I have been setting up the ADT Project Standards for our “Store Projects”.
The requirement to control content standards for Group, Company and Project levels makes it a bit of a web.
Basically Core Settings (Display, Layers, Materials etc) are sync’ed to all files. A few AEC Object files are the “Master Style Reference” for Projects and are kept updated with Library Content. Projects have their own Project Specific standards only if absolutely required.
This is all done using Elements in Projects so the ADT Project Standards feature can update content files in addition to production projects. E.g Alter a material in core and it will update in all the library, master and production project references.
I designed this system using a MindManager map and was wondering how to document and share which content belonged in which project when I remembered that ADT Project Browser can host html. Problem solved!
I simply used the filter in MindManager to the show only the topic specific to a Standards Project and then exported the map to html with a “MindManager Simple Template” (I just added our logo). The ADT Project Bulletin Board link is pathed to the map.html created by MindManager.
This loads the map view into ADT’s Project Browser. It’s a mini web page complete with menu to allowing switching to other views if required (shown below). It makes a very cool reference as it’s specific to the current project and you can review it before opening the project and see any information relevant.
After this experiment I tried our linking to our AEC Project Standards which details every aspect of our ADT Project use and structure. It’s a busy map so I used MindManager’s “Dynamic Outline Template” (again just adding our logo) which creates nice collapsing menu’s and multiple views (Map, Menu, Index, Icon Legend).
The Menu and Contents views work well within Project Browser and notes etc are quite readable. The Map is large so it’s a bit like reading through a letter box slot but OK if you just want to check a portion of the map. To see a full view simply right click on any link and choose the “open in new window” option to launch a full I.E. Browser window. Have a look at the video below of it in action: