BIM Project Browser panel
The BIM Project Browser panel offers a central location to manage all files and views in your BIM project.
Once a new drawing is saved, you can press Create Project button.
During project creation, some files are automatically generated in the project folder, such as a sheetset file (.dst), a database file (.bsyslib) and a default sheet template (.dwt). A new subfolder for the sheet templates is generated as well. Other files can be added manually to the project folder or can be generated later on.
The BIM Project Browser panel consists of four tabs and a refresh button:
- Refresh project
- Info tab
- Sections and views tab
- Sheets tab
- Files tab
Refreshes the BIM Project Browser panel to match changes in all BIM project (e.g. Xref in the master drawings, sheets, manually added files).
Offers a complete overview about the current project.
- Project Admin
- Shows and sets the:
- Company logo (click the thumbnail to select a PNG file. A copy will be made in the project
folder and will be renamed 'project.png'. This can for example be used in a title block.)Note: The company logo will automatically update in the sheet views of the currently open sheet drawings after saving the open sheet drawings.
- Project logo (click the thumbnail to select a PNG file. A copy will be made in the project folder and will be renamed 'project.png'. This can e.g. be used in a title block.)
- Project Database. Opens the Project Database dialog box that gives a complete overview of the project's drawings and their stored and found database paths. The dialog box enables you to select another project database or to rename the current one. It also supports connecting the listed drawings to the project database.
- Project Sheetset.
- Sheet Template Layout. Opens the Select Layout dialog box where you can select the template drawing file path and a layout from the template file.
- Company logo (click the thumbnail to select a PNG file. A copy will be made in the project folder and will be renamed 'project.png'. This can for example be used in a title block.)
- Project Control
- Sets and shows the Sheetset Properties:
- Project Name
- Project Number
- Project Phase
- Project Milestone
- Sheetset Custom Properties
- Sets and shows the sheetset properties defined by the user (e.g. Client City, Client Name, Client State, Client Street, Project City, Project State, Project Street).
- Default Sheet Custom Properties
- Sets and shows the sheet properties defined by the user ( e.g. Checked By, Drawn By).
- Files Tab Configuration
- Defines the folders and extensions to ignore. It allows you to specify what part of the project you want to see in the Files tab.
- Project Folder Names
- Sets the names of the project folders for components, details, images and schedules.
- Custom properties
- Opens the Custom Properties dialog box where Sheet Set and Sheets custom properties can be added, edited or deleted.
Sections and views tab
Displays a list of project sections organized by type. You can expand a section type to see its sections.
- Select Section Entity: selects the section entity in the project model drawing.Note: This can also be done by double clicking the section entity.
- Rename: renames the section entity.
- Display Section Result: displays the section result in the corresponding sheet and zooms in on its viewport. If not already open, the drawing is opened.
- Create Sheets: opens the Create Sheets dialog box that allows to set the viewports and settings of the new sheet. Note: If a sheet is already created for the selected section, a notification pop-up will appear indicating the name of the sheet. This sheet can be edited it in the panel's Sheets tab.Note: BIM project data is now initialized with an .xml file that can be edited by users.
- Update Now: regenerates the section result.
- Update in Background: updates the section in background.
- For single item selection, specify the insertion point. When placing a 3D view, right click before specifying the insertion point to display a context menu that allows you to select the viewport scale.
- For multiple items selection, specify first the insertion point, then the second point of a rectangle that defines how the items are arranged (how many rows/columns).
Displays the contents of the project's sheetset. You can expand a sheet name to see its sheet views.
- Click on the section name to expand it. The section will display the relevant properties for the selected items in the tab. If not grayed out, you can edit these properties.
- Auto background updating
- Updates the section results automatically, without interrupting the user's workflow. It toggles the ENABLEBIMBKUPDATE system variable.
- Add button
- By pressing the Add button the below options are available:
- New Sheet: opens the New Sheet(s) dialog box which allows you to add a new sheet to the Sheets tab or to the currently selected subset, if any.
- New Subset: adds a new subset to the Sheets tab or to the currently selected subset, if any.
: the sheet view is updated.Note: When you hover over the sheet view, a tooltip appears explaining the status and indicating the time the section was last updated:
: the sheet view is background updated.Note: When you hover over the sheet view, a tooltip explaining the status appears:
When a 3D model is active:Note: (n) shows the order in which background update will operate (is the index of the view in the queue).
When a sheet is active:
: the sheet view is out of date.Note: When you hover over the sheet view, a tooltip explaining the status appears. It also indicates the time the section result block was last updated as well as the time the model was saved. In this way you can check whether the save time of the model is more recent than the update time of the sheet view:when background update is on:
When a 3D model is active:
When a sheet is active:
: the sheet view has an error.Note: When you hover over the sheet view, a tooltip explaining the status appears:
- Open Sheet: opens the sheet drawing. You can also double click the sheet to open it.
- Copy Sheet: makes a copy of the sheet dwg and the sheet entry in the sheetset (under the same subset). All blocks, viewports, named views and sheet views will be copied as well. The naming and numbering of the copied sheet will be handled automatically.
- Edit Sheet: opens the Edit Sheets dialog box that allows you to edit the properties of the selected viewports. Note: There is always an entire sheet opened in the dialog box. If you select a single sheet view, all the viewports of that sheet are listed and when a subset is selected, all sheets in the subset are shown.
- Remove Sheet: removes the sheet.
- Update Now: cancels the queue that is currently running to update sheets and schedules the selected set of sheets as a new queue. The background updating continues once this queue finished updating.
- Update in Background: updates the sheets view in background.
- Display View: displays the corresponding result and zooms in on its viewport.
- Edit Sheet: opens the Edit Sheets dialog box that allows you to edit the properties of the selected viewports.
- Remove View/Result: removes the sheet view and corresponding result (viewport, viewlabel, sheetview, and result block, but only when no other viewport views it)
- Update Now: updates the sheet view.
- Update in Background: updates the sheet view in background.
- Place view label: insert a view label in the current sheet and establish the link between view label and viewport. The new view label replaces the old one if the view label already exists.Note: This action is available only when the current dwg tab is an opened sheet document.
- Remove Subset: removes the subset (only possible when it doesn't contain any sheets/subsets).
- Drawings (models, sheets, ...)
- Schedules, scripts, ...
- Company logos, googlemap images, site photos, etc.
- PNG created by script based on named views;
- Renders created in Bricscad or Enscape, Twinmotion.
A context menu displays when you right-click on a Sheet:
- Mark as master model: makes the drawing a master drawing. This means any sections or 3D views defined in the drawing or any of its Xrefs will be listed in the Sections and views tab.Note: It is allowed to have multiple master drawings.
- Delete: removes the drawing from the files explorer.
A context menu displays when you right-click on a Master model:
- Rename dwg: opens the Choose name dialog box that allows you to rename the Master model. All related are automatically renamed as well.
- Unmark as master model: the selected model is no longer a Master model.
- Delete: deletes the selected Master model
A context menu displays when you right-click on a Schedule:
- Open file: opens the Schedule file on a dxd reader on your computer where you can edit and save the file.
- Rename: opens the Choose name dialog box where you can enter a new name for the file. All linked sections and the sheetset will be updated.Note: You can scan the whole project when renaming schedule, this takes more time because BricsCAD® will scan all sheet files:
- Duplicate: creates a duplicate of the schedule.
- Generate csv: generates an .csv file from the .dxd file. The .csv file is located in the same schedules folder as the original .dxd file.
- Generate xlsx: generates an .xlsx file from the .dxd file. The .xlsx file is located in the same schedules folder as the original .dxd file.
- Delete: removes the schedule.
When you right-click a .csv or .xlsx file a context menu displays:
- Create table: inserts the table in the current sheet using a Datalink.
- Delete: deletes the selected .csv or .xlsx file.Note: when you double click the .csv or .xlsx file the file opens in an application set by the system.
A context menu displays when you right-click on a typed plan file:
- Open folder: opens the folder on your computer where the typed plan is located.
- Rename: opens the Choose name dialog box where you can enter a new name for the file.
- Duplicate: creates a duplicate of the typed plan.
- Delete: removes the typed plan file.Note: If you double click a listed typed plan, the BIM Typed Plan Editor dialog box opens that allows you to edit it.
By pressing the add button the below options are available:
- New DWG
- Opens the Choose name dialog box to add a new DWG drawing to the file.
- Import DWG
- Opens the Select dwg to import dialog box to import an existing DWG into the files.
- New BOM
- Opens the Where should the file be created? dialog box to create a new BOM table template.
- New Schedule
- Opens the Wizard Page dialog box that allows you to create a schedule based on a new or an existing data extraction definition.
- Import Schedules
- Opens the Select Schedules dialog box that allows you to quickly add a BIM schedule, without the creation of a new .dxd file.
- New Typed Plan
- Opens the BIM Typed Plan Editor dialog box that allows you to create a drawing customization.
- Import Typed Plan
- Opens the Select a Typed Plan to import dialog box to import an already defined drawing customization.
- Import script
- Opens the Select Scripts to import dialog box from which can import a Python, Lisp or Grasshopper script.
- Import Templates
- Opens the Select templates to import dialog box from which you can choose a template to import.