Associating objects in an IFC model with tasks using drag and drop

You can associate objects in an IFC model with tasks by selecting objects within an IFC model in the IFC Model pane, then dragging and dropping them onto a task - either in a bar chart view or in a calendar view. Doing this creates an IFC product selection object, containing the objects that you have selected in the IFC model.

To associate objects in an IFC model with tasks using drag and drop:

  1. Display the appropriate IFC model in the IFC Model pane.
  2. On the BIM tab, in the 3D Viewer group, click Selection Mode to enter selection mode.
  3. Click the objects in the IFC model that you want to associate with a task to select them.
  4. With the mouse pointer held over one of the selected objects, click and hold the left mouse button, drag the mouse pointer over the task with which you want to associate the objects, then release the left mouse button. What happens next depends on whether any IFC objects have already been assigned to the task:
    • If no IFC objects are currently assigned to the task, the objects that you have dragged and dropped are combined together into a new IFC product selection, which is assigned to the task. The IFC product selection is given the same name as the task - or the same name as the bar, if the task is unnamed.
    • If an IFC product selection has already been assigned to the task, a menu appears, giving you the option to add the dragged and dropped objects to the existing IFC product selection, remove the objects from the currently assigned IFC product selection and replace them with the dragged and dropped objects, or create a new IFC product selection containing the dragged and dropped objects and assign it to the task, in addition to the existing IFC product selection.
    • If an IFC product search is currently assigned to the task, a warning appears to inform you that assigning the objects to the task will unassign the IFC product search from the task. If you choose to continue, the objects that you have dragged and dropped are combined together into a new IFC product selection, which is assigned to the task; the IFC product search is unassigned from the task.
    • If you drag and drop the selected objects into a blank area of the bar chart rather than onto a task, the objects that you have dragged and dropped are combined together into a new IFC product selection and a new task is created, with the IFC product selection assigned to it. Both the IFC product selection and the new task are given the same name as the first object selected in the IFC model.

Note that you cannot drag and drop into an RBS/CBS view, into a jagged progress view or into the unassigned tasks pane, and that you can only drag and drop onto tasks that your access rights allow you to edit.

Dragging and dropping from IFC group models

If the IFC Model pane is currently displaying an IFC group model, you cannot drag and drop objects from more than one of the individual IFC models in the IFC group model to create an IFC product selection. This is because it is not possible for an IFC product selection to include objects from more than one of the individual IFC models in an IFC group model. For this reason, it may be easier to open the IFC models individually if you want to associate objects with tasks by dragging and dropping.

If you drag and drop objects onto a task to which an IFC product selection containing objects from a different IFC model has already been assigned, you cannot add the dragged and dropped objects to the existing IFC product selection; you can overwrite the existing IFC product selection or create a new IFC product selection.

Related Topics:

Selecting objects in an IFC model

Ways of associating objects in an IFC model with tasks

Introduction to IFC product selections

Creating and editing IFC product selections

Ensuring that all of the objects in an IFC model are associated with tasks

Identifying the IFC objects that are associated with tasks