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Working on Maintenance Items

Creating, viewing and modifying the Maintenance items - changes, issues, defects, tasks, events and decisions - associated with a particular model element is quick and convenient, using the Construct window and the Maintenance windows. If a Maintenance window is open, when you select an element in a diagram or in the Project Browser, the appropriate maintenance items for that element are immediately listed in the window, and you can select them there to modify in the Construct window. The Maintenance windows provide several facilities for managing the maintenance items.

You can include the maintenance items in the document and web reports generated on your model. The 'Document Setup' dialog has checkboxes to show or hide element maintenance items.



Start > Explore > Properties > Construct

Construct > Change Management > Changes > Show Changes Window

Construct > Change Management > Defects > Show Defects Window

Construct > Change Management > Issues > Show Issues Window

Construct > Change Management > Tasks > Show Tasks Window

Construct > Change Management > Events > Show Events Window

Construct > Change Management > Decisions > Show Decisions Window




See also

Maintenance Item Types

The six types of Maintenance Item you can create records for are each listed on a separate Maintenance window:

  • Defects - each recording a failure to meet a requirement for the current model element
  • Changes - each recording a change in requirement for the current model element
  • Issues - each recording a risk factor that might affect the project, associated with the current model element
  • Tasks - each recording work in progress and work outstanding for the current model element
  • Events - each recording the action taken on a requirement of the current model element
  • Decisions - each recording the choice made on a requirement of the model element

Similarly, the Construct window reflects the type of item you have selected, and you can click on the Hamburger arrow. icon in the Construct window toolbar to select the type of maintenance item to create ('Maintenance > <item type>').

Adding New Items

To add new items, click on the New icon. icon in the window toolbar on either the Maintenance window or the Construct window. In either case, the appropriate fields for the item type are displayed on the Construct window, where you create the item.

The fields you complete for each type of maintenance item are very similar.

Create Maintenance Items

Applying Automatic Naming/Numbering

On the Construct window you can apply an automatic naming/numbering convention that you have previously defined, to each new item record. To do this, simply click on the Browse. icon next to the 'Name' field.

If you already have some text in the 'Name' field, it is over-written by the auto-counter text.

Set Auto Naming and Auto Counters

Element Browser

You can also use the Element Browser window to select and display specific items on the Construct window; select the 'Start > Explore > Browse > Element Browser > Maintenance > <maintenance type>' ribbon option and double-click on the required item.

Element Browser


  • Columns in the item list can be reorganized, added, removed, grouped, filtered and sorted using the options provided in the List Header facilities

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