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Graphical Plan Designer

The Graphical Plan Template Designer lets the user create custom templates for graphical plans.

Accessed from:

  • Output Ribbon > Graphical Plan Group
Note: The Graphical Plan Template Designer consists of step buttons on the left and a settings area on the right. There is an Auto Hide button in the lower left corner of the dialog that sets whether or not the settings area will be hidden if you move the cursor back to the drawing area (so it is not in the way). If Auto Hide is turned on, you can click on the desired step button to display the setting area again.
Note: Terminal Plan generation does not require other users to exit the project. The user creating the terminal plan is given a warning if there are other users in the same project. The warning message is given with the option to continue with generating the plan.

How Promis.e Generates a Graphical Plan

Step 1: Select Existing Graphical Plan Template

SettingDescription
New Graphical Plan Template Creates a completely new template.
Modify Existing Graphical Plan Template Creates a new template by editing an existing template. When you select this button, the filename field will become active. Use the Browse button to locate and select the existing template file.

Step 2: Insert Variables

SettingDescription
Select a page format Select a page format to view while designing the template. Use the Browse button to select from the available formats. This format appears as a visual reference only and is not saved as part of the template (in other words, when you generate the graphical plan you can choose a different page format, if you wish).
Variables

Provides a list of terminal plan variables that will act as place holders for information when placed in the template drawing. The variables are grouped into two categories:

  • Content Variables - For the body of the terminal plan.
  • Header Variables - Used for column headings and similar purposes.

Select the + icon to open either of these categories and display the variables inside. Select the desired variable, select the Place button, and then click at the desired position in the drawing.

<Cable Combo>

In the Header variables list, there is a variable called <CableCombo>. This variable allows you to create header entries that identify cables that are connected to the terminals. When you place this variable, the Cable Combo dialog will appear:

This dialog provides buttons for a variety of cable-related variables. When you select a button, that variable is added to the expression in the Variables field. This is the information that will be displayed in the graphical plan header. Make a numeric entry in the Cable Index field (1, 2, 3, etc.) to distinguish between the different cables that you place in the plan. When you are ready to place the expression in the plan, select the OK button and then select a position for the text.

Text Style Displays the text style that will be used for the variables. If you want to change the text style, use the Edit button to display the Edit Text Format dialog.
Formatting

In the Formatting area of the dialog, you can make a number of settings:

  • Vertical Plan - Select this radio button if you wish terminal information to be displayed from top to bottom on the page.
  • Horizontal Plan - Select this radio button if you wish information to appear from left to right on the page.
  • Place Column Separator - Defines a column dividing line in the template. Click on a point where the line should begin. This will be marked in the template with an X. When the graphical plan is generated, the line will be extended from this point to match the amount of information in the column.
    Note: The number of column separators on the graphical plan template should equal the number of content variables plus one additional. The table start icon is not considered a column separator.
  • Place Table Start - Defines a starting point for the data rows of the graphical plan. Select the button and click on the desired point.
Specify Insertion Point Defines the insertion point for the graphical plan template on the page. Select the button and click on the desired point in the drawing. Generally, you should select a point at the upper left corner of the template. When you generate graphical plans automatically, the insertion point will be placed on the page at the upper left as defined by the top and left page margins.

Step 3: Save

SettingDescription
Graphical Plan Template Name Enter a filename for the template. If you are modifying an existing template, the existing name and path will be prompted and you can change it. You can also use the Browse button to select the desired folder and then enter a filename. The default path for graphical templates is ...\Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition\Configuration\WorkSpaces\Substation Example\Standards\Substation\Templates\GraphicPlan.