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Difficulty Types

Developing a particular element might be a simple task or more complex. In the element Properties definition, the level of difficult of developing that element is defined in the 'Difficulty' field. You can select the appropriate value from a drop-down list, which initially contains the system values 'High', 'Medium' and 'Low'. You can add to or replace any of these values with your own custom values.



Configure > Reference Data > Model Types > General Types > Difficulty

Customize Difficulty Types



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Type the name of the Difficulty to define.

Make Default

To make the selected Difficulty the default for all 'Difficulty' fields, select the checkbox.


Clear the fields to define a new Difficulty type.


Save the Difficulty definition and add it to the Type list.


Remove the currently selected Difficulty from the Type list.


Lists the currently available Difficulty types.

Move the selected type higher or lower in the 'Type' list.

This defines the ordering used in the 'Difficulty' drop down combo boxes, and in sorting any report or list when the Difficulty type is used as the sort-by property.

For example: you have several Change elements on a diagram, and you select 'Diagram View'; then you sort on the 'Difficulty' column. The 'Diagram View' entries are grouped by difficulty, in the order you defined in this 'Type' field.

Sort Alphabetically

Reorganize the entries in the Type list into alphabetical order.

Restore Defaults

Remove all customized Difficulty values and restore High, Medium and Low.


  • You can transport customized Difficulty types between models, using the 'Configure > Model > Transfer > Export Reference Data' and 'Import Reference Data' ribbon options

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