By Miles Nicholson
Autodesk® Vault Workgroup or Professional has an updated Copy Design feature. When a project is copied the user is able to select from a pre-defined company standard numbering scheme. This not only copies the <<project name>>.wdp but also ancillary files such as the *.wdl, *.wdt etc. It has a brand new interface where the user is able to select the action to be applied. When a design is copied, the issue and revision status is reset.
You can easily copy a design by right clicking over the <<project name>>.wdp file within Vault Project Explorer >
Highlight all of the documents down the left hand side of the dialogue:
Right click over one off the highlighted files >
Select to create a new project folder within Vaults Project Explorer.
Define a name e.g.
Select to accept the project directory.
Find & Replace: If a copied projects drawing numbering system is identical to the last project with the exception of the project name, you can use Find & Replace to replace the project name part of the drawing numbers.
If a Vault Numbering Scheme hasn’t been implemented, then the numbering of the copied files will be prefixed to “Copy of “ as a default.
The default prefix can be altered and prefixes or suffixes applied. This is changed to the right hand side of the dialogue:
Right click on a file in the Numbering section > Select All
Right click > Set Values
To change the default prefix/suffix “Copy of “ > select Set default prefix and suffix
To change the specific copy > select Set Values > (Prefix/Base Name/Suffix)
To create the copy select
If a Vault Numbering Scheme has been set, ensure that this system is set within Copy Design > Options > Numbering Schemes
You also have to ensure that you exclude the wdp, wdt, wdl, aepx files from any form of any numbering scheme OR setup a numbering scheme specifically for project files of wdp, wdt, wdl & aepx etc.
In the example below, two numbering systems have been setup:
Electrical Drawing Files : “Project” (Free Text/####/n characters) “-E-“ (Fixed text) “Sheet” (Auto Number/###/n digits)
Electrical Project Files: “Project” (Free Text/####/n characters)
Highlight the project related files > right click Change Scheme
Highlight the numbering scheme e.g. Electrical > right click on one of the files > Select All
Right click > Set Values > <<field to change>> (in this case a 4 digit free text for the project name) e.g.
Select the Vault Numbering Scheme for the project related files and repeat the process:
This would result in:
To create the copy select