Define Graphic Representations for Equipment

This task shows you how to create multiple graphic representations for an equipment or part. See also Switching Graphic Representations.
Once you have created a  part and specified a type, you can create one or more graphic representations, i.e., create the body of the part. You can define multiple graphic representations of a component when you need to show more than one graphic of the same component. For instance, you may need to show a pipe as "double", which is like a 3D version, as "single", which means represented by a single line, or "envelope", which also includes the working area needed around the pipe or equipment. These three categories are included with this application. A fourth category, "exact", is also included and is normally used for detailed representations of parts. You can create these three graphics of the same pipe and place whichever one you prefer in a document.

Before you create multiple representations you should set up a Graphic Representations file.  (You do this by creating a file - a default is provided if you want to use it - and noting its location in your resource management file. See Understanding Project Resource Management.) A Graphic Representations file allows you to classify each graphic that you create into a specific category. In addition to the four categories that are defined in the application and that were described above, you can create categories based on your specific needs.


When you create a part as explained in Create a Part with Specified Type, it is given the first classification that is listed in your Graphic Representations file. In this example it is Double, as shown in the illustration below. To start making graphic representations for the part, you will first create a graphic for the Double representation that you have already created. To do this double click on Elbow1 to bring up the Part Design product. (Not all users may have a license for Part Design - contact your system administrator.)


2. Create your part (in this case an elbow) using Part Design. (See Part Design documentation if you need help.) You have now created the Double graphic representation of the part. 

3. To create a second graphic representation, double click on Elbow1 (Elbow1.1) to return to Equipment Arrangement.
4. Click on the Create Part button to display the Create Part dialog box and click on the elbow to make it active. The buttons at the bottom of the Create Part dialog box will become active.
5. Click on the Manage Graphics Representations button . The Manage Graphic Representations dialog box will display.

6. The Defined column shows which representations exist for the part. If a name has No against it you can create a representation by clicking on No. It will change to Yes and the graphic name will be added to the specifications tree. You now need to create a body for it, as described above. In the illustration below you can see both double and single representations. The single representation is the white line running through the 3D elbow.

7. If the value for a graphic in the Activated column is Yes it means you can see that graphic. (You can toggle between Yes and No by clicking on it.) If you check the box Expand representations you can see more than one representation of that part in the same document - if the representation exists.