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Configuring in a Multiproject
Use of Multiproject Engineering
You can use multiproject engineering if you wish to have several project teams work in parallel on
complex projects.
To facilitate this, divided the automation solution technologically into multiple projects. The projects are
created on a central engineering station under a "multiproject" and are moved to the workstations of
the various planning engineers for processing (distributed engineering stations). Once the projects
have been processed and returned to the multiproject, cross-project data can be harmonized with the
support of the system.
Structure of the Multiproject
The multiproject is a structure at a level above the projects within the SIMATIC Manager. It comprises
all the projects, the master data library, as well as the subordinate objects (AS, OS, programs, charts,
etc.) for an automation solution.

Rules for Distribution to the Projects


Split the automation solution up in such a way that all the automation systems and operator stations
which a planning engineer has to edit are contained in a single project. The following rules apply:

Note
Note the following:


A project in a multiproject may only be edited by one planning engineer at any given time.

The smallest possible unit of a project is an AS or an OS.

Only move complete projects to a distributed engineering station.

Only move objects (AS, OS) to a distributed engineering station in the form which is actually
necessary for editing. This means that all other objects of the multiproject are available for editing
on the central distributed engineering stations.

An OS server must contain all the plant hierarchies of the automation systems which are assigned
to it.

Rules for Multiproject Engineering with SIMATIC BATCH


CAUTION
For multiproject engineering with SIMATIC BATCH, distributed engineering on distributed engineering
stations including testing is only possible when certain conditions are met and the additional steps are
taken.
You can find additional information about this with the following link:
http://support.automation.siemens.com/WW/view/de/23785345

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Operating-system requirements

Note
Note the following:


In the case of distributed engineering for large projects, Windows Server 2003 must be installed on
the central engineering station to facilitate work on the network.

The distributed engineering stations can use Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003
operating systems.

Recommended procedure at a glance


To enable you to work successfully with the multiproject, familiarize yourself with the multiproject in the
section "Working with projects in the Multiproject" on the online help for STEP 7. We recommend the
following procedure for working with PCS 7.
Step

Description

Create the multiproject with a project and the master data


library on the central engineering station (using the PCS 7
"New Project" wizard).

Insert further projects and store the multiproject master data


on the central engineering station.

Move the projects, which are contained in the multiproject,


and the master data library to the distributed engineering
stations.

Distributed Editing of the Projects

Moving the distributed projects back to the central


engineering station

Executing cross-project functions on the central engineering


station

Note
While cross-project functions functions are executed, all the projects involved must be physically
present in the multiproject on the central engineering station, and they may not be being worked on.
In accordance with this procedure, the configuration process is also described in the section
"Conducting the PCS 7 Configuration".
Re. step 3 - Recommended time for moving for the purposes of distributed editing
There is no particular point in time at which the projects should be moved to the distributed engineering
stations. We recommend that you at least execute the following steps on the central engineering
station beforehand:


Create the multiproject with the individual projects

Create the AS and PC stations for OS, BATCH, Route Control and Open PCS 7 underneath the
individual projects

Create the structure of the plant hierarchy

Compile the master data library with the objects which have to be used jointly in the projects

In accordance with this procedure, the configuration process is also described in the section
"Conducting the PCS 7 Configuration".

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Re. step 6 - Cross-project functions


The cross-project functions ensure that you can handle a multiproject virtually like a single project in
the SIMATIC Manager. This allows you to archive the multiproject along with all the projects and
master data library, for example, or to save it in a different location.
In addition, there are cross-project functions which, after distributed editing, ultimately have to be
executed in the multiproject on the central engineering station. They include:


Merging cross-project subnets and connections to textual references

Configuring the new cross-project (S7) connections between AS and OS

Compiling all the components contained in the PCS 7 plant (AS, OS, BATCH, Route Control, etc.)
and downloading them automatically to the PLCs in the correct order

For each OS client: Downloading the data from all the corresponding OS servers
The server data only has to be downloaded once. Thereafter, the server data is updated
automatically every time an OS client is started in process mode.

Creating/updating block icons

Note
While cross-project functions functions are executed, all the projects involved must be physically
present in the multiproject on the central engineering station, and they may not be being worked
on.

Additional information


Section "How to Expand the Multiproject by Adding New (Empty) Projects"

Section "How to Expand a Project with Preconfigured Stations"

Section "Distributing the Multiproject for Distributed Editing (Multiproject Engineering)"

Section "Merging Projects after Distributed Editing (Multiproject Engineering)"

Section "Additional PH Functions in a Multiproject"

Online Help for STEP 7

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