Overview: In this lesson, you learn how to use the Project Info dialog box to set up your project and library database of your BIM models.
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
- Specify your project and library databases.
- Understand the difference between embedded and external databases.
- Use the BIM database file to set the library database.
- Filter the attached tags of the building materials and compositions on the database.
The BIM Project Info allows you to control the location, properties, and content of the Project and Library databases. When you launch the BIMPROJECTINFO command in BricsCAD, the BIM project info displays in a dialog box that includes certain components and tabs. Project and library databases of BIM models can be changed using this dialog box.
Procedure: Setting the project database
- Open the BIM Project Info dialog box by typing BimProjectInfo in the command line.
The following illustration shows the dialog box when the Project DB tab is current.
|Project database (1)||Shows the BIM project info.|
|Project database drop-down list (2)||Choose between Embedded or External.|
|Embedded (3)||Saves the project library in the drawing file.|
|External (4)||Saves the project library in a BIM database file (.bsyslib).|
|Properties (5)||Shows the properties of the BIM project e.g. region, language, and units.|
|Statistics (6)||Shows the location, properties, and the content of the current project library of the BIM model.|
|Custom properties (7)||Adds custom properties to materials and compositions.|
|Import (8)||Imports the selected .xml library files.|
|Export (9)||Saves .xml library files in the defined location.|
- To change the project database from Embedded to External or vice versa, select the desired option in the Project Database drop-down list.
Note: The external database keeps the database independent from the current drawing. This is especially useful if you want to share the library between multiple drawings.
- To specify the Project Database properties, such as Region and Language, fill out the Region field and choose one of the language options in the drop-down list.
- Optionally, use the custom properties button to add material and composition custom properties in the Project Database.
- Press OK button to accept it.
Procedure: Setting the library database
- Click the Library DB tab page in the BIM Project Info dialog box. The following illustration shows the Library Database section in the dialog box.
- To select a BIM database file (.bsyslib), click the Browse (10) button of the Path field, then choose a database file in the file dialog.
- Optionally, check the Set as default (11) option to set the selected database as default library database for next projects.
Note: You can edit the default library settings (12, 13) in the Settings dialog under Program options/ System.
The project filter
Each of the tags can be used as a filter on the database. There is a button at the top of each list (), to switch the filter on or off. If the filter is on, only Compositions and Building Materials that match at least one of the filter tags will be listed.
The Filter button () has three states:
If the project filter is empty, the button is not active (BIM Compositions panel) or is not available (Materials and Compositionseditors).
The project filter is defined, but not active.
The project filter is defined and active.
A tooltip shows the current project filter.
To set the project filter
Select the Filter tab page on the BIM Project Info dialog box.
Check the tags you want to use in the filter.