Importing costs relating to an IFC model

If costs relating to an IFC file have been entered into Bidcon® and uploaded to the Elecosoft BIMCloud®, you can import the cost information into the Powerproject project with which the IFC file has been associated. Cost information from Bidcon is stored in "cost schedules", and more than one cost schedule can exist for each IFC file in the Elecosoft BIMCloud. You cannot import Bidcon cost information relating to IFC files that are stored locally.

When you import cost information, consumable and permanent resource allocations are created in the project to represent material costs and labour costs respectively.

When importing costs, you can choose to take either of the following approaches:

  • Only create resource allocations for objects in the IFC model that have already been associated with corresponding tasks in the project. This approach is recommended if you have finished associating objects in the IFC model with corresponding tasks in the project.
  • Create resource allocations for all objects in the IFC model, regardless of whether or not they have been associated with corresponding tasks in the project, and create new tasks as required. This approach may be useful if you are working with an IFC model that contains many objects that have not yet been associated with corresponding tasks in the project. If no tasks have yet been created in the project, you can use this approach to create a simple, unlinked project schedule containing tasks that are associated with objects in the IFC model and consumable and permanent resource allocations that correspond to the required materials and labour for each task.

To import Bidcon® cost information relating to the IFC model that is currently open:

  1. On the BIM tab, in the Model group, click Import Costs. This control is available only for IFC models that correspond to IFC files that are stored in the Elecosoft BIMCloud. If cost information is available for the IFC file in the Elecosoft BIMCloud, the Select Cost Schedule dialog appears, listing all cost schedules that relate to the IFC file.
  2. Select the cost schedule from which you want to import costs.
  3. Click the Only create costs for existing IFC product selections radio button to create resource allocations only for objects in the IFC model that have already been associated with corresponding tasks in the project, or click the Create tasks and IFC product selections if necessary radio button to create resource allocations for all objects in the IFC model, creating new tasks as required and associating them with objects in the IFC model using new IFC product selections.
  4. Select the Import consumable allocations as demand check box to represent material costs using demand consumable resource allocations, or clear the check box to represent them using scheduled resource allocations. Usually, you would represent material costs using scheduled allocations.
  5. Select the Import permanent allocations as demand check box to represent labour costs using demand permanent resource allocations, or clear the check box to represent them using scheduled resource allocations. Usually, you would represent labour costs using demand allocations.
  6. Click OK to import the costs from the selected cost schedule into the project and close the dialog.

Importing costs and IFC group models

If the IFC Model pane is currently displaying an IFC group model, it is not possible to import costs. If you want to import costs relating to any of the individual IFC models in the IFC group model, you must open the IFC models individually.

Related Topics:

Ways of associating objects in an IFC model with tasks