AutoPLANT Plant Design V8i; AutoPLANT Piping;Project Administrator; Relationship Manager
This technote pertains to Bentley AutoPLANT 3D Plant Design software only. Most of these changes were brought into the software starting with the support of SQL Server databases in 3.0 and have continued on up to the current version (V8i SelectSeries 2).
Pathing information is stored in several places. It is stored in the registry on the individual computer, in the xdata or each individual dwg and on the project level in the PROJECT.INI file.
Command: (at_dwgdata_getfldlist "AT_REBIS_APP" "AT_REBIS_APP_DB") (("AT_REBIS_APP_DB_PROJECTID" "0001") ("AT_REBIS_APP_DB_PROJECTROOT" "C:\\ProgramData\\Bentley\\Plant V8i\\Bentley Plant V8i Projects\\") ("AT_REBIS_APP_DB_PROJECTNAME" "SAMPLE_IMPERIAL") ("AT_REBIS_APP_DB_FORMAT" 2) ("AT_REBIS_APP_DB_VERSION" "8.11.0000") ("AT_REBIS_APP_DB_NAME" "C:\\Users\\current.user\\Desktop\\Drawing1.MDB") ("AT_REBIS_APP_DB_DOCTAGID" "0000000602"))
It does matter if users are accessing projects (via project administrator) or models when opening through mapped paths (i.e. G\PROJECTS\) or through UNC pathing (i.e. \\server_name\folder1\projects\). AutoPLANT will see these as two separate folders while in windows, in fact, they are the same. So it's important to stay consistent. It is recommended that you use mapped drives and that all users access the models through the mapped drives. Document Manager/Vision is a good program to control this.
Errors will occur when trying to access projects or open documents in AutoPLANT when there is an inconsistency in the path information. This can occur many times when two users are accessing drawings in different ways.
Example: If a user typically opens AutoPLANT first and then goes to the menu: File > Open... to access the drawing, double check the current path in the pulldown menu. It might be different than when another user double clicks on a DWG in Windows Explorer.
Really to avoid all these issues, users should open models from our document manager programs. Document Manager is a free program bundled with AutoPLANT Plant Design. Vision and Projectwise are available as licensed products.
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