Projectwise provides three Export Import tools used for Exporting Datasource Data and files. Each tool provides unique features to accomplish different tasks. This Technote will give a high level overview of what each tool could be used for, and how it works.
These tools are used when you want to send the file(s) out of ProjectWise to be edited by another user (for instance to a contractor) or maybe to work on them offsite. Once the file(s) are exported, the file(s) are locked and cannot be edited in Projectwise. When editing is completed you can then import the file(s) back into ProjectWise which removes the lock. Think of it as a long term checkout.
Another option this tool offers is to “send the file to a folder” as an unmanaged copy. The file will not be locked in ProjectWise so it can still be edited by other ProjectWise users. This option is useful for forwarding the file(s) to someone to view or take out in the field for comparing to what is happening on site. Again, these files (that are on the desktop) should not be edited as they are unmanaged by Projectwise.
Basic steps for using these tools
Document Export Wizard
Folder Export Wizard
Lets’ say you want to create another datasource that has the exact same environment and folder structure as your current one.
Projectwise offers a set of tools to export and import environments, saved searches, projects and folders, documents, workspaces, rendition profiles and components, applications, departments, queries, and workflow.
These tools can be found under Start \ All Programs \ Bentley \ Projectwise V8i (SS) \ Tools \ Export or Import
The export process creates a script file with the extension of .AAM that contains records of the data that is exported. If exporting files, the files are saved as .DAT in dms folders.
The import process reads the script file that was created during the export and directs the tool to create the objects in the new datasource as well as import the files.
When you first run the tool you will notice that the export wizard does not offer all the options listed above. Some options like the workflow require the tool to be run via the command prompt with a switch.
For the Export command line switches see the Projectwise Explorer help under: Projectwise Explorer \ ProjectWise user tools \ Exporting Datasource Data \ to Export a Datasource using the command line
For the Import Command line switches see the Projectwise Explorer help under: Projectwise Explorer \ ProjectWise user tools \ Importing Datasource Data \ to Import exported Datasource data using the command line.
The ProjectWise Export/Import tools are used to bulk import files and attribute data from external sources into ProjectWise, or to bulk export files and attribute data out of ProjectWise. The ProjectWise Export/Import tools use an Excel spreadsheet as the data interchange format. The ProjectWise Export/Import tools support the transfer of most standard ProjectWise attributes, including versions and the creation of new versions during import, but do not support workflows and states.
The basic steps in using this tool are
For more information on this tool see the Projectwise Explorer help under Projectwise Explorer \ Using Projectwise Export / Import
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