Organizing Your Document

This task explains the recommended method for organizing your document. While you can organize documents in various ways, this method saves time in the designing process. The geometry in your document will not be affected by the way you organize documents.

1. As explained in Creating a Design Unit, it is recommended that you create a design unit for each major component of your vessel. For instance, to create a deck you would first create a design unit, and then create the deck within this design unit. Follow this procedure for each deck, bulkhead and other major component.
  2. For organizational purposes, it is recommended that you create products or components and create design units within these. The process is explained below.
  3. To create the first product (or component) make the root Product active (double click) and select Insert - New Product in the menu bar. Rename the Product using the Properties dialog box. Repeat the process for other products, activating the product under which you want the one you are creating. The image below shows two products, one created beneath another. Although they have been named Primary and Secondary Systems, they are not design units - design units will be created within them.

  4. Create design units under each product and build your parts within these. To create design units use the Design Unit command in the toolbar.
  5. It is recommended that you respect the dependencies of parts on other parts when you create your design units. A cross, for instance, is limited by a deck. Therefore, when you are organizing your document you should organize crosses below decks in the specifications tree, as shown in the image below. This allows for faster modification of your design.