Points Manager

Overview

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

The Point Manager Ribbon

  • Auto Number - Applies numerical/alphanumerical values to multiple selected points.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Auto-Number

Auto-numbering points

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, click the Actions on Checked menu, and click Auto-Number.
  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, click the Actions on Checked menu, and click Bulk Update.
  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, click the Actions on Checked menu, and click Export Grid Data.

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

Exporting points

  1. From the Point Manager window, select the desired points from the grid, click the Actions on Checked menu, and click Export Points.
  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.

The Point Manager Grid

Like the other eVolve dialogs, the point manager dialog allows you to group your data by any column heading. By default, we group the points by the "Nested" information.

Is Nested
  • 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 another elements such as sleeves, floor drains, etc.
    Points contained within Fabrication Hangers are considered as nested points.
Host

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.

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.
  • Description - detailed information or summary regarding the point.
  • Type Name - For families, eVolve lists the Type Description of the Family. This column is exported into the point file, its purpose is filtering to make more accurate selections.
  • Status -
  • 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 maybe user-defined.
  • Pending Action
    • Error - indicates a problem with the data listed for the point.
    • Modified - displayed prior to committing changes if the data contained within the row is different than the data contained within the model. Clicking Apply will commit the changes and clear the Status indicator.
    • Computed - Rows are not editable. e.g., all Fabrication Hangers are Computed.​

NOTE: Point number, description and layer cannot be edited on "Computed" points.

  • Error Message - If Error is displayed in the Status column, eVolve will display a description of the problem.
Data Navigator

The data navigator is located in the lower left corner of the grid.

  • Add Row - to add a row simple click the + button from the data navigator. Rows may also be added by clicking the row with Click here to add a new row text located at the top of the grid.
  • Delete Row(s) - to delete a row, check the selection checkbox of the desired row or rows and click the X from the data navigator.

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

Placing Points

Nesting Points

Dynamically Name Point Description

Nested Points not showing up in point manager

Using eVolve's Dialog Grids

Save Grid States

Searching in grids - using the Find feature


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