GES Macro

The GES macro displays a GES Browser that lets you manage sets in the model.

Because general entity selection is mapped as a set of sets in the PAM-CRASH 2G interface, the need to manage the sets becomes more crucial for the effective and efficient handling of the model.
Functionalities included in the GES Browser
  • Creating a set, group or GES
  • Renaming sets
  • Modifying sets (drag and drop facility is available)
  • Reviewing sets
  • Deleting sets
  • Adding/deleting entities to sets
  • Adding/removing keywords to/from GES (set of set)
  • Adding ranges/comments to the sets
  • Resolving ranges
  • Reviewing as PAM-CRASH 2G card
  • Changing the keyword (for example, ELE to DELELE)
  • Filter the entities to be displayed in the browser. For example, you can only select sets of sets or component sets for viewing.
  • Filtering by ID and name is also possible. For example, if you enter 1-100; 200; 300-400 in the Ids field, it will display all GES/Sets (including child items) with IDs 1 to100, 200 and 300 to 400. Similarly in the Name field, you can enter a keyword such as face and the browser displays all items (including child items) whose name contains face.
  • Selecting by name
  • Finding and deleting empty GES
  • Finding unused GES
  • Resolving unresolved groups - This function is useful in case of assembling model from different files. It may happen that the group referenced in first file is defined in second file. In this case when first file is loaded, the group is imported as an unresolved group. When the second file is also loaded, this utility can be used to resolve the unresolved group references.
  • Creating/modifying interfaces
  • Reviewing interfaces as contact surfaces
  • Creating/modifying rigid walls
  • Creating/modifying section forces
  • Creating/modifying loadcols
  • Direct access to the card editor for interfaces, loadcols and components
The following parameters are available via the DELNOD card:
  • ELE
  • GRP
  • PART
  • NOD
  • SEG
  • EDG
  • ELE > NOD
  • PART > NOD
  • GRP > NOD

When you add a set to the GES using drag and drop functionality of the browser, a new set is created with the exact copy of the contents of the original set, therefore, the changes made to this new set are local in effect but in case of adding a group to the GES, only a reference is made to the existing GROUP definition. You can modify the GROUP by using the references also but there exist only one copy of the group in the model. Therefore while modifying one of the references, you should always keep in mind that this change will also affect all the other references to this group and the group itself is modified. In case the group does not exist in the model, it is created. If you do not want to create the group, instead use the functionality Unresolved Groups > Edit and add the group there. This will be exported correctly.

You can also create a config file, which saves all information about various GES Browser options, such as DisplayComments (Yes/No), DisplayRanges (Yes/No) and confirmChanges (Yes/No). Later on, this config file can be used to restore these settings. By default, a config file (gesbrowser.cfg) is saved in the working directory for each session of the GES Browser and settings from this file are applied every time the browser is built. These functionalities can be invoked from the buttons LoadCFG/SaveCFG.