Consultant project in IMPACT - guidelines

Last modified by Adam Carlson on 2020/02/21 11:49

General

This document will go through the workflow for a consultant in IMPACT.

Workflow

In order to create an early erection plan and a coarse planning of the casting and transports, a 3D model (Project planning document) should be created early. Thereafter during the fine project planning and editing of the design, it is crucial to keep the element's id since these are keeping all the information about the production planning.

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Figure 1: A model in Project Manager.

If you remove an element in the model and replace it with a new one, then the new element automatically gets a new id and the production planning information is removed. In order to prevent this, use one of the following commands:

  • Edit
     
  • Save As
     
  • Replace
     
  • Rename

Element Id

In AutoCAD under Plan -> Settings Plan, you can switch on/off several settings, among others the Element Id.

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Figure 2: Settings Plan…

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Figure 3: In Settings Plan, the Element id box can be found.

The Element id is shown under the element mark.

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Figure 4: Element id in AutoCAD.

In the Model Viewer, the element id is shown in the Properties dialog when the element is selected.

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Figure 5: Element id under properties in Project Manager.

Edit element

Edit element does not change the element id.

Example:

Before a recess:

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Figure 6: Element id before a change.

After a recess:

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Figure 7: Element id is kept after a change.

Save As

Save as, with a new element mark, does not change the element id.

Example:

Before:

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Figure 8: Element id with the element mark 1.

After:

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Figure 9: Element id is unchanged with the new element mark 2.

Replace

Replace, with a new element mark, does not change the element id.

Example:

Before:

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Figure 10: Element id is unchanged with the element mark SLABA.

After:

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Figure 11: Element id is unchanged with the element mark SLABD.

Do not remove an element first, and then do an Insert afterward, this will change the element id.

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Figure 12: Element id is changed due to an insert.

Rename

Rename of an element mark does not change the element id.

The element mark can be changed in either Project Manager or AutoCAD (See Save As for AutoCAD).

How to change the name in Project Manager:

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Figure 13: Rename of SLABC in Project Manager -> Element Marks.

After this step, you need to return to AutoCAD and run “update plan”.

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Figure 14: SLABC will be renamed to SLABF, note the element id.

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Figure 15: Update plan in AutoCAD -> Plan -> Update plan.

This will change the element mark but not the element id.

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Figure 16: SLABC is now renamed to SLABF, note that the element id is still the same.

Project set up

There are two ways to set up a project.

  • All the design is done in one database by one consultant
     
  • Divided design in multiple databases, between consultants or between a factory and a consultant

All design by one consultant only

If all the project planning is done by one consultant, then the consultant can do project exports to the production server. In that way, all the element ids will be copied from design to production and be the same.

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Figure 17: All design by one consultant only.

Workflow

Abbreviations: Project Manager (PM)

  1. Start
  • A consultant exports the whole project (PM)
     
  • The project leader imports the project (PM)

     2. At each delivery

  • The consultant exports the project (PM)
     
  • The project leader imports the project (PM)

Because the project already exists, it will automatically be updated.  

Elements that are planned for production will not be removed in the production server even if they are removed at a consultant.

When you Import a project with planning you will first get this warning that lets you know that the project has planned elements.

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Figure 18: Warning that shows up when importing a project with planned elements.

After this, check the log file so everything looks fine.  

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Figure 19: Log file with several elements deleted but not removed.

The id 10-15 are deleted at the consultant but they have not been removed in the production server because they are being planned. These ids must be deleted manually.

Shared design

If the project planning is done in multiple locations e.g. at multiple consultants or at a factory and a consultant, then these must do element exports to the production server. Then the element id on the same element will be different in the different databases (Nevertheless, the GUID will always be the same).

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Figure 20: Shared design.

Workflow

Abbreviations: Project Manager (PM)

  1. Start
  • One consultant exports the whole project (PM)
     
  • The other consultants and project leaders import the project (PM)

     2. At each delivery

  • The consultant exports the element marks (PM)
     
  • The project leader/designer imports the element marks (PM)

After this, check the log file so everything looks fine. 

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Figure 21: Log file with new, removed and updated elements.

Id 626 is removed.
Id 627 is new.
Id 628-631, 633 and 636 are updated (New element mark, new measurements, etc.).

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Figure 22: Log file with new elements with different ids.

Id 780-789 are new and they differ compared with the consultants' ids.

Definitions

Explanation of some crucial terms. 

Production Server

The IMPACT server that contains the database with all the production planning.

Design Server

The or these IMPACT server(s) that contains databases with all or parts of the project planning.

Standard

The set of products, templates, etc that the project will use. The standard must be the same in all the databases.

Project name

The name of the project, maximum 12 symbols. It must be the same in all databases.

Rough planning

Elements that are not found on the cast bed or on a transport.

Fine planning

Elements that are found on the cast bed or on a transport.

GUID

Globally Unique Identifier. An element´s unique “id number”
(E.g. F4BA8C39-B610-4E74-A855-7AF301C776FA)

Element Id

An elements unique number in a project.
(E.g. 321)

Element Mark

A name set to describe a specific element. Please note that one element mark may be connected to several element ids.
(E.g. W1001 (Id 1), W1001 (Id 2))

 

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Created by Adam Carlson on 2020/02/21 10:51
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