In this lesson learn how to first open the Spec Editor program, and then how to load in both the spec file and catalog file.
- [Instructor] When we create or modify or revise our project specs, we use an additional tool that comes with the Plan 3D software. For this purpose, we use the Plan 3D Spec Editor. This tool gives us a straightforward and very visual tool for modifying our specs. Because building specs can be a tedious job and after awhile all the items start to look the same. So using this interface makes this job much easier and much less tedious. So let's go ahead and open one of our specs. So we're going to go to our exercise files from your desktop and exercise files.
We're going to come right down to our spec sheet folder and we're going to load CS150 PSPX. So as that spec's loading you'll notice it did load one of the catalogs. So the catalog, we do the spec here we can see all the components. And we have all the different valves here. Now let's take a look at catalog. So right now we have a valves catalog and if we look through here we can see that this catalog only contains valves. If we come up to our catalog just over here on the right hand side and down we can load our pipes and fittings catalog too.
So you'll notice while the pipes and fittings catalog changed, we have all the different materials in here and components that we want to use. The spec itself hasn't changed. So when we create a new spec we could attach multiple catalogs to the spec in order to find all the components we need from piping to valves. So the spec, is in essence, just a filtered view of these attached catalogs.
- Using part filters
- Modifying parts
- Adding new parts to a catalog
- Using the Spec Editor
- Creating a new spec
- Adding components to a spec
- Editing parts
- Using Part Use Priority
- Editing specs in Excel
- Setting up and modifying a branch table
- Testing components and branch tables
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/16/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: locating the specs and catalogs within the project folders.