When using the out of the box integration of ProjectWise and AutoPLANT products, there was one product that was not fully integrated with it, ProSteel. As one explores through the Applications of a datasource that has been integrated with an AutoPLANT Project, they may notice that the is no Application for ProSteel. However, there is an Application for AutoPLANT Structural. For those of that don't know the history behind the ProSteel\Structural product, AutoPLANT Structural was the AutoPLANT integrated version of ProSteel. It's last release was the 126.96.36.199 release. Bentley has since moved on to ProSteel releases with AutoPLANT integration added to them and has dropped the AutoPLANT Structural product since Structural was just a modified version of ProSteel. ProSteel for XM allowed users to install the ProSteel R18 release with AutoPLANT PDW and use the Structural icon in the AutoPLANT 3d Menu to load ProSteel. In short, ProSteel replaced the AutoPLANT Structural software. Since ProSteel is basically an upgraded version of AutoPLANT Structural, the AutoPLANT Structural Application in ProjectWise can be used for the ProSteel program. However, this will take a bit of modification so that the ProSteel profile is used rather then the Structural one. This Technote first goes over the Alert that some users will see when attempting to use the AutoPLANT Structural Application with a ProSteel install. Followed by this information is steps to get the Application to point to the correct profile.
If a user has ProSteel install, but not AutoPLANT Structural and attempts to use the AutoPLANT Structural Application for a document the following AutoCAD Alert displayed below:
This dialog box will be displayed when the program is looking for a profile that is not there. When a user is using ProjectWise with AutoPLANT and decides to try using the AutoPLANT Structural for their ProSteel without making the needed changes discuses above, this Alert will appear. AutoCAD will then launch and load the last known working profile. If the last Profile that was used was an AutoPLANT one, then the AutoPLANT 3D menu will be loaded and the user can just use the Structural button to load the ProSteel program. However, if the client worked in a vanilla AutoCAD Profile, then there will not be any AutoPLANT 3D menu and the user will need to manually load the AutoPLANT/ProSteel Profile to get the menu. The below steps will keep this alert from appearing when working with ProSteel. It will also make AutoCAD per load all the ProSteel menus. All that will be needed of the user is to activate one of the ProSteel commands to full load ProSteel.
The following steps should only be performed by a ProjectWise Admin. Please take care when working in the Application area of Datasources. If some of the information is incorrect, it can result in the Application not working properly.
Do not change the name of the Application. It most remain AutoPLANT Structural. Doing so will result in the ProSteel files not being generated correctly and result in a 0 kbs size file. If the name does get changed, simple going back into the Application and changing the name back to AutoPLANT Structural will fix the issue. Remember to take care when working in ProjectWise Administrator and that only a PW Admin should make any changes that are needed.
There is some different information when dealing with the V8i release of ProjectWise and ProSteel. This same error has been seen in the V8i release, but the fix is different for this release. The first step that is different is the Program Class Name that is required. Below is a list of each Program Class Name and what AutoCAD it is for.
Next, the user will need to drop the /b loadstructural from the Command Line Argument. The ncommand line Arguments for V8i ProSteel are below.
The one downside to this change is that ProSteel will not be automatically loaded. The user will need to go to the AutoPLANT 3D pull down and select Structural to completely load ProSteel. The plus side to this is that the ProjectWise Integration will be retained. (This is lost if the steps for XM are used in V8i.)
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