Library Browser

The first panel of the Library Manager is the Library Browser. Use the Library Browser to create a new library, add an existing library, view contents of an added library, and connect or disconnect libraries to the model.

Types of Libraries

There are three types of external libraries in AFT Fathom:

  • Engineering Libraries - Contain all component types except cost information

  • Energy Cost Libraries - Contains energy cost data associated with components in existing engineering libraries

  • Cost Libraries - Contains material, installation, and/or maintenance cost data associated with components in existing engineering libraries

All library types can be reviewed, added to the model, and connected to the model from the Library Browser. For engineering-type libraries additional actions are available to edit libraries.

Adding and Removing Existing Libraries

To work with a library you must first make it available to AFT Fathom. Referring to Figure 1, clicking on the Add Existing Library or Add Existing Cost Library button will open a standard file dialog box with which you may browse to and select a library. A library may be removed from the list of available libraries by right-clicking on the library and selecting Remove Library from List.  A summary of the library contents can be seen in the section on the right when a library, library section, or component is selected in the list of available libraries.

The AFT DEFAULT INTERNAL LIBRARY and the AFT FATHOM LOCAL USER LIBRARY may not be removed and will always appear in the list of available libraries.  External shared libraries will also always appear in the available library list.

Figure 1: Library Browser in the Library Manager

Connecting and Disconnecting Libraries

In order to use the components from a library in the model the library must be connected. A library is connected to the model when it is shown with a check mark in the Library Browser. All libraries are automatically connected when they are first added to the Library Manager.

Sections or components in a library can also be connected/disconnected on an individual basis if the library as a whole is connected.

It may be desired to disconnect a library if you do not want the components from that library to be available for use in the current model, but you do want the library to be available for use in other models.

Clicking on Set As Default will establish the list of connected libraries as the default list, while clicking on User Default will set the connections to the default list.

AFT Internal Pipe Material libraries can be connected or disconnected as a group from the Other Actions button under the available libraries list.

Editing Library Contents

Existing content can be moved to/from, copied to/from, or deleted from available libraries in the Library Browser.

To edit an item right-click on the item in the Library Browser, then click the desired action from the right-click menu. Note that moving, copying, and deleting can be done to a library as a whole, or can be done for just a section or single component in a library. Individuals components can also be edited by choosing Edit Component, which will take you directly to the Edit section for the component type.

Note: Editing Cost libraries must be done separately in the Cost Library or Energy Cost Library windows, accessed from the Library Menu.

Right-click context menu in the Library Manager available libraries list

Figure 2: Library contents can be transferred or deleted from the right-click menu

Creating External Libraries

By default library items are stored in the AFT Default Internal Library or Local User Library, both of which cannot be shared with other users. Library items can be moved or copied to an external library which can be shared with multiple users.

To create an external library click the Create New Library button underneath the available libraries list. You will be prompted to provide a name for the file, and a library description (Figure 3). The provided description will be displayed as the library's name in the Library Manager.

To add content to an external library copy or move content from an existing library as described in the Editing Library Contents section. Junction components can also be directly added to external libraries as is described in the Junction Libraries topic.

For more details on creating and sharing external libraries see Creating an Enterprise-wide Network Library.

Library Description entry window

Figure 3: After specifying a library file name, you will be prompted for a description which will then appear in the Library Manager when this library is selected

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