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Read This First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:1
Scope of this Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:1
Intended Audience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:1
Assumptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:1
About the Tutorial Exercise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:1
Further Reading. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:1
How the Guide is Organised . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:2
Further Training in the Use of PDMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:3
Introducing PDMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:1
Introduce the Structure of PDMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:1
Strengths of PDMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:1
PDMS Structural Design Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:2
Set Up the PDMS Database Hierarchy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:1
How PDMS Stores Design Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:1
PDMS Design Data Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:2
Logging In. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:3
PDMS Startup Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:3
Start the Structural Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:4
Create Some Administrative Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:5
Create a Simple Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:1
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Design-to-Catalogue Cross-Reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:1
How PDMS Represents Structural Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:1
Straight Sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:1
Nodes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:2
Some Initial Set Up Operations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:2
Set Default Storage Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:2
Automatic Profile and Primary Node Allocations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:3
Set the Default Specification for Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:3
Create Sections Explicitly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:5
View the Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:8
Define what Appears in the View. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:8
Manipulate the Displayed View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:9
Navigate in the Database by Picking Elements Graphically. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:11
Event-Driven Graphics Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:11
Create Sections Using Graphical Picking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:12
Collect Elements into Temporary Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:17
Copy Parts of the Design Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:18
Complete the Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:20
Quick Way to Build a Regular Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:1
Enhance the Basic Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:1
Restore a Previously Saved Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:1
Trim Connected Section Ends to Correct Geometry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:1
Add and Modify Simple Bracing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:3
Add Standard Bracing Configurations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:7
Represent Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:9
Dominant Versus Subordinate Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:12
Move Part of the Structure and Maintain Correct Geometry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:13
Add Panels and Plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:1
Start the Panels & Plates Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:1
How PDMS Represents Panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:1
Set Default Storage Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:2
Create Simple Panels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:3
Measure Distances/Directions in the Design Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:4
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Split a Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:5
Tailor Panel Edges by Editing Individual Vertices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:5
Move Panel Edges to New Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:7
Create Negative Extrusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:9
Use Panel Fittings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:1
How Panel Fittings are Defined . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:1
Create a Panel Fitting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:1
Penetrate One Item with Another. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:1
Check and Output Design Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
Check for Clashes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
Obstruction Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
Extent of Clashing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
Clash Detection Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:2
Generate a Data Output Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:4
Generate a Tabulated Data Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:4
Query Mass Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:5
Plot the Design Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:6
Add Some Curved Steelwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:1
How PDMS Represents Curved Sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:1
Create a Semicircular Platform. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:1
Create a Runway Beam with Multiple Curves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:4
Define a Working Grid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:5
Create a Curved Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:5
Modify a Curved Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:6
Production Features for Outfit Steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:7
Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:7
Structural Design Database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A:1
Structural Catalogue Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B:1
Basic Features of the Catalogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:1
P-line Identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:1
Some Standard Profiles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:3
Some Standard Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:12
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Column Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:13
Cleated Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:14
End Preparations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:15
Baseplate Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:16
Double Notched End Plates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:17
Single Notched End Plates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:17
Some Standard Fittings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:17
Stiffeners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:18
Fire Insulation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:19
Lifting Lugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:19
Other Relevant Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C:1
PDMS Introductory Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C:1
PDMS Reference Manuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C:1
General Guides. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C:2
Sample Plots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D:1
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1.1 Scope of this Guide
This guide introduces some of the facilities provided by the AVEVA Plant Design
Management System (PDMS) for the design and documentation of logically interconnected
structures. It explains the main concepts underlying PDMS and its supporting applications,
and shows how you can apply these to your own design projects.
The chapters of this guide take the form of a hands-on tutorial exercise combined with
frequent explanation of the underlying concepts. As you work progressively through the
exercise, you will gain practical experience of the ways in which you can use PDMS while
learning about the powerful facilities it provides.
1.1.1 Intended Audience
This guide has been written for engineers familiar with structural design practices, who may
or may not have prior knowledge of PDMS.
1.1.2 Assumptions
For you to use this guide, the sample PDMS project, Project SAM, must be correctly
installed on your system, and you must have read/write access to the project databases.
It is assumed that you know:
where to find PDMS on your computer system
you know how to use the Windows operating system installed at your site
you are familiar with the basic Graphical User Interface (GUI) features, as described in
the AVEVA document Getting Started with PDMS.
Contact your systems administrator if you need help in either of these areas.
1.1.3 About the Tutorial Exercise
All the steps of the exercise are numbered sequentially throughout the guide.
1.1.4 Further Reading
You can find a list of relevant AVEVA documentation in the appendices of this guide.
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1.2 How the Guide is Organised
This guide is divided into three parts, including some appendices, as follows:
The guide concludes with an index, allowing you to refer back to any specific topics about
whose details you need to be reminded.
Read This First introduces this guide and summarises its scope.
Introducing PDMS gives a general overview of the main design facilities provided
within the structural application.
Set Up the PDMS
Database Hierarchy
explains how PDMS stores its design data and shows you how to
organise your data. Also describes the logging in procedure and
how to create some administrative elements. A running tutorial
exercise is used from this chapter on, to illustrate essential
concepts.
Create a Simple
Structure
guides you through the steps needed to create a simple structure
comprising only vertical columns and horizontal beams.
Quick Way to Build a
Regular Structure
demonstrates a useful facility which provides an alternative method
for creating a regularly configured structure rapidly.
Enhance the Basic
Structure
shows how to add diagonal bracing members, how to model joints
between connected members, and how to modify the design by
moving interconnected parts of the structure.
Add Panels and
Plates
shows how to clad the structure by adding panels and plates.
Use Panel Fittings introduces the concept of panel fittings.
Penetrate One Item
with Another
shows how to configure those locations where one item penetrates
another.
Check and Output
Design Data
shows how to check your design for clashes, and how to generate
reports and plots directly from the design data.
Add Some Curved
Steelwork
explains how curved sections are represented and illustrates their
use.
Structural Design
Database
summarises the database hierarchy which PDMS uses to store
your structural design data.
Structural Catalogue
Guide
comprises a sample catalogue of structural steelwork sections.
Other Relevant
Documentation
identifies other sources of information which supplement, and
expand upon, the brief details given in this guide.
Sample Plots shows some examples of typical plots of structural designs which
may be created using PDMS.
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1.3 Further Training in the Use of PDMS
This guide teaches you to about the key features of using PDMS for structural designs only.
If you wish to learn more about the wide-ranging facilities of PDMS, AVEVA provides a wide
range of training courses, covering all levels of expertise and all design disciplines. For
details of courses, and to arrange course attendance, contact your nearest AVEVA support
office.
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This chapter provides:
an introduction to the structure of PDMS
the strengths of PDMS
structural design features.
2.1 Introduce the Structure of PDMS
PDMS comprises the following functional parts:
modules
applications.
A module is a subdivision of PDMS that you use to carry out specific types of operation.
This guide covers the DESIGN module, which you use for creating the 3D design model
An application is supplementary program that has been tailored to provide easy control of
operations that are specific to a particular discipline. The applications you will use for
structural design work in this guide are:
Beams & Columns
Panels & Plates
You can switch quickly and easily between different parts of PDMS.
2.2 Strengths of PDMS
In PDMS, you have a powerful suite of facilities, for the design of Process Plant, the
emphasis being on maximising both design consistency and design productivity:
The design modelling functions incorporate a degree of apparent intelligence that
enables them to make sensible decisions about the consequential effects of many of
your design choices. This allows you to implement a sequence of related decisions with
a minimum of effort.
You can incorporate modifications into your design at any stage without fear of
invalidating any of your prior work, because data consistency-checking is an integral
part of the product. PDMS automatically manages drawing production, material take-off
reports, and so on, by reading all design data directly from a common set of databases,
to prevent errors from being introduced by transcribing information between different
disciplines.
The applications let you check all aspects of your design as work progresses. This
includes on-line interdisciplinary clash detection, so the chances of errors and
inconsistencies reaching the final documented design are reduced to an exceptionally
low level.
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The applications are controlled from a graphical user interface. This means that all
design, drawing and reporting operations are initiated by selecting choices from
menus, and by entering data into on-screen forms. For ease of use, many common
actions are also represented by pictorial icons.
2.3 PDMS Structural Design Features
The PDMS structural applications offer the following key benefits:
The applications are designed to use specification data when selecting structural
components from the Catalogue database, so that design consistency and conformity
to standards are ensured. It is important, therefore, that the structural Catalogue
databases are properly maintained.
You can name structural elements in accordance with a predefined set of rules, so that
their positions in the database hierarchy are always obvious without you having to
enter specific texts during the design process.
You can set up pointers to define the storage areas in which specific types of design
element are to be held in the database hierarchy. This, especially when combined with
the rule-based naming facility, minimises the amount of data which you have to enter
explicitly as you build up your design model.
You can set up temporary lists of elements, so that you can carry out a design
operation on all elements within the list simultaneously. This can avoid a great deal of
repetitive work when you carry out commonly-repeated design modifications.
The applications incorporate a number of geometric design aids, such as 3D
positioning grids, to make it easy for you to position structural elements accurately
within the design model.
Where possible, the Design applications create and maintain connectivity of the
structural network automatically.
Non-standard structural components, such as complex panels and floor plates, may be
created by defining the required shape as a 2D profile and then extruding this to the
desired thickness.
Negative primitives and shapes may be used in the structural catalogue to define
complex joint geometry and end preparations for structural sections, so that weld
preparations and fitting allowances can be modelled easily.
Templates may be used to define the basic structure of built-up girders and similar
components, so that the detailed design of such items becomes simply a matter of
entering the required dimensional and positional data.
Multiple copies of design components may be created simply by specifying the number
of copies required and their relative positions and orientations. For example, a
complete roof structure can be created by designing a single roof truss and then, in one
operation, making as many copies as are necessary to support the length of the roof,
with each truss displaced by a given distance relative to the preceding one.
Much repetitive work can be avoided in symmetrical designs by making copies of
interconnected parts of the structure and reflecting them about specified axes, so that
the design pattern is repeated as required.
J oint positions may be finely adjusted to ensure accurate assembly, using any standard
datum line to define the precise alignment of a joint with its attached sections.
Sections and panels (wall plates, floor plates, etc.) may be divided at intersections,
after the overall size and shape have been defined, without affecting any of their logical
interconnections. This enables you to design the macrostructure (for example,
complete areas to be covered) first and then to subdivide this into a manageable
microstructure for fabrication purposes at a later stage (typically, to make the most
efficient use of stock panel sizes). The edges of panels may be notched to fit around
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section profiles, and the edges of adjacent panels may be shaped such they interlock
automatically.
Penetrations may be created as catalogue elements. Such a penetration, which can
incorporate appropriate sleeving, kick plates, etc., may be inserted into a structural
section or panel as a complete entity, with the dimensions and position of the
penetration derived automatically from the dimensions of the pipe/duct/cable tray
passing though it.
The applications make it easy for you to create panels and to connect them to existing
panels or sections via linear joints. This facility uses intelligent pointer picking to
enhance the interaction between the displayed graphics and the design creation
process. You can derive panel vertices simply by picking appropriate datum lines on
existing sections; connections between panels and sections are then created
automatically to give a fully connected structural model. Such panels can be used
either to represent floors/walls or to build up complex plated connections.
You can carry out multi-disciplinary clash checks at any stage of the design, thus
avoiding spatial conflicts within the overall model which could be expensive to rectify at
the construction stage. This is particularly important where different features of the
design model are under the control of different designers.
At any stage of your work, you can create reports listing specified data from the current
database. You can specify a standard report template, so you can derive lists of
commonly-required information very quickly, or you can design a report format to suit
your own particular needs. The resultant output, which can include data from any
design discipline, sorted in any way you require, can be either displayed on your
screen or sent to a file (for storage and/or for printing).
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3 Set Up the PDMS Database Hierarchy
In this chapter, you will learn:
about the PDMS database hierarchy
how PDMS stores design data
how to log in to PDMS and begin the tutorial exercise
how to create some administrative elements
In this chapter you will enter the structural steelwork design application and create some
administrative data elements which will enable you to organise your detailed design in a
logical way.
3.1 How PDMS Stores Design Data
All PDMS data is stored in the form of a hierarchy. In the case of a DESIGN database, the
topmost data level is called the World (usually represented by the symbolic name /*), below
which are the administrative sublevels Site and Zone.
The names used to identify database levels below Zone depend on the specific engineering
discipline for which the data is used. In the case of structural design data, the lower
administrative levels (and their PDMS abbreviations) are Structure (STRU), Framework
(FRMW) and (optionally) Subframework (SBFR).
The data which defines the physical design of the individual structural components is held
below Subframework level, giving the following overall format:
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3.2 PDMS Design Data Definitions
All data is represented in the database as follows:
Each identifiable item of data is known as a PDMS element.
Each element has a number of associated pieces of information which, together,
completely define its properties. These are known as its attributes.
Every element is identified within the database structure by an automatically allocated
reference number and, optionally, by a user-specified name. Additional items of
information about an element which could be stored as attribute settings include:
element type
element physical dimensions and technical specifications
element physical location and orientation in the design model
element connectivity
Some attribute settings must be defined by you when you create a new element, others
will be defined automatically by PDMS.
The vertical link between two elements on adjacent levels of the database hierarchy is
defined as an owner-member relationship. The element on the upper level is the owner of
those elements directly linked below it. The lower level elements are members of their
owning element. Each element can have many members, but it can have only one owner.
When you are modifying a database (for example, when you are creating new elements or
changing the settings of their attributes), you can consider yourself to be positioned at a
specific point within the hierarchy. The element at this location is called the current element
(often abbreviated to CE).
You can navigate from any element to any other, thereby changing the current element, by
following the owner-member links up and down the hierarchy.
In many cases, commands which you give for modifying the attributes of an element will
assume that the changes are to be applied to the current element unless you specify
otherwise, so you must understand this concept and always be aware of your current
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position in the database hierarchy. The Design Explorer displays this information
continuously.
3.3 Logging In
This is the first step of the tutorial exercise
Exercise begins:
1. In the PDMS Login window give the name of the Project in which you want to work:
enter SAM.
2. Give your allocated Username: enter STRUC.
3. Give your allocated Password: enter STRUC.
4. Give the part of the project Multiple Database (MDB) you want to work in: enter
STRUC.
5. Give the name of the Module you wish to use: select Design.
Make sure that you leave the Read Only box unchecked, so that you can modify the
database as you work.
When you have entered all the necessary details, the window looks as shown:
Click OK.
3.4 PDMS Startup Display
When PDMS has loaded, your screen looks as shown:
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As labelled above, the display comprises the following:
Title Bar - shows the current PDMS module, and its sub-application if applicable.
Main Menu Bar - the area you use to make menu selections.
Main Tool Bar - has a number of icon buttons and drop-down lists that offer shortcuts
to a selection common PDMS operations and standard settings.
Design Explorer - shows your current position in the PDMS database hierarchy. To
move to a different point in the database, you click on the appropriate item in the list.
3D Graphical View - the window in which you display the design model graphically as
you build it. A pop-up menu (which you access with the right-hand mouse button)
enables you to control how the model is represented. This window also has its own tool
bar.
Status Bar - displays information about the current status of your operations.
You can reposition or minimise these windows at any time using standard window
management facilities.
3.5 Start the Structural Application
Exercise continues:
6. The first structural application which you will use is that for designing interconnected
beams and columns. To access this application, select Design > Structures > Beams
& Columns from the main menu bar.
When loading is complete, the main menu bar and tool bar shows some extra options:
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3.6 Create Some Administrative Elements
You will now create some administrative elements at the top of the DESIGN DB hierarchy,
as previously explained.
Exercise continues:
7. Check that you are at World level ( icon) in the Design Explorer, then select Create
> Site. On the displayed Create Site form, enter the name TESTSI TE in the Name text
box.
Press the Enter key to confirm the name; note how the system adds a / prefix
automatically to conform to PDMS naming conventions.
8. Click OK to create the Site element. Your first new element appears in the Design
Explorer as the current element.
9. Repeat this process, using the appropriate options from the Create menu, to create a
Zone named TESTZONE, a Structure TESTSTRU, a Framework TESTFRMW and a
Subframework (Sub-Frame) TESTSBFR, in that order.
Your Design Explorer should now look like this (only newly created elements shown):
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Note: If you or other users have accessed this database before, the list may also contain
other elements.
10. To display the Drawlist, right-click on the Drawlist button and select Drawlist from
the pop-up menu.
In the next chapter, you will start to build up a design model by creating some structural
members.
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4 Create a Simple Structure
In this chapter you will start to build up a structural design model by creating a simple
configuration of interconnected columns and beams. Before doing so, however, it is
important to understand how some of the items which make up the design are represented
and accessed in the PDMS databases, as explained in the following sections.
4.1 Design-to-Catalogue Cross-Reference
To make sure design consistency and conformity with company standards, the basic
definitions of all items which you may use in the structural design are held in a Catalogue
database. This holds definitions of all available profiles and materials for structural columns/
beams/bracing etc., all standard types of joint, all auxiliary fittings, and so on. When you add
an item to your design model, you store the position, orientation etc. for the item in the
DESIGN database, but you specify the physical properties of the item by setting up a cross-
reference (called a Specification Reference or SpecRef) which points to an appropriate
entry in the Catalogue database.
4.2 How PDMS Represents Structural Members
4.2.1 Straight Sections
Each individual straight structural member (column, beam, etc.) is represented in PDMS by
a Section (SCTN) element. The geometry of a Section is defined by two types of attribute
setting:
Its cross-section is defined by reference to a Catalogue Profile (SPRF) element (I-
beam, T-section, Channel, etc.).
All other aspects of its geometry are defined by setting specific design attributes (in
most cases these are set automatically by PDMS as you manipulate the model
graphically). Two of the most important attributes are the Start Position (POSS) and
the End Position (POSE), since the positions of these points effectively determine the
length and orientation of the item. These and some other attributes of Sections will be
looked at in more detail later.
To provide a method for referring to individual edges and faces of a Section, each is
identified by a named line running along the length of the Section. These reference lines
(which are derived from the Sections Profile definition in the catalogue) are called P-lines.
As an example, some of the most commonly used p-lines for an I -shaped Profile might be
positioned and named as follows:
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Note: For further details of how this and other profiles are specified see Structural
Catalogue Guide.
4.2.2 Nodes
PDMS uses the concept of Nodes to represent basic analytical points within a structure.
Nodes have two main functions:
To identify the points at which logical connections are made between adjoining
Sections.
To define how applied stresses can affect individual points in the structure (for passing
design data to separate stress analysis programs).
Primary Nodes have their positions specified independently of other elements.
Secondary Nodes are positioned along an owning Section, at a specified distance from the
Sections Start Position. If you move a Section, its Secondary Nodes move with it.
4.3 Some Initial Set Up Operations
In the next part of the exercise you will set up some defaults to customise the application to
suit your planned method of working.
Exercise continues:
4.3.1 Set Default Storage Areas
11. Firstly, specify where the principal structural elements are to be stored in the Design
database hierarchy.
Select Settings > Storage Areas. The displayed Storage Areas form allows you to
specify storage areas for Primary Nodes and Sections independently. At this stage,
both areas are shown as unset.
12. Both types of element will be stored directly under the Sub-Frame which you created
previously. Check that the sub-frame /TESTSBFR is the current element in the Design
Explorer, then click on each line in the Storage Areas list in turn. The new storage
area settings are as shown:
Profile
LTOS TOS RTOS
NAL NAR
NA
LBOS BOS RBOS
LTBS RTBS
LBTS RBTS P-line Naming Key:
NA = Neutral Axis
TOS = Top of Steel
BOS =Bottom of Steel
LTBS = Left Top Bottom of Steel
and so on
Start Position (POSS)
End Position (POSE)
Section
P-line (TOS)
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Close the form by clicking the button. Note how the current storage area settings
are shown below the main tool bar, like this:
Section storage area Node storage area
4.3.2 Automatic Profile and Primary Node Allocations
13. By default, each time you create a new Section, it will automatically be associated with
a Profile from the Catalogue. Also by default, Primary Nodes will not be created
automatically at unconnected section ends. For your present purposes, leave both of
these default settings in force, as shown (and controlled) by the following buttons below
the main tool bar:
4.3.3 Set the Default Specification for Profiles
The current default profile, justification line, member line and joint line (these terms will be
explained later) are shown below the main tool bar. If these have not yet been set (which is
the case here), the data area looks like this:
The first structural sections which you create are columns, so the default profile is set to
something suitable.
Exercise continues:
14. Click on the Default Profile Specification button . The resulting Section
Specification (Default) form allows you to select any specification from the available
catalogues. For the purpose of this exercise:
Set the Specification to British Standard
Set the Generic Type to Universal Columns.
From the displayed list of profiles applicable to BS Universal Columns, select
203x203x46kg/m:
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15. Leave the Justification list (justification determines the Setting out position of the
Section, that is the axis about which the geometry is offset), the Member line list
(which determines how sections are shown in wireline views and drawings), and the
Joint Line list (which determines the position of a joint relative to an attached section)
all set to NA (Neutral Axis). You will see the effects of these later.
16. Click Apply to use this setting as the new default, noting that the current specification
is now shown as:
Dismiss the Section Specification (Default) form when you have finished with it.
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4.4 Create Sections Explicitly
The user will first create four vertical columns, to the following design, using explicit
positioning; that is, you will position the columns at given positions within the coordinate
system of the site rather than by positioning them relative to existing structural sections
(since you have not yet created any).
Note: Keep these column designations in mind; as they will be referred to throughout the
rest of the exercise.
Exercise continues:
17. Select Create > Sections > Straight.
You will see both a Section form and a Positioning Control toolbar, which together
control how the start and end points of sections are specified. The Positioning
Control toolbar is not relevant for your current purposes (you will see what it is used for
later).
18. On the Section form, check that the String Method is set to Single (which means that
you will define independent start and end positions for each section) and that the
Secondary Nodes check box is selected.
Select the Confirm check box (so that you can check where each new section will be
positioned before it is added to the database).
The forms settings should now look as shown:
4000
9000 9000
5000
N
U
E
7000 5000 5000
Column 2 Column 3
Column 4
Column 1
Origin
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19. Click the button, which tells the system that you want to define a position by
entering explicit coordinates (this is the only practical option at this stage). You will see
a Define section start form. You want to position the start of the first column at the site
origin, so leave the East/North/Up coordinates at the default position (E0, N0, U0), as
shown:
Note: The default entry wrt World, meaning with respect to the World, defines the
coordinate system within which the position is specified.
20. Click OK. The Start position will be shown in the centre of the 3D View.
Rather than specifying all three coordinates for the Sections end position explicitly, its
position will be defined relative to the Sections start.
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21. Click the button. You will now see a Define section end form in a format which
lets you enter the required data. You want to create a vertical column 5000mm high, so
enter the Direction as U and the Distance as 5000, as shown:
22. Click OK, then click the Accept button on the Section form to confirm the creation of
the Section. Check the Design Explorer: the Section will appear as SCTN 1. The
Section will also be added to the Drawlist, and will appear (as a very small rectangle)
in the centre of the 3D View.
23. Using the same procedures, create the following three Sections:
Define section start Position E0 N7000 U0;
Define section end U, Distance 9000
Define section start Position E0 N12000 U0;
Define section end U, Distance 9000
Define section start Position E0 N17000 U0;
Define section end U, Distance 4000
(Do not forget to Accept each Section on the Section form after you have defined it.)
When you have created all four columns, Dismiss the Section form.
Your Design Explorer should now show four Sections (SCTN 1-4), like this:
Note: Each newly created Section is placed before the current list position, so that SCTN 1
in the list was the last Section created (corresponding to Column 1 in the diagram).
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4.5 View the Design
In order to see what your design looks like as you build it up, and to enable you to identify
design items by simply pointing to them rather than by navigating to them in the Design
Explorer, you will now display your current design in a 3D View window and learn how to
manipulate this display.
4.5.1 Define what Appears in the View
Exercise continues:
24. The Drawlist will contain the four Sections you have just created, as well as the owning
Structure element. To display the Drawlist, right-click on the Drawlist button and
select Drawlist from the pop-up menu.
25. To see all of your current design, click on the button on the View Manipulation
toolbar on the left-hand side of the main Design window. All four Sections will appear
within the 3D View window in cross section, as if you are looking down on them. Notice
how the view is automatically scaled so that all four Sections fit neatly within it.
26. It is often useful to display coordinate Axes. To do this, click the button on the
Main toolbar or select Query > Axes. The Define Axes form is displayed:
By default, the axes are positioned at the origin of the current element, but other
positioning options are available from the forms Select pull-down menu. Ordinal
(X,Y,Z) or cardinal (North, East, Up) directions can be specified, as can the size of the
axis arrow lines.
27. Select the Cardinal Directions check box, change Size to 1000, then select Close >
Retain Axes from the forms pull-down menu.
28. Other looking directions can be selected by positioning the mouse pointer within the 3D
View window and pressing the right-hand mouse button. Do this and select Isometric
> Iso 3 to set an isometric view direction. You should now see all four columns as
shown:
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Note: The status line shows the viewing direction. See Manipulate the Displayed View for
the meaning of ROTATE on the status line.
29. Observe the effect of selecting different view directions (Look, Plan and Isometric
from the right-hand mouse button. Revert to Isometric > Iso 3 when you have finished.
4.5.2 Manipulate the Displayed View
You can manipulate the displayed model view in a number of ways. The three basic
manipulation modes are:
Rotate the view
Pan the view across the display area
Zoom in or out to magnify or reduce the view
The current manipulation mode is shown in the status line at the bottom of the 3D View
window (it is set to ROTATE in the preceding illustration).
To change the view manipulation mode, look at the Middle Button Drag options on the 3D
View shortcut menu. By pressing and holding down the middle mouse button with the
pointer within the 3D View, the view can manipulated in the selected way simply by moving
the mouse. The options of interest are Zoom Rectangle, Zoom In/Out, Pan and Rotate.
Alternatively, you can change the manipulation mode by pressing one of the function keys,
or by using the View Manipulation tool bar buttons, thus:
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(Try these selection options and observe the effect on the Middle Button Drag shortcut
menu; a tick appears against the selected option.)
Exercise continues:
30. Select .
31. Position the cursor in the view area and hold down the middle mouse button, then
move the mouse slowly from side to side while watching the effect on the displayed
model.
The initial direction of movement determines how the view appears to rotate; starting
with a left or right movement causes the observers eye-point to move across the view.
32. Now release the mouse button, hold it down again and move the mouse away from you
and towards you; this time the observers eye-point appears to rotate up and down
around the model.
33. Repeat the rotation operations while holding down the Control key. Note that the word
Fast appears in the status line and that the rate of rotation is increased.
34. Repeat the rotation operations, but this time hold down the Shift key. Note that the
word Slow appears in the status line and that the rate of rotation is decreased.
For an alternative way of rotating the model, first press the F9 Function key to display
horizontal and vertical sliders, and then try dragging the sliders to new positions along
the view borders. You can rotate the model in this way at any time, regardless of the
current manipulation mode.
35. Select .
36. Position the cursor in the view area and hold down the middle mouse button, then
move the mouse slowly in all directions.
Note that it is the observers eye-point which follows the mouse movement (while the
viewing direction remains unchanged), so that the displayed model appears to move in
the opposite direction to the mouse; in effect, you move the mouse towards that part of
the view which you want to see.
37. Repeat the pan operations while holding down first the Control key (to increase the
panning speed) and then the Shift key (to decrease the panning speed).
38. Select .
39. Position the cursor in the view area and hold down the middle mouse button, then
move the mouse slowly up and down.
Moving the mouse away from you (up) zooms in, effectively magnifying the view;
moving the mouse towards you (down) zooms out, effectively reducing the view. Note
that these operations work by changing the viewing angle (like changing the focal
length of a camera lens); they do not change the observers eye-point or the view
direction.
F2 or
selects Zoom mode
F3 or
selects Pan mode
F5 or
selects Rotate mode
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40. Repeat the zoom operations while holding down first the Control key and then the Shift
key.
41. Position the pointer near the centre of Column 1 and click (do not hold down) the
middle mouse button. Notice how the view changes so that the picked point is now at
the centre of the view. Whenever you click the middle button, whatever the current
manipulation mode, you reset the centre of interest. Switch to Zoom mode (if not
already selected), set the centre of interest to the top of Column 2, then zoom in for a
close-up view of the top of the column. You will find this a very useful technique when
making small adjustments to the design: it will be used later to see the effect of
realigning sections where they are connected at a joint.
42. To restore the original view when you have finished, select .
43. Finally, observe the effect of changing the colours and translucency of the elements
using the controls in the Drawlist.
4.5.3 Navigate in the Database by Picking Elements Graphically
44. Notice that the pick mode prompt at the top of the 3D View says Navigate. Position the
pointer over each column in turn and click the left-hand mouse button. Notice how this
navigates to the picked element, which is highlighted in a different colour in the 3D
View and becomes the current element in the Design Explorer. Compare the identifier
of each SCTN element in the Design Explorer with its designation in the labelled view
shown in Define what Appears in the View; SCTN 1 should correspond to Column 1,
and so on.
4.6 Event-Driven Graphics Mode
Before beginning the next part of the exercise, it is necessary to understand a new way of
using the pointer to pick points in the graphical view. Whenever the Positioning Control
form (which you saw but did not use earlier) is displayed, the graphical view is switched
automatically into event-driven graphics mode (you may have noticed that the pick mode
prompt, immediately above the graphical view, changed while you were defining positions in
Create Sections Explicitly). This means that when you pick a point in the displayed graphics,
your action is interpreted in whatever way is appropriate to your current design operation
(i.e. the current event) rather than simply as a request to navigate to a new current element.
In the examples, picking in event-driven graphics mode will always be used to specify a
position.
The position derived from your pointer pick can be the exact point at which you have placed
the pointer or, more commonly, it can be a position which is related to the picked point in a
specified way. The main concept involved is that of the snap function, which automatically
chooses the nearest Start, End or (optionally) Secondary Node position to the picked point,
so that you do not need to be very accurate when positioning the pointer.
The full range of options available for identifying positions is extensive. For example, you
can specify a position at:
a given offset from the nearest snap point;
the mid-point of a picked item;
the intersection of two picked items;
a given proportion along the length of a picked item.
You will use several of the available facilities in the rest of the exercise.
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4.7 Create Sections Using Graphical Picking
In the following part of the exercise, you will add horizontal beams to your four columns. You
will identify the start and end positions for these beams by using the pointer and left-hand
mouse button to pick the columns to which they are to be connected. This has the
advantage that you do not need to remember which section is which in the Design
Explorer; you work visually, as you would on a drawing board.
The design to be built is as follows (with column heights shown as a reminder):
Note: Keep these beam designations in mind; as they will be referred to throughout the rest
of the exercise.
For demonstration purposes, you will create a single beam in the position occupied by
Beams 3 and 4 and then split this into two separate beams, with automatic length and
connection adjustments, in a subsequent step.
Exercise continues:
45. Click on the Profile Specification button and set the default profile specification
to British Standard, Universal Beams, 305x165x40kg/m. Leave the Justification,
Member Line and Joint Line set to NA for the purpose of this exercise (you will see
later that this would not be your normal choice of justification setting in practice; this
setting is used for demonstration purposes only). Apply and Dismiss the form.
46. Select Create > Sections > Straight to redisplay the Section form, which you used
earlier, and the Positioning Control form, which this time you will use to identify
positions by picking them with the pointer in the graphical view.
47. Set the String Method to Single, since you will begin by specifying the start and end
points independently for each section. Select the Secondary Nodes check box so that
secondary nodes and joints will be created automatically at all connections between
sections. Select the Confirm check box to begin with and clear it Off later when you
feel it is no longer necessary. Note that the Secondary J oint (SJ OI) element forms the
basis of the analytical model.
Rather than enter explicit coordinates, you will define the Start Position as a point on
one of the existing columns (namely the top of Column 3) which is picked using the
pointer.
48. On the Positioning Control toolbar, set the Pick Type option (left-hand drop-down list;
see tool tip) to Element. This means that you are going to pick sections themselves,
rather than individual plines, for identifying positions within the design model.
N
U
E
Column 2 Column 3
Column 4
Column 1
Beam 1
Beam 2
Beam 4 Beam 3
(4000)
(9000) (9000)
(5000)
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49. The Pick Method setting (right-hand drop-down list) specifies how you want your
pointer picks to be interpreted as positions (remember, you are now using the event-
driven graphics mode). Set this to Snap, meaning that you want to snap to the position
of the nearest Start or End of a picked section; this option will remain in force until you
change it.
The settings will look as shown:
Notice that the pick mode prompt above the graphical view shows the current event as
Define section start (Snap). Pick a point anywhere in the upper half of Column 3. Note
that the word Start appears in the view to mark the specified start point and that the
snap action has placed this at the upper end of the column.
50. The pick mode prompt will have changed to Define section end (Snap). Pick a point
anywhere in the upper half of Column 2 to define the End Position of the new beam.
Note how the proposed route of the new beam is shown in the 3D View. Click the
Accept button on the Section form to confirm the section creation. Beam 1 will be
shown with its start connected to the top of Column 3 and its end connected to the top
of Column 2.
51. The length of the beam is calculated automatically, with allowances for the section
dimensions, but you will see that the beams position is too high. This is because the
justification datum is set to the Neutral Axis (NA), as shown by the Profile
Specification setting /BS-SPEC/305x165x40kg/m (NA/NA/NA). This will now be
corrected by resetting the justification datum to the Top of Steel (TOS) pline. The result
is as shown in the diagram:
Exercise continues
52. Switch temporarily from event-driven graphics mode to graphical navigation mode by
clicking the Navigate to Element button on the main tool bar (check the pick
mode prompt). Change the view direction to View > Look > East, move the centre of
interest to the approximate mid-point of Beam 1, and zoom in to see more clearly what
happens at the ends of the beam. Pick the new beam to ensure that it is the current
element and select Modify > Sections > Specification. On the Section Specification
form, set the Justification to TOS, as shown:
53. Click Use as default profile check box, so that the next beams which you create will
be aligned correctly without further adjustment. Apply the change and the beam
should move down to the correct position.
NA of Beam TOS of Beam
Node Node
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Notice that the default specification has changed:
You could, alternatively, have realigned just the current beam by selecting the Modify >
Sections > Justification option, but this would not have let you reset the default
specification for subsequent beam creation.
54. You will now create Beam 2, with its Start Position at the top of Column 4, running
horizontally to connect part-way up Column 3. Reset the view, if necessary, to show all
sections so far created. Return to event-driven graphics mode by Dismissing the
Section form and selecting Create > Sections > Straight again, ready to position
the start of the next Section (check the pick mode prompt again). Position the Start for
Beam 2 at the top of Column 4.
55. To pick the End Position, you will use the snap facility with a specified offset distance
along the picked Section. From the Positioning Control toolbars Pick Method list,
select Distance and, in the adjacent Method Value field, enter 5000 (i.e. the height of
Column 4) and press the Enter key.
The pick mode prompt should now say Pick section end (Distance [5000]). Pick
anywhere in the lower half of Column 3. The End Position is calculated by snapping to
the bottom of the column and then moving up (i.e., towards the pointer) by 5000mm.
Accept the Section on the Section form.
56. In the preceding step, you had to remember the height of Column 4 in order to set the
correct snap offset distance. You will now create a beam from the top of Column 1,
running horizontally to Column 3 (equivalent to Beam 3 plus Beam 4 in your design
sketch), without remembering any dimensions.
Reset the pick option to Snap and position the Start of the new beam at the top of
Column 1.
57. Two alternative ways of achieving the required End Position will now be compared.
Make sure that Verification: Confirm check box is selected so that you can cancel the
first method to try the second.
58. Method 1
Because the beam is to be horizontal, its End Position can be constrained to have the
same elevation as its Start Position. To do this, the explicit positioning form is used, but
now the coordinates are entered on the form by graphical picking rather than by typing
them in. This step demonstrates the ease with which you can mix the different ways of
defining positions (using the Section, Positioning Control and Define section end
forms) to suit the current circumstances.
Click the button on the Section form to display the Define section end form. The
latter will initially show the coordinates of the last point picked, namely the top of
Column 1.
Select the Lock check box next to the Up field, as shown:
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Note: The Up coordinate is greyed out to show that you cannot change it.
You can now pick any part of Column 3 to specify the beams End Position, since the
elevation of the snap point will be ignored in favour of the constraint that the End
Position must be at the same elevation as the Start Position; only the East and North
coordinates of the pick are used. OK the Define section end form, then click Reject
on the Section form to cancel the creation.
59. Method 2
The Start Position will still be shown at the top of Column 1.
The and buttons on the Section form both let you create a section which is
perpendicular to another section. You will constrain the new beams End Direction to be
perpendicular to Column 3.
Click the Perpendicular to button , then pick Column 3. The derived End Position
will be the same as for Method 1. This time Accept the section creation.
60. When you have created the three beams, dismiss the section creation form. (Note that
clicking Dismiss on the Section form also removes the Positioning Control toolbar
and returns the pick mode prompt to Navigate.)
Zoom in close to the beam which you created last and notice how it passes straight
through Column 2. You will now split this beam into two separate sections to form
Beam 3 and Beam 4.
61. Select Modify > Sections > Split. Set the controls on the Split Steel form as shown:
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Note: The lengths of Beams 3 and 4 are to be adjusted automatically where they meet at
Column 2 (Connections at split set to Trimmed).
62. Select the beam and make it the CE. The Element to split list will populate with the CE.
From the Define split-on drop-down select Pick Section(s) to split on.
Note: If the Pick Section(s) to split on is displayed you must still re-select it.
Select the Trimmed radio button.
When prompted to Pick a section to split on (see the status line), pick the element
which corresponds to the split point, in this case Column 2. Cancel the next prompt
(since you are splitting the beam in one place only) by pressing the Esc key.
Notice how the proposed split point is identified in the graphical view. Confirm the
splitting by clicking split and then dismiss the Split Steel form.
There are two methods for splitting sections:
Modify > Sections > Split, as indicated above.
Modify > Sections > Splice.
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The Splice method allows sections to be connected End to End. To do this the Primary
Node toggle setting on the main toolbar must be switched Off. If switched On, Primary
Nodes are created instead.
You have now completed the creation of the substructure illustrated at the start of this part of
the exercise, namely:
If you look at the Design Explorer, you will see that each column (SCTN) element now
owns one or more Secondary Nodes (SNODs; marked in the above diagram) at the
locations of the ends of the beams. Each Secondary Node owns one or two Secondary
J oints (SJ OIs) with connection references to the attached beams. This provides the logical
connectivity between the sections.
4.8 Collect Elements into Temporary Lists
The next design operation will be to create multiple copies of the current substructure, with a
specified spacing distance between them.
In order to demonstrate another useful facility, you will put all members of the Sub-Frame
(Sections, Secondary Nodes and J oints) into a List - a temporary collection of elements
which lets you carry out operations on the list as a whole. Each list definition is valid only for
the duration of the current PDMS session (although you can save such definitions in a
binary file for reloading into a future session).
Exercise continues:
63. Select Utilities > Lists from the main menu or click the button on the main tool
bar. You will see a Lists/Collections form for controlling the existence and contents of
all lists for the current session. If any lists existed, you would be able to select the one
which you wanted to modify from the list available from the option button. Since you
have not yet used this facility, this will simply say No List.
64. From the Lists/Collections menu bar, select Add > List. In the Description box on
the Create List form, enter TESTLIST.
65. Ensure that your current element is the Sub-Frame (TESTSBFR) by clicking on it in the
Design Explorer and then, from the Lists/Collections menu bar, select Add > CE
Members. All elements owned by the Sub-Frame will now be shown as items within
TESTLIST, like this:
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Select Control > Close to dismiss the Lists/Collections form when you have finished
with it.
Note: The new list automatically becomes the current list:
4.9 Copy Parts of the Design Model
Rather than create many more columns and beams individually, you are now going to copy
the ones you have already created and reposition the copies:
As explained in the preceding part of this exercise, the list containing all members of the
Sub-Frame will be copied rather than the Sub-Frame itself.
Existing Subframe
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Exercise continues:
66. Select Create > Copy > Offset. A Copy with Offset form displays which allows you to
specify what you want to copy (Object), where the copies are to be stored in the
database hierarchy (to), how many copies you want, and how each copy is to be
positioned relative to its preceding neighbour (Offset).
67. Set the Object to be copied to List; since only one list exists, its name (TESTLIST) is
shown without further selection.
Set the to option to Rel. (Relative). This creates the new element copies in the same
part of the database hierarchy as the original elements; that is, as members of the Sub-
Frame.
68. Set the Number of Copies to 3.
69. Note that the Offset must be specified in terms of the local X,Y,Z coordinates of the
geometric primitives making up the structural items, rather than the E,N,U coordinates
used to position items within the overall design model. In our case, by default, X=E,
Y=N and Z=U.
Note: The axes are shown automatically in the displayed 3D View as a guide.
Set the X Offset to 6000, leaving Y and Z set to 0.
The form settings should now look as shown:
70. Click Apply to create the three offset copies and, when prompted, confirm that you
want to retain the copies (assuming that they look correct in the graphical view).
Dismiss the Copy with Offset form when you have finished.
71. Click and select Isometric > Iso3 from the 3D View shortcut menu so that you
can see the whole of the current design.
72. Study the Design Explorer to see what elements have now been created and where
they fit into the hierarchy. Note that the Sub-Frame now owns 32 Sections, comprising
16 columns and 16 beams, together with all of the necessary Secondary Nodes and
J oints needed to define their interconnections.
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4.10 Complete the Initial Design
The final design model which you want to achieve in this part of the exercise has beams
running in an East-West direction to give the structure stability, as shown in the following
diagram:
In creating these beams, you will include some variations of the ways so far used to define
the start and end positions of the beams.
Exercise continues:
73. Start by creating the three most southerly beams (show in black on the diagram). Do
this by creating a single beam and then splitting it into three lengths to fit between the
columns (use the technique described previously featuring the Split Steel form).
74. Next, you will create the three beams directly to the north of those which you have just
created (shown cross-hatched on the diagram). This will be done in a sequence of
operations in which the start of each section (after the first) will be situated
automatically at the end of the preceding section.
On the Section form set the String Method to Continuous to begin creating a chained
configuration of sections. By default, the start of the next section is assumed to be at
the end of the previous section (as shown in the 3D View); click the Redefine Start
button to override this.
75. On the Positioning Control toolbar, set Pick Method to Intersect to show that you will
identify positions at the intersection points of pairs of existing sections. To create the
first beam, pick first Column 3 and then Beam 2 (whose intersection is at the Start
Position of the first required beam, labelled A in the diagram), then use the same
method to pick the intersection which identifies the end of this beam (B in the diagram).
If Confirm is selected, click Accept to create the beam (otherwise your next picks will
simply redefine the end of this section). It is important to stress the behaviour of not
picking the attached member first as the sequence of picking the intersections
determines the ownership of the SNOD/SJ OI and therefore the connectivity model.
76. The start of the next beam will be positioned automatically at B (as shown in the 3D
View). Use the same procedure to pick points C and D to create the next two beams.
Click the Redefine Start button on the Section form to define a new start for another
section or sequence of sections.
77. Complete the design using a combination of the techniques which you have learned,
plus any other options that you want to experiment with. Switch Confirm to Off to
speed up the process as you gain confidence. If you make a mistake in the middle of
defining a section, click Redefine Start to go back a stage.
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Note: you will probably need to use the Middle Button Drag view manipulation options
available from the 3D View shortcut menu in order to be able to have a clear view of
the correct Sections prior to clicking on them.
Dismiss the Section form when you are satisfied with your results.
Note: If you simply copy beams, either singly or as a composite list, the copies will be
positioned but will not be connected automatically.
78. To update the database so as to store the most recent changes to the design model
which you have created, select Design Save Work from the main menu bar or click the
button.
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5 Quick Way to Build a Regular Structure
If a significant part of the model that you want to design comprises a regular array of beams
and columns, a special facility is provided to speed up the creation of all the necessary
elements to define the fully connected structure. Even if your model is not completely
regular in layout, you might find it quicker to use this facility first and then to modify the
design as necessary, rather than build up the design section-by-section as you have done
so far.
In this chapter you will build a new structure using this method, so that you can judge
whether or not it is relevant to your own types of design work.
Exercise continues:
79. You will store your new model under a separate Structure element in the hierarchy, so
that it can easily be distinguished from the design model which was created in the
earlier parts of the exercise. Navigate to Zone level and below this create a new
Structure, Framework and Subframework, giving them different names from those
specified in the previous design model (for example, /REGSTRU, /REGFRMW and /
REGSBFR, respectively).
80. Check that automatic Profile allocation is On and Primary Node creation is Off, as in
Automatic Profile and Primary Node Allocations. (As you will see soon, storage areas
and specifications need not be set yet.)
81. Select Create > Sections > Specials. The resulting Section Creation form lists all
available methods: the options available depend on how your system has been set up,
but they should include the following:
82. To initiate the use of any available method, you click on it in the list. In this case, select
Regular Structure, then Dismiss the Section Creation form. You will see a Regular
Structure form which gives you complete control of the whole design process. In the
following steps, this form is looked at in three distinct parts.
83. The areas labelled Column Data and Beam Data allows you to set the storage areas,
profile specifications and justification p-lines independently for the two types of section.
Set these as follows (replacing /REGSBFR by whatever name you gave the
Subframework).
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To enter each Storage area name, navigate to the Subframe and type CE. The
name of the current element will be entered automatically.
To enter the Profile specifications, click the Profile button to display the Section
Specification form and pick the required specification and pline settings.
84. The Grid Origin area allows you to define how your structure is to be positioned
spatially. Enter the following settings:
The Datum setting defines the element whose reference axes will determine the origin
and orientation of the structure.
The Underside of Base-Plate setting allows you to set the lowest point of your
structure (underside of baseplate) relative to the datum axes. This lets you define the
elevations of the structural members relative to a plane which does not correspond to
the base of the overall structure. This has been set to 1000, so that the bottoms of the
columns will be truncated at an elevation of 1000mm. (The effect of this will be seen
when the completed model is viewed.)
85. The East Spacings and North Spacings lists specify the relative spacing between
adjacent columns in the given directions. The Elevation list specifies the absolute
elevations of the beams representing the floor levels. Type in the following values:
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These settings will create 16 columns on a 4x4 rectangular grid, with a uniform inter-
column spacing of 3000mm in the East direction and 5000mm in the North direction.
The columns will be 4000mm high, to accommodate two floors at elevations of
3000mm and 5000mm relative to the datum plane, but with the bottoms of the columns
truncated so that they do not extend below the 1000mm elevation specified by the
baseplate setting.
86. Select the Trim sections to Plines check box, so that the beams will have their
lengths calculated to fit between the columns to which they are connected.
87. With view limits set for zone and view direction set to Iso 3, click the Preview button to
display a stick representation of the specified structure. It should have the following
configuration:
Check and, if necessary, correct the settings, then click Apply to create the structure.
The sections will first have the specified profiles applied to give them their 3D
geometry, then they will be trimmed to length and connected. This process involves a
lot of calculation, and might therefore take a minute or two to complete; progress will be
shown in the status bar.
88. The structure is now modified by removing beams as follows:
Select Delete > Identified and then pick the 14 beams which are to be removed. Press
Esc when you have finished picking and confirm the deletion, when prompted.
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89. Finally, you will reduce the heights of the eight outermost columns (marked * in the
preceding diagram). Rather than modify each one separately, select Utilities > Lists. If
a list already exists select Remove > All before using the Add > Identified option on
the Lists/Collections form then add the columns into the list by picking them with the
pointer. If you make a mistake, click on the column again to deselect it. Press Esc
when you have finished selecting.
90. Select Position > Extend > By. When prompted to Identify Section, pick any of the
columns and then, on the resulting Extend Section - Explicit form, select your new list
as the item to be modified.
Note: If a column is already selected the user will not be prompted to Identify Section.
91. The Extend option list requires you to specify which end of the item is to be moved.
You need to adjust the upper end of each column, but is this its Start or its End? To
check this, make any one of the columns the current element and select Settings >
Mark Section. The Start and End will be tagged in the graphical view. Set the Extend
button appropriately.
92. Select the Maintain Sections Node Positions check box so that the positions of
secondary nodes will not be affected by the length adjustments. (This is only really
relevant if you move the Start positions. You are leaving the nodes in place here simply
to demonstrate another facility in the next step.)
Set the Extension by to a Distance of -2000, since you want to reduce the length of
each item in the list by 2000mm. Apply the settings, then Dismiss the form. The result
should be as shown:
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93. You will notice that the secondary nodes which were at the tops of the deleted columns
are still present, even though they no longer serve any useful purpose. To delete these,
navigate to the Subframe and select Delete > Tidy Nodes. A Tidy Nodes form is
displayed telling you that 8 redundant nodes have been identified. Select the Mark
Nodes for Deletion check box to tag these nodes in the graphical view, then click OK
to delete them.
94. Now, for practice, extend the bottoms of all sixteen columns downwards by 1000mm,
so that they rest on the origin plane (shown shaded in the first illustration of this
chapter).
95. Update the DESIGN database to save your work (by selecting Design > Save Work).
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6 Enhance the Basic Structure
In this chapter, you will revert to your original structure and add some bracing members. You
will then select some joints from the catalogue. Finally, you will modify the structure by
moving part of it to a new position and then restoring the correct geometry between its
members semi-automatically.
6.1 Restore a Previously Saved Setup
Exercise continues:
96. In order to continue developing the first structural model which you created, navigate to
TESTSTRU in the Design Explorer and select it as the current element to restore the
graphical view.
6.2 Trim Connected Section Ends to Correct Geometry
When you create a section connected to an existing section, the end points of the new
section are usually positioned automatically by reference to the currently defined Pline Rule.
If this rule has not been set up properly, the geometry at the point of connection may be
inappropriate. For example, in plan view, the connection between a column and an incoming
beam may look like this:
rather than the intended configuration:
To correct this, you can trim the length of the incoming section to an explicitly picked pline of
the owning section. Before you develop your model further, you will correct any errors of this
type which might currently exist (otherwise you could have problems connecting your
bracing correctly).
or
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Exercise continues:
97. Zoom in to the graphical view and change the viewing direction so that you can see the
detailed geometry of each connection point in turn, looking for any examples where an
attached section has been trimmed to the wrong length. If you find any, correct them as
follows.
Select Connect > Trim to Pline > Pick (force). When prompted to Identify section
end to be trimmed, pick one of the ends which you want to correct (as shown shaded
in the preceding diagram). You will then be prompted to Identify pline to be trimmed to;
change the view if necessary and pick the pline which corresponds to the required
section end point (typically NAR/NAL for a web connection or TOS/BOS for a flange
connection, as shown by the black dots in the preceding diagram, see also Structural
Catalogue Guide). Note how the pointer shape changes when it is positioned on a pline
and how the status bar helps you by identifying which pline is selected at any given
moment. Press Escape to action the change.
Note: You will need to make full use of the graphical manipulation facilities detailed in
Manipulate the Displayed View, in particular it is advisable to zoom in close to the
joint of interest. Also, it is advisable switch to wireline display mode by pressing F8
(this toggles between wireline and shaded display modes).
98. Repeat this sequence, alternately picking section ends and plines, until all errors have
been corrected. Note that, if you are confident that you have made the correct
selections, you can pick any number of section/pline pairs before pressing Esc.
99. To check the current pline rule (if any), select Settings > Pick Filters > Plines. You will
see a Pline Filter form showing all currently defined rules; this probably shows No
Rule and Normal, with the former selected. The Normal rule will handle the connections
that the rule being created below is going to handle. You will set a rule to give
appropriate results for the rest of this exercise. To do so, click the Define Rule button to
display the Define Rules form. Enter the Name as Extremities (this will be used to
identify the rule in subsequent lists) and the Description as Flange or web face for
trimming at connection. Enter the Rule as follows (taking care to include the
apostrophes and commas exactly as shown:
PKEY i nset ( TOS , BOS , NAL , NAR , FOC , BOC , TOC )
Click the Include button to add the new rule into the list. The result is as follows:
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100. Click OK. Select the Extremities rule on the Pline Filters tab of the Snap Settings
form to make this the current rule. Click OK and close the Picking Control form.
Note: A full explanation of the ways in which pline rules are set and applied is beyond the
scope of this introductory guide. Suffice it to say that the rule you have set here may
be interpreted as Select a pline which has any of the PKEY settings specified in the
list. (See Structural Catalogue Guide for diagrams showing how these plines are
positioned for typical steelwork profiles.)
6.3 Add and Modify Simple Bracing
In the next part of the exercise, you will insert some simple diagonal bracing and then use a
short-cut facility to modify the spacing between the ends of the bracing members and some
reference plines.
You will create bracing members connected between columns, as shown by the thick black
sections in the following diagram:
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(The letters and numbers identifying the columns and beams, respectively, in the above
diagram will be used for reference purposes in the steps which follow.)
The first bracing member will be connected to Columns A and B and its end positions will be
specified in terms of their spacing from Beams 1 and 2.
You will then use the Mirror Copying facility to create the other two bracing members. This
facility lets you create a copy of an existing element and to reposition the copy automatically
by reflecting it about an axis in a specified plane (so that the original and copy elements are
mirror images of one another).
Exercise continues:
101. Click the Default Profile Specification button and reset the default specification
to British Standard, Rect (Rectangular) Hollow Sections, 200.0x100.0x10.0 with
Justification, Member Line and Joint Line all set to NA. This will be the profile used
for the bracing members.
102. Select Create > Sections > Straight. Using Pick Type: Element and Pick Method:
Intersect on the Positioning Control form, create a single bracing member with its
Start at the intersection of Column A and Beam 1 (A1 for short) and its End at B2.
Important: When you pick the sections defining each intersection point, your first pick
defines the section to which the connection is made. In this case, therefore, you
must pick the column before the beam when defining each end, otherwise the
bracing gap trimming facility will not work correctly. Do not worry if the vertical
alignment of the bracing member ends looks wrong at this stage; you will
correct this in the next step.
Accept the beam, then Dismiss the Section form.
103. Check that the bracing member is the current element and select Modify > Bracing
Gap. The Brace Gaps form displays listing the different ways of specifying the required
gap. Ignore the Default Gap setting and select Distance on picked Pline from a fixed
point, noting how the diagram on the form is updated to show the relevant dimensions
and picking sequence.
104. Click Apply. In the displayed Brace Gap(s) form, select the Confirm check box, but do
not enter the Gap A data yet.
105. You are now in event-driven graphics mode, ready to pick the plines from which the
bracing gap is to be calculated. You first position the lower end of the bracing member
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(currently at A1 in the preceding diagram). Using the diagram on the Brace Gaps form
as a guide, pick plines in the following order:
A pline on the lower face of the bracing member, such as BOS. Pick close to the
connection, so that the gap is calculated for the correct end.
A pline on Column A along which the gap is to be defined, such as NAL or NAR.
A pline on the upper face of Beam 1, such as TOS.
Note: As previously mentioned, you might find it easier to pick the plines if you switch the
graphics to a wireline view. (Press F8).
106. When you have picked the third pline, the calculated distance for the current position is
shown in the graphical view and is also inserted into the Gap A text-box on the Brace
Gap(s) form. The Accept/Reject buttons are now active. Note that the displayed
distance is measured downwards (because of the way the plines currently intersect),
whereas you want to move the bracing section upwards. To achieve this, change the
Gap A data to -150, check that the new position shown in the graphical view is as
required, then click Accept to move the section end.
107. Repeat the procedure to position the upper end of the bracing member with a gap of
150mm measured down Column B from Beam 2. Dismiss the Brace Gaps form.
108. Before you create the next bracing members, try this facility for checking whether or not
the ends of a section are connected. With the bracing member as your current element,
select Utilities > Beams & Columns. From the menu bar of the small form which
results, pick Tag > All ends. The ends of the current section should both be tagged as
Connected. (You will see another way of checking connectivity later.)
Rather than create and position the other two bracing members B4-C3 and C5-D6 by
repeating the preceding sequence of operations, a short-cut is used by copying the existing
A1-B2 section. Each copy is repositioned by defining it as a mirror image of its original
reflected in an appropriate plane.
Exercise continues:
109. Select Create > Copy > Mirror. The Mirror form displays which allows you to specify
what you want to copy (Object), where the copies are to be stored in the database
hierarchy, and the plane in which the copy position is to reflected.
110. Assuming that you are still at the bracing member, set the Object to be copied to CE
and set the to option to Rel. Set the Type of mirror option to Mirror Copy (since you
want to create a new element rather than simply reposition the original one).
Column A
Beam 1
3. Pline on upper face
of reference member
1. Pline on lower
of bracing member
Gap (to be set to 150mm)
2. Pline along which gap is to be measured
Bracing Member
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111. The plane in which you want to reflect the copied section is represented by the shaded
area in the following diagram:
This plane is specified in terms of its direction (i.e. the direction of the normal to the
plane) and of the position of any point within it. The Mirror form provides several
methods of specifying these by picking items in the existing model; Column B is used to
define the position and the direction entered explicitly.
112. Select Cursor > Element from the Mirror forms menu and, when prompted, pick any
part of Column B. The position identified snaps to the start or end of this column
(depending on where you picked) and its coordinates are entered into the East/North/
Up text boxes automatically. A symbolic representation of the planes position and
orientation is shown in the graphical view.
Note that the Plane Direction text box now shows the cutplane direction of the
columns start or end (namely Up or Down). Change this to East and observe the
reorientation of the symbolic plane in the graphical view.
Note: If you want to enter the Plane Direction before you pick the position, select the Lock
check box to prevent its setting being updated when you pick the position.
The form settings should now look as shown (the Up coordinate will be 9000 rather
than 0 if you picked near the top of Column B rather than near the bottom):
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113. Click Apply to create the mirrored copy and, when prompted, confirm that you want to
retain the copy.
114. Using the same procedure, create the third bracing member (C5-D6) by copying and
reflecting the second member (B4-C3).
115. The two copies which you have just created should be positioned correctly, but will not
yet be connected. To check this, instead of using the Tag utility for each new bracing
member, select Query > End Connections. The resulting Highlight Connections
form lets you see the connectivity status of all relevant members of the current element.
116. Navigate to the SubFrame TESTSBFR and click the CE button on the Highlight
Connections form to update the displayed data. The numbers on the coloured buttons
show the number of sections in each category: they should show 40 sections with both
ends connected and 16 sections with neither end connected. Select the corresponding
Highlight check boxes to colour the sections in the 3D View; click on a coloured button
if you would prefer a different highlight colour.
Note: You might think that the upper ends of the columns should be shown as connected.
However, the beams at those points are connected (via Secondary J oints) to
Secondary Nodes positioned along the columns, rather than to Primary Nodes at the
column extremities. Therefore, even though the Secondary Nodes in this case
happen to be coincident with the tops of the columns, the diagnoses are correct.
117. To connect the ends of the two bracing sections to the appropriate columns, select
Connect > Connect and follow the status bar prompts carefully. (Escape terminates
each stage of the process in the usual way.) Use the Highlight Connections form
again to confirm the results.
6.4 Add Standard Bracing Configurations
To avoid the need for creating individual bracing sections as you have just done, the
application provides a quick way of adding some predefined bracing configurations.
To demonstrate this facility, you will first add a cross bracing configuration (using angle
sections) in the vertical plane and then a diamond bracing configuration (using universal
beam sections) in the horizontal plane, in the locations shown by the thick black lines in the
following diagram:
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Exercise continues:
118. Select Create > Sections > Bracing configurations. The Bracing form displays.
This form does not use the default settings for section data, so first set the following:
Storage area to the Subframe /TESTSBFR;
Profile to British Standard, Equal Angle, 70x70x6.0;
Justification to NAL (Neutral Axis Left: this will align the angle sections back-to-
back; see diagram in Sample Plots);
Member Line and Joint Line to NA.
Bracing Plane : leave the option set to Derived by Section so that the bracing
members will lie in the same plane as the sections to which they will be attached.
119. In the Available Bracing Configurations list, select Cross Bracing. Notice how the
parameterised diagram shows the details of the selected configuration. The diagram
shows the dimensions which must be specified (A, B) and the order in which existing
sections must be picked (1, 2, ...) so as to position and connect the bracing members
correctly. For the cross bracing configuration it looks as shown:
120. Click Apply. The Cross Bracing form displays. Set Gap A to 150 and Gap B to 300.
Select Confirm.
You are now in event-driven graphics mode. Using the diagram on the Bracing form as
a guide, pick the two columns between which the bracing members are to be
connected. To achieve the required configuration, make sure that your first pick is near
the bottom of the first column and that your second pick is just below the cross beam
on the second column; that is, pick reasonably close to the required connection points
for the bracing members.
When you are satisfied with the configuration shown in the graphical view, accept the
creation of the sections forming the bracing members and then Dismiss the Bracing
form.
121. Repeat the procedure used in the previous steps to create the diamond bracing at the
top of the structure. Set the Profile to British Standard, Universal Beams, 203x133x25,
and the Justification, Member Line and Joint Line all to NA.
In the Available Bracing Configurations list, select Diamond Bracing. The
parameterised diagram shows that you need to specify the separations between the
bracing members for each pair of opposing sections.
122. Click Apply to display the Diamond Bracing form on which the data can be entered.
Set both Gap A and Gap B to 500, leave confirm selected, and pick the four beams (in
the correct sequence, as shown in the diagram) to complete the operation. Dismiss
the Bracing form when you have finished.
Note: You must dismiss the Diamond Bracing form, thereby leaving event-driven graphics
mode, in order to change the bracing configuration. If you want to add more sections
using the current bracing configuration, however, you can simply continue picking
connection points in the graphical view.
Gap A
Pick 1
Gap B
Pick 2
Note: In our design this
datum is the lower end of
the column, since, there
is no cross beam at this
position.
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6.5 Represent Joints
Although each connection has created a corresponding Secondary J oint element in the
DESIGN database (shown in the Design Explorer as SJ OIs, owned by SNODs), these do
not yet have any geometry associated with them and are not therefore shown in the
graphical view. In order to represent them properly, a catalogue specification must be
associated with each joint (in the same way that each section profile is defined by an
associated catalogue specification).
J oints have a number of attributes whose settings allow you to position and orientate them
and to modify the ends of sections connected to them. The most important of these
attributes are looked at here, so that you can represent some simple joints in your design
model. The key to success lies in the optimum design of the joint as defined in the
catalogue, which is a specialised field beyond the scope of this user guide.
The following topics illustrate the main features (do not try to remember them all now; refer
back here when necessary):
A Shelf Angle Joint as defined in the Catalogue:
(only the Neutral Axis pline is shown for clarity)
Position and Orientation of a Secondary Joint Relative to a Secondary Node:
Z
X
Y
NA Origin
Origin plane is X,Y plane through
origin.
Origin plane direction is Z.
Plines extrude in Y direction.
Pline direction is Z direction
Note: Origin plane is shown by heavy
lines in the following diagrams.
SNode
Origin Plane Direction (OPDI) defines orientation
about X,Y axes
Beta Angle (BANG) defines orientation about Z axis
ZDIST defines position of SNode relative to POSS of Section
Z
X
Y
TOS
NA
Position Line (POSL) (here set to
TOS) defines position
BOS
Owning Section
(2D view only)
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Connecting a Joint to the Start of an Attached Section:
Note how the origin plane of the J oint is set with reference to the Owning Section (via the
POSL attribute), while its position within the constraints of that plane is set with reference to
the Attached Section (by aligning the plines defined by the J LINs of both J oint and Section).
That is, with reference to the orientation of the diagram, the J oint is moved horizontally by
changing its POSL and vertically by changing its J LIN. Both the Section and the J oint can be
rotated independently by changing their BANGs (the Section rotates about its NA, the J oint
about its OPDI).
How the Section end configuration depends on the Joint to which it is attached:
(using a wedge-shaped J oint to demonstrate the principles)
Owning
Section
Attached
Section
J OIS of Attached Section points to J oint
CREF of J oint points to Attached Section
Logical Connectivit y:
SNode
POSL of J oint set to TOS of Owning Section
TOS
NA
BOS
TOS
NA
BOS
J LIN of J oint set to BOS of Attached Section
J LIN of Attached Section set to NA of J oint
OPDI of J oint
POSS
CTYA of J oint must match CTYS of Attached Section (for connection compatibility)
BANG of Section
BANG of J oint
Owning
Section
Attached
Section
SNode POSS
DRNS of Attached Section
determined by CUTP of J oint
POSS offset along NA by Cutback (CUTB) of J oint
NA
NA
J oint's Cutting Plane
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Exercise continues:
For the purpose of this exercise, you will add some simple bolted flanges where the beams
are attached to the columns. Remember that the joint elements (SJ OIs in the Design
Explorer) already exist as a result of connecting the sections together; you need only set a
pointer to the joint specification in the catalogue to define each joints geometry.
123. Select Modify > Joints > Specification. When prompted to Identify end of section
joint is connected to, pick the end of any N-S beam (that is, any beam which abuts a
column flange rather than a web) where you want to insert a bolted joint. A Joint
Specification form is displayed for the joint to which your picked section end is
attached.
124. The method for selecting from the available joint specifications is the same as that
which you used to select section profiles. Select Column Connections, Column
Flange, 6M24_flange, leaving all other form settings at their defaults.
125. Click the Properties button. A subsidiary Modify Properties form displays which lets
you specify some local dimensional data for the selected type of joint. Set Thickness
of Plt to 10, Dist from TOS to 0, and Dist from BOS to 30. OK the Modify Properties
form and Apply the Joint Specification form to complete the setting of the joint
specification. (The geometry of most types of joint can be modified via appropriate
entries on a form such as this, depending on how the catalogue has been set up.)
126. To see a correct representation of the joint, you must set up the graphical view so that it
displays holes (negative volumes) as well as solid items (positive volumes). To do so,
select Settings > Graphics from the main menu bar and, on the Representation tab,
select the Holes Drawn check box. OK the settings. Zoom in close to the beam end to
see what the joint looks like. Notice how the height and width of the endplate have been
set automatically from the dimensions of the beam and column, respectively, with
adjustments to suit the values entered on the Define Properties form. This is possible
because the joint dimensions in the catalogue are specified as design parameters
whose values are derived from the attached and owning sections.
The joint should look something like this:
Notice how the attached beam has been shortened to accommodate the thickness of
the plate and how the bolt holes in the plate have generated corresponding holes in
the column flanges.
127. The position of the joint relative to the profile of the column (i.e. its owning section) is
determined by the joints position line. To see the effect of changing this, select Modify
> Joints > Position Line. The displayed Position Line form shows the current setting
Section end
used to
identify joint
Dist from BOS =30
Thickness of Plt =10
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as either BOS or TOS (depending at which end of the beam the joint is situated).
Change this to the opposite setting (i.e. TOS or BOS), select the Re-trim attached
section check box, and click Apply. The joint and its attached section end will move
thus:
128. Reposition the joint correctly, then Dismiss the Position Line and Joint Specification
forms.
129. Rather than set each joint specification explicitly, you can apply the specification for
one joint to other joints. This facility is used to specify the joint at the other end of the
beam which you have just been looking at. To do so, select Modify > Joints > Joint
Like > Maintain Pline. When prompted to Identify end of section to be copied like,
pick the same section end as picked previously. When prompted to Identify section
end to be modified, pick the other end of the same beam. Press Escape for both of the
next prompts (you are only modifying one joint in this step). Zoom in close to the
second joint and notice how its geometry matches that of the first joint. The position line
settings for the two joints are, however, set automatically to opposite flanges of the
column (TOS for one, BOS for the other), to give the correct alignment.
Note: If the joints were handed, such as a shelf angle, you would also see that the second
joint has been rotated automatically about its vertical axis to match the start/end
directions of the section. This is not apparent for the endplate, but if you select
Query > Attributes you will be able to see which attributes differ between the two
joints.
130. Using the same method as in the previous step, set the specifications for some of the
other column flange joints.
6.6 Dominant Versus Subordinate Joints
When you reposition a joint which has one or more attached sections, the effect on those
sections depends upon whether or not the joint has been defined as dominant or
subordinate, as defined by the setting of the joints J oint Freedom (J FRE) attribute.
If J FRE is set to False (the default for a new joint), the joint is said to be subordinate (also
described by saying that the section is dominant). If J FRE is set to True, the joint is said to
be dominant.
Consider the following effects, where the joints owning section is moved thus:
(view rotated)
Section end
used to
identify joint
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You will use this feature in the next part of the exercise.
6.7 Move Part of the Structure and Maintain Correct
Geometry
In the next part of the exercise, you will move the columns and beams at the eastern end of
our structure to increase the overall length of the design model. This will require the
horizontal beams and the bracing member connected to the moved columns to be extended
and, in the case of the bracing member, realigned to maintain the correct configuration.
The objective is to demonstrate the dominant joint concept (as described in Dominant
Versus Subordinate Joints) and to show how you can easily restore geometry between
sections which has been disrupted by moving parts of a structure independently.
The result which you want to achieve is as follows, where the thick black sections will be
moved explicitly and the broken lines indicate the new final configuration:
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realignment of
bracing
member
The joints marked
* must
be dominant
*
*
*
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*
*
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Exercise continues:
131. In order to make the bracing member realign itself to maintain the specified bracing
gap, the joint to which it is connected must be dominant. To ensure this, you will make
the joints dominant at both ends of all bracing sections (as would be normal practice).
For the purposes of this exercise, you will also make dominant the joints at both ends of
each of the four N-S beams between the columns to be moved (i.e. the beams shown
shaded in the preceding diagram).
Select Connect > Joint Dominant. Each joint is identified by picking the section end to
which it is connected. When prompted, pick both ends of each bracing member created
in Add and Modify Simple Bracing (six picks) and the ends of all relevant beams (eight
picks). Press Escape when you have finished.
Note: This part of the exercise has been designed to illustrate, among other features, the
concept of joint dominance. In normal practice, only the joints at the ends of the
bracing members would be made dominant.
132. Use the Utilities > Lists facility to create a new list and use the Add > Identified
option to add into it the four columns to be moved (shown black in the preceding
diagram).
133. Select Position > Relatively (BY). The Position By form displays which allows you
move an item by a given distance in a given direction. Use the option button near the
top-left of the form to set the item to be moved to the list containing the columns
(Current List). Enter the required movement in the By text boxes; in this case specify
a move by 2000mm in the East direction.
When you Apply the settings, the columns should move as shown:
At first sight, this appears to be a rather disastrous result. However, as long as you
have set all of the connectivity rules correctly, particularly the joint dominance settings,
you can easily rectify the problem by reconnecting all of the sections which should be
connected to the columns.
134. Select Connect > Trim to Section > all attached. When prompted, pick each of the
four columns in turn, then press Escape and watch the results in the graphical view as
the correct geometry is restored.
Note: The Trim to Section differs from the Trim to Pline option, which was used before, in
that Trim to Section maintains the existing pline connectivity, thereby retaining any
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previously defined trimming, whereas Trim to Pline resets the connectivity to an
explicit or rule-defined pline.)
135. Save your design changes.
That concludes the introduction to the basic operations involved in the design of a simple
structural framework. In the next part of the guide you look at how to add some sheet
cladding (floor plates and/or wall panels) to your structure.
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7 Add Panels and Plates
In this chapter, you will change to another of the structural design applications, namely the
Panels & Plates application, and add a floor plate to your existing structure. You will then
modify this in various ways to demonstrate some of the facilities provided for detailing
panels.
Note: The facilities which are looked at next allow you to add planar material to the design
model in any orientation. Throughout this text, the term panel is used for such items
in all descriptions, regardless of whether the element represents a horizontal floor
plate, a vertical wall panel, a sloping roof panel, or any similar planar item.
7.1 Start the Panels & Plates Application
In order to access the panel design facilities, you must leave the Beams & Columns
application and load the complementary Panels & Plates application. Many of the options
available in the latter application are very similar to those which you have already learned to
use from the preceding chapters of this guide, so only the differences will be dealt with in
any detail.
Exercise continues:
136. Select Design > Structures > Panels & Plates from the main menu bar, or click the
button.
The main menu bar and tool bar will change, although the differences may not be
obvious at a first glance. They now look as shown:
Look at each pull-down menu in turn; you will see that the options in the upper parts of
the menus are common to the equivalent Beams & Columns menus, whereas many of
the options in the lower parts of the menus are specific to the Panels & Plates
application.
7.2 How PDMS Represents Panels
A Panel (PANE) element can be used to represent any sheet material used to clad a
structural model. Using a similar principle to that for representing a Section (which is an
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extruded 2D catalogue Profile), a Panel is represented by extruding a user-defined 2D
shape. Its geometry is defined by two types of data:
The panels planar area is defined by a Panel Loop (PLOO) element, which is itself
defined by linking together a set of Panel Vertex (PAVE) elements, each of which has a
specific position in the panels 2D coordinate system. Each panel Edge is defined by a
line joining adjacent vertices.
The panel thickness is defined by setting the Height (HEIG) attribute of the Panel Loop.
This represents the distance through which the 2D Panel Loop is extruded to form the
3D panel.
Note: The resulting justification of a panel may be dependent upon the clockwise/
anticlockwise direction of creation for the panel.
Each Panel Vertex can have an optional Fillet Radius setting which represents a circular arc
which curves towards (positive radius) or away from (negative radius) the vertex position, as
shown:
The default radius of zero denotes a point.
7.3 Set Default Storage Areas
In the next part of the exercise you will set up some defaults to customise the application to
suit our planned method of working, just as you did for the Beams & Columns application.
You will specify where the principal panel design elements are to be stored in the DESIGN
database hierarchy.
=Panel Loop (PLOO)
=Panel Vertex (PAVE)
Panel (PANE)
Panel thickness =
HEIG of PLOO
PAVE with +ve radius PAVE with -ve radius
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Exercise continues:
137. Rather than using the Settings > Storage Areas option, a short-cut method is used to
set default storage areas for Panels and Panel Linear J oints (which will be looked at
later). Both types of element will be stored under the same SubFrame which you have
been using for your basic framework design.
Navigate to TESTSBFR and then click the (Panels) and (Panel Linear J oints)
buttons in turn. These automatically set the storage areas to the current element.
The current storage area settings are shown as:
7.4 Create Simple Panels
You will first create a panel which defines the overall area of a large floor plate and then
divide this up into more manageable sizes such as might be specified for fabrication
purposes. These panels represent the schematic areas only; you will defer detailed
trimming of the edges to fit around structural sections etc. until a little later.
Exercise continues:
138. Select Create > Panel. The Create Panel form displays which provides, among its
other settings, various ways of specifying the positions of vertices.
139. The optional names for panels are not entered in this exercise. Set the Justification to
Bottom (this allows you to position the bottom face of the panels on the top of their
supporting sections) and set the Thickness to 30.
140. Leave the Representation set to Predefined: Default for now. These settings (Levels
and Obstruction) affect the way items are shown in 3D views and how they are dealt
with when checking for clashes between design items; the defaults should be adequate
for your current purposes.
141. You will define the positions of four vertices, V1-V4, which define the overall area of the
floor plate shown shaded in the following diagram (all bracing members omitted for
clarity):
(The broken lines A-A and B-B show where you will later split the panel into three.)
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V2
V3
V4
A
B
B
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The Create Methods buttons give you several ways to define each vertex. The
methods used are:
In the next steps, these options are used to illustrate the principles.
142. Click the button. The Positioning Control form indicates that you are now in
event-driven graphics mode, ready to pick the position of the first vertex. Set Pick Type
to Element and set Pick Method to Intersect. Now pick the column and either of the
beams whose intersection coincides with V1 in the preceding diagram. The text below
the icon buttons on the Create Panel form will change from No vertices currently
defined to 1 Vertices defined (no Panel created).
Note: The first vertex defined for a new panel becomes the panels origin (as displayed) by
default. You can change this later if required.
143. Repeat this point-picking procedure to define V2 and V3, in that order. As soon as you
have defined three vertices, the plane of the new panel is shown in the graphical view
(as a triangle) and a PANEL element added into the Design Explorer.
144. As a demonstration, V4 is positioned relative to V3. Click the button. The Define
vertex form displays on which you can specify the required offset. Set the Direction to
West and the Distance to 20000. Click Apply to create the vertex. The text below the
icon buttons on the Create Panel form now says 4 Vertices defined (Panel created).
145. Leave the Display modification form check box clear (you would select this only if
you wanted to modify the panel vertices immediately). Click OK to complete the panel
creation operation. Note that the Design Explorer now includes one PANEL, one
PLOOP and four PAVERT elements (as defined in How PDMS Represents Panels).
7.5 Measure Distances/Directions in the Design Model
When you completed the Define Vertex form in the previous step, you had to enter the
required distance between V3 and V4; that is, the overall length of the structure in the East-
West direction. The figure which you entered (20000) was derived from knowledge of the
original design data. Instead of calculating this, you could have measured it by means of a
useful utility, as follows:
Exercise continues:
146. Either select Query > Measure Distance or click the button. The Measure form
and the Positioning Control form are displayed, which together allow you to measure
the distance between any two points or lines in the design model. On the Positioning
Control form, set Pick Type to Element and Pick Method to Snap, then pick near the
tops or bottoms (but not one of each) of the columns through the V4 and V3 positions.
Note: Zoom in if necessary and pick carefully at the ends connected to bracing sections to
avoid snapping to the secondary nodes rather than the column extremities.
allows you pick a point graphically using any of the standard pointer
picking options
allows you specify a distance and direction relative to the preceding
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The Information area on the Measure form shows the direct distance between the
Neutral Axes of the sections, the XYZ components of that distance, and the direction of
the second point relative to the first. The distance is also shown in the graphical view.
147. Experiment with some other graphical picking options to measure a few other distances
and directions, including some in skewed directions, then dismiss the Measure form.
7.6 Split a Panel
You will now split the new panel along the axes of the intermediate beams which support it
(shown by the broken lines A-A and B-B in the previous diagram), thus forming three
smaller panels.
148. Ensure that the panel is the current element (shown as PANEL 1 in the Design
Explorer) and select Modify > Split Panel. When prompted to Pick ... to be split on,
pick either of the beams aligned along A-A in the diagram. (You might need to change
the view direction so that the beam you want to pick is not obscured by the panel;
alternatively, you can pick either of the other beams which are aligned parallel to A-A in
the required plane.) The panel will be split along the picked line to form two separate
panels, each with its own panel loop and set of four vertices.
149. Note that your current element is still PANEL 1, which is the smaller of the two panels.
Navigate to the larger panel, PANEL 2, and split this along B-B to give a total of three
panels.
Note: You can only split a panel along the axis of an existing element. To introduce a split
line anywhere else, simply create a section where you want the split to occur, split
the panel, then delete the section.
7.7 Tailor Panel Edges by Editing Individual Vertices
The edges of the panels which you have created run from vertex to vertex along the
centrelines of the beam flanges on which they rest. While this may be an adequate
representation for an overall design layout, you will usually need to detail the edges more
accurately for fabrication purposes. To do so, you can add, delete or reposition individual
vertices which define the shape of the panel loop. To introduce this concept, you will add
intermediate vertices between existing panel corners so that the edges fit round the
columns which intersect them. You will also set a radius for some of the vertices to give
rounded corners.
Note: When you split your original panel into three, new vertices were created
automatically, so the vertex numbers for the current panels do not correspond to
those of the original panel. As you insert new vertices, the numbering will change to
accommodate them, so care is needed to check that you are at the correct vertex for
each panel editing operation.
Exercise continues:
150. Navigate to the westernmost panel (i.e. that between V1-A-A-V4 in the previous
diagram) and select Modify > Extrusion/Panel. The Loop Vertex Editor form
displays which allows you to modify the shape of the current panel by manipulating
individual vertices, edges between vertices, groups of vertices, etc. Whatever methods
you use for picking new positions, all vertices are constrained to remain in the plane of
the panel loop (i.e., the underside of the panel) throughout these operations.
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151. Check that the options Settings > Confirm and Settings > Confirm on delete from
this forms menu bar are both selected.
The active controls on the form, and their titles, change to suit the current
circumstances as you use the form. As displayed now, you will notice that many of the
buttons (especially those relating to Group and Line operations) are greyed out.
The upper part of the form shows that the current focus is on Vertex 1, while the lower
part shows the coordinates and fillet radius of this vertex, as shown:
The geometry of the current panel in Plan view (not to scale) is as follows:
You will insert four new vertices between V4 and V1, as shown in the inset view, so that
this panel edge fits round the column (note that V4 comes before V1 when defining this
edge, since vertex numbering is clockwise as viewed in the diagram).
152. .Each new vertex is added to the sequence immediately after the current vertex, so first
navigate to V4 in either of the following ways:
Click the select vertex/edge button on the Loop Vertex Editor form and pick
the p-point at V4. Note that, because this position is within the column, you might
find it easier to switch to wireline mode to see it.
Use the up/down arrow buttons next to the displayed vertex number to step
through the vertex list sequentially. Notice how the current vertex and the edge
direction to the next vertex are shown in the 3D View as you do this.
If you know the number of the vertex you want, you can type it directly in the Vertex
number field. Do not forget, though, that the numbering may change as you edit the
list; it is usually safer to pick a vertex graphically.
153. Click the Create points button in the Mode Selection area of the Loop Vertex
Editor form. Set the Positioning Control to Element Snap and position the vertex at
the end of the beam which joins the column from the direction of V4 (i.e. at point V5 on
V1 V4
X
Y
New vertices
to be inserted
Origin
at V1
P
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V5
V6 V7
V8
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the diagram). A New vertex tag is added to the graphical view so that you can check
the proposed position; if it is correct, click the Create button at the bottom of the Loop
Vertex Editor form to confirm the creation.
Notice that the new vertex is now the current vertex (labelled <5>), ready for the next
one to be added after it.
154. Position the next vertex, V6, at the intersection of the corner of the column with the
panel. To do so, click the button again, set the Positioning Control to Pline Snap,
and pick the column pline which passes through the required point (RBOS or LBOS;
see diagram in Straight Sections). If you cannot pick the pline you want, select
Settings > Pick Filters > Plines from the main menu bar and reset the current filtering
rule to No Rule (it is probably still set to Extremities). Do not forget to click Create when
you have positioned the vertex.
155. Create V7 and V8 by using similar methods to those in the previous steps.
Rotate the graphical model as necessary and check that the panel now incorporates a
cut-out which fits round the column, as shown in the preceding diagram. At present the
panel edges are abutted against the column flanges. Next a small clearance gap is
introduced by moving the relevant vertices using the explicit editing facilities.
156. To change from create mode to modify mode, click the button and pick V5. Note
how its current settings are copied into the Vertex area at the bottom of the form (X, Y
and Radius text-boxes). To introduce a 10mm clearance, change the setting in the X
box by adding 10 (the axes, shown at the panels origin, are useful here for checking
directions in the panels coordinate system). Click the Modify button to confirm the new
setting.
157. Repeat the procedure from the previous step, adding or subtracting as necessary, to
move V6, V7 and V8 to give a 10mm clearance all round, noting that V6 and V7 must
be moved in both the X and Y directions.
158. Pick V6 and change the Radius setting from the default of zero to 15mm. Update the
V6 data to the new setting, then repeat the process for V7.
The final result is as shown:
(Set the view to Look > Down and zoom in to see this in detail. You might find it easier
to see the detail if you switch to wireline mode.)
7.8 Move Panel Edges to New Positions
So far, you have aligned the panel edges along the centrelines of the beam flanges on
which they are supported. You will now move the panel edges linking V4-V5 and V8-V1 to
the outer edges of the beams. The new position is specified by aligning the edge with the
appropriate pline of the beam on which it rests (shown as LTOS in the diagram):
V5
V6 V7
V8
PANEL
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Exercise continues:
159. Still using the Loop Vertex Editor form, click the select edge to modify button in
the Mode Selection area and then pick a point on the panel near the edge between V4
and V5.
Notice how the upper part of the form now shows the current focus as Edge 4, while the
lower part shows the coordinates of the Start of the edge (i.e. V4) and the length of the
edge, thus:
Notice also that the controls in the Line area are now active (they were previously
greyed out). These are examples of how the form changes to suit current
circumstances.
160. By default, the next modification would be applied only to the Start position of the edge;
as shown by the Start option, and the fact that START is tagged in uppercase letters in
the 3D View (at the V4 end of the beam). You want to move the whole edge (that is,
you want to move V4 and V5 simultaneously), so change the option to Aligned, thus:
Set the Positioning Control to Pline Snap, pick the LTOS pline on the top outer edge
of the beam and then click the Modify button to move the panel edge to this position.
161. Select Settings > Tag edges from the Loop Vertex Editor menu. Repeat the method
of the previous steps to move Edge 8 (V8-V1) to the outer edge of its supporting beam.
162. Use the same process to move the non-abutting edges of all three panels to the outer
edges of their supporting beams (but do not modify any more edges to fit round
columns yet; other ways of doing this will be looked at later).
V5
V6 V7
V8 V4 V1
TOS
LTOS
Move edge Move edge
RTOS
PANEL
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7.9 Create Negative Extrusions
In exactly the same way that you position Panel Vertex elements to define the shape of a 2D
Panel Loop and then extrude this by the required thickness to create a 3D Panel, as
illustrated in How PDMS Represents Panels, so you can also position Vertex (VERT)
elements to form a 2D Loop (LOOP) and then extrude this to create a 3D Negative
Extrusion (NXTR). The difference is that, as its name implies, the negative extrusion
represents a negative volume, that is, a hole. (You have already encountered negative
volumes used in the catalogue definition of a bolted flange, where they were used to remove
the end of the section to accommodate the joint and to represent bolt holes through both the
joint and the flange of its owning column).
A negative extrusion is owned by the panel through which the hole is required. When
created, its justification is set automatically to be the same as that of its owning panel,
although you can move it later if necessary.
You will use this facility to create a hole through the floor plate where one of the columns
passes through it. The negative extrusion will have the same shape as that created by the
interposed vertices (V5-V8) in the preceding diagram, namely:
Note: Vertices V1-V4 in this diagram define the negative extrusion; their numbering is
independent of the panel vertices. (Negative extrusion vertices are shown in italic to
distinguish them from panel vertices.)
Notice how the outer edge of the negative extrusion (V1-V2) extends beyond the outer edge
of the panel to ensure that the hole always penetrates through the panel edge. Similarly, the
thickness of the negative extrusion should exceed the thickness of the panel to ensure that
the hole always penetrates completely through the panel.
Exercise continues:
163. You will create the negative extrusion where a column passes through the midpoint of
the easternmost edge of the largest panel (that is, at the opposite end of the structure
from the vertices added in Tailor Panel Edges by Editing Individual Vertices). Navigate
to that panel (which should be PANEL 3 in the Design Explorer) and select Create >
Negative Extrusion. The Create Negative Extrusion form (similar to the Create
Panel form which you used earlier) is displayed.
164. To see the negative extrusion volume in the graphical view when you create it, select
Settings > Graphics > Representation and clear the Holes Drawn check box. Select
the Update all Graphics check box and OK the change.
V4
V1 V2
V3
PANEL
NEGATIVE
EXTRUSION
Panel V3 Panel V2
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165. To achieve the correct justification and orientation for the negative extrusion relative to
its owning panel, click the Surface button in the Settings area of the form, then pick
the upper face of the panel.
Note: To get a better view, zoom in close to the panel and the column of interest and look
along (and slightly above) the panel.
The hole will penetrate into (or, in your case, through) the panel thickness from this
surface.
166. Set Hole Depth (equivalent to the thickness of the negative extrusion) to 250. This
large depth will make it easy to see the volume of the negative extrusion once you have
created it: a depth slightly greater than the panel thickness would normally suffice,
since the application automatically adds 1mm to ensure that the hole always cuts
through the referenced panel surface.
The settings should now be as shown:
167. Using any combination of the methods which you used to create and modify panel
vertices (see Create Simple Panels and Tailor Panel Edges by Editing Individual
Vertices), create the four vertices needed to define the required hole round the column,
as shown in the preceding diagram. For ease of positioning, align V1 and V2 with the
outer face of the column (although any position beyond the panel edge would be
satisfactory). Introduce a clearance of 10mm round the column and set the radii of the
two vertices within the panel area to 15mm.
Note that the origin plane of the negative extrusion is its bottom face, as shown by the
positions of the graphical aids when you are creating and modifying its vertices.
168. When created, the negative extrusion will appear as an outline volume superimposed
on the design in the graphical view. If you have positioned it correctly, its upper face will
just protrude from the top face of the panel, as shown:
(If not, use the Position > Relatively (BY) menu option to move the negative extrusion
vertically to a position where it cuts both faces of the panel.)
169. To see the result of applying the negative volume represented by the negative
extrusion to the positive volume of the panel, revert to Holes Drawn On
representation. Notice how the negative extrusion creates a hole only through its
owning panel; it does not affect the column.
Note: The effects of the Holes Drawn setting on the Representation form:
When Holes Drawn is Off, negative volumes are shown as outline shapes in the
graphical view and can be picked using the pointer (you must pick a visible edge, not
an invisible surface). Their effect of removing material from positive (solid) items in the
Panel
Negative
extrusion
Negative
extrusion
Look>West: Look>North:
V1 V2 V2 V3
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design is not shown. Use this mode when explicitly creating or modifying a negative
item.
When Holes Drawn is On, negative volumes are not shown explicitly in the graphical
view and cannot be picked using the pointer (although you can still navigate to them
using the Design Explorer as normal). Only their effect on positive volumes through
which they pass is visible. Use this mode for normal design work to view a realistic 3D
representation of the design model.
That concludes the addition of simple panels to the structural framework, including two
methods for representing holes in the panels where they fit round structural members. In the
next part of the guide, you will look at ways of adding predefined catalogue fittings to panels.
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8 Use Panel Fittings
In this chapter the concept of Panel Fittings is introduced and then such a fitting is
incorporated into the design to represent a manhole giving access through a floor plate.
8.1 How Panel Fittings are Defined
A Single Panel Fitting (PFIT) is a catalogue item which can be used to represent any type of
geometric entity which is to be owned by, and positioned relative to, a panel. Typically, the
catalogue might include panel fittings representing doors, windows, access manholes, lifting
lugs, and so on.
As with the bolted joint which you used earlier, panel fittings can incorporate (or consist
entirely of) negative volumes which represent holes in their owning panels.
A panel fitting is positioned relative to its owning panels origin by setting its Position (POSI)
attribute and is orientated about an axis perpendicular to the panel by setting its Beta Angle
(BANG) attribute. It can be justified to align its origin plane with the top face, centre plane, or
bottom face of the panel by setting its J ustification (SJ US) attribute. As an example, a
stylised manhole might be defined like this:
When you create a new panel fitting, it is positioned automatically at the origin of its owning
panel. You can then move it to the required position in any of the standard ways.
8.2 Create a Panel Fitting
Exercise continues:
170. Navigate to the panel in which you want to insert the manhole and select Create >
Fittings > Single. The Create Panel Fitting form displays giving access to all
available panel fitting specifications in the current catalogue. Because you are creating
a new panel fitting, rather than modifying the specification of an existing one, the form
is set to show New Panel Fitting as the current element.
Z
X
Positive volume
representing lid
Negative volume
representing hole
through panel
Origin
Beta Angle defines
orientation about Z axis
Origin Plane
determines justification
relative to panel
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Select the Specification for Standard Access, Access Cover, Standard Manhole
Access, ACCESS_COVER (probably the only item in the list).
Set the Justification to Top outwards. These options let you specify the panel plane
(top, centre or bottom) to be used as the alignment datum and the orientation of the
fitting relative to this plane, as shown:
171. By default, the fitting will be positioned at the origin of its owning panel (as shown by
the Position field). We will position it by eye, using the pointer. Click the Pick
Position button , set the Positioning Control to either Graphics Snap or Graphics
Cursor, and pick a point somewhere near the centre of the panel area. OK the Pick
Fitting Position form to transfer the coordinates of the picked position to the Create
Panel Fitting form, then Apply the latter to create the fitting. The new panel fitting is
shown in the Design Explorer as a PFITTING owned by the PANEL.
172. With the PFIT as your current element, select Orientate > Angle > 90 Degrees to
rotate the fitting within the plane of the panel. (The default orientation has the Beta
Angle set to zero.)
173. To see the effects of changing the justification, select Modify > Fitting and, on the
resulting Modify Panel Fitting form, try each of the Justification options in turn. Zoom
in and look at both faces of the panel to see how the negative part of the fitting creates
the necessary access hole. Reset whichever justification you think is most appropriate
before dismissing the form.
Note: Sections can also own Fittings (FITTs rather than PFITs in this case) which can serve
a similarly wide range of purposes. You will not look explicitly at these in the exercise,
but similar principles apply to their creation and manipulation. You may want to
experiment with these yourself by switching to the Beams & Columns application:
see Some Standard Fittings for some examples. Note that such a fitting is positioned
along its owning section by setting its distance from the sections start (the
Zdistance).
More complex fittings may be represented by Compound Fittings, each of which can
own a set of Subfittings. You will see an example of how these may be used when you
look at Penetrations in the next chapter.
Top
outwards
Top
inwards
Centre
outwards
Centre
inwards
Bottom
inwards
Bottom
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9 Penetrate One Item with Another
Several of the design applications include the concept of a Penetration to allow one or
more items to pass through another such that there is a logical link between the penetrating
and penetrated items (in contrast to, say, a negative extrusion which can be positioned and
dimensioned independently of any item which passes through it or through which it passes).
For information on Penetration and Hole Management refer to Design Common
Functionality User Guide.
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10 Check and Output Design Data
To ensure maximum design integrity, the structural applications allow you to check the data
in several ways so that any potential mistakes are drawn to your attention. In this chapter
you will look at one of these checking facilities, namely the method of checking for clashes
(spatial interferences) between design elements.
Finally, you will look at three ways of outputting design data derived from the structural
model: the generation of a tabulated report showing the material required to build the design
(categorised by section profile); the analysis of some mass properties of the steelwork
members (centre of gravity, surface area and weight calculations); and the creation of a plot
showing the structural layout.
Note: The facilities which you will be using here are available from both the Beams &
Columns and the Panels & Plates applications (from all design applications, in fact),
so it does not matter which application you are currently using.
10.1 Check for Clashes
The types of clash identified depend on two factors:
The obstruction levels of the clashing elements
The current touch and clearance tolerances
10.1.1 Obstruction Levels
All design primitives and all catalogue primitives have an obstruction attribute (OBST) which
defines the physical type of obstruction which the primitive represents:
A hard obstruction (OBST=2) represents a rigid and impenetrable object, such as a
steel beam or a Plant vessel.
A soft obstruction (OBST=1) represents a volume which is not solid but which needs
to be kept clear for access.
Any primitive with OBST=0 represents a freely accessible volume and is ignored for
clash checking purposes.
10.1.2 Extent of Clashing
As well as distinguishing between hard and soft clashing items, the checking utility
recognises three categories of clash between them, depending on how far the two primitives
intrude on each others allocated space. These categories are:
A physical clash: the primitive volumes overlap by more than a specified amount. This
usually means that a definite interference exists.
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A touch: the primitives either overlap by less than the amount needed to cause a clash
or are separated at their closest point by less than a specified distance. This may
simply mean that one item is resting upon another as intended, or it may indicate a
problem.
A clearance: the primitives are separated at their closest point by more than the
amount necessary to constitute a touch but less than a specified clearance distance.
This represents a near miss, which you may want to investigate.
These three classes are illustrated below for the clash specifications:
so that the following criteria apply:
If the items overlap by more than 5mm, a clash is reported
If the items overlap by less than 5mm, a touch is reported
If the items do not overlap but are separated by less than 2mm, a touch is reported
If the items are separated by more than 2mm but less than 8mm, a clearance is
reported
If the items are separated by more than 8mm, no interference is found
10.1.3 Clash Detection Process
Each element which is to be checked for clashes has its own geometry checked against that
of all other elements which are specified by a current obstruction list. Items which are not
in the obstruction list are ignored during the clash checking operations. By default, the
obstruction list includes all elements in the database, so that each element to be clash
checked is tested against every other element. To control the amount of checking carried
out in a large database, you can restrict the obstruction list to a few specific elements and/or
you can specify a 3D volume (the clash limits) within which the clash checking is to be
confined.
To highlight the locations where clashes are found, the clashing and obstruction items are
shown in contrasting colours in the graphical view (two shades of red, by default).
Exercise continues:
174. You will start by using the defaults for all clash checking settings. To see what these
are, select Settings > Clasher > Defaults to display the Clash Defaults form. Think
about the meaning of each setting shown (refer to the preceding introduction; ignore
the reference to Branch, which relates to piping designs only); then Cancel the form.
Touch limits: 5mm overlap to 2mm gap
Clearance limit: 8mm
overlap >5mm overlap <5mm 2mm <gap <8mm
a physical clash touches a clearance
gap <2mm
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175. You will check the westernmost panel (PANEL 1) for clashes against all other elements
in the test framework. The default obstruction list (all elements in the current design
database) will include the regular structure created in Quick Way to Build a Regular
Structure, so you must edit the list to remove this. To do so, select Settings > Clasher
> Obstruction > List. The Add/Remove Obstruction Items form is displayed.
Remove All current entries and then Add the framework /TESTFRMW.
176. Navigate to the panel which you want to check (by clicking on it in the display, or in the
Design Explorer, or in the Add/Remove Obstruction Items form) and select Utilities
> Clashes. This displays the Clash Display form. The left-hand side of this form
controls the clash checking process; the right-hand side consists of a 3D view in which
you can look in detail at any clashes diagnosed.
177. Select Control > Check CE from the forms menu bar to run the clash checking
process and, when completed, study the Clash List which shows all clashes found.
You will see a hard-hard (HH) clash at both points where the panel has a column
passing through it, and a hard-hard touch where the panel rests on each of its seven
supporting beams and where it abuts the adjacent panel. To see a summary of all
clashes found, select Query > Clash > Summary from the forms menu. The
resulting Summary form shows the total number of clashes in each category:
Note: In particular, that there are no clashes where the panel has been modified to fit round
the columns.
178. To study any clash in detail, select the corresponding line in the Clash List and then
select Query > Clash > Detail. The resulting Clash Detail form shows the extent of the
clash, the identities of both the clashing and obstruction items, and the calculated
position at which the clash was diagnosed.
Notice how the clashing items are highlighted in different colours in the graphical view.
To change these colours, display the Clash Defaults form again and choose the
colours you want to use.
179. Experiment with some of the other options on the Clash Display menus and then close
the form.
Note: If the Auto Clash button is selected: , each new element that you create is
checked immediately for clashes as the design is built up. This can slow down
progress when you are adding many new elements, but is very useful when you want
to add a few new items to an existing design which has already been checked for
clashes.
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10.2 Generate a Data Output Report
This section describes two ways of outputting design data derived from the structural model.
generating a tabulated report showing the material required to build the design
creating an plot showing the layout and associated manufacturing data.
10.2.1 Generate a Tabulated Data Report
The reporting utility lets you read selected types of information from the DESIGN database
and present the output in a convenient tabulated format. Each report can be customised by
specifying some or all of the following:
Where the output is to appear (on the screen or in a file ready for printing).
Any introductory header which is to appear at the beginning of the report.
The page length (if the report is to be paginated).
The page layout, including number and positions of columns, column headings, etc.
Any headers and footers which are to appear at the top and bottom of each page.
The selection criteria which define which data settings are to be included in the report.
Once such a report has been designed, its specification can be saved for future use in the
form of a report template file. The ways in which you define how a given report is to be
generated and presented are beyond the scope of this exercise, but you will look at the
results of the process by using a pre-prepared template which outputs a material take-off list
for each type of steel profile used in your design. (You will probably use your companys
standard templates for most reports anyway, in which case this is the method you would
normally use in practice.)
Exercise continues:
180. Select Utilities > Reports > Run to initiate the reporting process. This displays the
File Browser listing all files in the current reporting directory (specified by your System
Administrator as part of the project setting-up procedure).
181. Select the \REPORTS\TEMPLATES directory by clicking on it in the Sub-directories
window. All files with a .tmp suffix are report templates.
182. Select steel_mto.tmp, which has been designed to produce a material take-off report
for steelwork sections.
183. Click OK on the File Browser.
The Report Details form that displays requires you to specify:
where the report is to appear
what part of the database hierarchy is to be read when extracting the required types
of data.
184. Complete the Report Details form as follows:
Leave the Filename text box empty (this sends the report automatically to the
screen)
In the Hierarchy text box, enter /TESTFRMW (this lists the material take-off for the
whole of the design model).
Click OK to run the report.
The tabulated report output will be displayed in a Command Output window which is
opened automatically.
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This report shows the total cut length for each of the steel profiles used in the design
and the number of lengths into which each profile is divided. (Do not worry if part of the
heading seems inappropriate for your project; this wording is written into the template
simply as an example of the type of heading which you might want to use.)
10.3 Query Mass Properties
You can calculate the surface area, volume, mass and the position of the centre of gravity
(CofG) of a structural item from a knowledge of its geometry and the properties of the
material from which it is made. The calculation can be set to derive either a gross or a net
result; for example:
Gross weight is the weight of material needed before any negative geometry (such as
end preparations) is applied. This data is appropriate for material cost estimating etc.
Net weight is the weight of material after any negative geometry is applied. This data is
appropriate for determining as-built weights for loading calculations, transport planning
etc.
(The detailed way in which positive and negative geometry is used in calculations is
determined by the Representation Level settings. These are beyond the scope of this
introduction and you will use the default levels throughout this exercise.)
In the same way that the geometry of a section profile, joint, fitting etc. is specified by setting
the design elements SpecRef attribute to refer to an entry in a Catalogue database (as
explained in Design-to-Catalogue Cross-Reference), so its material properties are specified
by setting its Material Reference (MatRef) attribute to refer to an appropriate entry in a
Properties database. It is the material density which is the significant property used in the
mass calculations.
In the next steps of the exercise, you will first specify the material for each structural element
in your design model and then use this data to derive some mass-related details.
Exercise continues:
185. You will specify the same material for all structural items (sections, joints, fittings,
panels etc.). Navigate to the subframework TESTSBFR and then select Modify >
Material from the main menu. The Set Material form displays listing all available
material specifications in the Properties database.
186. Leave the option set to CE and select the Cascade Material to all offspring check
box. (The latter will set the MatRef for all elements below the current subframework to
the selected material automatically.)
187. From the Materials list, select GR275 (density 7850.00 Kg/M
3
) and click Apply. The
whole framework will be highlighted in the graphical view to show that all design
elements have been selected for modification to the selected material. Confirm the
change.
188. Select Query > Mass Properties. The Mass Properties form displays which allows
you to make all necessary calculations based on the current material density.
Set the upper option to CE (still at subframework level),
Set the Results option to Gross,
Click Apply.
The calculated gross surface area, volume and mass for the whole subframework is be
shown in the Mass Properties list, together with the position of the centre of gravity.
The centre of gravity will also be tagged in the graphical view.
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189. Change the Results option to Net, select the Append to list check box (so that you
can compare the next result with the existing one in the list), and click Apply again.
Note the difference between the calculated net and gross weights; this small difference
is due to the material removed for joint allowances, panel cut-outs, etc.
190. Set the upper option to Pick, click Apply, and perform similar calculations for individual
items or groups of items which you pick using the pointer. (Use Esc to terminate each
picking sequence in the usual way.)
10.4 Plot the Design Model
PDMSs drawing module provides very powerful facilities for generating annotated and
dimensioned plots of all or part of the design model. You will use just a small part of this
power to produce an isometric plot of your structural layout using default settings only.
Exercise continues:
In order for the drawing facilities to apply the correct rules for representing structural items,
you must set a design attribute which will tell the drawing module how to interpret the design
data. The attribute used for this purpose is the Function attribute of the parent Zone.
191. Navigate to the Zone which you created as /TESTZONE and select Modify >
Attributes. The Modify Attributes form displays listing the current settings for the
Zone. The Function attribute will probably say unset; it is this setting which you need
to change.
Select the Function line in the list. A small Function form displays showing the current
setting. Edit the text to replace unset by Steelwork. OK/Apply the changes.
You must now switch from the DESIGN module, which you have been using to create
the design model, to the DRAFT drawing module.
192. Select Design > Modules > Draft > Macro Files.
The DRAFT applications loads and the screen changes to show the DRAFT General
menu bar and tool bar, and an empty 2D view window, the Main Display, (analogous to
the 3D View which you have been using in DESIGN):
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You must next set up an administrative hierarchy to define how plots are to be stored
(in a real project this would probably have been done for you already). The parts of the
hierarchy with which you are concerned here are as follows:
DEPARTMENT
REGISTRY
(REGI)
(DEPT)
DRAWING
(DRWG)
SHEET
(SHEE)
LIBRARY
(LIBY)
Standard symbols, annotations etc.
VIEW
Design database elements to be drawn
LIBRARY
(LIBY)
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193. Create a Department element:
Select Create > Department
Give the Department the name STRUCDEPT.
Click OK.
This displays the Department Information form. Attributes set at Department level
are cascaded down to all lower levels.
194. Click the Attributes button on the Department Information form.
195. On the Department Attributes form:
Select the A4 drawing sheet size (this sets the Width and Height automatically).
Leave all pen definitions, hatch patterns and terminators at their default settings.
From the Ruleset Reference options, select /DRA/PRJ /REPR/GEN/STRU.
Set Backing Sheet to Reference
Select /DRA/MAS/BACKS/MET/A4_Land from the adjacent drop-down list. This
applies standard borders and data areas to all drawings created in this Department.
The settings now look as shown:
196. Click Apply on the Department Attributes form, then Dismiss.
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197. Check that the Create Registry check box on the Department Information form is
selected and OK this form. The Create REGI form displays.
198. Name the Registry STRUCREGI and click OK. This displays the Registry Information
form.
199. Click Attributes to see a Registry Attributes form. Note that all attribute settings for
the Registry have been copied from its owning Department (any individual attribute
cascaded in this way can be overwritten at a lower level if required). Dismiss the
Registry Attributes form.
200. In the Registry Information form:
Select the Create Drawing check box
Select Explicitly.
Click OK.
201. In the Create DRWG form now displayed, name the Drawing STRUCDRWG and click
OK. In the displayed Drawing Definition form, enter the Title as Structural View. Note
that the Date and Drawn By entries are derived automatically from your system log-in
data.
202. Click Apply, then Dismiss.
That completes the setting up of the drawing administration hierarchy; you are now in a
position to define the content of a drawing sheet ready for viewing and plotting.
203. Select Create > Sheet > Explicitly and OK the Create SHEET form. The Main
Display view shows the backing sheet specified earlier.
204. In the Sheet Definition form now displayed all settings have been cascaded down
from Department level. Click Apply, then Dismiss.
The detailed design data, extracted directly from the Design database, is applied to the
sheet in the form of individually defined Views.
205. Select Create > View > User-defined and OK the resulting form. A User-defined
View form is displayed, and a default rectangle is added to the Main Display to show
where the design data for this view will be plotted.
206. You will plot a single view on the sheet, so you will first resize the default view area to
fill the available space. Select Frame > Size > Cursor from the User-Defined View
menu and, when prompted, pick points just inside the top-left and bottom-right corners
of the drawing area within the backing sheet layout.
207. On the User-defined View form:
Enter the Title as ISO3 View;
Set the View Type to Global Hidden Line;
Set the Direction to ISO3 (select this using the middle Direction options list).
208. The part(s) of the design model which are to be plotted are specified by means of a
drawlist. Select Graphics > Drawlist from the User-Defined View menu to display
the Drawlist Management form. In the Reference List Members list, navigate to the
subframework holding the design model (/TESTSBFR) and click the Add button to add
it to the drawlist. Dismiss the Drawlist Management form.
209. You must now set the drawing scale so that the plotted model representation fits
sensibly into the area available on the sheet. Click the Auto Scale button on the User-
Defined View form. The precisely calculated scale is displayed in the adjacent text-
box.
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210. To modify this to the nearest smaller standard scale, click the Nearest button. The
chosen standard scale will now be displayed (e.g. 1/200). Click Apply to implement the
new scale calculation.
211. The final settings in the User-defined View form should look similar to that shown:
212. Select the Update Design button and click Apply to plot the drawlist element(s) in the
Main Display at the chosen scale:
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This is as far as you go with DRAFT in this exercise. The full range of 2D drafting facilities
available is extensive, allowing you to add dimensioning and labelling data derived directly
from the design model, and to add any other specific 2D annotation which you require.
In the next, and final, chapter, you will look at some of the facilities available for creating and
modifying some nonlinear structural design elements.
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11 Add Some Curved Steelwork
So far you have built your design model entirely from straight steelwork sections. In this final
chapter you will add some nonlinear sections.
In order to provide some reference points for use when routing a curved section, you will
construct a temporary working grid.
11.1 How PDMS Represents Curved Sections
Curved structural items are represented by Generic Section (GENSEC) elements, the
geometry of which is defined by sweeping a 2D catalogue profile along a path. This path is
represented by a Spine element, owned by the GENSEC, whose route is specified in terms
of a sequence of member Spine Points (POINSP) and Curves. For example:
The Beams & Columns application menu provides options for creating two versions of the
GENSEC:
A ring section, restricted to an arc of a circle (up to a full circle), comprising two Spine
Points separated by a single Curve.
A more general curved section, comprising any number of Spine Points and Curves.
11.2 Create a Semicircular Platform
In order to demonstrate the principles, you will create a semicircular ring section which
projects out from your existing structure. The ends of the ring section will be positioned near
the ends of the topmost beam at the western end of the structure, and it will be supported
from below by two straight sections, like this (only sections shown, not panels):
= SPINE
= POINSP
Start POINSP
End POINSP
PROFILE
CURVE
CURVE
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Exercise continues:
213. In the Beams & Columns application, set the default profile specification to British
Standard, Equal Angle, 120x120x10.0, with Justification, Member Line and Joint
Line all set to NA.
214. Navigate to the Subframe element (TESTSBFR). From the main menu bar, select
Create > Sections > Ring. The Ring Section form displays, the buttons on which
provide many different ways of specifying the sections geometry.
You do not want to create a full circle, so click Circle Definition: Arc.
215. You will define the path of the section (the GENSECs Spine) by picking the two
positions at its ends plus a third point which specifies how the arc is directed (that is,
whether it curves towards the East or the West). The diameter of the circle will be
derived automatically from the distance between the first two positions. To do this, click
the Derived diameter button (fourth button, second row).
216. To define the start of the ring section (prompt says Define ... first point), set the
Positioning Control to Pline, Distance 100 and pick near the southern end of the NA
pline of the beam (see figure at start of this section. You will probably need to unset the
180
Ring
Section
Existing
diamond
bracing
N
E
Start
End
Support
Support
Looking Down:
U
N
Existing
cross
bracing
Looking East:
Inset 100
Start
End End
Inset 100
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pline picking rules (Settings > Pick Filters > Plines) and zoom in very close to
distinguish between the plines.
217. To define the end (prompt says Define ... second point), use the same procedure at
the northern end of the same pline. The third prompt says Define ... control point. The
point you pick will determine the plane in which the ring section lies (the plane through
all three points) and the direction in which the section curves (depends on the position
of the third point relative to the line joining the first two points; or create an additional
pline rule for NA only). You want the ring section to lie in a horizontal plane and to
curve towards the west, so pick any point on the NAR pline of the beam. (This has the
same elevation as the NA pline and lies to its west.)
218. You will now create two straight sections which run from the mid-point of the beam
below the ring section, and which support the ring section at points equispaced along
its length (as shown in the preceding diagram).
Select Create > Sections > Straight. Both sections have the same start point, so on
the Section form
Set String Method to Radial.
Set the Positioning Control to Pline, Mid-Point
Pick the BOS pline of the beam.
219. To position the upper ends of the two supports, set the Positioning Control to
Element, Fraction 3 and pick the ring section twice, about one third of its length from
each end (not forgetting to Accept each support), then Esc.
You may, if you wish, modify the angle sections to give more realistic geometry at their
ends, although the current configuration is adequate for your present purpose.
220. The semicircular platform is completed by positioning a floor plate inside the supporting
angle section.
Change to the Panels & Plates application. Select Create > Panel.
On the displayed Create Panel form,
Set Thickness to 20
Justification to Centre.
The panel boundary is now defined by picking points around the ring section
(GENSEC) whose shape it is to follow.
221. Click the Derived arc passing through three points button .
Pick the three points defining the panel boundary as follows:
First point: snap to one end of GENSEC.
Second point: snap to mid-point of GENSEC.
Third point: snap to other end of GENSEC.
Escape the next prompt. The 3D View shows a circle, half of which follows the ring
section, as a construction aid. Notice that, although you have only picked three
points, the message 4 vertices defined is shown. These vertices are positioned
thus:
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Click OK to complete the panel creation.
11.3 Create a Runway Beam with Multiple Curves
To demonstrate how you can create and modify a section which follows a multiply-curved
path, you will position an overhead runway beam along the southern end of the structure:
The upper face of the runway beam will, for convenience, be positioned against the lower
faces of the beams from which it is suspended. In practice, you would probably want to
interpose hangers or bolted flanges to support the runway beam.
To make it easier to position the points and curves defining the GENSECs spine, you will
first create a horizontal working grid as a working aid (as shown in the diagram).
First pick
Second pick
Third pick
V1
V4
V2 V3
fillet radius fillet radius
=existing structure
=working grid (1000mm spacing)
=runway beam (curved section)
N
E
Grid
origin
Y
X
6 12 20
7
Start
End
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11.3.1 Define a Working Grid
Exercise continues:
222. Switch back to the Beams & Columns application. Select Utilities > Working Plane.
The resulting Working Plane form allows you to define a plane onto which all graphical
picks will be projected, with an optional grid superimposed on the plane to help you
position graphical picks without needing to refer to existing parts of the design model.
223. From the Working Plane forms menu, select Define > Linear Grid. The resulting
Working Plane - Linear Grid form allows you to define the number and spacing of the
grid lines, and the position and orientation of the grids plane. Set both the X and Y
Spacing to 1000 and enter the Number of visible lines as 40. (The grid behaves as
though it is of infinite size; this setting controls only the size of the grid shown in the 3D
View.)
224. The default position of the planes centre and its orientation are shown by the green
dotted-line square in the 3D View. Leave the Orientation as it is (Y is N, Z is U, X is E).
You want the elevation of the plane to be at the lower faces of the beams, so set the
Positioning Control to Pline, Intersect and pick the BOS plines for the two beams
which meet at the required origin (see preceding diagram). The Position should be East
0, North 0, Up 4696.6 (the latter is the height of the column less the depth of the beam).
225. Click the Preview button to see the grid in the 3D View. Select the Detail check box
and click Preview again to number the grid lines. OK the Working Plane - Linear Grid
form.
226. On the Working Plane form, select the Active and Visible check boxes (so that the
grid will be both effective and visible in the graphical view).
227. Select Working Grid Snap, which means that when you later pick positions on the
grid, the picked point will always snap to the grid intersection nearest to the pointer
position.
228. Select Control > Close from the Working Plane forms menu to complete the
operation.
11.3.2 Create a Curved Section
Note: In the following steps, you will identify positions along the path of the spine by their
(X,Y) coordinates on the working grid; for example, (X 20, Y0) is the position of the
south-eastern corner of the overall structure.
229. Set the default profile specification to British Standard, J oists, 203x152x52kg/m. Set
the Justification to TOS, so that the upper face of the runway beam will coincide with
the working plane and, therefore, with the undersides of the supporting beams. (See
generic type DINI in Some Standard Profiles for a diagram of a similar profile.)
230. Select Create > Sections > Curved. The Curved Section form displays, the buttons
on which provide various ways of specifying the path of the sections spine. Because
your section follows a complex path which does not conform to the simplified standard
geometry provided by most of the buttons, you will use a free-form definition which will
let you build up any sequence of spine points and curves.
231. Click the Free definition button .
Notice that the Working Plane toggle at the left-hand side of the Positioning Control
form is now selected. This provides a way of switching the working plane on or off
without having to display the Working Plane form each time. The red highlight on the
toggle button is intended as a reminder when the working plane is active, since you can
get unexpected results if you forget it is on when you make graphical picks.
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232. You are now in event-driven graphics mode, ready to pick the sequence of positions
which will define the spine. Set the Positioning Control to Screen, Snap. Any pointer
pick you make will be projected onto the working plane and will then snap to the
nearest grid intersection point (remember that you set Working Grid Snap to On when
you defined the grid previously). If you make a mistake at any stage, the Undo button
on the Curved Section form lets you delete one or more points in reverse order.
233. With reference to the grid coordinates, pick position (X0, Y2) to define the start (origin)
of the GENSEC.
Set the Radius to 2000 and pick (X4, Y2) to define the position of the first curve.
With Radius still set to 2000, pick the following positions, in this order: (X4, Y6), (X8,
Y6), (X8, Y2), (X18, Y2), (X18, Y6), (X20, Y6). When you pick the last position, you will
be warned that it is not possible to fit in a curve with 2000 radius so close to the
preceding position and will be asked if this represents the end point: click Yes to
complete the operation. Close the Curved Section form.
11.3.3 Modify a Curved Section
To demonstrate how easily you can modify a curved section, you will reroute part of the
runway beam as follows:
234. Check that the new GENSEC is the current element and select Modify > Sections >
Definition. The Modify Section (Curved) form displays which allows you to edit the
position and/or radius for each individual point/curve in the spine.
235. Set the first Spine Point option to Start and pick the new start position at (X0, Y1). Click
the Modify button to implement the move.
236. Change the first Spine Point option to Curve and set the second Spine Point option
(up/down arrows) to 1. Move Curve 1 to (X4, Y1), leaving its Radius set to 2000.
Note: The graphical aids show the position and radius of the current and adjacent curves
as you modify the spine shape. The X and Y Attributes on the Modify Section
(Curved) form show the coordinates relative to the GENSECs origin (start), not in
terms of the working grid positions.
=modified path
Y
X
6 12 20
7
0
=original path
Start
End
1
1 =curve number (at new fillet position)
4
5
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237. Move Curve 4 to (X8, Y1) and change its Radius to 3000.
238. Select Curve 5 and change the third Spine Point option from Fillet to Centre:
Notice how the graphical aid now shows the radius centre at (X16, Y4) instead of the
radius fillet at (X18, Y2). Move the centre to (X15, Y4), press Modify, then change the
Radius to 3000.
The latter operation illustrates the two ways of specifying a curves position:
239. Repeat the clash checks which you carried out on the earlier version of the design
model in Check for Clashes. Think about the reasons for the extra clashes which are
diagnosed for the current design.
240. Save your design changes and exit from PDMS.
11.4 Production Features for Outfit Steel
To take advantage of the production features for Outfit Steel, a Production Preparation
Model (PPM) needs to be created. The PPM is created using the PPM addin.
The PPM is a special kind of Hull Panel.
Once the PPM is created, it can use the production features of Hull production system. For
full details and description, see Marine Documentation, Hull Detailed Design, Production
Features of PDMS Steel.
11.5 Conclusion
This concludes both the tutorial exercise and this introduction to some of the ways in which
PDMS and AVEVA applications can help you in your structural design work. You should now
have an insight into the potential power of PDMS and sufficient confidence to explore some
of the more advanced options on your own.
For further technical details, refer to the sources of information listed in the last appendix.
If you have not already done so, you are strongly advised to attend one or more of the
specialised PDMS training courses, which will show you how to get the maximum benefits
from the product in your own working environment (see Further Training in the Use of
PDMS).
Centre position
Fillet position
Radius
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The part of the DESIGN database hierarchy which holds structural elements is as follows
(elements in italics, e.g. RELEASE, are for analytical purposes only):
STRUCTURE
(STRU)
FRAMEWORK
SECTION PRIMARY NODE
SECONDARY NODE
PRIMARY JOINT
SECONDARY JOINT
PANEL
ROUTING PLANE GROUP
LOAD CASE DESCRIPTOR
FITTING
SECTION POINT LOAD
SECTION DISTRIBUTED LOAD
RELEASE NODAL LOAD
NODAL DISPLACEMENT
RELEASE
NODAL LOAD
NODAL DISPLACEMENT
ROUTING PLANE SUBFRAMEWORK
PRIMARY COMPOUND JOINT
SECONDARY COMPOUND JOINT
PANEL FITTING
PANEL LOOP
PANEL LINEAR JOINT
PANEL VERTEX
PANEL LINEAR JOINT
PANEL VERTEX
COFITTING
NEGATIVE EXTRUSION
LOOP
VERTEX
(FRMW)
(LCDE)
(RPLG)
(RPLA) (SBFR)
(SCTN) (PNOD)
(PANE) (PALJ )
(PFIT)
(PLOO)
(PAVE)
(PALJ )
(PAVE)
(COFI)
(NXTR)
(LOOP)
(VERT)
(PCOJ ) (PJ OI)
(RELE)
(NODI)
(NOLO)
(SCOJ )
(NOLO)
(NODI)
(RELE)
(SJ OI)
(FITT)
(SDLO)
(SPLO)
(SNOD)
SUBJOINT
(SUBJ )
SUBJOINT(SUBJ )
optional
negative
primitives
SECTION LINEAR JOINT
SECTION VERTEX
(SELJ )
(SEVE)
GENERIC SECTION
(GENSEC)
SPIN
(SPINE)
SPINE POINT
(POINSP)
CURVE
(CURVE)
JOINT LINE DATUM
(J LDATUM)
POSITION LINE DATUM
(PLDATUM)
FIXING
(FIXI)
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B Structural Catalogue Guide
This appendix gives a much-simplified introduction to the way the structural catalogue is
used in creating the design model and lists the principal features of some standard
catalogue components to which you may want to refer when creating your design model.
(For full details of the way in which the catalogue is built up and used, see the Catalogue
and Specifications Reference Manual.)
B.1 Basic Features of the Catalogue
All profiles, joints, fittings etc. used in the design are selected from the Catalogue database
by setting the Specification Reference for the corresponding design element so that it points
to the required catalogue entry.
Each catalogue item is defined in terms of two subsidiary sets of data:
A Geometry Set, which defines the overall physical shape of the item in terms of a set
of 2D and/or 3D basic shapes (known as primitives). A sectional profile is made up of
2D primitives only (which are extruded to form a 3D section in the design model); a
joint or a fitting is made up of 3D primitives which define its complete volume. A
geometry set can include negative 3D primitives to represent holes.
Point Set, which defines a number of reference points and directions superimposed on
the geometric shape so that individual parts of that shape can be identified and
manipulated. These reference points can include p-points, which represent a 1D point
position and a direction, and p-lines (or plines), which represent a 2D line and a
direction.
A range of catalogue components with similar overall geometry will all reference the same
geometry set and point set, so that the amount of data needed to represent all possible
items is kept to a minimum. The dimensions of the items are not fixed in the catalogue but
are expressed in terms of design parameters. Values are allocated to these parameterised
dimensions when the item is used in a specific part of the design model: they may either be
set explicitly or derived from associated dimensions of other design components to which
the item is to be connected.
B.2 P-line Identification
Each p-line is identified by a two, three or four letter code (known as its PKEY) which
identifies its relative position in the 2D profile (remember that each p-line is extruded in the
design model to represent a line running along the length of a section). The most commonly
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referenced PKEYs use the following naming conventions (each profile uses only a subset of
these):
BBH Bottom bolt hole
BBHL Bottom bolt hole, left
BBHR Bottom bolt hole, right
BLW Bottom left of web
BLWT Bottom left web top
BOC Bottom of channel
BOS Bottom of steel
BRW Bottom right of web
BRWT Bottom right web, top
FOC Face of channel
HBA Hole, bottom of angle
HOA Hole, outside of angle
IOC Inside of channel
LBOA Left bottom of angle
LBOC Left bottom of channel
LBOS Left bottom of steel
LBTS Left bottom top of steel
LTBA Left top bottom of angle
LTBS Left top bottom of steel
LTOC Left top of channel
LTOS Left top of steel
LTTA Left top of angle
NA Neutral axis
NAB Neutral axis bottom
NAL Neutral axis left
NALO Neutral axis left outside
NAR Neutral axis right
NARO Neutral axis right outside
NAT Neutral angle top
RBOA Right bottom of angle
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B.3 Some Standard Profiles
The following pages illustrate the principal catalogue profiles, showing the p-lines and
parameterised dimensions associated with each.
RBOC Right bottom of channel
RBOS Right bottom of steel
RBTS Right bottom top of steel
ROA Right of angle
ROC Right outside of channel
RTBS Right top bottom of steel
RTOC Right top of channel
RTOS Right top of steel
TBH Top bolt hole
TBHL Top bolt hole, left
TBHR Top bolt hole, right
TLW Top left of web
TLWB Top left web, bottom
TOAX Top of angle, X orientation
TOAY Top of angle, Y orientation
TOC Top of channel
TRWB Top right web, bottom
TOS Top of steel
TRW Top right of web
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B.4 Some Standard Joints
The following diagrams illustrate the principal types of joint in the catalogue, showing the
parameterised dimensions (as described on the corresponding forms) which must be
specified when each joint is connected to a section in the design.
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B.4.1 Column Connections
Column Flange:
a
b
c
Dist from TOS = a
Dist from BOS = b
Thk of Plt = c
Column Web:
a
b
c
Dist from TOS = a
Dist from BOS = b
Thk of Plt = c
d
d
Notch Depth = d
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B.4.2 Cleated Connections
Bolted Web:
4M20_bolted_web_cleats
a Length of cleats = a
Cutback Bolted Web:
a Length of cleats = a
Welded Seat:
a
Extension Width of Bottom Angle = a
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B.4.3 End Preparations
Single Clearance:
a
Radius of Rathole = a
Double Clearance:
Flush_p_cutback:
a
Radius of Rathole = a
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B.4.4 Baseplate Connections
Flush_p_cutback_with_snipe:
a
Radius of Rathole
30mm_thick_attached_baseplate:
Dia of Bolt = a
a
30mm_thick_user_defined_baseplate:
Depth of Plt = a
Width of Plt = b
Bolt wrt Depth = c
Bolt wrt Width = d
Dia of Bolt = e
e
c
c
a
d d
b
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B.4.5 Double Notched End Plates
B.4.6 Single Notched End Plates
B.5 Some Standard Fittings
The following diagrams illustrate some typical fittings from the catalogue, showing the
parameterised dimensions (as described on the corresponding forms) which must be
specified when each fitting is added to the design.
Dble Notch End Plate:
4M6_10mm_thk_plt
Sgle Notch End Plate:
a
b
1st Row = a
2nd Row = b
3rd Row = 0
(in this example)
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B.5.1 Stiffeners
Single Full Depth:
10mm_flange_stiffener
Double Full Depth:
8mm_double_stiffener
Single Partial Depth:
8mm_single_stiffener
a
b
short length = a
long length = b
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B.5.2 Fire Insulation
B.5.3 Lifting Lugs
Parallel Flange Beam:
a
c
b
e
g
f
d
Top Flange Top Thickness = a
Top Flange Width =
bTop Flange Bottom Thickness = c
Web Thickness = d
Bottom flange Top Thickness = e
Bottom flange Width = f
Bottom Flange Bottom Thickness = g
Position Line NA
Zdistance (measured from POSS of
section) determines start of insulation
General Lifting Lug (GEN-
a
d
e
b
c
Height of Pad Eye = a
Width of Pad Eye = b
Vertical Distance = c
Shape Radius = d
Hole Radius = e
Pad Eye Thickness = f
(not shown)
Lifting Lug, Bolted:
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C Other Relevant Documentation
This guide serves purely as an introduction to those parts of PDMS most relevant to
structural design. Therefore, it describes only the main concepts needed to get you started.
Documents that can provide you with further information are listed below.
C.1 PDMS Introductory Guides
There is a set of introductory guides like this one, that introduce a subset of principal PDMS
facilities to new users. The set of guides is as follows:
Accommodation User Guide
HVAC Design User Guide
Pipework Design User Guide
Pipework Support Design User Guide
Introduction to Common Functionality
Introduction to Templates
Drawing Production User Guide
Introduces the range of facilities available in the DRAFT module.
Reporting
Introduces the database reporting utility available from within most PDMS
applications, including the use of expressions to select relevant data.
Graphical Model Manipulation Guide
Introduces the DESIGN Model Editor, which enables you to position and orientate
selected Plant Items using the mouse pointer.
C.2 PDMS Reference Manuals
The full PDMS documentation set includes a number of reference manuals which give
detailed explanations of all the technical concepts involved. These manuals also describe
the underlying command syntax which can be used to control PDMS directly (should you
wish to bypass the forms and menus interface).
Reference manuals particularly relevant to structural design work include:
DESIGN Reference Manual
Covers concepts and commands for all design disciplines.
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ISODRAFT Reference Manual
Explains how to create customised piping isometric plots.
DRAFT Reference Manual
Explains the PDMS 2D drafting facilities.
Catalogue and Specifications Reference Manual
Explains how to set up a PDMS Catalogue and create tabulated specifications.
C.3 General Guides
The following guides are intended for use only by experienced PDMS users who want to
write their own applications:
Software Customisation Guide
Explains how to write your own application macros using PML (AVEVAs
Programmable Macro Language) and how to design your own forms and menus
interface.
Software Customisation Reference Manual
Supplements the Customisation Guide. Includes a list of PML 2 Objects, Members
and Methods. For Forms and Menus objects, the command syntax relating to the
objects is included.
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D Sample Plots
This appendix comprises some examples of typical (though relatively simple) plots showing
the sorts of structural designs which may be created using PDMS with the AVEVA structural
applications.
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12.0 Index page 1
A
Application
Panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:1
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:1
loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:1
B
Bracing
creating individual members . . . . . . . 6:3
creating standard configurations . . . 6:7
modifying bracing gaps . . . . . . . . . . 6:4
C
Catalogue database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:1
Centre of gravity calculations . . . . . . . . 10:5
Clash
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
Clash checking
checking process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:2
clash limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:2
extent of clash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
obstruction levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
obstruction list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:2
principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
Clash limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:2
Clashing extent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
Clearance
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:2
Collection See List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:17
Copying
mirror option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:5
offset option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:18
Curve
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:1
Curved section
creating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:5
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:1
modifying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:6
D
Database hierarchy
Draft data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:7
Density . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:5
Design Explorer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:4
Design parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:1
Display
restoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:1
Distance
measuring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:4
DRAFT applications
loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:6
Draft database hierarchy . . . . . . . . . . . 10:7
DRAFT module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:6
Drag
panel edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:7
Drawing sheet, Draft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:9
E
Edge
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:2
dragging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:7
picking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:6
End position
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:1
identifying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:4
Event-driven graphics mode . . . . . . . . 4:11
F
Fillet radius
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:2
setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:7
Forms and display
restoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:1
Function attribute
setting for Draft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:6
G
Generic Section (GENSEC)
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:1
GENSEC
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:1
Geometry set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:1
Graphical view . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:4
Gross weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:5
H
Hard obstruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
Holes
negative extrusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:9
penetrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:1
I
Isometric view . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:8
J
J oint
beta angle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:9
connection references . . . . . . . . . . 6:10
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cutback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:10
cutting plane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:10
dominant/subordinate . . . . . . . . . . . 6:12
joint freedom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:12
origin plane direction . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:9
position and orientation . . . . 6:10, 6:11
position line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:9, 6:11
secondary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:17
selecting from catalogue . . . . . . . . 6:11
specifying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:9, 6:11
J oint line
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:4
J ustification
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:4
specifying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:13
L
Linear grid
defining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:5
List
adding members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:17
creating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:17
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:17
Logging in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:3
Loop (LOOP)
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:9
M
Mass calculations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:5
Mass properties
querying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:5
Material reference (MatRef) . . . . . . . . . 10:5
Measuring facility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:4
Member line
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:4
Menu bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:4
Module
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:1
N
Negative extrusion (NXTR)
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:9
Negative volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:9
Net weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:5
Node
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:2
deleting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:5
primary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:2
secondary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:2, 4:17
O
Obstruction levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
Obstruction list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:2
P
Panel (PANE)
creating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:3
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:1
Panel edge
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:2
dragging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:7
picking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:6
Panel fillet radius
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:2
setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:7
Panel fitting (PFIT)
beta angle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:1
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:1
justification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:1
position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:1
Panel loop (PLOO)
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:2
Panel origin
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:4
Panel thickness
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:2
Panel vertex (PAVE)
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:2
modifying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:5
picking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:6
Panel vertex creation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:4
Panning view . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:9
Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:1
Penetration
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:1
Physical clash
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
Pick mode prompt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:11
PKEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:1
Plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:1
Pline
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4:1, B:1
identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:1
Pline rule
function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:1
setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:2
Plotting facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:6
Point set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:1
P-point
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:1
Primary node
automatic creation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:3
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Primitives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B:1
Profile (PROF)
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:1
specifying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:3
Properties database . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:5
R
Regular structure
creating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:1
Reports
templates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:4
Representation
setting graphical view . . . . . . . . . . . 6:11
Representation level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:5
Ring section
creating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:2
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:1
Rotating view . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:9
S
Save work facility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:21
Saving design changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:21
Secondary joint (SJ OI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:17
Secondary node (SNOD) . . . . . . . . . . . 4:17
Section
extending/shortening . . . . . . . . 5:4, 6:1
Section (SCTN)
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:1
Sheet, Draft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:9
Snap function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:11
Soft obstruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:1
Specification reference (SpecRef) . . . . . B:1
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:1
specifying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:3
Spine
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:1
Spine Point (POINSP)
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:1
Split facility
panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:5
sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:15
Start position
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:1
identifying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:4
Startup display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:3
Status bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:4
Storage area
specifying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:2, 7:3
Surface area calculations . . . . . . . . . . . 10:5
T
Tidy nodes facility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:5
Title bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:4
Tool bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:4
Touch
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:2
Trimming sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:1
V
Vertex (VERT)
definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:9
Vertex creation (panels) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:4
View
3D/graphical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3:4, 4:8
centre of interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:11
direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:8
panning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:9
representation setting . . . . . . . . . . 6:11
rotating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:9
zooming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:9
Volume calculations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:5
W
Weight calculations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:5
Working grid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:5
Working plane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:5
Z
Zooming view . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:9