Models as documents
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Written by Sjaak Velthoven
Updated over a week ago

Note: this feature is available per request.

Please ask or via the chat bubble if you would like this to be turned on for a project. It can just as easily be turned off again.

We are working on an effort to merge the models section and the documents section so both are linked.
This effort is called models as documents.
There is already an alpha version of this effort that can be requested to be turned on per project.
I have given you access to a new project called Opinion Builders - Models as Documents with this alpha feature turned on.

Models linked to documents

As you will be able to see if you make a model, a document will also be made in the models folder in the documents section.
You can specify where new documents generated by making a model end up in project settings.

Documents linked to models

Similarly you can upload an IFC to a folder and in the hamburger menu of the right panel "promote it to 3D" This will then link the IFC to a model and process it as if it were uploaded to the models section.

Creating a model

You do this by creating a model in the hamburger menu of a document.

After you do this you will see the document as a model in the models section.
New revisions to the model can be added as revisions to the document instead.

Model-document appearance

A document that is connected to a model will have the model badge on its icon.


Deleting a model-document

If you delete a model that is connected to a document, the document will loose the model connection, but the document will remain in the document section.

Deleting a document-model.

If you delete a document that is connected to a model you will have to approve a warning that the model connected to the document will also be deleted.


The benefits of this feature are that you can:

  • Structure your IFC models in a folder structure.

  • Add labels to models

  • Configure ACL of who can download which model instead of just all or no models.

    • If you do not have permission to download models and you cannot see the document you will not be able to download that model.

    • Document-models that you can see can be downloaded.

  • Create models from multiple IFC files at the same time instead of having to upload them one by one.

  • Upload IFC files as drafts so they can go through an approval process before they are published.

  • Delete a model without loosing the data. (Deleted documents can be recovered)

  • The naming convention feature can be used for model names

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