Associating objects in an IFC model with tasks using IFC product searches

You can use IFC product searches to group together related objects in an IFC model for the purpose of associating IFC objects with tasks. For example, you could create one IFC product search to group together all of the objects in an IFC model that correspond to wooden beams; another to group together all of the objects in an IFC model that correspond to skirting boards; and so on.

To associate objects in an IFC model with tasks using IFC product searches, you first need to display the appropriate IFC model in the IFC Model pane, then group together objects in the IFC model using a number of IFC product searches. You can now assign the IFC product searches to existing tasks, or create new tasks that correspond to the IFC product searches.

Assigning IFC product searches to existing tasks

To assign an IFC product search to an existing task, specify an IFC product search for each task using one of the following controls:

  • The IFC product field, in the BIM group on the Task tab of the Bar and Task Properties dialog.
  • The IFC product field, in the BIM group on the Task tab of the properties view.
  • The IFC Product control on the Object Edit toolbar. You can add this control to the Object Edit toolbar by customising the toolbar and selecting the control from either the 'All Commands' or the 'Object Edit' command category. Refer to the Customising the Object Edit toolbar topic in the Powerproject Help for more information.

Alternatively, you can display the IFC product field in the spreadsheet and use this to assign IFC product searches to tasks; you can also drag and drop IFC product searches from the project view onto tasks.

Creating new tasks that correspond to one or more IFC product searches

To create new tasks that correspond to one or more IFC product searches:

  1. Display the chart in which you want the tasks to be created in the bar chart.
  2. In the project view, CTRL-select the IFC product searches for which you want to create corresponding tasks.
  3. Right-click one of the selected IFC product searches and select Create Tasks from the menu that appears. One new task is created for each of the selected IFC product searches. The tasks appear at the end of the bar chart, with each task on its own bar, with the bar named after the IFC product search.

You can configure the order of the tasks that are created by applying a sort order to the IFC product searches before creating tasks that correspond to them.

IFC product searches and IFC group models

If you are using an IFC group model to link a number of related IFC models, IFC product searches can include objects from more than one of the individual IFC models in the IFC group model.

If you want to restrict an IFC product search so that it includes objects from only one of the individual IFC models in an IFC group model, you can do so by editing the properties of the IFC product search and specifying an IFC model in the IFC model field on the Details tab of the IFC Product Search Properties dialog.

Related Topics:

Ways of associating objects in an IFC model with tasks

Introduction to IFC product searches

Creating and editing IFC product searches

Applying a sort order to IFC product searches and IFC product selections

Associating objects in an IFC model with tasks using IFC product selections

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

Associating objects in an IFC model with tasks according to name, code library or WBS code

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

Identifying the IFC objects that are associated with tasks