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4. Add or edit fields

Add new fields either by coping or creating new: 

Create new 

  1. Select the element where the new fields should be added to. 

  2. Select "New". in the top menu or right-click menu.

  3. Enter properties. Read more below.

  4. Select “Save to database”

  5. Select “Refresh” to preview the new field.


Fields may be different types and also have different options, according to type. The following fields are available:

Field type


Multi-line text field

Text field for text which may cover several lines. You can decide the size of the field.

Formatted Text

Functions as a multi-line text field with the addition that it allows for formatting (ie Bold, Italic, colored text etc). This format cannot be used for excel import/export workflows. 


Field as a text field with two buttons where you can click on option. Only used in report user interface window. Not used in Rooms, Items or Occurrences.

Logical field

Yes/No field (checkbox).

Numerical field

Field for numerical values. You can specify the legal size and precision (number of decimal stops).

Radio buttons/Combo-box

Fields where you can choose between several predefined options (text). Can be presented as a drop-down menu (combo-box) or radio buttons.

Text field

Default field for text on one line.

Time date selector

Field for choice of date and time.

Read-only text

Field for fixed text which cannot be edited. The text is not displayed in reports. Can be used e.g. to create headings. Entering a hypertext link here (starting with http:// or https://) will lead to the content being presented to the user as a clickable hypertext link.

All of these fields have the following properties:



Field type

One of the types described above.


Reciprocal position of the field within the element.


Possible name of the field (in addition to the background text for the element). This must be specified in the next option if it is to be displayed.

Display name

Where the name is to be displayed (in front of or behind the field). This is not displayed in reports. You have to choose a suitable XSL template in order to display the significance of this field.

Help text

The text shown in a yellow box when you hold your cursor over the field. You should primarily use the background text for the element (ref. previous paragraph) to specify joint text for all fields within an element. Only specify help text here if it is a further specification.


Option for whether the field shall not be open for editing.

Activated/deactivated by

The logical field which may control whether this field is activated/deactivated. As such, the logical field for example must be checked before you can enter text in another field in the same element.

Calculate field

Only used in finishes. Specifies which field to be calculated when this field is edited. This is only used by finishes form.

Calculation function

The function to be used to calculate the fields selected above.


The name of the PropertySet (PSet_XXX) in which this field shall be exported under IFC export (synchronization in model). If this field is blank, the name of the tab will be utilized, if this is not to be written to the object (see below).


The name of the Property with which this field is to be exported under PropertySet as selected above. If this field is blank and IfcPropertySet (above) is also blank, the name of the element is utilized. If this field is not blank but IfcPropertySet is blank, the export procedure will attempt to export directly to a property for the object. For example, if you want to set a value from Room Data to IfcSpace.Description, you set the field as Description, but leave IfcPropertySet (above) as blank.


A Global Unique ID (GUID) which uniquely identifies the field. This can be an ID taken from IFD International Framework for Dictionaries. You can utilize the button on the left to automatically connect you to IFD in order to download this GUID.
This ID is used when data is exported/imported via IFC to identify similar fields/information in different databases. If the field does not have an ID, it cannot copy e.g. Room Data between fields.


Width and height of the field. These fields do not need to be filled in for the majority of fields, as they will have default sizes. This must be specified for multi-line text fields. The size is specified in pixels with the exception of multi-line text fields where you can choose this (see below)


Specifies how the field shall react when you change the size of the window. Only used for special cases.

The following properties apply only to specific field types:

Field type



Multi-line text field

Display name (label) above

Specifies whether the name of the element (background text) shall be displayed above the field instead of the background text being displayed on the side and the field afterwards.


States how the size (width/height) is specified. Size of the field. This can be specified as number of pixels wide, number of elements high or % width, % height where % is a figure from 1 - 100 stating the size in percentage the field shall cover of the available space in the window.


Button text


Sym name

Name of the method in the window which is called when you click on the button.


Button style

Logical field


Specifies whether the background text shall be underlined.

Numerical field


Specifies the format of the numerical field. This can be specified in two ways:

  • {number of characters including two decimal stops and comma}

  • {number of characters including decimals and comma, number of decimal stops}
    This implies that both {5} and {5,2} generate the same, i.e. XX,YY. {6,3} will return XX,YYY, while only whole figures up to 9999 can be specified as {4,0}.

Radio buttons/Combo-box


Specifies the appearance of multi-choice fields

  • Combo-box, read-only, provides a drop-down menu which cannot be edited directly, but where you have to select one of the options.

  • Combo-box, editable, provides a drop-down menu where you can enter text freely or select one of the options.

  • Group without frame, label on side. Positions radio buttons on top of each other per option with background text on left-hand side.

  • Horizontal radio box without frame. Positions radio buttons one after the other in a horizontal line and not on top of each other as above.
    - Default design, group with frame. Positions radio buttons on top of each other with a frame round them and background text in the frame.


This is where you specify the options from which the user can choose. One per line.

Remove option button

For radio buttons, there is a button which you can use to reset all selections, i.e. remove all choices. For combo-boxes, there is a blank option in the drop-down menu, unless this is editable, where you can remove the selection by removing the actual text.

Button text

If "Remove selected button" is flagged and it is a radio box, you can specify the text for the button. If you do not specify text here, the default is "Remove selected".

Time/date selector

The number of days to reset

How many days before current date to be preselected.

Read-only text

Centre text



Whether the text is to be underlined or not

Text value

Text to be displayed

Create new predefined fields

New fields can be created as with the predefined option for creating new elements. Read more: 3. Add or edit elements | Create-new:

Copy elements

  1. Select fields

  2. Right-click

  3. Select “Copy” to copy once or select “Copy..” to create more copies at the same time

  4. Edit the properties on the new field(s)

  5. Select “save to database”

  6. Select “refresh” to preview the changes.

Editing fields

It is possible to modify properties at a later time. However, it's important to note that if the format changes after data has been entered into the field, the entered data will be lost.

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