Each organization using the software requires customized reference data such as rules, catalog items, and symbols to meet their exact needs. Customized rules control how and when the catalog items and symbols are used in the model.
Before working with planning reference data, you must be familiar with how the software handles reference data in general. If you have not already done so, read and understand the following important concepts and procedures described in the Planning Reference Data.
Reference data types
Using excel workbooks to configure reference data
Using the bulkload modes
Creating rules and 3D symbols using Visual Basic
Creating a graphical preview
This reference data guide describes the example planning reference data delivered with the software. Visual Basic source code is delivered for the rules and 3D symbols, Microsoft Excel workbooks are delivered for bulkloading items into the catalog.
Planning Programming Interfaces
An application programming interface (API), PlanningObjects.dll, is provided in the software for common objects, methods, and properties used in Planning rules. Some Planning rules also use the Structural Detailing application programming interface (API), StructDetailObjects.dll.