Finding Item and Part SIDs 

Each Item Type has an SystemWeaver Type ID called a SID. They are vital when designing reports and other configurable views. There are two main views you can use to find SIDs in swExplorer: 

  • Item Type
  • Parts


Item Type View

In the View drop-down, select Item Type. The view for the selected item will display. 


The Item Type view shows metadata information about the item selected (highlighted in blue) in the structure tree. This information may include data such as:

  • Other items that refer to the selected item as well as through what part types (A)
  • The inheritance structure for the selected item (B)
  • Items that the selected item refers to (C)


The SID is displayed at the top-right of each node. The SID for the item selected in the above example is BIAC.


Parts View

The Parts view shows the actual parts and part types used by the selected item unlike the structure tree’s simplified view. 

In the View drop-down, select Parts



To view SIDs for parts, right-click on one of the displayed column headers, e.g., Part Name, and select Expert>Add field column. 



The Add Field Column dialog will display. Enter 'SID' and click OK


A SID column will appear and display the part type SID. 


Note: Columns can be rearranged in the display by dragging and dropping.



Tip: Select an item in the structure tree and press Alt+Shift for a quick view of the item's SID. The SID for New Architecture in the screenshot below is 3PTA.


Finding Attribute SIDs

An attribute is a value that helps to identify an item. Finding a SID for an attribute in the client is easily done in the Overview view, by pressing ALT and clicking on the attribute type name. A pop-up will display information about the attribute type including the SID within parenthesis. The SID for the Verification Method attribute in the screenshot below is ABVM.