Searching your model

Introduction

The search window lets BIMSearch users extract data reports from the model. These data reports can be helpful with various daily engineering tasks such as calculating quantities, estimating, billing, ordering material and much more. The reports consist of the results of a search.

 

 In order to search the model, you can use one of our pre-defined search templates, edit a template, or customize an entirely new search.

Choose a template

The BIMSearch team has created pre-defined search templates in accordance with popular searches. These are saved in the “default” template folder. You can press the 🛈 to get an overview of the elements in the model. To load the template, click “Load”:

View results

After selecting the desired template, BIMSearch will automatically create a report based on the data in the model. The report appears in the bottom half of the browser.

 

To learn about the report, refer to “Understanding the report”.

Customize search settings

Our search templates include specific search definitions.  These searches can be adjusted by editing the “Category”, “Table parameters”, and “Organize by” settings. In this way, users can edit their search and control what will appear in the report.

Category

Use this to select which Revit Category you want the table to present (for more information see Select Revit Category). When you select categories, a pop-up with the most common categories will appear. You can search all categories or click to see them all displayed. 

 

Note: if the model view you are searching does not have a particular element, that category will not appear in the category search parameter options.

Table parameters

Select the parameters for the table. This search setting enables you to choose which information you want to see in the report. 

 

Please note that without selecting a category, you cannot select table parameters. This is because there will be no information for the table to show.

Organize by...

Once you have selected your category and table parameters, you can further edit your search by selecting the parameters with which to group elements and organize your report. In the example below, “base constraint” and “type name” were selected, and you can see that once the report is created, all elements with the same base constraint and type name are grouped together and arranged in the first column of the report, in the order in which they were selected.

Save search templates

This feature enables you to save your search terms for future use. As different projects have different information standards, the save template feature enables you to customize exactly the search that you need for each project, and save it for future use. 

 

Modify one of our default search templates or create your own from scratch, and then click the “save as template” button. You will be given the option to name your template, save it in an existing folder, or create a new folder in which to save it.

Template location

Once the template is saved, you will find it in the “load search template” section. Use the 🛈 button for a summary of the template parameters, and the three dots to edit or delete. This window also provides the option to create a new folder.  You will always have access to our default search templates in the – you guessed it – “Default” folder.

 

It is possible to run the same search on different versions of the model, so you don’t need to customize your template for every version.

Create folder - templates

With the option to save your own templates comes the option to create folders for the search templates. 

There are two opportunities to create a folder for templates: when you save the template, and when you load a template:

Save as template button

This function allows you to create a new folder in which to save your template at the time of creating the template. Press the button, and then open the “create folder” window. A second popup will appear and you will be prompted to choose a name for the folder and create, or cancel. 

Load search template

The “load search template” button opens a popup where, as well as loading search templates, you can manage the template folders. You can create new folders, and edit or delete existing ones. This enables you to plan your templates in advance, and assign specific folders for specific purposes. In the example above, you can see a folder for Bill of Quantities (BOQ) templates, and a folder with templates we made for the purposes of this manual. The possibilities, however, are endless.