The first is the ability to export your review warnings to an html file. This allows you view the list of warnings in any text based software, from Microsoft Word, Excel to any web browser. One of the problems when we couldn’t do before this export; was to copy and paste the element I.D.s to atext base software. This resulted in it being very time consuming when going down through a long list of review warnings. You just had to manually hand write down everything.
This new export tool allows someone like me, a BIM manager to review a project file very easly.
The second new feature is a warning button in the options bar. When an element which contains warnings is selected it appears. Click the warning icon and it displays all the warnings just associated with that element. This again can be exported to an html format. One of the great things about this new feature is you can see easily if you actually have resolved an element of not. It also gives users the ability to more easily see and fix problems that are in the file as they do their day to day editing of elements.
These two new features should really assist up in getting trough error reviews that bit quicker.
However I my opinion it is not enough. Unless errors are easy to fix, many users will not be bothered. Also you want all users to be able to fix problems, and not just the very proficient uers. So what do I recommend Autodesk add the following expansions to the existing tools:
- Improving the “Element I.D.s” tool.
This tool should be able to be dialog box to the side that can be open all the time if the user wishes. In this dialog box, as you select elements, you can visibly see the I.D. number of the elements. It should contain a history of the past few elements you have selected and I.D. numbers you have entered.
- The ability to select two element number I.D.s at a time.
This is not about giving blame but it gives BIM managers better information to assist users in understanding the errors they are creating. It also promotes users to fix errors so their user names don’t fill the warnings list.
All of the above should not be all that difficult to do. If you create a warnings system, please give us the right and best tools to resolve them.