Parameter centralization in Vcad templates

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18 January 2024

Vcad’s new templates introduce several new features in terms of usability, optimization and user experience.

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In this article we look in detail at one of the new features that greatly simplifies the following tasks:

  • replace a BIM model with a different one;
  • change the source view or phase (only for BIM formats that support views, e.g., Revit);
  • use Power BI’s scheduled refresh.

The new templates will feature centralized management of configuration parameters. This allows the user to perform operations, which previously required time and attention, extremely easily and quickly.



API url

This is the URL to which the report must point in order to use Vcad services. This parameter should never be changed because it is set to the default Vcad cloud services.




This is the ID of the Vcad slot to which the report will point. This will determine which model will be rendered and which datasets will be downloaded.



If there is a need to update the report source for a different BIM model than the one used, simply change this parameter, apply the changes when prompted by Power BI, save, and you are done.
The slot ID can be retrieved in the window accessed by clicking on the info icon in the Vcad Standalone file manager.



Or in the Additional Info section, if you use Vcad for Autodesk Construction Cloud.




This is the the GUID of the view/phase to be used (only for BIM formats that support views, e.g., Revit).



In the case of files that support views, the VIEWABLE GUID parameter must also be updated when changing the BIM model source.

The GUID of the view can be retrieved in the window accessed by clicking on the info icon and in the VIEW GUID LIST tab of the Vcad Standalone file manager.



Or, if you use Vcad for Autodesk Construction Cloud, by clicking the file action VIEW LIST button.




This is the security API KEY, more info here.



Filling in this field with your own API KEY is useful if you want to use the Scheduled Refresh in Power BI. In this case the API KEY is saved in the report and the calls to Vcda services must be made from the Anonymous tab as the API KEY will be included in the query string.



The API KEY is unique for each user and can be found in the template download window.




We have previously seen how to retrieve file and view IDs in Vcad.

To make it easier for users to find these data in the template, we created a page called “FOR NERDS” that contains the API URL, the version of APS used, the slot ID, and the view ID, if any. The page is hidden by default as it is meant development purposes.


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