With the Groups function the user can turn on and off additional design elements and switch between design alternatives. In the MAGNET Explorer groups can be turned on / off (visibility) and highlighted with user defined highlighting color.
The Groups dialog is can be started from the Modeler menu or from the configuration tree. The user defines the group names in the Groups dialog. Each object type has a parameter called “group”. Group can be defined by layer or by element as any other object parameter.
If the CAD drawing elements have groups defined that are not in the vm-modeler.ini, they are added to the groups list after the model is generated for the first time. Normally that doesn’t happen because the user saves the group information with the configuration.
Groups are sorted automatically alphabetically in the dialog so that for example design alternatives “Alternative1 – Pipes” and “Alternative2 – Pipes” go into logical order.
A new group is added with the “Add group” button.
A new sub-group is added by right clicking the name of main group and selecting “Add Sub-Group to Group…”
A group is deleted with “Delete group” button. If CAD drawing elements have groups defined they are not deleted unless the “Clear object properties” feature in element properties dialog is used.
A group can be renamed from “Rename group” button. Renaming a group goes through all object definitions in the modeling configuration and changes the group names accordingly. Group rename doesn’t go through groups that are defined in the CAD drawing elements.
Group properties can change by clicking the property column of a specific group. Properties are: visibility on/off, highlight on/off, highlighting color. Current status of group properties is saved to vdc-modeler.ini and vm, vmpz files that are generated.