I-Sketch is the new isometric sketching
package from Alias, the licensed supplier of industry standard ISOGEN.
An affordable product for both companies and
individuals alike, which generates ISOGEN isometric deliverables identical to large Plant
I-Sketch is a package not only suited to
on-site sketching but also as a cost effective means of isometric generation.
I-Sketch for most companies is not a
decision to implement new technology, as ISOGEN is already in-use within the organisation.
The system is intuitive and provides the highest productivity available for piping
isometric production taking an average of 10 to 20 minutes to sketch a pipe with the
drawing being generated in seconds.
Some of the main features
- Specification driven system
- Catalogue Management System is provided
complete with ANSI and DIN catalogues containing approximately 11,000 components in each
- Project Management System is provided to
enable multiple output formats to be controlled on a project basis.
- Simple Windows interface that is not
reliant on a CAD system
- Automatic insertion of elbows at change of
- Automatic insertion of tees at branches
- Intelligent cursor types showing current
- Automatic insertion of Cross components at
double branch sketch point position
- Skews, falls and slopes on lines
- Component sliding to ensure fitting to
- Additional materials can be added even if
they are not drawn on the isometric
- Automatic insertion of Reducer component
at change of pipe bore
- Trimming of sketch back to next component
- Colour coding system to guide user and
help with workflow
- Continuous placement of same component
- Add information in form of messages
- Add bolt sets to flanges or gaskets
- Compatibility with SPOOLGEN
- Generic components
- Overview window controls zooming
and sketch layout
- Infinite sketch size layout and
paper size is determined by ISOGEN
- Isometric grid
- Component Information Manager allows
substitution of item codes and descriptions
Main benefits include:
No CAD System Required
I-Sketch is a stand-alone Windows
application. There is no additional CAD system required and therefore no hidden costs.
Everything required to create, edit, view and print piping isometrics is delivered with
the system at a very low price.
Main benefit low cost of
I-Sketch has a user interface that is
focused on the task of creating a data model of a pipe. The interface itself is therefore
very simple, intuitive and takes very little time to learn. The user is not faced with
sets of commands, icons and menus that he would be with an application sitting on a
generic CAD system.
Main benefits reduced training
time and level of skill required reduced implementation time.
No Drafting Skills
Creation of the pipe data is through a
simple sketch. The user does not need to worry about layout, locations of dimensions and
annotation as these functions are all performed by ISOGEN which is an integral part of the
Main benefit increased
Traditional CAD based isometric systems
require the user to define the drawing layout not just in terms of the piping but also the
dimensions and annotation. I-Sketch does not require this because these functions are
performed by ISOGEN therefore reducing the time required for the production of piping
isometrics. I-Sketch offers the highest productivity available for the generation of
piping isometrics and bills of material.
Main benefit reduced user input.
ISOGEN is supplied by all major plant
design software vendors. Any customisation that has been adopted e.g. drawing borders,
layout and option switches may be used with I-Sketch. If a company is using a plant design
system the output from I-Sketch can be identical ensuring consistent presentation.
Additional reports e.g. welds, bill of materials are also identical to those produced from
plant design systems.
Main benefits consistent quality
and presentation of output other systems used downstream of ISOGEN e.g. procurement
systems will also take output from I-Sketch without modification reduced
implementation time and complies to current company IT infrastructure.
Import of Existing
Before many isometric packages can be
used, there is normally a requirement to create a catalogue that reflects the
companys standards. The start-up time with I-Sketch is considerably reduced with the
ability to import catalogues that have been created in PDS and PDMS.
Main benefit greatly reduced
implementation time, elimination of errors and re-use of corporate standards.
I-Sketch can Export to
Plant Design and Stress Analysis Systems
Once a pipe is created within I-Sketch,
these pipes can be exported to PDS, PDMS and CAESAR II. I-Sketch can be used on-site where
a full 3D plant design suite may not be available. As-built configurations or tie-ins to
existing lines can be sketched in minutes and then used to electronically update the 3D
plant design system.
Main benefit simple to use,
productive tool provides a low cost solution for on-site work.
Data Centric Application
All Alias products are
"Data-Centric". The sketching environment of I-Sketch is a simple way for the
user to create a data model of a pipe. Once created, the drawing production is performed
automatically by ISOGEN. The Project Manager allows for the configuration of multiple
isometric "style" outputs. From a single pipe sketch, several isometric types
can be generated without further effort required.
Main benefit increased
productivity and guarantee of accuracy and consistency.
Full capabilities of
ISOGEN (industry standard) available
Each seat of I-Sketch is delivered with
and unlimited version of ISOGEN. ISOGEN is the industry de-facto standard for the
production of piping isometrics. ISOGEN is unrivalled in its capability to be customised
to suit individual needs of clients.
Main benefit adaptable to company
I-Sketch and SPOOLGEN are
trademarks of Alias Ltd.
ISOGEN is the registered trademark of ICI plc.
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