How do I select one or more node points in AutoPIPE?
There are many different ways of selecting node points in AutoPIPE. Let us start with some basic scenarios and build to more complex ones.
All procedures below are performed on the following AutoPIPE Example Model: Walkthru.DAT
Using AutoPIPE 10.00.00.10 and higher model location: C:\ProgramData\Bentley\AutoPIPE CONNECT\Examples
This the most basic scenario, how to select a single specific node point in a given model?
1. Using the mouse or key board arrows, make the node point to be selected the current node point.
2. Use the following command: Select> Point
3. A small dialog will appear in the lower left Corner of the Application screen, Press OK.
4. Notice that the node has changed color from Black to Red.
5. Done, Node point B02 is now selected.
There may come a time when multiple node points need to be selected all at one time. See the following procedure for tips in using the Keyboard and Mouse to accomplish this task.
1. Use Scenario #1 procedure above to select a single node point (ex. B02).
2. Zoom, Pan, rotate the model to view the names of the next point to be added to the selection set (ex. A10). Use the AutoPIPE Command: Select> Point> insert the name of the new node point (ex. A10) in the dialog in the lower left corner of the screen and press OK button.
3. Repeat Step #2 as needed.
1. Use Scenario #1 procedure above to select a single node point.
2. Using the Keyboard, press and hold down the CTRL button, using the mouse select the node point dots that are to be added to the current selection set (ex. A00, A06).
Note: Sometimes this is easier when the model is in Line Mode Viewing instead of Solid Model View. When in solid model view user have the tendency to select the piping / equipment between node points instead of a specific node point. Thus causing the selection process to be aborted and restarted.
3. Repeat Step #2 as needed to add more point to the select set.
4. Release CNTL button on the keyboard once the select set is complete.
A segment can be one or more node points connected by pipe Runs, Elbow, Tees, Reducers, Valves, etc.. that have all the same segment Id. In the example above, B02 is part of segment B, indication is shown in step #4 above just to the Right of the active node point number B02.
In this scenario, let us select an item between 2 node points, .
There are multitude of Options here.
1. Use Scenario #1 procedure above to select a single node point (ex. B01)
2. Repeat Step #1, to select the next connected node point (ex. B02)
1. Set the active point to the first node point in the selection set (ex. set B02 is the active point),
2. Use the AutoPIPE commands: Select> Range> enter next connected "to node point name in the small dialog in "to point:" field
Note: Enter any node point would select all node points and objects in the database between the selected node points
Example: enter range from B02 to A03
1. Using the mouse, select the actual piping / component between 2 connected node points
2. The Piping / Component will be highlight RED and so will the 2 node points
Note: hold down the Keyboard CNTL key and continue using the mouse to select the start and end points of additional piping components.
Example: After highlighting a single component as shown above, hold down the keyboard CNTL key, using the mouse to select the following node points in this order: A06F, A07, A09F, A10, A01N, A00.
1. With any model opened, select the Input Grid icon button or use the following AutoPIPE command: Edit> Grids or "CNTL+W"
2. After the grids open, scroll to the far left and select the "Press/Temp/PipeID" tab.
3. After the tab has been selected, scroll down the listing looking for the pair of node points of interest, and click on the Arrow in front of the respective row to highlight the row
This action will in turn select the node points in the model
Note: select multiple rows in the grids to select multiple items at the same time in one selection set.
Select the first row as instructed above, afterwards now hold down the keyboard CNTL key and select the following rows:
A06f - A07
A09f - A10
1. Using the mouse, click anywhere in the model area, while holding the mouse button down move the mouse around. As the mouse is moved (while still holding the button down) a green dashed line box measuring from initial click location to the current mouse location is created. Create a box that encompasses an entire pipe running between connected points or equipment:
Example: select a box that surrounds B01 - B02 completely
2. Let go of the mouse button to create create the green dashed line box. Press keyboard button F6 to select all nodes and whole components inside of the Green Box region.
Note: Anything outside of the green box region or piping/components that could NOT be selected in their entirety are NOT part of the selection set.
By no one should understand the basic concepts to making a selection set. However there are more powerful options available to the user.
There are a multitude of different methods of selecting items using AutoPIPE command : Select>(highly recommend to read AutoPIPE help on all these options)
As see above, it is very easy to select an item using the grids. However there is a lot more power here. Using the grid you can double click on any column heading that will put that current tab in chronological order of increasing, and then double clicking again on the same column heading again will put the table in chronological order decreasing. Then you can highlight rows on the active grid table as needed.
Example: to quickly select all the short radius bends in a model, select the Bend tab on the input grid
Note: to return the grid to the default order, double click the mouse on the top most left square on any tab of the input / results grids.
AutoPIPE provides many tools to select different objects one at a time or multiple points at a time. There is a lot of power with the:
AutoPIPE Input grids
AutoPIPE commands - Select> ....
Using the Keyboard CNTL button or Shift button in conjunction with selecting other node points.
Using mouse to click -drag to create a Green dashed line window and then pressing keyboard button F6.
These are just the basic tools that can be used in many different ways, try to be creative and establish ways of selecting items that works best for your situation.
If you have any additional ways of selecting items in AutoPIPE, please log a Bentley Service Request mentioning what you like to see added to the program. Only by hearing from you can we make the application work better for you.
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