Point Manager

Overview of the Point Manager

The Point Manager allows for points contained in the model to be modified, sorted, filtered, imported, and exported.

The Point Manager allows for points contained in the model to be modified, sorted, filtered, imported, and exported.

The Point Manager tool palette
  • Auto Number - Applies numerical/alphanumerical values to multiple selected points.
  • Export Grid - Exports the grid state (the current arrangement of the columns) into a .csv or .xlsx file of the rows selected in the manager. e.g., users may rearrange the columns to export Y,X,Z instead of X,Y,Z.
  • Import Points - Import points from a .csv, .xlxs, or .xls file.
  • Export Points - Creates .csv or .tfl of the rows selected in the manager.
  • Display Points By menu - Allows points displayed in the grid to filter by Project, Current View, or Current Selection.
  • Origin menu - Changes the reference point system the X,Y,Z coordinates are based on. The rotation of the Project Base Point is to orientate the model to "True North".
  • Use True North checkbox - When checked, points are exported based on the Projects True North Orientation. If unchecked, the angle specified in the Origin option is used.
  • Include DWG Background checkbox - When checked, a .dwg file of the model containing all visible elements is exported to the same location and will have the same name as the point export file. Additionally, all linked models are bounded to the base model.
  • Include Linked Points - When enabled, points within any loaded linked models are displayed in the Point Manager.
    NOTE: Linked model points are read-only and are not editable.
Grid Columns
  • Number - The numerical/alphanumerical value assigned to the point.
  • X - the X-axis(east/west) coordinate.
  • Y - the Y-axis(north/south) coordinate.
  • Z - the Z-axis(elevation) coordinate.
  • Host - a read-only field used to display the element that the point is attached/connected to.
    • If Nested = Yes then the Point Manager will list the name of the host family. For example, the point eV_Point is nested into Round Strap Hanger, therefore Round Strap Hanger is listed as the Host.
  • Is Nested - a read-only field that denotes if the point is embedded within another element.
    • No - an eV_Point is contained within the view/model but is not nested within another element.
    • Yes - the view/model contains an eV_Point which is nested within other elements such as sleeves, floor drains, etc.
    NOTE: Points contained within Fabrication Hangers are considered nested points.
  • Description - used to provide additional information about the point.
  • Document - a read-only field that displays the document that the point is associated with.
  • Type Name - a read-only field that displays the type of the point family.
  • Layer - Information used when exporting a TFL point file.
    • For Fabrication Hangers, eVolve uses the Service Name as the Layer.
    • For eV_Points, the Layer field is empty and may be user-defined.
  • Status - a read-only field that displays the calculated status.
    • Placed - Default assignment when placed in the model. The status remains Placed until the point is exported, even if the point's attributes are modified.
    • Modified - May only be assigned after the point status is "Exported" and an exportable field is changed (Number, Description, XYZ, Layer, etc). After the "Modified" point is exported, the status reverts to Exported and the timestamp is updated.
    • Exported - Default assignment when exported. The status remains Exported unless modified, then the status changes to Modified. When exported, the Export Date field is updated with the current timestamp.
  • Exported Date - a read-only field used to display the timestamp of when the point was last exported.

NOTE: Point Number, Description, and Layer cannot be edited on Computed points.

Record Navigator buttons
  • Bulk Update - Applies changes to values for select fields on multiple selected points.
  • Export Grid - Exports the grid state (the current arrangement of the columns) into a .csv or .xlsx file of the rows selected in the manager. e.g., users may rearrange the columns to export Y,X,Z instead of X,Y,Z.
  • Bulk Update - Applies changes to values for select fields on multiple selected points.
  • Data Table Export - Creates .csv or .tfl of the rows selected in the manager.

Auto-Number

Auto-numbering points

IMPORTANT: While the modified values appear in the cell(s), the changes have not been committed. Before closing the Point Manager window and possibly performing other actions you MUST click Apply to commit the changes, failure to do so will result in the loss of all modifications made in the session or a data conflict when performing other actions.

  1. From the Point Manager window, select the desired points from the grid, and click Actions on Checked located in the tool palette menu.
  2. From the Auto-Number window, type a value in the Starting Value dialog box and click OK.

NOTE: Points are renumbered sequentially in the order they appear in the grid. Alphanumerical values must end in a numerical value.

Bulk Update Information

Applying bulk updated to points

  1. From the Point Manager window, select the desired points from the grid, and click Bulk Update from the record navigator.
  2. From the Bulk Update window, select the desired field from the Field Name menu, type a value in the Value dialog box, and click Apply.
  3. From the Bulk Update window, continue updating or click Close to end update session.
Export Grid

The Export Grid feature allows for changes to the grid's column order to be reflected in the export file, i.e. if format of the .CSV file needs the XYZ fields to be ordered YXZ

Exporting grid data

  1. From the Point Manager window, select the desired points from the grid, and click Export Grid located in the tool palette.

NOTE: Make sure the columns are arranged properly before clicking the Export Grid button.

  1. From the Write Point Manager data to Excel window,
    1. Navigate to the desired save location
    2. Enter a value in the File Name dialog
    3. Select the desired format in the Save as type menu
    4. Then click Save.
  2. Continue working in the Point Manager window or click Cancel to close.

TIP: Use Grid States if you have multiple common export formats in order to save these configurations.

Importing Points
  1. From the Point Manager window, click Import Points located in the tool palette.
  2. From the Import Points window, click Browse.
  3. From the Import Points window, navigate to the desired file containing the necessary points for import and click Open.
  4. From the Import Points window, click OK.
    TIP: you may also define a default Point Family Type that will insert the selected type into points where the type is not defined or the defined type does not exist from the Point Family Type Name menu.

NOTE 1: The columns header must be named correctly in order for the point to import properly. Exporting the current grid from Point Manager will create a file with the expected column header names.

NOTE 2: CSV files are not expected to have line breaks within fields. Each line in the CSV file contains an entire entry of data.

Exporting Points
  1. From the Point Manager window, select the desired points from the grid, and click Export Points located in the tool palette.
  2. From the Save Point Export File window,
    1. Navigate to the desired save location
    2. Enter a value in the File Name dialog
    3. Select the desired format in the Save as type menu
    4. Then click Save.
  3. Continue working in the Point Manager window or click Cancel to close.

Custom Coordinates

Export (Legacy)

Exports the eE_Point family which is not displayed in the Point Manager. Upgrading to the eV_Point family is recommended.

Relevant Articles

Intro To Points

Create Points

Nesting Points

Using grids in the eVolve software

Data Navigator

Searching in grids - using the Find feature

Save Grid States


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