During collaboration involving many many models with many many changes a designer should be able to spot changes in reference files with aid of the software. Is something like this possible in Microstation?
Imagine there is 30km model of road and one column changed its location. It is impossible for a designer to spot the change when the reference is updated after it had been changed. There must be a dedicated tool for this.
I have seen latest versions of Autocad has this feature called dwg compare which probably does what i am talking about but i have not seen how it works with 3D.
In the CONNECT Edition you can set up a Display Style with a Display Rule that simply checks the Modified Date on all elements. No design history, file comparision needed.
i like this light approach
does it work with referenced files and inside projectwise?
so modified date of every element is stored defaultly in dgn right?
No guarantees, no refunds...but yes it should pick up the difference in date on anything you have loaded in you design session. Master and reference files.I do not know if every element has a date modified property, but I bet all the everyday geometry does.
The downside is that you have to modify the date in the rule to suit your specific needs.Perhaps an enthusiastic coder can scare up a pop up dialog that gives you an interactive date/value slider.
Also consider that you can stack these rules, so you can have a range of colours reaching back over several days. Sort of a heat map of change over time....
everything sounds good but a little problem arose. we are not working 100% exclusively with dgn files. microstation is like a hub to put everything together. i am sure this would work only with dgn models not skp 3dm dwg etc.
Yea, the other problem with using the display style + mod d timecode is that you will not pick up the deleted elements.
Other formats: you may want to try publishing using the imodel connector.I think there is one for DWG. Not sure about the others
i have noticed there is comparison tech preview in imodels. i havent tried yet.
you can connect all supported files in microstation and this way smuggle them into the imodel. you just cant connect them directly but through being referenced.