Generating Subsequent Stages
The PipeLay Analysis component offers a significant time saving feature in terms of automatic stage generation using the Automate Stages dialog. This dialog appears every time you attempt to add a new stage on the Installation Stages tab, as shown in the figure below, and it allows for parameter changes and criteria defined in an existing installation stage to be replicated consistently over a configurable number of subsequent stages.
Automate Stages Dialog
As may be gathered from the previous paragraph, the Automate Stages dialog is typically only used after the necessary parameter changes and criteria have been manually defined for an appropriate reference stage. In the case of this example, Stage 2 represents this reference point for automatic stage generation and so the Automate Stages dialog is only used during the addition of Stage 3. Clearly Stage 3 itself should be defined on the Installation Stages tab in the same manner as the first two stages. However when the Automate Stages dialog appears after clicking the Add button the following set of inputs is necessary before clicking OK:
1.Set the Number of stages to generate to 13.
2.Tick the Apply Parameter changes from previous stage box.
3.Tick the Apply Criteria from previous stage box.
Note that the 13 newly generated stages plus the 2 previously defined ones will equate to the required 15 stages as shown in the figure below.
Completed Installation Stages List
By ticking the relevant boxes, the parameter changes and criteria for the new installation stages will automatically be made consistent with those of Stage 2 as shown in the two figures below.
Completed Parameters List
Completed Criteria List