Adding a Model
To create a Model component in the Model folder, right-click and select New > Model > Model. and rename the new component Model. The Component View for a new Model component is shown in the figure below.
New Model Component
As with every PipeLay component, the component type and component name are echoed on the top left corner of the component view. Directly beneath the component name are three buttons: Add, Remove and Properties, and below these buttons is the sub-component list for the Model component. When you wish to add new sub-components (e.g. lines, vessels etc.) to the model, you simply click on the appropriate sub-component folder in the list, and then click the Add button. This will open an appropriate dialog, allowing you to input relevant properties for the sub-component in question.
Once a sub-component has been added, its properties may be altered at any time by selecting the component in the list and pressing the Properties button. Existing sub-components may also be removed from the model at any time using the Remove button.
To the right of the Properties button, is a drop-down list which you use to select a Seabed component for use in the model. The last remaining input, namely the Water Depth button, is further to the right. The main portion of the component view area is taken up by the model preview window. This area provides a preview of the model as it is being created, and is automatically updated to continually reflect alterations to the model. If the properties of any of the model sub-components (e.g. lines) are modified, the preview automatically updates to represent the revised model configuration.
The next step in creating a model is to specify a seabed and water depth in the model. This is described in the 'Specification of Seabed and Water Depth' article.