ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D

ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D is designed to export a Smart 3D attributes and graphics into a SQLite database, containing one table per task. The resulting records are compressed and internally resolved by code lists.



  • Supported operating systems:

    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, 2012

    • Microsoft Windows 7 or later

  • Intergraph Smart 3D 2009 SP5 or later

Administrator rights are required on each computer to install CAXperts ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D. “Run as” is not supported.


To uninstall the software, select Control panel from the start menu. Then on in large or small icon view, click Programs and features. If you're using category view, under Programs, click Uninstall a program.

Select the program you want to remove, and click Uninstall/Remove. Alternatively, right-click the program and select Uninstall.

Setup command line (for administrators)

The following command line options are supported by the installer:

/S:<<optional ini file>>

Allow an install to be run in silent mode. As a result, no screens or dialogs will be shown.

This command line option also has an optional INI file that can be passed containing session variable values. For example:

"C:\output\setup.exe" "/S:C:\setupvars.ini"

This will cause the session variables in the INI file to be used for the setup. The INI file should be in the format:


%AppFolder%=C:\Program Files\MyProduct

/U:<<XML config file>>

This command line option must be used when calling the uninstall program from the command line. This command also has an optional XML file that can be passed containing session variable values. For example:

"C:\Program Files\MyProduct\uninstall.exe" "/U:C:\Program Files\MyProduct\irunin.xml"


CAXperts software supports two types of licences:

Site licence (local)

Domain based licences are restricted to machines within a 5 miles (8 kilometres) radius at a specific geographic location (building) for which the licence key file was issued for. There is no limitation regarding the number of users or machines.

CAXperts will need your Current domain name to issue a licence file (.lic).

The licence file has to be stored on a local or network location accessible by the machine running the CAXperts product; a licence server is not required.

The location of the licence file should be defined on every machine with the CAXperts product installed, which can be done

  • Either by setting the environment variable
    CAXPERTS_LICENSE_FILE=C:\Program Files (x86)\CAXperts\Licensing\

  • Or by setting the registry key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FLEXlm License Manager\CAXPERTS_LICENSE_FILE=C:\Program Files (x86)\CAXperts\Licensing\

Multiple licence key file locations should be separated by semicolons (“;”).

If the licence key file location is not defined, “C:\Program Files (x86)\CAXperts\Licensing\” is used

The licence key file may be renamed (including the extension). The CAXperts product will check the content of all files in the licence folder(s) for valid keys.

Changes to the key path (in the environment variable or registry key) are read during the next start of the CAXperts product.

Floating (server) licence

Floating licences require a FlexNET server (lmadmin or lmgrd) accessible by the machine running the CAXperts product. The licence key file is typically located on the FlexNET server machine. The licence key file defines the maximum number of seats which can be used at the same time.

Every running instance of the CAXperts software product will require one seat, no matter if the application is running multiple times on the same or different machine(s).

New instances can only be started as long as seats are available and the FlexNET server is accessible.

The location of the licence server must be defined on every machine with the CAXperts product installed, which can be done

  • Either by setting the environment variable

  • Or by setting the registry key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FLEXlm License Manager\CAXPERTS_LICENSE_FILE=@YourServerName

Every computer name must be preceded by the @ symbol. Multiple licence server locations should be separated by semicolons (“;”).

YourServerName is the Windows computer name of the machine running lmadmin (FlexNET server). If lmadmin is running on a non-default port, the port number should be defined like this: port@ YourServerName.

Changes to the server path (in the environment variable or registry key) are read during the next start of the CAXperts product.

Borrowed licences

Licence seats can be borrowed for a period of time from the server and saved to the local machine. Once the seat has been borrowed the CAXperts application can be used without any connection to the FlexNET server.

To borrow a licence seat press the Borrow seat button, define the loan period (up to 7 days) and press OK. When the borrowed seat expires it gets automatically returned back to the FlexNET server.

The seat can be returned earlier by pressing the Return borrowed seat button.

Without a valid licence file the software will run in demo mode.

ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D

The ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D is used to extract attributes and graphics from Smart 3D. The extraction of all data can be done without any knowledge of SP3D specific Report Creation. The philosophy is to use the

Smart 3D Workspace Filters for creation of discipline specific reports.

ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D requires Smart 3D and a Smart 3D (S3D) licence seat on a Smart Licence Server.

Setting up ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D

Select plant

Start ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D and select your Model Plant from the Plant Combo Box:

Only plants of the current site are displayed.

Select filter

To select a filter, click on the Filter Combo Box and select More filters….

A window will open where all filters are listed, please select filter and click OK.

Select output

Browse with the Browse… button to select a location to create a Microsoft Access (.*mdb) or SQLite Database (*.db) in which the results will be shown.

All the settings are stored automatically in the configuration file which is found under Tools → Settings.

Configure attributes

ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D contains a predefined set of attributes which are reported by default. Additionally customers can define and configure own attributes. No database specific or programming knowledge is required for customization of reportable Smart 3D attributes. A table is a combination of attribute sets, columns with identical names will be vertically aligned.

Add new table

To add a new table, right click in right panel and click New table

Attribute set

Each table consists of one or more attribute sets. Each attribute set holds the data for a specific top node. The result of one or more attribute sets is grouped together in the table they belong to in the output database.

Add new attribute set

To add a new table, right click on a table and click New attribute set

Add new attribute

Drag and drop an attribute to the table on the right side. The attribute will then appear under the Attribute set.

Edit attribute set properties

To set the properties of a table, right click on the attribute set and select Properties.

The type selected here defines the main item used for reporting, e.g. pipe component → run: pipe component selected → only runs that belong to the component are listed; run selected → also empty runs get listed.

Press OK to finish the configuration.

The changes will be applied on the next extraction.

Smart 3D labels can be used similar to the direct object attributes.

Extended attribute settings

Click with the right mouse button on a code listed attribute to open extended attribute configuration form:


Code listed attributes can be extracted as:

  • Numeric values

  • Values decoded by short description

  • Values decoded by long description (default)

For Values with Units, the Units can be chosen:

The changes will be applied on the next extraction.

By default all attributes have common units configuration as defined in Menu->Unit settings. Here you can select custom unit for a specific attribute.


Select Find… from the Edit menu to search for the available attributes:

Enter the search text in Find what and define the task name in Look in to search for the attribute in the given task:

Geometry extraction

ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D allows extraction of geometry from Smart 3D, which is used by CAXperts UniversalPlantViewer and CAXperts S3D2PDS software.

Tick on Extract Geometry option and select existing 3D DGN drawing.


  1. Bentley MicroStation J (V7) has to be installed on the Workstation.

  2. Empty 3D DGN drawing has to be created through the Smart 3D Drawing Console, e.g. like this:

    This 3D DGN Drawing is by ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D for the geometry extraction. The user needs the permission to update this drawing.

  3. Permission to create new filter in the folder (“Plant filters\3D ReportAdapter” by default).

  4. Write permissions on Shared Content (Drawings\Catalog\Rules) to able create new View/Style rules.

Technical Hint regarding MicroStation limitation:

The extraction of geometry using ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D is based on Intergraph Smart 3D export to 3D DGN file and has the same limitations: only graphical model data in a range of -26843 m to 26843 m in XYZ direction (for M/MM dgn-seed-file) and from -88069 ' to 88069 ' in XYZ direction (for '/" dgn-seed.file) are exported into MicroStation-files. Model data out of this range are not exported.


To start extraction of attributes and geometry if enabled click on Extract.

Additional SQL statements

Create additional SQL statements

SQL statements to extend standard output tables with user defined attributes or to perform some other tasks (like creating additional tables, queries) can be defined using Tools → Additional SQL statements. They will be executed automatically after the extraction process has been completed.

The additional SQL statements can be typed in the Additional SQL statements to be processed after extraction field. They have to look like the following examples

SQL1=ALTER TABLE Equipment ADD COLUMN [MyAttribute] VARCHAR(255)

SQL2=UPDATE [Equipment] SET [MyAttribute] = 'Test'

Tables that can be used in the queries are those that will be created during extraction. Additional tables (if needed) have to be copied before extraction to the Template.mdb database which can be found in the application folder.

Use query builder

The included query builder can assist to create the SQL statements. Create a new statement with the Add button and add one of the Available SQL query templates to it. Add query or double-click on a list item will add the query at the cursor position or replace the selected text.

The Available SQL query templates look like:


When the template is used, the %TABLE1% and %COLUMN1% fields will be filled with the table name and column name selected in the %TABLE1% and %COLUMN1% fields.

The %TABLE1% and %COLUMN1% fields are filled from the Access database defined for extraction output, which also includes the tables from Template.mdb. This means, the fields are only filled after the extraction was performed once.

With the Show hidden tables field checked, all tables of the database can be selected to build the query. If it is not checked, only tables that will be displayed in UniversalReporter are available and tables created for internal use are hidden.

Create new SQL query template

User defined SQL query templates can be created. To add a new template, click the Add button and enter the template name.

Fill in the text of SQL statement and the Placeholders for Tables and columns to be used by query textboxes by using the %TABLE"1% and %COLUMN1% buttons.

User defined templates can be deleted or modified using the Remove or Edit buttons.

The SQL text boxes support syntax highlighting.

Depending on output database format: Microsoft Access (*.mdb) or SQLite (*.db) SQL syntax may be different.


All program settings (selected tasks and filters, attributes, units of measure …) are stored automatically for each plant in the configuration file located by default in the user profile folder. The location of the configuration file can be changed by using menu Tools → Settings.


Add manual extract info: if enabled shows following dialog before extraction where the user can provide additional information evaluated by CAXperts UniversalReporter.

Clean-up style rules and filter before extraction (don’t use for parallel extractions): if geometry extraction is enabled this option removes all temporary style-rules and filters might left from last run of the software. In normal case You must not use this option when you run more the one extraction of ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D on your project at the same time.

Extract interferences: if geometry extraction is enabled this option extracts interference bubbles (graphic) with their attributes.

Custom coordinate system: to report coordinates using custom coordinate system (CS) instead of a global one (by default) click “more” and select CS to use.

Custom coordinate system is applied only for attributes extraction (reporting) and has no effect for extracted geometry.

Force Exit extraction job: additional possibility to ensure an extraction job to be finished by 3D ReportAdapter. This might be helpful especially for more extraction jobs scheduled in a row. This option is also available as a command line parameter. Force Exit extraction job - use 'lite' disconnect from S3D. Use this option only if you have problem with standard exit from 3D ReportAdapter.

Surface style rules

The colour is set in a standard S3D Surface Rule Style that is preconfigured from S3D Surface Rule Style settings. You can define here for the different aspects of the particular object type the MicroStation levels.

Select the rules to apply from the list of available Surface Rule Style on left hand side and press Add button.

The rules are executed top->bottom. If no Style rules defined standard colours and MicroStation levels are used.


Defines Isometric and Composed drawings to extract. To exclude drawings with a specific approval status, uncheck corresponding Approval Status in list.

Only drawings checked in tree with selected approval status will be extracted

Piping Catalogue

Defines piping specifications to extract.

Check objects in filter

3D ReportAdapter can check if extracted object is included in selected filters.

If at least one filter is selected, the software creates in resulting database ObjectsInFilter table with two columns Object OID and Filter Name. This functionality is useful to report for example volumes which includes the object.

Load settings from file

To import the settings into the plant configuration file use menu File → Load settings from file.

The location of the plant configuration file is not affected, only the content of the file will be overwritten

Save settings to file

To export the settings from the plant configuration file use menu File → Save settings to file.

The location of the plant configuration file is not affected

Command line mode

The ReportAdapter for Smart® 3D can be used from the command line to automate the export of a Smart 3D data.

To then open the ReportAdapter batch mode help type in the installation path of ReportAdapter followed by “\3D ReportAdapter.exe” /?

C:\ “C:\Program Files\CAXperts\3D ReportAdapter\3D ReportAdapter.exe” /?

"3D ReportAdapter.exe" [-plant:ExamplePlant] [-config:c:\config_file.ini]

[-filter:My Filters\Filter1] [-output:output_file.mdb] [-cleanrules]

[-drawing:Plant\New 3D DGN Drawings\Drawing-0001] [-extractgeometry]
[-permissiongroup: Admin] [-forceattributes] [-forcegeometry] [-forceexit:1]

-plant plant_name Smart 3D plant to process
-config config_file.ini Config file which contains the settings for the extraction. If a configuration file is not defined, the last configuration will be used
-filter filter_name Filter name from S3D Plant. Can be a Plant Filter or from My Filters. If a filter is not defined, the last configuration will be used
-output output_file.mdb Output database. If Output database is not defined, the last configuration will be used
-cleanrules Clean leftover temporary S3D3PDS-specific rules. This is an optional setting.
-drawing Path to the 3D DGN-Drawing from S3D Drawing console
-extractgeometry If this switch is set, S3D2PDS generates a PD_XPDA Backup file.
-permissiongroup Permission-Group used for extraction
-forceattributes If not defined only changed attributes will be extracted
-forcegeometry If not defined only changed geometry will be extracted
-forceexit Force Exit extraction job - use 'lite' disconnect from S3D. Use this option only if you have problem with standard exit from 3D ReportAdapter)
-log If not defined, log file is placed in local Temp-directory