Placing Parts Using a Schematic

This task shows how to place equipment and parts using a schematic drawing. The procedure below describes placing equipment. The same method is used for placing parts.

You must follow the parts placement order described in Schematic Driven Design. You must also set the Schematic Driven flag described in the same section.

Beginning Release 15, 3D versions of runs must be 'associated' with the corresponding schematic, if you want to do schematic driven parts placement on a run. Runs will automatically be associated if you create them in Release 15 using a schematic. Runs that are not associated with the corresponding schematic must be associated by you - if you want schematic driven parts placement.  If you change a schematic after creating a run, you should associate them again. See Analyzing Schematic Driven Design to learn how to do this.

In order to place equipment you must be in the Equipment Arrangement workbench. To create a run and place parts you should be in the appropriate workbench.

If the Function Driven flag in the project resource management file is set to 2, then schematic driven parts placement will not be possible in Equipment Arrangement.

1. Click the Place Equipment button . Two dialog boxes display - the Place Equipment box and the Schematic Browser box. If the Schematic Browser box does not display the schematic you want to use to place parts then click the Open Schematic Diagram button and select the schematic you want to use to place parts.

If your resources are stored in ENOVIA then you first need to import it using procedures described in the ENOVIA section of this manual.


Click the equipment you want to place first, in this case EQ-19.

NOTE: Use of the Select Mode buttons is explained in Placing Parts. Refer to that task.

  • If the equipment you selected has a part number defined then you do not have to do anything more than place it. 
  • If the Part Type was not defined (it will display in the Place Equipment box), then you need to click on the down arrow in the Part Type field and select a part type.

  • If the Clear Filter button is enabled it means that values from a previous part placement exist in the Filter Definition dialog box. (See Step 5.) Click the button if you want to clear these values.
  • If you want to change the values of one or more properties of the part you want to filter for, then click the Filter Definition button to display the Filter Definition dialog box. Select the property whose value you want to change and then select the new value from the drop down box in the Value field. (The Value field will display after you select a property.) This new value will appear in the Override value column. The values in the Override value column will be used when searching for parts in the catalog.
  • The Override button brings up the Manage Override Parameters dialog box, allowing you to change attribute values.
  • The Flip Part button allows you to flip parts that can be flipped, such as a reducer.
  • The Move/Rotate button displays the Move/Rotate dialog box, allowing you to manipulate the part.
  • The Pipe Selection and Pipe Segment Shortcut buttons are shortcuts that let you select part type.
  • The Change to Schematic Mode button lets you toggle between schematic and non-schematic mode. You will exit the command when you click this button and need to click the Place Part command again.
3. After you define the Part Type, the Part Selection box will display and you can select a part. If both Function Type and Part Type were defined then the Part Selection box will display when you click on any equipment in the schematic and you can select the part.

4. Click in your 3-D document to place the equipment.

Parts and equipment have "ordered placement" capability. To give an example, in the image below if you have placed the valves 1 and 3, then valve 2 will only place between those two. You will not be able to place it to the right of valve 3. 

5. Using the procedure described above, continue to place all equipment and nozzles you want to from the schematic.

If you assigned names to connectors when you added them (both in the 3-D and schematic application) then your 3-D nozzles will be placed at the correct connector on the equipment - the nozzle will place on the connector which has the same name as the connector in the schematic application.