Analyzing Connections

This task shows you how to view the connections, and their status, in a design. See also Viewing Related Objects and Analyzing Interferences.


1. With your document open in the System Design workbench, make an object active, and click the Structure Object Relationships button . The Structure Object Relationships dialog box displays, with the active object and its parent/child displayed.
2. Click the Connections tab to view the connections and their status. Both implicit (created automatically by the application) and explicit (created by the user) connections will display. The Connections tab is only available when the active object is capable of having connections.

3. If you want to filter for a type of connection then click on the down arrow next to the Show Connections of Types field and select a connection type. In addition to All, the selections are:
  • Attaching: When the connected object is attached to the active object, e.g. stiffener to shell, when shell is the active object.
  • Attached to: When the active object is attached to the connected object.
  • Bounded by: When the active object is limited by the connected object.
  • Bounding: When the active object is limiting the connected object.
  • Penetration - Slot: When there is a slot connection between the active object and the connected object.
4. You can click on a column heading to sort by it.
  • Show: Informs whether a connected object is Shown or Hidden in the 3D viewer. See Step 5.
  • Connection Type: The connection type, as explained above.
  • Connected Object: The object that is connected to the active object.
  • Connection Status: OK or, if there is a problem, KO.
  • Cross Doc: Whether the connected object is in the same document (N) or in a different document (Y).
5. You can select one or more rows and Show/Hide them. To do this, right click on one or more rows and select Hide/Show in the drop down menu.
6. Click Cancel to exit the command.