||This task explains
the ways you can establish connections between work packages. You should
also refer to the following tasks for more information:
Using Work Packages,
Understanding Project Resource Management,
and Managing Publications.
|The system manages connections
between elements within your design. As you place parts or route elements
within your design, the system automatically creates connections between
them. When these elements are in different work packages then the system
also needs a way of identifying the work package containing the linked
When connections are being established between elements in different
work packages, the system may use one of two link mechanisms, based on the
environment and user options set in the Project Resource Management file.
The two mechanisms used for cross work package connections are:
- Publication based connections
- Document based connections
||Publication based linking enables
effective configuration management, revision management and concurrent
engineering support. Publication based connections are established through
a publication and can easily be replaced by new configurations or revisions
of a work package. The connection is resolved dynamically as work packages
are loaded into a session.
Document based connections use a more direct
linking mechanism. This allows the linked document to be identified more
easily, but it does not easily support relinking to a new configuration or
||In publication based linking,
connection information is added to both work packages, establishing a one
way or two way link. A two way link is established when the system has
Write access to both work packages. If it has Write access to one of the
work packages it will establish a one way connection from the work package
to which it has access. Users can convert a one way link to a two way link
if they have Write access to the necessary work package, using the Cross
Document Connections command. It is recommended that a two way connection
be established to ensure complete network connectivity for downstream
processes such as From-To analysis.
||In the case of document based
connections, the connection is stored in the parent document of the two
work packages. In this case, a two way connection is always established.