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Settings Worksheet

The settings worksheet has the following sections

Section Description
Template Metadata information about the template. Only needed if the template is installed.
Model Author Setting information about the model author
Model License Setting information about the model license
Depends on Templates Used for chaining templates (advanced)
Tools Used for running tools as part of the template
IFC Import Settings Used for configuring the IFC import
IFC Import Configuration Used for configuring the IFC import (advanced)
IFC Export Settings Used for configuring the IFC export

Template -section

When you install a template the information in this section is used for displaying and organizing templates in the user interface. For templates that are not installed this section can be left empty.

Field Value Description
Name Text The name of the template shown in the user interface. The name of the template file is not shown.
Description Text The description of the template shown in the user interface
Author Text The author (person and/or organization) of the template
Key Text The unique key of the template. If multiple templates have the same key simplebim will only load the latest version of the template. (see Version)
Group Text The group to which the template belongs. This can be for example an organization, application or project. Templates can be grouped in the user interface based on this information.
Version Whole Number The version of the template. Incrementing the version after modifying the template ensures that you are always using the latest version of your template.
Startup Yes/No Should be template be shown in the startup screen of simplebim?
Read Only Yes/No Should the user be able to edit and delete the template? If a template is read only it can still be copied and the copy can be edited.
Link URI A link to the documentation of the template

A picture inserted anywhere on the Settings worksheet will be used as the icon of the template in the simplebim user interface. The recommended size for the picture is 64x64 pixels.

Model Author -section

Information in this section appears in the 'Author and License' dialog in the simplebim user interface and is written to IFC as a property set attached to the project.
Field Value Description
Author Text The name of the author of the model
Author Address Text The postal address of the author of the model
Author Email Text The email address of the author of the model
Author Phone Text The phone number of the author of the model

Model License -section

Information in this section appears in the 'Author and License' dialog in the simplebim user interface and is written to IFC as a property set attached to the project.

Field Value Description
Authorized Uses Text The uses for which the model is intended and authorized by the model author, like clash detection, quantity take-off...
Authorized Use Context Text The context in which the model may be used, typically a project
Authorized Users Text The authorized users of the model
Contract Text The contract governing the use of the model, typically a project agreement
Validity Period Text The validity period of the model, i.e. how long the model can be used

Depends on Templates –section

This section is used for chaining templates by defining which templates must be applied before the current template is applied. This is covered in more detail in the Advanced Techniques chapter of this guide.

Field Value Description
Template Name or Key Text The name or key of the template this template depends on.

Tools –section

In this section you can specify which Tools are run as part of this template. Tools are software modules that can process the models in ways that are not supported by templates.

Field Value Description
Name or GUID Text The Name or GUID of the tool. You can see the names of the installed Tools in the About dialog of simplebim. If you are developing the Tool yourself, your can also use its GUID.
Sequence Choice You can define when the Tool is run. Default is after the template has been applied (After Template).
Parameter#1-3 Text You can define parameters that are passed to the Tool. Please consult the documentation of the Tool for the parameters supported by that Tool.

The format for parameters is: KEY …or… KEY=VALUE

If you need to pass more than 3 parameters, simply add the additional parameters on the next columns on the same row.

IFC Import Settings –section

With IFC import settings you can optimize the IFC import. When you exclude information from the import this will speed up the import but the excluded information will not be available to you when you validate, copy-edit and export the model.

Field Value Description
Import 2D Annotations Yes/No 2D annotations are symbolic 2D representations of objects.
Import 3D Faces Yes/No Faces are needed by tools that modify the 3D geometry. They have no effect on how the IFC is exported.

IFC Import Configuration –section

In this section you can configure the IFC import on a lower level. The items in ‘IFC Import Settings’ are shortcuts for configurations that could also be done in this section, but not all possible configurations have these shortcuts.

Field Value Description
Action Choice
Set Adds the key and overrides any existing value of the given key
Remove Removes the key and any value of  the key
Append Value Appends the value to the existing value of the given key
Configuration Key Text The configuration key. For supported configuration keys please consult the technical documentation of the simplebim IFC import module
Configuration Value Text The configuration value. For supported values for each configuration key please consult the technical documentation of the simplebim IFC import module

IFC Export Settings –section

With IFC export settings you can control several aspects of the IFC export. The same settings can be found in the IFC Export Settings dialog in simplebim.

Field Value Description
IFC File Mark Text The text that is appended in brackets to the name of the imported IFC file at export. Default is “EDITED”
Export Space Boundaries Yes/No Export the space boundaries that are present in the imported IFC model? NOTE: simplebim does not generate space boundaries if they are missing from the imported IFC model.
Export Wall-to-Wall Connections Yes/No Export the wall-to-wall connections that are present in the imported IFC model? NOTE: simplebim does not generate wall-to-wall connections if they are missing in the imported IFC model.
Export Grids Yes/No Export the design grid objects that are present in the imported IFC model?
Export Colors of 3D Objects Yes/No Export the colors used for objects in simplebim, i.e. the colors you see in the simplebim 3D window? If No, then no color information will be exported.
Export Legacy Colors of 3D Objects Yes/No Export the colors used for objects in simplebim, i.e. the colors you see in the simplebim 3D window using an old encoding that is required or works better in some applications. NOTE: You can try 'Legacy Colors' if 'Colors' does not work for you.
Export 3D Objects with no or Invalid Geometry Yes/No Export 3D objects that have no geometry at all or have invalid geometry.
Exclude Openings of Excluded 3D Objects Yes/No Exclude opening elements / holes for excluded 3D objects? Examples: For architectural models used in structural design you may want to exclude doors and windows, but want to include their openings. For structural models used for design coordination you may want to exclude both bolts and bolt holes.
Exclude all Openings Yes/No Exclude opening elements / holes for all 3D objects. Examples: For architectural models used as part of a city/campus model you can exclude all opening. For structural models with bolt holes that are not associated with bolts you can exclude the holes but keep the bolts.
Optimize Shared Geometries Yes/No In IFC several objects with the same geometry can share a geometry definition. This often improves the performance of the receiving application. Simplebim can optimize the model by finding shared geometries even if they are not shared in the original IFC model. NOTE: If this setting is No any shared geometries already existing in the original model will still be exported.
Export Model Information Yes/No If this setting is on then the name and time stamp of the model from which an object originates will be written as properties to each object. (Yes/No, default = No)

NOTE: This setting is only makes sense for merged models, i.e. models that contain objects from several original models.