Creating a Specifications Catalog

atarget.gif (1372 bytes) This task explains how to create a specifications catalog.  
ascenari.gif (1364 bytes) 1. Click Start - Infrastructure - Catalog Editor to start the Catalog Editor. The image below is of the sample catalog included with this application. You should follow this structure if you intend to make a new catalog.

2. Rename Chapter.1 to Specifications (or any other name). To do this, right click on it, select Chapter.1 object - Definition in the menus and enter Specifications in the Chapter Definition dialog box.
3. You need to create the keyword SpecMode and assign it two discrete values - Y and N. These values will be used to include or exclude a section or thickness value from the preferred list. If you select N, then the part is not included in your preferred list. Y means it will display in the preferred list. To create the keyword, select Specifications and click the Add Keyword button to display the Keyword Definition dialog box.

  • Enter SpecMode in the name field. Check Visibility if it is unchecked.
  • Select String in the Type field
  • Change the Default Value entry to Y or N - whichever you prefer
  • Check With Discrete List of Values
  • Click OK.
4. The Legal Value Definition dialog box displays.

Enter Y in the first field and press Enter. Enter N and press Enter. Click OK to close the box. Both values will display in the lower field.

  5. To create a standard, make Specifications active and click the Add Chapter button . In the Chapter Definition dialog box that displays enter the standard name (in this example it is AISC) and make sure the Copy Keywords check box is checked. Click OK and the standard displays in the specifications tree.
6. Make the standard active and create a materials entry by following the same procedure. It can be any material, in this example it is Steel. The entry is added to the specifications tree.
7. Make the material entry active and create a grade entry by following the same procedure. In this example it is A42.
The material-grade combinations in the Specifications catalog should match the material-grade combinations defined in the Material catalog. If they are not matched, you will get an error message when creating a shape or plate in Structure Design, and a warning when creating a stiffener or plate in Structure Functional Design and Structure Detail Design.
8. Double click A42 and click the Add Family button. In the Component Family Definition dialog box enter Profile in the Name field. Create a second entry at the same level, naming it Plates. Leave the Type entry at Standard, and check Copy Keywords.

9. You need to link the two entries Profile and Plates to corresponding documents. Select Profile and click the Add Component button to display the Description Definition dialog box.

Click Select Document and navigate to the directory where yours parts (resolved sections) are. Select one and click Open to return to the Description Definition dialog box. You can modify the default SpecMode value: to do this, select the Keyword Values tab in the Description Definition dialog box. If the SpecMode value is not what you want, or if no value is displayed, then select SpecMode and select the value you want in the Value field. Click OK when you are done. Repeat the process for all parts you want to add.

Select Plates,  click the Add Part Family Components button, click Select Document and navigate to the directory where the CATPart containing your thickness design table is stored and select that. The default CATPart sent out with the sample catalog is named Thickness.CATPart.

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