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Working with object labels

For all the objects that you create in BriefBuilder (e.g. systems, spaces, …), it is possible to add labels. Labels are not requirements, but a kind of categorization or classification that you add to objects.

Example of labels used in an office building project, used to categorize spaces according to their primary use and degree of enclosure.

In a building project, you may for example want to label spaces according to their primary use (e.g. meeting space, work space, teaching space, …).

In an infrastructure project, you may want to use the labels to indicate whether objects are existing objects or new objects that need to be built.

The use of labels can be highly practical because you can filter on labels in tables and overviews — and thereby more easily manage the requirements of particular groups or categories of objects.  

See below for an example and a more detailed explanation of the concept.

Example: space categories

In building projects, labels are often used to categorize spaces. Let’s say that you have a project room, a brainstorm room and a conference room in your project. These spaces have different names, but they are essentially all enclosed meeting spaces and many of the requirements will be similar.

If that is the case, it will be useful to label all these spaces as enclosed meeting spaces. You can then use this label to filter in overviews and cross tables. You may for example want to apply the filter in the cross table properties to give all these spaces the same requirements concerning acoustics. This is how you would do that:

  • Go to the Spaces and locations tree
  • Go to the relevant rooms give them the label enclosed meeting space (in the table General)
  • Then go to the cross table properties and select
    • Tree: spaces and locations
    • Label: enclosed meeting space
    • Property table: acoustic comfort
  • Click on show, and you will get to see all the enclosed meeting spaces (spaces labelled as such) and their acoustic requirements
  • You can then fill in the relevant requirements for these spaces
  • If these requirements are the same for all spaces, only fill in the requirements for the top object and then pull these down, in an Excel-like fashion
Editing and copying values for a group of objects that all have the same label

In a similar way, you can edit relations (in the cross table relations), verifications (in the verification table), analysis data (in the analysis table) and requirements concerning room sizes (in the area report).

Create labels

You can create labels on the detail view of an object in the table General, that you will find at the top of the object’s detail view.

There, you can just start typing to create a new label. If there are already labels in use, these will pop-up as suggestions.

Practical detail: labels are case insensitive.

Please note that labels are also visible in the tree structure, where you can easily filter on them.

Delete labels

Also the deleting of labels, happens on the detail view of an object.

In the table General, click on the table Labels, and click on the small x that you can see next to the label’s name to delete it.

TIP: if you want to delete lots of labels, it is better to go the cross table labels (under overviews in the main menu) where you can select all the cells for which you want to delete the label (you can use your CTRL button to select multiple cells) and then simply press your DELETE button.

Filter on labels

You can (pre)select objects with particular labels in the following tables:

In (selection)trees, you can filter on labels by just typing the label name in the search field.

Cross table with labels

If you want to have an overview of the used labels per tree, you can take a look at the cross table labels, which you can find under overviews.

In this table, you can also link objects to labels by double clicking in a cell. You will notice that the cell turns blue, which means that the label has been added to the object.

You can delete the link between an object and a label by clicking on the DELETE button of your keyboard while standing with your cursor in the relevant cell.

Please note that it is not possible to create new labels in the cross table. That has to be done on the detail view of an object.

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