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Hangers And Supports

Options for Support Placement

Place Member Assembly Connection or Free
End Cut

Places an assembly connection or free end cut at the selected frame connection. Assembly
connections define the necessary trimming between member parts and provides for the
generation of parts such as base plates, gusset plates, and clip angles. Assembly connections also
control cutbacks, copes, notches, bolt holes, weld preparations, and slots
This command places member assembly connections or a free end cut on the member. The
software automatically places slab assembly connections for you when you place the slab

Assembly Connection
Assembly Connection Type
Select the frame connection nearest the member end to which you want to apply the assembly
What's New in Hangers and Supports Reference Data
The following changes have been made to the Hangers and Supports reference data.
Version 2011 R1 (9.1)
You can now move the related supports to the To Do List when you delete a route. This new
rule HgrSupDeleteSupportsWithRoute is in the HS_System.xls workbook on the
HgrRules sheet. Set the rule value to 0, put M in the first column, and bulkload the
workbook using the Add/Modify/Delete mode. (P2 CP:156661)
When the Add Part command is used, support component orientation is now aligned with the
route axis. You can set the default orientation using a new hanger rule,
HgrSupPortTypesForAutoOrient in the HS_System.xls workbook on the HgrRules sheet.
(P2 CP:200698)
You can now use the Place by Structure and Place by Point commands to place supports on
Circular Section structural members, such as HSS, CS, and PIPE. (CP:71944)

Hangers and Supports Reference Data
Before working with hangers and supports reference data, you must be familiar with how
SmartPlant 3D handles reference data in general. If you have not already done so, read and
understand the following important concepts and procedures described in the SmartPlant 3D
Reference Data Guide:
Custom attributes
Symbol creation
Codelists (also referred to as "select lists")
Naming rules
For example, before you can define support parts, you must understand how part data relates to
data on the custom interfaces sheet, and how that information relates to parameters defined when
the part symbol is created.
Hangers and Supports Workbooks
The hangers and supports reference data is defined in several Microsoft Excel workbooks. The
software delivers these workbooks to the [Product Directory]\CatalogData\Bulkload\DataFiles
folder. Additional workbooks are delivered to the [Product
Directory]\CatalogData\Bulkload\AdditionalDataFiles folder. The following tables list the
delivered workbooks and give a brief description of their content.
The file names all start with "HS" for easy recognition.
The following table contains workbooks available in the [Product
Directory]\CatalogData\Bulkload\DataFiles folder.
Workbook Content
HS_Anvil.xls Defines part classes from the Anvil catalog.
HS_Anvil_Codelist.xls Defines codelists for the Anvil catalog.
HS_Assembly.xls Defines assembly part classes.
HS_Assembly_Codelist.xls Defines codelists for assemblies.
HS_GTypeComponent.xls Defines the imported GType component symbol.
HS_HgrAisc- LRFD-
Defines the AISC secondary steel.
HS_LRParts.xls Defines load-rated parts for rigid rod assemblies.
HS_S3DParts.xls Defines point and rectangle weld parts.
HS_S3DParts_Codelist.xls Defines codelists for point and rectangle weld parts.
HS_Str-AISC-LRFD-3.1.xls Defines the AISC Rich Steel.
HS_Struct-AISC-LRFD-3.1.xls Defines the AISC Secondary Hanger Steel.
Contains information such as designed supports, hanger and
support rules, and hanger discipline filters.
HS_System_Codelist.xls Defines the codelist for Hanger Steel Cutback sections.
Defines utility classes, which include concrete parts and steel
HS_Utility_Codelist.xls Defines codelists for the utility classes.
The following table contains workbooks available in the [Product
Directory]\CatalogData\Bulkload\AdditionalDataFiles folder.
* - Indicates workbooks that have been superseded by new workbooks. Rather than remove the
workbooks, they are made available to provide backward compatibility.
Workbook Content
HS_Bline_Assy.xls Defines the Cooper B-Line Cable Tray Assemblies catalog.
HS_Bline_Assy_Codelist.xls Defines the Cooper B-Line Cable Tray Assemblies codelist.
HS_Bline_Tray.xls Defines the Cooper B-Line Cable Tray Parts catalog.
HS_Bline_Tray_Codelist.xls Defines the Cooper B-Line Cable Tray Parts codelist.
HS_Correspondence.xls Defines the Hanger Steel correspondence.
HS_GenericAssy.xls Defines the Generic Assemblies catalog.
HS_GenericAssy_Codelist.xls Defines the Generic Assemblies codelist.
HS_GenericParts.xls Defines the Generic Parts catalog.
HS_GenericParts_Codelist.xls Defines the Generic Parts codelist.
HS_Halfen_Assy.xls Defines the Halfen Assemblies catalog.
HS_Halfen_Assy_Codelist.xls Defines the Halfen Assemblies codelist.
HS_Halfen_PC.xls Defines the Halfen Parts catalog.
HS_Halfen_PC_Codelist.xls Defines the Halfen Parts codelist.
*HS_HgrAisc_Deprecated.xls Defines the AISC hanger beams.
*HS_HgrAust-05_Deprecated.xls Defines the Hanger Aust-05-catalog.
*HS_HgrCisc_Deprecated.xls Defines the CISC metric hanger beams.
*HS_HgrEuro_Deprecated.xls Defines Hanger Euro catalog.
Defines the Hanger Euro OTUA-2002 catalog.
*HS_HgrEuro_OTUA_Deprecated.xls Defines the Hanger Euro OTUA catalog.
*HS_HgrJapan_Deprecated.xls Defines the Hanger Japanese catalog.
HS_HVAC_Assy.xls Defines the HVAC Duct Support Assemblies catalog.
HS_HVAC_Assy_Codelist.xls Defines the HVAC Duct Support Assemblies codelist.
HS_HVAC_Parts.xls Defines HVAC Duct Supports.
HS_HVAC_Parts_Codelist.xls Defines HVAC Duct Supports codelist.
HS_Lisega.xls Defines part classes from the Lisega catalog.
HS_Lisega_Codelist.xls Defines codelists for the Lisega catalog.
HS_Marine.xls Defines the Marine Parts catalog.
HS_Marine_Assy.xls Defines the Marine Assemblies catalog.
HS>Marine_Assy_Codelist.xls Defines the Marine Assemblies codelist.
HS_Power1_Assy.xls Defines the Power1 Assemblies catalog.
HS_Power1_Assy_Codelist.xls Defines the Power1 Assemblies codelist.
HS_Power1_Parts.xls Defines the Power1 Parts catalog.
HS_PSL.xls Defines the PSL Parts catalog.
HS_PSL_Codelist.xls Defines the PSL Parts codelist.
HS_RestraintSupports.xls Defines the Symbolic Restraint supports.
HS_ShipSteel.xls Defines the Ship Secondary Steel.
HS_Str-AISC-LRFD-3.0.xls Defines the AISC 3.0 Rich Steel hanger beams.
HS_Str-AISC-Metric.xls Defines the AISC Rich Steel hanger beams in metric.
HS_Str_AISC_SHAPES-3.1.xls Defines the AISC SHAPES-3.1 Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str_AUST.xls Defines the AUST-05 Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-AUST-05.xls Defines the AUST-05 Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-BS.xls Defines the BS Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-Chile-2000 Defines the Chile-2000 Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-China-2006 Defines the China-2006 Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-CISC-7-2.xls Defines the CISC-7.2 Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-CISC-8.1.xls Defines the CISC-8.1 Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-Euro.xls Defines the Euro Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-EURO-OTUA-2002.xls Defines the EURO-OTUA-2002 Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-Japan.xls Defines the Japan Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-Japan-2005.xls Defines the Japan-2005 Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-Russia.xls Defines the Russia Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Str-SAISC-2002.xls Defines the SAISC-2002 Rich Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-AISC-LRFD-3.0.xls Defines the AISC 3.0 Hanger Steel hanger beams.
HS_Struct-AISC-Metric.xls Defines the AISC Hanger Steel hanger beams in metric.
HS_Struct_AISC_SHAPES-3.1.xls Defines the AISC SHAPES-3.1 Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct_AUST.xls Defines the AUST-05 Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-AUST-05.xls Defines the AUST-05 Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-BS.xls Defines the BS Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-Chile-2000 Defines the Chile-2000 Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-China-2006 Defines the China-2006 Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-CISC-7-2.xls Defines the CISC-7.2 Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-CISC-8.1.xls Defines the CISC-8.1 Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-Euro.xls Defines the Euro Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-EURO-OTUA-2002.xls Defines the EURO-OTUA-2002 Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-Japan.xls Defines the Japan Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-Japan-2005.xls Defines the Japan-2005 Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-Russia.xls Defines the Russia Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_Struct-SAISC-2002.xls Defines the SAISC-2002 Hanger Steel catalog.
HS_TrayShip.xls Defines the TrayShip Cable Tray Assembly catalog.
HS_TrayShip_Assy.xls Defines the TrayShip Cable Tray Support Assembly catalog.
HS_TrayShip_Assy_Codelist.xls Defines the TrayShip Cable Tray Support Assembly codelist.
HS_TrayShip_Codelist.xls Defines the TrayShip Cable Tray Assembly codelist.
HS_Util_Metric.xls Defines the Utility Metric Parts.
HS_Util_Metric_Codelist.xls Defines the Utility Metric codelist.
Delta files are delivered in the [Product
Directory]\CatalogData\Bulkload\AdditionalDataFiles\Delta2009to2009.1 folder.

The hangers and supports that you place in your model are based on individual parts, such as a
beam clamp or a welded lug. A single support may be comprised of multiple parts. This grouping
of parts is called a support assembly. The following figure shows a typical support with an
assembly that contains five unique parts.

assembly information rule
Each assembly defined in the reference data is assigned an assembly information rule
The software properly positions the parts in relation to each other, the supported object (such as a
pipe), and the supporting object (such as a beam) by applying constraints between ports
To simplify things, relationships between parts are described using joints instead of individual
constraints. Each joint represents a series of constraints that simulate the mechanical connection
between parts
Placement of implied parts can only be done using an assembly information rule.
Although an implied part does not have a graphical representation in the model, it does appear
in the Workspace Explorer with its own associated icon as shown in the following illustration
To select an implied part, you must select No Filter in the Locate Filter box. You can use copy
and paste to place the selected implied part under a design support.

Part Ports
When creating part symbols that you intend to use in support assemblies, you should specify
outputs called ports to aid in the placement of the part symbol. The following figure shows the
output ports for a pipe clamp part symbol

Ports convey information through their relative location with respect to the symbol graphics
The geometric information associated with each port is, in essence, a coordinate system. The port
defines an origin, three axes, and three planes

part ports define the connection relationship between parts in an assembly
part ports define the connection relationship between parts in an assembly

Reference Ports
reference ports define how a support assembly attaches to the supporting object (such as a beam)
and the supported object (such as a pipe or cable tray). Unlike part symbol ports, reference ports
are provided by the software and cannot be moved
The example support that we have been discussing needs two reference ports, one on the beam
and one on the pipe. The Z-axis of the supported object (in this case, the pipe) always points
toward the supporting object (the beam). Conversely, the Z-axis of the supporting object (the
beam) port always points toward the supported object (the pipe).
When you are defining assembly information rules in Visual Basic, the reference port on the pipe
is called -1, ROUTE. The reference port on the beam is called -1, STRUCTURE. If you are
connecting to more than one beam or structure, those ports are called -1, STRUCTURE; -1,
STRUCT_2; and so forth.
Other ports called STRUCTALT and ROUTEALT are available if you are creating supports on
sloping structure. While the STRUCTURE port gives you the port location with the support
perpendicular to the structure, the STRUCTALT port gives you the port location with the
support vertically connected (parallel to the global Z-axis) to the structure. For a Circular Section
structure member, the STRUCTURE ports are created on the surface at the closest position to the
route axis, and the STRUCTALT ports are created on the center axis line of the member. If the
structure is not sloping, the STRUCTURE port and the STRUCTALT port are in the same