In Tilos

Configure your Quadri connection and data exchange settings

In Tilos, make your connection to Quadri by specifying the time zone, project, and sector type that you want to use. This initial connection will push your Tilos activities and their properties to Quadri for the first time.

  1. Select Tools > Data Exchange > Quadri.

  2. You will see these options:

    • Download from Quadri - Bring Quadri task features and properties into Tilos.

    • Upload to Quadri - Send Tilos activity properties to Quadri tasks and features.

    • Settings - Configure settings for the time zone, sub-project, and sector type to use for data exchange. Map Quadri feature types to Tilos activity templates, and map Quadri task and Tilos activity properties to each other.

    • Installation - Install the Quadri Connector and Quadri Task Templates.

Green, yellow, and red icons indicate the status of your settings and connector/template installations.

  1. Click Settings. In the Quadri Connection Setup dialog,
    enter the settings required to connect your Tilos project with Trimble Quadri:

    • Time zone - Select the region in which the linear construction project will take place.

Note: Time zone is not required, but recommended to make sure Tilos and Quadri times are in sync.

  • Project - Choose the default project (shown in Explorer > Project Data > Sub-Projects) to select activities from when uploading to Quadri task features.

  • Sector type - Creates a single activity from multiple Quadri features. Currently, the functionality will automatically create a Sector Profile that merges several features into one Tilos activity. For this sector profile, you need to specify what kind of Sector type you want to use as the default.

  1. Click OK. You will return to the other buttons after retrieving data from Quadri.

Install/Update the Quadri Connector and template

  1. Click Installation and then each button to install the required exchange files. Click Close when you are done and confirm the green check marks.

    • Install/Update Quadri Connector - You can still work even if your version is not the latest.

    • Install/Update Connector Activity Template - You are not notified if a newer version is available.

Download and map feature data from Quadri

  1. Click Download from Quadri to get the available Quadri activities. If multiple are available, you are prompted to choose the right one. Select the Quadri task you prepared for Tilos.

Note: For Tilos to know which Quadri model to download from, Quadri has to be running with the model open on your computer at the same time. Within the workspace of the Quadri application, you can have multiple models, but only one can be current (active) at a time.

You will get a confirmation message of the downloaded Quadri data. The first time you download, only New Activity data is downloaded. As you make changes, you will see Modified and Deleted Activities.

Now you can return to the Quadri Connection Setup dialog to confirm feature type and property mappings.

  1. Click Settings again, and click Quadri Feature Type Setup. You will see feature types from your open Quadri model.

  2. Click in each row and select an activity template to map the Quadri feature type to. If you have a lot of data, you can reduce the list by checking the Show only used items box.

    • Quadri Type Name - This column is automatically populated based on Quadri feature type names. Newly imported types will be updated.

    • Tilos Activity Template - Assign a Tilos activity template to each Quadri type.

    • Tilos Project - Select a project. If you do not, the default project is used and the activity is created without an activity template, but you will have to specify all activity details manually.

    • Show only used items - Filter the list to just data used in your project.

  3. Click OK and then Add Exchange Properties to add/remove fields for any additional Tilos activity properties you need/do not need, including custom fields.
    Click the Add icon and then the drop-down arrow (or start typing) to see a list of available properties.

  4. Click OK and then Manage Generic Properties to add/remove and map Quadri properties to Tilos properties, e.g., Volume = Quantity.
    Click the Add icon and then the drop-down arrow (or start typing) to see a list of available properties.

    • Label - Type an identifier for the property as you want to see it in Quadri.

    • Tilos Field - Click the drop-down arrow to see a list of available properties.

  5. Click OK and then Close.

Create a view and review the exchange data

  1. In the Tilos Explorer, right-click Views and select New View.

  2. In the Create New View dialog, enter a name such as Quadri Changes, and select Quadri Changes in the Type of view list.

You can create multiple views, just as you do for activity View, Gantt Chart, etc. Each view’s settings are independent with regards to the View Mode, Filter Status, Feature Type, and Assignment filters (described below).

  1. Click Open in New Window. In the Tilos Explorer, notice Quadri Changes under Explorer > Views. (1 below)

  2. In the view, confirm the Quadri > Tilos option at the top of the view (2 above) to see the list of activities created or modified in Quadri.

  3. Use the Filter options (3 above) to cull the list by:

    • Feature status (All, New, Deleted, or Modified (in Quadri))

    • Feature type (e.g., Cut, Fill layer, Linear element, Traffic lane, Road shoulder, Lowest construction work surface, Structure layer, etc.)

    • Assignment

      • All - Show all downloaded features, regardless of whether they have been associated with a Tilos activity or not.

      • Assigned - Show only features that have been assigned to a Tilos activity.

      • Unassigned - Show only unassociated features that are ready to assign to Tilos activities.

  4. Click + (4 above) next to the top-level feature in the table to expand all of the sub-features.

  5. To see details about any sub-feature, select its row (5 above) in the table, and click each of the Activity Data, Properties, and Changes tabs on the Object Properties Toolbar. In the table, some columns are fixed. You can add others via Tools > Data Exchange > Quadri > Settings > Add Exchange Properties dialog.
    If you noted the unique feature ID in Quadri, it will be easier to find specific data.

(6 above) Activity Data tab shows the basic properties of the Quadri feature. This shows what Quadri and Tilos data are connected/assigned. If an object is deleted in Quadri, Tilos shows how the deleted object is replaced by a new one; shows you the object at the same location, but with a new GUID so you can connect to the new item. This prevents you from losing a Tilos activity just because something has changed in Quadri; you can reconnect/remap the activity.

Review the Quadri data:

  • The GUID is used to compare objects after updating.

  • Start and End Locations show the Locational attributes you set in Quadri.

(7 above) Properties tab shows the generic properties you set up in Quadri. Shows all the custom properties created in Quadri. This is the same as Generic Properties described above.

(8 above) Changes tab shows all modifications made to the feature over time.

  1. Click any activity that is highlighted (using the Highlight activity changes color described above) to bring it into focus in the active view. Review the attributes in the Object Properties pane, in particular on the Changes tab.

  2. In the Tilos Explorer, expand Views > Activity List and open the Activity list. Here you can accept the changes to the activity as needed.

Assign Quadri features to Tilos tasks

  1. To create a connection, select one or more feature rows in the table, right-click and choose an option for creating Tilos activities (that appear in the Activity List):

    1. Create Single Activity (each from single feature) - Create a single Tilos activity from a single Quadri Features. This can also be used with multi-select. Create a Tilos activity identical to the Quadri feature.

    2. Create Multiple Activities (split a single feature) - Open the Create Activity Group dialog to create multiple Tilos activities from one Quadri feature. In the dialog, you can specify how to split the feature; but the activities must match the full location of the feature (start and end location must match and cover the entire feature’s span). This option also allows you to create it as a summary activity.

      This creates a single Tilos Activity for each split. Quantities are also split and re-calculated according to the distribution distance.

    3. Create Single Activity (from multiple features) - This option (which is available when you multi-select several rows) creates one Tilos activity from a selection of multiple Quadri features. All quantities are automatically summarized.

Note: The current implementation does not check or validate that the selected features are of the same feature type.

    • Create Group Activity - If you multi-select features, you can assign many features to one Tilos activity. This requires the Sector type specified in Quadri Connection Setup because if you create one Tilos activity out of multiple Quadri features, you create the profile for every feature in the group. The group will base the start and end locations on the smallest and largest stations of the multi-selected features. And the quantity and profile from the selection.

    • Remove row(s) from table - Removes all selected rows from the view.

Note: All created Tilos activities are not deleted; they remain intact, but the link to the source feature is removed, disabling the possibility to update any changes made to the originating feature later.

    • Edit View - Disregard this menu item.

  1. Review the new activity in the Activity List. It should use the activity template that you mapped to the Quadri Feature Type the activity is based on.

  2. Verify that the Tilos properties map to a Quadri feature’s generic properties. You set this up in the Add Exchange Properties dialog above. To display these custom fields shared by Tilos and Quadri:

    1. Select an activity in the Activity List.

    2. Click the Details tab in the Object Properties toolbar.

    3. Click the Custom Activity Fields icon on the right.

    4. In the Custom Activity Fields dialog, check boxes in the Display column for each of the generic properties you mapped from Quadri.

Synchronize data between Tilos and Quadri as you make changes

As scheduled activities and progress change, push the new information (activities and files) from Tilos to Quadri.

  1. After you make changes to activities, dates, or progress in Tilos, select Tools > Data Exchange > Quadri, and click Upload to Quadri. You do not need to save your project first.

  2. Select the Quadri task you want to update with Tilos activity data.

  3. Select an alignment to define the position on the road (or other linear feature) for the activity.

  4. Select a filter to restrict which activities are included in the upload.

  5. Click OK. Do not close the dialog during the upload.

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