Attribute Manipulator – Calculate Values

The Attribute Manipulator isn't just for moving attributes around.  You can also do simple calculations, such as the volume of a kerb. In 12d we can easily get the length of a string, and we know what the cross-sectional area of a kerb is, so we can grab a calculator and calculate the volume. If [...]
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IFC Writer Global ID and GUID

When 12d exports an IFC file each object is given a unique GUID.  If you export the same data again, the new IFC is created at a different point in time so each object is given a new and unique GUID. This can create problems for other software, such as Navisworks, as the GUID is [...]
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Attribute Manipulator – De-concatenate Attributes

This Post is Under Construction, please stay posted for updates. Along with concatenating attributes, the Attribute Manipulator can de-concatenate attribute values into separate attributes.  Even better, the new attributes can be placed into a group to make life easier when exporting to IFC. To create an Attribute Manipulator file, refer to: 12dwiki.com.au/attribute-manipulator De-Concatenate Attributes Syntax [...]
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Attribute Manipulator and IFC Property Sets

When writing an IFC file, 12d exports Attribute Groups using the tags IFCCOMPLEXPROPERTY and IFCPROPERTYSINGLEVALUE.  Depending on the receiving software, these attributes will be flattened into a single level attribute or ignored completely. This is where exporting 12d Attribute Groups as IFC Property Sets can help. To create an Attribute Manipulator file, refer to: 12dwiki.com.au/attribute-manipulator [...]
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Webinar – Attributes – What They Are and How to Use Them

This 12d Model Webinar video below will show details about Attributes, what they are and how to use them. Detailed in the webinar are Project attributes and String attributes. Super Strings in 12d aren't limited to Attributes for the entire string. Each Segment and Vertex can also have individual Attributes. Project Attributes can be used [...]
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Attribute Manipulator – Concatenate Attributes

Major projects tend to favour long string/object names that define things like type, location, discipline, stage, etc.  Normally this information would be stored as attributes (metadata) on the object. The 'Attribute Manipulator' (AttMF) allows users to concatenate these attributes into single value.  Concatenating allows complex, project specific, string names to be built up from existing [...]
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Attribute Manipulator – Copy Segment & Vertex Attributes to String Attributes

The workflow below describes how to use the Attribute Manipulator to copy Segment and Vertex Attributes to String Attributes.  This is useful when data needs to be exported to software that only allows String Attributes (Meta Data). To create an Attribute Manipulator file, refer to: 12dwiki.com.au/attribute-manipulator In the Attribute to Use, set the Rule type: [...]
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Write DWG – Export 12d Model Attributes

Symbols & Attributes in 12d Model have been around for a long time.  But did you know that Vertex Attributes can also be export as DWG - Block Attributes? This is useful for something as simple as setout points, or drainage/utility information. During the export process, 12d Model will automatically convert Symbols to Blocks, along [...]
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Create/Edit Attribute Manipulator File

The Attribute Manipulator can be used to copy, move, edit, and delete Attributes from the Project level right down to Vertex.  Attribute Manipulator Rules are then saved to a file so that they are easily repeatable. The Attribute Manipulator also has the ability to change Properties, such as Name, Colour, Linestyle, etc. Utilities => Attributes [...]
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