List of Tutorials/Walkthroughs

 Quick Start Guide

 In-Depth Guides

 Hanger Configurations (no supplemental steel)

 Supplemental Steel

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Welcome to the Anvil Forgeworx Pro™ configurator guide! This guide is designed to explain in detail all the features and functionality in the Forgeworx Pro configurator.

Introduction to the Configurator

Anvil Forgeworx Pro is built on the Autodesk Engineer to Order (ETO) platform. This powerful technology is designed to do two things:

If you have not already done so, log on to the configurator here. If this is your first time using Forgeworx Pro, the Quick Start guide can be found here.

Configurator Layout

The Forgeworx configurator layout consists of 4 moveable and dockable windows:

  1. Parts Tree View – Lets you navigate through configurable pieces of the support assembly
  2. Main View Window – Displays a 3D rendering of your support assembly
  3. Properties Window – Displays design information that can be edited
  4. Messages Prompt – Displays error messages when a support cannot be configured

  5. The below two important areas remain fixed in the browser window:

  6. Outputs tab – Visible only at the hanger mark number level, this allows you to download a 2D .dwg, and a 3D .stp or .iam file.
  7. Navigation Area – Visible at all times in the top right corner of the browser window. The options here are:

Working with the Tree View and Properties Window
Just as the project browser has a User -> Project -> Pipeline -> Mark # hierarchy, so does each hanger assembly in the configurator. This hierarchy exists to allow the user to place two pipe support assemblies on a single mark. These assemblies can be a hanger/base support and a restraint, or two restraints. Support assemblies will share some inputs, such as pipe size and operating temperature, but supplemental steel will exist as its own "assembly".

The support mark number is where all design inputs necessary to determine configuration types are entered for Assembly 1, Assembly 2, and Supplemental Steel. The Assembly/Supplemental Steel allows the user to change pieces in the assembly; an example would be supplemental steel size or clamp type. The properties level displays all the information about the assembly parts, including figure number, size, weight etc... To demonstrate, do the following:

  1. Create a new hanger in the project browser
  2. Enter the configurator
  3. Expand the tree view at the mark level by clicking the triangle or double clicking on the hanger name
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  5. Select Vertical Hanger from the dropdown list

A hanger assembly is rendered in the main view window. Notice in the tree, "supportassembly" appears.
  1. Expand "supportassembly" and "Anvil Hanger Assembly"
  2. Click on PipeAttachment in the tree view
Notice that in the properties pane, all the information about the pipe attachment can be seen:
The user can also click on each item in the bill of material to find information about those items. It is by design that Forgeworx returns a complete assembly with only the support configuration type entered. Forgeworx supplies default values for all parameters to render a model of the assembly. All default parameters can be changed in the configurator so the correct BOM and models are returned. To continue:
  1. Return to the mark number level in the model tree and select a strut from the restraint configuration. Expand the model tree until you can see the parameters of the "FixedSupport" slide
  2. Go back to the mark number level and re-select vertical hanger
Elevation Behavior

One of the most important parameters in hanger design is the distance between the center of pipe to the structural attachment. Anvil Forgeworx Pro has three elevation parameters: Elevations are input with the following conventions

Forgeworx Pro requires two of the three elevations. When the first elevation is input, the other two are maintained.

  1. Change the attachment elevation to 100
Notice that the assembly does not increase in length but the elevation of the pipe moves to 40. This behavior exists to handle large absolute elevations greater than the maximum assembly length of 39'-0".
  1. Change overall length to 100
Pipe center elevation becomes a driven dimension and is calculated at zero inches. To reset the elevation parameters (or any parameter) to default, right click on the pencil icon next to the text box and select “Set parameter to default”.
  1. Set elevations to default
  2. Change OAL to 144 and pipe elevation to 1000
The hanger assembly will move out of the window. To re-focus in the view window, click on the view dropdown and hit any of the view angles.
Right click and hold on the mouse will pan the view, and left click and hold will rotate the view around the hanger.

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Direction Convention

It is important now to highlight the direction conventions used by Forgeworx. When in the configurator and the front view is selected:

     X+ -> To the right of the pipe
     Y+ -> Above the pipe
     Z+ -> Out of the page

These direction conventions cannot be modified in the current release of Forgeworx.

Working with Steel in Forgeworx Pro™

Forgeworx Pro has options for both existing and supplemental steel configurations: Existing Steel
 Existing steel in Forgeworx is configured separately from the supplemental steel. It is designed to give the user a medium to select the proper structural attachment or supplemental steel configuration, and calculate appropriate rod lengths. Available existing steel configurations fall into four categories:
Beams can be used as existing steel above or below the pipe. When the Existing Beam option is selected, Forgeworx assumes that this is a hanger type support. The top of the steel beam will be placed at the existing steel elevation, and the beam depth will be subtracted from the OAL. Note: Changing the profile shape or size will update the OAL and rod length. If the support configuration type is changed to a base support, the beam will move to below the pipe and the top of steel is now the attachment elevation. The hanger and base type supports that existing beam configurations can be used are:
  • Horizontal Beam Attachment – A beam is run perpendicular to the pipe. No supplemental steel options are available:
  • Single Beam in Crossection – A beam is run parallel to the pipe. Hanger or base support can be attached to the beam or a cantilevered piece of supplemental steel. The beam can be offset to the left or right of the pipe:
  • Double Beam in Crossection – Two beams are run parallel to the pipe on either side. Must be used with a framed in piece of supplemental steel (see tutorial here). Double Beam in crossection has these configuration options:
    • Equal beams equal height –Both beams have the same TOS, size, and shape:
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    • Unequal beams equal height - Both beams have the same TOS, but the size and shape can be configured independent of one another.
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Columns are available for use in Forgeworx as an existing steel configuration. Columns can be used on their own as a connection point for a strut or snubber. When used with a hanger or base type support a supplemental steel cantilever can be used as the structural attachment connection point. Columns can be I-beams or tube shapes. In the current release of Forgeworx, a column will always exist on the right side of the pipe when looking at the front view. To get the column to appear on the left side in a sketch, a mirror command can be used in a drawing editor. Alternatively, looking at the back of the pipe would do the same. For example, if the front view is looking east, annotating the drawing to say the view is looking west would move the column to the other side of the pipe.
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Column from back

Concrete Ceiling/Floor
A concrete ceiling or concrete floor can be used in lieu of a beam. For hanger supports, available structural attachments are Fig. 47 and Fig. 49. For base supports, a post with baseplate and 1" grout by field is standard:
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Anvil does not take design responsibility for sizing of baseplates and/or anchor bolts.
Baseplates will be included in the bill of material when required. Anchor bolts must be added separately.


Concrete Wall
The concrete wall functions the same as the column. Note that for restraints, a bolted rear bracket is not included in the design. Once again, Anvil does not take design responsibility for sizing of baseplates and/or anchor bolts.
Supplemental Steel
 Supplemental steel is available in Forgeworx Pro. It is configured separately from the existing steel, but the available configurations will depend on the existing steel configuration. To illustrate this dependency,
  1. Check the box labeled "Existing Beam"
The default steel configuration is the Horizontal Beam Attachment. There is no supplemental steel associated with this existing steel configuration, so the option to create supplemental steel does not exist. When the existing steel is changed to a configuration that can support supplemental steel, this option will appear under "Existing Structure Types."
  1. Change Existing Steel Configuration to "Single Beam in Cross Section"
  2. Check the box under existing steel labeled "Create Supplemental Steel"
  3. Change Existing Steel Configuration to "Equal Beams Equal Height"
For a Single Beam in Cross Section, a cantilever is the available supplemental steel.
For the Double Beam in Cross Section, a framed in beam is the supplemental steel configuration.
 Each supplemental steel configuration can be further modified by going to the model tree and selecting "Anvil Supplemental Steel". This is where options such as profile size and shape as well as configuration specific options can be modified.

Supplemental Steel Configurations Available with Beams Supplemental Steel Configurations Available with Columns
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Vertical Hanger Vertical Hanger with Brace Base Support Base Support with Brace
See detailed tutorial here (LINK)

Supplemental Steel Configurations Available with Concrete Walls
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Beam Cantilever Braced Beam Cantilever
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Angle Cantilever Braced Angle Cantilever
See detailed tutorial here (LINK)

Supplemental Steel Configurations Available with Concrete Ceiling/Floor
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Ceiling Restraint Floor Restraint Base Support on Post
See detailed tutorial here (LINK)

Support Data

Forgeworx Pro includes a category of parameters labeled "Support Data". They are grouped as common parameters for each type of support. They will be the shared for hangers, base supports, rigid struts, or snubbers. The "Support Data" category will become visible as soon as a hanger or restraint type is selected. Support data can be modified in either the project browser or configurator. It is recommended that these parameters, along with support type and elevations, be supplied in the project browser to avoid loading time after each input. (These parameters are mandatory for the batch process.)

Support data is listed here as follows: Support Options

These parameters are optional and can be modified in the project browser or in the configurator. They are:

Restraint Data

This category is visible only if restraint type ≠ "None". The parameters are:

The structural attachment location parameters are explained in detail here (LINK) For snubbers, the resultant of the support data movements is used for the hot and cold piston settings.

Configuring Support Options

Forgeworx returns a bill of material as each parameter is input based on default configuration settings. For example: The default structural attachment for a hanger assembly to existing or supplemental steel is a Fig. 66P. This default can be changed at the project browser level (see detailed turorial here) or at the support assembly level.

Each support or restraint type has configuration options. These can be found by going to the support assembly level in the model tree:
For more detail on the support configuration options, please see the tutorials here (LINK) or the wiki (LINK). As a quick illustration,

    1. Go to the support assembly level
    2. Change the structural attachment type to a Fig. 55

Supports and Restraints in the Same Mark

A fairly common situation in pipe support design is a location with a hanger and a restraint or two restraints. Forgeworx handles these types of situations by allowing two hanger assemblies at each mark number. When selecting a hanger or base support assembly, a second restraint assembly is allowed at this location. If a single restraint is selected, a second restraint can be selected. Two hanger/base support type assemblies are not allowed:
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Single Hanger Hanger and Restraint XXX
See detailed tutorial here (LINK)

A hanger/base support and a restraint will show support data and restraint data. Two restraints will display two sets of restraint data, as well as support data. To demonstrate,

    1. Under "Restraint Type 1" select strut
    2. Add vertical column
    3. Change "Column Lateral Offset" to 50
The supplemental steel that was created in step 16 will stay in place. When a beam and column are present in the same assembly, it is assumed that the beam is the attachment point for a base/hanger assembly and that the column is the attachment point for a restraint.

Forgeworx Configurator Outputs

Anvil Forgeworx Pro can supply three outputs from the configurator: a 2D .dwg hanger sketch, a native Autodesk Inventor .iam 3D model, and a 3D .stp file. To retrieve the output, the hanger mark level must be selected in the model tree:

To save an output:

    1. Click the .dwg save drawing icon
    2. Click "Save" when the Silverlight save dialogue pops up
    3. Click OK when the File Download Security Warning pops up
    4. The Windows save dialogue pops up. Save the drawing
Drawings are generated on demand from the supplied parameter values. The outputs themselves are not saved to the cloud, only locally to the user’s machine. Also, changing the file name and save location is not allowed until the Windows save dialogue pops up. Any changes or edits made to the outputs locally will not get captured by Forgeworx. For detailed notes on working with outputs, see the tutorial here.

Saving Your Work in the Configurator

In the configurator, Forgeworx Pro saves the input parameters after the following events:

Forgeworx will not save input parameters if you X out of the browser and close the session. To ensure a proper save, return to the project browser and logout.
Hangers can then be retrieved from the project browser.

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Troubleshooting and Error Handling

Click here for the troubleshooting and error handling FAQ


The Forgeworx Documentation page (LINK) can be accessed in the project browser or configurator through use of the help button (PHOTO). You can also live chat with an Anvil EPS representative through use of the Forgeworx Pro chat feature. This feature also enables screen share and "co-browsing" that will allow the Anvil representative to walk you through your trouble spot. (PHOTO)

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