Managing Logical Publications and Connections

This task explains how to manage publications. You should also refer to the following tasks for more information: Using Work Packages and Connections Between Work Packages.  
Publications are used to identify work packages that have linked elements. An example of linked elements is when a vessel is in one work package, and the pipe routed from it in another. In such cases, publications are automatically created and used to track connected elements. Using Tools - Manage Logical Publications and Analyze - Cross Document Connections from the menu bar, you can manage the publications. Both are explained below.       

This command works with work packages, assemblies and schematic root documents.




Select the work package for which you want to manage publications, and select Tools - Manage Logical Publications from the menu bar. The Manage Logical Publications dialog box displays, listing all publications in the document. The buttons for managing a connector become available once you select it. NOTE: The Reset and Unpublish buttons will remain grayed out if you select a linked connector because modifying them will affect your design.

If a publication status is "unresolved" then it means the publication cannot locate the associated connector. There could be a number of reasons for this, a common one being that the object on which the connector existed has been deleted.

Each connector is labeled and corresponding labels can be seen in the viewer also.

  2. You can perform the following functions using the Manage Logical Publications dialog box (you must have Write access to the work package):
  • Rename: To rename, click once, and then again once on the publication name and enter the new name.
  • Reset: Click the Reset button to reset to the original publication name.
  • Reframe: Select a publication and click Reframe to highlight the object in the viewer.
  • Unpublish: Select a publication and click Unpublish to unpublish the publication.
  3. You can manage publications for an object beneath the work package by selecting it in the specifications tree. The Publish dialog box displays when you make your selection. The image below shows connectors on a the selected object, in this case an assembly. You can select one (or more) of them and publish or unpublish as necessary. Linked connectors cannot be published or unpublished.

Click Close to return to the Manage Logical Publications dialog box, which will display any connectors you just published.

4. To publish the root document of the 3-D work package, make the work package active.

From the menu bar, select Tools - Manage Logical Publications to display the Manage Logical Publications dialog box. The publication will not display when the dialog box opens.

Select the work package again in the specifications tree, and the publication displays in the dialog box. The root document is published as soon as it appears in the dialog box - you do not need to execute a separate Publish command.

You also can see the published 3-D root document in the specifications tree under Publications.

5. To manage cross document connections, select a work package and select Analyze - Cross Document Connections from the menu bar. The Cross Document Connections dialog box displays, showing the publications in the document.

  6. The buttons become available when you select a publication. In the image above, the symbol in the Link Type column shows the publication has a two way connection. You can perform the following functions (some functions require Write access to both work packages):
  • Remove Link: Click this button to remove a connection one way, and the following symbol displays:


  • Add Link: Click this button when you have a one way connection, click this button to make it a two way connection.
  • Disconnect: Click this button to remove the connection.
  • Use the Reframe, Select All and Clear Selection buttons as needed.
You can also use the Connect Parts and Disconnect Parts commands to add or remove connections.