Open Project

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The page is for SysCAD 9.3 Build 137 or later.


Open Project

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Command Path Project - Open Project OR Project - Open
Short Cut Key Ctrl+O (this shortcut will only work when no projects are currently open. If a project is open this then shortcut will activate the Open Window (File) command.)

This allows you to open an existing project. This option is not available when SysCAD is solving or running.

Find the required project.spf folder, click on the Project.spj file and press Open.

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If a project is currently opened:

The user will be able to save and close the current project before the selected project is opened.

Problem 1: Configuration File is Missing

If the user opens a project and SysCAD cannot find the Configuration (cfg) file in the same location as when the project was saved, the user is prompted with the Configuration (.Cfg) file Missing dialog box with some choices to associate the project with the correct Configuration file and associated species database.

  • This dialog provides convenient choices for the most common options of "repairing" the project by associating it with the correct Configuration file.
  • We will list some common situations that will cause this dialog box to appear, and suggest the best choice of action. For all cases, user can always select Browse for Alternate Cfg & Open button to open the project. This will be identical to Open (Alternate Configuration) command.


CASE 1: Missing CfgFiles folder :

  • REASON: This is most likely to occur when receiving a project from another user without the separate Cfgfiles folder being attached.
  • SOLUTION: Unzip the back up CfgFiles folder from the project.
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Button Small 1.png Gives information of the missing configuration file. This is the location of the configuration file (and species database) when the project was saved.

Button Small 2.png Click on Unzip Cfg Backup only & Open button to unzip the configuration file and database from the 'Backup.CfgFiles.2.zip' to the CfgFiles folder adjacent to the project, and open the project using the unzipped files.

CASE 2: Missing Configuration File Only :

  • REASON: It is likely the configuration file name has been changed.
  • SOLUTION: Select the new configuration file from the list.
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Button Small 3.png Select a different configuration file from the CfgFiles folder adjacent to the project, then click on the Open with Selected Configuration button to open the project.

CASE 3: Missing CfgFiles folder, and the saved project did NOT use the 'Standard' location, i.e. adjacent to the project, for the Configuration file.

  • REASON: As per Case 1 or Case 2.
  • SOLUTION: Unzip the back up CfgFiles folder from the project; OR select the new configuration file from the list.
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Button Small 4.png When the saved "SysCAD Project Folder" and "CfgFiles Folder" are not located in the same project group, two extra option will appear in the dialog box, shown by 5 and 6.
(In this example, the project is on E: Drive, but the Configuration files are on the C: drive)

Button Small 5.png Click on Unzip Cfg Backup only & Open button to Unzip the Configuration file from the 'Backup.CfgFiles.2.zip' to a CfgFiles folder using the same path as used when the project was saved.

Button Small 6.png Select a different configuration file from the CfgFiles folder with the same path as used when the project was saved. Then click on the Open with Selected Configuration button to open the project.

Notes:

  1. The options that are visible and/or enable will depending on the Configuration File path used when the project was saved.
  2. When the user saves a project, SysCAD will always make a backup of the Configuration File and the Species Database and save them in a zip file in the project. This makes a project folder completely
  3. Button Small 2.png (and if relevant Button Small 5.png) allows the user to unzip the backup files and then open the project. These options can be disabled if there are existing files with same name (a backup zip file will not overwrite existing files - if you need to do this, you can do this manually).
  4. If none of these "short cuts" to select the Configuration file for a project are suitable, then Cancel from this dialog, manually locate/unzip/copy the configuration files and re-open the project with the Open (Alternate Configuration) menu command.

Problem 2: Project Solve Mode Mismatch

The solve mode selection has changed in SysCAD 9.3 Build 137 in that only ONE solve mode can be selected per configuration file. This means any dynamic projects will need to be loaded with Dynamic Solve mode configuration file. (In earlier versions of SysCAD, user can select both solve modes in the configuration file, this is no longer valid).

So to open Any Dynamic Project, user must first edit the configuration file to make sure it is using the Dynamic solve mode. If this has not been completed prior to opening of the project, a Project Solve Mode Mismatch dialog box will appear:

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  • Cfg Solve Mode: This will display the solve mode selected in the configuration file
  • Project solve mode: This displays the actual solve mode in the project.
    The above two option must match
  • Change Project SolveMode to: xxxxx button: User can elect to change the project solve mode to match the configuration file.
  • Open Project with Alternate Cfg button: If user has defined a dynamic configuration file to be used for this project, then use this button to browse for the new configuration file. This is the same as Open (Alternate Configuration)
  • Edit Cfg File button: This will open the Edit Configurations dialog box, where user can edit or create a copy of configuration file to contain the appropriate solve mode. After user has finished editing the configuration file, reopen the project using Project - Open Project or Project - Open Alternate Configuration.
  • Abort Load: cancels open project

Open (Alternate Configuration)

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Command Path Project - Open (Alternate Configuration)

Functionality

This function allows the user:

  1. To browse for the configuration file if it has been saved in a different location to the one used the last time that the project was saved.
    • This is often the case when a user sends a SysCAD project to another user, or saves it to a different location / computer. The location of the configuration file in relation to the project may then be different to when it was last saved.
  2. To choose a different project configuration to load the project.
    • You can do this to re-use a flowsheet with completely different species set; for example you could change a Nickel project to a Zinc project.
    • By changing the project configuration like this, you are essentially creating a new project. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you do a Save Project As once you have opened the project with the alternate configuration file.
    • If species that are used in any models are missing in the new configuration file, model data that is associated with the missing species will not be loaded.
  3. To change the solve mode - Steady State projects and Dynamic Projects require different configuration file. (This change is implemented in SysCAD 9.3 Build 137)

Using this Command

  1. Click on Project - Open(Alternate Configuration);
  2. From the Open Project dialog box, choose the required project;
  3. From the Open Project with Alternate Configuration.. dialog box:
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    • Select the solve mode: Steady State or Dynamic, this will bring up the available configuration file for that solve mode.
    • select the required configuration file from the list.
      • If the required file exists but is not present, click the 'Browse' button to find the required configuration file.
      • If the required file does not exist, then Cancel this command, then use Edit - Project Configuration to create the required configuration file first.
  4. Click on Open Project and the project will open with the highlighted configuration file.

Notes:

  1. Once you have opened and saved a project with an alternate configuration file, it will then always use that configuration file and you can then open the project as normal.
  2. This option is not available when SysCAD is solving or running.

Open Window (File)

Available in Builds 137 and 138.

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Command Path Window - Open Window (File)
Short Cut Key Ctrl+O

If a project is already opened, this command allows you to open any closed Graphics Window or Trend Window.

Notes:

  1. This command is only available if a SysCAD project is open.
  2. This option is not available when SysCAD is solving or running.

Open Document

Available in Build 139 or later.

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Command Path Window - Open Document
Short Cut Key Ctrl+O

If a project is already opened, this command allows you to open any closed Graphics Window or Trend Window.

Notes:

  1. This command is only available if a SysCAD project is open.
  2. This option is not available when SysCAD is solving or running.