ID Management

The ID field is located on the Categories and Properties panel of all construction element type tools as well as the Fill and Zone tools.
Note: All construction elements also have a unique, automatically generated, unique ID (GUID) which is conserved throughout the life of the Project. You can also use this identifier for labeling or in lists.
If a number is included anywhere in the ID field, drawing successive elements will add one to this number for each new element, provided that the Assign New Element ID to Each New Element checkbox is enabled the Options > Work Environment > More Options dialog box. If there is no number in the ID field, each new element of the given type will have the same ID.
The Element ID Manager in the Document > Schedules and Lists menu allows you to set the ID numbers of the project’s elements based on their characteristics (attributes). You can also use it to modify automatically generated ID numbers. Settings can be saved and stored for future use.
The configurations you create and save with the Element ID Manager help you prepare Project elements for a clearer reading of quantity takeoffs.
Note: This command is only available when viewing the Floor Plan.
When you choose Document > Schedules and Lists > Element ID Manager, a dialog box appears.
Note: To change a saved setting, select and edit it, then save it again under the same name.
The dialog box includes two tab pages: Sort Elements for defining attribute choices, and ID Format for defining custom ID sets.
When the Sort Elements tab is active, the pop-up under the tabs allows you to choose an element (Tool) type. In the top right corner of the dialog box, the figures show how many of the Project elements belong to the active element type.
Note: If you select elements for assigning ID’s, the ID numbers will be assigned in the order the elements were selected.
Select the criteria you need in the list and click the Add button. This will place the selected criteria in the list on the right.
When choosing the Text type, you can type custom text up to the number of characters defined.
When choosing the Counter type, you can type either numerals or letters such as “aa” that will change incrementally in the ID.
When choosing the Story No. type, you cannot enter custom text; the ordinal number of the story will be used.
Note: Story No. is only available as a type if you’ve selected “Story” as a Grouping criterion.
When you have finished configuring the settings and ID formats, click the Change ID’s button in the bottom right corner of the dialog box. The Element ID List dialog box appears.
You can validate the changes made by clicking OK or return to the configuration dialog box by clicking Cancel and make further adjustments.
You can save your settings using the Edit Settings pop-up menu on top of the dialog box.
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