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1 Area Based ADP User Guide Introduction Introduction Area Based ADP (Automatic Drawing Production) can

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Introduction

Area Based ADP (Automatic Drawing Production) can be used as an extension to the DRAFT module of either AVEVA Plant or AVEVA Marine - henceforth known as the “base product” in this document.

Area Based ADP (henceforth known as the “ABA” in this document) does not work with the Hull Drafting Module of AVEVA Marine.

ABA drawings are compiled by selecting predefined areas and templates created by the ABA administrator. An area is a physical box volume within the database defined by coordinates, and a template is a drawing layout with set parameters describing a number of views, graphical representation in the views, and types of labelling.

The purpose of this document is to provide the ABA user with guidance on how to work with the application to produce drawings from the 3D model. A pre-requisite to using ABA is that the ABA administrator has installed and configured ABA for use with the base product. The ABA Installation Guide and the ABA Administrator Guide documents give information on these activities.

ABA allows a user to produce drawings by selecting predefined physical box volumes (known as areas), and matching them to a template that describes the format of the drawing to be produced. A typical example of the work process by an ABA user is updating the drawings after a change has been made to the design model for a maintenance project. The user enters the DRAFT module, starts ABA, selects the area and reproduces all the drawings generated for that area, running the process overnight.

This guide takes the ABA user through all the steps needed to produce new and existing drawings, in a logical order. However, the information has been compiled in a format that should allow a user to reference a particular aspect of ABA to gain specific information.

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The only functionality a normal Drafting user has within the ABA application is the ability to create drawings using the administrative elements previously defined by a Drafting administrator. If any of the application components covered in this user guide do not exist, consult your ABA administrator.

2.1 Start the Application

To begin creating one or more ABA drawings select Draft>Auto Drawing Production from the main menu.

Draft>Auto Drawing Production from the main menu. This displays the ADP main menu bar containing the

This displays the ADP main menu bar containing the Area Based ADP menu selections, Area Based ADP Defaults in the Settings menu and Area ADP Drawings in the Create menu.

2.2 ABA Defaults

If your project has been organised in such a way that different disciplines have different ABA libraries, you will probably need to select a differen t Defaults file to that initially loaded. To do this, select Settings>Area Based ADP Defaults from the main menu, then enter the name of the defaults file into the Defaults File text box and click the Load button. The values held in the defaults file appear on the form.

As you loaded this new defaults file its name was stored. When you re-enter the ABA application at the next session, this defaults file will be the one opened initially.

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To start the ABA drawing process select Create>Area ADP Drawings from the main menu.

select Create>Area ADP Drawings from the main menu. The Process Drawings Control form is displayed allowing

The Process Drawings Control form is displayed allowing you to begin creating drawings.

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The key activities you can perform in this form are:

• Select combinations of areas and templates to define New Drawings.

• Select Existing Drawings to be updated or regenerated.

• Select or define a Drawing Registry Area to store the drawings.

• Add the required Process Settings to the drawings.

Start Processing drawings (either immediately or as a batch process).

2.3.1 Main Menu Options

The main menu options are:

Area Based ADP User Guide Using Area Based ADP File>Load Log File Displays the File
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Area Based ADP User Guide Using Area Based ADP File>Load Log File Displays the File Browser

File>Load Log File Displays the File Browser Form.

File>Close Closes the Process Drawings Control form.

Setting>General Defaults Displays the ABA Defaults form.

Browse>Existing Drawings Displays the ABA Browse Sheets Form which allows you to view ABA drawings that have already been created. Closing the browser returns you to the Process Drawings Control form.

Browse>Stored LogFiles Displays the File Browser Form.

Browse>Show Version Displays the currently installed version of ABA.

File Browser Form

The File Browser form is used to navigate to the required directory (the default is %PDMSABALOG%), and then select the required file.

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• In the Current Directory part of the form click the Home Directory button accesses the directory from which you entered the base product.

• In the Sub Directories part of the form, click on the directory in the list to access its contents.

• The Files part of the form shows the logfiles that exist in the chosen directory.

• Select the Load radio button to load the contents of the logfile into the selection fields of the Process Drawings Control form i.e. areas and templates, thus allowing you to re- create a previous process run.

• Select the Edit radio button to display a default editor.

• Select the Delete radio button to delete a logfile.

to traverse folders. Click on a

Area Based ADP User Guide Using Area Based ADP ABA Browse Sheets Form To view
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ABA Browse Sheets Form

User Guide Using Area Based ADP ABA Browse Sheets Form To view a drawing, select it

To view a drawing, select it from the list or use the keyboard up and down arrow keys to cycle through the list.

The top menu bar of the ABA Browse Sheets form has these options:

File>Re-Load

Refreshes the list of available ABA drawings.

File>Close

Closes the form.

Browse>Stored LogFiles

displays a form to read any stored logfile.

Area Based ADP User Guide Using Area Based ADP Right-click in the Browse sheets form
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Right-click in the Browse sheets form to display these options:

Displays the ABA Template View form and accesses the views available under the sheet template from which the picked drawing was derived.

Displays the ABA Template Sheet form and accesses the sheet template from which the picked drawing was derived.

Modify Template Drawing Displays the ABA Template Drawing form and accesses the drawing template from which the picked drawing was derived.

Modify Template View(s)

Modify Template Sheet

2.3.2 New Drawings

This section describes the New Drawings part of the Process Drawings Control form

New Drawings part of the Process Drawings Control form To select new drawings click on the

To select new drawings click on the Select button. This displays the ABA New Drawing List form.

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Area Based ADP User Guide Using Area Based ADP . You can select drawings for specific

You can select drawings for specific areas and templates with this form.

To do this click on the requ ired combination from the lists shown or use the right mouse button options described below. These right mouse button functions are available in both lists:

Select All - selects all templates or areas within each list.

Clear Selection - clears all selected templates or areas from each list.

ABA areas are defined by the ABA Drafting Administrator (refer to Area Based ADP Administrator Guide).

Add Selection to List - includes the combination of templates and areas selected into the Process Drawings Control form.

Replace List with Selection - replaces any existing templates and areas in the Process Drawings Control form with the current selections.

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Click the Drawing Names button to select the drawing naming method.

Drawing Names button to select the drawing naming method. By default drawing names are formed as

By default drawing names are formed as a combination of the template and area names separated by a hyphen. For example:

/ABATEMPLATE1-ARE101

Select the Task option to activate the Modify Task button and allow a task to be selected from the list.

Task button and allow a task to be selected from the list. Clicking Modify Task will

Clicking Modify Task will display the /SETDRAWINGNAME form. The user can set a prefix for the drawings about to be created. Click OK to close the form.

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Area Based ADP User Guide Using Area Based ADP To close the Drawing Names form click

To close the Drawing Names form click Dismiss .

An alternative numbering option is the Auto Numbering option on the Process Drawings Control form. This uses base product naming rules and applies drawing numbers (setup by the ABA administrator) as a process task.

Once the required selection is made, click OK to populate the New Drawings list window of the Process Drawings Control form.

Any conflict with auto naming results in the default name being used.

Within the New Drawings list window of the Process Drawings Control form the following right mouse options are available to further refine the selection:

Select All - selects all templates or areas within each list.

Clear Selection - clears all templates or areas selected from each list.

Rename - allows the option to change the name by displaying the Rename Drawing form:

to change the name by displaying the Rename Drawing form: • Remove All - removes all

Remove All - removes all combinations within the drawing list.

Remove Selection - removes all selected drawings.

Sort By - allows the user to sort the field by the following attributes:

• Drawing No.

• Template Name

• Template Description

• Area Name

• Area Description

Example - Selecting Templates and Areas for a New Drawing

Add the following combinations to the Process Drawings Control form:

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Testing template 1 with areas STAB-A and STAB-D

Testing template 2 with areas STAB-A, STAB-B, STAB-C and STAB-D

To do this:

1. Click on Testing template 1 and Areas STAB-A and STAB-D in the ABA New Drawing List form.

2. Right-click and select the Add Selection to List option. The selection is added to the Process Drawings Control form. To clear the selections right-click in bo th the Drawing Templates and Design Areas windows and choose the Clear Selection option.

3. Select Testing template 2 and use the right-click Select All option to select the four areas.

4. Click OK and the second selection is added to the list.

Should Template & Area combinations already exist, the Existing Drawings panel will be populated along with the New Drawings panel.

2.3.3 Existing Drawings

This section describes the Existing Drawings part of the Process Drawings Control form.

Drawings part of the Process Drawings Control form. To add existing drawings to the Process Drawings

To add existing drawings to the Process Drawings Control form for updating, regenerating or renumbering use one of these methods:

• Use the Select button to pick from the ABA Drawing List form as follows.

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Area Based ADP User Guide Using Area Based ADP Select the existing drawings to process by

Select the existing drawings to process by clicking relevant entries in the list. Make multiple selections by hold Shift or CTLR on the keyboard.

Click OK to close the ABA Drawing List form.

• Navigate to the current element and use the Add button with the CE drop-down option selected.

• Generate a list, or use an existing list, and use the Add button with the Current List drop-down option selected.

Example - Collect all DRWG Elements

1. In the members list select the DEPT or REGI where the drawings reside.

2. Select Utilities>Lists from the main menu which displays the Lists/Collections form.

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3. Select Add>List to create a new list.

Based ADP 3. Select Add>List to create a new list. 4. Enter the description DRAWING and

4. Enter the description DRAWING and click the OK button.

5. Select Add>Selection which displays the Add to List form.

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Area Based ADP User Guide Using Area Based ADP 6. Complete the form by entering the

6. Complete the form by entering the element to be searched, element type DRWG, in the Selection field, the qualifier SPPURP EQ ‘ABAT’ in the with Rule field, and CE in the for Element field.

7. Click the Apply button and the drawings found are added to the list in the List/ Collection form.

8. Select the Current List option from the drop-down list to the right of the Add button on the Process Drawing Control form and then press the Add button. The list of drawings is added to the Existing Drawings list.

list of drawings is added to the Existing Drawings list. 2.3.4 Drawing Registry Area This section

2.3.4 Drawing Registry Area

This section describes the Drawing Registry Area part of the Process Drawings Control form.

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Area Based ADP User Guide Using Area Based ADP To help document management, each 'process run'

To help document management, each 'process run' can place the created or modified drawings in a specific registry (REGI) in the base product DRAFT database. The storage area is defined by selecting an existing registry or by creating one automatically.

Create One Automatically - automatically creates the registry. The user enters a registry name in the active field.

Use Existing Registry and Select - displays the Registry List form and allows the user to select the location for the drawings.

Note: Company naming conventions will probably be applied to these registries, contact your ABA Administrator for information on these.

contact your ABA Administrator for information on these. Restrict the displayed list to fewer entries by

Restrict the displayed list to fewer entries by checking the filter switch and entering a character string of any length. Any entry that contains the entered characters is removed from the display.

If the filter is unchecked then all available registries are displayed.

2.3.5 Process Settings

This section describes the Process Settings part of the Process Drawings Control form.

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Process Tasks

Tasks which act on the entire 'run', can be added to the drawing process. Access these tasks by clicking the Process Tasks button.

Note: If there are no tasks selected this is indicated in Red. If tasks are selected this will be indicated in green.

The available tasks are shown in the Process Drawings Control Tasks form.

are shown in the Process Drawings Control Tasks form. To add tasks, select the one required

To add tasks, select the one required and c lick on the the button.

tasks, select the one required and c lick on the the button. button. Remove tasks by
tasks, select the one required and c lick on the the button. button. Remove tasks by

button. Remove tasks by clicking

Once all the required tasks have been selected click Dismiss.

Some of the tasks can be modified by first selecting them in the Tasks Selected field and then clicking on the Modify Task button. This displays a form that allows modification of that specific task.

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Using Area Based ADP Example - Modifying the Plot Task () Enter the value for the

Enter the value for the relevant field and press the OK button.

Note: If additional tasks are needed contact your administrator and ask for the appropriate ones to be added.

Process Type

This section describes the Process Type part of the Process Drawings Control form.

Process Type part of the Process Drawings Control form. Another option associated with the process run

Another option associated with the process run is the Process Type. This defines how ABA handles the drawings, i.e. by updating, regenerating, and/or auto numbering them.

To define the type of process to be us ed, choose one of the options from the Process Type pull down menu. The choices depend on the drawings selected for processing. For example if only existing drawings are selected the create options are not displayed. The available Process Type choices are:

Create & Update - New drawings are created and existing drawings are updated. Update means that the design graphics, the tagging, and any tasks assigned to the template are re-run. No layers are deleted through this process, thus allowing user to add their own 2D layer elements if required.

Create & Regen(erate) - New drawings are created and existing drawings are Regenerated. Regenerate means that the drawing is effectively deleted and re-created. This maybe used if a new drawing is required without the user additions (for example 2D layers).

Process Tasks Only - Only those selected process tasks are actioned. Drawings are not modified. For example, if the process task Plot_Drawings is selected, then the selected existing drawings will be plotted to file.

Note: Create or Update and Regenerate options may also be available if one type of either old or new drawings is to be processed.

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The other process option is the Auto Numbering toggle. This assigns a specific numbering code to the drawings to generate a Drawing number. The ABA Administrator sets up the Drawing number, and you should refer to this person for details on how the numbering is configured.

The final step in the drawing production is to process the drawings as described in the next two sections. The options are process immediately and batch process.

2.3.6 Start Processing

Process Now

To process the drawings immediately, click the OK button. A Process Status form is displayed showing the user the current process. This form allows the user to stop the process by pressing the Cancel button.

Note: If the Cancel button is pressed processing will be interrupted and stop after the current transaction has been completed.

Once all processes have been completed the Browse form appears highlighting the last drawing created which also appears in the main view of Draft. The user can then view each sheet by clicking on it in the browser list or by using the keyboard up and down arrow keys

A logfile is created for each process run that gives information about areas and templates

used, date and time of the process, and any run time warnings or errors. The location of the logfile is specified in the Defaults form.

Batch Process

If you tick the Batch Process check box and then press the OK button, a Write a Batch

Macro form appears allowing you to specify the directory for the files to be located.

you to specify the directory for the files to be located. The default file location for

The default file location for batch processing is %PDMSABABATCH% (as defined in the defaults and is settable using the option Settings>Area Based ADP Defaults). Use the Browse button to navigation to all other directories.

This form gives details about the files to be created. To continue with the process click the Write Batch File button.

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Once complete, a form informing the user where the logfile has been written will appear. The files created by the batch process are:

• Name.bat - this file, when run from a DOS shell or by double-clicking in Explorer, starts up a non-graphical session of the base product and performs the drawing creation process. However, in normal circumstances the batch file is scheduled to run at a later time.

• Name.mac - this macro is used by the above batch file to enter Draft and perform the processing task.

Scheduling Batch Processing

Use any scheduling software package. In Windows the utility is called Scheduled Tasks and can be accessed from the Windows Control Panel. Open your choice of scheduler and locate the batch file to process. Set up the required date and time in your scheduler.

2.3.7 Variant Templates

ABA has been designed to deal with sets of drawings produced from a template, which then need a few minor variations from the original template. For example, a template for producing piping general arrangement may be satisfactory for 95% of drawings, but needs an additional isometric view to clarify some details on the remaining 5%. This is treated as a variant of the original rather than a new template.

The original template is known as the ‘master’ and the template with minor changes is known as the ‘variant’. There can be only one master but several variants.

The master/variant process works as follows:

• New drawings always use the master template.

• Variants can only be selected from the existing drawing list on the Process Drawings form.

• The M or V1, V2… annotations indicate whether a drawing uses the master or variant template, in the list of selected drawings.

• It is not possible to make a variant revert to a master in the application.

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Use of Variants

The Modify Variant button option on the Process Drawing Control form allows you to use a variant of the master template.

To use a template variant:

1. Select the drawings to alter and click on the Modify Variant button. The Modify Sheet Variant form is displayed.

button. The Modify Sheet Variant form is displayed. If multiple drawings have been selected, switch between

If multiple drawings have been selected, switch between them by using the pull-down menu. Any variants associated with the drawing are shown in the Template Variants field.

2. Click on the required template.

Note: If a variant template variant is selected that is already in use the following error will be displayed.

is already in use the following error will be displayed. 3. Click on the Apply button

3. Click on the Apply button once all modifications have been made. Notice that the entry in the Existing Drawings List now reflects the choice of variant sheet.

Once the drawing selection process has been carried out the Process Drawing Control form should look something like the one shown in.

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Having made the required selections, the next stage of the ABA process involves:

• Defining the storage area for the drawings.

• Choosing the process tasks and process type to be performed on the drawings.

• Choose the method used to process the drawings.

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