only – renames only the CE • Re-name all – renames the CE members. The other filter options. All other primitives owned by the equipment are not displayed.g. as the pipe may need to connect to these elements. Hangers&Supports. that have derivative names of the CE.

the pasted element is named Copy-of-nnnn. • Add To My Data – This option adds the Current Element to a My Data collection.aveva. Copy-(2)-of-nnnn. where nnnn is the name of the Current Element. all elements owned by the Current Element.com 37 . Refer to Chapter y. www. Releasing the left mouse button creates a copy of the CE. The same naming conventions apply as described above. • Copy – this option copies the Current Element to the clipboard. Copy-(3)-of-nnnn. a line is displayed showing the potential location of the copy.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Delete – this option deletes the Current Element.e. for details of the MY Data functionality. If the element is unnamed. etc. L It is possible to copy and paste an element in Design Explorer using Drag & Drop functionality. If the element is named.g. General Utilities. e. Clicking the No button retains the CE. elements cannot be copied across databases using this functionality. • Paste – this option copies a valid element from the clipboard to the current location in the Design Explorer. Where more than one copy of a named element is pasted the second and subsequent elements will contain a sequential copy number. A confirmation message is displayed before deletion. i. providing it is within the same database. the pasted element is allocated a system name. i. Clicking the Yes button permanently deletes the CE from the database. • New Explorer – This option creates a new Explorer for the Current Element and below. Holding down the Ctrl key and the left mouse button on the CE and moving the pointer.e.

These elements are discussed in the appropriate discipline training guide. whenever the user changes CE. Clicking on an element in the Members list makes it the CE and the display changes accordingly.1. Although lacking much of the functionality of Design Explorer it remains a valuable part of the PDMS user interface for database navigation.8. This option is disabled if Expand to CE is not selected.TUBI and ROD elements are Piping and Cable Tray components respectively. in the owning zone and make it the CE. and makes it the CE. See the Basic Drawing Production training guide for details of these options. • Show TUBI/ROD – If selected. if found. Pressing the Return key navigates to the element. this option automatically expands the tree when the CE changes (if not already expanded). if it exists.3 Explorer Settings Selecting Settings > Explorer… from the main menu displays the Explorer Settings form: The form contain check boxes that toggle the following settings: • Auto Collapse Tree – If selected. this option displays all TUBI and ROD elements in Design Explorer. any expanded node not containing the selected CE is automatically collapsed. An element name may be entered in the text box at the top of the form. The Draft Explorer section of this form is outside the scope of this training guide. 3.aveva. i. Clicking the left arrow would go to the previous EQUI element. clicking the right arrow would go to the next EQUI element.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3.e.8. If the element name is invalid and/or not found a Cannot access element “nnnn” error message is displayed. • Expand to CE – If selected. with an EQUI element as the CE. The CE is identified by highlighting. • Hide non-writable Template Worlds – If selected. If there is no previous or next element of the same type a List exhausted for nnnn error message is displayed. this option hides all non-writable Template Worlds in Design Explorer. if it exists. where “nnnn” is the entered name. blue when selected and grey otherwise (depending on the Windows Settings).2 Members List The Members list was the pre-cursor to the Design Explorer in previous versions of PDMS.com . This applies to all active explorers. 38 www. where nnnn is the name of the owning element. The Members list is a re-sizeable form that displays the database elements in the current MDB. L . Unlike Design Explorer. only the CE members and owners are displayed. in the owning ZONE and make it the CE. The left and right arrows either side of the text box enable up (left arrow) and down (right arrow) navigation from the CE at the same element level.

The left and right arrow buttons adjacent to the pull-down enable backwards (left arrow) and forwards (right arrow) browsing through an historical list the have been the CEs in the current session. For elements with Catalogue or Specification References.3 History Toolbar This History Toolbar keeps a list of recently visited elements names and is persistent from session to session. ZONE. For other elements. then an error message is displayed. An element name may be selected at any time from the displayed list to become the CE.aveva. As soon as keyboard entry starts the pull-down opens and displays progressively filtered element names from the entire MDB. PIPE.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Selecting the GoTo>Reference… option on the form menu displays the GoTo Reference form: The contents of the form depend on the element type. The maximum number of lines in either list is 15. clicking these attributes with the left mouse button will navigate to them in the GoTo Reference form and the Members list. depending on the characters entered. www.g. These element names from the pull-down may be selected to become the CE. The Back button list consists of those elements that were CEs before the current CE and the Forward button consists of elements that were CEs after the current CE. Subsequent opening of the pull-down will show the element names previously selected by this method. BRAN. more attributes are displayed. e. limited attributes are displayed. an element name may be entered into the pull-down. The pull-down displays the CE.g. NOZZ. Any element name may be selected from the lists to become the CE. If the name does not exist. The incorrect name will remain in the input field until a new current element is selected. EQUI. 3. For some elements. etc. etc.. e. however.8. thus enabling navigation within reference databases.com 39 .. thus allowing a mistyped name to be edited without the need to retype the entire name. Each arrow button contains a control that opens a scrollable list that holds part of the historical list.

Whichever method is used to delete database elements.com 40 . if a SITE is deleted.2 Deleting using the Main Menu The main menu Delete pull-down has the following options: • CE – this option deletes the current element and displays a confirmation message as described above.9. A confirmation message is displayed naming the list to be deleted.9 Deleting Elements from the Databases Elements may be deleted from the databases in several ways. If the elements are visible in the 3D View they will be highlighted. which highlights the element in the current highlight colour. all of the ZONEs owned by it will be deleted and any elements. 3. • Identified – this option deletes elements identified in the 3D View.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3. such as EQUI. Clicking the Yes button deletes the element. It is important that deleting a database element will also delete all of the elements in the hierarchy owned by it. PIPE. For example. Pressing the Esc key terminates the selection process and displays a confirmation message: • List – this option deletes all the elements in the current list.1 Deleting using Design Explorer Clicking the right mouse button in the Design Explorer displays the pop-up menu that contains a Delete option.aveva. Choosing this option displays a confirmation message naming the CE to be deleted. If displayed in the 3D View the elements are highlighted. owned by the ZONE will also be deleted.9. except the Command Window. PDMS will always issue a confirmation message requiring a positive response from the user before deleting the element(s). An element is identified by clicking on it with the left mouse button. 3. STRU. www. etc.

A confirmation message is displayed.com 41 . as described in section 3. The form displays the current element members which may be selected for deletion by clicking them with the left mouse button. A confirmation message is displayed naming the current element whose members will be deleted. are displayed. Clicking the Apply button displays a confirmation message giving the element name. 3.3 Deleting using the Default Toolbar . Clicking the OK button displays a confirmation message naming the element to be deleted. Standard Windows use of the Ctrl and Shift keys enables more than one element to be selected.aveva. Displaying Modelled Elements.10. • Members – this option has a sub-menu: Selecting the All option from the sub-menu deletes all the members of the current element but does not delete the current element itself. Selecting the Selection… option from the sub-menu displays the Delete Selection form. • Name… .9. Clicking the button with left mouse button deletes The Default Toolbar contains a Delete CE button the current element. www. see Chapter 4.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 For an explanation of Lists and their use.2. If more than one element is selected a series of confirmation messages.this option displays the Name form: The name of a database element may be entered in the Name text box. one for each element selected. Selected members are highlighted.

DELETE CYLI. If elements are deleted using this method. www. no confirmation message is displayed.com 42 .9. whereas the Save Work operation affects only those databases to which the user has Write access. There is no auto-save in PDMS and. the effects of the changes are applied only to a copy of the design data until the databases are updated. • Entering GETWORK in the Command Window. Design changes made by other users during your current PDMS session will not be shown in your working copies unless they are updated explicitly. DELETE EQUI.aveva. . In either case a confirmation message is displayed.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3. the databases must be updated explicitly by the user. 3. 3. DELETE ZONE. It is advisable to save work regularly to avoid losing design changes in the event of an unforeseen problem.g. Clicking the Yes button saves the database changes. Database changes may also be saved by entering SAVEWORK in the Command Window. L All databases to which the user has Read access will be updated by the Get Work operation. Updating the databases to incorporate the current design changes may be achieved by: • Clicking the Save Work button on the Default Toolbar • Selecting Design>Save Work from the main menu. In this case no confirmation message is displayed.4 Deleting using the Command Window The current element may be deleted using the Command Window using the syntax DELETE <element type> where <element type> is the element type of the current element.11 Updating Databases to Show Other Changes – Get Work Design changes made by the user are shown immediately in the working copies of the databases. etc.10 Saving Changes to the Databases – Save Work When changes are made to the design model during a PDMS session. therefore. . e. Updating these databases may be achieved by: • Selecting the Get Work button on the Default Toolbar • Selecting Design>Get Work from the main menu.

The Help>About option displays information about the current version of PDMS being used. There is no limit to the undo or redo within a Design session. if a position or orientation of an element is modified or an element is added or deleted. Introduction to Model Editor. unless in Model Editor Mode.aveva. any Save Work or Get Work commands issued will clear the undo and redo stacks. www.e.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3. whereas.e. on-line help is available from all modules in PDMS via a Help option on the main menu. it is not possible to undo beyond the last Save Work. It is important to understand that these buttons will only undo or redo database changes. these are database changes. Selecting Help>Contents or Help>Search from the main menu displays the same tri-pane form but with the focus on the appropriate tab. for information on the use of Undo and Redo in Model Editor Mode. Refer to Chapter 8. Pressing the F1 function key at any time displays the help topic for the currently active window.com 43 .13 On-line Help In addition to the electronic documentation provided with PDMS. changing the display colour of an element is not a database change.12 Undo and Redo Undo and Redo commands are available from the Edit menu on the main menu or from buttons on the Model Editor Toolbar. i. i. 3. The Contents pane enables the user to browse through the help topics whilst the Search tab lets the user search for help by performing a key words search. however.

com 44 . Where no changes have been made to the databases a Confirmation alert is displayed.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 3. Clicking the Yes button exits PDMS and clicking the No button aborts the exit command. Clicking the Yes button saves the changes and exits PDMS. If changes have been made to the databases a Question alert message is displayed asking whether the changes are to be saved or not.aveva. www.14 Leaving PDMS To leave a PDMS session select Design>Exit from the main menu. clicking the No button doesn’t save the changes and exits PDMS and clicking the Cancel button aborts the exit command.

Click the arrow button adjacent to the Username textbox to display the Select User form: Scroll down to find.com 45 . Click the arrow button adjacent to the Project textbox to display the PDMS Projects form: Click Sample from in the form grid. the USERA entry on the form grid.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Exercise 1 Entering PDMS or select Start>All Programs>AVEVA>PDMS 12.aveva. The form will dismiss and the project name displayed on the login form. Enter A (upper case) in the Password textbox and press the Return key.0>Run Double click the Run PDMS desktop icon PDMS to display the AVEVA PDMS Login form. and then click. The form will dismiss and the user name displayed on the login form. www.

aveva. The form will dismiss and the MDB name displayed on the login form. Click the OK button on the AVEVA PDMS Login form.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Click the arrow button adjacent to the MDB textbox to display the Select MDB form: Scroll down to find.com 46 . the TRAINA entry on the form grid. Select the arrow button on the Module options list and select Design from the displayed list. The module is displayed on the login form. www. and then click.

• Click and hold with the left mouse button on the Design Explorer title bar and move the cursor to undock the form. • Select Display> Members… from the main menu to display the Members form. • Right click in the empty area to the right of the main menu to display the list of available toolbars. The windows are moved and docked using standard windows mouse commands. i. After a short time PDMS is opened with the default screen layout: Mani Manipulating the Display Many of the forms and menus can be positioned. www. displayed. Select the Positioning Control option and note the appearance of the toolbar. although it is inactive. the docking icons are not displayed when it is moved. Note the displayed docking icons.e.aveva. Drag the toolbar onto the 3D graphics view. resized and docked on the screen as required. noting the ones that are checked. • Select Display>Command Line… from the main menu to display the Command Window.com 47 . These positions will be remembered for the next time you enter AVEVA PDMS.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Splash screen is displayed while PDMS is loading. Resize the form by dragging the edges/corners as required and move it to a suitable location. noting that it is not a dockable form. Dock the Command Window in different places.e. Try docking different toolbars around the edges of the display. Try docking the Design Explorer in various positions. • Click and hold with the left mouse button over the left hand edge (four vertical dots) to display the standard Windows move icon. i.

Note that no members are shown below the FRMW level as no elements relate to piping. Note that only the nozzle elements are displayed as they relate to piping.aveva.ZONE and the PUMP1 elements. With the list open press the P key and note that the highlighted entry is the first PIPE in the list. • Click on each of the PIPE elements in the ZONE to make each one the current element. • Note the change in the main menu and toolbars.com 48 . www. • Use the Equipment and Structural filters and note the resulting display in Design Explorer on different element types. • Expand the STRUC. TANK2-STRU and TANK2-FRMW elements. Press the P key several times and note that the list steps through the entries whose name begins with P. These are specific items for the Equipment Application. followed by the TRA.ZONE. This will auto-collapse the Design Explorer tree. pipe2 and pipe2-b1 elements to show the branch components.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Accessing Applications The default application in Design is the General application. Note that all of the pipe components are displayed. Navigating the Hierarchy • In Design Explorer click on the icon adjacent to the TRA. • Left click on the down arrow adjacent to the left arrow on the History toolbar to display the list of previously current elements. • Expand some of the different element types in the ZONEs to see what type of elements they own. Other Design module applications are accessed from the main menu: • Click the Design item on the main menu with the left mouse button to display the menu options. PIPE.SITE entry and note how the tree view expands to show the ZONEs owned by the SITE. • Select other applications from the Design menu and note the changes in the main menu and toolbars. The Equipment application is loaded. • Use the Forward and Backwards arrows and their associated history list to navigate in Design Explorer. • Expand the ZONE entries to show the members of each ZONE and note the element types contained within. Note in the Members list the other primitives that make up the equipment. • Expand the EQUIP. • Select the Piping entry in the Design Explorer filter options list with the left mouse button and left click the Filter check box to activate it. • Move the pointer to highlight the Equipment… item on the menu and then select by clicking the left mouse button. as indicated by the main window banner.ZONE. Note in the Members list the other primitives that make up the framework. Double left click the Design WORL * entry to expand it.SITE.

Right click on Copy-(2)-of-TANK1. has been created in the different ZONE. Right click on PIPE. www. Select Delete from the pop-up menu and click the Yes button on the subsequent confirmation message. Make Copy-of-TANK2 the CE. Copying Elements with Design Explorer • Right click on TANK1 in Design Explorer to make it the CE and display the pop-up menu. Drag the pointer. Select the Copy option and then right click on TANK2 to display the pop-up menu again. this time selecting the Paste option. • Select Control>Close from the Members form menu to close the form. On the Members form left click the TRA.com 49 . Select the New Explorer option and note that a new Explorer. Select Delete>CE from the main menu and click the Yes button on the subsequent confirmation message. • • Deleting Elements • • • • Make Copy-of-TANK1 the CE. Click the Undo button on the Model Editor Toolbar. in Design Explorer noting the displayed line. after the CE. TANK2.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Left click on the Design WORL * element at the top of the Design Explorer. The last deletion is undone and the element Copof-TANK2 restored to Design Explorer. named Copy-(2)-of-TANK1. In the Command Window enter DELETE EQUI and press the Return key. Multiple Design Explorers • Right click on the EQUI. At a suitable place in the hierarchy simultaneously release the key and the left mouse button. Note that a further copy of TANK1. • Right click on PUMP1 in the newly created explorer to display the pop-up menu and again select the New Explorer option to create another explorer labelled PUMP1 Explorer(2). still holding down the Ctrl key and the left mouse button. Note the differences between the display of the Members list and the Design Explorer and how the Design Explorer and Members list track the current element when the other is used. Hold down the Ctrl key and click and hold down with the left mouse button on PUMP1 in Design Explorer. Saving Work Click the Save Work button on the Default Toolbar or select Design>Save Work from the main menu.ZONE explorer.ZONE element in Design Explorer to make it the CE and display the Design Explorer pop-up menu. • Left click TANK1 in the main Design Explorer and note that it highlights the element in that explorer and in the EQUI. Left click on PUMP1 in the main Design Explorer and note that it is highlighted in all three explorers.ZONE and select Paste from the pop-up menu. named Copy-of-TANK2 has been created at the selected position. Click on the Delete CE button on the main menu and click the Yes button on the subsequent confirmation message.e. Note that a copy of TANK2. Note that a copy of TANK1 has been created and named Copy-of-TANK1.SITE entry and then any of the ZONE elements.aveva. i. labelled EQUIP.ZONE Explorer(1) is created. Note that there is no confirmation message of the deletion.

set the view limits and set the viewing direction. e. an EQUI. When elements are added to a Drawlist. i. not all database elements need be in a Drawlist. i. 4. Scaling the required elements to fit the 3D View. a list of database elements to be displayed. i. Setting the View Direction.e.1 Building the Drawlist PDMS uses the concept of a Drawlist. an EQUI and some PIPEs. Building the Drawlist.g. Elements may be added or removed from a Drawlist at any time during a Design session.e. Selecting the Drawlist… option displays the Drawlist form: www.com 50 .aveva. 4. i. In order to view the design in a 3D View. are also added to the Drawlist.1 Populating the Drawlist Form Right clicking on the Pick Object to Hide – or – Right Click for Drawlist Options button on the left hand side of the 3D View displays the Drawlist Options pop-up menu. i.1. Setting the View Limits. e.g.CHAPTER 4 4 Displaying Modelled Elements This chapter describes how to view the required model elements. a number of items. Which direction are the elements to be viewed from. a complete SITE or the whole model. i. Before any element can be displayed in a 3D View it must be added to a Drawlist. thus making the Drawlist a very powerful tool for viewing the model.e.e. the basic things to consider are: • • • Which elements are required to be viewed. However. The Drawlist may consist of a single element. All elements in the Drawlist must exist in the databases.e. any element that is a member of the added element. they can be seen in Design Explorer.e. elements owned by the added element.

1. In either case. which makes it the CE.1. To see the elements in the Drawlist it is necessary to update the list using the Refresh Lists button on the Drawlist form: If the added elements are the first elements to be added to an empty Drawlist. Subsequent additions to the Drawlist do not affect the limits of the display. If elements are added to the Drawlist. they are not added again. by any method. Clicking the Remove CE from Drawlist will remove the current element from the Drawlist and the 3D View. the display zooms to the limits of the elements.aveva. that are already present in the Drawlist.1 By Drag & Drop from Design Explorer Elements may be dragged from the Design Explorer and dropped into a 3D View.1. Clicking an element in the Design Explorer with the left mouse button.1.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Elements may be added and removed from the Drawlist in several ways.com 51 . as described in the following sections. 4. www.2 From the Default Toolbar The Default Toolbar contains two buttons. and dragging it into a 3D View displays the element(s) and populates the Drawlist. the Refresh Lists button on the Drawlist form must be used to update the Drawlist. Clicking the Add CE to Drawlist button will add the current element to the Drawlist and the 3D View. 4. one for adding elements to the Drawlist and one for removing elements.

1.3 From Design Explorer Clicking the CE in Design Explorer with the right mouse button displays the Design Explorer pop-up menu.e. The 3D View option has a sub-menu that has the following options: • Add – this option adds the CE to the Drawlist. Element colours are detailed in Chapter 5 .com 52 . i.aveva. • Add Connected – this option adds the CE and any elements connected to it to the Drawlist. How elements are connected varies depending on the discipline and is outside the scope of this training guide. Refer to specific discipline training guides for element connectivity.2 Using the Drawlist Form The Drawlist is a re-sizable and dockable form that has many features to help control the Drawlist for a 3D View. Entering REM ALL in the Command Window removes every element from the Drawlist and empties the 3D View. • Add Within Volume – this option adds the CE and any elements that are partially or wholly within a ‘volume box’ whose size is derived from the extremities of the CE.1. 4.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 4.Working with 3D Views. ADD /EQUIP will add the Zone named /EQUIP while ADD /E1301 /C1101 /D1201 will add all the named elements. • Highlight – this option highlights the CE in the designated highlight colour.g. as described earlier in this training guide. essentially three areas as described in the following sections: www. The form has.1. The element type may also be used with the syntax. e. 4.1. ADD ZONE while the CE is the Zone or any member of the Zone will add the Zone to the Drawlist Similarly. • Unhighlight – this option un-highlights the CE.1. • Remove – this option removes the CE from the Drawlist. entering REM CE in the Command Window removes the current element from the Drawlist and the 3D display. Another element needs to be made the CE before the highlighting is displayed. this is because the designated CE colour is dominant.4 From the Command Window Entering ADD CE in the Command Window will add the current element to the Drawlist and the 3D View. The same syntax can be used to remove one or more named elements or the element type. Names may also be used to explicitly add named elements to the Drawlist.

aveva. If more than one element is selected in the Drawlist tab. The groups may be expanded and collapsed by double clicking the group headers with the left mouse button or using the + and – buttons respectively adjacent to the group headers.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 4. Graphical Selections are described in section 5. The tab header changes to Primitives of /nnnn. by clicking the column header with the left mouse button. either an explicit name or system generated name.2. sorted and filtered to suit the users requirements. • Sorting The grid data can be sorted alpha-numerically. • The Graphical Selection tab displays all elements in the current graphical selection. the first primitives of the first element selected will appear in the Primitives tab and the tab titled appropriately changed.com 53 . The grid entries may be grouped.2. Each grid has two columns showing the element Name.1 Tabs and Grid Gadgets The top part of the form consists of three tabs. and the element Type. The grid gadgets in each tab have the same functionality. as described below: • Grouping Dragging a column header with the left mouse button into the area labelled ‘Drag a column here to group by that column’ groups the grid data by the chosen column. where nnnn is the name of the element. Once clicked a small icon is displayed in the right hand side of the www. each of which has a grid gadget: • The Drawlist tab displays all the elements currently in the Drawlist. either ascending (default) or descending. when an element is selected from the Drawlist tab. • The Primitives tab displays the primitives of an element selected from the Drawlist tab list.1.

. The filter text is not case sensitive. selected in the list. • Filtering In the top left hand corner of each column is a filter button and opens the text box to the right of the button. text may be entered into the text box. The Show checkbox in the Display Settings area of the form is checked. only removed from the graphics display.1. effectively making it the current element. The elements are not removed from the Drawlist. Having selected an appropriate filter.2 Drawlist Pop-up Menu Clicking with the right mouse button on any element in any of the tab grids displays the Drawlist pop-up menu which has the following options: L More than one element may be selected from the grid tabs using the Ctrl or Shift keys in combination with the left mouse button. Clicking the button displays a filter sub-menu The filter options are comprehensive and self-explanatory. The grid data may only be sorted on one column at a time.aveva. Where more than one element is selected this option navigates to the first one in the list. in the Design Explorer.com 54 . The grid data is progressively filtered depending on the characters entered. Filters are removed by clicking the clear button at the top right hand corner of the column. The grid data may be filtered on more than one column and filtered data may be sorted. • Show – this option shows the selected elements(s) in the 3D View. 4. www. If more than one column is filtered each column filter must be removed separately. as in standard Windows operations. • Hide – this option hides the selected element(s) from the 3D View. as described above.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 column header to indicate ascending and descending. if they have been hidden.2. The Show checkbox in the Display Settings area of the form is unchecked. • Navigate To – this option navigates to the element.

com 55 . The Colour form may then be dismissed. The Colour button shows the colour of the selected element(s) and displays its colour name. Any colour may be selected from the palette by clicking the required colour button. all lower level elements owned by this element are also modified. See section 7. as shown in the Design Explorer to the Drawlist.aveva.3 for details of My Data functionality.3 Refresh. This button selects the CE. The selected elements on the Drawlist form will be displayed in the new colour. The name of the colour is displayed at the bottom of the form. When the display settings of a top level element in the Drawlist are modified. This button adds the current element. in the selected tab list and highlights the entry. Select and Add Buttons Below the tabs and grid gadgets on the Drawlist form are three buttons that perform the following functions: This button refreshes the grid data in all three tabs and should be used whenever a change to the Drawlist is made. The available settings are described below: If unchecked. If the CE is not in the selected tab list then a warning alert form is displayed.1. When a colour is selected the Colour button on the Drawlist form is updated.2.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Remove – this option removes the selected element(s) from the Drawlist. • Add to My Data – this option adds the selected element(s) to My Data. 4. www. the Show checkbox hides the selected item(s) in the 3D View.1. Checking the box displays the object in the 3D View. Clicking the Colour button displays the Colour form which displays the standard 50 PDMS colours. if hidden. although the operation will change the colour of all selected elements. as shown in Design Explorer.2. 4. If more than one element is selected the colour of the first element selected is shown.4 Display Settings The Display Settings area of the form enables single element or multiple elements selected in the tab grids to have their visual properties in the 3D View modified.

The percentage may be set by dragging the slider with the left mouse button or by clicking the left (lower) or right (higher) arrow buttons at each end of the slider until the desired number is reached. although the operation will change the colour of all selected elements If checked. clicking the button will reset all display settings back to their values before they were changed. 4. This only applies before the Update Display button is clicked. allowing the user to complete the sequence www. 0% is a solid colour and 100% is completely transparent. The Remove button removes the selected element(s) from the Drawlist.e. This setting is often used with semi-translucent elements to ensure a clearer view of the element(s). The number next to the slider label shows the percentage of translucency for the selected item(s). The Reset button is greyed out until one or more the display settings are changed. This has the effect of temporarily suspending any current multi-pick sequence and allowing the obscuring object to be picked.1 Pick Object to Hide Button An object may be hidden. i.1. When active. removed from the display but not from the Drawlist.3 Additional Drawlist Functions Other functions that affect the Drawlist and the visual properties of displayed elements are described in the following sections.3. When active. If more than one element is selected the colour of the first element selected is shown. 4.com 56 . Setting the translucency of displayed elements allows other elements that are obscured in the display to be seen through the translucent element. an object requiring to be picked may be obscured by another element. The Update Display button is greyed out until one or more the display settings are changed. the ‘edges’ of the element(s) are displayed in the 3D View.e. Left clicking the Pick Object to Hide button sets the graphical view so that the next 3D object picked will be hidden.1. say for defining a limits box graphically. by left clicking on the Pick Object to Hide button and selecting an element in the 3D View. In multi-pick sequence. clicking the button updates the display in the 3D View with the new visual properties. This will cause the picked object to be hidden whereupon the multi-pick sequence will be restored.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Translucency slider enables the translucency of elements to be modified. i.aveva.

3 Element Pop-up Menu Right clicking an element in the 3D View will display the element pop-up menu. The Hide option hides the graphical selection from the 3D View. providing they are still in the Drawlist. www.2 Drawlist Options Pop-up Menu Right clicking on the Pick Object to Hide button on the left side of the 3D View displays the Drawlist Options pop-up menu. for information on graphical selections.3. The Remove from 3D View removes the graphical selection from the Drawlist and the 3D View. 4. The Refresh button updates the grid list. Refer to Chapter 5. Working with 3D Views. • Show Last Hidden Object(s) – this option re-shows the object(s) most recently hidden in the current session.this option displays the Hidden Objects form that enables the user to select objects to re-show. providing they are still in the Drawlist.1. The Hidden Objects form contains a grid gadget that displays all objects that are currently hidden. • Show All Hidden Objects – this option re-shows all objects hidden in the current session. • Show Hidden Objects… .3. The objects may be grouped.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 4. Left clicking the button re-shows the objects in the 3D View. Working with 3D Views. for details of the remaining options. filtered and sorted in the same way as the Drawlist form.com 57 . The Show Objects button becomes active when a single selection or multiple selections are made. The following options are applicable to this chapter: See Chapter 5.1.aveva.

a selection of items or an entire model. • Clipbox – this option sets the view limits to the same co-ordinates as the current Clipbox. This list is primarily used for clash detection but may be used for this purpose. if defined. Clicking the Walk to Drawlist button sets the view limits and centres the view to the contents of the Drawlist. can be thought of as a box completely encapsulating the item(s) to be viewed. www. whether it is a single item.2. There are several ways by which the elements to be viewed can be scaled to fit the 3D View: 4. The following options are applicable to setting the view limits.8 for information on Clipping. or a selection of items. Clicking the Zoom to Selection button sets the view limits to the current graphical selection. Scaling of the items is performed automatically by PDMS once the limits of the items to be displayed are known. If there is no current graphical selection the CE is used as the selection. See section 5. The other options will be explained later in this training guide. Right clicking the Limits CE & Options button displays a sub-menu. Left clicking the Limits CE & Options button sets the view limits to the current element.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 4.com 58 .2 Setting the View Limits In order to display items in the 3D View.1 Using the View Control Buttons The view limits may be manipulated using some of the View Control buttons on the left hand side of a 3D View. The limits of an item.aveva. the elements have to be scaled to fit the view. • Obstruction – this option sets the view limits to the elements contained in the Obstruction List.

™ Pick Owner – this option sets the limits box to the extremities of the owner of an element picked in the 3D View.com 59 . • Entire Draw List – this option sets the view limits to the extremities of the entire Drawlist. In this case. the selected element does not become the CE. Walk To differs from Zoom To in that it removes items between the eye position and the target item that are not in the immediate vicinity of the target item. Items in the immediate vicinity of the target will continue to be displayed.by entering values in the text boxes • graphically – by selecting two elements • from the Select form menu that has the following options: ™ CE – this option sets the limits box to the extremities of the CE.this option looks in an explicitly defined direction Refer to Chapter 5. so it may be necessary to remove items still obscuring the target item by removing them from the Drawlist.this option enables an element to be selected graphically from the 3D View. ™ Pick – this option sets the limits box to the extremities of an element picked in the 3D View. ™ Owner – this option sets the limits box to the extremities of the owner of the CE. 4. The From and To co-ordinates may be specified • manually . This form enables a limits box to be set from a volume which is specified by defining two diagonally opposed corners of a 3D box.aveva. Working with 3D Views.2. • Selection – this option sets the view limits to the current graphical selection or to the CE if there is no current graphical selection.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Explicit… . • Identify Element… . • Restore – this option restores the previous limits after a zoom. www. • Look Explicit… .2 Using the View Menu Selecting either View>Zoom To or View>Walk To from the main menu displays a sub-menu whose options set the view limits.this option displays the Volume Design [1] form:.

The menu contains Zoom To and Walk To options that use the current graphical selection. displays the 3D View pop-up menu.4 Using the Element Pop-up Menu Right clicking an element in the 3D View will display the element pop-up menu. as described for the View pull-down on the main menu. The other options on this menu are described elsewhere in this training guide. the cursor is not over a element. The menu contains Zoom To and Walk To options.aveva.3 Using the 3D View Pop-up Menu Right clicking in any blank area of a 3D View.com 60 . i.e.2.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 4. Working with 3D Views for information on graphical selections www. with sub-menus.2. 4. Refer to Chapter 5.

e.aveva. Selecting a direction views the contents of the 3D View in that direction. selecting North views the model from the South. www.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 4. • View>Plan The Plan option sub-menu contains four cardinal directions.1 Using the View Menu The following options on the View menu relate to setting the view direction: • View>Look The Look option sub-menu contains the six cardinal viewing directions.3 Setting the View Direction Although the model may be viewed form any direction.com 61 . 4. looking North. i. Selecting a direction displays a plan view of the model with the selected direction pointing up in the 3D View. functionality is provided for setting the viewing direction to pre-defined and explicit directions and is described in the following sections.3.

i.e. displays the 3D View pop-up menu. 4.3.e. www. is the direction obtained when selecting Isometric>Iso 3.2 Using the 3D View Pop-up Menu Right clicking in any blank area of a 3D View. A direction of e45n35d. East 45º North 35º Down. Each direction corresponds to North towards bottom right.aveva.com 62 . is the default viewing direction and is the direction obtained when selecting Plan>North. North 90º Down. Plan and Isometric options as the 3D with the same functionality. The menu has the same Look. i. i. top left and bottom left of the 3D View.e. the cursor is not over a element. The current viewing direction is displayed in the Status bar on a 3D View: A direction of n90d.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • View>Isometric The Isometric option sub-menu contains four pre-set isometric view directions. top right. A direction of n90d is the default viewing direction and is the direction obtained when View >Plan>North is selected.

AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Exercise 2 Building the Draw List • Right click on the Select Object to Hide or Right – or – Right Click for Drawlist Options button on the left side of the 3D View and select the Drawlist… option from the pop-up menu to display the Drawlist form.com 63 . • Make the PIPE.ZONE the CE and in the Command Window enter ADD CE and press the Return key. Note that only the equipment element TANK2 has been added to the Drawlist.ZONE element in Design Explorer to display the Design Explorer pop-up menu. • Right click the EQUIP. Click the Refresh Lists button to update the Drawlist display. Note that the Drawlist is empty as no components have been added to the 3D View.ZONE element the Current Element (CE) by left clicking it in Design Explorer and click the Add CE to drawlist button on the Drawlist form to add the remainder of the pipe branches to the 3D View. • In Design Explorer expand the TRA. • Add the CIVIL. Click the Refresh Lists button on the Drawlist form. • Highlight the equipment item PUMP1 in Design Explorer and click the Add CE to Drawlist button from the Default Toolbar to add the equipment to the Drawlist.ZONE were already in the Drawlist only the remaining equipment item has been added. This adds pipe2-b1 and some of the SCTN (Section) elements that make up the TANK2 supports to the 3D View as they are within the volume of the equipment item. Note that the equipment element has been added to the 3D View and the view limits adjusted to the element. Click the Refresh lists button on the Drawlist form to display the /TANK1 element in the Drawlist. This will add pipe1-b1 to the 3D View as the pipe is connected to the equipment item.ZONE to the Drawlist using any method and the click the Refresh Lists button to update the Drawlist display. • Right click on TANK2 in Design Explorer and select 3D View>Add Within Volume from the pop-up menu. • TANK2 cannot be seen in the 3D View as the display limits were set around TANK1. • Right click on TANK1 in Design Explorer and select 3D View>Add Connected from the sub-menu.ZONE element. www. Dock the Drawlist on the bottom of Design Explorer. • Highlight the equipment item TANK1 and Drag and Drop it into the 3D View.aveva. Select 3D View>Add from the sub-menu to add the ZONE to the Drawlist. As the other equipment items owned by the EQUI. Click the Refresh lists button on the Drawlist form to display the element in the Drawlist. • Make the STRUC. Click the Refresh Lists button on the Drawlist form. Click the Walk to Draw List button on the left side of the 3D View. The limits are now set to all of the equipment elements.SITE element to show the ZONE elements and expand the EQUIP. Click the Refresh Lists button on the Drawlist form.

aveva.BASE element by right clicking on it in the 3D View to make it the CE and display the element pop-up menu and selecting the Remove from 3D View option.SITE to the Drawlist and remove the EQUI. • Display the entire Drawlist again by right clicking anywhere in a blank area of the 3D View to display the 3D View pop-up menu and select the Walk To>Entire Draw List entry. Right click in the grid to display the Drawlist pop-up menu and select the Remove option. • Left click on any visible part of PUMP1 in the 3D View to make it the CE and left click the Zoom to Selection button on the left side of the 3D View. • Right click on TANK1 in the 3D View to make it the CE (check in Design Explorer) and display the element pop-up menu.com 64 . Select the Walk To option from the menu and note that the equipment element now fills the 3D View. • Add the TRA. www.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The 3D View should now look like this: - Setting the View Limits • Clear the Drawlist by left clicking the top entry in the Drawlist form grid. holding down the Shift key and left clicking the bottom entry in the grid. Click the Refresh Lists button. to highlight all Drawlist entries (alternatively left click on any item in the grid and then press the Ctrl and A buttons to select all entries). using the scroll bar if necessary. • Select View>Walk To>Entire Draw List from the main menu and note that the elements in the Drawlist now fill the 3D View. Note that the pump now fills the view.

It should read n 90 d. North. Setting the View Direction • Add the EQUI. i.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Navigate to TANK2 in Design Explorer to make it the CE and right click the Limits CE & Options button on the left side of the 3D View. Select the different options from either the View>Plan menu on the main menu or 3D View pop-up menu. Note that the view direction has changed to n 90 d. the default viewing direction. Click the Dismiss button to clear the volume box and dismiss the form. www.e. • Select View>Plan>North from the main menu.BASE element to the Drawlist and click the Walk to Draw List button to view the entire Drawlist contents.com 65 . Select the Explicit… option from the pop-up menu to display the Volume form. Note the change in the view direction on the Status bar. • Select View>Look>North from the main menu to display the southern elevation of the model. Select Isometric>Iso 1. noting how the view changes.aveva. The equipment item now fills the 3D View. Click the Apply button to set the view volume. Select the different options from either the View>Look menu on the main menu or 3D View pop-up menu. North 90º Down. noting the change to the 3D View and the view direction in the Status bar. • Note the view direction in the Status bar in the bottom left corner of the 3D View. Select the Select>CE option from the form menu and note the volume box that is displayed around the extents of TANK2. i. Note that the view direction has changed to n. • Right click anywhere in a blank area of the 3D View to display the 3D View pop-up menu. Select View>Isometric>ISO 3 from the main menu.e. a plan view with the North direction going up the 3D View. Iso 2 and Iso 4 in turn.

graphical selections. 5.1 Selecting Items Individually Clicking on an item in the 3D View with the left mouse button makes it the CE and creates a new Graphical Selection containing that one item. which navigates to it in the database and makes it the CE. the prompt bar across the top of the 3D View contains the prompt Navigate: • Event Driven Graphics (EDG) Mode – in this mode mouse pointer picks are used as part of an event driven graphics routine.CHAPTER 5 5 Working with 3D Views The previous chapters have introduced the concept of the 3D View.in this mode one or more selected elements can be moved or rotated dynamically by dragging with the mouse pointer.aveva. The prompt bar contains an instruction which prompts the user to perform a graphical selection. Items may be added to or removed from the current Graphical Selection by: • selecting them individually • dragging a rectangular fence around items to be selected • using selection operations to select related groups of items 5. Items that form a graphical selection are highlighted with a solid green line around the extremities of the constituent parts of the item(s).2 Graphical Selections Visible items in a 3D View may be grouped together to form a Graphical Selection which are used in a variety of ways in PDMS. model manipulation. www. multiple. colours and graphical settings. model representation. • Model Editor Mode . and vice versa. 5. The user is invited to perform a graphical pick on an element or a graphical feature in the displayed model. Introduction to Model Editor. described how to display model elements and control the content. view limits and viewing direction of a 3D View. The prompt bar contains the prompt Modify L Model Editor Mode cannot be entered whilst in EDG mode. for information on operations in Model Editor Mode. In this mode. • Holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on a selected item removes it from the current Graphical Selection. Refer to Chapter 8. • Holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on an unselected item will add it to the current Graphical Selection. local and clone views. The Ctrl key is used to add unselected items to the current selection or remove selected items from the Graphical Selection.1 Modes of Operation in 3D Views 3D Views in Design may be used in one of three modes of operation: • Navigate Mode – (default setting) in this mode 3D Views allow an element to be selected simply by clicking on it.com 66 .2. view clipping. This chapter describes additional functionality of 3D Views including modes of operation.

• Wholly and Partially Within – this option selects both items that are entirely contained inside the rectangular boundary of a fence. Selecting De-Select Current removes the element that was clicked on from the current Graphical Selection. i. see below. if the selected item(s) are not already part of it.aveva. Holding down the Shift key.2. Selecting the De-Select All option clears the Graphical Selection. and items that cross the boundary. Pressing the Esc key also aborts the fence selection.2 Fence Selection A group of items may be selected by using a fence selection which has two selection options: • Wholly Within – this option selects items that are entirely contained inside the rectangular boundary of a fence. adds the selected item(s) to the current Graphical Selection. Holding down the Ctrl key.2. while making a fence selection. A fence is defined by clicking in an empty space in the 3D View.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 5.e. The Cancel option aborts the fence selection process. if the selected item(s) are in it 5. Right clicking on one of the elements in the current Graphical Selection displays the element pop-up menu.3 Clearing the Graphical Selection Clicking in a blank space in the 3D View with the left mouse button clears the Graphical Selection. The ‘Within’ option may be selected from the pop-up menu. depending on the ‘Within’ setting. not with the cursor over an item. Dragging the fence with the left mouse button selects the items in the fence. removes the selected item(s) from the current Graphical Selection. while making a fence selection.com 67 . The selection may be made by: • Selecting Selection>Select Rectangle from the main menu and choosing from the sub-menu. to specify one corner of the fence rectangle and then dragging the mouse pointer to the opposite corner of the rectangle and releasing the mouse button. www. • Using the right mouse button to define the fence. Dragging a fence with the right mouse button displays a pop-up menu when the mouse button is released.

aveva. Whilst in Model Editor Mode. www.2. Navigate to Element also affects the Navigation Level in the Equipment Application. it is not possible to create a Graphical Selection in Navigate mode with the Navigate to Element function on.com 68 .4 Reinstating the Previous Graphical Selection If a Graphical Selection has been lost accidentally by clearing the selection or by starting a new selection. i. an equipment item will make the selected primitive the CE.3 Navigate to Element Button affects the way graphical picking works in The Navigate to Element button on the Utilities Toolbar Navigate and EDG modes. clicking the Navigate to Element button will exit Model Editor. Navigate to Element and Model Editor Mode are mutually exclusive. If the function is on then in Navigate mode selecting. rather than creating a Graphical Selection of the equipment item.6 for details of the Navigation Level options in the Equipment Application. Model Editor Mode cannot be entered while Navigate to element is on and the Model Editor button on the Utilities Toolbar is greyed out. See section 9.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 5. 5. say.2.e. the previous selection can be reinstated by selecting Edit>Re-Select from the main menu.

4 Multiple. New views are created by clicking the Create button in the New Views area of the form. The grid shows all of the current 3D Views. etc. • Delete – this option deletes all 3D Views highlighted in the grid list. Selecting one or more entries in the grid activates the Background… and Delete buttons.com 69 . however.aveva. any changes to the Drawlist contents or display settings will affect the content of all of the views. Clicking the Background… button displays the Background Colour form from which a new background colour may be selected. See section 5. Local and Clone Views PDMS provides the ability to view the model in multiple 3D Views. L 3D Views may also be delete by clicking the Delete button on the top right of the 3D View Window. the background colour changed and graphical settings defaults made for new views. 5. No warning or confirmation alerts are given.10. Each 3D View has a full set of view control buttons that apply only to that view. therefore. Clicking the Delete button deletes all 3D Views highlighted in the grid. deleted. The Settings… button displays the Graphics Settings form whose functionality is described later in this chapter. The setting affects all 3D Views highlighted in the grid. • Background colour… .1 Multiple Views Additional 3D Views may be created in two ways: • Selecting Display>Graphical View from the main menu creates a new 3D View. The 3D View Control form enables 3D Views to be created. 3D View (3).4. Each view also has its own prompt area and Status bar.this option displays the Background colour form. Right clicking in the grid displays a pop-up menu that contains the following options: • Select All – this option selects all the 3D Views in the grid list.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 5. as described earlier. • Selecting Display>View Control… from the main menu displays the 3D View Control form.1 for information on changing these labels. All multiple views created in this way use the global Drawlist. The views are numbered sequentially with the default view being labelled 3D View (1) and subsequent additional views would be labelled 3D View (2). the number of views will probably be limited by the physical size of your display device. www. These labels appear on the 3D View window header.

The checkmark denotes the current view. If the view window frames are displayed the active window is highlighted. Only one 3D View may be ‘active’ at any one time. This may be done from any 3D View. Only one Drawlist may be displayed at one time. If a Drawlist for a 3D View is displayed and another view is made active and the Drawlist for that view opened.com . A local view is like any other additional 3D View except that it has its own Drawlist.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The default 3D View and any newly created view initially fills the complete 3D View area so that the window frame cannot be seen.4. The 3D View windows may also be organised using standard Windows tiling and selection functionality. The colours and style depend on the Windows display settings. possible to have a number of Drawlists apart from the global Drawlist.aveva. 70 www. The views may then be re-sized and positioned using standard Windows manipulation functionality. containing only those elements that are in the local view. therefore. A 3D View window may be re-sized to completely fill the 3D View area by left clicking the Maximise button 2D View Window 5. it will replace the previously displayed Drawlist. Left clicking the Restore button on the graphics window reduces the size of all of the 3D Views so that the window frames are displayed. A view may be made active by clicking anywhere in the view with the left mouse button. It is.2 Local Views Selecting the New Local View of Selection option from the Drawlist Options pop-up menu creates a Local View of the current graphical selection.

Function keys F1 through F9 have specific uses in PDMS. However.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 5. This may be done from any 3D View. If the Perspective option is checked the projection mode is set to Perspective.com 71 . all PDMS functionality will work in perspective mode. The projection mode may also be toggled by pressing the F4 function key. The specific uses of the other function keys are described elsewhere in this chapter. This may be the global Drawlist or a local Drawlist. 5.aveva.5 View Projection Mode Objects in a 3D View may be viewed in a parallel projection or in perspective. If the Perspective option is unchecked the projection mode is set to Parallel. depending on how the original view was created. The view projection mode may be set by selecting View>Settings>Perspective from the main menu. The current view projection mode is displayed in the Status bar. A Clone View uses the same Drawlist as the 3D View it was cloned from. www.4.3 Clone Views Selecting the New Clone View option from the Drawlist Options pop-up menu creates a Clone View of the current 3D View. L The majority of operations are normally carried out in parallel projection mode with perspective being reserved for creating realistic screen shots.

Rotate and Walk A 3D View may be interactively manipulated by zooming. www. L The Walk option is greyed out as it is only available when the 3D View is in Perspective Mode.6.aveva. 5. The Middle Button Drag option displays a sub-menu from where the middle mouse button drag mode may be set. • Using the View Control buttons Left clicking the following View Control buttons on the left side of a 3D View perform sets the middle mouse button drag modes: Sets Zoom Rectangle mode Sets Zoom In/Out mode Sets Rotate mode Sets Pan mode Sets Walk mode • Using the Function Keys The function keys that affect the middle mouse button drag mode are: ™ F2 – sets Zoom mode ™ F3 – sets Pan mode ™ F5 – sets Rotate mode ™ F6 – sets Walk mode L Zoom Rectangle mode is not available using the Function Keys.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 5. Pan. The checkmark denotes the current mode. The checkmark denotes the current mode.1 Setting the Middle Mouse Button Options The middle mouse button options may be set in a number of ways.com 72 . • Using the 3D View pop-up menu Right clicking in a blank area of a 3D View displays the 3D View popup menu. rotating and walking to achieve the desired view of the displayed items. panning.6 Zoom. as described in the following sections and may be accessed in the following ways: • Using the View menu Selecting View>Middle Button Drag from the main menu displays a sub-menu where the middle mouse button drag mode may be set. Each of these modes is used by dragging the middle mouse button or using the scroll wheel.

With the middle mouse button mode set to Pan. The rotation may be achieved in two ways: • Using the middle mouse button . Positioning the cursor anywhere in the 3D view and clicking the middle mouse button will move the selected point to the centre of the view.with the middle mouse button mode set to Rotate. however. • Using the Scroll Wheel Scrolling the wheel forward will zoom in and scrolling the wheel backwards zooms out. The view will pan in the opposite direction to the mouse movement and in direct correlation to the amount the cursor is moved. 5. clicking and holding down the middle mouse button anywhere in the 3D View and moving the cursor up the screen will zoom in and moving the cursor down the screen will zoom out.6. the view may be panned in any direction by selectively picking a point in the view and clicking the middle mouse button.3 Pan Panning enables the contents of the 3D View to be moved across the view in any direction. The view may only be rotated around one axis at a time. Moving the mouse up or down the view will rotate the view contents around the horizontal axis.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The current setting of the middle mouse button drag mode is displayed on the Status bar: 5.6. it is much ‘coarser’ than zooming with the middle mouse button drag.com 73 . The rectangle may be started from any corner. 5. clicking and holding down the middle mouse button in the 3D View and moving the mouse to drag a rectangle will zoom to the extents of the rectangle when the button is released. • Zoom In/Out – with the middle mouse button drag mode set to Zoom In/Out. The 3D View may also be effectively panned by Setting the Centre of Interest. The view will pan by the distance between the picked point and the centre of the view. clicking and holding down the middle mouse button anywhere in the 3D View and moving the mouse left or right across the view will rotate the view contents around the vertical axis. thus effectively panning the view. Keeping the cursor in the same location and repeatedly clicking the middle mouse button will keep panning the view. www. Zooming with the scroll wheel can be performed in any of the middle mouse button drag modes.2 Zoom Zooming in a 3D View may be performed in the following ways: • Zoom Rectangle – with the middle mouse button drag mode set to Zoom Rectangle.6. clicking and holding down the middle mouse button anywhere in the 3D View and moving the cursor in any direction will pan the view. Thus.4 Rotate The contents of the 3D View may be rotated around a vertical or horizontal axis running through the centre of the view.aveva.

This has a very different effect to that of model mode and the model can quickly disappear from the 3D View.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Using the 3D View Borders – selecting View>Settings>Borders from the main menu toggles the display of rotation sliders at the bottom and right hand side of the 3D View. however. The sliders are operated by dragging the orientation indicator with left mouse button. i. However. the speed of zooming. PDMS has two modes for rotating in a 3D View: • Model Mode – this mode rotates the eye around the target. Dragging the bottom slider will rotate the contents of the 3D View around the vertical axis and dragging the right hand slider will rotate the contents of the 3D View around the horizontal axis. The speed indication is displayed in the Status bar. and moving the mouse down the screen walks the eye point backwards. With the middle mouse button drag mode set to Walk. rotating and walking can be affected in the following ways: • Holding the Ctrl key down while dragging will increase the speed of the operation • Holding down the Shift key while dragging will decrease the speed of the operation L The speed of the Zoom Rectangle function is not affected by the Ctrl or Shift keys. www. it is the eye moving around the target. panning.aveva.5 Walk Walkthrough mode enables the eye point move towards or away from the model.1 Rotation Modes Using the concept of an eye and a target. The rotation mode may be set by selecting View>Settings>Eye from the main menu. • Eye Mode – this mode rotates the target around the eye.e. 5. In actuality it appears as though the model is rotating.6. away from the model. The current rotation mode is displayed in the Status bar.6 Controlling the speed of middle mouse button operations The speed of manipulating the model with the middle mouse button drag options will largely depend on the amount of data being displayed and the speed of the hardware. particularly the graphics card. i. being used. If the Eye option is checked the rotation mode is set to Eye. The rotation sliders may also be toggled by pressing the F9 function key. clicking and holding down the middle mouse button anywhere in the 3D View and moving the mouse up the screen walks the eye point forward. The rotation mode may also be toggled by pressing the F7 function key. and is only available if the3D View is in Perspective viewing mode.6.4. If the Eye option is unchecked the rotation mode is set to Model.e.6.com 74 . towards the model. 5. 5.

Selecting View > Set Centre of View from the main menu or the Set Centre Of View option from the 3D View pop-up menu displays identical sub-menus. Where items are intersected by the clipping box or plane. an identified element or a screen pick. 5. • Capped – when clipping is used. on the left side Left clicking on the Centre on Selection button of a 3D view. if on exists. • Identify Element… . The default setting for capping is off.this option centres the view on an identified element. Selecting this option toggles capping on and off. The element is identified by left clicking on it in the 3D View. checking and un-checking the option on the menu. or the CE if not. Clicking in the 3D View with the middle mouse button also performs this operation. or clicking the Walk To Draw List and Zoom to Selection buttons in the 3D View will set the centre of the view to the relevant selection.8 Clipping Clipping enables only those parts of the model which fall inside a clipping box or defied clipping lanes to be displayed. only parts of the model inside the clipping box or planes are displayed.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 5. sets the view centre to the current Graphical Selection. whose options are: • Selection – this option centres the view on current Graphical Selection. Selecting this option toggles clipping on and off. The view centre may also be set on a selection. • Screen Pick… . either from the View menu or 3D View pop-up menu.7 Setting the View Centre Selecting any of the Walk To and Zoom To options. or the CE if not. checking and un-checking the option on the menu. www. .com 75 . L Selecting an element in this way does not make it the CE. The default setting for clipping is off. this option enables a coloured cap to be added to show that the items extend beyond the displayed region.aveva. if one exists. Right clicking on the Clipping & Options button on the left side of a 3D View displays the Clipping Options pop-up menu that contains the following options: • Enable – this option controls whether the whole model or the clipped model is displayed in a 3D View. The position is picked by left clicking anywhere in the view.this option allows a position to be identified in a 3D View to become the centre of view. Left clicking the Clipping & Options button also toggles clipping on and off.

where x is the view number. enabling one has the effect of disabling the other and clearing any related forms and aid graphics. if one exists. The corner positions are defined by graphically picking on the 3D View. and activates the Positioning Control Toolbar.com 76 . up to six individual planes may be defined to clip the model.e.selecting this option displays the Clip – 3D View (x) form. i. www.e. The Clip Cap Colour form is displayed from which the cap colour may be selected. The size of the clipbox may be specified by entering values in the appropriate text boxes. The clipping planes feature and the clipbox are mutually exclusive. • Planes…as an alternative to the clipbox.1 for information on explicitly defining a Limits Box. • Explicit…. • Pick Limits – this option sets the extent of the clipping box to be defined by picking two opposing corners of a box. of the clipbox may be specified by entering co-ordinates in the relevant text boxes or by graphically picking in the 3D View. on the 3D • Limits Box – this option sets the clipbox limits to the dimensions of the explicitly defined Limits Box. i. if not. for details of the Positioning Control Toolbar.this option sets the cap colour. The orientation of the clipbox may be specified by defining a plane through which it passes using the two buttons at the top of the Orientation section of the form or by editing the Y is and Z is text boxes. The extents of the clipbox may be modified by entering a +ve or –ve value in the Extend clipped volume by text box. If a clipbox has previously been defined its dimensions and origin are shown on the form.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Colour… . Positioning options are controlled by the Positioning Control Toolbar.2. The position. Picking options are controlled by the Positioning Control Toolbar. the centre. • CE – this option sets the limits of the clipbox to the extents of the CE.aveva. Basic Equipment Modelling. Clipping planes may be at any angle. a default sized box is placed at the origin of the view. the direction of the plane considered to point into the area of interest. Refer to section 4. Refer to Chapter 9. • Owner – this option sets the limits of the clipbox to the extents of the owner of the CE. Clicking the Apply button enables the defined clip box. The Clip CE button View performs the same function.

and a –ve value will move the plane in the opposite direction of the aid arrow.this option displays the Clip from Grid form that enables the clip plane to be derived grid lines. following Clip CE and the manually adjusted.this option displays a confirmation alert form for removal of all clip plane data. Once the position and direction of the plane are defined it can be enabled by clicking the Enable plane button. where x is the view number. When selected the button is greyed out and the Disable plane button becomes active. The Position and Direction fields are automatically filled in based on the position and orientation of the picked item.e.this option uses the clipbox to define the six planes. The Reverse button will reverse the direction of the plane and update the displayed aid arrow and Direction text box.e.com 77 . When a plane is defined a labelled graphics aid arrow is displayed at the origin of the plane. e. in. • Derive 6 planes from clip box… . The aid arrow is normal to the plane and points in the plane direction. See section 7. www. i. Dragging the slider with the left mouse button moves the plane in the indicated direction. • Clear all clip planes… . i. The left and right arrow keys move the plane by increments of 50mm. by the value displayed in the text box.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Selecting this option displays the Clip – 3D View (x) form. If any manual modifications are made to the Position or Direction settings the Enable and Disable plane buttons are temporarily replaced by the Apply changes and Discard changes buttons.aveva.5 for information on grid lines. i. Once one of these buttons is selected the display reverts back to the Enable and Disable plane buttons. In or Out. An explicit value may be entered in the text box. The Tools form menu has the following options: • Derive 6 planes from grid lines… . The Define clipping plane pull-down is used to select the plane (16) to be defined. A +ve value will move the plane in the direction of the aid arrow.g.e. Thus the plane can be enabled or disabled. The location of the plane can be finely adjusted using the gadgets in the Slide plane out or in area of the form. Clicking the Pick button enables a clipping plane to be aligned with an item when picked in the 3D View. out.

Most operations in PDMS use a solid colour shaded view but occasionally it may be beneficial to work in wire-line mode. • Restore View – this option displays a sub-menu from which a saved view may be restored on the current 3D View. • Save View – this option displays a sub-menu that enables up to four views to be saved for each 3D View. High Quality – this option can be used to toggle between ‘high’ and ‘standard’ quality images of the Design model. Views may also be restored by selecting the appropriate Restore View button on the left side of the 3D View.9 More View Menu Options The View menu contains the following options in addition to those described earlier: • Print Graphics….this option displays the standard Windows print dialogue and prints the contents of the current 3D View. www. Only saved view numbers are active on the sub-menu and restore buttons • Settings – this option displays a sub-menu that has the following options that have not been described previously: ™ Shaded – this option toggles between a solid colour shaded and a wire-line view representation. The shaded mode may also be toggled using the F8 function key.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 5. If enabled. • Copy Image – this option displays a sub-menu with options for the resolution of the copied image. The contents of the current 3D View are copied as an image to the clipboard at the requested resolution and may be pasted into any document. Selecting a view number saves the view for the current 3D and activates the corresponding Restore View button on the left side of the 3D View. Selecting a view number that already has a saved view overwrites the existing view with no confirmation alert.com 78 . the name of the element under the cursor in the 3D View is displayed in the tooltip. A ‘high’ quality image is slower to draw and manipulate than a ‘standard quality one.aveva. ™ ™ Black/White Background – these options set the background colour of the current 3D View to black or white. ™ Show Tooltips – this option toggles the display of Tooltips for database elements.

5. All of these settings.com 79 . Animation only operates if the system determines that the hardware is capable of performing a smooth pan or zoom with the size of the model displayed in the 3D View.aveva. have alternative ways of being set that have been previously discussed in this training guide. Each set of changes made on the form will not take effect until the Apply button is clicked.10. 5. www.Colour Tab The General Colours area of the tab enables colours used for specific purposes in a 3D View to be set. This colour overrides any other colour that may be set for the element.1 Graphics Settings – 3D Views Tab The 3D Views tab enables settings to be made that affect the 3D View.2 Graphics Settings . with the exception of the View Title. including many that have been described earlier.10. This default title may be changed by entering a new title in the text box.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 ™ Animations . Each tab is described in the following sections. 5. Selecting a colour button changes the button colour on the tab accordingly.10 Graphics Settings Selecting Settings>Graphics… from the main menu displays the Graphics Settings form.toggles smooth pan and zoom operations in the 3D view when the Zoom To or Walk To options are used. Clicking the colour button adjacent to the purpose label displays a colour form with buttons for the 50 standard PDMS colours. Each 3D View will still be identified a sequential number but it will be pre-fixed by the Title text. The pan or zoom operation is animated to show the transition from the original view definition to the final view definition. Each colour form has a title describing the purpose it is setting: • CE – this button sets the colour of the current element in a 3D View. The Title text box contains the default 3D View title that is displayed on the view header. The form contains five tabs from which the majority of graphics settings can be made.

www. if an equipment primitive is the CE then all other primitives owned by that equipment will be displayed in the active colour. The Auto Colour Rules… button displays the Auto Colour Rules form.aveva. L The PDMS default display level is 6. The Dynamic Auto Colour checkbox controls the re-evaluation of an elements colour if the attribute that the colour is dependant on is modified. detailed solid representation and a centreline representation. • Visible – this button sets the colour of all other elements in the 3D View other than the CE and those elements with the active colour.g. • Highlight – this button sets the highlight feedback colour. e. deleted and modified. 5. from which Auto Colour rules may e created. e. Auto Colours are toggled on and off using the Auto Colour checkbox on the tab.g. two representations for components are defined. The display level may be set by entering a valid display level number in the appropriate text box. This setting is only applied if Auto Colour rules are inactive.com 80 .10. pipe systems may be displayed in different colours according to the fluid code or equipment in different areas shown in different colours.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Active – this button sets the colour of elements associated with the CE. If enabled the colour will be changed dynamically if the attribute is changed and if disabled the colour will change when the element is next added to a Drawlist. for highlighting elements to be deleted. The Level area of the form shows the current display level for various item types in the model. In the piping catalogue. The Tube and Centreline checkboxes are used for pipe components. e. Auto Colours are a set of rules that define the colours for different elements in a 3D View. Both of these settings are checked by default. • Aids – this button sets the colour of the graphical aids used in PDMS. The checkboxes toggle the representation of the components in the 3D View.3 Graphics Settings – Representation Tab How items are represented in a 3D View is controlled from this tab.g.

AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Holes Drawn checkbox controls how negative elements are displayed in the 3D Views.aveva. The default setting is Off. Selecting Solid will display the insulation as a solid colour. a degree of translucency may be applied to the insulation. the smoother the curve drawn. i.e. as defined in the catalogue.1 (mm). on very large models this may be an overhead on graphical performance. The display of the negative primitives is controlled by the Holes Drawn checkbox. The arc tolerance value may be set by entering a number in the text box. The smaller the arc tolerance. any negative elements are displayed as black lines in a shaded view. by selecting an appropriate percentage value from the options list. however. The default setting is Off. www. however. however.com 81 . PDMS does not fundamentally change the solid primitives from which items are created but modifies them with negative primitives that ‘cut’ the solid primitives. The Insulation pull-down controls the display of insulation on Pipework. If enabled. The Obstruction pull-down controls the display of obstruction volumes. if any. The Arc Tolerance value controls the representation of certain curves as polygon segments or faceting planes. the pipe will be seen through the insulation. Selecting Solid will display any obstruction volume as a solid element. If disabled. The default setting is 10 (mm) and the minimum setting is 0. the negative primitives ‘cut’ the primitives to show the ‘holes’. a degree of translucency may be applied to the obstruction volume by selecting an appropriate percentage value from the options lisy.

www.5 Graphics Settings – Plines and Ppoints Tab The Plines & Ppoints tab controls the display of Plines (on structural profiles) and Ppoints (on primitives and piping. Refer to Chapter 9. The use of this tab is detailed in the Structural Modelling (Basic) Training Guide. for details of Ppoints on primitives.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 5. Basic Equipment Modelling. The Graphics Settings form has a row of buttons along the bottom of the form that are applicable to all tabs. The buttons have the following functions: The Load button loads Graphics Settings from a previously saved file.10. The Save button saves the current Graphics Settings to a file. HVAC and cable tray components).4 Graphics Settings – Steelwork Tab The Steelwork tab controls settings for structural elements including nodes.aveva. The Cancel button cancels any changes made and dismisses the form The Apply button applies the form settings. Plines are detailed in the Structural Modelling (Basic) Training Guide. The Length value determines the length of the displayed Plines or Ppoints. The Display check boxes toggle the display of the Plines and Ppoints and the Pkey and Numbers checkboxes control the display of the Pline name or Ppoint number respectively. The OK button applies the form settings and dismisses the form.com 82 .10. 5.

• Left click on TANK1 in the 3D View to make it the CE and the Graphical Selection. • Left click on TANK2 in the 3D View to make it the CE and the Graphical Selection.aveva. Click the minimise button in the top right corner of 3D View(2) to reveal 3D View(1) and then maximise the view. • Select Display>View Control… from the main menu to display the 3D View Control form. as shown: www.e. Select the Apply button on the Graphics Settings form and then the OK button to dismiss the form. All three views have the same Drawlist content as they all use the Global Drawlist. Note the two entries in the form list. Click the Settings… button on the form to display the Graphics Settings form. • Select Display>Graphical View from the main menu to create a new 3D View. • Make sure the 3D View tab is current on the form and click the Background Colour button (the solid black button) to display the Background Colour form.com 83 . Repeat this for 3D View(2) and then click the maximise button in the top right corner of 3D View(1). Select Window>Tile Vertically from the main menu to show both 3D Views.. Repeat for 3D View(3). i. Hold down the Ctrl key and left click on the pipe coming out of the bottom of TANK2 to add it to the Graphical Selection. Keep adding the pipe components up to the flange just before the tee to the pump. Note that the view has the selected background colour and fills the 3D View space. • Click 3D View(3) entry in the 3D View Control form list and click the Delete button. Continue holding down the Ctrl key and click pipe just past the elbow to add it to the Graphical Selection.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Exercise 3 Multiple. Note that the end of the main Window header bar now reads [3D View (2)]. • Click the Create button on the 3D View Control form to create a third 3D View. Local and Clone Views • Select Design>General from the main menu to select the General application. Close the 3D View Control form. its primitives are bounded by a green line. L All of the features described work in any Design application. Select the New Local View of Selection option from the Drawlist Options pop-up menu to create 3D View(2) that contains only TANK1. indicating that there are now two 3D Views. Select Window>Tile Vertically from the main menu to display all three 3D Views. Select the Drawlist… option from the Drawlist Options popup menu in 3D View(2) and note that the Drawlist form title bar changes to reflect the active view. Select any colour by left clicking on it and then click the Dismiss button on the form. Note that the pipe is only highlighted up to the first elbow.

Rotate the scroll wheel in each direction and note that this has the same zoom effect. • Select the New Clone View option from the Drawlist Options pop-up menu to create 3D View(4) that is a clone of 3D View(3). moving the pointer to the top right of the element. A rectangle will be ‘rubber banded’ from the first point.ZONE from the Drawlist and set the view direction to Iso3.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Select the New Local View of Selection option from the Drawlist Options pop-up menu to create 3D View(3) that contains TANK2.aveva. • Select Window>Tile Vertically from the main menu to display all four view. Remove the CIVILS. Release the middle mouse button and the display will zoom to the rectangle limits. Note the change from Zoom to Pan in the Status area at the bottom left of the 3D www. • Select View>Middle Button Drag>Zoom Rectangle from the main menu. Click and hold • Click the Middle mouse button: Zoom In/Out button down the middle mouse button and move the pointer down the screen to zoom out. although the scroll wheel zoom is ‘coarser’. The layout should look something like this: Manipulating 3D Views • Delete 3D Views 2. • Right click in a blank area of the 3D View to display the pop-up menu and select the Middle Button Drag>Pan option. keeping the middle mouse button held down. pipe1-b2 and pipe2-b1. Move the pointer up the screen to zoom in. 3 and 4 and maximise 3D View(1). on the left side of the 3D View.com 84 . Drag a rectangle around TANK1 in the 3D View by clicking and holding the middle mouse button to the bottom left of the element and.

Note that the pointer location when you clicked has moved to the centre of the view. • Press the F4 function key to set the view projection mode to Perspective. Click on TANK2 in the 3D View to make it the Graphical Selection and select View>Set Centre of View>Selection from the main menu. Move the pointer down the screen to walk the eye point backwards. Click the Walk to Draw List button to recentre the displayed elements. Zoom out the 3D View. Select Set Centre of • Click the Navigate to Element button View>Identify Element… from the 3D View pop-up menu and select any primitive on the PUMP1 equipment item. noting that the Enable option on the pop-up menu is checked.e. click the Apply button and then the Dismiss button. • Click the Walk to Draw List button and set the view direction to Iso 3. on the left side of the 3D View and select the Limits Box • Right click the Clipping & Options button option from the pop-up menu. on the Utilities Toolbar to activate it. • Click the Middle mouse button: Rotate button on the left side of the 3D View. • Right click the Clipping & Options button again. Note that the view adjusts to move the equipment item at the centre of the view. Press the F5 function key to set Rotate mode and rotate the displayed elements. Release the middle mouse button and repeat the action but this time move the pointer up and down the screen to rotate the displayed elements around a horizontal axis. Click and hold down the middle mouse button and move the pointer around the screen. • Select Set Centre of View>Screen Pick… from the 3D View pop-up menu and left click anywhere in the 3D View. noting the panning effect of this action. Click the middle mouse button several times with the pointer in the same place to pan the view in the same direction. Clipping • Click the Walk to Draw List button and set the view direction to Iso3. Repeat the action with the right-hand slider. noting that the centre of rotation is TANK2.com 85 .aveva. Click and hold down the middle mouse button and move the pointer up the screen to walk the eye point forward. Rotate the displayed elements. active. Select the Enable option to ‘un-clip’ the 3D View and note the effect on the displayed elements. moving the pointer up and down to rotate the displayed elements around a horizontal axis. • Press the F7 function key to set Eye in the Status area and repeat the rotate actions noting the difference from the Model setting.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 View. This has set the Limits Box to PUMP1. Press the F9 function key again to remove the sliders. Make PUMP1 the CE and right click on the Limits CE & Options button on the left side of the 3D View and select the Explicit… option from the pop-up menu to display the Volume form. Note that PUMP1 is the only element displayed as all others have been clipped. www. Select View>Middle Button Drag>Walk from the main menu to set Walk mode. click and hold down the middle mouse button and move the pointer left and right across the screen to rotate the displayed elements around a vertical axis in the centre of the view. Left click anywhere in a blank area of the 3D View to remove the Graphical Selection. • Click the middle mouse button with the pointer away from the centre of the 3D View to set the centre of interest. Click and hold the left mouse button on the bottom slider and move the slider left and right to rotate the displayed elements around a vertical axis. Press the F4 function key to set the view projection mode to Parallel. i. Press the F7 function key again to return to the Model setting • Press the F9 function key to display the rotation sliders on the bottom and right-hand side of the 3D View. Rotate the model and note the rotation centre. noting the panning effect on the model. Select the Select>CE option from the form menu. noting the change in the Status area.

Note that Clip Plane 1 has changed direction and affected the clipping. • Right click the Clipping & Options button again and select the Colour… option from the pop-up menu to display the Clip Cap Colour form.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Click the Walk to Draw List button and right click the Clipping & Options button again and select the Explicit… option from the pop-up menu to display the Clip form.com 86 . Modify the view again by zooming panning and rotating. • Select 3 from the Define clipping plane options list and use the left and right arrow buttons each side Nudge out or in label to adjust Clip Plane 3. press the Return key and click the Apply changes button. Left click and hold on the Out/In slider and move it to adjust Clip Plane 1. Select Tools>Derive 6 planes from clipbox… from the form menu. Select Save View>View 3 from the 3D View pop-up menu. Right click the Clipping & Options button again and select the Capped option from the pop-up menu to activate capping. Clip Plane 1 is shown by default in the 3D View and its Position and Direction information is displayed on the form. Six independent clipping plans have now been derived. Click the Dismiss button on the form. Press the F8 function button again toggle back to shaded mode. • Modify the view by zooming.aveva. Enter the following values in the form: Xlength Ylength Zlength East North Up 1778 1556 3550 2711 7000 3350 Click the Apply button on the Clip form and note that the 3D View has been clipped to TANK2 and some small part of its support steelwork. Right click the Clipping & Options button again and select the Enable option from the pop-up menu to disable clipping. panning and rotating. • Select 1 from the Define clipping plane options list and enter E 45 N in the Direction textbox. open the Define clipping plane options list and select 6 from the list. • Select Restore View>View 1 from the 3D View pop-up menu. compared with the remaining three buttons.. noting that the first saved view has been restored. Saving and Restoring Views • Click the Walk to Draw List button and set the view direction to Iso3. Select View>Save View> View 1 from the main menu. with Clip Plane 6 as the current clipping plane. enter 500 in the Slide by text box and press the Return key. • Right click the Clipping & Options button again and select the Planes…option from the pop-up menu to display the planes Clip form. Note that the aid vector arrow is now shown for Clip Plane 6. On the planes Clip form. in the Slide plane out or in area of the form. www. • Click the Close button on the planes Clip form. • On the planes Clip form. • Press the F8 function key to display the elements in wireline mode and note the displayed aid vector arrow which is normal to the clip plane. Select Green from the form palette and click the Dismiss button on the form. noting that Clip Plane 6 has slid inwards by 500mm and capped the clipped cylinder in green. on the left side of the 3D View noting that it is • Move the pointer over the first Restore View button now active.

AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Select the Restore View 3 button has been restored. Select Settings>Graphics… from the main menu to display the Graphics Settings form. pipes and structural components.ZONE separately to the Drawlist and note that all elements are displayed in the new Visible colour. Note that the holes in the column are now more ‘round’ in appearance. Add back the PIPE. To make this change to the displayed elements they must be removed from the Drawlist and added back to it. Note the black lines and circles that represent negative extrusion that cut-back the steel beams and make holes in the columns for bolted joints. Right click on the TRA. • Zoom out from the column and zoom in on one of the valves in the model. • Zoom in to the top of one of the TANK2 support columns where the horizontal beams connect.ZONE. toggle the setting off.e. These represent the obstruction volumes for. are different colours. www. i.e. Click the Tube checkbox to uncheck it and click the Centreline checkbox to check it. • Click the Auto Colour checkbox on the Graphics Settings form to check it. • Zoom in further to the holes in the top of the column and note that the holes are ‘faceted’. from the left side of the 3D View. toggle the setting on. as shown in the Colour tab.com 87 . Note that semi-translucent shapes have appeared around parts of the valve. and are used for clash detection. valve stem rise. Open the Obstruction options list. • Click on the Colour tab to make it current and click the Navigate to Element button Zoom in to PUMP1 and left click on the cylinder that forms part of the pump motor. Remove all elements from the Drawlist and add back the PIPE. etc. noting that the second saved view • Save other views and use the Restore View buttons to toggle between them. the default Active colour. Select the Off option from the Obstruction options list and click the Apply button to remove the obstruction volumes from the display. equipment. select the 50% option and click the Apply button.ZONE and note that they all now use the Auto Colour Rules. say. i.e. each type of element. i.e. EQUIP. the default CE colour. Click on the brightred button. EQUIP.SITE in Design Explorer and select 3D View>Remove from the pop-up menu. Click the Apply button and note the change in representation of the piping elements. i. and note that the Dynamic Auto Colour checkbox is greyed out. in the top right corner. but the rest of the primitives that make up the equipment are coloured orangered. Click the Holes drawn checkbox to check it and click the Apply button. • Click the Auto Colour checkbox on the Graphics Settings form to uncheck it.ZONE and STRUC. Note that the cylinder is now coloured yellow. the only the pipe centrelines are drawn and valves have a ‘schematic’ representation. Enter 1 in the Arc Tolerance textbox and click the Apply button. • Click on the Representation tab to make it current. Click the Apply button on the Graphics Settings form and note that the cylinder is now coloured brightred. to set the colour and click the Dismiss button on the Current Element Colour form.aveva. to toggle it on. • Click the CE colour button on the Graphics Settings form to display the Current Element Colour form. hand wheel access. as shown on the Colour tab.ZONE. Click the Dismiss button on the form and then click the Apply button on the Graphics Settings form. Click the Visible colour button to display the Visible Element Colour form and select any colour. Note that the black lines and circles representing the negatives have disappeared and that the negatives have ‘cut’ the steelwork. Graphics Settings • Click the Walk to Draw List button and set the view direction to Iso3.ZONE and STRUC. Changes the settings back and click the Apply button again to change the representation.

however. This attribute is used in clash detection purposes. a cylinder primitive (CYLI) has the following attributes: Attribute Name RefNo Type Lock Owner Position Orientation Description The explicit element name or system generated element name. PDMS can produce different representations of an item. See Appendix A for details of PDMS Primitives. May be set to True (locked) or False (unlocked). For example. The name of the elements owning element. The type of element. Obstruction values may be set to 2 (Hard). If locked. May be displayed as the abbreviated name. The orientation of the components axis system with respect to its owner’s axis system.com 88 .8 for an explanation of axis systems. Some attributes are common throughout the range of elements. Level Obstruction Diameter www.aveva. The diameter of the cylinder in the current session units. some are applicable to many elements and some are unique to one type of element. 1 (Soft) or 0 (No obstruction).1 Attributes. depending on how it has been modelled and the representation levels used. The values of the coordinates are expressed in the current session units. only one display level (for certain element types) may be displayed at one time. Positioning and Orientation Element Attributes Every PDMS element has a fixed set of properties know as its attributes. See section 2.CHAPTER 6 6 6. The Obstruction attribute is used to declare whether an element may be considered solid or not. the element may not be modified or deleted. For some element attributes. appropriate values are set by the creation or modification of the element whilst others may be set or entered by the user via the User Interface. All primitives have an origin. The unique database reference number. The Level attribute is expressed as a range of levels. The position of the elements origin with respect to its owner’s origin.

AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Height Tmrref RepCount L The height of the cylinder in the current session units. 6. Examples of pseudo attributes are: Brweight – Branch weight (in kg) Clle – centreline length (of branch) Gcof – Gross centre of gravity (position) Ncof – Nett centre of gravity (position) Gwei .User Defined Attribute Height .com 89 .2 User Defined Attributes In addition to the standard element attributes. they also have a set of ‘derived’ attributes known as Pseudo Attributes. A UDA is just like any other attribute but may be specific to the company or the particular project.Standard Attribute www. PDMS enables additional User Defined Attributes (UDA) to be assigned to one or more elements. modify and assign a UDA which is normally done by the System or Project Administrator. in the same way as fixed attributes. see the Data Model Reference Manual supplied with PDMS. Template repeat reference.Gross weight (in kg) Nwei – Nett weight (in kg) Cutl – cut length (of structural profile) Tctl – true cut length (of structural profile) For a comprehensive list of pseudo attributes. although it may have a default value.1.1 Pseudo Attributes In addition to the fixed set of attributes that all PDMS elements have. 6.aveva. For a comprehensive list of element attributes.g. see the Data Model Reference Manual supplied with PDMS.1. This is an advanced attribute applicable to primitives used with a repeat function in templates Note that only the Diameter and Height attributes describe the geometry of the cylinder. Other primitives will have specific attributes that describe their geometry. e.: • • :Manufacturer . The Lexicon module is used to create. This is an advanced attribute applicable to primitives used with a repeat function in templates. The setting of the UDA is normally done manually by the user. Pseudo attributes may be queried and used in expressions. Repeat Count. UDAs are prefixed by a colon which differentiates them from standard attributes. say in reports. The number of pseudo attributes varies depending on the element type.

3. whether it be a standard attribute.1.3 Querying and Displaying Attributes When working with PDMS there are numerous occasions when one or more attributes of a database element are required to be known.aveva. Any UDAs are displayed first in the grid as they begin with a colon (:).AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 6.2 and 6. • Wrt World – this option toggles between giving data with respect to owner and world for position and orientation attributes. The Attributes from is a re-sizeable and dockable form that displays. A checkmark beside the option means that the option is displayed. Description and Data Type – these options toggle the display of the attribute name. www.1. PDMS provides several ways to query an element’s attributes. displays the Attributes form for the CE. See section 6.2 for details of User Defined Attributes.1 The Attributes Form Selecting Query>Attributes… from the main menu.3 respectively for an explanation of position and orientation attributes. a pseudo attribute or a UDA. the standard attribute data and any UDAs for the current element in a tabular grid. 6. • Pseudo Atts – this option toggles the display of pseudo attributes.1.3 for an explanation of Ppoints.1. • P-Points – this option toggles the display of Ppoint data for elements that own Ppoints. The Track current element checkbox toggles the updating of the form when a new CE is selected Clicking in the grid with the right mouse button displays a pop-up menu with the following options: • Attribute. See section 6.1 for an explanation of Pseudo Attributes. by default. attribute description and attribute data type as a column in the grid. or selecting the Show Attributes option from the Design Explorer pop-up menu. • Sort by Attribute – this option sorts the grid by attribute name in alpha-numeric order. See sections 6.1. See section 9.com 90 .

g. Clicking the Alphabetical button at the top of the form changes the display to a non-categorised alpha-numeric list of the elements attributes. This is the default display type. e. By default the data is displayed grouped by category. It is similar to the Attributes form described previously. however. Expand All Nodes – this option expands all nodes of a categorised display.3 Querying Attributes using the Command Window Element attributes may be queried via the Command Window. Q PURP has the same meaning as Q PURPOSE. Entering Q PSATTS lists all of pseudo attributes for the current element. Collapse All Nodes – this option collapses all nodes of a categorised display. • Group by Category – this option groups the attributes by pre-defined categories when the Categorize button is clicked. The nodes of a categorised display may be expanded or contracted by double clicking an attribute within the node using the left mouse button. usually the first four characters. Attributes may also be grouped together.3.aveva. The Attributes Utility form is a re-sizeable and dockable form similar to the Attributes form. Show Description – this option shows a description of the selected attribute in the bottom pane of the form. at the top of the form changes Clicking the Categorize button the display back to a categorised display.1.3. Entering Q ATT on the active line and pressing the Return key. • • • L 6.1.this option groups the attributes by the attribute data type when the Categorize button is clicked.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 6. Clicking the right mouse button anywhere in the grid displays a pop-up menu with the following options: • Track CE – this option toggles tracking of the current element. Q NAME PURP POS will display the attribute and its value on three separate lines. 91 www. Any attribute may be queried individually by enter Q followed by the full attribute name or its abbreviation.com .g. A pseudo attribute may be queried by entering Q <pseudo> where <pseudo> is the attributes name. e. UDAs appear in an element’s attribute list with the standard attributes if the Q ATT syntax is used.2 The Attributes Utility Selecting Display>Attributes Utility from the main menu displays the Attributes Utility form. the attribute data is presented in different ways. • Group by Data Type .

Non-editable attributes.aveva. Where an element has been explicitly named.g. The Apply button is also disabled. the explicit name is displayed. CYLI 1 of EQUIPMENT /TANK1. Highlighting a numeric type attribute displays a textbox where a valid value may be entered. clicking the Apply button modifies the current attribute to the new value. www.1. The content of the form depends on the selected element. Clicking the Navigate to Ref button makes the referenced element the CE. indicating that they are non-editable. By default. Type and Owner.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 6. the CE button at the top of the form is active. if unchecked. Highlighting a Boolean type attribute displays checkbox. If the checkbox is checked the attribute value is true. L The Referenced by: textbox is not used in the Design module. The lower part of the form displays the setting of the current attribute highlighted in the list. The greyed out Write Access and Modify Allowed checkboxes indicate whether the user has write access to the CE and rights to modify its attributes. numeric value or checked/unchecked a textbox. If a different element becomes the CE then clicking the CE button displays the new CE attributes. are displayed with their values greyed out. are not displayed. e. if the attribute is editable.4 Modifying Attributes Standard attributes and UDAs may be modified by selecting Modify>Attributes… from the main menu to display the Modify Attributes form.g.com 92 . Un-checking the Track checkbox enables the CE button. if the attribute is editable. the database reference number is displayed for un-named elements and not the system generated name. e. all of the elements standard attributes and UDAs will be displayed. When the form is opened the attributes of the CE are displayed. For example: Highlighting a text type attribute displays a textbox where valid text may be entered. Where the attribute is a reference to another element a Navigate to Ref button is displayed. Checking the Track checkbox disables the CE button but automatically displays the CE attributes when a new CE is selected. L On this form. the attribute value is false. however. The display changes depending on the attribute type. Having entered an appropriate and valid text. generally those set by the system.

therefore. PANE. Y and Z.e. As PDMS assigns cardinal directions to these three axes.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Attributes may also be modified using the Command Window. a FRMW does not have a Position attribute.1 Pick Type The Pick Type pull-down offers the following options: • Any – uses any appropriate pick type. EQUI. positions are often expressed in terms E.2 Positioning Many PDMS elements have a Position attribute. which does have a Position attribute.picking is restricted to elements. www. e. STRU. ZONE.1 The Positioning Control Toolbar In EDG mode positions may be picked using other elements in the graphics display.2. X is East. SITE. however. N. 6.Y.picking is restricted to 3D Aid Constructs. the position is given with respect to its owner’s owner. the PANE’s position is given with respect to the FRMW’s owner. etc. In other cases forms only allow positions to be expressed with respect to their owner or the World.Z.picking is restricted to Ppoints or panel vertices. U rather than X. Positions in PDMS are expressed in terms of 3D co-ordinates. no matter how it was derived. 6. however. this is not recommended for inexperienced PDMS users. Frequently the position is required with respect to the World origin. Entering Q POS WRT /* will give this position. including User Grid Systems. X. For example. The Position attribute gives the elements position with respect to its owner.e. L It must be emphasised that the Positioning Control Toolbar is only active when applications are in Event Driven Graphics (EDG) mode. Primitives. Q POS WRT /E1301 will give the position with respect to the origin of element /E1301 or Q POS WRT SITE will give the position with respect to the elements owning Site.aveva. using a combination of Pick Type and Pick Method. a PANE is owned by a FRMW. • • Pline . Y is North and Z is Up. Whenever this is applicable the Positioning Control Toolbar is activated.1. where the elements owner does not have a Position attribute.2. • • Element . i.picking is restricted to structural Plines. For example. Positions may be queried with respect to any other element that has a Position attribute by entering Q POS WRT <element name> or <element type> in the Command Window. Ppoint . Aid . however. The Positioning Control Toolbar enables the user to specify how cursor picks are interpreted as positions. 6.com 93 .g. i. SUBE. Forms that create or modify elements often enable the position to be expressed with respect to other elements although the Position attribute always gives the value with respect to its owner. a STRU.

surface and corner picks on any graphical element displayed in the graphical view. www.2 Pick Method The Positioning Control Method determines how the position will be derived from subsequent cursor picks.derives the mid-point between two snap points along a linear item.2.aveva. measured away from the cursor position. whereas. Graphics – enables edge. measured towards the cursor position. • Mid-Point . • Distance -applies the offset value entered in the textbox adjacent to the Method pull-down.com 94 . the third coordinate being taken from the current Working Plane or normal to the view direction if there is no active Working Plane. The Pick Method pull-down offers the following options: • Snap . a –ve value of 500 derives a point 500 mm from the nearest snap point. This means nearest start. • 6.1.Selects the snap point nearest to the cursor pick point. which identifies two co-ordinates.enables pick anywhere in the graphical view.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Screen . For example a +ve value of 500derives a point 500 mm from the nearest snap point. end or other valid snap point on a SCTN.

• Intersect – requires two picked lines (any directional items) or three planes and then derives their intersection point.aveva. for a position requiring. • Cursor . say. The Positioning Control Toolbar has an Explicit Position button form: that displays the Explicit Position An explicit position may be defined by entering values in the appropriate text boxes.places the derived point exactly where the cursor picks on the element. The derived position is the fractional position closest to the cursor pick. N and U values.com 95 . displayed by selecting Position>Explicitly (AT)… from the main menu. For example.derives the point whose proportional position between two snap points has been entered in the textbox adjacent to the Method pull-down. a value of 0.subdivides the distance between two snap points into a specified number of parts. using the various methods.e. As the text boxes only allow E. at the specified co-ordinates. entered in the textbox adjacent to Method pull-down. via which the explicit position of an element may be defined. a negative value would need to be entered in the E textbox. i. a West ordinate.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Fraction . www. The Design applications have an Explicit Position form.Positioning Explicitly Elements may be positioned explicitly. • Proportion .25 gives a point 25% along the line joining the first snap point to the second snap point.

On entering new coordinates the bounding box is moved to the new location as a preview of the changes to be made. North/South and Up/Down textboxes. If required.e. a ‘bounding box’ is placed around the extremities of the element to be moved. An axis aid is also displayed at the Datum point showing the cardinal directions. Clicking the Dismiss button removes the bounding box and dismisses the form. is displayed on the form.g. The Select form menu options change the focus of the form. The options for this pulldown vary depending on the selected element type. www. AT E 5000 N 4500 U 2975 positions the element at specified coordinates. on the form. The wrt (with respect to) textbox can be used to identify an element whose coordinate system is to be used for the Position data.com 96 . The Datum pull-down allows identification of the specific point on the element to which the position is to apply. Clicking the Apply button on the form moves the element to the specified location.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The explicit position is defined by entering the required co-ordinates in the East/West. An explicit position may also be specified by using the AT syntax in the Command Window. whether it is displayed or not. The Pick and Pick Owner options prompts for an item to be picked and the selected item or its owner’s position. respectively. the Lock checkboxes may be used to fix the current coordinate along any axis. When the form is opened or a new element selected. L Picking a position with the Positioning Control Toolbar in conjunction with the Explicit Position form open automatically populates the coordinate textboxes. i. selecting the CE or Owner option displays the position of the CE or its owner. using the option buttons to set the appropriate direction in each case. e. respectively. if a new CE is selected in Design Explorer.aveva.

All elements in the list are repositioned. using the option buttons to set the appropriate direction in each case. www. When offsets are entered aid lines show the offsets. The Design applications have a Position By form. 0. using different methods. i. The offsets from the current position are defined by entering the required distances in the East/West. List – this option uses the elements in the current list.3 Positioning Relatively Elements may be positioned relatively. The wrt (with respect to) textbox can be used to identify an element whose coordinate system is to be used for the Position data. displayed by selecting Position>Relatively (BY)… from the main menu. The default offsets 0. via which an element may be moved relatively from its current position. an axes aid. true distance and the new position. or a new selection made. is placed at the elements current position.aveva.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 6. the Lock checkboxes may be used to fix the current position along any axis. When the form is first opened.2. showing the cardinal directions. A different element may be selected for relative position by using the pull-down at the top of the form: The pull-down has the following options: • • • CE – this option uses the CE as the element to move Pick – this option allows an element to be selected from a graphical view. 0 represent the current position of the element. from their current position by a specified direction and distance. If required.e.com 97 . North/South and Up/Down textboxes.

the orientation of the cylinder would need to be expressed as Y is N and Z is E (and X is D) As with positioning.g. etc. SITE.g. STRU. Clicking the Dismiss button removes the aids and dismisses the form. L In addition to these methods of positioning elements. drag and perform planar moves affect an elements position. Primitives. e. Only one or two offsets and directions need to be specified.g. e. Frequently the orientation is required with respect to the World frame of reference.aveva. say with its Z axis pointing in an East/West direction.e. Axis directions do not have to follow Cardinal directions. BY E 1500 N 2200 U 945 moves the element by the specified offsets in the specified direction. meaning that the elements Y axis is pointing North and the elements Z axis is pointing Up. they can include one or more angles and directions. their own axis system which is known as the frame of reference. Elements that have a rotation attribute have. 6. If the Z axis is Up with respect to its owner. For example. the Z axis for a cylinder (CYLI) primitive is along the length of the cylinder. the cylinder is orientated in an ‘upright’ position. For example. e. the Model Editor enables elements to be moved graphically Relative positioning may also be specified by using the BY syntax in the Command Window. EQUI. e.g. or Q ORI WRT SITE will give the orientation with respect to the elements owning Site’s frame of reference. Y is N 45 E. Y is N and Z is U. ZONE. BY D 1250 or BY W 750 D 1000. e. Similarly. Orientations may be queried with respect to any other element that has a frame of reference by entering Q ORI WRT <element name> or <element type> in the Command Window.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Clicking the Apply button on the form moves the element(s) by the specified offsets. The aids are still displayed showing the new position id the Apply button was clicked again. meaning that the Y direction is North 45º East 30º Up are both valid directions. orientation is given with respect to its owner and the same rules apply for owning elements that do not have an orientation attribute. the Design applications have other functionality to move.com 98 . Any direction can be expressed in PDMS using this syntax.g. Entering Q ORI WRT /* will give this orientation. i. www. In order to place the cylinder horizontally. PANE. Orientation in PDMS is expressed in terms of axes direction. meaning that the Y direction is North 45º East or Y is N 45 E 30 U. Only two axes need to be stated as the third axis direction is know because it conforms to the right hand rule. essentially.3 Orientation Many PDMS elements have an Orientation attribute. Q ORI WRT /E1301 will give the orientation with respect to the element /E1301’s frame of reference. in this case X is E. SUBE.

The Close form menu has two options that close the form. displayed by selecting Orientate>Axes… from the main menu.3. The default is 500mm.e. the current X and Y axes directions. respectively. www.aveva.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 6. i. The direction of the selected two axes may be modified by entering a valid direction in the appropriate textbox. therefore possible to set the required axes using these option lists. The Size textbox enables the size of the axes aid to be set. Y. the bounding box is re-orientated to the new orientation. The form displays. On entering a new direction for one of the axis. a ‘bounding box’ is placed around the extremities of the element and an axes aid placed at the elements origin. On opening the form or a new element selected. As soon as the Return key is pressed after entering a value. The Retain axes option leaves the axes aid displayed and the Remove axes option removes it from the display. 6. Clicking the Dismiss button removes the aids and dismisses the form. the local frame of reference.3. The top axis option list contains X and Y and the bottom axis option list contains Y and Z. by default. selecting the CE or Owner option displays the axes aid on the new CE or its owner. the other two axes are updated.1 Display Axes on CE on the Utilities An axes aid can be placed on the CE by clicking the Display Axes on CE button Toolbar or selecting Query>Axes… from the main menu. If an element does not have an orientation attribute a warning message is displayed. if a new CE is selected in Design Explorer. the third axes being automatically derived. i.e.2 Setting Orientation using Axes The Design applications have an Orientate form. via which an element may be re-orientated by modifying its axes directions. the other option list and the displayed third axis are updated. The Select form menu options places the axes on the selected item. Clicking the Apply button re-orientates the element but retains the bounding box and axes aid. If one option list is changed. The Pick and Pick Owner options prompts for an item to be picked and the axes aid is displayed on the picked item or its owner’s respectively. Both options also display the Define Axes form: The axes are displayed at the origin of the CE and are labelled X. whether the element is displayed or not. The Label checkbox toggles the display of a label that shows the CE name. The Cardinal Directions checkbox toggles between the local frame of reference and the World’s Cardinal directions. It is.com 99 . Z.

™ Distance – a distance is entered in the adjacent textbox. for details of graphical rotation of elements. • Design Point – this option prompts for the selection of a Point. a Rotation Axis aid is placed at the origin of the CE.3. the position and direction of which are set by the user.The position will be exactly at the picked point. The Rotation Axis is placed at the origin of the picked element. The origin of the Rotation Axis may be re-positioned using the Rotate form menus. Introduction to Model Editor. The derived position will be at this distance from the end nearest to the cursor towards the cursor position A negative distance will give a position beyond the end. The derived position will be at this proportion of the item’s length from the end nearest to the cursor. a Ppoint. The Cursor form menu contains the following options: • Element – this option prompts the user to pick an element in the graphic view. is entered in the adjacent textbox. The Pick Options setting specify how a pick along a linear item is to be interpreted as a position. ™ www.this option displays the Cursor Defaults form: This form enables the way cursor picks are interpreted when a position is picked in a graphical view.e. i. Exact .AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 6. The textbox next to this option is not applicable in the current context. ™ Proportional – a proportion. The aid shows the default direction of the axis and cardinal angle labels show the direction of positive rotation. • Pline – this option prompts for the selection of a Pline on a SCTN or GENSEC. • Edge – this option prompts for the selection of a PANE edge.3 Setting Orientation using Rotate Rotating elements using the Appware in PDMS is carried using a Rotation Axis. between 0 and 1. Selecting Orientate>Rotate… from the main menu displays the Rotate form: When the form is displayed. Refer to Chapter 8. • Defaults… .com 100 .aveva. The choices are: ™ Snap – (default) The position will be at whichever end of the item is nearest to the cursor.

Centroid of multi-picks . Clicking the Apply button on the Rotate form rotates the selected element(s). Clicking the Apply button again will rotate the element(s) again. the wrt (with respect to) textbox may be used to identify the element whose axis system is to be used as the reference. A different element may be selected for rotation position by using the pull-down at the top of the form: The pull-down has the following options: • • • CE – this option uses the CE as the element to move Pick – this option allows an element to be selected from a graphical view. L Any modified cursor defaults will remain in force for all subsequent picking operations until they are reset. The derived position will be at the intersection of the two items or. the Rotate form automatically updates the coordinate information. The choices are: ™ ™ ™ Single pick . The menu and submenu options enable any combination of the following types of directional item: • Element . • Design Point .each of two picks will be interpreted as determined by the Pick Options setting and then the mid-point of the two will be constructed to give the final position.the position will be as determined by the Pick Options setting for a single pick. if they do not actually intersect.com 101 . The Intersection menu options enables a position to be defined by picking two directional items using the cursor in a graphical view. www.this option prompts the user to pick any PANE edge which is aligned through or towards the required position.aveva. Mid-point of two picks . its direction may be set by entering a direction in the Direction textbox. which is aligned through or towards the required position. If necessary. If the Rotation axis position is set using one of the methods described above. The coordinates may be edited or set manually by entering values in the appropriate axis textbox. All elements in the list are rotated. • Edge .this option prompts the user to pick any design point . The entry may be positive or negative depending on the rotation direction required.each of two or more picks will be interpreted as determined by the Pick Options setting and then the centroid of the points will be constructed to give the final position. Pressing the Esc key terminates the picking. List – this option uses the elements in the current list. at a point on the first picked item which corresponds to the projection of the second item onto the first.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Pick Qualifier setting specifies how many picks will be used to identify the position.this option prompts the user to pick any element which has its principal axis pointing through or towards the required position.this option prompts the user to pick any Pline which is aligned through or towards the required position. The required rotation angle is entered in the Angle (º) textbox. • Pline . and how a single position is to be constructed from multiple picks. Having positioned the Rotation Axis.

The task is to correctly orientate equipment and primitives.equipment items or primitives within an equipment are incorrectly orientated. The following is a list of the Design errors for each piece of Equipment: TANK1 • The equipment Orientation should be Y is North and Z is Up with respect to the World • CYLI1 – the Position should be at Up 1500 with respect to its owner • BOX1 – the Ylength attribute should be 2850 TANK2 • CONE1 – the Dtop attribute should be 1500 • CYLI1 – the East position should be 2600 with respect to the World • PYRA2 – the North position should be 0 with respect to its owner • PYRA1 – the Up position should be the same as Pyramid 2 • NOZZ TANK2-N2 – the nozzle must be re-orientated by 90º.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Exercise 4 The TRA.some primitives have one of their size attributes incorrectly set.com 102 .SITE. Note: All equipment and primitives should be orientated on an orthogonal axis. These design errors may be grouped into three categories: • Size errors .SITE has been modified to introduce some design errors and is now named TRA. • Orientation errors . www.equipment items are incorrectly positioned or primitives are incorrectly positioned within the equipment. The task is to correctly position the equipment and the primitives.aveva. The task is to identify which attribute is wrong and correct its value. • Positional errors .MESS.

Note that the position is expressed with respect to the World. Enter world in the wrt textbox and press the Return key. Note that the Position Z value is -875. i. Note that the Attributes form now displays the attributes for PYRA1. Note that the co-ordinates change to be expressed with respect to TANK2. Select Modify>Attributes… from the main menu to display the Modify Attributes form. Expand the TANK1 element in Design Explorer and make CYLI1 the CE.. Check the Track current element checkbox. if not already checked. Enter a value of 1500 in the Dtop textbox and press the Return key.com 103 • • • . Note that the Ylength attribute value is currently 6000. Therefore. Dismiss the Attributes form. Select Position>Explicitly (AT)… from the main menu to display the Explicit Position form.. must be re-orientated by 90º • DISH2. CYLI1. With PYRA2 still as the CE. Note that the position is expressed with respect to the World. Make PYRA2 of TANK2 the CE. the owner of the cylinder.e. the owner. or select from Design Explorer. i. Enter owner in the wrt textbox and press the Return key. Enter a value of 2850 in the Ylength textbox and press the Return key. i. to toggle the option on. Note that the bounding box rotates. Note that the Dtop attribute value is currently 4000. Click the Apply button to reposition the cylinder and then click the Dismiss button. Select Modify>Attributes. Enter a value of 2600 in the East textbox and press the Return key. Click the Apply button to rotate the equipment and then the Dismiss button. Click the Apply button to re-position the cylinder and then click the Dismiss button. Change the Y setting from E 45 N to N and press the Return key. Make TANK1 the CE in Design Explorer. Click the Apply button to re-position the pyramid and then click the Dismiss button. Enter 0 in the North text box and press the Return key. the orientation is expressed with respect to (wrt) the World (/*). Graphically select. the orientation of the equipment is Y is N and Z is U. Left click the Dtop entry in the form grid to display the Dtop textbox at the bottom of the form. Note that the wrt textbox shows /*. Also note that X changes to E and Z changes to U. • • TANK2 Corrections • Make CONE1 of TANK2 the CE. Dismiss the form by clicking the close button in the top right hand corner of the form. Down 875. Click the Apply button and note that the Dtop value has been updated on the form to the entered value and the cone has changed shape. Make BOX1 of TANK1 the CE.e. The coordinates will change to be with respect to the World. Click the Apply button and note that the Ylength value has been updated on the form to the entered value and the box has changed length. Select Position>Explicitly (AT)… from the main menu to display the Explicit Position form. PYRA1 of TANK2 to make it the CE. Note that the position is expressed with respect to the /TANK1. from the main menu to display the Modify Attributes form. Note that the wrt textbox has changed to /TANK1. Select Query>Attributes… from the main menu to display the Attributes form. www. i.e. Note that the bounding box has changed position to the new location. i. Dismiss the form by clicking the close button in the top right hand corner of the form. i.aveva. Enter 1500 in the Up text box and press the Return key.e.must be connected to the motor cylinder TANK1 Corrections • • Select Design>Equipment from the main menu to enter the Equipment application. Note that the bounding box has changed position to the new location. Select Orientate>Axes… from the main menu to display the Orientate form.e. and the co-ordinates have changed to express the position with respect to the equipment. Select Position>Explicitly (AT)… from the main menu to display the Explicit Position form. Enter /TANK2 in the wrt textbox and press the Return key.e. Note that the Position Z value is 625. PYRA1 needs to be moved up by 875+625 = 1500.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 PUMP1 • The equipment Up position should be 350 with respect to the World • The drive shaft cylinder. Up 625. Left click on the Ylength entry in the form grid to display the Ylength textbox at the bottom of the form. Make CYLI1 of TANK2 the CE.

Note that the graphical aid is now pointing in the Up direction and the 0/90/180/270 text aids are showing the direction of positive rotation. • • • www. Click and hold down the left mouse button on the CYLI and note that the element is outlined in white and three ‘dots’ are displayed. it now mates with the flange on the connecting pipe. Note that the bounding box has changed position to the new location. Zoom out and locate DISH PUMP1-DISH2 and make it the CE in Design Explorer. release the left mouse button to display the rotation axis at the centre of the cylinder. i. i. Enter a value of 1500 in the Up textbox and press the Return key.1 for an explanation of primitive Ppoints. Select Position>Relatively (BY)… from the main menu to display the Position By form. When the pointer display changes. Also note that measured value has been placed in the relevant text box on the Position By from. Select Cursor>Element from the form menu and graphically pick the nozzle. West 4567. Click the Apply button to re-position the pump and then click the Dismiss button. These are the cylinders Ppoints. Note that the new position for the element is displayed.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Select Position>Relatively (BY)… from the main menu to display the Position By form. • PUMP1 Corrections • Make PUMP1 the CE. Click the Apply button to re-position DISH PUMP1-DISH2. release the mouse button. Enter a value of -90 in the Angle(º) textbox and press the Return key. The Angle(º) textbox should still have -90 displayed. Select Cursor>Design Point from the form menu. release the mouse button. The dish needs to be placed at the end of CYLI PUMP1-CYL5 of the pump to complete the representation of the pump motor. Click the Dismiss button on the form. Zoom in to the pump. Click the Apply button to rotate the cylinder and then click the Dismiss button. Enter world in the wrt textbox and press the Return key. Note that the rotation axis is displayed at the origin of the nozzle and the rotation axis origin co-ordinates and direction. Manipulate the displayed elements such that PUMP1-DISH2 and PUMP1-CYL5 can both be viewed as closely as possible. • Move the pointer over the central ‘dot’ and note that the pointer display changes as it is moved over the ‘dot’ and the Ppoint’s identity is displayed in the secondary prompt area at the bottom of the screen. Select Orientate>Rotate… from the main menu to display the Rotate form.e. showing the measured distance is shown from the dish Ppoint to the cylinder Ppoint. See section 9. enter a value of 90 in the Angle(º) textbox. Enter N in the Direction textbox and press the Return key to change the rotation axis direction. Click the Apply button to rotate the nozzle. Click and hold down the left mouse button on PUMP1-DISH2 and move the pointer over the centre of the flat face of the dish to highlight a Ppoint.3. The coordinates will change to be with respect to the World.com 104 . On the Positioning Control Toolbar select Ppoint from the Pick Type options list and Snap from the Pick Method options list.e. Note that the nozzle has rotated to the correct position. Click the Apply button to re-position the pyramid and then click the Dismiss button to remove the form. When the pointer display changes. one at each end and one in the centre of the cylinder. Select Orientate>Rotate… from the main menu to display the Rotate form. Note that a Measure Distance Start text aid is displayed at the Ppoint location. If.aveva. Note that a New Position text aid is displayed at the Ppoint location and an aid line. Enter a value of 350 in the Up textbox and press the Return key. Make CYLI PUMP1-CYL2 the CE in Design Explorer. with respect to itself. Select Position>Explicitly (AT)… from the main menu to display the Explicit Position form. Make NOZZ TANK2-N2 the CE. not. When the pointer has changed. Change the Rotation Axis direction to Up by entering U in the textbox and pressing the Return key.1. are displayed on the Rotate form. Note that the position is expressed with respect to the /TANK2. Click the Dismiss button to remove the form. Click and hold down the left mouse button on CYLI PUMP1-CYL5 and move the pointer over the centre of the cylinder face closest to the dish to highlight a Ppoint.

com 105 .aveva.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The corrected model elements should now look like this: www.

although only one list can be current at any one time. Lists are not saved at the end of a Design session although the data may be saved to file and restored in a future Design session. This is now the current list The name of the list should be meaningful and convey some mnemonic as to the contents of the list so that it may be used again. The format of the list may be selected from the Format pull-down at the bottom of the form. selecting Add from the form menu again gives the following options: • CE – this option adds the CE to the list. • CE Members – this option adds the members of the CE to the list.com 106 . • Identified – this option enables items to be picked from a 3D View by left clicking them.CHAPTER 7 7 General Utilities This chapter describes various general utilities that are useful when working with PDMS. The current list is displayed in the pull-down on the Default Toolbar. 7.aveva. When the selection is finished. If there are no defined lists the pull-down will display No list. Selecting Add>List… from the form menu displays the Create List form. The list can be displayed with the element Name only. the element Description only or a concatenation of Name + Description. if required. www. There can be many lists.1 Lists Lists are a temporary collection of elements on which operations can be performed that affect all the members of the list. The first step in creating a List is to create the list itself. Clicking the OK button will create the list and add the name to the List pull-downs on the form and the Default Toolbar. Having created the list. A name for the list is entered in the Description text box. pressing the Esc key adds the selected elements to the list. Selecting the Create/Modify Lists button from the Default Toolbar or selecting Utilities/Lists… from the main menu displays the Lists/Collections form.

The Remove pull-down on the form menu has similar options to the Add menu described previously but with the following additions: • from List – this option removes the element highlighted in the list from the list. PDMS commands may be directly applied to the list by entering valid PDMS syntax in the text box at the bottom of the form and clicking the Action button. www.com 107 . For example. a set of elements for a project may span more that one site. The selection may also be made by specifying a volume.2 Groups A group element can hold in its members list a number of design elements from any combination of hierarchic levels and may also span across multiple databases. if this is the case it is difficult to identify where in the hierarchy these elements occur. 7. A group is a Design database element in its own right and is. using different methods. With a group its members can be queried and the hierarchy of elements contained within it easily seen.aveva. Appropriate design operations can act upon the individual elements in the group simply by carrying out the operation on the group. to find elements to add to the list. may be modified by adding additional items or removing items from the list. The selection may be further refined by adding a valid PML expression to the with Rule text box. therefore. The elements in the list may be highlighted in the graphical view by checking the Highlight check box at the top of the form. Whichever method is chosen to select the items to add to the list. Groups are particularly useful when there is a need to create a secondary hierarchy of elements. The contents of the list.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Selection… . The source of the selection is made by clicking the For Element or From List – radio buttons. and selecting whether part of or the entire element is within the volume by checking the appropriate check box. the selected items will appear in grid of the Lists/Collections form. stored in the hierarchy for use in later sessions or by other modules that have access to Design elements. One or more PDMS element types may be entered in the Selection text box to filter the elements searched for. • All – this option removes all elements from the list. otherwise use the list in conjunction with the applicable forms from the Appware. either explicitly or with a 3D cursor. once populated. It is recommended that you use this option only if you have a good understanding of PDMS syntax.this option displays the Add to List form that enables a search of the databases to be performed.

L GPITEM elements do not appear in the Design Explorer or the form Explorer. A Group Set (GPSET) contains groups of items. 7. Querying the attributes of any GPITEM will show an attribute called SItem that holds the actual element name. a pull-down to select a Group World. A GPSET may own many GPITEMs Group sets may be nested within other group sets. To achieve this structure a GPSET can own another GPSET or a GPITEM can point back to a GPSET. entering Q MEM in the Command Window displays a list of the GPITEM elements. The actual names of the members of the group set are displayed instead. With a GPSET as the CE. Selecting the Create Group world… option displays the Create Group World form. The form is automatically populated with all the GPWL and GPSET elements in the current MDB if they have been previously defined.2.1 Creating Group Worlds Right clicking in the form Explorer displays a shortcut menu.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The elements that make up a group are: A Group World (GPWL) is the top level administrative element and may own many group sets. www. The form may be dismissed by selecting Control>Close from the form menu. The data in the Group Members grid data is defaulted to the first GPSET in the first GPWL. where a Name and other attributes may be entered: Clicking the OK button on the Create Group World form creates the new Group World (GPWL) in the hierarchy below the highest level significant element of the CE. A Group Item (GPITEM) is the element from another part of the hierarchy. Selecting Create>Group… from the main menu displays the Group form. The form contains its own Explorer to browse the hierarchy.aveva.com 108 . a grid to display the Group Sets in the Group World and a Group Members grid to display the Group Item data.

www. it is the CE highlighted in the form Explorer.2.2 Creating Group Sets Right clicking on a GPWL in the form Explorer displays a shortcut menu with an additional option for creating a Group Set. • Remove from Current List – this option removes members of the current list from the current group set.aveva. • Add Current Element – this option adds the CE to the current group set. 7.2. • Add Current Element Members – this option adds the CE members to the current group set. Right clicking on an element in the form Explorer displays a pop-up menu that has the following options: L For the following menu options that use the term Current Element. Populating a Group Set with elements and modifying the contents of a Group Set is achieved by using popup menus from the form Explorer and the Group Members grid. Selecting a Group Set from this list displays the members of the Group Set in the grid below the list. that is being referred to. • 3D View – this option has a sub-menu that has options to add and remove the CE from the 3D View. where a Name and other attributes may be entered. Selecting the Create Group Sets… option displays the Create Group form. • Add From Current List – this option adds the members of the current list to the current group set. and not that of the Design Explorer.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 7.com 109 . Clicking the OK button on the Create Group form creates the new Group Set (GPSET) owned by the select GPWL. Right clicking anywhere in the Group Items grid displays a pop-up menu that has the following options: • Remove All From Group – this option removes all elements from the current group set and clears the Group Members grid.3 Managing Groups All Group Sets available in the current MDB are displayed in the Available group sets list on the Groups form. • Remove Current Element – this option removes the CE from the current group set. • Remove Current Element Members – this option removes the members of the CE from the current group set.

aveva.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Remove Selected From Group – this option removes the selected elements in the Group Members grid from the current group set.com 110 . ™ Remove All – this option removes all items in the current group set from the 3D View. www.this option removes the items selected in the Group Members grid from the 3D View. If there is a multiple selection in the Group Members grid this option will navigate to the first selected item in the grid. • 3D View – this option displays a sub-menu with the following options: ™ Add All – this option adds all of the items in the current group set to the 3D View. L Multiple selections may be made in the grid using standard Windows selection methods. ™ Remove Selected . ™ Add Selected – this option adds the items selected in the Group Members grid to the 3D View. • Navigate – this option navigates in the Design Explorer to the item selected in the Group Members grid.

those users will see the same data. Right clicking on an element or a collection in the upper pane grid highlights the entry and displays a pop-up menu that has the following options: • Remove from My Data – this option removes the highlighted element or collection from My Data. This means that. are deleted by another user in a separate session and a Get Work is performed. the data collections generated will be displayed. a fold-up panel that displays actions that may be taken with My Data and a fold-up panel that displays the contents of a collection in a grid gadget. as well as between design sessions. either individually or within a collection. for example. Elements that are displayed in the upper pane may be placed into a collection by dragging and dropping them into an existing collection in the upper pane. per project in the pdmsuser directory. The Remove Selected link label at the bottom of the pane will remove any element that is highlighted in the pane from the My Data list. Each time the My Data form is opened.e. elements may be added to My Data and a module switch to Draft to would use the same data.3 My Data The My Data utility may be used to generate collections of database elements that need to be worked on. A new collection may also be created by selecting the New Collection link label at the bottom of the pane. The data stored is per user.. This enables elements to be easily transferred between these modules. i.aveva. The form is re-sizeable and dockable and contains an upper pane displaying the current elements and collections in a grid gadget. in any of the modules that use it. etc. The elements will no longer be displayed in the top pane but may be viewed in the Contents panel by clicking on the collection. Elements may be added to My Data by dragging and dropping from the Design Explorer or by using the My Data option on the Drawlist pop-up menu. Design. Clicking on a collection in the top panel displays the collections contents in the Contents fold-up panel. If two or more items are simultaneously chosen from the Drawlist pop-up menu. Spooler.com 111 . www. The content of My Data persists between applications and module switching. Draft. Selecting Display>My Data from the main menu displays the My Data form. they will be placed in My Data as a New Collection and appended with a sequential number. Elements may be added to this collection by dragging and dropping into the Contents panel from the Design Explorer.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 7. in Design. L If the pdmsuser directory is shared between users. • Resolve Inconsistency – An inconsistency occurs when elements referred to in My Data.

This may also be achieved by clicking on the column headers. Remove. This option is greyed out for elements. Multiple selections can be made form the grid prior to right clicking. Right clicking on an element in the Contents panel grid highlights the entry and displays a pop-up menu with the following options: • Remove selected from Collection – this option deletes the highlighted option from the collection. If there are multiple selections this option is greyed out on the sub-menu.this option displays the MyData Reference Extender form that shows connected elements or catalogue references for an element or all of the elements in a collection. • 3D View . Add Within Volume. The New collection option creates a new collection and the Arrange By submenu allows the entries to be sorted alpha-numerically by Name or Type.com 112 . Add Connected. The Select All option selects all of the elements in the collection and the Arrange By sub-menu allows the entries to be sorted alpha-numerically by Name. • Rename – this option allows a collection to be renamed. In the case of a collection.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The element or collection is highlighted by a red triangle containing an exclamation mark. The remaining options on this sub-menu are the same as previously described for the upper pane pop-up menu. the Contents fold-up panel also marks the inconsistent element in the same way Selecting the Resolve Inconsistency option from the pop-up menu removes the affected element from My Data or the collection. Right clicking in a blank area of the upper pane grid displays a pop-up menu. Right clicking in a blank area of the Contents panel grid displays a pop-up menu. • Datal Listing… – this option displays the Datal Listings Options form. • Find referred elements…. www.aveva. Copy and Paste options that enable elements to be cut or copied from one collection and pasted into another. • Navigate To – this option navigates in the Design Explorer to the item selected in the grid. either to a file or to the Command Window. • Edit – this option displays a sub-menu with Cut. All selected elements will be removed from the collection if this option is used.this option displays a sub-menu that with Add. from which a database listing for the highlighted element or collection can be written. Highlight and Unhighlight options that function as previously described for the Design Explorer pop-up menu. Type and DB This may also be achieved by clicking on the column headers.

TEE.1 Specifying the Items to Search for The items to be searched for may be specified by names that contain a specific string. The entries may be any valid item types and are not case sensitive.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Actions panel contains four actions that may be performed on the selected element or collection in the top pane. The form is resizeable and dockable and contains an area to specify the item to be searched for. The pull-down also contains a Clear History option that will remove all any previously entered item types from the list 7.4 Search Utility The Search utility enables the databases to be searched for specific items. The Highlight Elements and Unhighlight Element options are greyed out if the selected element or collection is not in the 3D View. a hierarchical search below a ‘ceiling’ or a volumetric search within a specified volume. The string may be of any length and contain any permissible name character. The pull-down also contains a Clear History option that will remove any previously entered strings from the list. www.com 113 . a fold-up panel to specify the search scope and a fold-up panel to apply attribute filters to the search. The pull-down contains an ALL option which. One or more item types may be entered in the Search for Item Types pull-down. one or more element types or a combination of both. therefore. The results may be added to the 3D View. comma or semi-colon. printed and exported to Excel. 7. EQUI PIPE. Any strings that have been previously specified in the session are retained in the pull-down for the duration of the session and are. Selecting Display>Search Utility… from the main menu displays the Search form.aveva. Any item type(s) that have been previously specified in the session are retained in the pull-down for the duration of the session.e. attributes or any combination of these. type. 7.2 Scope of Search Two options are available to specify the Scope of Search. If more than one item type is entered they must be separated by a space. The search is case sensitive. The scope of the search may be defined and the items may be identified by different criteria including name. A character string may be entered in the Item Name Contains pull-down.4. NOZZ. if selected. i. sorted and filtered. available for further use. The search results are output to a grid gadget and may be grouped.4. The link labels are greyed out until an element or collection is selected. added to My Data. will find all item types in the current search scope.

this history can be cleared by selecting the Clear History option from the pull-down list.4.2.g. the ceiling of the search scope will be reset to world. selected filters to be deleted or all filters to be deleted. if the database type is changed in the pull-down then the database item currently displayed will be checked. Y and Z co-ordinates. The ceiling may be changed by entering a valid item name in the pull-down or clicking the CE button to set the current element as the ceiling for the search. the default scope will be set to the World element (/*) as the ceiling of the search within the current database.aveva.com 114 . e. to define the volume explicitly.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 7.4. The database items entered in the Beneath Item pull-down will be remembered throughout the session. 7.3 Attribute Filters One or more attribute filters may be set for the search.2. The databases listed in the In Database pull-down are those that are available to the user and the pull-down will automatically update if the database item exists in any of those databases.1 Hierarchical Search Below a Ceiling When the Search utility is first opened during a session.4. Checking the Explicit Volume checkbox enables two opposing corners of a box to be specified. The link labels at the bottom of the panel enable an attribute filter to be added. Checking the Of Item checkbox enables an item name to be entered in the pull-down or the CE button clicked to specify the item whose volume will be used for the search. www. Similarly. If there is more than one attribute filter specified then the found items will satisfy all of the attribute filters. by entering the X.2 Volumetric Search Checking the In Volume checkbox activates the Of Item and Explicit Volume options and de-activates the Beneath Item options. 7. Design. The Completely within and Partially within radio buttons. however. if within the Design application. If it is not found in that database. specify whether the found items exist completely or partially within the specified volume. which are applicable to both methods of volumetric search. The specified attributes will apply to each item type listed.

depending on the scope and complexity of the search. L The Search Results form may be opened at ant time by selecting Display>Search Results from the main menu. The contents of the pull-down depend on the attribute selected as not all operators are valid for all attributes. If multiple item types have been specified.aveva. however. The values may be numeric or non-numeric. The message indicates how many items have been found by the system and whether these partial results should be output. Clicking the Stop button stops the search and displays a Search Interrupt message box.4.com 115 .4 Executing the Search Having specified the search criteria. i. A suitable operator may be selected from the list. For example. 7. For example. moving the cursor over the Attribute column highlights a pull-down that contains the attributes of the specified item type. attributes for all item types are available. The required attribute may be selected from the list. The search may display results quickly or it may take some time. the following operators work as follows: The In the List operator enables a list of values (separated by spaces) to be specified for the attribute value. to allow a numeric an alpha-numeric entry to be made.5 Search Results On completion of the search the Search utility automatically opens the Search Results form. 7. Clicking the Yes button will output the partial results and clicking the No button will abort the search. an upper and a lower limit.e. for the AREA attribute using an In the List operator with a value of 0 1 3 would find items which have AREA attribute equal to either 0. If no item type has been specified. if not already open. only the Name attribute is available. Most of the operators are self explanatory. i. Moving the cursor over the Operator column highlights a pull-down that contains a list of valid operators. and populates the table with the found items. The In the Range Operator enables a range of two numeric values to be specified. only a partial Name string has been specified. 1 or 3. inclusive. for the AREA attribute using an In the Range operator with a value of 1 10 would find items which have AREA attribute equal to any numeric value between and including 1 and 10 The Value column will either display a text box. or a pull-down with relevant options that may be selected from the list. www.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Having added an attribute filter. depending on the attribute type.4. As soon as the search is underway the Go button changes to a Stop button.e. clicking the Go button on the Search form executes the search.

Selected results may be dragged and dropped into a 3D View or added to My Data and the complete table may be printed or exported to Excel. Clicking the OK button will make the changes to the columns but they will not come into affect until a new search is initiated. If enabled. the results grid shows the following symbol: • Clear Results – this option completely deletes the results grid. The menu has the following options: • Column Setup… . Right clicking in any column header displays a pop-up menu. sorted and filtered. One or more column headers may be dragged into this area to group the grid data by. Clicking the Add Column link label displays a new line in the column grid. www. Clicking on these options toggles them on and off. The columns to be displayed can be specified and the results can be grouped. a POS attribute has no meaning to a PIPE. If any of these options are enabled they are checked in the pop-up menu.g.com 116 . Each column of the grid represents an attribute of an item in the databases. Any valid attribute may be entered into the Attribute column and column heading text entered into the column heading. The columns may be re-ordered by dragging a column header into a new position. the Grid sort area is displayed above the column headers.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Search Results form displays the results in a grid gadget. Some options can be enabled and disabled. e. Clicking the Delete Selected Columns link label will delete single or multiple column selections. L If columns are added that are based on attributes that have no meaning to some of the found items.this option displays the Table Column Setup form: The Table Column Setup form enables columns to be added to or deleted from the results grid and the columns to be re-ordered. • Enable Group Sorting – this option toggles group sorting.aveva.

• Print Preview – this option displays the results grid in a standard Windows Print Preview dialogue where it may be printed. Only one column may be sorted at a time. either ascending or descending. by clicking on the column header. • Add To My Data – this option adds the selection to My Data. the Excel file will contain the groups and/or filters.com 117 . Clicking the Σ symbol displays the Select Summaries form. The summaries are displayed at the bottom of the grid when a new search is initiated.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Enable Filtering – this option toggles column filtering. An arrow is displayed in the column header to show that is sorted and the direction of the sort. • Enable Column Sort – this option toggles column sorting. Various summaries may be selected using the appropriate checkboxes. www. If grouping and filtering have been applied. Right clicking on a row in the results grid selects and highlights the row and displays a pop-up menu that has the following options: • 3D View – this option has a sub-menu that has options to add the selection to and remove from the selection from.aveva. • Enable Column Summaries – this option toggles column summaries. If enabled. a 3D View as well as highlighting and un-highlighting the selection in the 3D View. • Export to Excel – this option displays a standard Windows Save As dialogue where a location and filename may be specified for the excel file. • Remove Selected Rows – this option removes the selected rows from the results grid. L Multiple selections may be made in the grid using standard Windows selection methods. If enabled. If enabled. the grid data may be filtered on one or more columns. columns that contain numeric data may be summarised and a summary symbol Σ is displayed in the column header. columns may be sorted alphanumerically.

The X Axis. The line IDs are used to identify individual gridlines and suffix the label in the Design Explorer. Refer to section 7. The form is re-sizable and contains a pane to display available grid systems and a number of options for formatting the displayed grid.com 118 . line IDs and offsets to be specified for each axis individually.5. the Options tab where the grid axis offsets. On the Options tab the Display area of the form contains radio button options that control how the grid is labelled in the 3D View. Y Axis and Z Axis areas of the form enable grid labels. Y and EL (elevation) are commonly used for the X. A label for the respective axis may be entered in the appropriate Label text box. www. Y and Z axes respectively.1 Creating 3D Rectangular Grids Selecting Create>3D Rectangular Grid… from the User Grids Systems form menu displays the Reference 3D Rectangular Grid form. The form has two tabs. The labels X.5. Grids may be project wide or local to a specific Plant area or a room in a module or building.3 for Grid Display Options.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 7. Selecting Utilities>User Grid Systems… from the main menu displays the User Grid Systems form.aveva. The ID format may be alphabetic or numeric and may be incremented by any step.5 User Grid Systems The User Grid Systems utility creates 3D rectangular and radial grids in Design. Grids are stored in a Design database and have their own hierarchy structure as shown: L Although user grid systems are stored in a Design database they do not appear in the Drawlist. 7. line IDs and labels are specified and Position & Orientation tab where the location and orientation of the grid are specified. The form menu enables grids to be created and modified and the co-ordinates of a picked point to be displayed in both World and Grid co-ordinate systems. The label should be meaningful and will suffix the Grid Axis (GRIDAX) and Gridline (GRIDLN) element names in the Design Explorer.

The Position & Orientation tab enables the grid origin to be positioned and the grid to be orientated.aveva. X. range and interval of offsets and the ID formats to be specified. Clicking the Autofill… button on the Reference 3D Rectangular Grid form displays the Autofill Rectangular Grid System form. Negative or positive values may be entered which will determine how the grid is distributed around the grid origin. coordinates in the relevant text boxes. When first opened the form is populated with default values which can be adjusted accordingly. Checking one of the Lock checkboxes disables the editing of that co-ordinate.2. www. The direction may be changed by using the three pull-downs. North/South and Up/Down. The Preview button will display the grid in the current 3D View to so that it may be visually inspected before creation. Having specified the required data clicking the OK button will dismiss the form and autofill the Reference 3D Rectangular Grid form as shown below. The Set View Limits to Grid button zooms the view such that the specified grid fills the 3D View. The Position area of the form enables the grid origin to be placed explicitly by entering East/West.1 for details of the Positioning Control Toolbar. i.com 119 . Y and Z. See 6. The auto filled Reference 3D Rectangular Grid form may be edited manually to make the final adjustments to the grid. This form enables the labels. It is often easier to use the autofill function and edit than enter all the data from scratch.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Offsets are relative values from the previous gridline. The position may also be specified by using the Positioning Control Toolbar and graphically selecting a position in the 3D View.e.

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The Orientation area of the form enables the grid to be orientated in three ways: 1. Clicking the Through three points button prompts for the graphical selection of three points to define the plane of the grid. When the orientation points have been picked, the Y is and Z is text boxes are updated with new directions defined by the grid plane. 2. Clicking the Through origin and two points button prompts for the graphical selection of two points which, together with the origin point, define the plane of the grid. When the orientation points have been picked, the Y is and Z is text boxes are updated with new directions defined by the grid plane. 3. The orientation can also be set by entering a direction in the Y is and Z is text boxes. The X direction is automatically derived, and is displayed beneath the two text boxes. Only one direction may be altered at a time so it may require two or more entries to re-orientate the grid to the required orientation. A grid name may be entered in the Name text box at the bottom of the Reference 3D Rectangular Grid form. This name will be displayed on the User Grid Systems form so that it may be selected for future use or modification Clicking the Save button creates the grid elements and displays the grid in the 3D View. If no Grid World elements are in a writeable Design database, one is created automatically. If more than one writeable Grid World exists, the new grid will be placed in the first available one in the hierarchy. The Close button closes the Reference 3D Rectangular Grid form.

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Creating 3D Radial Grids
Selecting Create>3D Radial Grid… from the User Grids Systems form menu displays the Reference 3D Radial Grid form. The form has two tabs, the Options tab where the angles, radii, offsets, line IDs and labels are specified and Position & Orientation tab where the location and orientation of the grid are specified. On the Options tab the Display area of the form contains radio button options that control how the grid is labelled in the 3D View. See section 7.5.3 for Grid Display Options. The Angles, Radii and Z Axis areas of the form enable grid labels, line IDs, radial line angles, concentric circular line radii and Z axis offsets to be specified.

A label for the angles, radii and Z axis may be entered in the appropriate Label text box. The label should be meaningful and will suffix the Grid Axis (GRIDAX) and Gridline (GRIDLN) element names in the Design Explorer. The labels A, R and EL (elevation) are commonly used for the angles, radii and Z axis respectively. The line IDs are used to identify individual gridlines and suffix the label in the Design Explorer. The ID format may be alphabetic or numeric and may be incremented by any step.

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The Angles are in degrees, counter clockwise from East (X). The Radii are absolute values from the grid origin and the Offsets are relative values from the previous gridline. Clicking the Autofill… button on the Reference 3D Radial Grid form displays the Autofill Radial Grid System form. This form enables the labels, range and interval of offsets and the ID formats to be specified. When first opened the form is populated with default values which can be adjusted accordingly. Having specified the required data clicking the OK button will dismiss the form and autofill the Reference 3D Radial Grid form as shown below. The auto filled Reference 3D Radial Grid form may be edited manually to make the final adjustments to the grid. It is often easier to use the autofill function and edit than enter all the data from scratch. The Preview button will display the grid in the current 3D View to so that it may be visually inspected before creation. The Set View Limits to Grid button zooms the view such that the specified grid fills the 3D View.

The Position & Orientation tab enables the grid origin to be positioned and the grid to be orientated. This tab functions as previously described for Rectangular Grids.

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Grid Display Options
When one or more grid systems have been created the Displaying grid system area of the User Grid Systems form is activated. Selecting a grid system from the Grid System pane and clicking the Display button displays the selected grid in the 3D View and activates the Set View Limits to Grid button which may be used to set the display limits to the whole grid. The Hide button removes the selected grid system from the view and reactivates the Display button. The radio buttons in the Display area of the form control the labelling of the grid. The options produce the following results: • Axes only displays the gridlines only with a label at the grid origin.

• Gridline IDs displays the gridline IDs prefixed with the specified label.

• Spacings displays the spacing between grid lines for rectangular grids and the spacings between concentric circles and the angles between radial lines for radial grids.

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• Coordinates displays the co-ordinates of the grid lines, prefixed by the specified label, for a rectangular grid and the distance from the origin of the concentric circles and the cumulative angle of the radial lines for a radial grid.

These display settings are also available in the Display area of the Reference 3D Rectangular Grid and Reference 3D Radial Grid forms. Clicking the Select display axes… button displays the Plant Grid Axes form, if the currently selected grid is rectangular, or the Radial Grid Axes form if the currently selected grid is radial. The Plant Grid Axes form enables the display plane for each axis to be toggled On or Off and the location of the plane to be selected, i.e. on a gridline. The display of an axis plane is toggled using the checkbox adjacent to the appropriate plane. The plane is located using the pull-down for the appropriate plane. The list contains all of the gridlines for that axis. For example, displaying all three axes for the grid, i.e. checking all three checkboxes and selecting X3 for the X Axis plane and YB fro the Y Axis plane gives the following result.

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Selecting a location displays the whole grid at the selected elevation.5 Displaying Picked Positions in Grid Coordinates A position may be picked from a 3D View and displayed in terms of Grid co-ordinates. to be specified at which the grid is displayed. L www.com 124 . 7. i. The displayed form depends on the type of the selected grid.5. Having picked the position the Display Grid Coords form is displayed. Both forms are identical to the forms used for creating the two grid types except that they are populated with the current settings of the selected grid and the Name text box is greyed out Having made the required changes to the grid. where nnnn is the name of the selected grid. showing the position in both World and grid coordinates. the Z Axis location. The grid name is displayed on the Display Grid Coords form. Grids may be deleted using any of the relevant deletion option described previously in this training guide. 7. There is no delete function on the Modify Grid forms. The referenced grid does not have to be displayed to obtain the position in grid coordinates. L The 0 label indicates the grid origin. The pulldown shows all of the Z Axis locations specified when the form was created or modified. The grid used for the coordinates is the current grid selected from the User Grid Systems form. Selecting Display>Picked position in grid cords… from the User Grid Systems form menu prompts for a position to be picked and activates the Positioning Control Toolbar. clicking the Save button on the Modify Grid form displays a confirmation message to replace the existing grid.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Radial Grid Axes form enables the elevation.4 Modifying and Deleting User Grid Systems Highlighting the grid to be modified in the Grid Systems area of the User Grid Systems form and selecting Modify>Selected Grid System… from the form menu displays the Modify Grid (nnnn).e.aveva.5.

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7.6

Claimlists in Multiwrite Databases

Where Multiwrite databases are used, the modification of elements in the databases is controlled by the use of Claimlists which, essentially, stops an element being owned by more than one user at a time and avoids conflicting data being written to the databases by sequential saves by different users. Multiwrite databases have a claim mode that is set when the database is created: • If the claim mode is Explicit the element must be claimed before it can be worked on. • If the claim mode is Implicit when a user starts to modify an element it is automatically claimed. In this mode an element may also be claimed explicitly. Selecting Utilities>Claimlists… from the main menu displays the Multiwrite Claim Lists form. The Claimlist options list can be set to: • Active Claimlist – this is the users Claimlist. Lists of all the significant elements claimed by the user are displayed in the elements list. • Others Claimlist – the elements list displays all significant elements claimed by all other users in the MDB, except those in the Active Claimlist. The name of each user is displayed along side the significant elements and the names are added to the Claim List options list so that an individual user Claim List may also be selected. L Clicking on any element in a Claim List will navigate to it in the Design Explorer.

Elements are claimed and unclaimed using the form menu options. Control

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Updates the list. The list is automatically updated when it is displayed and the Active Claimlist is updated when elements are claimed using the form, however, in other cases the list may not show all claimed elements unless this option is used. Closes the form.

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CE. CE only Claims or unclaims the CE only and not any hierarchy below it. This can be used, for example, to change an attribute such as a description which will not affect any elements below the CE. Claims or unclaims each member of the CE only and not the hierarchy below. Enables items to be claimed and unclaimed by graphically picking them in a 3D View. This option has a sub-menu that displays the available lists. Selecting a list claims or unclaims all of the elements in the selected list.

CE Members only Pick List

In addition, the Unclaim option has the following: Unclaim All Selected Colour Unclaims all the elements in the Active Claimlist. Unclaims all the elements selected in the elements list.

Highlight…

Displays the Claimlist Colours form.

Selecting a colour highlights the elements in the Claimlist in that colour in all 3D Views. Only elements already in the Drawlist are highlighted, elements are not automatically added to the Drawlist. Different colours may be used for each Claimlist.

Unhighlight Databases

Displays a sub-menu that un-highlights the CE, all Elements in the selected Claimlist or All elements in the 3D Views.

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Displays all of the claimed elements in the databases in the MDB. The sub-menu displays all databases in the MDB. Selecting a database from the sub-menu list displays all claimed elements in that database.

If there are many elements in the Claimlist they may be separated into pages by selecting an entry, i.e. 15, 50, 100, All, from the Number of results per page options list. The numbers of pages are displayed on the left hand side of the form header. The ► and ◄ buttons page down and up respectively. Elements must be unclaimed before other users can access them. Other users must do a Getwork before they can see the changes. Elements that have been claimed and modified cannot be unclaimed until a Save Work is performed. Switching modules or exiting PDMS will unclaim all elements.

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Exercise 5
Lists • • Empty the Drawlist and add the TRA.SITE to the 3D View with a view direction of Iso3. Click the Walk to Drawlist button. Select Utilities>Lists… from the main menu to display the List/Collections form. Select Add>List… from the form menu to display the Create List form. Enter EQUIPMENT in the Description textbox, press the Return key and then click the OK button. Note that the description now appears in the List options list on the List/Collections form. Make the EQUIP.ZONE the CE and on the List/Collections form select Add>CE Members from the form menu. The three equipment elements have now been added to the list. Check the Highlight checkbox and note that the three equipment elements are displayed in the 3D View in the highlight colour. Uncheck the Highlight checkbox. Select Add>List… from the List/Collections form menu and create a list named STEEL. Select Add>Identified from the form menu and note that the GUI is ‘greyed out’ and there the prompt, Identify element or –Escape-, is displayed in the secondary prompt area. Zoom into the steelwork supporting TANK2 and left click on each of the columns and beams that make up the support in the 3D View. Each element will be displayed in the highlight colour once selected. If an element is identified by mistake, clicking it again will de-select and un-highlight it. When all elements have been selected, press the Esc key to end the selection process. The twelve SCTN elements are displayed in the list. Make the PIPE.ZONE the CE. Create a new list called PIPE_100. Select Add>Selection… from the form menu to display the Add to List form. In the Selection textbox enter BRAN and in the with Rule textbox enter HBOR EQ 100. This specifies to add only Branch elements with an Hbore (Head Bore) attribute equal to 100mm. Click the for Element radio button and enter CE in the adjacent textbox and then click the Apply button. Two Branches, pipe3-b1 and pipe4-b1 are added to the list. Left click on pipe3-b1 in the List/Collections form and note that it is now the CE in Design Explorer. In the Command Window enter Q HBOR and press the Return key. The answer Hbore 100mm is displayed. Create a new list named PIPE_150 and add to it Branches with an Hbore of 150mm. Click the Dismiss button on the Add to List form and then select Control>Close from the List/Collections form menu. Open the Active List options list and note the three lists that may be selected.

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Groups • Navigate to the World in Design Explorer. Select Create>Group… from the main menu to display the Groups form. Right click in the form Explorer and select Create Group world… from the pop-up menu to display the Create Group World form. Enter TRAINING_GROUP_WORLD in the Name textbox and press the Return key. Leave the three other attribute textboxes at unset. Click the OK button to create the GPWL element. Right click on the GPWL in the form Explorer and select Create Group Sets… from the pop-up menu to display the Create Group form. Enter ALL_EQUI in the Name textbox and press the Return key. Leave the other two attribute textboxes at unset. Click the OK button to create the GPSET element. In the form Explorer, expand TRA.SITE, right click on the EQUIP.ZONE and select Add Current Element Members from the pop-up menu. Note that the three equipment elements are added to the grid gadget.

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Create a new GPSET name ALL_STEEL, select the previously defined list STEEL from the Active List options list to make it the current list and add the members of the list to the new GPSET by selecting the Add From Current List option from the form Explorer pop-up menu. All twelve SCTN elements should now be in the GPSET. Expand the GPWL and GPSET elements and note the contents of each Group Set. Remove the EQUIP.ZONE from the Drawlist and then right click on the ALL_EQUI GPSET in the form Explorer and select 3D View>Add CE from the pop-up menu. The equipment elements should now be displayed in the 3D View again. Select Control>Close from the Groups form menu to dismiss the form.

My Data • • Empty the Drawlist so there is nothing displayed in the 3D View. Select Display>My Data from the main menu to display the My Data form. Expand PIPE.ZONE in Design Explorer and pipe1. Click and hold down the left mouse button pipe1-b1 and drag and drop it into the upper pane on the My Data form. The element name is now displayed in on the form. Add pipe1-b2 and pipe2-b1 to the My Data form in the same way. Click the New Collection link label on the My Data form to create a new collection that is displayed in the upper pane. Right click on the New Collection in the upper pane and select Rename from the popup menu and enter Branches as the name for the collection. Drag and drop the pipe1-b1, pipe1-b2 and pipe2-b1 from the upper panel into the Branches collection. Left click on the Branches collection and open the Contents fold-up panel and note that the three Branch elements are now in the Branches collection. Drag and drop the remaining Branch elements, i.e. pipe3-b1 and pipe4-b1, from Design Explorer directly into the Branch collection in the upper pane. Note that these elements are now displayed in the Contents fold-up panel. Create a new collection named Equipment. With this collection highlighted in the upper pane, drag and drop the three EQUI items from Design Explorer directly into the Contents fold-up panel. Note that these items are added to the new Equipment collection. Left click the Equipment collection in the upper pane and select Add to 3D View from the Actions foldup panel. All three EQUI items in the collection have been added to the Drawlist and are displayed in the 3D View. Right click on the Branches collection in the upper pane and select 3D View>Add from the pop-up menu. Select Highlight in the Actions fold-up panel and note all the piping elements have been highlighted. Select Unhighlight from the Actions fold-up panel to un-highlight the piping elements. Create a collection for the steelwork and add it to the 3D View. Click the Close button on the My Data form header to dismiss the form.

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Search Utility • Select Display>Search Utility from the main menu to display the Search form. Enter EQUI in the Search for Item Types textbox. Note that the Beneath Item check box is checked and the default value of /*, i.e. the World, is set in the adjacent textbox. Click the Go button to initiate the search. The search results are displayed in the Search Results form that is displayed automatically when the search is complete. Note that the search has found more than the three EQUI elements in the

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This is because the scope of the search was the World.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 EQUI. Note the destination folder is set to pdmsuser and enter Equipment in the File name textbox. Click the Go button on the Search form again to re-run the same search and update the search results. the red arrow aids help to determine the new position for the column. Click the OK button on the form. Left click the ZONE column header again to reverse the sort. Run the search again to obtain the updated results. On the User Grid Systems form click the Gridline IDs radio button and then click the Display button to display the grid with the selected annotation option. the CE and click the CE button to the right of the Beneath Item textbox on the Search form. • • • • • • • • User Grid Systems • Empty the Drawlist and make the World the CE. Click and hold down the left mouse button on the ZONE column header and drag it to the left until it is the first column. Note that there are four groups in the grid. Left click on the ZONE column header to sort the results by this column. Enter Rectangular_Grid in the Name textbox and click the Save button. release the left mouse button. Note that the Reference 3D Rectangular Grid has now been populated with values. Drag the ZONE column header into the group area at the top of the grid to group the results by the owning Zone. Click the Add Column link label to add a new entry to the column list and in the Expression column enter ZONE and in the Heading column also enter ZONE. Note that the Gridline IDs are now displayed on the grid. HBOR (Head Bore) and TBOR (Tail Bore). Try the other Display options. Right click in the grid header row and select Column Setup… from the pop-up menu to display the Column Setup form. Note that GRIDWL has been created in Design Explorer containing a GRIDSY named Rectangular_Grid. Re-run the search. Locate the Equipment. Select HBOR from the Attribute options list. Select Create>3D Rectangular Grid… from the form menu to display the Reference 3D Rectangular Grid form. Right click on the column header row in the Search Results form and select Export to Excel… from the pop-up menu to display the Save As form. Export the results to an Excel file named Pipe Branches.0\pdmsuser and double click it to open the file. Create two new columns on the Search Results grid. Note that the ZONE column is now included on the Search Results form. Close the Search and Search Results form. Note that the group sorting area is now displayed above the results grid. • • www. Expand each one and note the content of each. When in position. Click the OK button on the Column Setup form. displaying the grid in the 3D View. Click the Preview button and the Set View Limits to Grid button.xls file in the folder C:\AVEVA\plant\PDMS12. Click the Go button to obtain the search results. Close the Search Results form. Open the Attribute Filter fold-up panel if not already open. i. Right click in the grid header row and select Enable Group Sorting from the pop-up menu. Click the Save button to save the Equipment.SITE. POS (Position) and ORI (Orientation). Click the Close button on the Reference 3D Rectangular Grid form. Add two more columns to the search results.ZONE of the TRA.xls. in the STABILIZER Site. Select Utilities>User Grid Systems… from the main menu to display the User Grid Systems form.com 129 .e. NAME and TYPE. Click the Add Attribute Filter link label to create a new filter. make the Zone PIPING. all of the EQUI elements in the current MDB. On the Search form enter BRAN in the Search for Item Types textbox. select Greater than from the Operator options list and enter 100 in the Value textbox.aveva.xls file. Click the Autofill… button to display the Autofill Rectangular Grid System form. • The default grid on the Search Results form has only two columns. accepting the default Autofill values.

www.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Click the Select display axes… button to display the Plant Grid Axes form.aveva. Create a 3D Rectangular Grid named Stabiliser_Grid with the following data: • • • L This grid will be used in a later exercise. Display the radial grid and try the different labelling and axis options. Enter A in the Label textbox for the Angles on the Autofill Radial Grid System form. Create a 3D Radial Grid named Radial_Grid using the Autofill option on the Reference 3D Radial Grid form. Display the Plant Grid Axes form again and try different combinations of the different planes from the option gadgets and note the different combination of grid planes. Click the Gridline IDs radio button on the User Grid Systems form and then click the Display button. YA and EL0 and click the OK button. Leave the option lists at their default values of X0.com 130 . Note the changes to the displayed grid. Check the Display plane through X axis offset at and the Display plane through Y axis offset checkboxes. Note that the grid has been removed from the 3D View.

the prompt in the primary prompt area reads Modify: Model Editor may be used to manipulate Graphical Selections.aveva. Model Editor Mode may be toggled on and off by clicking the Model Editor button on the Model Editor Toolbar or selecting Edit>Model Editor from the main menu. When in Model Editor Mode.1 The Locator Handle The Locator Handle is a collection of individual graphical manipulation handles grouped together. 8.1.CHAPTER 8 8 Introduction to Model Editor This chapter introduces the use of the Model Editor for the graphical re-positioning and re-orientation of selected elements.com 131 .1 Model Editor Mode Model Editor is a mode of operation in Design that enables selected elements to be re-positioned and reorientated graphically using the mouse pointer. This combination of direct graphical manipulation handles offers you the ability to move selected items constrained in a direction or in a plane. See section 5. When a Graphical Selection is present a Locator Handle is displayed.2 for details of Graphical Selections. The Locator Handle can be used to drag the entire Graphical Selection to a new position or rotate the entire Graphical Selection through an angle about a selected axis. consisting of either a single item or groups of items. or rotate the selection about an axis. The Locator Handle is used to graphically manipulate the Graphical Selection. www. 8.

8. www. The selection rotates in angular steps as it is dragged with the mouse. Dragging a linear or planar handle with the mouse pointer moves the current Graphical Selection.1 Linear Movement Clicking and dragging one of the three Linear Movement Handles constrains the movement of the selection to be in the direction of the selected axis. the size of which is controlled by the Linear Increment. 8. 8. This allows the Graphical Selection to be positioned accurately in relation to its original position. the size of which is controlled by the Rotation Increment. Clicking and dragging one of the three Rotation Handles constrains the rotation of the selection to be about the axis corresponding to the selected rotation handle. Details of each operation are given later in this Training Guide. The movement is made in steps.1 Movement A Graphical Selection is moved using linear and planar handles on the Locator Handle. 8.com 132 .aveva. The Graphical Selection can be moved until it is aligned with another item in the display by using Locator Handles or by dragging with Feature Highlighting mode switched on.2.1.2.2 Planar Movement Clicking and dragging one of the three Planar Movement Handles constrains the movement of the selection to be in the plane of the selected planar handle.2. This allows the Graphical Selection to be rotated accurately from its original orientation.1. The Graphical Selection can be rotated until an axis of the Locator Handle is aligned with another item in the display by using Locator Handles or by dragging with Feature Highlighting switched on.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 8.2 Overview of Model Editor Operations The following section gives an overview of Model Editor operations.2 Rotation The Graphical Selection is rotated using a Rotation handle.2.

and the www. The origin of the Locator Handle is the reference datum for aligning the Graphical Selection. or by snapping to a Point feature.7 Undo and Redo Undo and Redo functions in Model Editor Mode allow stepping backwards or forwards through one or more movement or rotation operations.com 133 . 8. 8. These functions are provided from a right click pop-up menu on the Locator Handle. then the switch into that mode happens automatically. Undo/Redo operations can also take place outside of Model Editor Mode.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 8.2. it is sometimes necessary to specify a new position without any constraints applied to movement of the Graphical Selection.4 Locator Handle as a Frame of Reference The Locator Handle can be moved or rotated independently of the Graphical Selection. or to set an axis of rotation about which the Graphical Selection can be rotated. If feature alignment is in use. The target points and lines are called Features.2. Ppoint.6 Unconstrained Positioning The Locator Handle provides functions for positioning the Graphical Selection constrained in a given direction or in a plane.2.2. feedback is given on features as the mouse pointer passes over them. Pline or an edge in the model. by typing a 3D offset from the current Location Handle position. and graphical feedback is provided to help achieve the correct alignment in a 3D model.2. Movement and rotation feedback for freehand operations is displayed both in the 3D View and on the status bar. This allows a datum to be set for movement and alignment operations. An unconstrained position can be specified by typing world co-ordinates into a form. 8.3 Alignment The Graphical Selection can be moved or rotated until it aligns with a point. Undo and Redo operate on a sequence of direct graphical manipulation operations in the Model Editor. However. 8.aveva.5 Feedback The Locator Handle changes shape to show movement or rotation constraints. The distance values are output in the current session units and style. If the Undo operation involves moving into or out of Model Editing mode. This allows both world position and displacement from the starting position to be shown.

aveva. do not use a fine arc tolerance. Translucent and Wireline.3 The Selection Menu The Selection menu on the main menu bar contains commands for setting properties of the Locator Handle and the Graphical Selection. The Fine linear increment determines the fine incremental steps using the up and down cursor arrow keys The Angular increment determines the incremental steps when the Graphical Selection is rotated using the rotation handles. • Set Handle Colour – this option displays a sub-menu where by which the colour of the Locator Handle may be chosen from a limited set of colours. • Set Increments… . 8. • Drag Image – this option has a sub-menu that enables the style of visual feedback when a dragging operation using the Locator Handles to be determined. • Avoid drawing the model with Ppoints switched on. it is advisable to minimise the size and complexity of the displayed model in order to obtain good interactive feedback from the system. and on the complexity of the model displayed in the 3D View. do not display the model with holes drawn.com . Generally. It may be better to make bulk moves in small groups. Performance tips when using Model Editor: • Display only those elements that are necessary for the modification being performed. The sub-menu options are Solid. As the Graphical Selection is dragged on the screen the display is continuously redrawn.2. pressing the F key will also toggle feature highlighting on or off. The selection set and handle appropriate to the editing operation that was being used will also be restored. 8. For example. 134 www.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Model Editor button and menu option reflect the change. • Avoid using large graphical selections.8 Performance The speed of interactive selection and dragging operations is dependent on both the specification of the hardware being used. In Model Editor Mode. • Avoid drawing the model with high levels of detail. The Selection menu on the main menu bar has the following options: • Feature Highlighting – this option toggles feature highlighting on and off.this option displays the Set Increments form: The Linear increment determines the incremental steps when the Graphical Selection is dragged using the linear or planar movement handles.

4. Edit>Move Selection>Snap To Point. This may necessitate you making a small movement of the pointer near to the view edge to keep the pan operation going. Once the required feature is identified. Some operations turn on Feature Identification Mode temporarily to allow a feature to be picked. • Aligning with points. down.aveva. Feature Identification Mode is entered. To initiate a linear drag. P-lines or straight lines (edges) on other displayed plant items. the mouse pointer can be moved to an edge of the view.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Select Rectangle – this option has a sub-menu that enables the Wholly Within or Wholly and Partially Within options to be set when creating a Graphical Selection with a Fence selection. straight lines (edges). 8. 8.1 Aligning the Graphical Selection with points or lines on other displayed items When aligning a Graphical Selection with other plant items in the displayed model. 8. 135 www. the mouse pointer is sensitive to finding features on the Design graphics.4 Positioning and Orientation using the Locator Handle The Locator Handle provides three ways to move or rotate a Graphical Selection: • Dragging the linear.e. Points are located at vertices on the model. or by pressing the F key when the mouse pointer is over a 3D Model Editor View. This technique for panning the view is appropriate for locating a target position that is just out of view. it can be difficult to move the mouse freehand to a precise displacement from the Locator Handle's original position.3 Linear Movement Handles The Linear Movement handle allows the movement of the Graphical Selection to be constrained in the direction of the linear handle axis. Features are points. planar or rotation handles freehand with the mouse pointer. The size of each step of the movement is defined by the current Movement Increment.4. left or right according to the 3D view edge that the mouse pointer hits. click and hold the left mouse button over one of the linear movement handles. i. and at the mid-point of lines. P-points or P-lines. Lines are straight edges on the model (Design Aid graphics cannot be used as a feature). moving the mouse drags the Graphical Selection constrained in the selected direction. such as the corner of a box.1 Moving one Movement Increment at a Time If the movement increment is small relative to the magnification of the 3D view.4. where the view will pan automatically up. • Typing in offset distance or angular displacement values. P-points.2 Automatic Scrolling If the target location for a drag operation is outside of the 3D view.3. e. With the left button still held. the mode reverts to its state before the command was actioned. 8. The mouse pointer must move in order for the panning to continue.com . and the Model Editor is active. the pointer symbol changes to the linear drag pointer.g. 8.4. Feature Identification Mode is toggled on and off by selecting Selection>Feature Highlighting from the main menu. As the mouse moves over a linear handle.

3 Linear Movement Handle Pop-up Menu Right clicking on a linear drag handle displays a pop-up menu with the following options: • Enter Value… . www. Clicking the Preview button shows the affect of the entered value and clicking the OK button moves the Graphical Selection. • Align with Feature… . 8.this option displays the Move Selection form: The textbox corresponding to the selected axis is activated so that a value may be manually entered.3.aveva.4. press the plus (+) or minus (-) key on the numeric keypad.4. Linear drag can align with a point feature or a line feature. This moves the Graphical Selection by one movement increment in the direction of the linear handle if + is pressed.1 of the current movement increment for each press of the key. while continuing to hold down the mouse button. the Locator Handle changes to a cut-down version of the full handle to show the direction of movement. and an offset from the original position of the handle is displayed on the 3D View. Using the cursor arrow keys in this way moves the Graphical Selection by 0.com 136 . 8. The current World position of the Locator Handle is displayed on the status bar. A +ve value will move the Graphical Selection in the positive axis direction and a –ve value will move the Graphical Selection in the negative axis direction. or in the opposite direction if .2 Feedback When moving a selection in a constrained direction.3.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Fine control over positioning can be achieved by dragging with a linear handle so that it is close to the required position then.this option allows the Graphical Selection to be positioned in relation to another object on the screen but forces the Graphical Selection to move along the selected axis.is pressed.

the pointer symbol changes to the planar drag pointer.4. 8.4. The relative movement distances are shown on the sides of the triangle.4. The handle moves in steps determined by the current Movement Increment setting. The Enter Value…. 8. The Graphical Selection is not constrained to move along the direction of the Linear Handle. thus changing the datum for the next operation on the Graphical Selection. To initiate a planar drag. With the left button still held. The current World position of the Locator Handle is displayed on the status bar. Align with Feature… and Snap to Point… sub-menu options function in the same way as described for moving the Graphical Selection except they move the entire Locator handle.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Snap to Point… .this option allows the Graphical Selection to be moved to a Point feature.4 Planar Movement Handles Each of the planar movement handles constrains the drag operation such that the Graphical Selection moves only in the plane of the selected handle. As the mouse moves over a linear handle.com 137 .4. click and hold the left mouse button over one of the planar movement handles.this option displays the Move Selection form: www. • Move Handle – this option has a sub-menu that enables the Locator Handle to be moved independently of the Graphical Selection.2 Planar Movement Handle Pop-up Menu Right clicking on a planar drag handle displays a pop-up menu with the following options: • Enter Values… .4.aveva. moving the mouse drags the Graphical Selection constrained in the selected plane.1 Feedback A triangle is displayed on the current constraint plane. 8. • Cancel – this option cancels the current Model Editor operation. All values are shown in the current selected units. between the original position of the handle and the current position.

The Graphical Selection is not constrained to move in the plane of the Planar Handle.aveva. • Snap to Point… . thus changing the datum for the next operation on the Graphical Selection. • Move Handle – this option has a sub-menu that enables the Locator Handle to be moved independently of the Graphical Selection. The Enter Value…. • Cancel – this option cancels the current Model Editor operation. Planar drag can align with a point feature or a line feature. Clicking the Preview button shows the affect of the entered values and clicking the OK button moves the Graphical Selection. www.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The textboxes corresponding to the selected plane are activated so that values may be manually entered.com 138 . +ve values move the Graphical Selection in the positive relevant axis direction and –ve values move the Graphical Selection in the negative relevant axis direction. • Align with Feature… .this option allows the Graphical Selection to be moved to a Point feature.this option allows the Graphical Selection to be positioned in relation to another object on the screen but forces the Graphical Selection to move only in the selected plane. Align with Feature… and Snap to Point… sub-menu options function in the same way as described for moving the Graphical Selection except they move the entire Locator handle.

1 Feedback The angular movement from the original orientation is shown as the Locator Handle is rotated.4. and half of the Rotation Handle arc changes to show two arrows 8.4.2 Rotation Handle Pop-up Menu Right clicking on a rotation handle displays a pop-up menu with the following options: • Enter Values… . The angular displacement is also shown in the status bar. in degrees. moving the mouse rotates the Graphical Selection around the selected axis.5.com 139 .this option displays the Rotate Selection about X/Y/Z form: The textbox enables a value.5 Rotation Handles The rotation handles allows the Graphical Selection to be rotated around the relevant axis using the current Angular Increment to control the angular step size. As the mouse moves over a Rotation Randle. A +ve value rotates the Graphical Selection in the positive rotation direction and a –ve value rotates the Graphical Selection in the negative rotation direction. www.aveva. With the left button still held.4. to be entered to rotate the Graphical Selection around the specified axis.5. Clicking the Preview button shows the affect of the entered value and clicking the OK button rotates the Graphical Selection.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 8. click and hold the left mouse button over one of the Rotation Movement Handles. 8. To initiate a rotational drag. the pointer symbol changes to the rotation drag symbol.

thus changing the frame of reference for the next operation on the Graphical Selection. i. • Rotate handle – this option has a sub-menu that enables the Locator Handle to be rotated independently of the Graphical Selection.com 140 . • Align with Direction… . if it is closer to the X axis the then the direction is specified.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Orient to Point… . www. Clicking the Preview button shows the affect of the entered value and clicking the OK button rotates the Graphical Selection. • Align with… .this option displays the Enter Direction for X/Y/Z Axis form: Any direction for the specified axis may be entered in the standard direction format.this option allows the Graphical Selection to be orientated in relation to another object on the screen but forces the Graphical Selection to rotate only around the selected axis. Rotational drag can align with a point feature or a line feature. The axis selected depends on the relative position of the rotational drag cursor symbol when the right click is made on the Rotation Handle.e.this option allows the Graphical Selection to be rotated to align with the direction of a plane through a selected feature.aveva.

6 Dragging the Locator Handle Independently of the Graphical Selection A Locator Handle can be moved independently of the Graphical Selection from the pop-up menus. The Locator Handle may be also be dragged independently of the Graphical Selection. The Locator Handle Y axis points North. allowing a datum position to be set for subsequent move operations. including other equipment. GEM gives pop-up menu options that facilitate graphical modification of the equipment and the primitives that make up the equipment item. The H key can be used to toggle between moving the Locator Handle on its own. without rotating the Graphical Selection. or an axis of rotation to be set for subsequent rotation operations.4.com 141 . and the Z axis points Up.1 Display Characteristics Selecting Edit Equipment makes all other elements in the display translucent.5. as describe previously.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Enter Value….aveva. The To World option aligns the Locator Handle with the World co-ordinate system. Selecting a linear. 8. • Cancel – this option cancels the current Model Editor operation. Orient to Point…. Align with Direction… and Align with… sub-menu options function in the same way as described for moving the Graphical Selection except they rotate the entire Locator Handle. www. planar or rotation handle by clicking and holding with the left mouse button down. 8. clicking on an equipment item and selecting Edit Equipment from the pop-up menu enables the Graphical Equipment Modification (GEM) facilities. and moving the Graphical Selection with the Locator Handle. detaches the Locator Handle from the Graphical Selection.5 Graphical Equipment Modification (GEM) Entering Model Editor Mode. 8. and then pressing the H key on the keyboard.

g. The Edit menu has the following options: • Model Editor – this option toggles Model Editor Mode on and off. Right clicking on a primitive that owns other primitives. displays a pop-up menu option to edit the primitive. This returns the user to Model Editor Mode. a check mark appears next to the menu entry.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Left clicking on a primitive to make it the CE moves the Locator Handle to the origin of the primitive so that the modifications can be made.6 Positioning and Orientation Using the Edit Menu The Edit menu on the main menu bar works in conjunction with Model Editor Mode. Negative primitives are shown in wireline. These options are only active when Model Editor Mode is on. • Re-Select – this option re-selects the previous Graphical Selection. Most of the options are similar or are the same as those available from other buttons or via the pop-up menus from the Locator Handles.e. a BOX: Selecting this option makes all the other primitives in the equipment translucent. if any. i. GEM is exited by selecting the Exit Equipment Editor option from the right click pop-up menu. This option is only active if Model Editor Mode is on.aveva. e.com 142 . 8. • Move Selection – this option has a sub-menu: www. If on. • Undo and Redo – these options Undo or Redo Model Editor actions. negative primitives.

with respect to the World. • Rotate Selection – this option has a sub menu: The sub-menu has the following options for rotating the Graphical Selection: ™ To World – this option re-orientates the Locator Handle and the Graphical Selection such that the Y axis of the Locator Handle points in the World North direction and the Z axis points in the World Up direction.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The sub-menu has the following options for moving the Graphical Selection: ™ Offset in 3D… . thus moving the selection.this option displays the Move Selection form: Entering values in any of the three axis textboxes moves the Graphical Selection using the Locator Handle as the frame of reference. The Locator Handle may be snapped to a point on another object. depending on the axis selected. • Move Handle – this option has a sub-menu: The options on this sub-menu as the same as described for the Move Selection sub-menu described above.this option enables the Graphical Selection to be positioned at a selected position relative to another object in the 3D View. is displayed.this option displays the Set Position of Selection form: The current position of the Locator Handle. Clicking the Preview button shows the affect of the entered value and clicking the OK button moves the Graphical Selection. and by the values specified. ™ Snap to Point… . Clicking the Preview button shows the affect of the entered value and clicking the OK button moves the Graphical Selection. Modifying the values in the textboxes moves the Graphical Selection in the direction. www. About Y… and About Z… – these options display the Rotate Selection about X/Y/Z form. ™ Set 3D Position… . Clicking the Preview button shows the affect of the entered value and clicking the OK button moves the Graphical Selection. Entering a value in any of the textbox rotates the Graphical Selection and the Locator Handle around the specified axis. ™ About X….aveva. except that they apply to the Locator Handle only.com 143 .

www.aveva.com 144 .AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Rotate Handle – this option has a sub-menu: The options on this sub-menu as the same as described for the Rotate Selection submenu described above. • Delete Selection – this option deletes the current Graphical Selection. except that they apply to the Locator Handle only.

aveva. • Left click and hold on the Rotation Handle that rotates the equipment around the Z axis and move the handle until the feedback information reads 45 and N (or 45 and E. • Release the left mouse button. TANK1 Corrections • Enter Model Editor Mode either by clicking the button on the Model Editor Toolbar or by selecting Edit>Model Editor from the main menu. The equipment is now correctly orientated. • Right click on TANK1 and select Edit Members of Equipment from the pop-up menu.MESS as Exercise 4 except that position and orientation errors are corrected using Model Editor. • Turn on Feature Highlighting by selecting Selection>Feature Highlighting from the main menu of pressing the F key. depending on which end of the rotation handle was selected).com 145 . • Graphically select TANK1 in the 3D View to make it the CE and display the Locator Handle at the origin of the equipment. Note that all of the other elements in 3D View are displayed semitranslucent.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Exercise 6 This exercise corrects the same as errors on the Site TRA. • Select the tank cylinder and note that it becomes the CE and the Locator Handle is displayed at its origin. www.

over the cylinder until the Ppoint is displayed and the Through Ppoint Feature text is shown.com 146 . The bottom of the cylinder needs to be located on the top surface of the box that forms the base of the tank. • Click the left mouse button to place the Locator Handle at the bottom centre of the cylinder. • Finish the corrections by modifying the Ylength attribute of BOX1 of TANK1 to 2850.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Right click on the Z Linear Movement and select Move Handle>Align with Feature… from the pop-up menu. Click the Model Editor button to exit Model Editor Mode.aveva. Locate the Ppoint at the bottom of the cylinder by moving the pointer. www. • Right click on the Z Linear Movement handle and select Snap to Point… from the pop-up menu. • Right click on the equipment and select Exit Equipment Editor from the pop-up menu. Click the Ppoint to re-position the cylinder. using the Modify Attributes form. • Move the pointer over the centre of the base box until the top surface Ppoint is located and the cylinder snaps to the point. using the left mouse button.

Locate the Ppoint at the bottom of the cylinder by moving the pointer. right click on TANK2 and select Edit Members of Equipment… from the pop-up menu. The bottom of the pyramid needs to be aligned in the XY plane to the centre of the cylinder.e.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 TANK2 Corrections • • Modify the Dtop attribute of CONE1 of TANK2 to 1500 using the Modify Attributes form as described previously. Right click on the Locator Handle and select Move Handle>Align with Feature… from the pop-up menu. using the left mouse button. • • • Right click the X Linear Movement handle and select Snap to Point… from the pop-up menu. Move the handle to Ppoint 2. right click the Z Linear Movement handle on the cylinder and select Move Handle>Align with Feature… from the pop-up menu. Enter Model Editor Mode. the central bottom face of the pyramid. Move the pointer over the Ppoint on the top of the cylinder and note that the pyramid is aligned with this cylinder but the movement is constrained in the XY plane. Make TANK2 the CE and Graphical Selection. Locate the Ppoint at the top centre of the cone and left click it to move the cylinder to this location. i. over the cylinder until the Ppoint is displayed and the Through Ppoint Feature text is shown. • • www. Click the left mouse button to place the Locator Handle at the bottom centre of the cylinder. Make CYLI1 the CE.com 147 .aveva. • Left click on PYRA2 to make it the CE and move the Locator Handle to the pyramids origin. Left click the Ppoint to re-position the pyramid. Right click on the XY Planar handle and select Align with Feature… from the pop-up menu.

Move the pointer over the face of the suction nozzle of the pump to find the P0 and then left click on it to move the handle. • • • • • PUMP1 Corrections • • Left click on PUMP1 to make it the CE and display the Locator Handle at its origin. If the nozzle is in the correct orientation.e. i. Right click on the Z Linear Movement handle and select Move Handle>Snap to Point… from the popup menu.com 148 . i.e. Right click the on any equipment primitive and select Exit Equipment Editor form the pop-up menu. Right click on the Z axis rotation handle and select Enter Value… form the pop-up menu to display the Rotate Selection about Z form. Right click the Z Linear Movement handle and select Move Handle> Align with Feature… from the popup menu. Enter 90 in the textbox and click the Preview button. Right click the Z Linear Movement handle again and select Align with Feature… from the pop-up menu. Move the pointer over a bottom edge of PYRA2 to highlight a Through Linear Edge feature and left click to re-position the pyramid Left click on NOZZ TANK2-N2 to make it the CE and move the Locator Handle to its origin. Move the handle to Ppoint 2. a 90º rotation. www. the central bottom face of the pyramid. The nozzle needs to be rotated around its flange face so that it faces East. enter -90 in the textbox and click the Preview button again.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Left click on PYRA1 to make it the CE and move the Locator Handle to its origin. The bottom face of the pyramid needs to be aligned with the bottom face of PYRA2. click the OK button.aveva. If the nozzle does not rotate to the correct orientation.

Right click on any pump primitive and select Exit Equipment Editor from the pop-up menu. • • Locate DISH2 of PUMP1 and right click on it to make it the CE and move the Locator Handle to its origin. Left click on the Ppoint to re-position the dish.com 149 . Left click on the feature to reposition the pump • • Right click on any of pumps primitives and select Edit Equipment from the pop-up menu. www. The corrections are now complete. to make it the CE and move the Locator Handle to its origin.aveva. Move the pointer over the flange on the pipe that the suction nozzle is meant to connect to until P1 is identified and the Through normal Ppoint Feature text is displayed. the drive shaft cylinder. Move the pointer over the end of CYLI1 until P2 is located. • • • • Click the Model Editor button on the Model Editor Toolbar to exit Model Editor Mode. Right click on the Y Axis Rotation handle and move the pointer over the inboard dish until P1 is located.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • Right click on the Z Linear Movement handle and select Align with Feature… from the pop-up menu. Right click on CYLI1 of PUMP1. Left click the Ppoint to re-orientate the cylinder. Right click the Z Linear Movement handle and select Snap to Point… from the pop-up menu.

2 The Equipment Hierarchy Equipment (EQUI) elements are owned by Zones (ZONE). They also have an ActType (active type) attribute which is set to the UDET type. The level of detail of the equipment model depends on the project requirements. is volumetrically and spatially correct and that any nozzles are in the exact position. EQUI elements may own one or more optional Sub-equipment (SUBE) elements which own primitives. UDETs are defined in the Lexicon module and generally have the same attributes as the base type.1. Adding more detail takes more time and. 9. :FILTER. etc.g. www. User Defined Element Types (UDETs) enable equipment types to be . In most respects UDETs may be used in exactly the same way as EQUI elements.com 150 .g. :TANK. NEW :PUMP.aveva.1 The Principles of Modelling Equipment Equipment (EQUI) items may represent any type of equipment in a Plant. currently there is no Appware to create the UDET elements so they must be created using the Command Window by entering the syntax NEW <UDET>.g. Generally it is important is that the modelled equipment is a reasonable representation of the actual equipment. similar to UDAs. therefore. therefore. although some of the attributes may be hidden at the time of creating the UDET. :REBOILER. EQUI.CHAPTER 9 9 Basic Equipment Modelling This chapter introduces the modelling of Equipment items in PDMS. e. 9.g. say. all types of equipment have the element type EQUI. In Design Explorer the UDET is displayed with an EQUI icon. the correct orientation and have the right specification required. Modelling equipment introduces many of the concepts of 3D modelling in PDMS and is. UDETs are distinguished from standard element types by the prefix of a colon. costs more. e. The EQUI element may own primitives directly.1. e. The standard Type attribute is set to the base type. a good basis for development of PDMS skills. The Primitives are the elements that are displayed in the 3D View to represent the EQUI. 9.1 User Defined Elements (UDETs) for Equipment An element type may be created. For example. an EQUI. :PUMP. based on a standard element type. which has a more meaningful base name. :PUMP. e. The SUBE elements are used to break down equipment into sub-parts. however.

seven primitives are positioned and orientated such that they represent a vessel. In this simple example of a horizontal vessel.1. When a new piece of equipment is to be built.3 Primitives Equipment items consist of a collection of PDMS primitives.aveva.com Nozzle (NOZZ) .AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9. arranged in such a way in 3D space that they represent the real life object. Generally the ‘internals’ of any equipment are not modelled as it only the external representation that is required. The following primitives are available for equipment modelling in PDMS Box (BOX) Cylinder (CYLI) Cone (CONE) Snout (SNOU) Pyramid (PYRA) Circular Torus (CTOR) Rectangular Torus (RTOR) Dish (DISH) Sloped Cylinder (SLCY) Extrusion (EXTR) 151 Solid of Revolution (REVO) www. There is no ‘connectivity’ between the primitives. one of the first decisions to be made is which primitives are going to be used to create the representation required.

1 Ppoints Each primitive has a set of Ppoints at fixed locations. All solid primitives. Sub-Equipment and Origin The position of the equipment origin must also be considered before commencing modelling.e. Ppoints are used for locating and aligning primitives. where North is in relation to the equipment drawing. Y and Z lengths are aligned with the default axis system and not built in such a way that they need to be rotated from the default axis system. Primitives like boxes should be built such that their X.e.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9. 9. • P1 is in the centre on the top face of the cylinder and points away from the face. A Ppoint is a point that has a position and direction attribute as well as other attributes that are used by other modules and applications. 9.3.aveva.com 152 . When considering this.1. some primitives will need to be rotated. i. For example a cylinder has three Ppoints: • P0 is in the middle of the cylinder and points along the Z axis of the cylinder. For equipment modelling. The negation is controlled using the Holes Drawn checkbox on the Representation tab of the Graphics Settings form. Ppoints are numbered with P0 always being at the origin of the primitive.3.4 Equipment and Primitive Orientation When considering the modelling of equipment some decisions about orientation have to be made. Ppoints are used for other purposes in different modules. Obviously. The first major decision will be to fix equipment North. but if you try to keep these to a minimum then any subsequent changes to the equipment will be easier. in a +ve Z direction. in a -ve Z direction. i. except nozzles. it is usually best to try and build the equipment in such a way that it does not need to be orientated within the Zone. www. i. The table gives the element types of available negatives primitives.e. Negative primitives are owned by solid primitives and will only negate their owner.1.1. have an equivalent negative primitive whose attributes are the same but the names are different. • P2 is in the centre on the bottom face of the cylinder and points away from the face.2 Negative Primitives Primitive Type Negative Box Negative Cylinder Negative Cone Negative Snout Negative Pyramid Negative Circular Torus Negative Rectangular Torus Negative Dish Negative Sloped Cylinder Negative Extrusion Negative Solid of Revolution Element Type NBOX NCYL NCON NSNO NPYR NCTO NRTO NDIS NSLC NXTR NREV To obtain a desired shape or effect in the model negative primitives may be used to ‘cut’ a solid primitive. Appendix A contains a full list of primitives showing their attributes and Ppoints. The EQUI element’s Position attribute holds the equipment origins position.1. 9.5 Equipment.

. /E1101N1. /E1101. It is possible that the project may have Autonaming rules set up for items such as nozzles so that the project conventions are followed in every detail.2 The Equipment Application The Equipment application is used for equipment modelling in PDMS. A solid primitives Position attribute defines the position of the primitives origin with respect to the SUBE origin. their Position attribute defines the SUBE origin position with respect to the equipment origin.1. and positioned by entering explicit coordinates in the relevant Position textboxes. It is not usual to name primitives. /D2016.1 The Create Menu The Create menu has the following options for the Equipment application: • Equipment… . /D2016/1. 9.com . The following sections describe the additions to the main menu bar for the Equipment application. if owned by a SUBE. or the EQUI origin if owned directly owned by the EQUI. e. /P1001-A/N1. e.g. /P1001-A.6 Naming Equipment Conventionally.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 If SUBE elements are used. • Sub-Equipment… . The defined position is the equipment origin. Nozzles are named and generally prefixed by the equipment name to make them unique. etc. 9.aveva. All negative primitives Position attributes defines the position of the negative primitives origin with respect to its owning solid primitives origin. except nozzles.this option displays the Create Sub-Equipment form: 153 www. unless they need to be identified for some purpose. Whatever names are given.this option displays the Equipment Creation form This form enables the EQUI element to be named. using the Name textbox.g. The Equipment Toolbar is also displayed. Selecting Design>Equipment… from the main menu loads the Equipment application and changes the main menu bar by adding additional pull-down menus and adds options to some of the standard pull-downs. the naming convention is usually defined by the project specification. 9. The Attributes… button displays an Attributes form where design data may be added for future reporting use. however. etc. any name or naming convention may be used. equipment items are named using the tag number.2. Naming the nozzles also helps in identification when connecting Pipework to them. The position may be given with respect to any other element by entering a valid element in the Wrt text box.

The sub-forms for the Create button are described in the worked example later in this training guide. however. are displayed with a shape button and a link label.this option displays the Primitives form that enables primitives to be created. The Finish Creating Cutout Primitives button returns to the original Primitives form. The Create button creates the primitive and displays a modification form that enables the primitive to be positioned. The Parameters… button displays a picture of the primitive in a separate window that shows the parameters and the default orientation of the primitive.aveva.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 This form is similar to the Create Equipment form. The form is similar to the solid primitives form except the buttons and link labels create negative primitives. Clicking either one displays a form with the appropriate attributes for the selected negative primitive. www. from where new solid primitives may be created. except nozzles. The Back button returns the user to the previous form. The parameters. All primitives. Clicking either one displays a form with the appropriate attributes for the selected primitive. the SUBE origin is with respect to the EQUI origin. display levels and obstruction values may be set. The position may be specified with respect to any element. This form has the same functions described for previously for solid primitives.com 154 . rotated and aligned. • Primitives… . Sub-equipments are considered significant elements and should be named. The Create Cut Out Primitives button enables the creation of negative primitives that are used to ‘cut out’ positive primitives to obtain desired shapes.

to be set. Design Points on equipment are used for Equipment Associations which are outside the scope of this training module. The Height text box specifies the length of the nozzle (P1 to P2). www.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Nozzles… .g. and hence the whole nozzle.com 155 . • Standard Equipment… . Clicking the Apply button on this form will display the selections on the Create Nozzle form. Refer to Chapter 10. The Attributes… button displays the Nozzle Attributes form which enables general data and Design data to be entered for later use.aveva.this option displays the Create Equipment form where standard equipment may be created by making a series of selections based on equipment templates. reporting.this option displays the Create Nozzle form: This form enables a nozzle to be named and specified before creating the element. etc. The Nozzle Type… button displays the Nozzle Specification form that enables the Specification and Nominal Bore to be selected. L Equipment Associations form part of the Advanced Equipment Design training module. • Points… – this option displays the Design Points form that enables the creation of Design Points for equipment items. The Position area of the form enables the location of the nozzle origin (P1) to be specified and the Orientate P1 is textbox enables a direction for P1 of the nozzle. Equipment Modelling Using Templates. e. for details of this form and its use.

• Representation… this option displays the Modify Representation form that enables the display levels and the obstruction values to be set for primitives. The Ppoints must be on the ‘end(s)’ of the primitive. The CE button makes the CE the subject of the operation and updates the primitive Type if necessary. The CE button makes the CE the subject of the operation and updates the primitive Type if necessary. • Unlink from Original – this option unlinks an instance of a template from its original definition. ™ To P-Point .this option displays the Modify Properties form.com 156 .this option displays the Stretch/Trim All Sides form: The form displays the primitive Type. Entering a Value in the text box and clicking the Apply button prompts for the identification of a Ppoint on the primitive. Equipment templates form part of the Advanced Equipment Design training module.this option displays the Stretch/Trim P-Point form: The form displays the primitive Type. or more of the primitives Ppoints.. • Stretch/Trim – this option enables a primitive to be stretched (lengthened) or trimmed (shortened) by moving one. ™ ID P-Point… . • Re-evaluate Rules – this option re-evaluates template rules. The user is first prompted to www. The identified Ppoint is stretched/trimmed by the entered amount.aveva. L A +ve value will stretch the primitive and a –ve value will trim the primitive.2 The Modify Menu The Modify menu has the following options for the Equipment application: • Properties… . which is outside the scope of this training module.this option enables a selected Ppoint on a primitive to be stretched or trimmed to the appropriate co-ordinate of a Ppoint on another Design element. The sub-menu contains a variety of stretch/trim options: ™ All Sides… . Entering a Value in the text box and clicking the Apply button will stretch all external Ppoints by the entered amount. L A +ve value will stretch the primitive and a –ve value will trim the primitive. if the item has properties that can be modified. L All of the options above are used with equipment templates.2.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9. Refer to Training Guide TM-1003 Design Utilities for details of Clash Detection.

The primitive is moved in the direction of the first Ppoint to the plane of the second Ppoint. ™ To Pline – this option enables a selected Ppoint on a primitive to be stretched or trimmed to the appropriate co-ordinate of a Pline on a SCTN or GENSEC element. The form displays the primitive Type. L If two end p-points on the same primitive are selected. when selected. The stretch/trim options cannot be used to invert a primitive.aveva. when selected. For all of the above options. once selected. prompts for the identification of a Pline to stretch/trim to. The sub-menu has two options: ™ To P-Point – this option first prompts the user to select a Ppoint on the primitive and. The CE button makes the CE the subject of the operation and updates the primitive Type if necessary. when selected. when selected.. Entering a Value in the text box and clicking the Apply button first prompts the user to select the Ppoint to be moved on the CE and. ™ Clearance to Pline – this option displays the Stretch/Trim Clearance to Pline form. on another Design element. prompted to select the Ppoint to stretch/trim to.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 select the Ppoint to be moved from the CE and. prompted to select the Pline to stretch/trim to. a confirmation message is displayed if the stretch/trim is successful. L A +ve or –ve value determine which side of the target Pline the first Ppoint will be moved to. The first Ppoint will be stretched/trimmed to the plane of the second Ppoint. The first Ppoint is stretched/trimmed to a plane the specified distance from the second Ppoint.com 157 .this option displays the Stretch/Trim Clearance to P-Point form: The form displays the primitive Type. L A +ve or –ve value determine which side of the target Ppoint the first Ppoint will be moved to. prompts for a second Ppoint. Entering a Value in the text box and clicking the Apply button first prompts the user to select the Ppoint to be moved on the CE and. ™ Clearance to P-Point… . The user is first prompted to select the Ppoint to be moved from the CE and. prompts for the identification of a Ppoint to stretch/trim to. www. the distance between the two points will become zero. to be identified. The CE button makes the CE the subject of the operation and updates the primitive Type if necessary. The selected Ppoint will be stretched/trimmed to the plane of the Pline. The Ppoint is stretched/trimmed to a plane the specified distance from the selected Pline. • Slide – this option enables a primitive to be moved (slide) by using one of its Ppoints.

If the form is re-opened the text boxes will display 0 again. Clicking the Yes button returns the origin to its previous position and clicking the No button retains its new position. The form enables the Specification and Nominal Bore to be modified. • Equipment Origin – this option enables the equipment origin to be re-positioned. This option has a sub-menu with the following options: ™ ID Point – this option prompts the user to select a Ppoint on one of the primitives of the current EQUI to move the equipment origin to. Their position attributes are updated to reflect their position with respect to the new origin. • Sub-Equipment Origin – this option enables a sub-equipment origin to be re-positioned. • Nozzle Specification… . otherwise an error message is displayed. For either of the above options.aveva. once selected.this option displays the Nozzle Specification form: This is the same form as displayed when creating a nozzle. This form is only displayed if the equipment is a template that has editable properties. The primitive is moved in the direction of the first Ppoint to the plane of the Pline.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 ™ To Pline – this option first prompts the user to select a Ppoint on the primitive and.com 158 .this option displays the Modify Equipment Specification form. prompts for the selection of a Pline on a SCTN or GENSEC. L It is usual to keep the equipment origin within the bounds of the equipment. Clicking the Apply button moves the origin by the specified amounts in the specified direction(s). L Moving the equipment origin does not move any SUBE elements or primitives owned by the EQUI. ™ Explicit… – this option displays the Modify Origin By form: The equipment origin may be moved from its current position by entering values in one or more of the direction text boxes. • Equipment Specification… . This is because the origin is being moved relatively from its current position. www. after moving the origin a confirmation message is displayed.

• Primitives… – this option displays the Primitives form. www. The form is the same as one of the sub-forms from the primitive creation process and enables the primitive to be re-sized.aveva. The sub-menu options function in exactly the same way as previously described.this option displays the Design Points form where previously defined Design Points may be modified.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 This option has a sub-menu with the same options as the Equipment Origin option described above.com 159 . • Points… . re-positioned and reorientated.

o o o www. The sub-menu options are: ™ At Explicit… . The equipment point is re-positioned at the selected Pin.2. The equipment point is re-positioned at the picked Ppoint. The current position is displayed in the coordinate textboxes.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9. The equipment point is repositioned at the origin (P0) of the picked primitive. The equipment point is moved to a point derived from the two picks.displays the Pin Number form where a valid Pin No. The Reset button resets the element to its previous position. o Cursor – requires two ‘free space’ cursor picks in different orthogonal views. The equipment point is moved to the origin of the named element.aveva. may be selected. The options on the sub-menu all prompt for the identification of a Ppoint on one of the equipment primitives. select the choice and then click the Apply button. • Equipment Point – this option enables an equipment element to be positioned by re-positioning one of its primitives. ID P-Point – requires a Ppoint to be picked. North/South and Up/Down textboxes.3 The Position Menu The Position menu has one specific option for the Equipment application: Refer to section 6. ™ At General… .displays a Position form: The identified point is displayed at the top of the form.displays a Position form: The identified point is displayed at the top of the form.com 160 . Having selected a Ppoint different forms are displayed to facilitate the re-positioning depending on the sub-menu option selected. Clicking the Apply button re-positions the equipment point to the specified position. o ID Cursor – requires a primitive to be picked with the cursor.2 for information on positioning elements explicitly and relatively. The view direction automatically changes for the second pick and then returns to the original view. Select a new CE in Designer Explorer and clicking the CE button on the form enables another element to be re-positioned. The new explicit position may be entered into the East/West. Pin… . Name… . The At options list has the following choices.displays a Name form where any valid element name may be entered.

™ Through – displays a Move form: The identified point is displayed at the top of the form. The Reset button resets the element to its previous position. The equipment point is moved in the given direction (on the Move form) until it lies on a line perpendicular to the direction of movement through the specified plane. www. The Through options list has the following choices.displays the Pin Number form where a valid Pin No. ID Cursor – requires a primitive to be picked with cursor. Name . The direction that equipment is to move in is entered in the Direction textbox. The equipment point is moved in the given direction until it lies on a line perpendicular to the direction of movement through the reference point.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Select a new CE in Designer Explorer and clicking the CE button on the form enables another element to be re-positioned.displays a Name form where any valid element name may be entered. The equipment point is moved in the given direction until it lies on a line perpendicular to the direction of movement through the origin of the picked primitive. Coordinate – displays the Coordinate form: A direction may be selected from the options list and a value entered in the textbox to specify a plane. The equipment point is moved in the given direction until it lies on a line perpendicular to the direction of movement through the selected Pin. The equipment point is moved in the given direction until it lies on a line perpendicular to the direction of movement through the origin of the named element. select the choice and then click the Apply button.aveva. The equipment point is moved in the given direction until it lies on a line perpendicular to the direction of movement through the picked Ppoint. o Cursor – requires a ‘free space’ cursor pick.com 161 . ID Ppoint – requires a Ppoint to be picked. may be selected. o o o o o Pin .

The equipment point moves the given distance towards the reference point. Pin – displays the Pin Number form where a valid Pin No. For example. Name – displays a Name form where any valid element name can be entered. The Towards options are: o Cursor .aveva. The equipment point moves the given distance towards the origin of the reference element.Use the cursor to pick a Ppoint to move towards. Behind. ID Cursor . The required clearance value is entered in the Clearance textbox. The equipment point moves the given distance towards the reference point. ™ Towards – displays a Move form: The identified point is displayed at the top of the form.com 162 . the equipment point moves in the given direction and is given the clearance Infront of. The direction does not need to intersect the reference element. Under. and can be summarised as follows: If a reference point is specified using the Cursor. The equipment point moves the given distance towards the reference point.Use the cursor to pick a primitive to move towards. The equipment point moves the given distance towards the reference point. o o o o www. ID P-point . The direction that equipment is to move in is determined by selection made from the Towards options list. If a reference element is specified using the ID Cursor or Name options. Infront/Behind/Onto/Under/From/To to qualify the clearance. may be selected. Coordinate or Pin options. The Infront options list contains a number of positional options. Ontop of or From the surface of the reference element. The direction that equipment is to move in is entered in the Direction textbox.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 ™ Clearance – displays a Move form: The identified point is displayed at the top of the form. trying to move an element E30S Under the reference element will give an error message. ID Ppoint. Use the cursor to define the point to move towards. The Cursor options list has the same options a described above for the Through option.this option can only be used in an orthogonal view. To use Infront of or Behind there must be a plan component of the direction. to use Under or Ontop there must be an elevation component of the direction. The distance the equipment is to move is specified in the Distance textbox. the equipment point moves in the given direction until it is the given clearance from the reference point.

5 The Connect Menu The Connect menu ‘connects’ one primitive to another by making a Ppoint on one primitive co-incident with a Ppoint on another primitive. The Reset button resets the primitive to its previous orientation.3 for information on orientation using axes and rotate. displays the Explicit P-Point Connection form: The Connect Point and To Point option lists contain all Ppoints for the type of primitives used in the ‘connection’.e. prompts for the graphical selection of a Ppoint on the target primitive. i. The primitive name is also displayed.aveva.4 The Orientate Menu The Orientate menu has one specific option for the Equipment application: Refer to section 6. once selected. is displayed on the default Ppoint. therefore. Selecting the option displays the Point Orientation form. the new orientation being the direction of the Ppoint on the second primitive. • Primitive>Point… – this sub-menu option enables a selected Ppoint on a primitive. the position of the primitive is not modified. • Explicit… . The Point option list displays all of the primitives Ppoints and.2. The Connect menu has one specific option for the Equipment application: The Primitive option has a sub-menu with the following options: • ID Point – to use this option the primitive to be ‘connected’ must be the CE. clicking the Apply button moves and re-orientates the CE such that the two selected points are co-incident. The option prompts for the item to be connected to and. varies depending on the primitive selected. Clicking the Apply button will re-orientate the primitive using the primitive’s origin as the rotation point. L There is no actual connectivity between primitives. 9.2.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9. The option prompts for the graphical selection of a Ppoint on the CE and. If a different point is selected the aid moves to that point The text box enables any valid direction to be entered for the selected Ppoint.to use this option the primitive to be ‘connected’ must be the CE.com 163 . once selected. www. showing the cardinal directions. When the form is opened an axes aid. This process re-positions and re-orientates the first primitive. thus re-orientating the whole primitive. Having selected the required points.

this button displays the Create Equipment form that enables equipment to be modelled from pre-defined templates. Modify Orientation – this option displays the Rotate form which is also available by selecting Orientate>Rotate… from the main menu. This option is intended for use with parametric equipment templates. Refer to Chapter 10. • Sub Equipment – selecting an equipment item with the navigation level set to Sub Equipment sets the CE to the SUBE.6 The Equipment Toolbar The Equipment Toolbar contains buttons that are shortcuts to commands available from the pull-down menu system. the Navigate to Element function must be on. Refer to section 5. Modify Position – this button displays the Explicit Position form which is also available by selecting Position>Explicit… from the main menu. The Navigation Level options list sets the significant element level to be used when navigating in the hierarchy using graphical picking. the CE is set to the EQUI. There are three options available from the list: • Equipment – selecting an equipment item with the navigation level set to Equipment sets the CE the EQUI element. The shortcut buttons are: Create Standard Equipment . Equipment Modelling Using Templates. For this functionality to work. for details of this form. if it has editable properties. • Element .2.selecting an equipment item with the navigation level set to Element sets the CE to the primitive under the cursor.3 for details of the Navigate to Element function. Modify Properties – this button modifies the properties of the CE. The toolbar also contains an option list that enables the navigation level to be set.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9. www.com 164 . If the EQUI does not own a SUBE or owns more than one SUBE. The command is also available by selecting Create>Standard Equipment… from the main menu.aveva. The command is also available by selecting Modify>Properties… from the main menu.

from the AVEVA Stabiliser Plant training project. the Stabiliser Reboiler tagged E1301. all equipment from this project will have been built. By the end of this training course.3 Creating Equipment – A Worked Example This worked example builds a piece of process equipment. The equipment locations for the project are shown on the following Equipment Location drawing: www.aveva.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9.com 165 .

The hierarchy for this project will be: A SITE named /STABILISER owning four ZONEs named /EQUI. Note that the forward slash has been added to the entered name.ZONE and /STRU. /CIVIL. Click the OK button to create the SITE.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9.3.ZONE. The simplest data structure would be a single SITE containing a single ZONE owning all of the discipline elements.ZONE. With the SITE as the CE in Design Explorer. /PIPE. If not in the Equipment Application already.aveva. select Create>Site… from the main menu to display the Create Site form. Enter STABILISER in the Name textbox and press the Return key. Repeat this process for the other three ZONEs named above. Leave the Purpose as unset. With the World as the CE in Design Explorer.ZONE in the Name textbox and press the Return key. The Stabiliser Plant will contain Equipment. Piping. however. Click the OK button to create the ZONE. www.1 Creating the Hierarchy The first task is to build the administrative elements for the model.com 166 . The Design Explorer should now look like this.ZONE. select Design>Equipment… from the main menu to load the application. Civil and Structural elements so a suitable hierarchy is required. Note that the forward slash has been added to the entered name. Enter EQUI. Leave the Purpose as unset. select Create>Zone… from the main menu to display then Create Zone form. it is more practical to separate the disciplines into separate ZONEs.

It could be placed on the bottom of one of the saddles so that it may be located on a foundation. it would be easier to place the origin on the centreline of the vessel in line with nozzles NS1 and NS2. or any equipment item. There is little point in modelling the equipment in one orientation and then re-orientating it when complete.2 Information and Decisions The Equipment General Arrangement for Reboiler E1301 is shown below: Before starting to model E1301.3.aveva. so this is the orientation that will be used for the primitives. however. key decisions need to be made: 1. 3. The location of the equipment origin. The orientation of the equipment. The equipment will use the default orientation of Y is N and Z is Up. 2. The primitives to be used. This would give an equipment origin position of W 319150 N 296950 U 101470. From the Equipment Arrangement drawing it can be seen that E1301 has its flanged end to the South and its dished end to the North.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9. The equipment origin can be placed anywhere. looking at the location information on the Equipment Location drawing.com . Looking at the Equipment GA for E1301 it may be broken down to the following primitives: • • • • 6 x Cylinders 2 x Boxes 5 x Nozzles 1 x Dish Total 14 Primitives 167 www.

Enter 296950 in the North text box and 101470 in the Up textbox.com 168 . a Westing.ZONE the CE and select Create>Equipment… from the main menu to display the Create Equipment form: In the Name text box enter E1301 and press the Return key. i. the element EQUI. Check the Position and Orientation attributes by selecting Query>Attributes… from the main menu to display the Attributes form: Note that the X qualifier is shown as -319150. As this is the required orientation.ZONE. the equipment does not need to be re-orientated.e.3. At this time nothing is displayed in the 3D View as the equipment doesn’t own any primitives. as the Create Equipment form does not allow an orientation to be specified.aveva. www. L Note that the Wrt text box is set to the equipments owner. The Orientation is the default orientation.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9. Make EQUI. Y is N and Z is Up (X is East). i. Click the OK button to create the equipment element with the specified name and at the specified coordinates.e.3 Creating the EQUI Element The next task is to build the EQUI element. Change the East/West option list to West and enter the value 319150 into the textbox and press the Return key.

As the position of the cylinder. Enter 6470 in the Height textbox and press the Return key. however. Click the Create button. rotation and alignment options to be set. From this base most of the other primitives can be positioned.com valid in this situation. Enter 3005 in the North text box and press the Return key. This sets the Level attribute to 0 10 and the Obstruction value to Hard (2). i. Click the Apply Rotation button and the cylinder rotates by -90º around the X axis to give it the correct orientation. button to fully display the cylinder. Click the Walk to Drawlist view control. i. the Datum may be left at Origin (the default). with respect to the equipment origin.e. The southern end of the cylinder is 290 – 60 = 230 South of the equipment origin. L Note that the cylinder moves as soon as the key is pressed. Click the Cylinder button or link label to display the cylinder creation form. Y is N and Z is Up: To place the cylinder in the correct orientation it must be rotated around the X axis by 90º so that its orientation is Y is D and Z is N.3.4 Creating the Primitives Although it is not important in which order the primitives are built. Close the Position fold-up panel and open the Rotate fold-up panel.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9. it is in its default orientation. Enter -90 in the Angle textbox and select About X from the Direction option list. The East/West and Up/Down co-ordinates remain a 0. The cylinder could also been rotated by +90º to give an orientation of Y is U and Z is S. 6470 ÷ 2 = 3235 from the end. L The cylinder could be orientated using any of the other methods described earlier. 169 .e. The cylinder is created and fold-up panels added to the form to facilitate position. To position the cylinder the Datum must be set. therefore. the longest cylinder. From the Equipment GA drawing the length of this cylinder can be derived as 6590 – 60 – 60 = 6470. The cylinder is in the correct position. has been calculated using its origin. The origin of the cylinder is at its centre. it makes sense to model the main ‘body’ of the Reboiler first. i.aveva. Enter 835 in the Diameter textbox and press the Return key. the centre of the cylinder is 3235 – 230 = 3005 North of the equipment origin.e. Select Default in the Used for options list. Select Create>Primitives… from the main menu to display the Primitives form. which would be equally www. The Position fold-up panel is open by default.

Click the Pick P-point button. The flange cylinder has been created with its origin. Click the Create button to create the cylinder and change the form to show the fold-up panels. The flange cylinder could be positioned and orientated as the first cylinder.aveva. i. From the Equipment GA drawing.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Click the Next button on the form to return to the create Primitives form. Release the left mouse button and the flange cylinder will re-position and re-orientate such that its P1 is aligned with the P2 of the first cylinder. The Ppoint at the end of this cylinder will be displayed as a small dot. the thickness of the flange is 60mm and the diameter is 960mm. at the equipment origin location and in the default orientation. Close the Position fold-up panel and open the Align with P-Point fold-up panel. P0.e. From the Datum options list select Ppoint 1. Click and hold then left mouse button on the end of the first cylinder. The prompt Pick P-point to align with: is displayed in the prompt area. On the create Primitives form click Cylinder again to display the create cylinder form. however. Enter 60 in the Height textbox and 960 in the Diameter textbox. placing the flange cylinder in the correct location and orientation. it may also be positioned and orientated using the Align with P-Point function. The next primitive to be created is the flange on the southern end of the equipment.com 170 . Pass the cursor over the dot and the cursor will change shape and the name of the Ppoint under the cursor is displayed in the prompt area. This is the Ppoint that will be aligned with a Ppoint on the first cylinder. not forgetting to press the Return key after each entry. www. or by other methods described earlier.

To check the position of the flange cylinder select Query>Attributes… from the main menu. positioned and orientated as described previously.a Ppoint or construction pin • Pline .aveva. however. The number of copies required is entered in the Number of Copies textbox. The choices in each case are: • Element . it may also be created by copying the first flange cylinder and offsetting it.4.defined as the origin of an element • Design Point .com . use the Offset menu options to measure the required distances. • Pick – when the Apply button is clicked.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Click the Next button on the form to return to the create Primitives form. The sub-menus are used to specify the type of element to be measured from and the type of element to be measured to. The to options list enables the destination of the copies to be specified and has the following options: • CE – navigating to another valid owner in the Designer explorer and then selecting this option creates the copies under that element. Press the Esc key to end selection.e. 171 www. should be X 0 Y -260 Z 0. Y and Z textboxes. This primitive could be created. selecting Create>Copy Offset… from the main menu displays the Copy with Offset form. If more than one copy is specified each copy will be offset from the previous by the values in the X. i. – (meaning Relative) this option creates the copies with the same owner as the element(s) being copied. -Y (South) or –Z (Down) direction is required.3. World is the default. As these cannot be changed negative values must be entered if a –X (West).1 Using Copy Offset The next primitive to create is the second flange. The axis system to be used may be specified in the Axes textbox.a panel edge linking two vertices.a Pline of a structural section • Edge . 9. just North of the equipment origin. • List – this option uses the elements in the current list. • Rel. of the cylinders origin. The Select Datum P-Point button may also be used to select the datum Ppoint on the primitive to be moved. To specify the offsets as being the same as those between two existing design items. The Object options list has three choices: • CE – this option enables a new CE to be selected. With the flange cylinder as the CE. elements may be picked from the graphical view. The Position attribute.

showing the directions of the selected axis system. Leave the axes as World. The flange cylinder moves to the end of the ‘body’ cylinder. www. Move the cursor over the southern most dot until the cursor changes shape and release the mouse button. The flange now needs to be positioned at the North end of the ‘body’ cylinder. Click the Yes button on the confirmation form to keep the copy and then click the Dismiss button on the Copy with Offset form. the first flange cylinder needs to be copied 290 + 350 = 640 North wrt World. When the element to be copied has been selected an axes aid is shown at the origin of the element. A confirmation message is displayed. The calculated distances are entered in the Offset X.aveva. from the to options list. The third flange at the North end of the equipment is the same diameter and thickness as the other two flanges so it can be created by copying the second flange. two points are picked between which the offset is to be measured. A single Ppoint ‘dot’ is displayed in the centre of the end of the cylinder. Clicking the Apply button copies the cylinder and moves it 640 North. The prompt Pick on a point on the current item is displayed in the secondary prompt area. when prompted. And a confirmation message is displayed. Check that the third flange is the CE and select Connect>Primitive>ID Point from the main menu. Click the Yes button retains the copies. The prompt in the secondary prompt area changes to Pick the point to connect to. For the new flange.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The required options are selected from the menu and. Move the cursor to the North end of the ‘body’ cylinder and click and hold the left mouse button on the cylinder. enter 1 in the Number of Copies textbox and 640 in the Y textbox. Y and Z textboxes automatically.com 172 . Clicking the No button rejects the copies. Select Rel. Do not dismiss the Copy with Offset form. Move the cursor over this Ppoint until the cursor changes shape and then release the left mouse button. Select CE from the Object options list to make the second flange the CE (note that the axes aid moves) and click the Apply button on the Copy with Offset form again to copy the second flange and move it North by 640. Click and hold the left mouse button on the third flange and note the three Ppoint ‘dots’ displayed on the element.

Enter Model Editor mode by selecting the Model Editor button on the Model Editor Toolbar or selecting Edit>Model Editor from the main menu. When the angle feedback reads -90 (and the direction feedback reads N). L Note that the Locator Handle is no longer displayed. This cylinder will be positioned and orientated using the Model Editor. From the Equipment GA. Click the Next button on the Primitives form to return to the create Primitives form.2 Graphical Manipulation of Primitives The next primitive required for the Reboiler is the cylinder at the dished (North) end. The Locator Handle is displayed at the equipment origin together with a pop-up menu. Move the cursor over the X Axis rotation handle and then left click and hold down the left mouse button.aveva. 9. select Create>Primitives… from the main menu. If the create Primitives form is not already displayed. release the left mouse button to re-orientate the cylinder. Select Default from the Used for options list and then click the Create button to create the cylinder at the equipment origin. Left click on the newly created cylinder. Save Work. this cylinder is 500. www. This enables the Graphical Equipment Modification (GEM) facilities of Model Editor Mode.4.3.com 173 . Rotate the cylinder by moving the cursor. Click the Cylinder link label to display the create Cylinder form.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Click the No button to retain the flange cylinder in its new position. Right click anywhere on the E1301 model. Select Edit Equipment from the pop-up menu. This highlights the primitive in the CE colour and displays the Locator Handle at the cylinders origin. taking note of the direction and angle feedback as the cylinder rotates.200 = 300 long with a diameter of 910. Enter 300 in the Height textbox and 910 in the Diameter textbox.

at the southern end of the cylinder Rotate the view to see the north face of the flange cylinder. Right click on the Locator Handle to display the pop-up menu and then select Move Handle>Snap to Point from the sub-menu. Click and hold the left mouse button and drag the handle South until P1 of the flange cylinder is displayed together with the Through Ppoint Feature feedback. Move the cursor over the Z Axis linear movement handle. Move the cursor over the cylinder until it is over P2 of the cylinder and left click to relocate the handle on the Ppoint.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Move the cursor over the Z Axis linear movement handle.aveva. making sure the adjacent checkbox is displayed.e. click and hold the left mouse button and drag the cylinder in along the Z Axis until it is clear of the North end flange. or by pressing the F key. i. www.com 174 . Toggle feature highlighting on by selecting Selection>Feature Highlighting form the main menu.

AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Right click anywhere on the cylinder to display a popup menu and select Exit Equipment Editor to revert back to Model Editor mode. From the Equipment GA the dish is 200 high with a diameter of 910. As the origin of a dish is on the flat face. www. On the create Primitives form. Rotate the dish around the X Axis by 90º so that the flat side of the dish is pointing South. Exit Model Editor mode by clicking the Model Editor button again. the Datum may be left at Origin. 75 in the Radius textbox and 200 in the Height textbox. The dish on the North end of the equipment is the next primitive to be created. Position the dish on the end of the northernmost cylinder using the Align with P-Point fold-up panel. Enter 910 in the Diameter textbox.com 175 .aveva. click the Dish link label to display the dish Primitives form. The knuckle radius is not specified on the drawing so a value of 75 will be used. Click the Create button to create the dish at the equipment origin. A DISH has a Radius attribute which is the knuckle radius to create the representation of a toroidspherical dished end. using the Rotate fold-up panel on the Primitives form.

www. On the Position fold up panel. Click the Create button to create the box at the equipment origin. Ylength is along the box’s North direction and Zlength is along the Up direction. ensure the Datum is set to Origin and enter 1420 in the North textbox. Select Down form the Up/Down options list and enter 315 in the textbox. On the create Primitives form. in these circumstances.com 176 . As the origin of the box is at its centre the primitive need to be positioned 630 ÷ 2 = 315 below the centreline. From the Equipment GA. therefore. A box primitive has Xlength.e. Therefore. Ylength and Zlength attributes that reflect its own axis system. The box can now be positioned using the Position fold-up panel. The box attributes should be orientated such that the attributes follow the owning frame of reference. From the Equipment GA. i. click the Box link label to display the BOX Primitives form. From the Equipment GA the supports are 200mm wide x 460mm long and the bottoms of the supports are 630mm below the centreline of the equipment.aveva. Click the Next button to return to the create Primitives form. 200 in the Y Length textbox and 630 in the Z Length textbox. The support box can now be copied to create the second support. the first support is 1420mm North of the equipment origin and on the centreline of the equipment in an East/West direction. Enter 460 in the X Length textbox. the second support is 3660mm North of the first support. the attributes for the boxes will be Xlength = 460 and Ylength = 200.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The two supports for the Reboiler are modelled as BOX primitives. It is usual. Xlength is along the box’s East direction. Zlength = 630. The Zlength depends on the height of the boxes. to model the supports from the centreline of the equipment.

When a nozzle is positioned it is the origin position (P0) that is specified. select Create>Copy Offset… from the main menu. www. Ppoint P2 is at the bottom of the ‘stem’ of the nozzle and the Height attribute is the distance between P1 and P2. For this example the nozzles will be prefixed using the equipment name and a hyphen.3 Creating Nozzles The Nozzle Schedule on the Equipment GA shows that Reboiler E1301 has five nozzles named NS1.3.4. Ppoint P0. N2 and N3.g.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 With the box as the CE. Although nozzles are primitives. The Equipment GA shows that the nozzle is located at the equipment origin in both the North/South direction and the East/West direction and its face of flange is 635mm above the equipment centreline. e. enter 1 in the Number of Copies and 3660 in the Y offset textbox. NS2.com 177 . they do not appear in the create Primitives form but are accessed separately by selecting Create>Nozzles… from the main menu. 9. it is customary to model the nozzle ‘stem’ back to the centreline of the vessel. Click the Apply button to create the copy and click the Yes button on the confirmation message. A nozzle orientation may be specified by setting the direction of P1 or the origin may be rotated around another axis. As with the box primitives for the supports. A nozzle primitive has its origin. from the to options list. The first nozzle to be created will be NS2. at the face of the nozzle flange and is co-incident with the Ppoint P1. Select Rel. E1301-NS1. N1.aveva.

www. Enter: • 635 in the Height textbox • 0 in the East textbox • 0 in the North textbox • 635 in the Up textbox • U in the Orientate P1 is text box Click the Nozzle Type… button to display the Nozzle Specification form.R. Select #150. The entries in the Specification options list depend on the nozzle specifications in the catalogue as do the entries in the Nominal Bore options list. Clicking the Apply button would set the appropriate nozzle primitive attributes. Enter E1301-NS2 in the Name textbox and press the Return key to add the /. Click the Apply button on the Create Nozzle form to create the NS2 nozzle at the correct position and orientation and then click the Dismiss button to remove the form.F. from the Specification options list and 100 from the Nominal Bore options list. As no nozzle has been created yet the Not at a Nozzle Element message is displayed at the top of the form. Clicking the Attributes… button on the Create Nozzle form displays the Nozzle Attributes form. Click the Dismiss button to remove the Nozzle Specification form. The SpecRef textbox shows the coded Specification Reference. Process data may be added to this form using the appropriate text boxes. As no data is given on the Equipment GA these attributes will be left unset.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Select Create>Nozzles… from the main menu to display the Create Nozzle form. Click the Apply button to populate the information on the Create Nozzle form. Click the Cancel button to dismiss the form.aveva.com 178 .

Enter E1301-NS1 in the Name textbox on the form and click the Apply button to rename the nozzle. NS1. Click the Dismiss button on the Name form.e. Select Create>Copy Rotate… from the main menu to display the Copy and Rotate form. Click the Apply button to copy and rotate the nozzle. detailed in Chapter 6 of this training guide.3. i. Either select Modify>Name… from the main menu or right click the element in Design Explorer and select Rename… from the pop-up menu to display the Name form. in the to options list. i. Enter owner in the wrt textbox and press the Return key to change the entry from World to /E1301. at the equipment origin.4. may be created by copying and rotating NS2.e. Click the Dismiss button on the Copy and Rotate form.aveva. as the Copy and Rotate form did not offer an option to rename the copy elements.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 9. a system name. The rotation axis direction is automatically set to N and its position as East 0. As this copy rotate operation does not require an offset. it enables an offset to be added to each element as they are copied. South 260 and Up 0 wrt /E1301.4 Using Copy Rotate Nozzle NS1 has the same specification and nominal bore as NS2 and is in the same location in the East/West and North/South axes. From the Equipment GA. Select Rel. Select Cursor>Element from the form menu and pick the southernmost flange cylinder to set the rotation axis at the origin of the cylinder. Enter 1 in the Number of Copies textbox and 180 in the Angle (º) textbox. therefore. The nozzle appears in Design Explorer as NOZZ 2. leave the Offset values as 0. The form is similar to the Rotate form. with the addition of an Offset option and an Offset form menu which has the same functionality as the Copy with Offset form detailed earlier in this section. Click the Yes button on the confirmation message.com 179 . i. www.e. nozzle N2 is a 300# RF 200NB nozzle positioned 350 + 460 = 810mm North of nozzle NS2.

com 180 . Rename the nozzle to /E1301-N2. select Create>Copy Rotate… from the menu to display the Copy and Rotate form again. Nozzle /E1301-N2 has now been re-named and re-sized. and select 200 from the Nominal Bore options list. From the Equipment GA. With nozzle N2 as the CE. www. Re-name the new nozzle to /E1301-N1. Click the Dismiss button on the form. Change the Specification to #300. is 2440 + 2440 = 4880mm North of nozzle N2 and is the same specification and nominal bore. Click the Apply button to copy the nozzle and then click the Yes button on the confirmation message. rotate and offset nozzle N2.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Make NS2 the CE and select Create>Copy Offset… from the main menu. select Modify>Nozzle Specification… from the main menu to display the Nozzle Specification form. the final nozzle. from the to options list.R. With nozzle N2 as the CE. #300 RF 200NB.e. The form is still populated with the settings used previously except that the CE has changed to /E1301-N2. Enter 2440 in the Offset Y axis textbox and click the Apply button to copy. Select Rel. nozzle N1 is 2440mm North of nozzle N2 and rotated by 180º and has the same specification and nominal bore.aveva.e. Enter 1 in the Number of Copies textbox and 810 in the Y textbox. i. #300 RF 200NB. N3. Click the Apply button followed by the Dismiss button. Click the Dismiss button on the Copy with Offset form. i. From the Equipment GA.F.

select Create>Copy Offset… from the menu to display the Copy with Offset form again. lifting access. Enter 6500 in the Height textbox and press the Return key. Click the Cylinder button or link label to display the cylinder creation form.e. 9.com 181 . From the Equipment GA the tube-pull volume must be 6500 long. Click the Create button to display the Modify Cylinder form: www.5 Creating the Tube-Pull Obstruction Volume The Equipment GA shows a tube-pull area for the equipment which must be free of obstructions so that the tube bundle maybe withdrawn from the Reboiler. but must be modelled for clash detection purposes. Click the Dismiss button on the form. making it the OD of the main vessel. select Create>Primitives… from the main menu to display the Primitives form. Re-name the new nozzle to /E1301-N3 Equipment /E1301 is now complete. it would not normally be required to be displayed. Levels and Obstruction pull downs at the default settings. valve access. walkways. Select Design>Save Work from the main menu and click the Yes button on the confirmation message. leave Used for. maintenance access. With the EQUI element /E1301 as the CE. 835. 9 10 by default. however. Enter 4880 in the Y axis textbox and click the Apply button to copy and offset nozzle N2. Click the Yes button on the confirmation message.aveva. i. These kinds of primitives are called obstruction volumes and are placed on the obstruction display levels. This type of volume may be used for such things as escape routes. The form is still populated with the settings used previously except that the CE has changed to /E1301-N2.4. This kind of volume may be represented by a primitive.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 With nozzle N2 as the CE. For now.3. Enter 835 in the Diameter textbox and press the Return key. etc. will adequately cover the tube bundle. Although no diameter is given.

select Modify>Name… from the main menu and enter TUBE_PULL_VOLUME in the Name textbox and press the Return key. by default at the origin of the equipment. Check the Holes Drawn checkbox. enter the Levels textboxes to 9 and 10 and change the Obstruction pull-down to Soft. The obstruction volume is now displayed. enter a value of 90 in the Angle textbox. Click the Next button and dismiss the Primitives form. Leave the Datum pull-down at Origin. The tube-pull obstruction volume is no longer displayed in the 3D View. select Settings>Graphics… from the main menu to display the Graphics Settings form and select the Representation tab. in the 3D View. With the new cylinder as the CE. www. Click the Apply button to rename the cylinder and then click the Dismiss button. Although it is unusual to name primitives.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 On the Rotate fold-up panel. With the TUBE_PULL_VOLUME cylinder as the CE.aveva. Open the Position fold-up panel.com 182 . Close the Rotate fold-up panel. Finally. this will make the obstruction volume easy to identify and give more meaning to clash reports. semitranslucent. Change the North/South pull-down to South and enter a value of 3540 in the adjacent textbox. if not already checked. The position of the obstruction volume should be (6500 ÷ 2) + 290 = 3540 South of the equipment origin. The cylinder has been placed. From the Obstruction pull-down select 50% and then click the Apply button followed by the OK button. select About X from the Direction pull-down and click the Apply Rotation button to align the new cylinder with the rest of the equipment.

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Additional Information • Create one sub-equipment named /SKIRT and one sub-equipment named /COLUMN. The origins of both sub-equipments should be the same as for the EQUI element as all dimensions are give to the underside of the baseplate. The skirt is constructed of a 1473 OD x 30WT tube and has a 600 OD x 20WT access sleeve on the southern axis. Nozzle N1 is part of the skirt.

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Exercise 8
This exercise creates Reflux Drum, tagged D1201. The Equipment GA for D1201, together with the Nozzle Schedule, is shown below.

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10 Equipment Modelling Using Templates
In the previous chapter equipment items were created using primitives arranged in 3D space but with no relationship between them. PDMS enables equipment templates to be created such that an equipment item can be created by copying the template and creating an instance of it in Design.

10.1 Equipment Template Overview
An equipment template is a collection of primitives that make up the equipment shape grouped together under a template. The templates are held in a Design database which is referenced when an instance of the template is created. A template may be un-parameterised, in which case the equipment is of fixed design and dimensions or it may be parameterised using properties so that many different sizes may be obtained from one template. Parameterised templates contain rules that enable primitive sizes, positions, orientations, etc. to be modified, depending on property values entered by the user. One of the biggest benefits of using thoughtfully defined parameterised templates is that by modifying one or more property values all affected primitives in the template are modified in accordance with the rules, thus making modification quicker and easier. The use of un-parameterised templates for items that do not change size, or a range of items that have fixed sizes, that occurs many times in a project or across projects may aid productivity. Equipment Templates are selected using a Specification or a Selection Table which are held in a Paragon database. The two methods of selection are slightly different and are described later in this chapter.

10.2 Creating Standard Equipment – A Worked Example
This worked example creates two stacked Stabiliser Heat Exchangers, tagged E1302A and E1302B, using pre-defined equipment templates. The equipments will also be created using a User Defined Element Type (UDET) of :HEATEXCHG.

10.2.1 Information
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AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Nozzle Schedule Nozzle NS1 NS2 N1 N2 E1302B Size 100 NB 100 NB 150 NB 80 NB Type #150 Raised Face #150 Raised Face #300 Raised Face #300 Raised Face All dimensions are the same as E1302A Nozzle Schedule Nozzle NS1 NS2 N1 N2 Size 100 NB 100 NB 150 NB 150 NB Type #150 Raised Face #150 Raised Face #300 Raised Face #300 Raised Face Stacking Arrangement www.com 189 .aveva.

2.ZONE. Select “Standard” Heat Exchangers from the list.1 Selecting the Template In the Equipment Application with the CE set to the EQUI. From the User Defined Type options list select HEATEXCHG. This places the option in the Current Selection list and changes the AVEVA Standard list to the Heat Exchanger Type list with a new set of options: Select “Horizontal” Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers from the Heat Exchanger Type list to display the Specific Type list: www.com 190 .AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 10. select Create>Standard Equipment… from the main menu to display the Create Equipment form. Enter the name E1302B in the Name textbox and press the Return key. This will create the equipment as a UDET :HEATEXCHG. 10. Select the Specification radio button and from the Specification options list select AVEVA Standard Equipment to display the first set of selections in the AVEVA Standard list.2.aveva.2 Creating E1302B E1302B will be created first as it is the top exchanger and only has one set of supports.2.

“EXCH 005” Dished And Flanged With Nozzles. This is the name and description of the template from which an instance will be made.e. there are no more options displayed to choose from. Select the only option from this list. www. A representation of the selected template is displayed in the 3D View at the bottom of the form.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Select “Horizontal” Dished & Flanged Ends from the Specific Type list to display the Selection list.aveva.e. i. The selection process is now complete.com 191 . i.

in this case.2 Entering the Properties Clicking the Properties… button on the Create Equipment form displays the Modify Properties form for the heat exchanger: Each property of the template has an assigned letter.2.com 192 . The drawing in the graphics view may be zoomed.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 10. using the mouse scroll wheel. When zoomed in.2. clicking the middle mouse button will progressively zoom out. is on the centreline of the heat exchanger (in the centre of the body cylinder) and in line with nozzles N1 and N2. The drawing shows the location of the dimensional properties and the origin of the template which. or zoomed in using a window by clicking and holding down the left mouse button whilst dragging a rectangle on the view. Using the Equipment GA for E1302B. a description and a default value. enter the following values for the dimensional properties on the form: Property A B C D E F G H J K Description Flange Diameter Exchanger Diam Flange Thickness Head Height Exchanger Length Dish Height Dish Radius Nozzle Height Distance Between N2 and N3 Distance Between N1 and N4 Value 570 460 25 305 5655 100 40 460 4625 550 www.aveva.

The exchanger origin may be positioned using an EDG pick. the following values can be derived for the origin of E1302B: • East • North • Up -312370 (this is a Westing. Clicking the small down arrow adjacent to the textbox displays the Exchanger Support form.3 Positioning the Heat Exchanger On the Create Equipment form.aveva. enter the following values against the properties: A = Origin to Foot (1438 – 305 =) 1133 B = Feet to Feet 2870 C = Foot Thickness 150 D = Foot Width 380 E = Distance to CL 450 Click the OK button to enter the values and dismiss the form. or UDET. www. Referring to the Equipment GA. click the Apply button.2.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The drawing on the form shows the exchanger with no supports and the Exchange Support property is set to a default of No Supports.com 193 . Selecting the Horizontal Exchanger Feet option sets the property to this option. Clicking the Modify Properties for Exchanger Support button displays the Modify Properties form for the exchanger supports which also contains a number of properties and a drawing of the supports. therefore –ve East) 294460 109757 Enter the values in the Explicit Position form and click the Apply button. The prompt Position Equipment Origin (Snap) Snap: is displayed in the main prompt area and the Positioning Control Toolbar is activated. it is more likely that an explicit position will be given. however. This form will create the exchanger supports as a sub-equipment of the equipment.2. Clicking the Explicit Position button form: on the Positioning Control Toolbar displays the Explicit Position From the Equipment Location Drawing. 10. On the Modify Properties form for the Exchanger click the OK button to enter the values and dismiss the form.

click the OK button to rotate the heat exchanger.: • The orientation of the heat exchanger • Nozzle names • Nozzle specification This data must be corrected after the creation of the equipment. to enter Model Editor Mode and display the Right click on the rotate about Z rotation handle and select the Enter Value… option from the pop-up menu to display the Rotate Selection About Z form. Enter E1302B-NS1 in the Name textbox. i. and NOZZ 4 entering E1302B-N1.aveva. however.e. click the Model Editor button Locator Handle at the origin of E1302B. The origin of the Heat Exchanger is in the correct position.4 Finishing E1302B During the equipment creation process certain data could not be specified. this nozzle should be named NS1. With E1302B as the CE. Repeat the operation for NOZZ 3. www. In Design Explorer click on NOZZ 1 to make it the current element.2. Dismiss the Name form.e. entering E1302B-N2.2.com 194 . Exit Model Editor mode. the equipment needs to be rotated 180º about the Z axis of the origin. If correct. press the Return key and click the Apply button to modify the name. Comparing the Equipment GA with the template drawing. Enter E1302B-NS2 in the Name textbox. Enter a value of 180 in the textbox and then click the Preview button to see if the rotation gives the correct result. Select Modify>Name… from the main menu to display the Name form. i. The heat exchanger E1302B should now look like this: 10. press the Return key and click the Apply button. Navigate to NOZZ 2 in Design Explorer and click the CE button on the Name form. from the Equipment Location Drawing it can be seen that the flanged end must be at the southern end of the equipment.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Dismiss the Create Equipment form.

Enter U in the Plane direction text box to make the plane an Up plane. 10. Click the Apply button to change the nozzle specification. Select #150. Dismiss the Mirror form. Click the CE button on the Nozzle Specification form. select Create>Copy Mirror… from the main menu to display the Mirror form. it is easier to copy E1302B. From the E1302B Nozzle Schedule.e. The plane must. Rather than go through the creation process again. i.com 195 . copy mirroring a UDET creates the element as the base type of ther UDET. www. With E1302B as the current element. in the middle of the two centreline elevations.F from the Specification options list and 100 from the Nominal Bore options list and click the Apply button. NS1 should be a 100 NB #150 Raised Face nozzle. Select #150. Dismiss the Nozzle Specification form. i. using Copy Mirror. it can be seen that the centreline of E1302A is 922 mm below the centreline of E1302B. Enter the value in the Up textbox and click the Apply button to create the new heat exchanger.3 Creating E1302A using Copy Mirror From the Equipment GA drawings it can be seen that E1302A is a mirror of E1302B with some nozzle specification differences and additional ‘feet’ to support E1302B. Click the Yes button on the confirmation message to retain the copy. Repeat the process for nozzle E1302-N1.2.aveva. and make the required changes and additions afterwards. Select Rel.R. From the Nozzle Schedule this should also be a 100 NB #150 Raised Face nozzle. This sets the mirror plane origin at the origin of the cylinder. also a 150 NB #300 Raised Face nozzle. from the to options list to place the copy in the same place in the hierarchy as the original. The coordinates of the origin are displayed on the form. a 150 NB #300 Raised Face nozzle.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Navigate to NOZZ E1302B-NS1 in Design Explorer and select Modify>Nozzle Specification… from the main menu to display the Nozzle Specification form.F from the Specification options list and 100 from the Nominal Bore options list. therefore.R. Select Cursor>Element from the form menu and graphically pick the main body cylinder of E1302B.e. Navigate to NOZZ E1302B-NS2 in Design Explorer. be moved to an elevation of 109757 – (922 ÷ 2) = 109296. L In the current version of PDMS. From the Stacking Arrangement on the Equipment GA. E1302A is an EQUI element rather than a UDET :HEATEXCHG. and nozzle E1302B-N2.

AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 10.R. Navigate to NOZZ 1 of E1302A in Design Explorer. The nozzles also need to be renamed in accordance with the Equipment GA for E1302A. www. E1302A requires two additional feet to support E1302B. press the Return key and click the Apply button. select 80 from the Nominal Bore options list. Press the Esc key to end the selection and the two boxes are displayed on the form grid.com 196 . the renaming must be done after the heat exchanger has been created. to display the List/Collections form Select Add>List… from the form menu to display the Create List form: Enter FEET into the Description textbox and click the OK button to create the list. therefore. Navigate to the nozzle in Design Explorer and select Modify>Nozzle Specification… from the main menu to display the Nozzle Specification form.aveva. Enter E1302A in the Name textbox.F. Select Control>Close from the form menu to close the form. Click the CE button on the name form and enter E1302A-NS2 in the Name textbox.2. Repeat the process. The new feet will be created by copying and rotating the existing feet. Click on the Create/Modify Lists button on the Default Toolbar. entering the following values for the remaining three nozzles: • NOZZ 2 enter E1302A-NS1 • NOZZ 3 enter E1302A-N1 • NOZZ4 enter E1302A-N2 The nozzle specification for Nozzle N2 on E1302A is different from that of Nozzle N1 on E1302B and must be re-specified as an 80 NB #300 Raised Face. Note that the list is displayed as the current list in the Active List options list. or select Utilities>Lists… from the main menu.3.1 Finishing E1302A During the copy mirror process there was no opportunity to rename the equipment or the nozzles. pres the Return key and click the Apply button to rename the nozzle. Navigate to the new EQUI element in Design Explorer and select Modify>Name… from the main menu to display the Name form. Verify that the Specification is already be set at #300. click the Apply button and dismiss the form. Select Add>Identified from the form menu and graphically pick the two boxes that form existing feet on E1302A.

Dismiss the Copy and Rotate form.aveva. Enter 180 in the Angle textbox. Select List from the Object options list and Rel. E1302A and E1302B are now complete and should look like this: www.com 197 . Verify that the axis aid is located at the origin of the cylinder and pointing along the axis of the cylinder.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Select Create>Copy>Rotate… from the main menu to display the Copy and Rotate form. from the to options list. Select Cursor>Element from the form menu and graphically select the main body cylinder of E1302A. Click the Apply button to create the new feet and click the Yes button on the Retain created copies? confirmation message.

tagged P1502A and P1502B. are shown below. together with the Nozzle Schedules. template PUMP005). tagged P1501A and P1501B. the origin position of the pump must be derived from the positional information given on the Equipment Location drawing. • Create the first pump as a UDET :PUMP and copy offset this pump to create the second pump.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Exercise 9 This exercise creates the four pumps: • • The duty and standby Reflux Pumps. The duty and standby Overhead Product Pumps. Centreline Mounted.com 198 . The Equipment GA for each set of pumps. Tangential Outlet Pumps (AVEVA Standard. P1501A & B Additional Information for P1501A & B • The pumps are Centrifugal. www. • Use the Selection Table option for specifying the pump.aveva. • To use the template.

com 199 .AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 P1502A & B Additional Information for P1502A & B • The pumps are Centrifugal. template PUMP006).aveva. • Create the first pump as a UDET :PUMP and copy offset this pump to create the second pump. • Use the Selection Table option for specifying the pump. Centreline Mounted. www. the origin position of the pump must be derived from the positional information given on the Equipment Location drawing. Vertical Offset Nozzle Pumps (AVEVA Standard. • To use the template.

The import data may set any of the standard attributes or UDAs of an EQUI element but will not create any primitives. 11. displayed to the left of the table.xls) or comma separated value (. 200 .com data is carried out. and three icons. Once found clicking the Open button on the form dismisses the form and imports the data. displaying the results of the import. i. At this stage no data has been loaded into the database.e.CHAPTER 11 11 Equipment Utilities The Equipment Application provides two utilities that can aid productivity for equipment modelling and reporting. no elements have been created. The data may take a short time to process. Selecting Utilities>Import Equipment… from the main menu displays the Import Data form. the Equipment Import Utility and the Equipment Report Utility.1 Import Equipment Utility The Import Equipment utility enables EQUI elements to be created in the database by importing data from an Excel (. a standard Windows browser dialogue. where the file to be imported may be located. The form previews the data being loaded from the import file.csv) file. indicate the result of that analysis. depending on the size of the import file. some preliminary analysis of the www. the Spread Sheet Import form is opened. When the file is loaded. Once processed.aveva.

No action will be taken on rows with this icon if the Load New Data button is used.aveva. No action will be taken on rows with this icon when the Load All Data or Load New Data buttons are used. If the data is loaded.com . This icon indicates that the creation or modification operation was successful. Clicking the Load All Data button will process all of the rows that create a new element or modify an existing element. If an attribute value is incorrect then the element has been created. This icon indicates that the system has identified a problem with this row of data. This icon indicates that equipment with the name already exists in the database. Selecting this row in the table will display a message in the Messages area of the form to indicate why this row cannot be processed. If an owning element field is provided in the import file. 201 www. If the Load All Data function is used. Clicking the Load New Data button will only process the rows that create new elements. the system will attempt to create elements under the specified owner. This icon indicates that the operation has not completed successfully because of an error found while the system was trying to create or modify an element.e. Once imported. an element has been created or modified in the database. The owning element is considered to be the current element when the file was loaded and the rows of data analysed. i. but not all of its attribute data has been loaded. not the current element when a Load button is pressed. L New data is created at the current location in the database if an owning element field is not included in the imported file. the icons on the left of the form change to indicate the status of the loaded data. an element of this name will be created.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 This icon indicates that no equipment with the name exists in the database. then attributes of the existing equipment will be modified.

This owner name will be ignored if the imported item already exists.1. If this column is present. This may be necessary if the current element was incorrect or an owner element was missing when the file was first loaded.g. Each heading represents a column in the file containing an attribute of the elements being loaded. • Columns cannot be added for array type attributes unless those attributes can be set using a list of values in a single field in the file. • There must be a NAME column. the current database element at the time that the file is loaded must be able to contain imported elements. • The remaining headings in the file must be valid attribute names for the element type being loaded. it is not possible to change the owner of existing Equipment by using the OWNER column. it must contain the name of an existing element that will own each imported item when it is created. • An OWNER column may be included. In this case. then this row will be ignored and an error raised. the file will not be loaded. but its element type does not match the TYPE in the file. i. then the owner is the current location in the Design db hierarchy at the time that the file is loaded and analysed. • The first row of the file contains a list of headings. • Every row following the heading row must contain the correct number of fields (columns) as defined by the heading row. The attribute names may include User Defined Attribute (UDA) names. The name used must obey the normal rules for element naming in PDMS. If the Project has been configured with User Defined Element Types. following the rules listed below. For example. then this column could contain a valid UDET name (e.com 202 . or by typing a name directly into the filename textbox on the form.aveva. • Every row must contain valid values. If an existing element name is used.e. It is possible to load element types other than Equipment using this utility. or selecting the Browse link label to Another import file can be loaded by using the Open File button open the Import Data form. or the name of an existing element. the string "10 20 30" in a DESP field would set design parameter 1 to 10.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Undo function may be used to remove all of the changes made by the load operation and revert the database back to its state before the load. then this row is an update row for that element. e. The Reload Data button reloads the file shown in the filename textbox. a nozzle list could be loaded provided that the owning equipment name is provided in an Owner field for each nozzle element.1 Rules for the Content of Import XLS and CSV Files • The file must be a valid CSV format or XLS format file.: PUMP). for each field. 2 to 20 and 3 to 30. This column contains the database element type of the element being loaded. or no values.g. • There must be a TYPE column. or the errors on the erroneous elements dealt with individually. otherwise the file will not be loaded. If the imported file is carefully constructed. If the named element already exists. If this column is absent. it would be possible to import other element types provided that fields in the file contain all of the required data. www. If the OWNER column does not exist in the file. Selecting a row in the table with this icon will display a message in the Messages area of the form to indicate the error. EQUI. The NAME column may contain the name of a new element. For example. and the Type field identifies the element as a nozzle 11.

other than by providing the default value. Two adjacent separators denote an empty field. Any import of new or modified element data will be subject to the data access control configuration implemented for the current user and Project. For example a database reference number in the form "=123/456" would be considered to be a formula because of the = character. If the data is imported into an Implicit Claim database. Selecting Utilities>Equipment Report… from the main menu displays the Equipment Report form: The form has two tabs. an attribute value will remain unchanged if a field in the file is empty.aveva. For example "X0Y0Z0" for a position. www. • Each field in the file must be a text field. 11.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 • If a new element is being created. if not already claimed by another user. Care must be taken with fields containing values that are considered by Microsoft Excel to be a formula. • It is not possible to unset an attribute value from a file.2 Equipment Report Utility The Equipment Report utility is specifically designed to quickly generate configurable equipment reports using the equipment elements and their attributes stored in the Design databases. The reports may be exported to Excel for printing or additional enhancement. If the file will not load successfully into Microsoft Excel. • If an existing element is being modified. This utility will not attempt to claim data automatically in an Explicit Claim database. then the appropriate elements will be claimed. The NAME and TYPE fields cannot be empty. Columns and Output.com 203 . This can be overcome by proceeding the = character with a single quote character that forces the field to be treated as a text string. an attribute will be set to its default value if a field in the file is empty. it will not load successfully using this import utility.

is empty. the choice whether to include them in the report must be made before attribute selection starts. the text that will appear at the top of the column if the attribute is selected to appear in the report. Moves the selected attributes up the list.2. Emptying the Chosen Attributes grid re-activates the Pseudo Attributes checkbox. Removes all attributes from the Chosen Attributes list.1 Selecting Attributes to Output The Columns tab has two panes. Left clicking on an attribute in either list highlights the selection. Attributes may only appear in one of the lists. Multiple. Moves the selected attributes down the list.aveva. Adds the selected attributes to the Chosen Attributes list. Between the two panels are four buttons that facilitate transfer of the attributes from one pane to another. i. The four buttons on the right hand side of the Chosen attributes pane may be used to modify the list order. Adds all attributes to the Chosen Attributes list.com 204 . attributes added to the Chosen Attributes list no longer appear in the Available Attributes list. i. The Pseudo Attributes checkbox. together with their Description. Removes selected attributes from the Chosen Attributes list. one on the left of the form showing Available Attributes and one on the right showing Chosen Attributes which. therefore.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 11. Moves the selected attributes to the bottom of the list.e. which is by default unchecked. therefore.e. The attributes will populate the Chosen Attributes list in the order they are selected. by default. may be used to include the pseudo attributes of an EQUI element in the Available Attributes list. Moves the selected attributes to the top of the list. thereby making them available for inclusion in the report. www. Data Type and Report Header. in alphanumeric order. Multiple attributes may be selected in either list using the standard Windows selection methods. non-contiguous selections will appear in alpha-numeric order when added to the Chosen Attributes list. the Ctrl and Shift keys. The Available Attributes pane shows the standard attributes and UDAs of an EQUI element. Once the attribute selection process has commenced the Pseudo Attributes checkbox is greyed out.

sorted and summarised as described for the Search Utility in section 7.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 11. where the location and filename of the output may be specified. www.com 205 . selecting the Output tab presents the data in a grid gadget where the columns are in the order specified in the Chosen attributes list and the column headings are the Report Header texts.2 Outputting Attributes Having selected and ordered the Chosen attributes. at the top left Once the data has been manipulated to suit the report requirements.4 of this training guide.2. Saving the output activates the Open button on the Equipment Report form which opens the saved file in Excel. Clicking the Save button on the Equipment Report Filename form saves the file with the specified filename to the specified location and closes the form. clicking the Save button on the Equipment Report form opens the Equipment Report Filename form. a standard Windows browser dialogue.aveva. if set. The only addition to these facilities is the inclusion of the Clear All Filters button corner of the grid gadget. The data in the output tab grid may be grouped. filtered. L The Equipment Report utility outputs every EQUI element found in the current MDB. Clicking the button clears all of the column filters.

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• • • Create a SITE named /New_Equipment and a ZONE named /Equipment_List. equipment reports for: a) all the equipment in the MDB b) all the equipment in the Stabiliser Site c) all the equipment in the New_Equipment Site. located in the pdmsuser folder.com 207 .aveva. and export to Excel. Create. to the new Zone.csv. Import file TM-1001_Ex10_EquipImport.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Exercise 10 This exercise imports a csv file to create a number of equipment elements and generates various equipment reports. • The equipment reports should show the following attributes in the order given: a) b) c) d) e) f) NAMN (Pseudo Attribute) Owner ActType Description Position Orientation www.

This form is similar to the Create Sub-equipment form described earlier in this training guide. 12.aveva. selecting Utilities>General… from the main menu displays the User General form.com 208 . except that there is no Attributes… button as VOLM elements do not have the attributes that are set by this option. With a ZONE as the CE. concrete plinths. SUBE elements. 12. essentially.2 Creating VOLM and SVOLM Elements In the Design General application. www. With a VOLM as the CE. A typical use of volume models may be. as for an SUBE element. as for an EQUI element. or escape routes/access obstruction volumes.1 The Volume Model Hierarchy Volume Model (VOLM) elements are owned by Zones (ZONE). selecting Create>(c) Volume Model… from the form menu displays the Volume Model form. equipment items that are not EQUI elements. selecting Create>(c) SubVolume… from the form menu displays the Sub Volume Model form. VOLM elements may own one or more optional Sub-Volume Models (SVOLM) elements which may own any primitive except Nozzles. SVOLM elements may be named and the Position option lists and textboxes enable its origin to be set with respect to any element. etc.CHAPTER 14 12 Volume Modelling Volume Models are. and have some of the same attributes of. site roads.g.. VOLM elements may be named and the Position option lists and textboxes enable its origin to be set with respect to any element. They may be used for modelling any item in PDMS that is to be constructed form primitives but does not want to appear in Design Explorer as an EQUI element. e. plant Civils items. VOLM elements have some of the attributes of an EQUI and may own primitives directly except Nozzles. The form is similar to the Create Equipment form described earlier in the training guide. say. concrete slabs. The SVOLM elements are used to break down Volume Models into sub-parts and are similar.

12.4 Creating Volume Models – A Worked Example This worked example creates some civil engineering work for the Stabiliser project. specifically the concrete base slab. however. All primitives.3 Creating Primitives Primitives may be owned directly by a VOLM element or by a SVOLM element.com 209 .aveva.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 12. The details of the slab are shown in the following General Arrangement drawing: www. It is common in PDMS to represent concrete civil engineering works with EQUI elements. except NOZZ elements may be owned by the elements. Selecting Create> (c) Primitives… from the form menu displays the same Primitives creation forms described earlier for Equipment primitives. for this example the slab is a UDET based on a VOLM.

1 Creating the UDET Select Utilities>User Grid Systems… from the main menu to display the User Grid Systems form. L Extrusions are 2D shapes that are extruded through a distance. set the Pick Type to Aid and the Pick Method to Snap.2 Creating the Primitive The slab profile could be made of several BOX primitives. VERT – these are the vertices. Obstruction Hard. Enter BASE_SLAB in the Name textbox.aveva. Click the Explicitly defined position button to display the Define vertex form. The Position attribute holds the World position of the extrusion origin and the Height attribute holds the extrusion distance. An extrusion is made up of three elements • • • EXTR – the extrusion itself.e. Select Position>Explicitly (AT)… from the main menu to display the Explicit Position form. In the Command Window enter NEW :SLAB. Levels 0 10. Query the attributes and note that the ActType is :SLAB and the Type is Volmodel.e. Select Create>Primitives… from the main menu to display the Primitives form.4.com 210 . Left click on the grid at the intersection between Gridline ID N and Gridline ID 0. LOOP – this is the 2D shape that owns a series of vertices.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 12. Click the Apply button and then the Dismiss button. Enter the Equipment application and navigate to CIVILS.ZONE to make it the CE. On the Positioning Control Toolbar. one at each change in direction of the shape. Leave the Representation at Default. Click on the Extrusion button or link label to display the Create Extrusion form. with respect to the EXTR origin. 12. i. and 22000 in the Thickness textbox. it may also be made from an extrusion. www. Set the view direction to Iso3 and click the Set View Limits to Grid button. The User Defined Element Type :SLAB has been previously defined in Lexicon. however. i. The Explicit Position form should now show the origin of the slab at W 322000 N 311000 U 100000.4. click the Gridline IDs radio button and click the Display button. the North-West corner of the horizontal grid. Their position is expressed in local co-ordinates. Select the Stabiliser_Grid entry on the form.

Do not dismiss the form. Note that on the Create Extrusion form the text 2 Vertices defined (No extrusion created is displayed). Enter 0 in each of the three co-ordinate textboxes so that the extrusion origin is at the origin of the :SLAB. click the Dismiss button on the Define vertex form. A text aid showing the Last Vertex is displayed in the vertex 2 position. however. as described for the :SLAB position. could be achieved by clicking the Derive points from graphic picks button and picking the intersection of Gridline ID N and Gridline ID 0.com 211 . Click the Ppoint offset from previous (Direction and Distance) button on the Create Extrusion form to display the Create vertex form. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Direction D E U E D E U E D W U W Distance 400 450 400 16950 900 900 900 450 1200 1600 600 17400 After creating vertex 14. www. Click the Apply button to create vertex 2. therefore the extrusion is not displayed until after the creation of the third vertex. continue creating the remaining vertices using the data from the following table. The number of vertices created is displayed on the Create Extrusion form. L The extrusion will be displayed when three vertices have been defined. L The same result.aveva. It requires a minimum of three points to describe a shape. Vertex No. placing the extrusion origin at the :SLAB origin. The co-ordinates will be updated on the form. Click the Apply button to create vertex 1 and then click the Dismiss button. This is because the lines between the vertices self intersect as various vertices are created and PDMS cannot represent the shape. remembering to click the Apply button on the Define vertex each time new data is entered. occasionally the extrusion may disappear from the 3D View. i.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Enter :SLAB in the wrt textbox so that the extrusions origin is with respect to its owner.e. A text aid showing the Origin of the extrusion is displayed in the 3D View. Using the Define vertex form. Click the Dismiss button on the Create Extrusion form. Enter E in the Direction textbox and 250 in the Distance textbox.

com 212 .aveva.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 The Stabiliser slab should look like this: www.

The bases for E1301 is to be created as a UDET :BASE owning two UDET :SUB-BASE elements that are of Type SVOLM. The base will be 2200mm square in plan and be 305mm high.e. the top of the base is at EL. The plinths are located at the intersection of the following Gridline IDs: A1. The base should be centred on the centreline of the Cracking Tower and consist of a single box primitive. (+) 100305. The two :SUB-BASEs should be located. including specifically the equipment bases and column plinths.e. Each plinth is to be created as a UDET :PLINTH. B1. The column plinths are 400mm square on plan and 400mm high. and consist of a single BOX primitive. 500mm long in the North/South direction and is 845mm high.e. the top of each plinth is at EL. at the equipment support positions. the top of the base is at EL. in Northing and Westing. E3.(+) 100400. The finished civil works for the Stabiliser Plant should look like this: www. C3. A2. The base for C1101 is to be created as a UDET :BASE.aveva. at the origin of E1301. i. i. B6. etc. be named for its grid reference. one for Stabiliser Cracking Tower C1101 and two bases for the Reboiler E1302. A1. A6. B4. B2. Two equipment bases are required. F3 and F4. i. C4. A4.com 213 . D3. Each :SUB-BASE is 750mm long in the East/West direction. i. D4. The :BASE should be located. E5.e. in Northing and Westing.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Exercise 11 This exercise creates the further civil engineering elements for the Stabiliser Plant. E4. A2. (+) 100845.

APPENDIX A APPENDIX A – AVEVA Equipment Primitives Box (BOX) Specific geometric attributes: Xlength Length parallel to X axis Ylength Length parallel to Y axis Zlength Length parallel to Z axis Cylinder (CYLI) Specific geometric attributes: Diameter Diameter of cylinder Height Length parallel to Z axis www.com 214 .aveva.

AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Cone (CONE) Specific geometric attributes: Dtop Diameter at top of cone Dbottom Diameter at bottom of cone Height Length parallel to Z axis Snout (SNOU) Specific geometric attributes: Dtop Diameter at top of snout Dbottom Diameter at bottom of snout Xoffset Offset of centre of top from centre of bottom on X axis Yoffest Offset of centre of top from centre of bottom on Y axis Height Length parallel to Z axis L Only an Xoffset is show in this example. www. both Yoffset and Xoffset may be set.aveva. however.com 215 .

aveva.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Pyramid (PYRA) Specific geometric attributes: Xbottom Length of bottom of pyramid parallel to X axis Ybottom Length of bottom of pyramid parallel to Y axis Xtop Length of top of pyramid parallel to X axis Ytop Length of top of pyramid parallel to Y axis Height Length parallel to Z axis Xoffset Offset of centre of top from centre of bottom on X axis Yoffset Offset of centre of top from centre of bottom on Y axis L Only a Yoffset is show in this example. however. both Yoffset and Xoffset may be set.com 216 . Circular Torus (CTOR) Specific geometric attributes: Rinside Inside radius in XY plane Routside Outside radius in XY plane Angle Subtended angle (maximum 180°) www.

If the knuckle radius is greater than 0 then the dish is represented as a partial ellipsoid. www. Height Height of dish parallel to Z axis Radius Knuckle radius L If the knuckle radius is 0 then the dish is represented as a segment of a sphere.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Rectangular Torus (RTOR) Specific geometric attributes: Rinside Inside radius in XY plane Routside Outside radius in XY plane Height Length parallel to Z axis Angle Subtended angle (maximum 180°) Dish (DISH) Specific geometric attributes: Diameter Diameter of dish in XY plane.aveva.com 217 . generally used to represent a torispherical end to a vessel.

e.com 218 . Extrusion (EXTR) Specific geometric attributes: Height Height of extrusion in Z axis L An extrusion is a 2D shape. www. The values for these attributes may be +ve or –ve. EXTR. Ytshear. extruded through a height. The primitive consists of three element types. Xtshear. defined by a series of vertices at each change in direction. however.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Sloped Cylinder (SLCY) Specific geometric attributes: Diameter Diameter of sloped cylinder Height Length in Z axis from bottom centre to top centre Xtshear Inclination of top of cylinder in the XZ axis (in degrees) Ytshear Inclination of top of cylinder in the YZ axis (in degrees) Xbshear Inclination of bottom of cylinder in the XZ axis (in degrees) Ybshear Inclination of top of cylinder in the YZ axis (in degrees) L Only an Xtshear and Ybshear are shown in this example.aveva. LOOP and VERTs. Xbshear and Ybshear may be set in any combination to obtain the required results. i.

LOOP and VERTs. i. rotated through a specified angle around a specified rotation axis.com 219 . www. The primitive consists of three element types.e. defined by a series of vertices at each change in direction.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Solid of Revolution (REVO) Specific geometric attributes: Angle Rotation angle around X axis (selected rotation line) L A solid of revolution is a 2D shape. REVO.aveva.

com 220 . it is unlike the other primitives in that its geometry is determined in Paragon as part of a catalogue component.AVEVA Plant (12 Series) PDMS Foundations TM-1001 Nozzle (NOZZ) Although a nozzle is classed as a primitive. i. Nozzles of different types and geometry may be constructed in Paragon to suit the requirements of the Piping Specification. from P1 to P2. The specific nozzle type is referenced from Paragon using the Spref (Specification Reference) attribute. Specific geometric attributes: Height Height between nozzle face and end.aveva.e. www.

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