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Zone Volume Calculation

Anonymous
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Hi,
I've a query on Zones.
You can set various parameters for each zone : name, floor type, area etc but if you want to calculate the volume of a 3d zone it calculates on the basis of a 2.7m ceiling height by default whatever ceiling height you've specified. This leads to silly results like :
Area 36m2
Ceiling Height 3.2m
Volume 97.2m3 (which logically should be 115.2m3)

Does anyone know if the ceiling height calculator can be changed ?

Thanks
Rob
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Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
The zone does not "read" the ceiling - you have to set the zone height manually. If the ceiling is not flat, you have to use a solid element operation (or, less dynamic - trim zone command) to shape the top of the zone.

But, do note that a zone stamp does not recompute its values unless it is updated...however Element Info will show the current value. Note the screenshot attached and the volume in the zone stamp vs the Element Info palette.

Karl
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Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
Update Zones palette shot attached. Doing a rebuild and regenerate also updates the volume seen in the stamp (cmd-option-shift-R, if defined in your WE - probably ctrl-alt-shift-R on Windows).

Karl
Update Zone.png
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Anonymous
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Thanks Karl.
Seems I had set the heights manually OK but had not initiated the update. Now its all OK.
I'll check out the solid element operation and look for the trim zone command because that will be appropriate for some zones.
Thanks again
Rob

Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
Rob wrote:
Thanks Karl.
Seems I had set the heights manually OK but had not initiated the update. Now its all OK.
I'll check out the solid element operation and look for the trim zone command because that will be appropriate for some zones.
Thanks again
Rob
You're welcome ... and note that zones normally do not show in the 3D window. You have to go to Elements to Show in 3D (I think that's what it is called) and check the box for zones. Then you can see them both for trimming in 3D and to verify that they are set properly, perhaps by bold-marqueeing your building to verify that the zones fill all of the room volumes.

Cheers,
Karl
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Anonymous
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Thanks again.
I've got that working successfully too and I'm now looking to generate the information as Zone Lists - any tips on formatting etc ?
Rob

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