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Intergraph® CADWorx® 2011 Webinar #1: Routing and Self Aware components
Question Answer
When will Intergraph®CADWorx® 2011 be available? Fall 2010
Any improvements in resolving ISOGEN errors? CADWorx 2011 has a new Continuity Palette that will help designers find discontinuities. The new Palette will help designers resolve ISOGEN errors.
Will you add EZ-Line pipe supports to database? The Pipe Support Modeler palette added to CADWorx 2010 allows the creating of pipe support assemblies. A pipe support assembly can consist of several components to make up any given support. Any support used in CADWorx will be written to the project database and sent to ISOGEN and CAESAR. Users can define an “EZ-Line Pipe Support” and this support will be written to the database.
Is there anything new in HVAC and data files? Yes, there are new data files and catalogs from HVAC suppliers.
Are we still confined to one plane when routing manually? In CADWorx 2011 the “routing” command allows users to route in any plane without the need to switch the UCS. Users are not confined to one plane or the X and Y axis. The routing compass allows user to route in any plane.
At the change of specs would the description of the component change as well? Yes, if there is a specification change of 150 lb to 300 lb then all descriptive and dimensional data will update to reflect change.
Can a piece of equipment be moved and the piping be updated? Not at this time.
Will NavisWorks be able to view the model? Yes, NavisWorks will be able to view the CADWorx model. An object enabler will need to be installed.
Was the equipment updated to be more intelligent? CADWorx Equipment as a separate product will no longer be sold. Full functionality for this model has been rolled into CADWorx Plant Professional.  This module has been updated for this release to provide more vessel and exchanger components and better bi-directional links to Intergraph® PV Elite™.
Are the object 3d solids CADWorx 2011 uses CADWorx solids which are custom objects in AutoCAD and allow for increased functionality over the general AutoCAD solids.
Can I use auto weld gap with routing Yes, weld gaps can be set to be automatically inserted as you route or weld gaps can be inserted manually after the routing.
Can pipe assemblies be parametrically or dimension driven in the new version? Pipe assemblies can easily be stretched to update lengths or location of components. Users will not be able to activate a dimension and parametrically set length of components. Changes to pipe assemblies are done using grips. Grips enable users to parametrically move the assembly or pipe component to desired distance or location.
Will legacy models be compatible with CADWorx 2011? Yes, all CADWorx models will be compatible with CADWorx 2011
Will the new CADWorx models require an object enabler for non-CADWorx users to view the model components? Yes, an object enabler will be required to view the model if clients do not have CADWorx on their system.
Will user shape components upgrade to the new version?  And will specialty items like saddles look like saddles? User shapes continue to work with CADWorx 2011. There have been no changes to saddles. Saddles look the same as before.
Will legacy pipe specs be compatible or upgradeable to the new version? Yes, users will have the option to import their old specifications and data files into the new Project Specification.
Will Bill of Material tagging be dynamic and update with the new BOM? No, the Bill of Material tagging is static. There has been no change to the Bill of Material or Tagging in CADWorx 2011. If there has been a change in the model then the BOM and tagging will need to be regenerated, which takes only a few seconds to do.
Can you place the CAESAR II nodes numbers in CADWorx? Users have never been able to define Intergraph® CAESAR II® analysis nodes in CADWorx, it is the same for this release. However, when exporting a CADWorx model to CAESAR II, users have the option of Defining HOW they want the node numbering done, but not explicitly which node numbers to use. The user is given the ability to select geometric points and directions, which are used to define a pipe run. Once the model is in CAESAR II, the user can renumber as they see fit.
What's new for pipe supports? Can you put a shoe on a dummy leg? Pipe Supports now recognizes Xref’s and users may now run a bill of material report per component.
Can you search for specific components instead of looking for them one by one? If yes, what are the search criteria? The LINEVIEW command has a Find tab allows the user to locate components based on their description information. Users may search for components by filtering for Tag, Code, Line Number, Short Annotation, Long Annotation, and ID_Count.
Can you turn off the automatic flange, when you put one in and the second comes in automatically?

CADWorx 2011 allows users to set this piping rule to Off, Automatic or Manual. If this rule is turned off no flanges will be appended. If set to manual then the designer will be prompted to select the desired flange from what is available in the Project Specification. If set to automatic then flanges will be automatically appended.
Has there been any updates to steel plates? Users can now add curved plate.
Has checkered plate or mesh plate been added? No, not at this time.
Do you now have instruments in the software? CADWorx has instrument balloons for annotating. Instruments have not changed in CADWorx 2011.
Will the new shapes improve performance in AutoCAD? Yes, CADWorx 2011 uses CADWorx solids which are custom objects in AutoCAD and allow for increased functionality over the non-optimized AutoCAD solids.
Does CADWorx 2011 have any option for re-enforcing pad or for stub-in? The Miscellaneous toolbar in CADWorx has an option for “Reinforcing Pad and Reinforcing Saddle”.
Have there been any enhancements to I-configure and or the ISOGEN title block setup? CADWorx 2011 added the latest version of I-Configure and Symbols Editor in the installer
Will we be able to have CADWorx 2010 and 2011 loaded at the same time to give us a chance to try and fall back if required? Yes, CADWorx 2010 and CADWorx 2011 may be loaded on the same time but only one version maybe in use.
How does the piping handle stub-ins? Stub-ins are handled as regular branch connections.
How many possibilities do you have when using automatic route? The number of possibilities depends on the specification.
Any changes to the CADWorx Clash and the way it works? CADWorx Clash continues to work as it has done, as a built-in on-the-fly or batch full model (including xrefs) clash detection capability, at no extra cost.
Do the pipes reconnect when a component is taken out? Yes, pipes will heal as components are deleted.
Any improvements to the Tube command? The Tube command, as used for instrumentation tubing and lines, continues to work as in previous releases.
If on maintenance, is this a free upgrade? Yes, all customers on current maintenance will receive CADWorx 2011.
Any changes to current pipe specifications? Yes, specifications are now stored in a Project and data files in a Catalog. This change will be covered in detail at the 2010 CADWorx University (September 27th - 29th, 2010) or in future webinars.
Any improvement with UCS? With the new self-aware components and new routing tool users can now change the Plane with ease and the UCS toolbar is used less.
If we buy 2010 version now will it be updated in Sep free of charge? Yes, this new version will be supplied free of charge for customers that purchase CADWorx 2010 within 30-days before the release date of CADWorx 2011, or if on current maintenance.
In an effort to minimize welds, what happens when you drag the flange to the elbow, will it automatically account for the 'dropped' pipe? Yes
Is the data still stored in the centerline? Data is stored in both the component and the centerline
Will there be more info in hover?  Like BOP for example? There has been no updates to the extensive list of information that can be optionally displayed on a tooltip 'hover'
Is the interface with C2 still preserved? Yes. The unique bi-directional link between CADWorx and CAESAR II operates as it has done in previous versions.
I understand we can set the pipe lengths as we draw. Will insert branches re cut the pipe to proper length? Yes, piping will automatically be cut when branch components a placed in a line.
Is a branch table used for selecting the branch components? Yes it is. The new branch tables are defined within the piping specifications.
Please elaborate on the piping rules.  Does this mean we now need to create and maintain a system adminstrator role? CADWorx 2011 does not require an administrator; the rules are easy and can be controlled by the user.
We have CADWorx fieldPipe which includes a full license of CADWorx Plant Professional and I want to know how this will work with the field Pro software?  Also, how are we going to get the full functionality of the new enhancements and self-aware components? CADWorx fieldPipe has not been updated for CADWorx 2011. This is something we will work on after this release. One thing we do have is the ability to convert a legacy CADWorx model into the new model allowing you to bring in your previous work.
When changing specs, how does it know which direction to grow or shrink the pipe?  Given that an 900lb flange is bigger than a 300lb spec.  Is there any control over how it grows/shrinks? The user will be able to lock down the components they want to remain in place.
Have valve Topworks been updated to work with the new self-aware components? Yes
What about mode conversion? Can we model in 2D or just "self aware" and routing work in 3D? Mode Convert has not changed. Users can model in single line, double line, 3D or the new enhanced mode.
What version of AutoCAD is required for CADWorx 2010? AutoCAD® 2007/2008/2009/2010/2011. Which means that to take advantage of CADWorx 2011 functionality, you do not have to upgrade your platform version until you are ready to do so.
When using stub ends, will the flanges move with them? Yes
Will bolts stay grouped with flange set when moved? Yes
Will components recognize the orientation of the connecting component? Yes
Will fittings allow for slope with small degree difference vs trimmed fittings? No, CADWorx will try and make sure the components line up properly end to end and ISOGEN will try and generate based on connectivity.
Does CADWorx allow reduced size stub-ins and sloped piping? Yes
Will it be able to change between threaded/buttweld/socketweld? No, CADWorx 2011 allows users to change between size and specification. When routing, users may choose to route threaded, buttweld or socket-weld. Changing between non-flanged and flanged piping is not available in CADWorx 2011.
Will previous CADWorx models update to this new version? Yes, CADWorx 2011 will allow all CADWorx models to convert to the new CADWorx solids.
Will the printed BOM be intelligent and recognize if an item has been erased or added in the piping model? No, the printed, or output, Bills of Material are not linked to the model. If there has been a change in the model then the BOM will need to be regenerated. If you require live and up-to-date materials information on your project you can use the CADWorx live database functionality, where all users are linked to a live external project database. As an extra benefit these piping models can be recreated from these databases.
Will the new self aware features be operational when opening old CADWorx models? Yes, if desired on opening an old CADWorx model will be converted to the new self-aware components.
Can we easily convert our existing specs to the new format? Yes, there is an import command that allows users to easily convert existing specs and data files.
Will this presentation be online for later viewing? Yes: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/405049713 All of our webinars are archived, and available to view at anytime on the Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis Solutions Insider Blog. Remember to download the GTM codec! https://www3.gotomeeting.com/codec?Portal=www.gotomeeting.com