Manage BIM Objects

Document created by Raghavendra Jayamangal on Apr 21, 2017Last modified by Jose Gonzalez on Apr 27, 2017
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Managing BIM Objects

You can attach/detach files and URLs to BIM objects of a model in the 3D Viewer. Also, you can download the attachment(s) associated with the object(s) in the model.

 

How to attach file(s) or a URL to BIM object(s)

You can use the Add Attachments tool in the 3D Viewer toolbar to associate file(s) with a BIM object in a model.

 

Using this tool, you can:

  • Attach a file from your computer to an object in the model
  • Attach an existing file in Trimble Connect.
  • Add an attachment such as a URL.

 

Attach file(s) to BIM Object(s)

To attach files to a BIM object in a model, follow the steps below:

  1. Open a model in the 3D Viewer. By default, the Add Attachments button is inactive.
  2. From the model displayed in the 3D Viewer, select the object(s) to which files need to be attached. You can either select a single object or multiple objects in a model by using Shift key. 
  3. On selecting an object(s) in model, the Add Attachments button will become active.

 

TIP: To attach files to multiple objects, press and hold Shift key and then select all objects in the model.

 

 

 

Attach file(s) from a computer to BIM Object(s)

The following steps illustrate how to attach a file from your computer to a BIM object(s) of a model in the 3D Viewer.

    1. After selecting the objects from the model, click the Add Attachments button in 3D Viewer toolbar. A popup window will open.
    2. In the popup window, choose the From Computer tab. The Add Attachments from Computer page will open. 
    3. Choose the Browse button. The Open window will appear.
    4. In this window, navigate to the folder location that contains the files that need to be attached.
    5. Select single or multiple files, and then click the Open button. After the files are attached to objects, the message Link associated successfully appears on the 3D Viewer.

 

Attach file(s) from Trimble Connect Web to BIM Object(s)

The following steps illustrate how to attach a file from your Trimble Connect Web to BIM objects of a model in 3D Viewer.

    1. After selecting the objects from the model, click the Add Attachments button in 3D Viewer toolbar. A popup window will open.
    2. In the window, click and open the Browse Connect tab if its not open by default. The Trimble Connect page will open. 
    3. In Trimble Connect page, you can:
      • Click the Upload here button and upload the files to Trimble Connect Web. while linking them to the object.
      • Select the check box(es) for the file(s) that need to be attached to the BIM objects. The OK button will become active.
      • Click the OK button. After the files are attached to objects, the message Link associated successfully appears on the 3D Viewer.

 

Attach a URL to a BIM Object(s)

The following steps illustrate how to attach a URL to a BIM object of a model in 3D Viewer.

    1. After selecting the objects from the model, click the Add Attachments button in 3D Viewer toolbar. A popup window will open.
    2. In the window, choose the Link tab. The Add Attachments from Link page will open. 
    3. In this page, type a name for the link in the Name text box and the link address in the Link text box. Note that, only links starting with https or https are allowed for object linkage.
    4. Click OK to add attachment. After the files are attached to objects, the message Link associated successfully appears on the 3D Viewer.

 

 

View file(s) attached to BIM Object(s)

You can display the files that are attached to single or multiple objects. 

To display the files that are attached to object(s), there are two options:

  • Display the attachments by selecting the BIM object 
    To display attachments of object(s) in model, select the object(s) from the 3D Model and then click the  tab in the right side panel. The list of links and files attached to the selected object(s) are displayed. 

 

 

  • Displaying the objects by selecting the attachments
    To display objects that associated with an attachment:
    1. Click and open the Attachments tab from the left panel of the 3D Viewer. The Attachments search panel will open.
    2. In this panel, select Documents or Links option from the All drop-down list.
    3. Alternatively, you can search the key words of attachments.
    4. From the search result, select the check box for the attachment label. The object(s) associated with selected attachment are highlighted in the model. 

 

 

Detach file(s) from object(s)

You can detach the file(s) from the object(s) in a model.  

To remove the association between the attachments and objects:

  1. Select the object from the 3D Model. The attachments associated with the selected objects are listed in the right-side-panel.
  2. Click the  tab to display the list of attachments associated with the selected object(s).
  3. Click the 3-dot button next to the attachment. A menu is displayed.
  4. In the menu:
    • Choose the Remove option to detach and remove the file from the selected object(s).
    • Choose the Download option to download the attachment.

 

 

Managing model attachments

You can also manage the attachments associated to BIM objects using the Model attachments tab of the 3D Viewer.

Filter Attachments

By default, the All filter is applied. Therefore, all attachments associated with the displayed model are listed in the Model attachments list box.

  • To display the attachments that are only documents or URL links, choose the  Documents or Links option from the drop-down list.

 

Search Attachments

In addition to applying a filter, you can also search keywords from attachments.

  • To search for specific words, type the word in the Search in all attachments text box and press Enter.

Downloading Attachments

You can download a single document associated with a unique object, or  multiple documents associated with multiple BIM objects of a model. 

 

Downloading a Single Attachment

To download a single attachment, follow the steps:

  1. Open the model in 3D Viewer.
  2. Click the Model attachments tab. All attachments associated with BIM objects in model are listed in the Model attachments panel.
  3. Click on the  button, and then choose the Download option from the menu.
  4.  Save the file.

 

Downloading a Single Attachment

To download multiple documents, follow the steps:

  1. Select the check boxes for all the required attachments from the Model attachments list box.
  2. Click the  button and choose the Download selected option. The Save As window will open with a zip file.
  3. Save the file.

 

Link attachments to selected objects in model

You can attach documents or links to object(s) in model. 

 

Link an Existing Attachment to an Object

To attach documents or links t object(s), follow the steps:

  1. Select all the objects from the model view
  2. Select all documents or links that need to be attached to the selected objects
  3. Click the  button and choose the Link to selected option 

 

Remove attachments associated with BIM objects

You can remove a single attachment or multiple attachments associated with selected objects.  

  • To remove a single attachment from the object, click the  button next to the attachment and choose the Remove option.
  • To remove documents or links associated with BIM objects, select the check boxes for those items from the list box. Then, click the  button next to search box and choose the Remove option.

 

 

 

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