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CAESAR II

  CAESAR II 2014 Version 7.00 Changes & Enhancements (14/17)
Description:

CAESAR II 2014 (7.00) delivers a number of updates for the latest piping codes, numerous stability improvements, and features to benefit your user experience.

Technical Updates

The following technical changes were made for this release, which may affect the numeric results:

  • Added a new equation for calculating expansion stress cases with new SIF and index values to support the 2012 Edition of the ASME B31.3 code.
  • Addressed bend pressure stiffening and changed the longitudinal pressure stress equation, among other revisions, to support the 2012 Edition of the EN 13480 code.
  • Updated the minimum wall thickness equation for ASME B31.8 Chapter VIII to consider the longitudinal joint efficiency (using the Eff input box).
  • Updated the ASME B31.8 code interpretation to use either of the two combined biaxial stress equations for restrained pipe, as referred to in Paragraph 833.4, instead of using the maximum of the two. You can specify this using the Yield Stress Criterion configuration setting in the SIFs and Stresses section of the Configuration Editor.
  • Revised the calculations for SIFs in non-corroded conditions when the CODETI piping code is selected, based on clarification from French Code Committee.
  • Revised the Static Analysis (Load Case Editor) to automatically recommend Expansion (EXP) stress range load cases for better coverage of multiple operating conditions.
  • Provided an option for users to select the allowable corresponding to temperature for that particular Occasional (OCC) load case for B31.3 jobs.
  • Added support for in-line flange check evaluations for MAX and ABS load case combinations.
  • Resolved an issue in Structural Input where the software did not process UNIF values as gravitational multipliers (G loads) after you added the GLOAD command into the input stream. The software uses the gravitational multiplier (G load) value for all UNIF values when you add the GLOAD command into the input stream.

Interface Enhancements

The following are the new features in this version.

Piping Code and Material Database Updates

  • Updated to support the 2012 Edition of the ASME B31.1 code. This work included material property updates.
  • Updated to support the 2012 Edition of the ASME B31.3 code. This work included a new equation for calculating expansion stress cases with new SIF and index values.
  • Updated to support the 2012 Edition of the ASME B31.8 code.
  • Updated the ASME B31.8 code interpretation to use either of the two combined biaxial stress equations for restrained pipe, as referred to in Paragraph 833.4, instead of using the maximum of the two. You can specify this using the Yield Stress Criterion configuration setting in the SIFs and Stresses section of the Configuration Editor.
  • Updated to support the 2013 Edition of the ASME B31.5 code.
  • Updated to support the 2012 Edition of the EN 13480 code. This work included addressing bend pressure stiffening and changes to the longitudinal pressure stress equation, among other revisions.
  • Updated the Material database, as required for piping code updates.
  • Updated the flange rating for in-line flange checks per EN 1092-1:2013 and ANSI B16.5 2009.
  • Added support for ANSI 16.5 2009 metric flange ratings.
  • Added fatigue curves as indicated in the 2013 Edition of ASME Section VIII, Div. 2.
  • Extended the content for the ASME B31.3 code update and B163 to 1400F.

Modeling and User Interface

  • Enabled quick global property changes (such as for temperature and pressure) from the Legend dialog box in the 3D model.
  • Enhanced the Distance command to measure between two points in the 3D model. The distance functionality works either graphically or by entering node numbers, and provides you with a quick way to verify your model.
  • Added a new Global menu in the piping input, which includes the Block commands. These commands are also accessible through the Block Operations toolbar and the right-click context menu from the List>Elements dialog box.
  • Enhanced the Structural Steel Wizard to display units for various input fields, added more tool bar icons, and enhanced input grid usability.
  • Addressed graphics issues.
  • Completed minor usability enhancements based on customer feedback.

Static and Dynamic Analysis

  • Revised the Static Analysis module (Load Case Editor) to automatically recommend Expansion (EXP) stress range load cases for better coverage of multiple operating conditions.
  • Provided an option for users to select the allowable corresponding to temperature for the specified Occasional (OCC) load case for B31.3 jobs.
  • Added support for in-line flange check evaluations for MAX and ABS load case combinations.

Interoperability

  • Added the ability to import multiple supports at the same location from the Import PCF or Intergraph Smart 3D PCF interfaces.
  • Enhanced the hanger table for support design with LISEGA's LICAD software in the Data Export Wizard (Export to MS Access).

Post-Processing

  • Added output filters for flanges so that you can identify the most overstressed flanges.
  • Updated the software to show the actual Stress Indices (I) that are used for sustained and occasional static load cases for ASME B31.3 code.
  • Updated the Generate Stress Isometrics (CAESAR II Isogen module) with I-Configure 2014 (5.0).

Documentation/Help

  • Updated the Quick Reference Guide with dates and information for all piping code updates made in CAESAR II 2014.
  • Updated the F1 help in the Static Output Processor.
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  CAESAR II 2013 R1 Version 6.10 Changes & Enhancements (11/12)
Description: CAESAR II 2013 R1 (6.10) delivers a number of significant new and extended capabilities to increase productivity, supply the latest piping codes, and improve user experience.

Technical Updates

Updated piping code information for ASME B31.1, B31.3, B31.8, B31.9, and Z662 codes. The ASME B31.3 2010 Edition includes many significant changes, such as the new equation for sustained case evaluation and new stress indexes (It/Ia).

Interface Enhancements

  • Import piping models from Smart 3D to the Piping Input module, using the new APCF interface. This interface saves you data entry time while reducing errors.

 

  • Incorporate the design context of the plant within CAESAR II to make more intelligent re-routing and support location decisions and potentially reduce design-analysis iterations. The ability to import Smart Plant 3D (S3D)/Smart Plant Review (SPR) graphic environment (VUE file) complements the existing capability to import CADWorx (*.dwg) plant models.

  • Export to Microsoft Access format. Using this format, selected CAESAR II results are available in Smart Plant 3D (S3D)/Smart Plant Review (SPR) for easier identification of changes made by the engineer.

 

Productivity and Usability Enhancements

  • Reorganize a model using two new block commands (Invert and Change Sequence).
  • Use line number classifications to make quick edits when performing all block operation selections (such as duplicate, delete, and renumber). This feature is in addition to the already available Graphical and List Select functions.
  • Experience the improved Renumber and Annotation functions.

Performance and Functionality Improvements

  • Increased stability by updating the Isogen module to Personal Isogen Version 8.1.
  • Increased performance by updating the graphics engine.

Internationalization Updates

  • Key portions of user interface (such as Static Analysis) are now available in Japanese. Upcoming planned translations for Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese.
  • Documentation and help available in English and Japanese languages.
  • Updates to support Japanese seismic code, KHK Level 1.
  • Additions to support spring hanger databases for Mitsubishi, Yamashita, Sanwa Tekki, and Techno.

Additional Improvements to Product Quality

  • Continued process improvements to standardize development and testing to meet ASME NQA-1 requirements.
  • Enhanced user documentation to include task-oriented procedures.
  • Updated the CAESAR II main menu to use the ribbon interface.
 

To get your copy of this latest release contact your local Intergraph sales representative by clicking here.
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  CAESAR II Version 5.31 Changes & Enhancements (5/12)
Description: The 5.31 release of CAESAR II includes the following changes and enhancements:
  • Enhanced and improved the Smart 3D to CAESAR II interface (PCF).
  • Introduced a faster, interactive, on-demand and flexible PCF interface, called Advanced PCF (APCF) Import, into the Piping Input processor.
  • Enhanced the CAESAR II Data Export Wizard to support ODBC Microsoft Access format, which facilitates round-trip results to S3D and SPR.
  • Added new element order commands for block operations: Invert and Change Sequence.
  • Added usability improvements to reduce user input and editing time, including the use of line numbers to block select elements.
  • Improved many Isogen-related issues.
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  CAESAR II Version 5.30 Changes & Enhancements (11/10)
Description: This list details the new or changed capabilities and features of CAESAR II 2011 (Version 5.30)
  • The B31.9 piping code has been added.
  • The following piping codes have been revised: RCCM-C, RCCM-D, ASME-NC, ASME-ND, GPTC/Z380, Z662, B31.1, B31.3, EN-13480 (2010 Draft).
  • Added spring hanger databases for PSS (Germany) and Seonghwa (Korea).
  • Structural tubing shapes added to the AISC structural database. 
  • A new restraint report added showing reactions in local element coordinates.
  • User configurable Nozzle Limits added.
  • Line Number Specification and Manipulation has been added.
  • API-650 nozzle displacement values automatically included in the model.
  • Graphic ability to move/stretch elements has been added.
  • Insulation additions (cladding & refractory specifications)
  • Uniform load enhancement (G’s or force/length in same job)
  • Optional “spring hanger hardware weight” can be specified.
  • Static output menu shows visually which load cases have passed or failed.
  • Additional flexibility with user material databases through user named files.
  • Improved displacement import/export facility.
  • Improved PCF interface.
  • Improved WRC module
  • Many graphics/modeling/Interfacing improvements
  • Valve/Flange database option to keep 3 elements
  • Flange “G” values automatically generated
  • Spectra and Time Histories can be plotted in dynamics.
  • Key strokes can be reassigned or added.
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  CAESAR II Version 5.20 Changes & Enhancements (4/09)
Description:
  • The ISO-14692 Code has been added for FRP systems.
  • A “Loop Optimization Wizard” has been incorporated to assist in expansion loop design.

loop wizard dialog

  • The “Buried Pipe Modeler” now supports the “American LifeLines Alliance” as a second soil stiffness method.
  • The Mexican Seismic Code has been added to the Dynamic Input module for the automatic generation of response spectra.
  • A “static seismic wizard” has been added to assist in computing “G factors” for ASCE, NBC, and CFE.
  • Additional wind codes (10) have been added to the Static Load setup.
  • The permitted number of static load cases has been increased from 99 to 999.
  • The valve/flange insertion routine has been modified to “cut back” the straight pipe length if necessary.
  • A number of “drop lists” have been added to the Piping Input Spreadsheet to assist with input specification.  These “drop lists” appear on the “bend radius” and “insulation density” fields.
  • Spring Hanger Table definition has been streamlined through the addition of three checkboxes for: cold load design, extended range springs, and centered hot load.
  • Flange Symbols are now drawn on the piping elements if flange ratings have been requested.
  • The following piping codes have been revised due to “code changes”:  B31.1, B31.8, GPTC/Z380, ASME NC, ASME ND.
  • “User writeable” subdirectories have been moved from below \caesarii to the %allusersprofile” area.
  • Automatic e-mail generation (for Technical Support issues) has been added.
  • The “File Open” dialog has been improved to permit the “roll-back” to earlier revisions of the (piping) input.
  • A new export option is available for “Static Output” data – export to MS Excel.  This is raw data only to improve export speed.
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  CAESAR II Version 5.10 Changes & Enhancements (9/07)
Description:
  • Added in-line flange rating evaluation per B16.5 and NC-3658.

  • Graphics Improvements:
    • Graphics rendering speed has been improved by 20% to 50% depending on the job.
    • Added additional controls to view corrosion and densities.
    • Added the ability to import an Autocad (CADWorx) model directly into the piping input, to provide visualization of supporting steel, vessels and other equipment.



  • Static Output Processor Improvements:
    • Report generation times reduced by 70% or better.
    • Presentation in “tabbed” window to allow viewing multiple reports, and immediate switching between reports.
    • Individual items can be selected from the “Miscellaneous Report”.
    • Reports can be zoomed and individually directed to an output device via a “context menu”.
    • Custom report templates can be imported and exported.
  • Static Load Case Editor enhancements:
    • In-Line Flange Evaluation has been added, at the load case level.
    • Added the ability to alter the “occasional load multiplier” on a “per load case basis”.
    • Added the ability to “import” static load data from different jobs.
    • Added the ability to copy wind and wave vectors.
  • Added user control over whether or not insulation should be considered in hydro test cases.
  • The following new piping codes have been added: PD-8010 Part 1 and Part 2.
  • The following piping codes have been revised due to “code” changes: B31.1, B31.3, B31.4, Z662, EN-13480
  • Added support for B31.3 Section 319.2.3(c), allowing axial stress to be included in the Expansion Code Stress.
  • API-661 revised to 6th Edition.
  • Wind and Seismic load calculations revised to ASCE #7 2005.
  • Added a number of European materials to the material database.
  • Updated stainless steel pipe specification data per B36.19M.
  • Updated DIN pipe size specification to comply with EN-10220 (seamless) instead of DIN-2458 (welded).
  • Chinese structural steel and expansion joint databases have been added.
  • Added spring hanger data from Gradior Power, (Czech Republic).
  • Updated the flange material database per ASME Sect VIII Div 1, 2007 Edition.
  • Updated the Inoflex Spring Hanger data.
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  CAESAR II Version 5.00 Changes & Enhancements (10/05)
Description:
  • The following new piping codes have been added: EN-13480, GPTC/192, Z662 Ch 11.
  • The following piping codes have been revised due to “code” changes: B31.1, B31.3, B31.5, B31.8, B31.11, ASME NC, ASME ND, CODETI, TBK 5-6.
  • Additional codes and standards updated: API-610.
  • Added Ameron Bondstrand, and Conely FRP pipe specification files.
  • Added Binder (Australia) and PiHASA (Spain) spring hanger tables.
  • Added structural steel data bases from India and Japan.
  • The ability to perform dynamic analysis optionally using a consistent mass matrix. This obviates the need to re-mesh the model for better mass distribution.
  • The ability to perform an analysis using the “hot” material elastic modulus.
  • The static output processor has been enhanced to provide users with the ability to create custom, reusable reports.
  • The piping input processor has been revised to provide a combined view showing both the graphics and the spreadsheet. The new piping input processor has integrated the Piping Error Checker, and access to the configuration module has been provided. For debugging and problem solving, relevant sections of the spreadsheet can be torn off and placed on the graphics pane, allowing the spreadsheet to be hidden for larger graphics display. Additionally, sections of the model can be graphically selected and then modified.

            

  • Updated Intergraph and PCF interfaces.
  • An “Isogen” export facility has been added, allowing the creation of Isogen “stress isometrics”.

            
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  CAESAR II Version 4.50 Changes & Enhancements (11/03)
Description:
  • Revised piping codes: B31.1, B31.4, ASME NC, ASME ND, IGE/TD/12, API-610.
  • Revised material database for B31.1 A2001 changes.
  • Reducer element added.
  • Dynamic HTML help for piping, structural input and configuration modules.
  • Major graphics improvements including:
    • A walk-through option is available.
    • The static output processor can now produce colored stress plots of the piping system.
    • A graphical find (zoom to) option has been added.
    • Instant use of graphics, even before drawing is completed.
    • Resizable restraint/hanger symbols.
  • "Spectrum Wizard" in dynamics to automatically build spectra for UBC, ASCE, IBC, and ASME spectra.
  • Automatic acquisition of website software updates.
  • The structural steel interface has been redesigned for easier operation.
  • Modified to allow multiple instances of CAESAR II to run
  • Additional FRP data files included.
  • The static output processor remembers all user settings (filters, labels, and report size).
  • Combined WRC-107/297 module for local stress calculations.
  • "Load Case Template" implemented for recommending static load cases.
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  CAESAR II Version 4.40 Changes & Enhancements (5/02)
Description:
  • Revised piping codes: B31.3, B31.4, B31.5, B31.8, ASME NC, ASME ND
  • The B31.11 piping code has been added.
  • An alpha-numeric node label option has been added to the piping input module
  • Expanded Static Load case options: (1) added load components H, CS, HP, and WW (hanger loads, cold spring, hydro pressure, and weight filled with water, respectively), (2) added HYDRO stress type, (3) added option to set snubber and hanger status on a load case basis, (4) provided ability to scale friction factor on a load case basis.
  • Added automatic generation of a hydrotest load case (WW+HP, HYD stress type, and spring hangers locked), triggered by the presence of a non-zero HP.
  • A large number of updates have been made to the 3D input graphics, as well as partial implementation in the static output processor (including the "Element Viewer").
  • Updated the spring hanger design algorithm to provide the option to iterate the "Operating for Hanger Travel" load case to include the stiffness of the selected hanger.
  • Added new configuration options for ambient temperature, default friction coefficient (if non-zero, automatically applied to new translational restraints), liberal stress allowable, stress stiffening, and Bourdon settings, as well as B31.3 handling of B16.9 welding tee & sweepolet SIFs.
  • Spring Hanger manufacturers have been added, Pipe Supports USA and Quality Pipe Supports.
  • Added the ability to define the flexibility factor on bends.
  • Included piping and structural files now support long file names, may be located in any directory path, and the number of included structural files has been expanded from 10 to 20.
  • Results of the Hanger Design Cases are now optionally viewable in the Static Output Processor (set status to "KEEP" in the Load Case Options).
  • Added the ability to filter static Restraint reports by CNODE status.
  • Added a new "warning report" to the static output.
  • A "dirty flag" has been added to the piping input preprocessor and the configuration modules. Attempting to exit these processors without saving changes produces a warning message.
  • Differences between material data in the input file and in the material database (including missing "user materials") are now detected, offering the user the opportunity to use the original data.
  • Reviewed/updated the "minimum wall" computation for all piping codes for straight pipe.
  • A field for specifying "Marine Growth Density" has been added to the Wind/Wave dialog.
  • Updated API-661 to 4th Edition.
  • Added the ability to save static load case data without running the job.
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  CAESAR II Version 4.30 Changes & Enhancements (3/01)
Description:
  • Enhanced Input Graphics - color coding for diameters, thicknesses, temperatures, pressures; a transparency option, user session settings saved on a per job basis, graphics + LIST available at the same time.
  • An Undo/Redo facility has been incorporated into the piping input module.
  • An optional "Z Axis Up" feature is available.
  • The Static Load Case Editor has been enhanced to allow user specified combination types (Algebraic, Scalar, SRSS, SignedMax, SignedMin, Max, Min, Absolute), as well as user specified names, output type (Displacement, Force, Stress), as well as output status (Keep, Discard).
  • A new Code Compliance report has been added.
  • An ODBC Wizard has been added to address the need to send specific data to external databases. Output can be directed to MS Access, a flat text file, or an XML file.
  • The 3D graphics capabilities have been incorporated into the Structural, Animation, and WRC107 modules.
  • Animated Tutorials have been incorporated into the Documentation section.
  • Updated piping codes.
  • All text output can be (optionally) directed to MS Word.
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  CAESAR II Version 4.20 Changes & Enhancements (2/00)
Description:
  • New Input Graphics - utilizes a true 3D library, enabling graphic element selection
  • Element input or redirection via local coordinate (cosines) system
  • Completely revised material data base, including Code updates
  • Optional static output in ODBC compliant data base for static restraints is available
  • Hydrodynamic loading for offshore applications. This includes the Airy, Stokes 5th, and Stream Function wave theories, as well as Linear and Power Law current profiles.
  • Wind analysis expanded to handle up to 4 wind load cases
  • New piping codes: B31.4 Chapter IX, B31.8 Chapter VIII, and DNV (ASD)
  • A wave scratchpad - see the recommended theory graphically, or plot the particle data for the specified wave.
  • Hydra expansion joint data bases
  • A new / revised expansion joint data base is available as a result of the merger of Senior Flexonics and Pathway Bellows
  • A new hanger table (Myricks) is available.
  • Updated piping codes: B31.1, B31.3, B31.4, ASME NC, ASME ND
  • Automatic Dynamic DLF Plotting
  • PCF Interface
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  CAESAR II Version 4.10 Changes & Enhancements (2/99)
Description:
  • Expanded the temperature, pressure, displacement, and force load sets to allow up to 9 distinct vectors.
  • Finalization of TD/12 piping code.
  • Updated the CODETI, NC, ND, B31.1, and B31.3 piping codes to latest addenda.
  • Added Fatigue Analysis capabilities, including Cumulative Damage.
  • Added "results filters" to limit the output reports to specific areas of interest.
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  CAESAR II Version 4.00 Changes & Enhancements (12/97)
Description:
  • Windows conversion. The entire program was converted from a DOS based application to a native Windows (95/NT) application.
  • Simultaneous review of graphics and input spreadsheet.
  • Addition of rendering and wireframe graphics in plot modes.
  • Added the ability to extract piping loads from solution files in the WRC and Equipment modules.
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  CAESAR II Version 3.24 Changes & Enhancements (3/97)
Description:

1)

Multiple (3) displacement/force/uniform load vectors have been added. Note that these load cases, called D1/D2/D3 and F1/F2/F3 , may be toggled on the input plot by continuing to press F3 and F5 (displacements cycle through D1 , D2 , D3 , and then off). The naming of these load cases has also required the renaming of the CAESAR II load combination terms – D1 , F1 , S1 , etc. must now be called DS1 , FR1 , and ST1 . Note that all hanger loads and cold spring forces (from materials 18 and 19) are still lumped into load case F1 , for consistency with previous versions of CAESAR II .

2)

A material data base for piping properties and allowable stresses for many of the piping codes supported by CAESAR II has been implemented. This is invoked by pressing [ALT - M] on the main CAESAR II input spreadsheet (also at the list option and on the WRC 297 nozzle flexibility spreadsheet). After bringing up the list of materials, a material name can be typed in; matching records are then displayed for selection. Allowable stresses are updated automatically whenever temperatures, materials, and/or piping codes change.


Database management is provided from the Utilities option of the main menu. Users may edit COADE provided materials or add their own. Material parameters may be provided for code 0 (represents generic values for any non-specified code) or for specific codes. It is recommended (due to future implementation plans) that metals be assigned identification numbers between 100 and 699, while FRP materials receive numbers between 700 and 999. Note that selection of FRP materials from the material database will not currently activate the orthotropic material model in CAESAR II . This must still be done through the use of material 20 (see item 6 concerning this below).

3)

8 character job names are now supported (input files are identified by extension ._A, output files by extension ._P, ._S, etc.). Existing files are automatically recognized and converted to their new format. (See related item 16 below.)

4)

Modifications have been made to allow multiple users working from the same network data directory via the environment variable COADE_USER. This environment variable should be set to a unique 3 character combination (i.e., the user’s initials) for each user working in the common directory. Implementation can be done by adding to the user’s AUTOEXEC.BAT file a line such as:


SET COADE_USER=TVL

5)

CAESAR II ’s Valve and Flange database now incorporates data files from CADWorx/Pipe . This change provides four advantages:


a) Component weights and lengths are more accurate, as well as traceable to specific catalogs, standards, etc.


b) Weights and lengths are provided for more components than were previously available in the CRANE or GENERIC databases.


c) Since CADWorx/Pipe data files are text files, users may easily edit or add components.


d) If the user also has CADWorx/Pipe on their machine, the two programs will share the same data files and project specs, enhancing the performance of the bi-directional interface. Gaskets are included for flanged items, so a better fit is provided between the CADWorx/Pipe and CAESAR II models.

6)

The user may now set default values for FRP (material 20) parameters via the configuration/setup. These default parameters may be read automatically from manufacturers data files by toggling through the list of available files, and then pressing [ALT-U] (for Update) on the selected vendor file. Vendor files are recognized by their .FRP extensions; since these are text files, users may create them easily themselves, or vendors may distribute them to their customers.

7)

The UKOOA (United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association) piping code for FRP piping has been added.

8)

The Z183 and Z184 piping codes have been replaced with the Z662 code, which has been expanded to consider calculation of stresses in "restrained" piping.

9)

The ASCE #7 wind code has been updated to the 1995 edition.

10)

The API-610 code in the equipment module has been updated to the 8th edition.

11)

ASME Section VIII Division 2 stress indices and WRC-107 SIF (k n , k b ) values have been incorporated into the WRC-107 module.

12)

The "Relief Load Synthesis" dynamics module now supports metric (or custom) units.

13)

A number of configuration file default values have been revised in order to improve calculation results or program performance:


Changed

From

To


BEND_LENGTH_ATTACHMENT=

5.0

1.0


BEND_AXIAL_SHAPE =

NO

YES


FRICT_STIFF =

50000

1.0E6


FRICT_NORM_FORCE_VAR =

25

15


FRICT_ANGLE_VAR =

30

15


 VALVE_&_FLANGE =

GENERIC

CADWORX


Four new directives added to the   configuration file.




SYSTEM_DIRECTORY_NAME =

user defined, defaults to SYSTEM (note user may now maintain multiple system directories for different projects)



UNITS_FILE_NAME =

user selected from list (note current units are now set through the configuration/setup, not through the units option of the main menu)



BS_7159_PRESSURE_STIFFENING=

Design strain or Actual Pressure



FRP_PROPERTY_DATA_FILE=

user selected from list


14)

The configuration file can also be password protected in the Installation Directory . This prevents modification of all Computation and Stress Control directives. Subsequent use of the configuration module prevents modification of these directives, unless the password is known. Colors, printer settings, etc. may still be changed by users without the password.

15)

CAESAR II has been modified to accept an optional job name (including full drive and path data) as an argument; the program switches to the appropriate drive and directory, opens the specified job, and goes into input (bypassing the main menu). This allows the definition of ._A files as CAESAR II input files (under Windows 95) and subsequent double clicking on the file name in a Windows/95 explorer window to start the input processor on the picked job file. This also allows CAESAR II to be spawned from other programs, right into a job.

16)

Modifications to CAD interfaces: Intergraph and CADPIPE.

17)

All necessary routines have been checked (and modified where appropriate) to address the "Year 2000" issue.

18)

A Korean structural steel shape library has been added.

19)

A new spring hanger table has been added (SARATHI).

20)

BS-5500 nozzle flexibilities have been incorporated to complement the WRC-297 and API-650 nozzle connections.

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  CAESAR II Version 3.23 Changes & Enhancements (3/96)
Description:
  • Mouse support has been added to most modules.
  • The German piping code, FBDR, has been added.
  • Major improvements to FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) stress calculations. This includes the BS 7159 code and guidelines set forth by FRP manufacturers.
  • A bi-directional link to CADWorx/PIPE (COADE’s Piping CAD system) has been added.
  • The WRC107 module has been redesigned to incorporate multiple load cases and perform the ASME Division 2 Stress Intensity Summation, all in one step.
  • An interface to Sunrise System’s PIPENET program has been developed.
  • The South African structural steel tables have been added.
  • Two new spring hanger manufacturer’s tables have been added; Comet (UK) and Hydra (Germany).
  • Two new commands have been added to the structural preprocessor; UNIT and GLOAD.
  • The CADPIPE interface has been updated to comply with the new release (Version 4.1) of CADPIPE.
  • Additional modifications have been made to the Intergraph interface
  • The low DOS RAM requirement has been reduced to 420 Kbytes.
  • The equipment module has been updated to reflect the 1995 edition of API-617.
  • The B31.3 piping code has been updated per the 1995 addendum.
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  CAESAR II Version 3.22 Changes & Enhancements (4/95)
Description:
  • The following enhancements and additions have been added to CAESAR II for the Version 3.22 release. Any "Technical Changes" made, which could affect the computed results, are listed on the following page.
  • The Harmonic solver has been updated to provide "damping". Harmonic analysis can now include or exclude damping as the user deems necessary.
  • The following codes have been reviewed (and any necessary changes made) for compliance to the latest editions: B31.1, B31.3, B31.4, B31.5, B31.8, NC, ND, and BS-806.
  • The following additional piping codes have been added: RCCM-D, CODETI, TBK 5-6.
  • Center of Gravity calculations have been added, with results displayed in the error checker.
  • A Bill of Materials report has been added.
  • Yield criterion stresses can be computed as either Von Mises or as 3D Maximum Shear Stress intensity.
  • Hoop Stress can be computed based on Outer Diameter, Inner Diameter, Mean Diameter, or Lame’s equation.
  • The spring hanger design spreadsheet has been modified to default to a 25% load variation. In addition, the actual hanger load variation now appears in the hanger output reports.
  • A new command (WIND) has been added to the structural steel preprocessor. This allows selective wind loading on an element by element basis.
  • A new key-combination (Alt-D) is available in the input processor to compute the distance between two nodes.
  • User specified coordinates for up to 30 nodes are saved in the input file.
  • The input title page has been expanded from 19 to 60 lines.
  • Automatic node numbering abilities have been added to the spreadsheets of the main piping input module
  • Expansion Joint data bases from IWK (Germany) are provided.
  • Expansion Joint data base from Senior Flexonics is provided.
  • MISC converted to 32 bit operations. This module provides the SIF, Flange, WRC297, B31G, and expansion joint rating computations.
  • ROT converted to 32 bit operations. This module provides the equipment calculations for NEMA, API, and HEI. General revisions made for more consistent input screens and help messages.
  • A new report option (in static output) is available to review the "miscellaneous" computations made by the error checker. This report includes: SIFs and flexibility factors, pipe properties, nozzle flexibility data, wind data, CG data, and the bill of materials report.
  • The Intergraph Interface has been improved. The interface now transfers the temperature/pressure pairs. Additionally, if a material mapping file is present, material data can be set correctly by CAESAR II.
  • The CADPIPE Interface has been updated in accordance with CADPIPE Version 4.0.
  • The Restraint Summary in the static output processor has been modified to include the translational displacements of the restrained nodes.
  • The output processors (static and dynamic) have been modified to allow users to change the name of the disk output file if desired. Additionally, modifications have been made so that only a single output device can be enabled.
  • All "language" files have been translated into German. Use "INSTALL /G" to acquire the German files.
  • A new control [F8] at the output menu level allows switching jobs without returning to the Main Menu.
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  CAESAR II Version 3.21 Changes & Enhancements (7/94)
Description:
  • Most of the CAESAR II executable modules have been converted from Microsoft 16 bit FORTRAN to WATCOM 32 bit FORTRAN. This has reduced the low DOS RAM requirements of the program from 577k to 475k.
  • The modules converted to 32 bit operation for Version 3.21 are summarized in the following table:
  • Static Stress Computation Module (1)
  • Piping, Buried & Structural Steel Input Modules (3)
  • Piping Error Checker (1)
  • Load Case & Dynamic Input Module (1)
  • All CAD interfaces (8)
  • Neutral File interfaces (2)
  • The software now supports an ESL from a new vendor. This provides CAESAR II with full networking abilities. The program first checks for a local ESL (from either vendor), then for a network ESL.
  • Toward the support for network operations, the data files which are not job specific are now assumed to be located in a SYSTEM subdirectory underneath the CAESAR II installation directory. These data files include: the input listing formatting files (*.INP), the accounting data files, the printer formatting file, the file handler template file, and the various header files.
  • The common factor among all of these files is that they are specific to a company installation, not a particular data directory. Up until Version 3.21, these data files were manipulated by the program (or sometimes directly by the user) in the installation directory. However, many network installations "write protect" their installation directories, making modifications to these files impossible. We have therefore placed these files in a SYSTEM subdirectory to which users should be given complete access.
  • Note that CAESAR II Version 3.21 will be capable of running on a local machine (with either vendor’s local ESL) or on a network (with the network ESL). The changes made to the software enable the same version to be run under these various configurations.
  • An additional spring hanger manufacturer has been added, Carpenter & Paterson, UK.
  • The UBC (Uniform Building Code) earthquake spectra have been added.
  • The B31.5 piping code has been added.
  • The piping code addenda have been reviewed and any necessary changes made to the software. The addenda include revisions for: ASCE #7, B31.1, B31.8, ASME NC, and ASME ND.
  • The SIF scratch-pad from the Miscellaneous processor (Option C of the Main Menu) has been incorporated into the piping preprocessor. This processor includes all of the supported piping codes (not just B31.1 and B31.3 as before) and all of the fittings. Additionally, any changes made to the scratch-pad data can optionally be transferred directly to the main CAESAR II data spreadsheets.
  • Additional changes to the input piping preprocessor include:
    • problem size is now dependent on the amount of free extended memory - the old limit of 400 elements is now upwards of 8,000 elements
    • graphics menus automatically turned off for hard copies
    • optional node number display for supports, anchors, hangers, and nozzles
    • function key map shown on main spreadsheet
    • auxiliary input spreadsheets support help
  • The accounting system has been completely rewritten. This provides a more streamlined interface. Additionally, accounting statistics are now recorded from the stress computation modules (previous versions only recorded the actual matrix decomposition times).
  • The API-617 and NEMA-SM23 reports have been overhauled so that the code compliance when using non-English units systems is consistent.
  • The new Flange Rigidity factor from ASME Section VIII has been added.
  • A new loader (C2.EXE) has replaced the original one (C2.COM). This new loader performs initial startup checks, with diagnostic reporting if necessary, and enables error processing from the Main Menu.
  • The configuration program has been modified to track changes. Users attempting to [Esc] out after making changes are warned that the changes will not be saved.
  • A "graphics viewer" has been added to the file manager. This enables rapid model plotting directly from the file manager of the Main Menu.
  • Additional directives are available to disable the generation of the Table of Contents page, and disable the display of the spreadsheet function key mapping.
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  CAESAR II Version 3.20 Features (10/93)
Description:
  • A completely new set of documentation accompanies this release. This documentation consists of: a User’s Guide, an Applications Guide, and a Technical Reference Guide.
  • The static in-core and out-of-core solvers have been converted to run in 32 bit protect mode utilizing extended memory. Solution times for large jobs have been cut by an order of magnitude.
  • The static output processor has been converted to run in 32 bit protect mode utilizing extended memory.
  • Both the static and dynamic output processors now have the capability to generate ASCII disk files on any drive or directory (using the COADE file manager) on the computer. Additionally, a table of contents summarizing the output is generated for printer and disk devices.
  • The dynamic output processor now includes titles and page numbers (similar to statics), and provides input echo (both system and dynamic) abilities.
  • Modal time history analysis has been added. This includes output report review and animated response review.
  • Standard spectrum analysis now include modal components for displacements. Additionally displacement information is now available for static-dynamic combinations.
  • The Included Mass Report has been clarified and modified to include the active mass in each of the global directions. The percent of the force included/added is now based on a vector sum rather than an absolute sum.
  • The ZPA used in the missing force correction can now be controlled via the configuration file. The user can specify that the ZPA be based on the last extracted mode or the last spectrum value.
  • The static load case array space has been increased by a factor of 5, allowing more flexibility in static load case setup.
  • API-650 nozzle flexibilities, according to the ninth edition, July 1993.
  • Checks for allowable loads on Fired Heater Tubes according to API-560 have been added.
  • As an option, users can consider the effects of pressure stiffening on straight pipes.
  • Three additional spring hanger tables: Sinopec (China), BHEL (India), and Flexider (Italy).
  • The Australian structural steel shape data base has been added.
  • The ASME material data base has been updated to reflect the 1992 Code addendum.
  • The printer testing routines have been completely rewritten. Additionally, output can be directed to any LPT port.
  • The ability to configure the printer, either dot matrix or laser jet. This is implemented via a text file containing the printer formatting codes, which the user is free to modify.
  • Password protection for input data files, to prevent modification of completed projects.
  • All of the screens in the piping preprocessor (except for the main spreadsheet) are now supported in Spanish and French.
  • Input/Output file time/date sequencing checks have been added to the dynamics modules.
  • The "break" command in the piping input processor has been modified to accept input in feet-inch units instead of only feet. This should allow compound entries in any units system.
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  CAESAR II Version 3.19 Features (3/93)
Description:
  • BATCH STREAM PROCESSOR - A new processor has been included which will allow multiple jobs (up to 12) to be run in series, without user intervention. The jobs can be static analysis, dynamic analysis, or both.
  • EXPANSION JOINT DATA BASE - The Pathway Bellows expansion joint data base has been updated. The new data base includes two additional pressure classes and diameters out to 144 inches.
  • A new expansion joint data base from RM Engineered Products has been added for this release.
  • INPUT ECHO - The input echo processor has been modified so that the input echo precedes the output data. Additionally, the intermediate data generated by the error checker now appears in this listing.
  • B31G - The B31G criteria for the remaining strength of corroded pipelines has been incorporated. This module includes the original B31G criteria as well as several of the modified methods discussed in the Battelle project.
  • OUTPUT PROCESSOR - A new report has been added to the output processor which generates a Restraint Summary report. This summary details all the loads for all selected load cases for each restraint in the model.
  • THERMAL BOWING - The effects of thermal bowing on horizontal pipes can be analyzed. By specifying the thermal gradient between the bottom and the top of the pipe, CAESAR II will compute the loads induced and include them with the thermal loads.
  • 32 BIT MODULES - All of the dynamic modules have been moved from the 16 bit mode to the 32 bit mode. Additionally, the animation program now supports EGA and VGA display modes.
  • TITLE PAGE TEMPLATE - A user configurable ASCII text file can now be used as a title page template.
  • INTERFACE UPDATES - The CAESAR II data matrix interface and the Autoplant interface have both been updated to utilize the currently active units file. The ComputerVision interface has been updated to handle "tube" type piping.
  • EXPANSION JOINT RATING - The expansion joint rating module, ERATE, has been moved into the "Miscellaneous Module", facilitating input via the standard spreadsheets.
  • REFRACTORY LINING - The computation modules of CAESAR II have been modified to accept a negative value of insulation thickness. If a negative thickness is encountered, the program will assume the insulation is refractory lining (inside the pipe).
  • MINIMUM REQUIRED THICKNESS - The piping error checker now makes the "minimum required thickness" computation according to B31.1, 104.1. This information is reported for each pipe in the listing of intermediate data (See item 3 above).
  • SPRING HANGER TABLES - The E. Myatt & Co. spring hanger table has been added.
  • ESL UPDATES - All of the code used to access the ESLs has been updated to allow access to the 50 and 66 Mhz CPUs.
  • MISSING MASS - The dynamics modules can consider missing mass effects in the spectrum solutions.
  • SEISMIC ANCHOR MOVEMENTS - The dynamics modules will allow the specification of seismic anchor movements for independent support motion analysis.
  • RCC-M - The French piping code RCC-M, Section C has been incorporated.
  • LANGUAGES - The input and dynamic output supports English, French, and Spanish language headings. Language dependent files can be activated with the appropriate command line switch on the INSTALL directive. For example, INSTALL /S will install any Spanish specific files.
  • PCX Files - All of the graphics modules have been modified to allow the images to be saved to disk files in PCX format. This will enable these images to be brought into word processing and desktop publishing systems.
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  CAESAR II Version 3.18 Features (9/92)
Description:
  • CODES AND DATA BASES
    • The Canadian codes Z183 and Z184 have been revised according to the 1990/1992 publications.
    • The Italian spring hanger manufacturer INOFLEX has been added.
    • The "Data Base" option of the configuration program now allows the user to set the desired valve and flange data base. Additionally a data base excluding flanges (NOFLANGE) is included.
    • The material data base used for the Flange Stress/Leakage module has been updated. The new data base includes all changes from the ASME Sect VIII, Division 1, A91 Addenda, the materials are listed in code order, and the number of materials has increased from 450 to 1100.
    • The structural modules (C2S and AISC) have been updated to work with the German structural steel library, which is also included.

  • INTERFACES ADDED
    • A new neutral file interface is provided which allows a two way transfer of data between the CAESAR II input file and an ASCII text file.
    • An interface is provided between Stoner’s LIQT program and the dynamic modules of CAESAR II. This interface enables dynamic pipe forces from a time domain analysis to be used in the generation of a force spectrum.

  • MISCELLANEOUS CHANGES
    • The static stress summary report has been modified so that the maximum code stress percent is reported, not the maximum code stress.
    • A "miscellaneous" option has been added to the configuration program. This option allows various options, including the specification of either the ANSI, JIS, or DIN piping specifications.
    • Other options available from the "miscellaneous" menu are:
      • This option can be used to disable the display of the initial entry screen and the final exit screen.
      • Yes/No Prompts (On/Off) - This option can be used to disable the yes/no/are_you_sure prompts.
      • Output Reports by Load Case (Yes/No) - By default, CAESAR II produces static output reports by load case. This option can be used to generate the same reports by subject.
      • Displacement Report Node Sort (Yes/No) - This option can be used to disable the nodal sorting of the static displacement report.
    • The file handler has been modified to enable directory and disk drive selection and logging. The initial display of the file names can also be controlled by the user. This allows the user to set the sort order as well as the single/multi-column display presentation.
    • A file verification routine has been added to check the installation of CAESAR II. This will aid in detecting program corruption due to hard disk defects and viruses.
    • A new report has been added to the static output menu. This will enable users to obtain a "local force/moment" report for the elements in the system.
    • A 32 bit version of the dynamic summation module is provided for large dynamic analysis. Note, this module requires at least a 386 processor.
    • The animation module has been modified to provide hard copy output of the mode shapes.
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  CAESAR II Version 3.17 Features (3/92)
Description:
  • Support of the DOS environment is now available in CAESAR II. This allows users to run the software from various subdirectories on the hard disk, other than the installation directory.
  • Facilities have been provided to enable the user to modify the default colors used throughout the CAESAR II program. Four predefined sets of text colors are provided as well as the ability to modify whichever set is currently selected.
  • The utilities menu has been expanded to include all of the secondary CAESAR II processors.
  • Help has been added for the input graphics, the Pen Plot graphics, and the WRC 107 program.
  • A new on-line error processor has been incorporated. This enables the software to provide the user with an explanation of the cause of many of the fatal error messages, as opposed to the display of only the error number.
  • The file handler has been modified to allow the manual entry of a new job name.
  • The input piping preprocessor now includes a material number (21) for "User Defined" materials.
  • The static and dynamic output menus have been modified to allow the user to return directly to input, or in the case of the dynamics output, to invoke the animation module directly.
  • Graphics for flange selection and output have been added to the ASME flange modules.
  • Input and output file sequencing are checked to aid in Quality Assurance, insuring that the current input file produced the current output file. Input echo reports are also possible from the static output processor.
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  CAESAR II Version 3.16 Features (12/91)
Description:
  • The internal file maintenance utility has been completely rewritten. The new file handler provides the same capabilities as the previous file handler but with faster response times. Additionally, the new file handler is compatible with disk partitions larger than 32 Mbytes, and manipulates the data files created by Versions 3.xx of CAESAR II.
  • A configuration program has been added to CAESAR II to allow users to modify the SETUP.CII file from spreadsheets. The configuration program also includes the standard COADE help interface to facilitate setting the directives.
  • The structural programs (C2S and AISC) have been revised to access either the 1977 AISC data base or the 1989 AISC data base. Additionally, the AISC program has been updated to perform the unity checks (code compliance) using the 1989 code, which includes the methodology for checking single angles.
  • The equipment module (ROT) has been enhanced to handle vertical inline pumps for API-610, 7th Edition.
  • The Stoomwezen 1989 (Dutch) piping code has been added.
  • Three additional spring hanger tables have been added (Basic Engineering, Capitol Pipe Supports, Piping Services Company).
  • The editors found in the structural preprocessor, the ASCII file editor, and the piping preprocessor title page have been modified to allow the insertion and deletion of single characters. Appropriate screen instructions are provided where necessary.
  • An "automatic loop closure" command has been added to the piping preprocessor.
  • A "jacketed pipe" example has been included in the documentation. The input file for this example is included in the EXAMPLES set on the distribution diskettes.
  • Updated modulii of elasticity for default CAESAR II materials based on 1990 code revisions.
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  CAESAR II Version 3.15 Features (9/91)
Description:
  • The installation program utilizes the file compression routines from PKWARE. This significantly reduces the number of diskettes distributed and the time needed to install the CAESAR II package.
  • Flange Leakage and Stress Calculations. Elastic models of the annular plate, gasket and bolts predict the relative degrees of gasket deformation leading to a leaking joint. Stress calculations in accordance with ASME Sect. VIII Div. 1 are also provided for comparison.
  • WRC 297 Local Stress Calculations. This bulletin supplements WRC 107, and in addition computes stresses in the nozzle as well as the vessel.
  • Stress Intensification Factor Scratchpad. The new module shows the effects of the various code options available in CAESAR II, and illustrates the relationship between the various interpretations. WRC 329 SIF options are included. SIF’s for stanchions on elbows are also computed.
  • A pen plotting program (PENPLT) plots up to 2500 element models (LARGE Includes) on the screen or on an HPGL compatible hardware device.
  • The static output processor has been updated to support VGA graphics and to provide screen dumps to HP Laser Jet Series II compatible printers.
  • Updated SYSCHK program now checks that SHARE is loaded when necessary. Missing coprocessor is also immediately reported.
  • Updated PLTS now allows users to save labels, scaling information, and file names during plotting sessions.
  • Updated ROT (rotating equipment program) provides additional code interpretations for the HEI bulletin.
  • The BIGPRT (large job printing program) has been expanded to handle even larger jobs and to provide a "local" element report.
  • As of Version 3.15, CAESAR II will utilize the ESL devices to authorize access to the program. The ESLs are more stable than the previously used keydisk and provide additional client information to the program. Additional information on the ESLs can be found in the update pages for the User’s Manual.
  • Please note, the first access of Version 3.15 will cause the ESL activation code to prompt for the keydisks (both unlimited and limited). Both keydisks must be available to properly activate the ESL.
  • A printer setup program (PRSET) is provided to adjust the number of lines per logical page for dot matrix printers. Users with page lengths longer than 11 inches will find this program very useful.
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  CAESAR II Version 3.1 Features (11/90)
Description:
  • GRAPHICS UPDATES
    • 1) Instantaneous center-of-rotation calculation
    • 2) Element Highlight
    • 3) Element Range

  • ROTATING EQUIPMENT REPORT UPDATES
    • 1) API 610 7th Edition Addition
    • 2) SI/User Units
    • 3) HEI Additions

  • WRC 107 UPDATES
    • 1) Simplified input
    • 2) WRC 297 stress calculations

  • MISCELLANEOUS MODIFICATIONS
    • 1) Screen data presentation changes
    • 2) Direct control jumping between executables
    • 3) Increased number of allowed program designed hangers
    • 4) Additional spring hanger design options

  • DATA BASE UPDATES include additional spring hanger tables
  • Soil Modeler for Buried Pipe
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  CAESAR II Version 3.0 Features (4/90)
Description:
  • VGA Graphics support (on input)
  • Interactive (immediate) rotation of the input graphics image
  • Updated graphics user interface
  • Optional WRC 329 implementation of new stress intensification factors for intersections
  • Optional ASME Class 1 flexibility calculations for reduced intersections
  • Optional WRC 329 fixed to B31.1 and B31.3 piping code equations
  • Piping codes: B31.4, B31.8, ASME Sect III Class NC and ND, CAN Z184 and Z183, Swedish Power Methods 1 and 2, BS806.
  • Updated SIF library to include welded joints and Bonney Forge fittings
  • New scrolling help screens
  • Editing list features, including rotate/duplicate of total or partial models
  • Updated WRC 107 table limit check
  • AISC member check
  • Wind load calculations on structural members
  • Additional stress equation control via the SETUP file
  • Numerical sensitivity checks in both the incore and out-of-core solvers
  • Automatic expansion joint modeler using manufacturers data base
  • Additional restraint types including bottomed-out spring hangers and bi-linear soil springs.
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  CAESAR II Version 2.2B Features (9/88)
Description:
  • LARGE ROTATION SUPPORTS - Allows large rotation supports to be handled properly, by computing the support forces in all three global directions. Rod and Chain hanger supports can be modeled now.
  • NONLINEAR OUT-OF-CORE SOLVER - This new solver increases the range of problems CAESAR II can solve by allowing nonlinear solutions to be performed on the hard disk. This capability is necessary when a job is too large to be solved in memory.
  • FRICTION REPORT - Friction is a non-conservative force, and CAESAR II treats it as such. The restraint reports will now show restraint loads due to friction for each load case.
  • NEW EXTERNAL INTERFACE HOOKS - A new interface module will allow smooth interface to data conversion modules between CAESAR II and other programs, such as AutoCAD. A new AutoCAD DXF interface is provided, and two third part vendors have completed interfaces from their AutoCAD iso packages to CAESAR II.
  • ASCII EDITOR - Due to an overwhelming need and subsequent lack of easy to use system editors, a stand alone ASCII editor is being provided. This editor will enable users to easily modify files such as AUTOEXE.BAT, CONFIG.SYS, and SETUP.CII.
  • 2D XY ENGINEERING PLOTTING PROGRAM - A stand alone plotting program is provided to allow users to plot engineering data, such as CAESAR II spectrum files. This program will plot any "real" data arranged in columns.
  • VALVE & FLANGE DATA BASE - The addition of a valve & flange data base enables the user to define/select the specific rigid element to be inserted into the piping system. The data base is constructed to allow user additions and/or modifications.
  • DYNAMIC RESTART - The most time consuming part of a dynamic analysis is the Eigensolution. This feature allows a job to be restarted and use a previous Eigensolution.
  • WRC UPDATES - The latest edition (1979) of the WRC107 bulletin has been incorporated.
  • INPUT TITLE PAGE - An optional title page has been added to the input module of the program. Users can now define a title page of up to 19 lines, which will be stored with the input.
  • EXPANSION JOINT RATING PROGRAM - This stand alone program allows the user to compute the compression of each expansion joint corrugation and the compression of the joint as a whole. These values can then be compared to manufacturer’s recommendations for joint acceptance.
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  CAESAR II Version 2.1C Features (6/87)
Description:
  • Uniform and Independent support shock spectrum capability.
  • Force Spectrum Dynamic Analysis of Fluid Waterhammer.
  • Force Spectrum Dynamic Analysis of Relief Loads.
  • Force Spectrum Dynamic Analysis of Wind Gust Loads.
  • Fluid Mechanics Analysis of Gas or Liquid open vent relief system. Includes vent stack sizing, thrust, and pressure rise computations.
  • NRC Dynamics Benchmarks for: NUREG/CR-1677, BNL-NUREG-51267, Vol.I, 1980; and NUREG/CR-1677, BNL-NUREG-51267, Vol.ii, 1985.
  • Dynamic "Friction" modeling based on static load case results.
  • Eleven (11) pre-defined shock spectra including all Reg. Guide 1.60 spectra and the El Centro North-South component spectra.
  • Improved Harmonic Analysis including the effect of "phased" loading relationships. (Allows modeling of eccentrically loaded rotating equipment.)
  • Improved dynamic output processor, includes user defined headings and user comments.
  • Animated static and dynamic solutions with structural members and hidden line volume plots.
  • Improved EIGENSOLVER many times faster than earlier algorithms, with automatic out-of-core solution mode.
  • Updated Static Analysis Load Case Processor.
  • New Friction Algorithm with interactive control during solution of nonlinear restraints.
  • Improved Output file handling of various solution methods.
  • Ability to abort any function at any time during a session using the <ESC> key.
  • New keydisk, memory protection scheme.
  • Hardware/Software QA capability for analysis verification.
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  CAESAR II Version 2.0A Features (10/86)
Description:
  • AISC STRUCTURAL STEEL DATABASE with over 800 different structural steel cross-sections.
  • KEYWORD/BATCH STRUCTURAL STEEL PREPROCESSOR: Same quality CAESAR II graphics with structural steel volume plots, interactive error checking, extensive interactive help, and fully compatible with CAESAR II piping models.
  • HIGH RESOLUTION GRAPHICS: EGA support for monochrome and 640x350, 16 color more. Tecmar Graphics Master support for monochrome and 640x200, 16 color mode. Hercules support for monochrome 720x348 mode.
  • GRAPHICS: Addition of "PAN" and "RANGE" options, improved Zooming, stresses and displaced shapes in color, hidden lines removed from volume plots, and pipe and structure plotted together.
  • 3D-GRAPH: Option to plot stresses for all nodes for all load cases on the same plot.
  • SIMULTANEOUS USE OF TWO SCREENS: One monochrome and the other graphics.
  • WRC 107 STRESS CALCULATIONS
  • UNITS: English and SI standard options, or user may define his own set of unit constants and labels. Output may be generated in multiple unit sets, and input files may be converted from one unit set to another.
  • WIND LOAD CALCULATIONS: According to ANSI A58.1-1982, or user may input his own velocity or pressure versus elevation tables.
  • PIPE/STRUCTURE "INCLUDE" OPTION: Piping input from one file may be included in another with a given node and rotational offset.
  • QUICK NATURAL FREQUENCY RANGE CALCULATIONS: Computes the number of natural frequencies in any user given range in the amount of time needed to do a single static solution.
  • HIGH RESOLUTION HARDCOPY PRINTER PLOTS
  • SETUP FILE DIRECTIVES: Users may set the following CAESAR II execution parameters:
    • a.) Graphics hardware configurations
    • b.) Colors for over 27 different plotted items
    • c.) B3.1 reduced intersection options
    • d.) Plot/Geometry connection through CNODES options
    • e.) Corroded cross section stress calculation options
    • f.) Minimum and Maximum allowed bend angle options
    • g.) Occasional load factors
    • h.) Loop closure tolerance
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  CAESAR II Version 1.1S Features (2/86)
Description:
  • Help Windows
  • AutoCAD Interface
  • HP Plotter Interface
  • Batch Execution Opinion
  • Accounting System
  • File Handler
  • Spooled Input Listings
  • Uniform Load in G’s
  • Liberal Code Stress Allowable
  • Cursor Pad and Function Key Implementation in Input Spreadsheets
  • Plot Menu Single Keystroke Access
  • Stainless Steel Pipe Schedules
  • Direct Input of Specific Gravity
  • Bourdon Pressure Options
  • Hanger Control Spreadsheet Updates
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  CAESAR II Initial Capabilities (12/84)
Description:
  • Input data spreadsheets featuring data duplication to the next pipe element
  • Vessel local Flexibility Calculations
  • Multiple load case spring hanger design
  • Algebraic load case combinations
  • Nonlinear restraints with gaps, friction, 2-node, and skewed options
  • Zero or finite length expansion joints with "Tension Only" tiebars
  • Built in data base of pipe materials and properties
  • B31 code compliance reports
  • Static and dynamic capabilities, including animated mode shape plots
  • Extensive input/output graphics
  • Pressure effects on bends, including consideration of circular or slightly oval cross-sections
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CADWorx Plant Professional

  CADWorx Plant
Description:

 This list contains all the new features CADWorx has implemented since 2005.

 

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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2014 SP1
Description:

ISOGEN Continuation Graphics

  • You can now view continuation graphics when running ISOGEN. Set the ISOGENContinuation GraphicsCount variable to value from 0 – 3 for the amount of continuation graphics you want to view when running ISOGEN.

Nozzle Generic Attach

  • You can now draw a generic nozzle image to position where a nozzle might appear in the drawing with the Nozzle Generic Attach command. The command added required intelligence of nozzle attachments to improve the overall application of the option. You are able to route from this nozzle for ease of use. This new drawing also registers in ISO drawings.

Alphanumeric Characters in ISOGEN Spool, Mark, and Sheet Number

  • You can now use alphnumeric characters in the spool, mark, and sheet number in the ISOGEN Data dialog box.

Spec Editor Enhancements

  • Attach or Detach Custom Data on a model
    • You can now turn your custom data on and off using the Attach Field to Components check box in the New Field dialog box. This functionality allows for the data you create to not display in your model, BOM, or database. This functionality gives you full autonomy over your custom data information.
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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2014
Description:

Dynamic Pipe Supports

  • You can now use dynamic pipe supports in CADWorx. This functionality is intelligent and allows you to change pipe supports in the drawing with either a plus grip; or by using the Replace Pipe Support option. You can also now create tee supports. All functionality for creation of supports and data has been moved to the Spec Editor.

Center of Gravity Consolidation

  • You can now use a single dialog box to perform and receive center of gravity (COG) calculations for all components. In the newly consolidated COG dialog box, all items are calculated and the software generates a report listing each component with a total weight and COG location. You can add additional COG points to the model to accommodate the non-CADWorx objects as well. 

Enhanced Bolt, Gasket, and Weld Displays

  • You can now view enhanced views of bolts, gaskets, and welds for better real world displays of a model.

Branch Component to a Reducer with a Grip

  • You can now route a branch off of a reducer with the newly added routing plus grip. This accommodates vent drains and instrument taps.

CADWorx 2014-to-CAESAR II 2013 Capabilities

  • You can now use CADWorx 2014 to interface with CAESAR II 2013 for your workflow projects. The interface was improved to include the latest release of CAESAR II.

Custom User Field Enhancements

  • You can now add Custom Data in the Specification Editor to all tables and to all project information. This information can then be seen in many areas of the software, including the following:
    • CEDIT and GCEDIT
    • Live Database
    • Bill of Material
    • Filter in line isolate

New Line Isolate Enhancements

  • You can now use the line isolation feature to invert a selected isolation, as well as to create filtering schemes using the Line View Isolation Properties Manager. With this manager, you can create specific isolation schemes and save them for later use. You can assign a new Configuration Setting, LineViewIsolationSettingsFile, to use one of these filtering scheme files as a default for the drawing.

ISOGEN Repeatability

  • You can enable the RepeatFile feature in I-Configure or Project Manager to have CADWorx retain the original numbering for BOM, welds, and sheets when running an Isometric drawing. When modifications are made, the repeatability feature enables CADWorx to output the same drawing as previous with the modifications added.

OrthoGen

  • OrthoGen for CADWorx is a new offering from Intergraph. You can now generate the orthographic drawing based on a configuration selection directly inside of CADWorx with the click of an icon.

Apply O-let Minimum Spacing Rule

  • You can now apply a new rule in CADWorx to control the placement of O-lets and Couplings preventing the overlap of welds.

Generic Attach Enhancements

  • You can now define the Bill of Material (BOM) mark point and the Center of Gravity (COG) location after running a Generic Attach.

Generic Attach for Nozzles

  • You can now add required intelligence to any position in a CADWorx model using the Nozzle Generic Attach feature.

Changes Review for Database

  • You can now specify to have information that changed in a database highlighted on the model when you synchronize the model by setting the SyncOnStartUp variable in Configuration Settings to Synchronize With Changes Review. This functionality simplifies the approval and review of changed data.

Spec Editor Enhancements

  • Formulas in the User Fields
    • You can now use formulas within the catalog in CADWorx 2014 user fields.
  • Import and Export LD, SD, TAG, PN Schemas
    • You can now save and reuse schemas for Long Descriptions, Short Descriptions, Tags, and Part Numbers using the new Import and Export features that appear within dialog boxes.
  • Component-Level LD, SD, TAG, and PN Descriptions
    • You can now add descriptions down to the component level.
  • Custom User Field Enhancements
    • You can now add Custom Data in the Specification Editor to all tables and to all project information. This is significant in that now custom data can be added at the component level.
  • Import SmartPlant Reference Data Specs
    • You can now import Smart Plant Reference Data specification and use them directly in CADWorx 2014. This functionality allows you to develop projects with Smart Plant, PDS, or CADWorx, and use the same specifications. Create catalogs for these specifications upon import of the specifications.
  • DBCODES table with Index added to Catalog Editor
    • You can now create new DBCodes and IndexCodes, as well as import existing DAT files. Add these codes to any Part Number Schema.
  • Copy Records from  Specifications
    • You can now copy component records from one specification to another or within the same specification. Use this copy/paste feature to save time by producing one record and then copying it to all specifications necessary.
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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2013 R2
Description: Version 2013 R2 (13.2)

Convert Legacy Models
 
  • As a user you are able to take legacy models from before 2013  and convert them using the Convert Legacy utility. The functionality is intelligent and allows the user to set the system to automatically change the model or to prompt you for the changes.
Review Legacy Components
  • As a user you are able review your model for legacy components by use of the REVIEWLEGACYCOMPONENTS command. This enhancement allows for CADWorx components to be viewed in the drawing and listed in the Find Legacy Components dialog box based on your choice of search method.

Apply Auto Coupling Rule 

  • Provides the availability to automatically add couplings between components. You can set a few options in the piping rule such as for pipe breaks only or to prompt you for insertion of couplings during modeling.

Apply Line Number Rule 

  • It is now possible to have CADWorx automatically check the line number of another line when inserting a new component. This piping rule works in conjunction with the Line Number System Setup. You can have your components always inherit the line number of a line or prompt you for options.

Apply Change Data Rule

  • With this piping rule it is possible to have CADWorx automatically update specific items when using the Change Spec, Change Size, or automatic update of data options. Data can either be updated automatically or by a system of prompts. Such items that can be updated or not are Short Description, Tag, and Alpha Size.  

Import AutoCAD Plant 3D data and specification

  • If you use AutoCAD Plant 3D data and specification you are now able to transfer this data into CADWorx. The option Import AutoCAD Plant 3D Data and Import AutoCAD Plant 3D Specs in the Specification Editor enables you to use all your AutoCAD Plant 3D specs and catalog information in CADWorx.

Review Update

  • When working between catalogs and project in the Specification Editor it is now possible to review an update before accepting the information. This option provides you the ability to change the Source ID and the Source Table Name for the updating information.  

Enhanced setup of Formats for components

  • Short Description and Tag formats can now be setup using the Specification Editor. This enables you to decide what your short descriptions and tags read based on a preselected format. 

Enhancement of legacy importation

  • With the Import by Spec option you now have the ability to select the DAT file for legacy imports. This associates the DAT file part numbers with related components imported through a custom component field named USER_PART_NUMBER.
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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2013 R1:
Description: Version 2013 R1 (13.1)

Convert from Project Data
  • As a user you are able to select make changes to an existing specification in the Specification Editor and then update those changes to an existing component in a drawing. This functionality will be intelligent and allow the user to select specific components to change.

CWXPLODE

  • As a user you are able to turn the CADWorx components in a drawing into AutoCAD 3D solids with xdata included. This enhancement allows for CADWorx components to be used as regular AutoCAD components.

Edit an Assembly Path

  • The availability to change the folder location of an assembly is an enhancement that enables the user to change where an assembly is stored. This folder can be any location on the user's computer without restrictions.

Edit a Usershape by redefining the connection points

  • It is now possible to redefine connection points on a user shape. If a user shape has been created but you need it to be entered from a different direction or angle you are able to use the EDITUSERSHAPE command to change the connection points.

Draw Single pipe components with new commands

  • With the PIPW1 for buttweld, PIPF1 for socketweld and threaded, and PIPFL1 for flanged pipe to draw a single pipe component. These commands make it easier to add a single piece of a pipe to a routed section of pipe.

Reload Specification

  • When making changes to the specification it is now easier to reload the file to work with the updated data. All that you need to do is either click the refresh button on the Spec View palette or click Reload File in the Setup Size and Specification dialog.

Reload Assembly Global Files

  • As a user you can now reload a global file for an assembly by right clicking and select the Reload Global File option. This enhancement allows you to reload a file that has been changed.

Import AutoPLANT Data in the Spec Editor

  • If you use AutoPLANT Data you are now able to transfer this data into CADWorx. The option Import AutoPLANT Data in the Specification Editor enables you to use all your AutoPLANT specs and catalog information and convert them to CADWorx component data.

Export Project or Catalog Data to Text or Excel

  • This new enhancement enables the user to export project or catalog data for Quality Assurance and Quality control to have a hard copy of the specification exported. It makes for easier changes to data since you now have a hard copy of the original spec in case you copy the information back to the new spec.

Find and replace text in a project

  • There is now the ability to find and replace text when working in a project in the Specification Editor. This option enables you to be able to search for any text located within the project. The text found is highlighted in yellow based on whether you selected the Long Description, Short Description, or Tag check boxes. Only editable data can be replaced.

Existing functionality is kept

  • All the existing functionality of CADWorx 2013 is kept in place so the learning curve for CADWorx 2013 R1 will be minimal. All of the palettes will still exist although some are enhanced to address the new functionality.
  • Current interfaces to CAESAR II, ISOGEN and PV Elite have been kept.
  • Design Review can now view published Smart Plant Review VUE files as well as the CADWorx 2013 models.
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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2013:
Description: Version 2013 (13.0)

Change Size or Spec
  • To be able to select an existing line and ask the program to change the size or specification of a line and have all the components change automatically has been requested by users for a long time. This functionality will be intelligent and allow the user to select either the line or specific components to change. 
  • It will know if a reduction is needed, or if a line needs to be moved and allow the user to make the appropriate decision to accomplish the desired change.

Auto Routing

  • As a user routes a line through the model the program will place the appropriate components required. The user has the ability to add branches, inline components, and sub assemblies as they route the line.
  • There is also the ability to have the program automatically route a line between two points in space. The user can choose which one of the various routing options best meets their design needs.

New and Enhanced Catalog of Components (old DAT Files)

  • The component catalog has been developed to better manage the vast amount of data needed in the design of piping systems. The catalog is divided into three separate catalog groups any one of which can be used. The global catalog contains all components. The industry catalog contains a subset of the global catalog. The company catalog contains a subset of the industry catalog. Each of these can be edited by the user to add or change the component data. As the user creates their company standard catalog components are copied from the appropriate industry catalog. They can have any number of catalogs defined.
  • The catalogs contain three key data types. The first is always required and is used to represent the components graphically. The second type is called enhanced data and is used to allow the representation of components in an enhanced state. The third is for user data and is open to allow for specific user information to be added and used as non graphical information. Each of these types is editable by the user as needed.
  • The data fields can contain formulas as well as variables to enhance the data needed.

New and Enhanced Specifications

  • The specifications for a project will be stored in a single database file called a project spec. This file will contain all the specifications needed for a single project. It will contain all the data from the catalog for each component selected. It will also allow the easier transport of project specifications between users. This will allow a company to have a single file containing all their standard specifications for easier management of standards.
  • The specifications will contain a rules section that will allow the user to specify how the piping systems work together. The rules section will contain a branch table that can be used to restrict the use of various branch components. The branch table will be used for Auto Routing as well. These rules can be turned on or off as needed.
  • For each specification there are several global fields that the user can fill to capture different requirements. The user also has the ability to set the layer, color, and linetype attributes if desired. Visual effects are also included in the specification which allows for different specifications to be represented in different ways such as single line to solid, standard to enhanced mode, and etc.

Minimum and Maximum Pipe Lengths

  • There are data fields in the catalogs and specs that allow the user to set a minimum and or maximum pipe length. These lengths will be used with the piping rules to restrict the lengths of pipes used. If the length is too short it will not allow it to be placed. If it is longer than the maximum then another pipe will be added.

Self Aware Components

  • Each of the components will know what other components it is attached to and keep these connections as it is moved. The user can move any component and the attached components will move with it. If the user moves a component and the attached components need to change orientation they will automatically change.

Piping Rules

  • There are many piping rules that can be set to auto, manual, or off. These rules control many aspects of the piping system including branches, connection types, pipe lengths, and how the piping system reacts to changes. The user can select which rules to allow and which to ignore.

Enhanced Settings

  • There are many new settings which enhances the ability to control the operations of the model.
  • Some of these settings include the ability to control the addition of flanges to valve sets, automatically change spec and size to the attaching piping, control the visual representation of the piping from single line to solids.

New component attributes

  • New component attributes are available to allow for the control of components individually.
  • These include representation such as single line to solid, standard mode to enhanced mode, as well as control of the layers, colors and if appropriate linetypes.

Import of previous data

  • Both the data files and the specifications from previous versions of CADWorx can be imported and used. Because the new catalog and specifications contain new and enhanced data, the user will have to add some additional data to make it totally compatible.

Existing functionality is kept

  • All the existing functionality of CADWorx 2012 is kept in place so the learning curve for CADWorx 2013 will be minimal. All of the palettes will still exist although some are enhanced to address the new functionality.
  • Current interfaces to CAESAR II, ISOGEN and PV Elite have been kept.
  • Design Review can now view published Smart Plant Review VUE files as well as the CADWorx 2013 models.
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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2012 R1/ CADWorx Plant 2012 R1:
Description:

Version 2012 R1 (12.1)

  • Added support for CIS/2 export/import from 64 bit.
  • Added support for AutoCAD 2012 (32 bit / 64 bit).
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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2010 / CADWorx Plant 2010:
Description:

Piping 

  • Added command PIPESUPPORTVIEW to start the Pipe Support Modeler palette. The palate provides numerous options to insert intelligent pipe and elbow supports. PipeSupportSetting configuration variable will control the layer the support component is placed on.
  • Added command DISCONTINUITYVIEW to start the Discontinuity View palette. The palate provides numerous options to locate disconnected and overlapped components.
  • Added command PIPESUPPORTREPORT to export pipe support bill of material data to an external file.
  • Added spec and data files based on the German (DIN) Standard.
  • Added spec and data files based on the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)
  • Added spec and data files based on the Japanese (JIS) Standard.
  • Added command VIEWEDITALL to quickly access all View Boxes that are present in the model drawing.
  • Updated XREF drawing processing features to use data from XREFs that are inserted with a rotation.  Previous versions ignored XREFs that were rotated.
  • Updated user shape component length calculation to be based on the first two connection points.
  • Updated SPECCHG command to change the bolt length based on the length set in the data file.
  • Updated swage component to save the end conditions that are entered when the component is first drawn in the model. These saved end conditions will be appended to the long description during a spec change.
  • Updated Spec Change command to save a log file off description changes done to each individual component.
  • Updated PIPESUPPORTVIEW inserted supports to use the DBCodes.dat file settings from the specification file.
  • Updated PIPESUPPORTVIEW inserted elbow supports to include bottom and top of pipe (BOP / TOP) insert options.
  • Updated PIPESUPPORTVIEW detect steel to work with steel from XREF drawings.
  • Updated eccentric reducer component to prevent drawing corruption issues when using AutoCAD 2010 and saving the drawing down to an AutoCAD 2007 DWG format.

ISOGEN

  • Added functionality to export insulation symbol to the isometric drawing (From the Plant menu -> Accessory -> ISOGEN -> ISOGEN Supplemental).
  • Added support for I-Configure created ISOGEN projects.  The I-Configure install is located under the CADWorx install directory at: ..\CADWorx\ISOGEN\
  • Added ISOGENDefaultStyle to the configuration file. This variable sets the default ISOGEN style used by ISOGENOUT and ISOGENBATCH.
  • Added support for the export of Miter pipe component.
  • Use ISOGEN Data Dialog to set the miter pipe export options.
  • Added a new Select button to the ISOGENOUT dialog.  This button will allow the selection of ISOGEN style from a common network directory without having to setup Project Manager or I-Configure locally on each workstation. The last style used also becomes the default for ISOGENBATCH command.
  • Added a new Project Data button to the ISOGENSETTINGS dialog to start the ISOGEN Project Data Setup dialog. This dialog will allow setting position text (POS) that can be displayed on the isometric drawing file.
  • Added functionality to export break in points (tie in points) to the isometric drawing (From the Plant menu -> Accessory -> ISOGEN -> ISOGEN Supplemental).
  • Updated to ISOGEN Version 9.3.
  • Updated the pipe support and top works direction calculations to account for a different North direction setting from ISOGENSETTINGS dialog.

Steel

  • Added new shapes:  Double Angle, Z shape, Channel with Lip, Angle with Lip
  • Added command SGCEDITALL.  This command will allow global changes to steel shapes selected.
  • Added export to CIS/2 format with the SEXPORT command (32 bit only).
  • Added command SIMPORT. This command will import a CIS/2 file (32 bit only).
  • Added command SDBFIN. This command will import steel components from a database that was created with a Live Database or SDBFGEN features.
  • Added command SLSSHOWPALETTE to start the Steel Drawing Manager palette. The palette provides features to generate steel single line drawings (CADWorx Plant Professional Only).
  • Added command BTSHAPE to draw bolt shape.
  • Updated the SUSER dialog with an improved user interface.
  • Updated plate component with additional curved plate options.
  • Updated command SGENERIC with a new dialog interface.

HVAC and Cable Tray

  • Added command HDBFGEN to export HVAC component to a database.
  • Added command HDBFIN. This command will import HVAC components from a database that was created with a HDBFGEN feature.
  • Added command HVACC to draw HVAC shapes from catalog data files.
  • Added command HUSER to draw custom HVAC shapes.
  • Added command HGENERIC. This command will attached CADWorx HVAC data to any AutoCAD entity. This generic component can then be export to the bill of materials.
  • Added support for AutoCAD 2011 (32 bit / 64 bit), AutoCAD 2010 (32 bit / 64 bit), AutoCAD 2009 (64 bit),  AutoCAD 2008 (64 bit)
  • Added support for Windows 7 (32 bit / 64 bit)
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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2009 / CADWorx Plant 2009:
Description:

Piping

  • Added Top Works feature to valves.  Any valve entry in the specification file can have a parametric top works data file associated with it. At the end of the valve draw, an option will be given to locate the top works on the valve.  TopWorksSetting configuration variable will control the layer the top works is placed on.
  • Added command TOPWORKSCHANGE to change the orientation of top works already associated with a valve. 
  • Added command TOPWORKSADD to add top works to a valve already drawn in the model.
  • Added command INSULATIONVIEW to start the Insulation View palette. The Insulation View palette provides options to add intelligent insulation to components.
  • Updated SPECCHG command to automatically process keywords from the new specification file.
  • Updated SPECCHG command to process the size selection setting from the new specification file.
  • Updated PipeDescriptionCat configuration variable. Added setting of 3 and 4 which will control adding of end conditions to pipe and nipple components.
  • Updated the OTAP, TAP, and STOPSIGN to work with the LayerByLineNumber setting from the current configuration file.
  • Updated Alpha Size string format routines to ignore the AutoCAD UNITMODE setting. An incorrect UNITMODE setting of 1 added unnecessary dashes to the Keywords such as {MAINACT} and {REDACT}
  • Updated threaded and socket-weld relief valves to read the correct data file column for weight.
  • Updated 2DREP layer processing features. 2DREP now ignores any component from Blocks/XREFs that are on a frozen layer.
  • Updated 2DREP to ignore invisible components from Blocks/XREFs.
  • Updated 2DREP to ignore all entities in paper space except view ports.
  • Updated Spec Edit dialog component organization.  Previously all special end type components were located in one category.  Special end type components have now been moved to more appropriate categories within the Spec Edit dialog.
  • Updated Clash feature to import clash status and layer data from XREF drawings to the master base drawings. This setting is controlled from the Clash Options dialog.
  • Updated VIEWBOX by adding an isolate option. This option will hide all entities outside the parameters of the box.
  • Updated Insulation View options to allow insulation to be entered in millimeter when working in mixed mode drawings (imperial pipe size / metric dimensions).
  • Updated Insulation View reporting to include exporting a report by line number or size.
  • Updated top works insertion routines to allow the use of multiple viewports.

ISOGEN

  • Added the option to set ISOGEN SKEY and Component Identifier from the specification file.
  • Added command ISOGENSTARTPT which will insert a block into the drawing to be processed by the ISOGENOUT and ISOGENBATCH commands. The block defines which open end of the pipeline the isometric should start from. The insert point of the block must be at the extreme end point of all the components that are to be exported to ISOGEN. If using ISOGENBATCH, only one start point should be set per line number. If using ISOGENOUT, only one start point should be selected.
  • Added a mark edit box to the ISOGEN Data dialog. This field can be used to set the mark number for a component in the ISOGEN isometrics. Added command BOMMARKS to automatically assign ISOGEN marks based on the CADWorx BOM sort and accumulation settings.
  • Added DimensionsExistingISOGEN to the configuration file. This variable controls dimensioning of existing components in the ISOGEN isometrics.
  • Added a dimension status edit box to the ISOGEN Data dialog. This field can be used to control the dimensioning of individual components.
  • Added ICEDIT command to display the ISOGEN Data dialog directly without using the CEdit dialog ISOGEN button.
  • Updated ISOGENBATCH to export line number continuation information for lines that are connected using the OTAP component. For continuation information to be exported, the OTAP must have the main (size) line number and the not the branch (reduction) line number. If the OTAP connects two lines of the same size, all OTAP SKEYs will show continuation information. If the OTAP connects lines of different sizes, only the following OTAP SKEYs will display continuation information:  TERF, TSRF, TORF, TTRF, TTSO Updated tooltip functionality to show ISOGEN settings.  ISOGEN tooltips can be activated from the ToolTips configuration variable.
  • An automatic XREF Bind is done on all detail sketches that are attached with the ISO.
  • Insulation and heat tracing settings from Insulation View are now exported to ISOGEN.
  • ISOGEN will export CADWorx Equipment nozzles from XREF drawings inserted into the base model with a rotation about any axis.  Previous versions only allowed XREF rotations about the z axis.
  • Updated to ISOGEN Version 9.1. The ISOGEN version is also displayed at the AutoCAD command line when CADWorx is started.

Steel

  • Added a live database feature for steel components.  This feature is controlled by the SLIVEDB command.
  • Added command SSYNC to updated steel component descriptions from the database.
  • Added command SLOFT to create complex lofted steel shapes.
  • Updated SLADDER to allow the user to create ladders with either curved or straight hoop connections.
  • Updated the user input shape creation for the PSHAPE component to allow for the creation of rolled concentric and eccentric cones.
  • Updated the default layer that Steel center lines are placed on. Steel center lines are now initially placed on layer Steel_Cl. The default layer name can be set using the CADWorx Layer Setup dialog.

HVAC and Cable Tray

  • Added command HWGTUPATE to update HVAC component weights based on user specified density.
  • Added command HLAYERCHANGE.  This command can be used to change the layer of the HVAC centerline or solid.
  • Updated the default layer that HVAC components are place on.  HVAC solid and center line are now initially placed on layer HVAC and HVAC_Cl.  The default layer names can be set from CADWorx Layer Setup dialog.
  • Updated the grip stretch features to re-create the HVAC solid and center line on the same layer as the original component.
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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2008 / CADWorx Plant 2008
Description: Piping
  • Added "Find" tab to the LineView palette. This palette can be used to locate and zoom to a piping component.
  • Added layer button to the Line View palette toolbar. This option allows further control of what components are isolated.
  • Added command PIDVIEW to start the P&ID View palette. To use this palette, a Live Database has to be setup for both the Plant and P&ID.  The P&ID project has to be created using the new process line number capabilities.
  • Added command HBOMSETUP, HBOMTOTAL, HBOMCUT, HBOMSINGLE for the creation of a HVAC bill of material. These commands are only available with AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2008, or AutoCAD 2009.
  • Added specification and data files for ductile iron piping. To use these files, review the file ..\CADWorxPlant\Ductile_Iron\ReadMe_ Ductile_Iron.txt.
  • Added specification and data files for sanitary piping. To use these files, review the file ..\CADWorxPlant\Sanitary\ReadMe_Sanitary.txt.
  • Added command 2DREPH. This command will export the hidden lines from solids to the 2D representation created. All other features of this command are similar to the existing 2DREP command.
  • Added an Export and Refresh feature to the CADWorx Clash palette.
  • Updated Clash feature to use a palette.
  • Updated the NUMBERPID command to change current size, spec and line number settings used by the SpecView palette.
  • Updated the BOM features to display the current accumulation control settings at the command prompt when a BOM is generated.
  • Updated CAESAR II bi-directional to read and write CAESAR II V5.10 input files.

ISOGEN

  • Added ISOGEN button the CEdit dialog to start the ISOGEN Data dialog. This dialog can be used to set many ISOGEN settings for a component.

Steel

  • Added existing option to Steel CEdit dialog.  Added SSETEXIST and SREMOVEEXIST to modify the existing status of steel components already drawn.
  • Added command SLAYERCHANGE.  This command can be used to change the layer of the steel centerline or solid.
  • Updated steel base plates to include the length and width in the long annotation.
  • Updated steel CG to process non-editable steel components such as ladders, stairs, and handrails.
  • Updated steel to allow coping of steel solid’s that may have been modified with AutoCAD’s solids editing command.
  • Updated steel to properly position the centerline for curved angle and channel shapes at specific neutral axis settings. Extensive updates were made to the angle and channel shapes drawing routines to resolve centerline displacement issues during modifications of the beam.
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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2007 / CADWorx Plant 2007
Description:

Piping

  • Added command SPECVIEW to start the SpecView palette. The SpecView palette provides an alternate method of inserting CADWorx components. SpecView will filter the available components based on the size and specification settings. In addition, SpecView also provides a quick way to change line number settings.
  • Added command LINEVIEW to start the LineView palette.  The LineView palette allows the user to isolate components based on line number or specification.
  • Added keyword PIPETHKRED to the specification file. This keyword will lookup the pipe thickness based on the current reduction size.
  • Updated 2DREP layer processing features. 2DREP now ignores any components on a locked layer from XREF drawings.
  • Updated CLASH to work with components from XREF drawings.
  • Updated BOMEXPORT to process descriptions of up to 256 characters.
  • Updated the vertical and horizontal placement options of Nip-Olet and Lateral-Olet to work with a non-world UCS.  The following commands were updated: VNOLP, VNOLT, HLOLT, HLOLW, HLOLS.
  • Updated SPECCHG to process keywords for bolts and weld gaps.  All other components will have to use mode convert commands to update keywords.
  • Updated tooltip functionality to always turn on the AutoCAD TOOLTIPMERGE setting.
  • Updated AUTOBOLT to report the total number of components added and print the description of the connecting gasket.
  • Updated LINEVIEW to work with components that have nodes.
  • Updated SPECVIEW to include the butter-fly valve component.
  • Updated the following commands to include line numbers from XREF drawings: ISOGENBATCH, C2OUT, CG, BOMEXPORT, ISOOUT.
  • Updated clash features to process AutoWeldGap settings.
  • Updated the nipple component to use the PipeDescriptionCat setting from the configuration file.

Steel

  • Updated steel base plates to remember the user specified plate description.
  • Updated steel miter to allow scenarios when the beam does not need to be extended in order to perform the mitering cut on the beam.
  • Updated COMP2STEEL command to work with all available steel types in the library directory.
  • Updated SteelNeutralAxis configuration variable. Added a setting of 3 to have the center line drawn on the outside of the flange for steel channels and angles.
  • Updated steel export to read the new SteelNeutralAxis settings.
  • Updated the tolerance checking to allow steel beams to have very slight vertical deviations.
  • Updated the SBPLATE command to auto repeat to allow multiple plate insertions.
  • Updated plate length and width calculations to create a minimum perimeter rectangle for fabrication of the plate.

ISOGEN

  • Added the capability to export the CADWorx generic attach component. This component will only be listed in the material list.
  • Updated flanged pipe export to include pipe length in the description.
  • Updated the export of instruments to include the specification of the connecting component.
  • Updated the export of the bolt component to not automatically append the bolt length to the description.  To show bolt lengths in the ISOGEN material list, set ISOGEN AText 538 to ?X?. This will append the bolt length to the size for display in the size column of the material list.

HVAC and Cable Tray

  • Added capability to allow HVAC shapes to be drawn with an open bottom option.
  • Added capability to show tooltips for HVAC components.
  • Added an Apply button to the HVAC dialog. This button allows for the component to be updated in the AutoCAD window without closing the dialog.
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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2006 / CADWorx Plant 2006
Description:

Piping

  • Added command CLASH.  This command allows the user to run interactive clash detection on all 3D solids present in the drawing. This command is only available with CADWorx Plant Professional.
  • Updated 2DREP options by providing greater control over which components are processed. 
  • Updated 2DREP layer processing features.  2DREP now ignores any component on a on frozen layer or current viewport frozen layer.
  • Updated 2DREP viewport processing routines to include components that span the entire viewport.
  • Updated 2DREP block processing routine for blocks that are inserted on layer 0.
  • Updated CAESAR II bi-directional to read and write CAESAR II V5.00 input files.
  • Updated PipeDescriptionCat configuration variable.  Added a setting of 2 which will only add end conditions to the long description.
  • Updated clash functions to process TAP, OTAP, and weld gap components.  
  • Updated specification change command to better process optional components and trimmed elbows.


Steel

  • Added command SSTAIR to draw stairs. This command is only available with CADWorx Plant Professional.
  • Added command SLADDER to draw ladders. This command is only available with CADWorx Plant Professional.
  • Added command SHRAIL to draw hand rails. This command is only available with CADWorx Plant Professional.
  • Added command SBPLATE to draw base plates. This command is only available with CADWorx Plant Professional.
  • Added command SAUTOCOPE.  This command allows the user to set automatic coping on or off. When the system is on and two members are coped, they will remain coped even if one of the member is changed. They will automatically re-cope to the shape of the new member. This command is only available with CADWorx Plant Professional.
  • Added command COMP2STEEL to allow the user to initialize the steel draw components dialog with the selected steel member.
  • Added the capability to control the node numbering and increment to CAESAR II structural steel export
  • Updated SteelNeutralAxis configuration variable.  Added a setting of 2 to have the center line drawn on the inside of the flange for steel channels and angles.


ISOGEN

  • Added connection point processing to user shapes.
  • Added support for AutoCAD 2004 DWG file format for ISOGEN ISOs.
  • Added the export of CADWorx "Code" data as COMPONENT-ATTRIBUTE4 to ISOGEN.
  • Updated XREF processing of ISOGEN supplemental symbols (flow arrows, walls, floors, instruments).  Previous versions did not read these symbols from XREF drawings.
  • Updated flow arrow detection on sloped lines.
  • Updated TAP and OTAP component to use the line number of attaching component.
  • Updated export of trimmed elbows.


Specification

  • Added a size selection check box to the Spec Editor Edit Component dialog. This check box will allow reducing components to be selected based on the current main size setting.
  • Updated the sorting of the data displayed in the Index code drop down list that is part of the Spec Editor Edit Component dialog.
  • Updated keyword processing feature allow any keyword.  A Keyword.dat file located in the specification directory can be used to customize this feature.

 

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  Items added or updated with CADWorx Plant Professional 2005 / CADWorx Plant 2005
Description:

Piping

  • Added command CLASH.  This command allows the user to run interactive clash detection on all 3D solids present in the drawing. This command is only available with CADWorx Plant Professional.
  • Updated 2DREP options by providing greater control over which components are processed. 
  • Updated 2DREP layer processing features.  2DREP now ignores any component on a on frozen layer or current viewport frozen layer.
  • Updated 2DREP viewport processing routines to include components that span the entire viewport.
  • Updated 2DREP block processing routine for blocks that are inserted on layer 0.
  • Updated CAESAR II bi-directional to read and write CAESAR II V5.00 input files.
  • Updated PipeDescriptionCat configuration variable.  Added a setting of 2  which will only add end conditions to the long description.
  • Updated clash functions to process TAP, OTAP, and weld gap components. 
  • Updated specification change command to better process optional components and trimmed elbows.

Steel

  • Added SteelNeutralAxis to the configuration file.  This variable controls where the center lines for steel channels and angles are drawn.
  • Added command SCONVERTSOLID.  This command will redraw the steel solid based on the center line selected.
  • Added command SGENERIC.  This command will attached CADWorx Steel data to any AutoCAD entity. This generic component can then be export to the bill of materials.
  • Added the ability to change thickness of a plate component.  Previous version only allowed description changes to plate components.
  • Added SteelRoundControl and SteelRoundUnit to the configuration file. These variables control how steel parametric data is rounded after being read from the data files.
  • Updated steel plate surface area calculations for Steel BOM.
  • Updated steel weight calculations for all members and plates. Run command SWGTUPDATE to globally update all steel components already drawn.

ISOGEN

  • Added command OTAP to draw an Offset Tap Connection. This type of tap should be used in any situation that the TAP component does not produce correct results.
  • Added the export of Specification, Short Description, and TAG as ISOGEN COMPONENT-ATTRIBUTES.  These three fields can now be part of the ISOGEN material list.
  • Added functionality to change model north direction with ISOGENSETTINGS command.
  • Added functionality to change model offset location with ISOGENSETTINGS command.
  • Added functionality to export special end type/sanitary components.
  • Added functionality to export CADWorx user shapes.
  • Added functionality to export tubing component as pulled bend.
  • Added functionality to export line number continuations with ISOGENBATCH command.
  • Added functionality to export BENT pipe as trimmed elbow or as a pulled bend.
  • Added functionality to export rolled pipe as flexing hose.
  • Added ISOGEN Supplemental section to the Plant pulldown menu to insert blocks for use by ISOGEN export.
  • Added functionality to export wall symbol (From the Plant menu -> Accessory -> ISOGEN -> ISOGEN Supplemental)
  • Added functionality to export floor symbol (From the Plant menu -> Accessory -> ISOGEN -> ISOGEN Supplemental)
  • Added functionality to export instruments (From the Plant menu -> Accessory -> ISOGEN -> ISOGEN Supplemental)
  • Added functionality to export flow arrows (From the Plant menu -> Accessory -> ISOGEN -> ISOGEN Supplemental)
  • Updated Reinforcement pads/saddles component to allow export to ISOGEN when placed on a OTAP component.

HVAC and Cable Tray

  • Added Vertical Square Bend component.
  • Added Vertical Square Radius component.
  • Added Vertical Square Mitered component.
  • Added Square Flat Radius Tee component.
  • Added Oval/Oval Transition component.
  • Added commands for each HVAC component. These commands can now be associated with toolbar buttons.
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CADWorx P&ID Professional

  CADWorx P&ID 2013
Description: Items added or updated with CADWorx P&ID Professional 2013 /R1/ R2 / CADWorx P&ID 2013 / R1/ R2
  • Compatibility with AutoCAD 2013
  • Use the Project specifications created with the new Spec Editor
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  CADWorx P&ID
Description:

Items added or updated with CADWorx P&ID Professional 2012 / CADWorx P&ID 2012:

       - Added new symbols to the ..\CADWorxP&ID\Support\EN* directory based on ISO 10628 standards.
       - Added support for AutoCAD 2012 (32 bit / 64 bit)

Items added or updated with CADWorx P&ID Professional 2010 / CADWorx P&ID 2010:

·         Added command PIDEXPORT. This command can be used with CADWorx P&ID (non-Professional / no Live Database) drawings to export attribute data associated with CADWorx P&ID components to a Microsoft Excel (*.xls) file.

·         Added command PIDMATCHPROP.  This command will match values of all common database columns from the components selected except the TAG column.  Added command PIDMATCHPROPWITHTAG to match all values including TAG.

·         Added command PIDINHERITANCESETUP.  This command will start the Inheritance Setup dialog which can be used to setup what database values will be inherited from the process line by in line component insertion.

·         Added command PIDNUMBERCOUNT, PIDNUMBER+, PIDNUMBER-.  These commands can be used to quickly change the line number count.  These commands are also available with the new Line Number toolbar.

·         Added support for AutoCAD 2011 (32 bit / 64 bit), AutoCAD 2010 (32 bit / 64 bit), AutoCAD 2009 (64 bit),  AutoCAD 2008 (64 bit)

·         Added support for Windows 7 (32 bit / 64 bit)

·         Updated CEDIT -> Documentation dialog to allow for multiple file selection. Previous versions only allowed a single file selection for adding or deleting documents associated with P&ID components.

Items added or updated with CADWorx P&ID Professional 2009 / CADWorx P&ID 2009:

·         Added command PIDCHECKINOUT.  This command will start the Check In / Check Out Manager dialog which can be used to check in any number of drawings from one project directory into another project directory.

·         Added command PIDUPDATEDBDWG.  This command will start the Block and Layer Manager dialog which can be used to update the block and layer settings for CADWorx P&ID components.

·         Added command PIDMEDIT.  This command will start the Multiple Edit dialog which can be used to modify the data on multiple CADWorx P&ID components at one time.

·         Added command PIDTITLEBLOCKMANAGER.  This command will start the Title Block Manager dialog which can be used to update the title block of all the drawings in the project.

·         Added command PIDOPEN.  This command will start the File Manager palette which can be used to open existing project drawings, create new drawings, or create new projects.

·         Added command PIDSORT.  This command will start the Valve Order Manager dialog which can be used to sort valves according to their location in the drawing.

·         Added command PIDWRITELAYERTODB, PIDWRITEBLOCKTODB, and PIDWRITECOORDINATESTODB to export the layer name, block name, and block coordinates of CADWorx P&ID blocks to the database.

·         Added command PIDUPDATELAYERFROMDB and PIDUPDATEBLOCKFROMDB to import the layer name and block name from the database and update the CADWorx P&ID blocks in the drawing.

·         Updated command PIDCHECKINOUT by adding an option to not delete the source drawing and database information while checking out files.

·         Updated command PIDCHECKINOUT to ignore "Memo" type fields in the Access databases.

Items added or updated with CADWorx P&ID Professional 2008 / CADWorx P&ID 2008:

·         Added command PIDREPLACEBLOCK.  This command can be used to replace an existing block in a drawing with a new block.  The CADWorx P&ID data is automatically transferred from the old block to the new block.

·         Added command COMBINEPROCESS.  This command can be used to assign the process line number (TAG) to other components.  To use this command, a column name of LINE_NUM_ is required in the process line table and component tables.

·         Added new symbols to the ..\CADWorxP&ID\Support\ directory that use AutoCAD dynamic block capabilities.  To use these files, change the MenuSymbolFile setting in the current configuration file to DYN_Flow_Alt(_M).dat.  The dynamic block information is only available when using AutoCAD 2006, AutoCAD 2007, and AutoCAD 2008.  It will not work with AutoCAD 2005.

·         Updated the ICES-Val_Ctrl*.DWG blocks in the ..\CADWorxP&ID\Support\ directory.  Previous version of these files did not have the DWG preview image.

·         Updated the copying features of components.  When a component is copied, any entries in the Project Document table are also copied and are associated to the new copied component.

·         Updated DBAUDIT and MATCHID to work with folder paths of up to 256 characters.   Previous versions restricted these commands to drawing folder path of only 100 characters.

·         Updated DBAUDIT to also audit documents associated with User table components.

Items added or updated with CADWorx P&ID Professional 2007 / CADWorx P&ID 2007:

·         Updated CADWorx P&ID routines to account for a foot mark (') in the TAG filed.

·         Updated the CEDIT Documentation dialog to allow file extension with more then three characters.

Items added or updated with CADWorx P&ID Professional 2006 / CADWorx P&ID 2006:

·         AutoCAD 2005 and later defaults the copy command into multiple copy mode.  If components were copied and then the multiple copy mode was canceled using the escape key, P&ID routines did not process the new components added.

·         Specification TYPEASSIGN command was updating tag field without checking update tag setting of the component.

·         Instrument bubble breaking and database synchronization routines caused conflicts when the instrument bubble block definition did not match the block insert

Items added or updated with CADWorx P&ID Professional 2005 / CADWorx P&ID 2005:

·         Updated metric equipment blocks to improve process line linking.

·         Improved the database SYNC command speed when working with remote connections.

·         A combination of WBLOCK, INSERT and EXPLODE of the same entities in the same drawing was creating unneeded entries in the database.

·         The DBAUDIT command now matches one graphic with one row in database. Previous versions allowed multiple graphics all going to the same row. The command also checks for unneeded rows in the database

·         The COPYCLIP command was creating extra AutoCAD Group entities.

·         When a non-intelligent line or polyline was broken by a CADWorx component, CADWorx data was not being attached to the component. This issue only occurred for drawings without a database

Items added or updated with CADWorx P&ID 2004:

·         The SnapSetting configuration variable can be set to zero.  A setting of zero will turns off snap.

·         When an AutoCAD autosave was started, CADWorx also saved database information when a live database was used. Database save is now only performed when an actual save is done on the drawing file.

·         A new variable CopyControlFlag has been added to the configuration file.  This flag controls different aspects of the copy command. The on-line help file has details of all possible settings.

·         A new variable InternalSelectionDistance has been added to the configuration file. This flag controls internal selection distances done by CADWorx P&ID. Previous versions based the value on
the current SNAP setting.

·         Added a drop down list feature to the CEdit Additional Data dialog.  This feature can be activated by running the command DROPDOWNSETUP.

·         Added the ability to repeat the same insert symbol function.  The feature is controlled by the AutoRepeat configuration variable.

·         A new table and column name check is now performed when a drawing is opened. If required tables or columns are missing from the database, the program reports the problem and disconnects from the database.

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CADWorx Steel Professional

  CADWorx Steel
Description:

Items added or updated with CADWorx Steel Professional Plus 2012 / CADWorx Steel 2012:
   - Added support for CIS/2 export/import from 64 bit.
   - Added support for AutoCAD 2012 (32 bit / 64 bit).

Items added or updated with CADWorx Steel Professional Plus 2010 / CADWorx Steel 2010:

·         Added new shapes:  Double Angle, Z shape, Channel with Lip, Angle with Lip

·         Added command SGCEDITALL.  This command will allow global changes to steel shapes selected.

·         Added export to CIS/2 format with the SEXPORT command (32 bit only).

·         Added command SIMPORT.  This command will import a CIS/2 file (32 bit only).

·         Added command SDBFIN.  This command will import a model from a database that was created with a Live Database or SDBFGEN features.

·         Added command BTSHAPE to draw bolt shape.

·         Added support for AutoCAD 2011 (32 bit / 64 bit), AutoCAD 2010 (32 bit / 64 bit), AutoCAD 2009 (64 bit),  AutoCAD 2008 (64 bit)

·         Added support for Windows 7 (32 bit / 64 bit)

·         Updated the SUSER dialog with an improved user interface.

·         Updated plate component with additional curved plate options.

·         Updated command SGENERIC with a new dialog interface.

Items added or updated with CADWorx Steel Professional Plus 2009 / CADWorx Steel 2009:

·         Added command SLSSHOWPALETTE to start the Steel Drawing Manager palette.  The palette provides features to generate single line drawings (Steel Professional Plus Only).

·         Added a live database feature for steel components.  This feature is controlled by the SLIVEDB command (Steel Professional Plus Only).

·         Added command SSYNC to updated steel component descriptions from the database (Steel Professional Plus Only).

·         Added command SLOFT to create complex lofted steel shapes.

·         Updated SLADDER to allow the user to create ladders with either curved or straight hoop connections.

·         Updated the user input shape creation for the PSHAPE component to allow for the creation of rolled concentric and eccentric cones.

·         Updated the default layer that Steel center lines are placed on.  Steel center lines are now initially placed on layer Steel_Cl.  The default layer name can be set using the CADWorx Layer Setup dialog.

·         Updated the steel single line features to work with viewports that have a twist angle.

 

Items added or updated with CADWorx Steel Professional 2008 / CADWorx Steel 2008:

·         Added existing option to Steel CEdit dialog.  Added SSETEXIST and SREMOVEEXIST to modify the existing status of steel components already drawn.

·         Added command SLAYERCHANGE.  This command can be used to change the layer of the steel centerline or solid.

·         Added commands:  TAGRELOCATE, TAGTOGGLE, TAGINSERT, and BOMDELETE.  Review the help file for more details on these commands.

·         Updated steel base plates to include the length and width in the long annotation.

·         Updated steel CG to process non-editable steel components such as ladders, stairs, and handrails.

·         Updated steel to allow coping of steel solid’s that may have been modified with AutoCAD’s solids editing command.

·         Updated steel to properly position the centerline for curved angle and channel shapes at specific neutral axis settings. Extensive updates were made to the angle and channel shapes drawing routines to resolve centerline displacement issues during modifications of the beam.

Items added or updated with CADWorx Steel Professional 2007 / CADWorx Steel 2007:

·         Updated steel base plates (SBPLATE command) to remember the user specified plate description.

·         Updated steel miter (SMITER command) to take into the account scenarios when the beam does not need to be extended in order to perform the mitering cut on the beam.

·         Updated COMP2STEEL command to work with all available steel types in the library directory.

·         Updated SteelNeutralAxis configuration variable.  Added a setting of 3 to have the center line drawn on the outside of the flange for steel channels and angles.

·         Updated steel export to read the new SteelNeutralAxis settings.

·         Updated the tolerance checking to allow steel beams to have very slight vertical deviations.

·         Updated the SBPLATE command to auto repeat to allow multiple plate insertions.

·         Updated plate length and width calculations to create a minimum perimeter rectangle for fabrication of the plate.

·         Updated the tool tip functionality to display information about CADWorx Piping, Equipment, and HVAC components

 

Items added or updated with CADWorx Steel Professional 2006 / CADWorx Steel 2006:

·         Added command COMP2STEEL to allow the user to initialize the steel draw components dialog with the selected steel member.

·         Updated SteelNeutralAxis configuration variable.  Added a setting of 2 to have the center line drawn on the inside of the flange for steel channels and angles.

·         Added the capability to control the node numbering and increment to CAESAR II structural steel export

·         Added command 2DREP to create 2D representation from a 3D model (Steel Professional Only).

·         Added command VIEWBOX to create clipped views in model space  (Steel Professional Only).

·         Added command VIEWEDIT to edit the clipped view created by the VIEWBOX command  (Steel Professional Only).

·         Added Graphics menu to the Steel pull-down menu.

Items added or updated with CADWorx Steel 2005:

·         Added SteelNeutralAxis to the configuration file.  This variable controls where the center lines for steel channels and angles are drawn.

·         Steel plate surface area calculations were updated for Steel BOM

·         Updated steel weight calculations for all members and plates.  Run command SWGTUPDATE to globally update all steel components already drawn.

·         Added command SCONVERTSOLID.  This command will redraw the steel solid based on the center line selected.

·         Added command SGENERIC.  This command will attached CADWorx Steel data to any AutoCAD entity.  This generic component can then be export to the bill of materials.

·         Added the ability to change thickness of a plate component.  Previous version only allowed description changes to plate components.

·         Added SteelRoundControl and SteelRoundUnit to the configuration file. These variables control how steel parametric data is rounded after being read from the data files.

·         Updated the menu file with the correct command names for steel annotation (SELEVANOT and SCOMPANOT).

·         Added point and shoot UCS.

·         Added UCS toolbar.

Items added or updated with CADWorx Steel 2004:

·         Added command SFRAME to create intelligent frames that they can be used to build structural steel models.

·         Added command SFRAMEANOT to annotate and dimension frame lines.

·         Added command SGCEDIT to allow global editing of steel components.

·         Added SteelBoltCopeDistance and SteelWeldCopeDistance to control bolted and welded cope distances in steel.

·         Improved steel draw routines when working with large coordinate data.

·         Steel BOM commands will now allow items to be selected from XRef drawings.

·         Updated steel coping to work with large metric steel shapes.

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CADWorx Equipment

  CADWorx Equipment
Description:

Items added or updated with CADWorx Equipment 2012:
     - Added support for AutoCAD 2012 (32 bit / 64 bit)

Items added or updated with CADWorx Equipment 2010:

·         Added insulation feature.

·         Added ANSI flanges look up table for Body Flange component.

·         Added capability to add a blind flange to the end of the nozzle component.

·         Added command EQUIPCG to calculate equipment Center of Gravity (CG)

·         Added option for Forged Vessel Connections (FVC) type nozzles.

·         Added support for AutoCAD 2011 (32 bit / 64 bit, AutoCAD 2010 (32 bit / 64 bit), AutoCAD 2009 (64 bit),  AutoCAD 2008 (64 bit)

·         Added support for Windows 7 (32 bit / 64 bit)

·         Updated stiffening ring insertion and orientation options.

·         Updated several issues with nozzle reinforcement pad not rotating with the overall Equipment rotation

 

Items added or updated with CADWorx Equipment 2009:

·         Added a user shape feature to allow for any type of component to be added to CADWorx Equipment.  User shapes are controlled by data files located in the ..\CADWorxEquipment\UserShape directory.  The user shape data file will list the names of the drawings to be used for the shape along with different properties to be displayed in the CADWorx Equipment grid.  User shapes can be added to CADWorx Equipment components similar to the nozzle component.

·         Added reinforcement pad feature to nozzle.  This option can be accessed from the Nozzle details dialog.

·         Added the option of attaching a nozzle onto another nozzle.

·         Added commands NSCHSETUP, NSCHSINGLE, and NSCHTOTAL for the creation of nozzle schedules.

·         Added the CADWorx Plant point and shoot UCS features to CADWorx Equipment:  The commands in CADWorx Equipment are:  EQUIPVIEWFLAT, EQUIPVIEWNORTH, EQUIPVIEWSOUTH, EQUIPVIEWEAST, EQUIPVIEWWEST, EQUIPUCSNEXT, EQUIP3P, EQUIPVIEWCLIP, EQUIPZOOMLOCK

·         Added the CADWorx Plant 2d representation features to CADWorx Equipment:  The commands in CADWorx Equipment are: EQUIP2DREP, EQUIP2DREPH

·         Added the CADWorx Plant tag insert and relocate features to CADWorx Equipment:  The commands in CADWorx Equipment are:  EQUIPTAGINSERT, EQUIPTAGRELOCATE

·         Updated the nozzle on horizontal cones to allow nozzle attachment flushed to the cone surface.

·         Updated the torispherical drawing routine. The center for the knuckle radius was modified to be based on the head inside diameter.

·         Updated reference line features to work with the user shape components.

·         Updated the placement of bar stiffening ring on eccentric cone.

·         Updated pump box component to allow negative insert location coordinates.

·         Updated the pump nozzle feature to allow placement along the impeller centerline.

·         Updated the double click feature to expand the correct component in the Equipment Palette when a nozzle on nozzle component is clicked.

·         Updated ring type joint weld neck (RTJWN) nozzle graphics to have a tapered hub.

 

Items added or updated with CADWorx Equipment 2008:

·         Added leg member selection to include pipe nominal/actual sizes.

·         Updated distance calculations when Reference Line mode is selected.

·         Updated platform component to allow same "start from" and "end from" values.

·         Updated nozzles on box placement allowing negative "distance" values.

·         Updated PVElite bi-directional to include all ANSI pipe sizes for leg component.

·         Updated the torispherical drawing routine. The center for the knuckle radius was modified to be based on the head inside diameter.

·         Updated the nozzle placement on horizontal cone to allow nozzle attachment to be flush with the cone surface.

·         Updated the nozzle placement on elliptical head to allow for connections closer to the edge of the head.

·         Synchronized the start angle and leg member rotation angle with PVElite bi-directional.

Items added or updated with CADWorx Equipment 2007:

  • Added nozzle extension feature to allow for elbow connections.
  • Added option to allow a zero value for inside diameter for the body flange component to create a blind flange.
  • Added capabilities to allow nozzle attachment to a blind flange.
  • Added flip option to welded flat head component.
  • Updated CADWorx Equipment main dialog to an AutoCAD palette style dialog.
  • Updated nozzle placement dialogs with an Apply button.  This allows for the nozzle placement to be updated in the AutoCAD window without closing the dialog.
  • Updated eccentric cone component to allow diameter change on either side of the cone.
  • Updated rotation angle calculations for lug components that have a top plate.
  • Updated insert location of nozzle that are at non zero lateral angles.
  • Updated raised face weld neck (RFWN) nozzle types graphics.
  • Updated the location of the head component when flip option is used
  • Updated PV Elite bi-directional interface to allow exporting of horizontal vessels with hollow option.
  • Updated the length of nozzle inside projection on cylinder component.
  • Updated the tool tip functionality to display information about CADWorx Piping, Steel, and HVAC components.
  • Updated the skirt component to allow a platform attachment.
  • Updated the platform to break hand rail for ladder entrance.
  • Updated the long weld neck flange nozzle calculations.  The nozzle outside projection can be set to less than "Flange Y" dimension from the data file.
  • Updated the gusset components so that there is no excess on the inside surface of connecting component.
  • Updated the PV Elite bi-directional for ANSI/Metric nozzle with the "actual" thickness basis.
  • Updated the PV Elite bi-directional to save the CADWorx Equipment "Hollow" setting.

Items added or updated with CADWorx Equipment 2006:

  • Added the rotation angle input field for lug component.
  • Added the rotation angle input field for gussets that are added to skirt component.
  • Added single gusset capability for skirt.
  • Updated leg, lug, body flange input grids to disable fields that are not available with current settings.
  • Updated platform and ladder placements.
  • Updated nozzle placement dialog to show only valid fields based on the component that the nozzle is attached to.
  • Updated nozzle placements options for cylinder, box, heads, and cone components

Items added or updated with CADWorx Equipment 2005:

  • Added a new box component.
  • Added reference line feature.
  • Added new nozzle placement options.
  • Added a feature to propagate diameter changes to all subsequent components.
  • Updated nozzle placement options.
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CADWorx Design Review

 
CADWorx fieldPipe

  CADWorx fieldPipe 2013
Description:

In CADWorx fieldPipe 2013 you can work directly with large point clouds using CADWorx fieldPipe tools and commands. CADWorx adds simple tools for viewing and working with point cloud data for model creation. 

CADWorx fieldPipe 2013 uses as-built point cloud data – captured by Leica laser scanners – directly within CADWorx Plant Professional. With the laser scanner you can also model piping directly in fieldPipe from  any location in the world with a scanner and fieldPipe on location. 

You can create 3D as-builts, check designs against existing piping, perform critical construction and fabrication QA, and more… all directly with CADWorx fieldPipe 2013.

CADWorx fieldPipe 2013 incorporates CloudWorx commands enabling you to load a Cyclone ModelSpace View directly from a Cyclone database into AutoCAD 2010 and later.  

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  Items Enhanced in CADWorx fieldPipe 2013
Description:

Convert Points into CADWorx Intelligent Components directly

With CADWorx fieldPipe 2013, point clouds from Cyclone can be converted into CADWorx components with intelligence included.

Complete New Interface

CADWorx fieldPipe has had a complete redesign with an all new appearance. The appearance is similar to that of the CADWorx ribbons and palettes. All fieldPipe commands are available on single palettes for ease of use.


Single-click Modeling on Point Clouds


With CADWorx fieldPipe 2013, it is now possible to model piping on a point cloud with a single click. You can edit the point cloud down to a manageable section, select the Routing with elbows or Piping without elbows command, and click a point in the point cloud. fieldPipe adds the CADWorx component with intelligence based on the PRJ file you selected.

Enhanced Functionality for Speed, Accuracy, and Usability

CADWorx
fieldPipe 2013 includes enhanced functionality that makes the product faster and easier to use. Enhanced modeling means you can model a small section of piping with a reducer, a tee, seven pipes, and a valve in less than a minute.

A
utomatic Routing

With Routing with elbows, it is possible to route pipes on the point cloud. For example, if you have piping connected with elbows in the point cloud you could use this command. The piping would be added, then when you press ENTER, the elbows would be added automatically.

Piping without elbows

With Piping without elbow, you can convert singular pieces of pipe to CADWorx intelligent components. For example, you have a singular pipe not connected by an elbow, (maybe it is connected with a reducer or a tee) you would use this command to place the CADWorx intelligent component.
  

Automatically Connect two pipes

With this command it is possible to connect any of the piping done in Routing with elbows or Piping without elbows with a Tee, Cross, or Reducer. Run the command and select the two pipes. The direction of the pipe or the size of the pipe determines which connecting component is placed in the drawing.

Manually Connect two pipes

With this command it is possible to connect any of the piping done in Routing with elbows or Piping without elbows with a Tee, Cross, or Reducer
. Run the command, and select the two pipes. A prompt displays asking which component you need to insert. This command is helpful when you want to place a different component on the point cloud other than the existing one.

Connect Pipes with Elbows

With Connect Pipes with elbows, pipe that was created using Pipe without elbows can be connected with an elbow. This can be helpful when adding new sections or piping an additional section of the point cloud.

Inserting a Valve

For fieldPipe 2013, you can insert a valve in a two to three step process based on the length of the valve in the point cloud. Select the Insert a valve by spec length, follow the prompts to measure from flange to flange, and the valve is inserted. If you receive a list of valve sizes, then there is more than one valve available for that size.

Incorporation of CloudWorx
 

CloudWorx has been incorporated directly into the CADWorx fieldPipe ribbon. All functionality of the CloudWorx program can work directly with the point clouds in CADWorx fieldPipe 2013.

Total Station Interface Enhancements 

Model Real-time Pipe

With the enhancements made to the Total Station interfacing in CADWorx fieldPipe, it is possible to now model piping in real time out in the field. Setup your Total Station, follow the process to situate the total station in the space, orient it to the piping, and then shoot the piping with the Start routing pipes or Model one pipe options. These commands, when finished, insert CADWorx intelligent components into the drawing.

Enhancements of Original Functionality

It is still possible to connect pipes, insert valves, insert flanges, measure anchor points, and find the center. However, these items have been improved to automatically display in the drawing in real time. Once the component is shot in the physical space the component appears in the drawing. All functions such as stakeout, resectioning, measuring distance between points, measuring distance to the station, and so on have been kept in the program. However Intergraph CADWorx redeveloped these functions with input from customers to improve the overall usability and accuracy of the product.

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PV Elite

  New Features and Enhancements in Version 2014
Description:

The following is a listing of the new features in the 2014 version of PV Elite. Many of the new features and improvements come directly from your comments. Enhancements made for Service Packs to the 2014 version appear after this list.

PV Elite and CodeCalc 2014 (Version 16.00.00.0000)

Code Updates and Analysis Changes

The following new code updates were implemented in this version.

  • Updated to support the ASME 2013 VIII-1 Edition.
  • Updated to support the ASME 2013 VIII-2 Edition.
  • Updated to support the ASME 2013 Section II Part D Edition (which included hundreds of changes and additions).
  • Updated to support the PD 5500 2013 Addenda.
  • Updated to support BS EN 13445-3:2009+A1:2012.
  • Added IBC 2012 Wind/Seismic data.
  • Updated ASME STS Stack Code to the latest edition.

Internationalization Updates

The following updates were made for internationalization purposes.

  • Updated to support EN 1092 Flange Pressure Temperature Ratings (including PN 2.5 series).
  • Updated EN 1092 Flange Dimensional Data.
  • Added the South African Wind Code.
  • Added the South African Seismic Code.
  • Added a user customizable G-loading option.

Productivity Enhancements

The following features were added to improve productivity and usability.

  • Added functionality for automatic file backups.
  • Included a new testing program.
  • Added smart selections for ANSI/EN-1092 Flange Class/Grade Groups.
  • Updated the user documentation/help.
  • Provided an outside diameter (OD) specification for all codes.

Analysis Features

The following analysis enhancements were added to this release.

  • Added TEMA Exchanger Analysis back into CodeCalc software.
  • Added support for ASME Appendix 9 Type 2 Jackets.
  • Added support for PD 5500 Type 2 Jackets.
  • Added Nozzle FEA via NozzlePRO back into CodeCalc software.
  • Provided direct UI support for EN-13445 Cold Spun Heads.

QA Validation and Verification Additions

The PV Elite development team continues to add new QA sample benchmark problems to the benchmark solution set.

  • Added new QA sample benchmark problems to the benchmark solution set.
  • Included many new EN nozzle tests in QA Test program.
  • Benchmarked this version against ASME PTB-4 (ASME Section VIII-Division 1 Example Problem Manual).
  • Updated the PV Elite and CodeCalc Verification and Quality Assurance Manual to include tables of comparison for various sample problems.

PV Elite and CodeCalc 2014 (Version 16.00.01.0000)

Template Functionality Improvements

  • Added a From Project Template option from the Home>New menu. (PV Elite)
  • Added a configuration setting to specify a folder location for project templates.
  • Added the ability to apply a template to multiple files at the same time.

Analysis Changes

  • Added functionality to skip the SCF method when you specify a Pressure Area method in PD 5500 analysis jobs.
  • Enhanced to add a single decimal place stress print out for Metric units in WRC 107 analysis jobs.

ASME Code-Related Changes

  • Enhanced reporting to now support printing out Material Stress Ratios used in Hydrotest Pressure calculations.
  • Updated the software to calculate Section VIII, Div. 2 Hydrotest Pressures for Exchangers.
  • Updated the software to calculate flange weld sizes (for slip-on flanges).
  • Activated CodeCase 2286 for heat exchanger tubes.

Unit of Measure Changes

  • Added the ability to select Metric units for Standard Bar Stiffeners.
  • Added a configuration setting to convert jobs with Metric input to Imperial units on output/reports.

Content Changes

  • Added Square Box tubing to the Europe database.

User Interface Enhancements

  • Added a new Icon Size setting for medium icons from the PV Elite main menu options.
  • Reduced the size of the Flange Dialog box to support lower resolution hardware.
  • Added a link to the Intergraph Smart Support website from the File>Help menu. (PV Elite & CodeCalc)
  • Enhanced the Design option in the Flange Dialog box.
  • Added a More Commands... option to the Customize Quick Access dialog box.(CodeCalc)
  • Added an option to Import Nozzle Data from PV Elite (in .pvdb format) in the WRC107/537/297/PD 5500 modules. (CodeCalc)
  • Updated the software to set the focus back to the input fields (grid) when the temperature value changes.(CodeCalc)
  • Included a Merge TEMA Tubesheet option in the ASME Tubesheet module.(CodeCalc)
  • Enhanced the Specific Gravity option so that you can now use the input to specify liquid density in the Horizontal Vessels module.(CodeCalc)

Technical Changes

The following list details changes to PV Elite and CodeCalc (Version 16.00.01.000), which may affect the numeric results:

ASME Tubesheets

In the 2013 Edition of ASME VIII-1, Table UHX-8.1 did not include all eight load cases. Load case 4 is a design load case with full vacuum on both sides. The effective bolt load for load case 4 is 0, instead of what is shown in the ASME table. PV Elite use a value of 0 for the bolt load for this load case, which may reduce the required tubesheet thickness. This reduction occurs when vacuum pressures were entered, especially when the gasket has non-zero m and Y factors. When a nominal shell thickness is specified for the shell side of the exchanger, the software uses the value in the tubesheet calculations.

Flanges

For flanges that are subject to external pressures, when the flanges have a different internal and external temperature, PV Elite recalculates the flange and bolt allowables for the external temperature.

Exchangers with Thickened Shell Bands

With this version, the software now explicitly includes the extra weight of the shell band in the weight calculations. This enhancement changes all weight calculations, and affects all subsequent calculations involving weight. If you previously specified a mass to account for the extra shell band mass, remove this value.

EN-13445 Local Stress Analysis on Nozzles

With this version, EN-13445 local stress analysis on nozzles was revised. The graphs in this code standard (which also appear in PD 5500) determine stress concentration factors for applied forces and moments. Specifically, graphs 16.4-5, 16.4-6, 16.4-7, and 16.4-8 are in question. The curve labels are eb/ec = 0.0, 0.25, 1.0, and 0.5, respectively. Unfortunately, this configuration leads to multiple solutions for different values of eb/ec, which cannot be correct. PV Elite Development verified this using finite element analysis (FEA).

Additionally, the graphs that precede the graphs in question, such as 16.4-3, the curves are correctly labeled as 0.0, 0.25, 0.5, and 1.0, which leads to a unique solution for all eb/ec values in these ranges.

For the spherical graphs, PV Elite Development deduced that the curves for 1.0 and 0.5 in the standard must be mislabeled, and implemented the graphs differently than the standard in PV Elite calculations. Furthermore, this local stress analysis was taken from PD 5500, and the graphs in that standard appear to have the same issue.

Also, in the EN-13445 standard, the SCF is taken to be 1.0 at the edge of the pad, but this was not explicitly stated. Justification for this approach is found in PD 5500.

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  New Features and Enhancements in version 2013
Description:

Below is a listing of the new features in the 2013 version of PV Elite. Many of the new features and improvements come directly from your comments. There were a number of new features included in builds to the 2012 version during the last year that are now in the 2013 version.

Code Updates and Analysis Changes

  • Some new code updates are incorporated in this version. The updates include:
    1. PD 5500 2012 Edition
    2. Tema 9th Edition
    3. API-579 2007 Edition, General Metal Loss 

Internationalization

  • PV Elite® can now work in multiple languages, including:
    1. English
    2. French
    3. Spanish
    4. Portuguese
    5. Italian

Productivity Enhancements

  • All new updated user interface:
    1. Ribbon Style
    2. All new icons (large or small)
    3. Different color themes
    4. All programs revised for this change

  • Quick calculation screen:
    1. Text highlight
    2. Search
    3. Search All and Copy All

  • Output Processor: 
    1. Report List coloring
    2. Search and Highlight
    3. Select All and Copy All
    4. DXF and Rigging result directly available from the output program
    5. Drag and drop of reports in the report list

  • PV Elite now supports project templates.

  • Code CodeCalc has been completely re-written into a modern style application.

  • Graphics: 
    1. Color code by thickness, material, temperature, etc.
    2. Lock Axis rotation
    3. 2D and 3D screen separation

  • Printing:
    1. Print directly to PDF
    2. Available in Input, Output, CodeCalc, Material Editor, etc.

  • Material Databases can be sorted by column.

  • New Analysis Features: 
    1. Integrated API 579 Part 4 General Metal Loss
    2. ASME VIII-1 Material Data 1943 through 1974
    3. PD 5500 Jacket Analysis
    4. PD 5500 Limpet Coil Analysis
    5. EN 13445 Limpet Coil Analysis
    6. ASME VIII-1 Fatigue Analysis updated (from latest Div. 2)
    7. PV Elite 2012 R1 features included
    8. EN-13445 Expansion Joints
    9. European Structural Steel
    10. EN-13445 Local Stress Analysis
    11. Improved metric defaults
    12. Japanese Wind Code
    13. European Nozzle Load table
    14. ASME Stainless Steel MDMTs computed
    15. Complete Exchanger MDMTs computed (tubesheets)
    16. MDMT table sorted for Shell side and Tube side results
    17. Differential pressure for tube design added
    18. Indian Earthquake Code, vertical acceleration component added
    19. Updated EN-13445 materials added

QA/Validation and Verification

  • We continue to add new QA problems to the benchmark solution set.


Thanks, the PV Elite® development and support teams.

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  New Features and Enhancements in version 2012
Description:

Some of the new features in this version are:

Code updates and analysis changes

  • ASME Section VIII Division 1 and Division 2 2011a new Code updates are incorporated. The updates includes:
    1. Using the operating bolt load per UHX. 
    2. Removal of calculations per UG-32(b).
    3. ASME Appendix 41, EIH Support Plates is now included.
    4. The nozzle analysis in Division 2 was modified.
    5. The Fatigue curves in Division 2 have also been modified and 1 curve has been removed. 
    6. Flange ratings are now the same for 'large' and 'small' diameter ANSI flanges. 
  • Implementation of ASME Code Case 2695 (Div 1 analysis using Div 2 formulas and Div 1 allowables).
  • ASME VIII-2 Code changes have been implemented.
  • Updates to ASME Division 1 Material Databases (Tables 1A and 1B).
  • Updates to ASME Division 2 Material Databases (Tables 5A and 5B).
  • Updates to ASME Yield stress database.
  • PD 5500:2009 Code changes are implemented.

 Internationalization

  • PV Elite® now includes the ASME pure-Metric Yield Stress database.
  • The Mexican Wind Code is now updated to the 2008 version.
  • The ASCE 7-2010 Wind Code has been implemented.
  • The ASCE 7-2010 Seismic Code has been implemented.
  • The NBC 7-2010 Wind Code has been implemented.
  • The NBC 7-2010 Seismic Code has been implemented.
  • MCE (Maximum Considered Earthquake) Analysis per India's IS-1893 is now included.
  • PV Elite® now includes the Metric ANSI Flange ratings.

Productivity Enhancements

  • Highlighting of ASME VIII-1 note G5 materials.
  • Automatic insertion of flange groups/grades for all ASME Materials.
  • An option in ASME VIII-1 Nozzle analysis to not use areas in any of the welds.
  • The ASME metric databases can now be the default at startup.
  • Enhanced weight summary table in output report.

QA/Validation and Verification

  • The example problems in ASME publication PTB-3 (Div 2 problems solution manual) are now included.
  • There are now approximately 50 new QA problems in the benchmark solution set.

The updates in CodeCalc (PV Elite's Component Analysis Module) 2012 are:

  • ASME Section VIII Division 1 and Division 2011a new Code updates are incorporated. The updates include:
    1. ASME part UHX for Shell and Tube heat Exchangers (operating bolt load requirements) .
    2. Updated ASME Division 1 Material Database (Tables 1A and 1B). 
    3. Updated ASME Division 2 Material Database (Tables 5A and 5B). 
    4. Updated Yield Stress database.
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  New Features and Enhancements in version 2011
Description:

Below is a listing of the new features in this version. Many of the new features and improvements come directly from your comments. There have also been a number of new features that have been included in builds to the 2010 version during the last year.

Code updates and analysis changes

  • ASME Section VIII Division 1 and Division 2010 new Code updates are incorporated. The updates includes:

    1. ASME part UHX for Shell and Tube heat Exchangers.
    2. The option of using App. 1-10 instead of UG-37 for all sizes of nozzles on cylinders and cones. This option can provide a more economical design.
    3. New Appendix 2 Bolt space correction factor is implemented for flanges.
    4. The new UG-45 minimum nozzle thickness table is now used.
    5. New minimum thickness requirements for Manways and access openings has been implemented.
    6. Elastic-Plastic calculations for floating Tubesheet Exchangers now performed. This option can reduce the stress at the tubesheet-shell/channel junction.
    7. Tube to Tubesheet Joint Load requirements to UHX-13.
    8. UG-99(b) and UG-100 hydrotest requirements which address bolting.
    9. ASME Tables TM (Modulus of Elasticity) and TE (Thermal Expansion).
    10. Several of the external pressure charts were revised in their entirety.
  • ASME VIII-2 Code changes have been implemented.
  • Completely new ASME Div. 1 Material Databases (Tables 1A and 1B) have been constructed.
  • Completely new ASME Div. 2 Material Databases (Tables 5A and 5B) have been constructed.
  • The 2009 Code changes to EN-13445 have been implemented.
  • Stress checks for Nozzles are performed for given mechanical loadings.
  • Saddles on horizontal vessels can now be 'loose' or 'welded' to the shell.

Heat Exchanger Enhancements

  • The simply supported option for U-tube, fixed and floating tubesheets is now incorporated. This an alternative option to reduce tubesheet-shell/channel junction stress.
  • Tubesheets are now taken as 'Lines of Support' for external pressure, providing a more efficient analysis for vacuum cases.
  • Fixed and floating tubesheets per EN-13445 can now be analyzed.
  • Operating temperatures for UHX exchangers can be optionally used to reduce heat exchanger stresses.
  • For heat exchangers designed to ASME UHX, PV Elite 2011 automatically checks if it is operating in creep range and uses appropriate SPS allowable and Elastic-plastic option.

Internationalization

  • PV Elite now includes ASME pure-Metric Material Databases (Tables 1A, 1B, 5A and 5B). Users will have an option to use Imperial or Metric material property database with the stress values displayed in user units.
  • The Costa Rican earthquake Code can now be used. Helps screens are available in both English and Spanish.
  • The 2008 revision of the Mexican Earthquake Code is now available. Helps screens are available in both English and Spanish.
  • Added IBC-2009 code for Wind and Seismic.

Productivity Enhancements

  • PV Elite 2011 now addresses Type 1 Appendix 9 Jackets/Vapor/Distribution belts on cylindrical sections. Nozzles can be added to either the jacket or shell.
  • The PV Elite 'System' folder can be opened directly from the File menu.
  • A new datum line entry methodology is now available.
  • The re-calculation engine in the nozzle dialog is now more efficient.
  • The graphics engine for version 2011 has been updated.
  • The 'Top' view in the 3D graphics is now more appropriate.
  • The PV Elite user interface has been updated.

Many more User requests

  • Added detailed output for ASME VIII-1 UG-33(1)(a) for heads under vacuum.
  • Added detailed output for ASME VIII-1 UG-32(b) for heads under internal pressure.
  • Added detailed output for ASME VIII-1 UG-33(f) for cones.
  • A number of additional 'ESL' error messages are now included.
  • Clarified and expanded many help topics and input screens.
  • And many others...
The new features in CodeCalc (PV Elite's Component Analysis Module) 2011 are listed here :
  • ASME Section VIII Division 1 and Division 2010 new Code updates are incorporated. The updates include changes to:

    1. ASME part UHX for Shell and Tube heat Exchangers
    2. The option of using Appendix 1-10 instead of UG-37 for all sizes of nozzle on cylinders and cones. This option can provide a more economic alternative.
    3. New Appendix 2 Bolt space correction factor is implemented for flanges.
    4. The new UG-45 minimum nozzle thickness table is now used
    5. New minimum thickness requirements for neck of the Manway nozzles were implemented.
    6. Elastic-Plastic calculations for floating Tubesheet Exchangers is implemented. This option can reduce the stress at the tubesheet-shell/channel junction.
    7. Tube to Tubesheet Joint Load requirements to UHX 13
  • Completely new ASME Div. 1 Material Databases (Tables 1A and 1B) have been constructed.
  • Completely new ASME Div. 2 Material Databases (Tables 5A and 5B) have been constructed.
  • The simply supported option for U-tube, fixed and floating tubesheets is now incorporated. This an alternative option to reduce tubesheet-shell/channel junction stress.
  • For heat exchangers designed to ASME UHX, the program automatically checks if it is operating in creep range and uses appropriate SPS allowable and Elastic-plastic option.
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  New Features and Enhancements in version 2010
Description:

Analysis Features:

  • The new ASME Section VIII Div. 1 & 2 code updates for 2009 addenda
  • WRC Bulletin 297 is now included with the other local stress analysis options
  • U-Tube tubesheets per EN-13445 can be analyzed
  • The Kopp and Sayer method for analyzing expansion joint analysis is now available
  • The Div. 2 saddle analysis is now used for Div. 1 instead of the 'Zick' analysis
  • The bolt shear calculation has been added to the basering calculation
  • A ligament efficiency calculator per ASME UG-53 has been added
  • The Shear Force check in the Nozzle per ASME UG-45 has been implemented
  • Fiber elongation calculations for ASME rolled plate nozzles are now included
  • For ASME Div. 1, table G can be used to determine 'A' in lieu of the exact equation
  • Added forming strain equation from ASME Div. 2 for one piece doubly curved surfaces
Productivity Features
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7.
  • Ear type and perpendicular lifting lugs can be modeled and analyzed.
  • MDMT enhancements including the low temperature material enhancements and summary report.
  • The ASME U-4 form was added.
  • The Help System updated and some help screens are available in Spanish

Internationalization Features:

  • Seismic codes per the PDVSA (Venezuela) and Chile NCh2369 have been added.
  • The Australian wind and seismic codes have been updated to the latest versions.
  • Input echo i optionally available in many languages, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, and Italian

Visualization Features:

  • The angular orientation for Nozzles, Platforms, etc. is customizable.
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  New Features and Enhancements in Version 2009
Description:

Analysis Features:

The new ASME Section VIII Div. 2 2007 A-08 code and its databases include:

  • Internal pressure calculations.
  • External pressure calculations.
  • Stresses due to combined loads.
  • Horizontal vessel analysis.
  • Nozzle analysis.
  • Allowables for compression, buckling, and external pressure.
  • Analysis of cone to shell junctions.
  • Material databases from Tables 5A and 5B

ASME Code 2008 updates, British and EN code material updates.
Inclusion of ASME VIII-1 Appendices 1-10 and 1-9.
Accurate ASME Division 1 Nozzle MAWP calculations.
Additional improvements to gasketed tubesheet configurations
.  

Productivity Features

  • Modeling of round, circular and square vessel clips for different loads.
  • Ability to use ANSI flanges for heat exchanger analysis.
  • Flange Design option added.
  • New MDMT calculation configurations.
  • Support lug analysis for hydrotest case 

Internationalization Features:

  • Chinese structural steel has been added.

Visualization Features:

  • Updated user interface and updated help system.
  • Updated and faster 3D graphics, including a double cutting plane, and a "refresh" button.

External Interface and Output

  • Improved ASME VIII-1 U-1 and U-1A allows automatic PV Elite data import.
  • Enhancements to output, with more details and clarifications.
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  New Features and Enhancements in Version 2008
Description:

Analysis Features:

  • ASME code updates for 2007 addenda.
  • Added option to combine wind and seismic loads for horizontal vessels (this was already possible for vertical vessels).
  • For the Lap-joint flanges the minimum required thickness of the "lap" (which sits on the flange) is now calculated.
  • Minimum design metal temperature (MDMT) is now calculated for standard ANSI Flanges.
  • The Fatigue curve per ASME Div. II can be specified for the elements at the nozzle-vessel junction.
  • Improvement to Blind flange (end cover) maximum working pressure (MAWP) calculation.

Productivity Features:

  • ASME U-1 Forms can now be generated through PV Elite and MS Excel.
  • A new program is available for generating tubesheet layouts for shell and tube heat exchangers.
  • Updated and improved the Nozzle Dialog, this makes the input of Angled/hillside Nozzles and nozzles on nozzles much easier.
  • Updated the global nozzle material change functionality.

Internationalization Features:

  • Australian Seismic code 1170.4-1993 added.
  • Canadian 2005 Seismic and Wind codes added.
  • The European EN 1991-1-4:2005 (E) Wind Code has been added.
  • Updated the Australian Wind Code.

Visualization Features:

  • Nozzles located on the bottom head can have piping attached to them.
  • Reinforcing Pads are now graphically shown on lugs and legs.
  • Nozzle detail Sketches are now included in the results. 

External Interface and Output

  • The standard nozzle loads that are stored in the look up file (in Excel format), can be automatically divided in to Sustained, Expansion and Occasional categories for analysis, by specifying multipliers.
  • Several design input data have been added to the MS Access database Export.
  • Updates to the output program including option to set the report order, custom header and more.
  • The CAESAR II nozzle load import has been updated to work with the latest version 5.10.

 

 

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  New Features and Enhancements in Version 2007
Description:
  • ASME code 2006 updates including those to material properties, Yield Stress Table, UHX, Appendix 2, etc.
  • The program can now perform load case factoring, i.e. 1.25WI + 1.1OW + IP. This helps comply with requests for combining Wind and Seismic in the same load case.
  • Added Brazilian Wind Code, NBR 6123. 
  • More Local Stress Analysis Options (Sustained, Expansion, Occasional). PV Elite can now use the global coordinate system for loadings on nozzles using WRC 107 and compare to defined allowables.
  • The entire EN and PD:5500 databases were reconstructed using material specifications supplied by BSI. The database now contains listings of UTS and yield versus temperature. 
  • There is now an option to import nozzle loads from CAESAR II output versions 4.5, 5.0, and 5.10. 
  • PV Elite can also import nozzle loads from Excel.
  • PV Elite now computes Heat Exchanger Shellside and Tubeside MAWP's and MAPnc's by iteration. 
  • There are overrides for various Heat Exchanger Inputs such as MAWP, MAPnc and hydrotest pressures on the shell and channel side.
  • The nozzle design pressures have been updated to go along with the new exchanger MAWP calculations. If the MAWP option is used for nozzle design in Exchangers, PV Elite has now separated these values out for the shell and channel sides.
  • EN Skirt Analysis. The holes in skirt analysis now checks the additional requirements based on the EN-13445 design rules.
  • The India Seismic Code was updated for the 2002 version of IS-1893.
  • The Support Lug design now includes bolt area requirements and Bottom plate thickness requirements from AD-Merkblatt have also been added.
  • There have been updates to the ASCE-98/02/IBC 03 Seismic Codes for vertical load considerations.
  • The ASCE 7-05 Wind Code is now referenced (same as the previous code).
  • User defined section ring data is now stored in the input file. For custom section rings, the data can be easily recalled.
  • Updated and improved Output processor, specially the export to MS Word.
  • The Chinese Wind Code GB 50011 - 2001 has been added.
  • The Chinese Seismic Code GB 50009 - 2001 has been added.
  • A flip the entire model feature has now been incorporated. Models can be flipped from Vertical to Horizontal and vice versa.
  • Added loose reverse flange type to flange calculations.
  • Added a No Wind Loads Option.
  • Added Saddle Supports loads summary to the output.
  • Added the leg baseplate weight to leg weight.
  • Added a user input for the leg Occasional Load Factor.
  • Isometric option views added in the 3D graphics.
  • Various Icons and bitmaps have been updated for 256 colors. This will help make PV Elite Vista ready.
  • Vessels can now have both ANSI Flanges and Din Flanges in the same model.
  • Flange ratings to ASME/ANSI B16.5 2003 edition are now included.
  • For Division 2 Toriconical cone/shell junctions, there are more options for specifying the knuckle shape.
  • Unity Check calculation for External Loadings on 5500 Cones with and without knuckles per B.7 has been added.
  • Calculations for nozzles perpendicular to the vessel centerline on heads has been added. Use the direction pulldown to specify the direction.
  • Use of the "Previous" and "Next" buttons on many of the dialogs has been clarified. 
  • The ASME Ring dialog has been altered for increased functionality when the Add a Ring Group option is selected. 
  • For ASME, the modulus of Elasticity for the material is shown in the materials property dialog. 
  • For nozzles selected using the FVC button, the data is now stored and can be recalled.
  • For hub nozzles, there is a new option to recompute the bevel angle to either 30 or 45 degrees when the hub thickness changes. Keeping the other values constant, PV Elite will change the hub height.
  • PV Elite now computes the required thickness of elliptical and torispherical straight flanges per all Codes.

Component Analysis (CodeCalc) Enhancements in Version 2007:

  • ASME code 2006 updates including those to material properties, Yield Stress Table, UHX, Appendix 2, etc.
  • CodeCalc now computes Tubesheet Shellside and Tubeside MAWP's and MAPnc's by iteration. 
  • The floating head, floating head flange and backing ring MAWP and MAPnc for the internal pressure are computed. 
  • The program determines the MAWP and MAPnc for both the thick (flanged and flued) and thin (bellows) expansion joints. 
  • Flange Ratings from ANSI B16.5 2003 have been added 
  • The option of a hemi-head channel welded to the tubesheet was added for the ASME tubesheet. 
  • The entire PD:5500 databases were reconstructed using material specifications supplied by BSI. The database now contains listings of UTS and yield versus temperature. 
  • Updated and improved Output processor, specially the export to MS Word.
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  New Features and Enhancements in Version 2006
Description:
  • ASME VIII Division 1, 2, and Section II Part D updates. Includes new yield stress database.
  • Other Code changes include those made to Appendix 1-4(f), Appendix 2 (rigidity is now mandatory), Appendix 26 (Expansion Joint Design)
  • PVElite has added calculations per ASME UG-39 for single/multiple openings on flat heads.
  • Nozzles in Flat heads are now addressed for the PD:5500 and EN-13445 Codes.
  • In the tubesheet input, there is now an option to enter Appendix 26 thin bellows expansion joint data. After typing in the data, the results can be reviewed immediately using the calculator button.
  • ASME Code Case 2286 has been added as an option to PVElite. These are alternate rules for determining allowable external pressure and allowable compressive stresses for combinations of stress due to weight, bending moment and external pressure as