Method and apparatus for importing data into program code

  • US 7,499,839 B2
  • Filed: 09/29/2005
  • Issued: 03/03/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/29/2005
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A computer-readable medium having computer executable instructions for designing a ventilation system that when executed by a processor performs the following steps comprising:

  • obtaining a visual representation of one or more components of the ventilation system;

    assigning one or more property values to each of the components of said ventilation system using a first program code;

    exporting geometrical information representing said visual representation and said property values of each component to a data file using the first program code;

    importing said data file into a second software application; and

    using the second software application for;

    mapping all components of the imported geometrical information to a plurality of standard fittings as a function of;

    (1) standards information including (1A) information specific to each of the plurality of standard fittings and (1B) fabrication information of each of the plurality of specific standard fittings;

    (2) the imported geometrical information; and

    (3) the assigned property values; and

    generating a manufacturing blueprint comprising;

    the standard fittings;

    the fabrication information; and

    a three-dimensional representation of the visual representation,whereby each of the one or more components of the visual representation have been mapped to standard fittings and include fabrication information in the manufacturing blueprint, thus, eliminating a need to redraw every component of an architectural drawing before coordination, fabrication, and installation of the system.

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