Drawing & View Management

Having trouble keeping track of what view settings are being used; scale, model view options, dimension style, renovation status, etc.? Looking to do a little clean up of the layout book and wondering what layouts are being used, when they were published and what drawings are on the sheets?

Sure you can go view by view, layout by layout and review each individually; and ultimately that is the best way to manage the view map and layout book. But if you are looking for an overall indicator of the organization, structure and content of the view map and layout book there are tools for that!

We use indexes for lists of sheets to go on our title/cover sheet as a table of contents. But, did you know we can have a list of views in the view map? The available options allow a list of a view name, number and virtually all view options which are applied to the views. This is also a great tool for assessing wether the view map has any missing view settings (renamed or deleted MVO’s, layer combinations, dimension styles will show as missing!).

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Next, managing the layout book can be just as simple with the drawing manager! This feature is most commonly used to manage external content placed to layouts. The drawing manager is also an invaluable tool for listing the layouts, update status, scale, title, etc. for reviewing what content is on each layout. It is not as straight forward and graphic as going directly to the layout, but also does not require waiting for a drawing update to review content.

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 11.43.09 AMGive these to features a try, if you are working on laying out drawings or organizing the view map you may find they improve productivity and efficiency in managing the BIM model & drawings.


I just discovered another addition to this; you can actually reassign view settings in the view list instead of going to the view map > view settings. If a view has missing settings, it is easy to track down and reassign in one operation through this list!

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