Model is a container that owns a collection of Elements.
Every Element is contained by exactly one Model as defined by the
Models help organize the overall contents of the repository as there is a separate container for each collection of Elements.
The Model contents are driven by:
- The Model subclass
- Model specializations may limit the types of Elements that can be contained.
- The granularity or level of detail
- The object as a whole vs. a more detailed breakdown of it
- User preferences
- Some users may organize by spatial location (east wing vs. west wing) while others may organize by discipline (building vs. civil)
- Domain rules
- Some rules are enforced by code and are not customizable by users
|Model subclass||Type of Elements contained|
||PhysicalElements and SpatialLocationElements|
Models are also a key building block of the information hierarchy within a BIS repository.
Looking down the information hierarchy, Models are collections of Elements.
Looking up the information hierarchy, Models are more detail about an Element from a higher level.
This higher-level Element is known as the modeled element. The modeled element is what gives a
Model its identity. The value of the model's Id matches the value of the modeled element's Id.
The Model is related to its modeled Element via the
Also, a Model does not store a name of its own. Instead, it its name comes from the
CodeValue of its modeled element.
See Information Hierarchy for more details.
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Last Updated: 08 January, 2020