How do you use drawing labels for international measurements?


We manage properties globally so some of our locations are measured in Imperial and some are in Metric. What is the best way to manage this type of scenario so that our drawing and graphics section labels are not incorrectly sized when they are viewed from other global geographies?

The best way to address this situation is to have 2 sets of labels for your drawings, and 2 sets of labels for your TRIRIGA graphics section. You will need to adjust the height of the label elements to work for both situations. We are considering an enhancement to automatically scale according to the drawing units.

[Admin: To see other related posts, use the Graphics tag or the Labels tag.]

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How do you reduce the PDF file size of an exported drawing?


We are currently using TRIRIGA 10.5.1/3.5.1.1. One of our user requests is to try and reduce the PDF size for an exported drawing from the Graphics tab. Of course, one way might be to hide a few of the layers before exporting. Apart from this, is there any other way to compress the file that is exported from the Graphics tab?

What would be the purpose of reducing the file size? (1) If you were expecting the export to run faster, that would not be possible except by turning off layers. TRIRIGA will process all the displayed graphic entities when generating the PDF. (2) If you want a smaller file size to make storage and transfer easy, then you can try using any third-party tool on the PDF file export after the fact. Note that I have no idea how compressible the graphic export is right now.

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Do you need to clear server cache if floor plans aren’t visible?


After performing a TRIRIGA platform upgrade, some of the floor plans are not visible in the forms. Why aren’t they visible?

The TRIRIGA server cache needs to be refreshed. In other words, you need to clear the caches and restart the server. Here are more-detailed steps to clear your TRIRIGA cache and log folder:

  1. Login to the Admin Console.
  2. Go to the “Cache Manager” managed object.
  3. Click on the “All Caches (Global)” link and then “Hierarchy Tree Data – with rebuild” link. The process might take some time.
  4. Go to the “Database Manager” managed object, and click on the “Reprocess published drawings” link. Give the process some time to finish. Go to the current server log, and look for a related entry saying that the reprocess published drawing actions are finished. You will find a message similar to the following:
    “INFO [com.tririga.platform.graphics.vector.drawing.DrawingService](http-0.0.0.0-21001-7) Finished re-processing drawings”
  5. Logout of the Admin Console.
  6. Stop the TRIRIGA JVMs via the WebSphere Admin Console.
  7. Delete the logs in the <TRIRIGA install>/log folder that has server.log.
  8. Clear the WebSphere temporary cache folder.
  9. Restart the TRIRIGA JVMs via the WebSphere Admin Console.

[Admin: This post is related to the 07.15.16 post about floor plan graphics disappearing after an upgrade, and the 09.29.14 post about clearing the TRIRIGA application server cache area. To see other related posts, use the “floor plan” or “clear cache” search phrase.]

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IV96616: Exporting graphic floor map to PDF hangs on Xref layer 0


We can’t export the graphic floor map to PDF from TRIRIGA. The system is “hanging” and not exporting. This is only happening with some drawings and only occurs when using Layer 0 from the Xref file ( xrefdwg | 0 ). If all other layers are off and a layer zero from any Xref is displayed on the graphics section, even if empty, the export will fail to complete.

The export graphic was throwing a malformed XML exception. The root cause was that there was a “1 = 1” element that got pulled in from the layout of an attached Xref onto layer 0 on that Xref. It turns out that, for any text element that contains any equals sign, the process of sending the SVG from the client to server using a Dojo API to post via a hidden input element, resulted in extra double quotes getting sent, and causing the SVG XML to be malformed.

We resolved this by pre-processing the SVG sent to the server to remove these extra double quotes, before sending it to the SVG converter. Moving forward, the export graphic will now successfully export a graphics section that includes text that contains any equals sign. Text that contains both double quotes and equals in it, will get the double quotes removed for technical reasons.

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IV96408: Xref layers do not maintain their display state


When publishing a drawing with Xrefs, the display state of the Xref layers is not carried over to the graphics section. Meanwhile, the base drawing layers do maintain their state when published. A couple related things:

  • 1. If there are no existing or active layer configurations, the default behavior seems to be that the base layers will be displayed as they were in the drawing at the time of publishing. Meanwhile, the Xref layers will all be displayed regardless of their display state at the time of publishing. Is this the intended functionality?
  • 2. There does not seem to be a way to save the graphics section display of layers. When you open the graphics section, it is displayed based on the state of the last publishing. (I’ll be looking into this further and will likely open a separate L3 request. There should be a way to save the graphics section display.)

We resolved this issue by removing the code that removes the Xref layers. Now, the Xref layer states and colors, based on the main drawing, are retained when publishing a drawing. Moving forward, the Xref layer display states and colors are correctly retained when publishing to the graphics section.

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Planon: Why do most real estate managers still need to know BIM?


Many real estate managers are rather surprised when their contractor shows up with loads of information at the hand-over of a new construction project. “It is all the information you need for the operational phase” he will say. Adding, “As we are really innovative, you will find everything in a digital model, called BIM.” After a discussion, in which the real estate manager explains that he only needs a small portion, a common response of the contractor is: “Real Estate & Facility Management is still old-fashioned, they don’t know what they need!” Is this a fair response?

The information challenge

Typically, users of an Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) have dealt with this challenge for many years. They have probably invested in maintaining CAD drawings to be able to import the gross and net m² of their spaces and updated their building assets at a relative high level. They have had to make maintenance budgets based on estimations of the amount of glass m² of their facades. When preparing for a renovation, they hire an architect to do exact measurements, which has always been the base for comparing offers of contractors to do their work.

Getting the most out of BIM

As contractors and architects are currently re-developing their business plans based on the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), real estate managers are still investigating what this could mean for them. What possible benefits exist for maintaining a space with 3D dimensions? Or, which self-service/job-handling processes can really be improved by walking through a 3D model? Real estate managers that receive a BIM model will now have a hundred times more assets available than before. However, who will benefit from this type of information?

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UX: Is there a way to export a Space Assessment floor plan to PDF?


In Space Assessment, when creating a new assessment, I want to be able to save the floor plan on <triplat-graphic> as a PDF. Is it possible to do so?

There is no TRIRIGA UX feature to export a floor plan to PDF at the moment. One possible way of doing this is to create a page containing only the floor plan and use the browser (for example, Chrome) to export the page to PDF…

Also note that the floor plan you see rendered is just an SVG on the page. There are a number of ways on the client side to export an SVG to PDF. You could employ one of these approaches and add your own button on the view to trigger the export via JavaScript.

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