Building Models and Elements Activity Center
This activity center enables you to register and track Building Information Management (BIM) models and elements for the current project. The top section lists the building models and elements that have been logged to the current project, and the bottom section contains tabs for a description of the models, email messages linked to the models, related items, supporting documents, and a history of changes.
● Register a Model
Click to open the Register a Building Model dialog box to register a building model.
● Create an Element
Click to open the Create a Building Element dialog box to add a new building element.
● Edit in Spreadsheet
Click to open the Save Spreadsheet dialog box to export the items to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that you can then edit and re-import. The spreadsheet opens automatically and prompts you to re-import when you are done editing it.
1 If you don't have Microsoft Excel installed, the spreadsheet will not open.
● Utilities > Import Spreadsheet
Click to open the Select Spreadsheet dialog box to select a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet containing building model and element data that you can import. The imported items are placed in the appropriate log based on the type imported.
● Utilities > Export Spreadsheet
Click to open the Save Spreadsheet dialog box to select the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to export the project's building models and elements to.
● Utilities > Edit Extended Properties
Click to open the Edit Building Element Extended Properties dialog box to edit synchronization settings and create and edit the extended properties of Project Center building elements.
● Create a Report
Click to open the Create a Report dialog box to select the type of BIM report to create.
1 You can customize which columns appear in reports simply by selecting which columns to show and hide in the activity center. Simply right-click on column headers to add or remove columns. A checkmark indicates the column will appear in the activity center and the report.
Selected Building Model
Click to open the Modify Building Model dialog box to modify the information about the selected building model.
● Related Items >
See the Related Items Tasks topic for information.
● Open with Autodesk Revit
Click to open the Open Revit Project File dialog box to select which file to open in Revit.
1 This task will only appear if you have Autodesk Revit installed.
Click to delete the selected building model.
Selected Building Element
Click to open the Modify Building Element dialog box to modify the information about the selected building element.
Click to delete the selected building element.
See File Tasks panel.
See Email Tasks panel.
Building Models and Elements
Category drop-down list
Filter All Columns
You can filter by any text that appears in any of the Items columns in this section. For example, if you know the name (or part of the name) of the building model that you are searching for (or the company, discipline, etc.), enter at least part of the text in this field. The Items list updates automatically as you type. For example, if the building model you are searching for has the number 30 somewhere in one of the columns, enter 30 in this field. The list will be narrowed down to only building models that have the number 30 somewhere in one of the columns.
Click to toggle between showing and hiding the column filter fields.
Click to clear all filters.
All columns for both models and elements are listed here. Right-click on any column header to list or de-list columns. Click the icons for more filtering options.
The element's category.
The element's number.
The name of the building model or element.
The building model the element is related to.
The company who created the building model or element.
The author of the building model or element.
The project team members involved with the building model or element.
If the building model or element has any related items, the icons appear here.
Related Project Items
This column is a text version of the icons in the Related Items column. The text will appear in reports.
Any keywordsIn Project Center, keywords are words you can add to items to use for filtering. When you add keywords, they appear in the Keywords column of the corresponding Project Center activity centers. You can then filter the list of items using the keywords to quickly find the items you are looking for. applied to the building model or element.
This tab displays the text from the selected building model's or element's Description tab (from the Modify Building Information Model dialog box or the Modify Building Element dialog box).
Email Log tab
This tab lists all email messages associated with the selected building model/element. Users can drag and drop email messages from Microsoft Outlook and Windows Explorer into this log.
Double-click an email message to open it in Microsoft Outlook or the Project Center Email Viewer. From there, you can reply to or forward the message.
1 The number in parentheses indicates the number of email messages linked to the building model.
Supporting Documents tab
Use this tab to attach files to the selected building model/element, and to view attached files. For example, if you define a building model/element based on a drawing, you can use this tab to attach the drawing file to the building model/element.
1 The number in parentheses indicates the number of files that are attached to the building model.
1 You can copy and paste and drag and drop files from Windows Explorer into this tab.
A preview of the selected file appears here.
Related Items tab
This tab lists all related Project Center items for the file.
Related Items tab
This tab lists all related Project Center items for the selected building model/element.
Create Related > Action Item
Create Related > Transfer > Via Email
Create Related > Transfer > Via Info Exchange
Click to open the Transfer Files to a Newforma Info Exchange Server dialog box to transfer project files via your Newforma Info Exchange Server and link the transfer to the current building model/element.
Create Related > Transmittal > Via Email
Click to open the Send Files and Create an Outgoing Transmittal dialog box to send project files via email, file an outgoing transmittal for a file transfer, and link the transfer to the current building model/element.
Create Related > Transmittal > Via Info Exchange
Click to open the Transfer Files and Create an Outgoing Transmittal dialog box to transfer project files via your Newforma Info Exchange Server, create a new outgoing transmittal for the file transfer, and link the transfer to the current building model/element.
Create Related > Contract Management> Contract Management Item
Click to open the Create Contract Management Item dialog box for the type of contract management item you selected to create a new CM item and link it to the current building model/element.
Relate to >
Click to select an existing project item and establish a relationship between it and the currently selected building model/element. This gives you the ability to link two items that are related together. (For example, an action item that is related to a building model/element.) Select Another Project Item to open the Select Project Item dialog box to locate an item that is not in the list. When you create a relationship between two items, each item's icon is added to the other item's Related Items column and tab.
Click to unlink and remove the selected project item from the Related Items tab.
1 Removing a related item from the Related Items tab does not remove it from the database.
The Relation Type column has two icons to indicate the relationship type:
● The icon indicates that the relationship was created by a user and can be deleted (such as an action item related to a model/element).
● The icon indicates that the relationship was created by Project Center and cannot be deleted (such as a transmittal or record copy related to a model/element).
Change Log tab
This tab lists the dates and project team members who created and modified the building model/element.
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