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How to Navigate PipePak

PipePak provides a modern user interface with an integrated spreadsheet for defining entire piping systems, which can then be analyzed for compliance with industry-standard piping codes. The spreadsheet includes familiar Windows-compliant functionality (e.g., keystroke shortcuts and data input options such as copy and paste), which makes data entry easy and efficient.

Figure 1: This diagram shows the components of the PipePak user interface.

As shown in Figure 1, the PipePak user interface consists of the following main components:

  1. Title Bar - Displays the program name and the active model name.
  2. Menu Bar - Contains pull-down menus for accessing the main PipePak functions.
  3. Docking Toolbars - Contain icons that give quick access to many of PipePak's common commands including model and report controls.
  4. Model Tree - Displays a list of all defined model information.
  5. Data Entry Dialog - Displays data entry screens related to the currently selected spreadsheet cells.
  6. View Window and Tabs - Provide the ability to toggle between the spreadsheet (which provides a tabular format for entering piping systems) and report view (which displays text-based input and output reports).
  7. Status Bar - Displays important messages, defines function key commands and describes the input and output units.

The model tree and data entry dialog function in relation to the spreadsheet. For example, entering a value in the spreadsheet's "Pipe" column causes the "Pipe Definition" screen to be displayed in the data entry dialog. From this screen, several pipe parameters can be specified including nominal diameter, schedule, wall thickness, corrosion, insulation thickness and density, wind area outer diameter, specific gravity and bend schedule and wall thickness (see Figure 2). Once a pipe is defined, clicking on "Pipe Definition" in the model tree causes the "Pipe Definition" screen to be displayed in the data entry dialog so you can easily view or modify the associated data.

Figure 2: For a pipe specified in the spreadsheet, the properties can be accessed and modified in the data entry dialog.

The spreadsheet includes the following productivity-boosting features:

  • the capability to cut, copy and paste data from individual and multiple spreadsheet cells and rows (see Figure 3)
  • the capability to define data in the spreadsheet by selecting previously defined components from a drop-down list
  • the capability to directly move to the spreadsheet rows that define the component(s) selected in the visualization view
Figure 3: Rows of the spreadsheet can be copied and pasted to define identical sections of a piping system.

These and other features of the PipePak interface make piping system design and analysis easier than ever, resulting in greater productivity.

For more information about PipePak, visit www.PipePak.com or see the PipePak User's Guide.



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