As it is now one has to rely on setting up ad-hoc schedules/lists to get an overview of elements and although schedules allow for element editing and thus can be seen as a manager at the project level they are quite limited as such. At the same time there is the IFC Project Manager which gives a very good overview of element and has a lot of other useful functions that the schedule approach lacks. However, it's limited to the IFC aspect of the model.
I would like to see an Element Manager similar to the IFC Project Manager. I think this would be an essential interface with constant use.
Similar to the IFC manager the new Element Manager should have functionality to:
list model elements and to filter to only list elements visible in view, for the IFC Manager this is limited to plan and 3D and should be enhanced to include section/elevation.
select elements in model from list and vice versa, for the IFC Manager this is limited to element-level and should be enhanced to work on higher nodes.
ability to assign elements to logical groups/systems, AC lacks native logical groups but this is really something that has to be introduced
filter based on criteria, for the IFC Manager this is limited to a IFC ID and should be enhanced to include criteria similar to find & select
edit elements at project level. for the IFC Manager this is limited to properties and should be enhanced to include editing element parameters similar to what can be done with schedules.