Linear Draft allows you to insert custom asset data to structures and wires within a model. To add the custom asset data, you must first create a .csv file that contains all the information that you require. The steps to creating this file are detailed below.
N.B. When adding custom asset data please note that the following rules apply:
- Properties cannot start with a number
- Properties and values cannot contain special characters (e.g. &%£$@*)
- Properties cannot already exist in the asset data, and
- Properties can contain spaces.
Open and blank excel document and type ‘Structure’ or ‘Wire’ in the first cell.
List all of the structures that you want to add asset data to, underneath ‘Structure’ or ‘Wire’ in column A
Input the titles of the data that you wish to include in individual columns along the first line of the excel document and populate the fields below them that relate to each structure/wire.
Once you have completed the entire document, save it as a .csv file.
Return to your model and import the data by selecting the ‘Data Manger’ button from the Linear Draft toolbar. The Data Manager form will be displayed.
The ‘Attach Data’ form will be displayed. Click ‘Browse’ and select your .csv file from its saved location. Click ‘Import’.
The custom properties will now be displayed in either the structure or wire boxes, depending on which type of data you have imported.
Click ‘Confirm’ to add the data to your model.
Linear Draft will automatically rebuild your model and attach the custom asset data to each structure and/or wire. This may take several minutes.
To view the added asset data, use the MicroStation selection tool and select either a structure or a wire. Click the MicroStation ‘Information’ button.
To remove properties from custom asset data, select the ‘Data Manager’ button from the Linear Draft toolbar. The ‘Data Manager’ form will be displayed.
Select the properties from either the structure box or wire box that you wish to delete and click ‘Remove’.
The selected property will be removed from the displayed list. Click ‘Confirm’. Linear Draft will automatically rebuild your model and reattach only the selected custom asset data to each structure and/or wire. This may take several minutes.