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ShipConstructor 2012 Split and Merge
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Contents
Contents
SHIPCONSTRUCTOR LICENSE AGREEMENT ......................................................................................................................... ii
Overview
1
Managing a Project Split & Merge Project
2
SQL Server Requirements................................................................................................................................... 2
File Integrity........................................................................................................................................................... 2
Before Splitting a Project .................................................................................................................................... 2
ShipConstructor Stock Catalog...............................................................................................................................................2
Product Hierarchy Levels.........................................................................................................................................................3
Product Hierarchy Attributes...................................................................................................................................................3
Naming Conventions................................................................................................................................................................3
Managing Communication Between Project Partitions................................................................................. 3
Creating a New Project From a Split File.......................................................................................................... 4
Updating Model Drawings after a Merge or Refresh ...................................................................................... 4
Merge and Refresh Log Files.............................................................................................................................. 4
Splitting
4
Splitting Control of Structure Modeling ............................................................................................................ 5
Splitting Control of Weld ..................................................................................................................................... 6
Weld Standards Catalog..........................................................................................................................................................6
Weld Modeling ..........................................................................................................................................................................6
Splitting Control of Standard Assemblies ........................................................................................................ 6
Standard Assembly Standards...............................................................................................................................................6
Standard Assembly Modeling.................................................................................................................................................6
Splitting Control of Piping and HVAC Modeling............................................................................................... 6
Splitting Control of Distributed System Supports ........................................................................................... 7
Splitting Control of Equipment Modeling ......................................................................................................... 7
Splitting Control of Space Allocations............................................................................................................... 7
Group Hierarchy ........................................................................................................................................................................7
Modeling.....................................................................................................................................................................................7
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Model Drawing Load Strategies .............................................................................................................................................7
Splitting Control of the Product Hierarchy........................................................................................................ 7
Primary Product Hierarchy ......................................................................................................................................................7
Secondary Product Hierarchies ..............................................................................................................................................8
Splitting Control of the System Hierarchy ........................................................................................................ 8
Splitting Control of Hull Drawings...................................................................................................................... 8
Splitting Control of Output Drawings................................................................................................................. 8
Merging
8
Merging Catalog Data.......................................................................................................................................... 9
Merging Structure................................................................................................................................................. 9
Merging Welds...................................................................................................................................................... 9
Weld Standards Catalog..........................................................................................................................................................9
Weld Model................................................................................................................................................................................9
Merging Standard Assemblies ........................................................................................................................... 9
Standard Assembly Standards Catalog ................................................................................................................................9
Standard Assembly Model ................................................................................................................................................... 10
Merging Pipe and HVAC ....................................................................................................................................10
Merging Distributed System Supports............................................................................................................10
Merging Equipment............................................................................................................................................10
Merging Space Allocations ...............................................................................................................................10
Group Hierarchy ..................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Modeling.................................................................................................................................................................................. 10
Model Drawing Load Strategies .......................................................................................................................................... 11
Merging the Product Hierarchy Tree................................................................................................................11
Merging the System Hierarchy Tree ................................................................................................................11
Merging New Branches......................................................................................................................................................... 11
Merging Deleted Branches................................................................................................................................................... 11
Merging Branches with the Same Name ........................................................................................................................... 11
Merging Hull........................................................................................................................................................12
Merging Penetrations ........................................................................................................................................12
Merging Locations and Location Groups........................................................................................................12
Merging Project Settings...................................................................................................................................12
Merging Output Drawings .................................................................................................................................12
Project Split & Merge Manager
12
Starting the Project Split & Merge Manager ..................................................................................................................... 13
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Creating a New Split ..........................................................................................................................................13
Processing a Merge File ....................................................................................................................................14
Creating a Refresh File......................................................................................................................................14
Creating a Merge File.........................................................................................................................................15
Processing a Refresh File..................................................................................................................................15
Break Split Link ..................................................................................................................................................15
Breaking a Split Link in the Master Project....................................................................................................................... 15
Breaking a Split Link in a Split Project............................................................................................................................... 16
Project Split & Merge Command Line Tool....................................................................................................16
Creating Multi-Volume Archives.......................................................................................................................17
Verifying Transmitted Files ...............................................................................................................................18
Sender ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 18
Reciever................................................................................................................................................................................... 19
Working in a Project Split & Merge Project
20
Navigator .............................................................................................................................................................20
Split Icons................................................................................................................................................................................ 21
Drawings..............................................................................................................................................................23
Structure ..............................................................................................................................................................23
Modeling.................................................................................................................................................................................. 23
Plate Nesting .......................................................................................................................................................................... 23
Profile Nesting........................................................................................................................................................................ 24
Profile Plots ............................................................................................................................................................................ 24
Pipe and HVAC....................................................................................................................................................24
Modeling.................................................................................................................................................................................. 24
Spools...................................................................................................................................................................................... 24
System Manager ................................................................................................................................................24
Equipment ...........................................................................................................................................................25
Hull........................................................................................................................................................................25
Penetrations........................................................................................................................................................25
Product Hierarchy Dialog ..................................................................................................................................25
Create, Deleting, Modifying, Moving Assemblies ............................................................................................................. 26
Changing Part and Spool Assembly Location ................................................................................................................... 26
Product Hierarchy Levels and User Defined Attributes.................................................................................................... 27
Modifying Product Hierarchies ............................................................................................................................................ 27
Project Settings ..................................................................................................................................................27
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Index
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Overview
Overview
ShipConstructor users have expressed their need to delegate work on single ShipConstructor projects to designers
located at different geographic locations. This requirement exists due to the involvement of multiple design partners in a
single project, a single company having multiple satellite offices, or the requirement of a designer to sub-contract
portions of the design to other firms in order to meet tight deadlines. ShipConstructor has always supported multiple sites
connecting to the same database and project server. However, internet bandwidth required to support regular
ShipConstructor use is cost prohibitive to most and not available to many. Project Split & Merge is designed to support
work on a single ShipConstructor project by multiple disconnected project sites.
Project Split & Merge allows project administrators to partition responsibilities in a project to any number of split projects
through creation of project splits and their associate project split file. Geographically separated users can create a
ShipConstructor project on their own local project server from the project split file given to them by the master project
administrator. The project created from a split file behaves like a normal ShipConstructor project but is aware of its
relationship to the master project and the areas of responsibility given to it by the master. Likewise, the master project is
aware of all split projects to which it has delegated areas of project responsibility.
As work progresses on a partitioned project, split projects create and send merge files to the master project for
processing. The merge files will update the master project with all work performed against the split project in the areas of
responsibility delegated to it by the master. Additionally, the master project creates and sends refresh files to the split
projects for processing. The refresh files will update the split projects with project content contained in the master that is
not contained within an area of responsibility delegated to the receiving split project.
The Project Split & Merge master project is defined as the project that was originally partitioned using Project Split &
Merge and is the final repository for all ShipConstructor project data. At the completion of a project, when all
relationships with split projects have been terminated, the master project will contain all project data and will be no
different from a ShipConstructor project that had not been partitioned at all.
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Managing a Project Split & Merge Project
Managing a Project Split & Merge Project
Project Split & Merge functionality is fully integrated within ShipConstructor. This means that a project can be portioned
using Project Split & Merge at any time during the life cycle of a ShipConstructor project. Additionally, the master project
administrator has the ability to un-split and re-split the project at any time.
SQL Server Requirements
All participants in a Project Split & Merge project must be running the same version of SQL Server. Project Split & Merge
uses database backups to transmit project database information on merge and refresh operations.
File Integrity
It is not uncommon for large files to be corrupted when transferring over the internet. When performing project creation
from a split file or a merge or refresh operation, Project Split & Merge checks the integrity of the split, merge, or refresh
file and will notify you if the file is corrupt. If a corrupt file is detected you should try resending the file.
Before Splitting a Project
Prior to partitioning a project using Project Split & Merge, a number of project items should be configured:
•
ShipConstructor stock catalog
•
Product hierarchy rank levels
•
Naming conventions
•
ShipConPSM file share using ShipConstructor ServerSetup
ShipConstructor Stock Catalog
Project Split & Merge is designed to only perform limited synchronization of stock catalog items. When you perform
merge and refresh operations, Project Split & Merge will synchronize any stock catalog data required to merge parts
affected by the merge or refresh. However, stock catalog changes not required by the merge or refresh operation are not
applied.
For example, if a split project defines a new pipe elbow catalog item and then sends a merge to the master project, the
new catalog item will only be merged to the master project if the split project modeled a part based on the elbow stock
prior to performing the merge operation.
To reduce the amount of catalog synchronization required, the stock catalog should be finalized as much as possible
before a project is partitioned using Project Split & Merge. Good Project Split & Merge policy dictates that catalog
changes be very tightly controlled using ShipConstructor user permissions and process control. Each split project involved
in a Project Split & Merge project is a standalone ShipConstructor project and must have at least one administrator user
with full ShipConstructor and database privileges. This means that each participant project has the ability to assign
ShipConstructor permissions as they see fit. You must use alternative process control and education to ensure that
undesired catalog changes are not made during the project.
Project Split & Merge ensures that diverging catalog changes will not corrupt data in your project. However, uncontrolled
changes can create an unexpected data state and introduce quality issues in your project.
Adding new stocks
When adding new stocks to your stock catalog, XML Import/Export may be used to send the stocks to the remote site
prior to performing a merge or refresh. However, this is only necessary if the stocks need to be used by the remote site
immediately, or if they are not going to be used by the local project. If the stocks are in use by the local project, they will
be sent automatically as part of the merge or refresh process.
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Managing a Project Split & Merge Project
Modifying existing stocks
If an existing stock is modified, the same modification should be performed at all sites, otherwise the conflicting catalog
definitions will be branched (split into two separate stocks) during the merge or refresh.
Example:
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Master Project controls Unit01 of structure containing a plate part Plate02 based on plate stock definition
PlateStock11.
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Split project controls Unit02 of structure containing a plate part Plate04 based on plate stock definition
PlateStock11. Master version and split version of PlateStock11 are identical.
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Split project modifies the material grade property of PlateStock11
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On a refresh from Master to Split, the catalog item PlateStock11 will be branched. PlateStock11 in the Split
project will be renamed to PlateStock11(1). PlatePart04 will be based on PlateStock11(1). PlateStock11 will be
copied in from the master project into the split. PlatePart02 will be based on PlateStock11.
Product Hierarchy Levels
Levels for a product hierarchy can only be modified if the project controls the product hierarchy. For the primary product
hierarchy (the Build Strategy), levels cannot be deleted or moved if the project does not control all the units. A split
project can never edit levels in the primary product hierarchy. For this reason ShipConstructor recommends that product
hierarchy levels be defined before partitioning a project using Project Split & Merge.
Product Hierarchy Attributes
User-defined attributes for a product hierarchy can only be added or removed if the project controls the product hierarchy.
For a primary product hierarchy (the Build Strategy), user-defined attributes cannot be added or removed if the project
does not control all the units. A split project can never add or removed user-defined attributes in the primary product
hierarchy. For this reason ShipConstructor recommends that user-defined attributes be assigned to your primary product
hierarchy before partitioning a project using Project Split & Merge.
Naming Conventions
Naming conventions are not modifiable in a project partitioned using Project Split & Merge. For this reason project
naming conventions must be completely defined prior to partitioning a project using Project Split & Merge. On merge and
refresh operations Project Split & Merge will resolve all naming conflicts to ensure that project data is never left in an
invalid state. However, ShipConstructor recommends defining naming conventions in a manner that will prevent naming
conflicts between names generated in separate project partitions.
Consider the following example, if structure modeling responsibility for two separate units has been split to two separate
projects and the unit is not an element of the structure part naming convention then duplicate names will be generated.
On a merge or refresh the conflicting items in the split project will be renamed causing potential confusion.
Managing Communication Between Project Partitions
The master project is the final repository for all work performed in a project partitioned using Project Split & Merge.
During the life cycle of a project, periodic merges should be sent from split projects to the master in order to update the
master with project work performed in split projects. Additionally, the master project may send periodic refreshes to split
projects to keep them up to date with work performed in the master project and other split projects.
Creation and processing of the merge and refresh files used to perform these updates is performed using the Project
Split & Merge Manager. After creation, merge and refresh files must be sent to the recipient for processing. The files can
be sent on CD or DVD, via FTP, or any other convenient data communication medium. Merges and refreshes can be
performed as frequently as necessary for your particular project but the procedure and schedule should be discussed and
planned with the IT departments involved.
The overriding factor affecting the frequency of merge and refresh operations is the existence of any dependencies on the
output of one project participant by another. If a site has been split responsibility to model a piping system in units one
through three of a project, but the structure of those units is being designed by users of the master project, refreshes will
have to be sent from the master project to the split project so they have up to date structure around which to model their
piping.
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Splitting
Creating a New Project From a Split File
Upon receiving a split file (.spl) from a master project a local ShipConstructor project must be created from the Split File.
To create a new project from a split file:
1.
Start ShipConstructor.
2.
Choose ShipConstructor > Project > Create Project From Split File. The New Project From Split File window appears.
3.
In the Split File text box, use the browse tool to select the location of the split file from which you wish to initialize
your project.
4.
In the Project File text box, use the browse tool to tell ShipConstructor where to place the project files. If your projects
folder is C:\MyProjects and the project you are creating was named M1715 by the master, populating the Project
Folder text box with c:\MyProjects will place all project files for this project in C:\MyProjects\M1715.
5.
Use the Project Server dropdown to specify the SQL Server instance that you would like to host your project
database.
6.
Enter a user name and password of a user with ShipConstructor administrator permissions and administrator
permissions to the database server.
7.
Click OK to begin project creation.
Updating Model Drawings after a Merge or Refresh
After processing a merge or refresh, model drawings containing project data not split to the receiving project may not
exist or may be out of date. When drawings are opened after merge or refresh they are updated with data from the
project database. This requires additional processing each time the drawing is opened or M-Linked. The ShipConstructor
command _SCUPDATEMODELANDSYSTEMDRAWINGSQUICK has been provided to optimize the updating of drawings.
_SCUPDATEMODELANDSYSTEMDRAWINGSQUICK allows you to update all or a portion of your planar group model and
system model drawings in one continuous operation reducing the drawing load time of designers after a merge or
refresh.
To update project model drawings:
1.
Start ShipConstructor and connect to your Project Split & Merge project
2.
Click ShipConstructor > Update Model and System Drawings or execute the AutoCAD command
_SCUPDATEMODELANDSYSTEMDRAWINGSQUICK.
3.
Select the drawings you wish to update
4.
Click OK
ShipConstructor will create, or open and update each model drawing you have selected. Using
_SCUPDATEMODELANDSYSTEMDRAWINGSQUICK after a merge or refresh will significantly lower the amount of time it
takes to open and M-Link drawings not split to you.
Merge and Refresh Log Files
Merge and refresh operations create log files of all of the data operations performed during the event. Log files are
created in the LogFiles directory located in the root of the project directory. For example if your project files are located at
C:\MyProjects\SuperTanker323 the log files path is C:\MyProjects\SuperTanker323\LogFiles. The naming convention for
merge files is Merge-<timestamp>.txt. The naming convention for refresh log files is Refresh-<timestamp>.txt.
Splitting
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Partitioning a project using Project Split & Merge assigns responsibility for areas of the project to multiple split projects.
Users of a split project may only make project changes within the areas of responsibility that have been assigned to their
split project. Likewise, the master project may only make project changes within the areas of responsibility that he has
not assigned to a split project. In a partitioned project, the master still retains full control of the project with the ability to
break the logical relationship to a split project at any time. Breaking the relationship returns to the master project full
control of all areas of responsibility previously delegated to the split project.
Project Split & Merge partitions ShipConstructor projects along well-defined lines of responsibility that will direct how you
organize your design resources. When using Project Split & Merge, it is important to understand how Project Split &
Merge affects usage of ShipConstructor so you can organize your resources and plan your project around the framework
provided by Project Split & Merge.
Splitting Control of Structure Modeling
Permission to model structure is delegated on a product hierarchy unit basis. If a project is partitioned using Project Split
& Merge, only one split project or the master project will have permission to model structure in drawings contained within
each product hierarchy unit. This includes creating, deleting, and renaming of planar group model drawings.
Projects with structure modeling control of a product hierarchy unit have the ability to place and modify the location of
their parts in the product hierarchy tree. However, if during a merge or refresh operation, the product hierarchy location of
a part conflicts with the location dictated by the project with control of the product hierarchy tree for the unit in question,
the location specified by the project with product hierarchy control of the unit will persist. For more information see
Splitting Control of the Product Hierarchy.
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During initial creation of the split project, only the structural model drawings for curved plates are transmitted across, as
other types of structural model drawings will be generated as needed from the modeling information stored in the
database.
Splitting Control of Weld
For the purposes of Project Split & Merge, Weld management has been divided into 2 sections: Catalog ownership, and
Modeling ownership.
Weld Standards Catalog
Permission to make modifications to the weld standards catalog is assigned to a single site. Any site other than the site
that “owns” the weld standards catalog will be unable to make modifications. During a merge or refresh, if the incoming
project owns the weld standards catalog, the current project will have its weld standards catalog updated to look like that
of the incoming project.
If the local project has welds that use a weld standard which gets deleted by the remote project which owns the weld
standards catalog, the weld will have the deleted standard unassigned from the weld.
Weld Modeling
Permission to create welds in the ship model is delegated per unit. For example, the master project could retain control
of welds in unit one, but assign welds to a split project for unit two. This means that you can only create or modify welds
in a unit for which you own weld modeling control.
Splitting Control of Standard Assemblies
For the purposes of Project Split & Merge, standard assemblies have been divided into 2 sections: Catalog ownership,
and Modeling ownership.
Standard Assembly Standards
Permission to make modifications to the standard assembly standards catalog is assigned to a single site. Any site other
than the site that “owns” the standards catalog will be unable to make modifications. During a merge or refresh, if the
incoming project owns the standard assembly standards catalog, the current project will have its catalog updated to look
like that of the incoming project.
If the local project contains standard assemblies that use a standard which has been deleted by the remote project
owning the catalog, the standard will not be deleted from the local catalog, and will be imported into the remote (catalog
owning) project during the next merge/refresh that project receives.
Standard Assembly Modeling
Permission to modify standard assemblies is assigned on a per-instance basis. Any site can create new standard
assembly in any model drawing, and any standard assemblies they create belong to them. The New Split dialog will
present the user with a tree (arranged by product hierarchy) of all standard assemblies in the project and ownership of
each individual standard assembly can be assigned to the new split project.
Splitting Control of Piping and HVAC Modeling
Permission to model Piping and HVAC is delegated on the combination of product hierarchy unit and system. This
includes spool definition and spool drawings. For example, the master project could retain control of the fresh water
piping system inside unit one while delegating to a split project, the responsibility for the fresh water system inside unit
two. This level of splitting granularity also allows the master to split an entire system across all units to a single split
project or to split all systems within a single unit to a single split project.
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Note: Connections between parts contained in separate project splits are broken when the project is split. After
modeling is complete and final merges have been processed by the master project, connections between these parts
must be recreated.
Both the master and split sites have the ability to create new systems and branches. When a new system is created, both
modeling control, and System Hierarchy control (see Splitting Control of the System Hierarchy) are owned by the site that
created the new system.
Splitting Control of Distributed System Supports
Permission to model distributed system supports is delegated on a product hierarchy unit basis. If a project is partitioned
using Project Split & Merge, only one split project or the master project will have permission to model supports in
drawings contained within each product hierarchy unit.
Projects with distributed system support modeling control of a product hierarchy unit have the ability to place and modify
the location of their supports in the product hierarchy tree. However, if during a merge or refresh operation, the product
hierarchy location of a part conflicts with the location dictated by the project with control of the product hierarchy tree for
the unit in question, the location specified by the project with product hierarchy control of the unit will persist. For more
information see Splitting Control of the Product Hierarchy.
Splitting Control of Equipment Modeling
Permission to model equipment is split on a model drawing basis. This means you can only create, modify, and delete
equipment within a model drawing if responsibility for equipment within that model drawing has been split to your
project.
Splitting Control of Space Allocations
Group Hierarchy
Permission to modify the Space Allocation Group Hierarchy is assigned on a per-group basis. Any site can create a new
group.
Modeling
Permission to modify space allocations is assigned on a per-space-allocation basis. Any site can create new space
allocations in any model drawing, and the space allocations they create belong to them. The New Split dialog will present
the user with a tree (arranged by group hierarchy) of all space allocations in the project and ownership of each individual
space allocation can be assigned to the new split project.
Model Drawing Load Strategies
Permission to modify the space allocation load strategy of a model drawing is assigned on a per-drawing basis. The New
Split dialog will present the user with a tree (arranged by folder structure) of all model drawings in the project. Individual
drawings can be selected to assign Space Allocation Load Strategy Control to the new split project.
Splitting Control of the Product Hierarchy
Product hierarchy control is split differently for the primary product hierarchy than it is for secondary product hierarchies.
Primary Product Hierarchy
Control of the primary product hierarchy tree is split on a per-unit basis. Control of the product hierarchy tree includes the
ability to create, modify, and delete assemblies as well as assign parts and spools to locations within the product
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hierarchy tree. For example, in a project containing two product hierarchy units, the master project administrator could
delegate control of the product hierarchy tree for unit one to one split project while retaining control of the second
product hierarchy unit or delegating control to a second split project.
Secondary Product Hierarchies
Control of the secondary product hierarchy trees is split on a per-hierarchy basis. The owner of the product hierarchy has
complete control over the product hierarchy levels, layout, user-defined attributes, and the location of parts within the
product hierarchy. Other projects may assign parts to any location within the hierarchy during part creation, but parts
may only be moved within the hierarchy by the hierarchy owner.
Splitting Control of the System Hierarchy
Control of the system hierarchy is split on a per-system basis. This includes the ability set attributes for the systems and
branches contained within controlled systems. For more information please see System Manager.
Both the master and split sites have the ability to create new systems and branches. When a new system is created, both
modeling control, and System Hierarchy control are owned by the site that created the new system. When a new branch
is created, the ability to modify that branch is controlled by the owner of the system.
Note: There is no restriction that system or branch names need to be unique. If both the master and split sites create
a system or branch with the same name, you will end up with two systems/branches with the same name. What you
actually want to do in this situation is create the new system/branch at one site, and then send a merge or refresh file
to cause the new system/branch to show up at the remote site.
Splitting Control of Hull Drawings
Hull drawings are split on a drawing basis. Users connecting to a project that does not have delegated responsibility for a
hull drawing can view and modify the drawing but will not be able to save any changes.
Splitting Control of Output Drawings
Output drawings include approval drawings, arrangement drawings, assembly drawings, product hierarchy drawings,
composite drawings, export drawings, interference drawings, plate nest drawings and profile plot drawings. Responsibility
for output drawings is split on a drawing basis. The master can delegate responsibility for drawings that exist at split
creation. Permission to create new output drawings in a project partitioned by Project Split & Merge is controlled by
ShipConstructor user permissions. Any new drawings created are considered split to the project that created them.
Merging
Merging project data in ShipConstructor is performed through one of two Project Split & Merge operations: merge or
refresh. Merging involves updating the receiving project with up to date data from the sending project in the project areas
of responsibility delegated to the sender. Sending ShipConstructor project data from a split project to the master project
is described as a merge. Sending ShipConstructor project data from the master project to a split project is described as a
refresh. Both operations have the same functionality but have different names to describe the direction that data is sent.
For additional information about merging see Managing a Project Split & Merge Project.
Note: From the point of view of a split project, the master project is responsible for all areas of the project not
delegated to the split project.
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Merging Catalog Data
Project Split & Merge is not designed to fully synchronize stock catalog data during merge and refresh operations. Stock
catalog data is only merged if it is required to merge a ShipConstructor part. When merging catalog items, Project Split &
Merge verifies that the items have not diverged in any way. If catalog items have diverged due to either the sending or
receiving project modifying an item, ShipConstructor will maintain data integrity by branching (splitting into two separate
stocks) the catalog item. Parts controlled by the sender continue to be defined by the sender’s version of the catalog
item. Parts controlled by the receiver continue to be defined by the receiver’s version of the catalog item.
These mechanisms for handling catalog divergence ensure that your project data is never in an invalid state. However,
diverging catalog data can create unexpected results that can introduce errors and reduce quality. Process control should
be used to limit unexpected catalog changes. See ShipConstructor Stock Catalog for more information.
Merging Structure
Merging structure is very simple in nature. The receiving project’s structure data is updated with the project data of the
sending project in the structural units split to the sender. Structure data not split to the sender is not modified in the
receiving project. The updated data includes database information, planar group model drawings, and nest drawings.
If structural plate or profile stocks need to be imported into the destination project, all associated sizes are brought
across as well.
If a plate or profile nest is brought in from the remote project, and the local project does not have enough stock inventory
for the nest to be created, inventory is automatically increased to support the new nest.
Merging Welds
Weld Standards Catalog
As the weld standards catalog is owned by a single site, when importing from a site that owns the weld standards
catalog, the local weld standards catalog is updated to look exactly like the catalog of the remote site. If there are any
welds in the local project that use a standard that is no longer defined in the remote project, that standard is unassigned
from the local weld.
Weld Model
When the weld model is imported, all welds contained within the units where the remote project owns weld modeling
control are imported into the local project, provided there still exists a minimum of 2 parts for the weld. For example, if
the master project controls structure modeling, but assigns weld control to a split, structural parts can be deleted from
the master project. This would invalidate welds created in the split project. Therefore, when the split project merges back
into the master, any welds assigned to these deleted parts will not be imported.
Merging Standard Assemblies
Standard Assembly Standards Catalog
As the standards catalog is owned by a single site, when importing from a site that owns the catalog, the local standard
assembly standards catalog is updated to look exactly like the catalog of the remote site. The one exception to this is
that if any standards are in use by the local project that are not defined in the remote (owning) project, then the
standards will be left unmodified.
If the local project owns the standards catalog, then the local catalog will be unmodified by the refresh/merge operation,
with the exception that any standards used by the remote project that do not exist in the local project will be imported.
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Standard Assembly Model
When the standard assemblies’ model is imported, all standard assemblies owned by the remote project are imported
into the local project. The location of the Standard assembly in the product hierarchy is handled in the same manner as
regular parts. The Product Hierarchy owner has control over the location of where standard assemblies appear in the
product hierarchy.
After a merge or refresh operation, the _SCUPDATEMODELANDSYSTEMDRAWINGSQUICK command should be run, to
create the parts within the model, and update them with any changes to the Standard Assembly Standards catalog. See
Updating Model Drawings after a Merge or Refresh.
Merging Pipe and HVAC
Merging pipe and HVAC involves updating the project data of the receiving project for all parts contained within
system/unit combinations controlled by the sending project. ShipConstructor allows multiple systems to be modeled
within a single system model drawing. This means that multiple participants involved in a Project Split & Merge project
have the ability to modify a single system model drawing. For this reason, system model drawings files are not copied
over during a merge or refresh operation.
All data necessary to populate a system model drawing with Pipe and HVAC model data is contained within the project
database. System model drawings can be created and updated after a merge or refresh using the
_SCUPDATEMODELANDSYSTEMDRAWINGSQUICK command. See Updating Model Drawings after a Merge or Refresh.
Merging Distributed System Supports
Merging distributed system supports involves updating the project data of the receiving project for all parts contained
within the project hierarchy units controlled by the sending project. As distributed system supports can be modeled in any
type of model drawing, and the ability to model other types of parts within that drawing may be controlled by different
sites, the model drawings files are not necessarily copied over during a merge or refresh operation.
All data necessary to populate a model drawing with distributed system support model data is contained within the
project database. Model drawings can be created and updated after a merge or refresh using the
_SCUPDATEMODELANDSYSTEMDRAWINGSQUICK command. See Updating Model Drawings after a Merge or Refresh.
Merging Equipment
Changes to the equipment class hierarchy are considered catalog changes and are merged according to the rules of
merging catalog data. Merging equipment parts involves updating the receiving project with equipment parts modeled in
drawings split to the sending project for equipment modeling. As with Pipe and HVAC, equipment is modeled in system
model drawings which are not copied in merge and refresh operations. System model drawings can be created and
updated after a merge or refresh using the _SCUPDATEMODELANDSYSTEMDRAWINGSQUICK command. See Updating
Model Drawings after a Merge or Refresh.
Merging Space Allocations
Group Hierarchy
Permission to modify the Space Allocation Group Hierarchy is assigned on a per-group basis. Any site can create a new
group. If you have space allocations assigned to a group owned by someone else, and they delete the group, your space
allocations will be moved to a group named “UNASSIGNED” during the merge/refresh operation
Modeling
Permission to modify space allocations is assigned on a per-space-allocation basis. Any site can create new space
allocations in any model drawing, and the space allocations they create belong to them.
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Model Drawing Load Strategies
Permission to modify the space allocation load strategy of a model drawing is assigned on a per-drawing basis.
Merging the Product Hierarchy Tree
Merging the product hierarchy tree involves updating the receiving project with the product hierarchy structure of the
sending project for portions of the product hierarchy that the sender controls. Parts and spools are moved to the location
in the tree dictated by the owner of the product hierarchy portion. Parts existing in assemblies that are deleted during a
merge or refresh operation are moved to the default location for parts of that type.
Consider the following example:
1.
The master project has control of the product hierarchy for unit one.
2.
Split project alpha has control of structural modeling for unit one.
3.
The master project deletes assembly panel17 from the product hierarchy tree for unit one.
4.
The master project sends a refresh file to split project alpha.
5.
When split project alpha processes the split file the following will occur for parts that exist in panel17 of the split
project:
a.
Parts that existed in both the master and split project prior to the refresh operation will be placed in the
product hierarchy location defined by the master.
b.
Parts that existed only in the split project will be placed under default assembly for parts of that type.
Merging the System Hierarchy Tree
Merging the system hierarchy tree involves updating system and branch attributes as well as creating and deleting
systems and creating branches. The follow sections illustrate typical system hierarchy tree merge scenarios.
Merging New Branches
Any ShipConstructor project with modeling control of any portion of a system has the ability to create branches under that
system. If a project with control of a system hierarchy tree creates new branches under that system, the new branches
will be created in any project receiving a merge or refresh. If a project without control of a system hierarchy tree creates
new branches under that system the new branches will only be created in the receiving project if the new branches
contain parts at the time of the merge or refresh.
Merging Deleted Branches
Branches are merged using a “never delete” strategy. Deletes of systems and branches are only applied to receiving
projects if the receiving projects do not have any parts in the deleted system or branch. The continuation of this scenario
dictates that the deleted systems and branches will be re-created in the project that deleted them when a merge or
refresh is sent in the other direction. Consider the following example:
1.
Project alpha has system hierarchy control of the bilge system.
2.
Project beta has modeling control of the bilge system in units one and two.
3.
Project alpha deletes the stern branch of the bilge system and sends a merge to project beta.
4.
Project beta has already modeled parts in the stern branch of the bilge system so the branch deletion is not applied
during the merge.
5.
Project beta sends a refresh to project alpha.
6.
Upon applying the refresh the stern branch of the build system will be recreated in project alpha along with the parts
contained in the branch.
Merging Branches with the Same Name
If branches of the same system, with the same name, are created in separate projects they will not be combined into a
single branch on a merge or refresh. Any newly created system or branch will be imported into the receiving project
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during the operation. This could potentially result in 2 branches in the same system with the same name, if the branch
was created at both the master and split project sites. For this reason, it is recommended that the branch be created at
one site, then a merge or refresh be sent to the remote site so that the branch will show up.
Merging Hull
Merging of hull data involves updating drawings split to the sending project.
Merging Penetrations
Merging penetrations involves updating penetrations where all elements of a penetration: penetrated structure,
penetrating pipe, and penetration components are controlled by the sending project.
Merging Locations and Location Groups
Locations and location groups are merged using a never delete strategy. Locations may be deleted by any project.
However, the deletion will only persist beyond merge or refresh operations if the location or location group is deleted by
all participants of the Project Split & Merge project.
Merging Project Settings
On refresh operations all project settings, not modifiable by split projects, are updated to match the settings dictated by
the master project.
Merging Output Drawings
Output drawings include approval drawings, arrangement drawings, assembly drawings, product hierarchy drawings,
composite drawings, export drawings, interference drawings, plate nest drawings and profile plot drawings. Merging
output drawings involves updating drawings split to the sending project.
Project Split & Merge Manager
Project Split & Merge is a fully integrated ShipConstructor module. The Project Split & Merge Manager is used for
managing all Project Split & Merge related functions of a ShipConstructor project including:
•
Creating project splits
•
Creating refresh files from the master project for submission to split projects
•
Creating merge files from split projects for submission to the master projects
•
Processing refresh files sent by the master project
•
Processing merge files sent by split projects
•
Breaking the link between the master project and split projects
The administrator in charge of the ShipConstructor project determines the partition design and uses the Project Split &
Merge Manager to partition the project and create split files to send to remote project locations.
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Important: Prior to running the Project Split & Merge Manager, ServerSetup must be run on the machine hosting the
project database, with Create ShipConPSM share enabled
Starting the Project Split & Merge Manager
1.
Choose Start Menu > All Programs > ShipConstructor 2011 > Utilities > Split and Merge Manager to start the Project
Split & Merge Manager.
2.
In the project list select the project you wish to split.
3.
Enter the username and password for a user with DB Admin privileges (configured in Administrator) and user
permission to create splits (configured in Manager).
4.
Click Open
If you connect to an un-split project, the project list will be empty. If you connect to a master project, each split project will
be listed. If you connect to a split project, one entry for the master project will be listed. Expanding project nodes will
show all responsibilities split to the project represented by the node.
Note: When connecting to a split project using the Project Split & Merge Manager, only the master project is visible in
the project. From the point of view of split projects, the only other project participant is the master project and the
master project appears to have responsibility for all other areas of the project even if other splits exist.
Creating a New Split
Creating a new split can be performed on a ShipConstructor project with existing splits or on an un-split project. Create a
new split by following these steps:
1.
Start the Project Split & Merge Manager and connect to an un-split or master project. If the project has already been
partitioned, existing splits will be displayed in the project list window.
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2.
Click New Split. The New Split Project window appears.
3.
In the Job Name text box enter the name you would like to associate with this split.
4.
In the Description text box enter a description for the split. If desired, the Description can be left blank.
5.
The Destination text box shows the file location of the split file when the process is complete. Split files are placed on
the ShipConPSM share of the database server.
6.
Click the Send production drawings not split to project check box if you would like to send all existing production
drawings to the split. This will allow the split to open and view production drawings not owned by them. However, it
will increase the size of the split file.
7.
If your split project is to be created at a new site, you may want to divide the split file into smaller chunks to aid FTP
transfer. If this is the case, enter a non-zero value for Volume Size. For more information, see the section titled
Creating Multi-Volume Archives.
8.
Navigate the Include tabs to select the project responsibilities you wish to delegate to the split.
9.
Click the Ok button.
ShipConstructor generates the split file (.spl) and updates the master project accordingly. The split file must now be sent
to the remote project site for project creation from the split file.
Processing a Merge File
Processing a split project merge file updates the master project with content from a split project. Upon receipt of the
merge file (.mrg) from the split project, follow the steps below to process the merge.
1.
Start the Project Split & Merge Manager and connect to the master project.
2.
In the split project list, select the project whose merge file you wish to process.
3.
Click the Merge Split button.
4.
Browse to the location of the merge file and click Open.
5.
ShipConstructor will prompt for final approval to begin the merge. Click OK.
Depending on the size and breakdown of your project the merge process can take anywhere from ten minutes to several
hours. The results of the merge are logged in a log file placed in the project LogFiles directory. For more information see
Merge and Refresh Log Files.
Creating a Refresh File
Refresh files allow the master project to update split projects with updated content from the master and other split
projects. Follow the steps below to create a refresh file.
1.
Start the Project Split & Merge Manager and connect to the master project.
2.
In the split project list, select the project for which you wish to create a refresh file.
3.
Click the Refresh Split button.
4.
Click Send structural model drawings not split to project if you wish to send planar group model drawings not split to
the receiving split project. Declining to send the drawings will reduce the size of the refresh file. However, the
drawings will have to be regenerated from the database by the split project. This means any non-ShipConstructor
geometry contained in the drawings will not be available.
5.
Click Send production drawings not split to project if you wish to send all existing production drawings to the split.
This will allow the split to open and view production drawings not split to them, however it will increase the size of
the split file.
6.
If your split project is located at a different site, you may want to divide the split file into smaller chunks to aid FTP
transfer. If this is the case, enter a non-zero value for Volume Size. For more information, see the section titled
Creating Multi-Volume Archives.
7.
Click the OK button to begin the refresh file creation
ShipConstructor generates the refresh file (.rfs). The file must now be sent to the split project for processing.
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Creating a Merge File
Merge files allow split projects to update the master with updated project content. Follow the steps below to create a
merge file.
1.
Start the Project Split & Merge Manager and connect to a split project.
2.
Click the Send Merge button.
3.
If your split project is located at a different site, you may want to divide the split file into smaller chunks to aid FTP
transfer. If this is the case, enter a non-zero value for Volume Size. For more information, see the section titled
Creating Multi-Volume Archives.
4.
Click OK.
ShipConstructor generates the merge file (.mrg). The file must now be sent to the master project for processing.
Processing a Refresh File
Processing a refresh file updates the split project with content from the master and other split projects. Upon receipt of
the refresh file (.rfs) from the master project follow the steps below to process the refresh.
1.
Start the Project Split & Merge Manager and connect to the split project.
2.
Click the Refresh button.
3.
Browse to the location of the refresh file and click Open.
4.
ShipConstructor will prompt for final approval to begin the refresh. Click OK.
Depending on the size and breakdown of the project the merge process can take anywhere from ten minutes to several
hours. The results of the refresh are logged in a log file placed in the project LogFiles directory. For more information see
Merge and Refresh Log Files.
Break Split Link
During a project or upon completion, the Project Split & Merge relationship between the master project and split projects
can be broken. If the master project administrator wishes to reorganize the project partitioning and delegate new
responsibilities to project participants, the relationship to existing splits, containing project responsibility to be
reallocated, must be broken.
Breaking a split link in the master project returns to the master, control of the responsibilities previously delegated to the
split. Care must be taken when breaking split links because after breaking a split link the master project can no longer
process merge files from the split project. Before breaking a split link, you must ensure that the master has received all
project data it required of the split project.
Split links can be broken from split projects, terminating all knowledge of the master project. After breaking the link on
the split project, the project exists as a regular ShipConstructor project that has not been partitioned using Project Split &
Merge. As with breaking split links on the master, extreme care must be taken when breaking links in split projects. Split
projects that have broken their link to the master can never again send merges or receive refreshes from the master.
Breaking a Split Link in the Master Project
To break a link to a split project from the master project perform the following steps:
1.
Start the Project Split & Merge Manager and connect to the master project.
2.
In the project list, select the split project whose relationship you wish to break.
3.
Click the Break Split Link button.
Project responsibility split to the split project is now under control of the master project and no more merges from the
split project can be processed.
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Breaking a Split Link in a Split Project
To break the link to the master project in a split project, perform the following steps:
1.
Start the Project Split & Merge Manager and connect to a split project.
2.
Click the Break Split Link button.
The relationship to the master project is now broken. No merges may be generated for submission to the master project
and no refreshes from the master may be processed. The split project is now identical to a non Project Split & Merge
ShipConstructor project and the project has control of all project elements.
Project Split & Merge Command Line Tool
In order allow project administrators to automate merge and refresh tasks, Project Split & Merge Manager functionality is
available using the Project Split & Merge Command Line Tool.
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SConPSMCmd.exe is located in the root of the ShipConstructor installation folder. For example: C:\Program
Files\ShipConstructor2011\
usage: SConPSMCmd.exe [-?] [-s] [-m] [-r[1|2|3]:NameofSplit] [-v:50] [-u:user -p:password] [-e] ["\\path\to\project.pro"]
["\\path\to\mergefile.mrg"] ["\\path\to\refreshfile.rfs"]
...... -? : Shows this help message.
...... -s : Create project from split file (does not require .PRO file).
...... -e : Use Windows Authentication (ignores -u, -p if specified)
...... -u : User login name for the ShipConstructor project
...... -p : User password for the ShipConstructor project
...... -m : Create a merge file for the master project
...... -r : Create a refresh file for the specified project
...... -r1 : Create a refresh file for the specified project, including unsplit structural drawings
...... -r2 : Create a refresh file for the specified project, including unsplit production drawings
...... -r3 : Create a refresh file for the specified project, including unsplit structural & production drawings
...... -v : Specifies the volume size (in MB) of the SPL/MRG/RFS files to create.
...... “\\path\to\project.pro\: The .PRO file of the project to connect to
...... “\\path\to\mergefile.mrg\: The .MRG file to merge into the project specified by the .PRO file
...... “\\path\to\refreshfile.rfs\: The .RFS file to merge into the project specified by the .PRO file
Examples:
...... SConPSMCmd.exe -u:ShipConstructor -p:ShipCon “D:\Projects\Hull88\Hull88.pro”
...... ... this will open up the PS&M Manager UI connected to the specified project
...... SConPSMCmd.exe -s
...... ... this will open up the “Create Project From Split” UI
...... SConPSMCmd.exe -e “D:\Projects\Hull88\Hull88.pro” “\\path\to\refreshfile.rfs”
...... ... this will merge the specified refresh file into the specified split project using the provided settings.
...... SConPSMCmd.exe -e “D:\Projects\Hull88\Hull88.pro” “\\path\to\mergefile.mrg”
...... ... this will merge the specified merge file into the specified master project using the provided settings.
...... SConPSMCmd.exe “-r1:HULL88 Split1” -e “D:\Projects\Hull88\Hull88.pro”
...... ... this will create a refresh file including unsplit structural drawings for the split named “HULL88 Split1”.
...... SConPSMCmd.exe -r:* -e “D:\Projects\Hull88\Hull88.pro”
...... ... this will create a refresh file for all splits in this project.
...... SConPSMCmd.exe -m -e “D:\Projects\Hull88\Hull88.pro”
...... ... this will create a merge file to send to the master project.
When using the command line Project Split & Merge Tool, the .exe will exit with an error level if any errors occur
during the process, and the error message will be written to both stderr, and the System’s Application Event Log. If
no errors occur, the application will exit with an error level of 0, and a message indicating success will be written to
the console.
Creating Multi-Volume Archives
Typically, the master and split projects will be hosted at different sites, and the .SPL, .MRG, and .RFS files will
need to be transferred between sites using a file-transfer mechanism such as FTP. The ability to split the
SPL/MRG/RFS files into multiple smaller chunks has been provided to make the file transfer easier. Files sent via
FTP will often contain errors, and so if the file is sent in smaller chunks, only a portion of the file will need to be
resent. The ideal size to split your archive into is a matter of preference, and would depend on the speed and
reliability of the connection between your two sites, and the size of your project. A volume size of 100mb would be
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acceptable in most situations. To specify a volume size of 100mb, enter 100 in the Volume Size field when creating
a merge or refresh file, or creating a new split project.
Verifying Transmitted Files
ShipConstructor recommends the use of the open-source software wxChecksums to verify that files sent via FTP are
sent intact. wxChecksums can be downloaded from: http://wxchecksums.sourceforge.net/mainpage_en.html
To use wxChecksums, use the following steps:
Sender
Run wxChecksums (Start | All Programs | wxChecksums)
Press the “New” button or select “File | New…”, and choose a name and location
Press the “Insert” key or select “Sums | Add files…”, and choose all of your split files
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Press the “Save” button or select “File | Save”
Now, when sending your files to the remote site, also send the .sfv file you created with wxChecksums
Reciever
After you have received your files, double-click the .sfv file, and wxChecksums should launch automatically, and
verify the integrity of your files for you
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Any files where the checksums differ, you will want to delete the invalid file, and re-send.
Working in a Project Split & Merge Project
Working in a Project Split & Merge project is identical to working in a regular ShipConstructor project with limitations in
the areas split to another.
Navigator
ShipConstructor navigator uses icon overlays to indicate components of the project that you can modify or that are split
to others.
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Working in a Project Split & Merge Project
Units can only be created and deleted by users of the master project. Additionally, units may only be deleted if no project
data contained within the unit is split to other projects. This includes structural modeling, product hierarchy control,
system modeling, equipment modeling and output drawings such as assembly drawings or approval drawings.
Split Icons
There are two icons that appear indicating split status for a drawing or all drawings of that type. The red icon indicates
that the drawing is fully split, and the yellow icon indicates a partial split.
Drawing Type
Unit
Partial Split
At least one of the following are
split:
Structure for this Unit
PH for this Unit
Pipe Systems for this Unit
HVAC Systems for this Unit
Equipment in Pipe Model Drawings
Equipment in HVAC Model
Drawings
Equipment in Equipment Model
Drawings
Pipe Arrangement Drawings
HVAC Arrangement Drawings
Equipment Arrangement Drawings
Interference Drawings
Full Split
All the following are fully split:
Structure for this Unit
PH for this Unit
Pipe Systems for this Unit
HVAC Systems for this Unit
Equipment in Pipe Model Drawings
Equipment in HVAC Model
Drawings
Equipment in Equipment Model
Drawings
Pipe Arrangement Drawings
HVAC Arrangement Drawings
Equipment Arrangement Drawings
Interference Drawings
PH Drawings
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Structure
Distributed Systems
Pipe Model
Pipe Arrangement
HVAC Model
HVAC Arrangement
Support
Pipe Spool
HVAC Spool
Support Construction
Equipment Model
Equipment Arrangement
Product Hierarchy
Interference
Weld Management
Assembly
Composite
Approval
Export
Hull
PinJig
Space Allocation
Nest
Profile Plot
Templates
Electrical
PH Drawings
Assembly Drawings
Approval Drawings
Export Drawings
Composite Drawings
Weld for this Unit
Support for this Unit
N/A
At least one of the following are
split:
Pipe Systems for this Unit
HVAC Systems for this Unit
Support for this Unit
At least one of the following are
split:
Pipe Systems for this Unit
HVAC Systems for this Unit
Equipment in Drawing
N/A
At least one of the following are
split:
Pipe Systems for this Unit
HVAC Systems for this Unit
Equipment in Drawing
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
At least one of the following are
split:
Pipe Systems for this Unit
HVAC Systems for this Unit
Equipment in Drawing
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Assembly Drawings
Approval Drawings
Export Drawings
Composite Drawings
Weld for this Unit
Support for this Unit
Unit is split for Structure
All the following are fully split:
Pipe Systems for this Unit
HVAC Systems for this Unit
Support for this Unit
All the following are fully split:
Pipe Systems for this Unit
HVAC Systems for this Unit
Equipment in Drawing
Drawing is split
All the following are fully split:
Pipe Systems for this Unit
HVAC Systems for this Unit
Equipment in Drawing
Drawing is split
Unit is split for Support
Spool’s System split for this Unit
Spool’s System split for this Unit
Unit is split for Support
All the following are fully split:
Pipe Systems for this Unit
HVAC Systems for this Unit
Equipment in Drawing
Drawing is split
Drawing is split
Drawing is split
Unit is split for Welding
Drawing is split
Drawing is split
Drawing is split
Drawing is split
Drawing is split
Drawing is split
N/A
Drawing is split
Drawing is split
Drawing is split
N/A
For Structure, when a user does not have structure modeling control of a unit, all the Structure drawing for that unit will
have the red split icon.
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The various production drawings for the unit (Interference, Product Hierarchy, Assembly, Approval, Export, and Composite)
will have a red icon if they are split. If all the drawings are split, then the drawing group icon will have the red icon. If only
some of the drawings are split, then the group icon will use the yellow icon instead.
For the non-unit drawings (Hull, Pin Jig, Plate Nest, Profile Plot, and Template), each drawing that is not controlled will
have the red split icon. If all drawings are not controlled, then the drawing group icon will have the red split icon, and if
some of the drawings are not controlled, then the drawing group icon use the yellow icon.
Pipe, HVAC, and Equipment work slightly differently, because they are system-based. For the model drawings, if all the
systems (both pipe and HVAC) are split for the current unit, and the drawing is split for equipment, then the drawing uses
the red icon. If only some of the systems are split, or the drawing is not split for equipment, then the yellow icon is used
instead. For the arrangement drawings, if the drawing is split for equipment, then the red icon is used. For spool
drawings, if the system of the spool is split to the current unit, then the drawing uses the red icon. The group drawing
icons include all the above: for example, the pipe drawing icon uses the red icon only if all systems are split, all pipe
model drawings are split for equipment, and all pipe arrangement drawings are split.
Support and Support Construction drawings will show the red icon if the unit is split for Support.
Weld Management drawings will show the red icon if the unit is split for Welding.
And finally, the unit icon itself: if the unit is split for structure modeling and product hierarchy, and all production drawings
are split, and all system are split for the unit, and all Pipe, HVAC, and Equipment model drawings are split for equipment,
and all arrangement drawings are split, then the unit uses the red icon. If any of these are not split, then the yellow icon is
used.
Drawings
It is very important to understand that drawings split to another project are not locked from editing when opened without
ShipConstructor using the ShipConstructor Object Enabler or AutoCAD. Any changes that are made to items or drawings
split to another project will be overwritten the next time that a merge or refresh is received from the controlling project.
Structure
Modeling
Modeling should not be impacted by Project Split & Merge unless the user attempts to make changes to parts in a
structure unit that is not modifiable. Planar group model drawings split to another project can be opened however they
cannot be saved. Planar group model drawings can be created and deleted by the project with structure modeling control
of the unit.
Plate Nesting
Plate nesting is fully supported within Project Split & Merge. However, ShipConstructor does not support nesting of parts
split to another project. Plate nest drawings can be created in any project by a user with user permission to create plate
nest drawings and the new drawing is automatically considered to the project in which the drawing is created.
Responsibility for existing plate nest drawings is delegated by the master project on split creation.
The following restrictions apply in a Project Split & Merge project:
•
No operations may be performed in a plate nest drawing split to another project with one exception: Parts split to
another project can have their location changed in a plate nest drawing split to you.
•
Parts may only be nested by the project with modeling control of the parts.
•
Parts may only be added or removed from a plate nest drawing by the project with modeling control of the parts.
•
Parts may only be added or removed from a plate nest by the project with modeling control the parts.
•
A plate nest cannot be deleted if it contains parts split to another project.
•
No plate nest can be made from a remnant created by another participant in the Project Split & Merge project.
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Working in a Project Split & Merge Project
Profile Nesting
Profile nesting is fully supported within Project Split & Merge. However, some restrictions apply. You may only insert or
remove parts from a profile nest if every other part in the nest is split to you.
•
You may only insert or remove parts from a profile nest if every other part in the nest is split to you.
•
No profile nest can be made from any remnant created in another Project Split & Merge project.
Profile Plots
Profile plot drawings can be created in any project by a user with user permission to create profile plot drawings and the
new drawing is automatically considered split to the project in which the drawing is created. Responsibility for existing
profile plots drawings is delegated by the master project on split creation.
The following restrictions apply in a Project Split & Merge project.
•
No operations may be performed in a profile plot drawing split to another project.
•
No plots or plot sheets can be removed from a profile plot drawing if they contain parts split to another project
•
Parts may only be plotted by the project with modeling control of the parts.
Pipe and HVAC
Modeling
Modeling piping and HVAC should not be impacted by Project Split & Merge unless you attempt to make changes that
will affect parts split to another project. ShipConstructor prevents parts split to another project from being modified in any
way. Additionally, connections may not be made to parts split to another project. These connections can be made when
both parts are under control of the master at the end of the project.
ShipConstructor allows any pipe system, HVAC system, or equipment to be modeled in any system model drawing. In a
Project Split & Merge project, this means that multiple project participants can model in the same system model
drawing. For this reason pipe, HVAC, and equipment system model drawings are not sent in a merge or refresh package.
Drawings are updated from content in the database the first time that the drawing is opened or when the
_SCUPDATEMODELANDSYSTEMDRAWINGSQUICK command is run.
You can change the system of parts that are currently under your control. The new system of the part must be a system
for which you have responsibility underneath the unit the part exists in.
Spools
You may only create, modify and delete spools if the spooled parts are split to your project. You may only create, modify,
and delete spool drawings for spools that are split to your project.
System Manager
If your project has system hierarchy control of a system, you have authority to perform all administrative tasks for that
system. You can delete the system, modify system attributes, as well as create, modify, and delete branches under that
system.
Projects with authority to model parts in a system, but without system hierarchy control, have the ability to perform a few
System Manager operations. This gives maximum flexibility to users of Project Split & Merge projects. Caution and
understanding is important if you perform system manager operations as this type of user, because some changes can
be overridden by the project controlling the system hierarchy. Consider this example, if your project has authority to
model parts in the bilge system but does not have system hierarchy control of the system, you can perform the following
limited operations in the system manager:
•
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You can create new branches
Working in a Project Split & Merge Project
•
•
You can delete branches you have created as long as you have not sent a merge or refresh to the project with system
hierarchy authority for the system and received a merge or refresh in return. This may seem confusing. However, the
concept is quite simple and is based on the following two concepts:
•
If you create a new branch, you are able to successfully delete it if you have not sent a merge or refresh to the
project with system hierarchy responsibility for the branch. The deletion is successful because the project with
responsibility for the system was never aware that the branch existed so deleting it cannot create any data
conflicts.
•
If you create a new branch, ShipConstructor will allow you to delete the branch even if you have submitted a
merge or refresh to the project with control of the system hierarchy. ShipConstructor allows this because there
is no guarantee that the merge or refresh was actually applied to the receiving project. While ShipConstructor
will allow you to delete the branch in your project, it will be recreated the next time you receive a merge or
refresh from the project with system hierarchy control if they successfully applied the merge or refresh that you
sent them.
The same concepts apply to modification of branch attributes. Users of this project may make attribute changes to
branches at any time however if they conflict with the values in the project with control of the system hierarchy the
attribute values will be overwritten.
Equipment
You may only create, modify or delete equipment in drawings that are split to your project for equipment editing. You may
not make connections to equipment that is not split to your project. System model drawings may be created by any
project participating in a Project Split & Merge project. The new drawing is automatically split for equipment editing to
the creating project.
Hull
You can only make changes to hull drawings that are split to your project. New hull drawings can be created by any
project and the hull drawing is automatically considered split to the project that created it.
Penetrations
You may only create, modify, or delete penetrations if the penetrated plate and the penetrating pipe or HVAC parts are all
split to your project.
Product Hierarchy Dialog
Changes within the Product Hierarchy dialog are limited based on the responsibilities split to your project.
You can see what control the project has on product hierarchies from the following icons:
The project has control over this Product Hierarchy or Unit
The project has partial control over the Primary Product Hierarchy because some units are split to another project.
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Working in a Project Split & Merge Project
In the image above:
•
The “PRIMARY” product hierarchy is partially controlled because Unit U115 is split to another project.
•
The “Weight Strategy” product hierarchy is not controlled because it is split to another project.
Create, Deleting, Modifying, Moving Assemblies
You can only modify the assembly structure or assembly attributes if your project controls the product hierarchy or unit.
Assemblies may only be moved from one unit to another if controls of both product hierarchy units are split to your
project. Assemblies which cannot be modified will be marked with a .
Changing Part and Spool Assembly Location
You can change the location of a part in a product hierarchy if you can modify the assembly. If your project does not have
modeling control of the parts or spools you are moving, these parts or spools will not be renamed. Parts which your
project does not have modeling control will be marked with a
.
The following caveat exists when a project without product hierarchy control of a unit changes the assembly location of
parts within the unit. On merge or refresh, if the assembly location of parts or spools conflicts between two projects, the
location dictated by the project with control of the product hierarchy unit is used. ShipConstructor allows projects, without
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Working in a Project Split & Merge Project
control of the project hierarchy of a unit, to change the location of parts and spools under their control in order to give
them the flexibility to change the product hierarchy location of parts before the parts have been merged or refreshed to
the project with product hierarchy control.
Product Hierarchy Levels and User Defined Attributes
Levels and user-defined attributes for a product hierarchy can only be modified if the project controls the product
hierarchy. For the primary product hierarchy (the Build Strategy), levels cannot be deleted or moved if the project does
not control all the units. A split project can never edit levels in the primary product hierarchy.
Modifying Product Hierarchies
New product hierarchies can be defined in the master project only. If a project controls a product hierarchy, the product
hierarchy can be renamed or deleted. Only the master project can rename the primary Product hierarchy.
Project Settings
All project settings are modifiable on by the master project. Only CPC related project settings are modifiable by split
projects. Split projects are automatically initialized the project settings of the master project. On refresh operations all
project settings, not modifiable by split projects are updated to match the settings dictated by the master project.
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Index
Index
A
Assemblies 7, 11, 26
E
Equipment 25
Merging 10
Splitting 7
H
HVAC 24
Merging 10, 11
Splitting 6, 8
M
Model Drawings 4, 23, 24
O
Output Drawings 8, 12
P
Pipe 24
Merging 10, 11
Splitting 6, 8
S
Structure 23
Merging 9, 11
Splitting 5, 7
System Manager 8, 11, 24
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