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Markups and Redlines
The following example will illustrate how a team could use Sparkframe for easy markups. We will show how a project manager can save a screen shot of a Revit model, mark that up, and then assign that markup as a task for a team member.
1. Start a Conversation
The project manager, Bill, will start a conversation on a BIM element to "hold" the tasks, screenshots, markups, and any potential discussion between him and his team, so he must select an element. Because he will be marking up a sheet, he selects the sheet view element by navigating in the Project Browser and selecting "A101 - Site Plan."
When this is selected, "(New Element)" pops up in the Sparkframe window. Bill starts the conversation by typing in the message box and then presses Enter (or clicks the "Note" button).
The new conversation will then be shown in the Sparkframe window.
(When starting a conversation this way, the first message will also be used as the starting Topic of the conversation.)
2. Capture the Screenshot
Bill has brought up the site plan sheet within Revit using the project browser. He captures that image to the Windows clipboard using the "Print Screen" key on his keyboard or any tool that would copy an image to the clipboard, such as the Windows Snipping Tool.
3. Create the Task
Bill wants Carl, a member of his team who is also on this Sparkframe project, to do some work. Bill will assign a task to Carl, include the specific BIM element in question, and also include his screenshot.
Bill adds a note to the conversation, asking Carl to remove the solar analysis diagram. Before pressing the "Note" button, Bill clicks the "Options" tab. Here, he will assign the task to Carl by selecting Carl from the dropdown box.
Since he's talking about a specific BIM viewport element (the solar analysis), Bill selects the view on the sheet in Revit. This will enable the option to "Attach: Solar Analysis," which Bill checks. (This is simply a convenient way for both him and Carl to quickly find and select this element in Revit at a later time. It also removes any doubt as to which view element Bill has in mind.)
By clicking the "Attach Image from Clipboard" button, Bill attaches the screenshot he had already captured.
Finally, he presses the "Note" button to add all of this to the conversation: the instructions, the task, the BIM element, and the screenshot.
Now that the screenshot is part of the conversation, Bill needs to add his markups. He clicks the screenshot, which gives him a view of just the image and some simple drawing tools. Bill clicks the pencil icon to activate the markups tool. He then draws an "X" over the diagram that he wants removed. These markups are automatically saved as drawn, so that's it!
(These simple markups can also be done from mobile devices.)
How does Carl know that he has this task? When Carl logs in to Sparkframe from his phone, tablet, or PC, his main view will show this new task. When he is ready to complete the task, he can click the task from the main view, which will take him to its conversation. From the conversation, he can see the markups Bill has left, along with any additional comments, questions, or discussion the two may have.
Because Bill assigned the task to Carl, it is up to Bill to mark the task as completed. (Until then, the task will remain in both Bill's and Carl's main views.) Bill can mark the task as completed by checking the task's check box from his own main view or from the task's conversation.
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