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Gravity Tool / Level Dimension Tool

Steve Jepson
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The Gravity Tool/Level Dimension Tool only works for Roof, Shell, Slab, and Mesh.  

So what if you want to display the elevation of a sloped beam on each end?  You can't do it.  There is not even a Label that is useful for showing T.O.B. or B.O.B  at both ends of a sloped beam.  The work around - if you really want to show these elevations in a Plan View -  is to model that sloped beam as a Roof, which is not always a very good option.   If it works for Roof, Shell, Slab, and Mesh,  why not for at least Beams and Walls too ?  Until we have that (probably never) how about a Label that can display T.O.B. and/or B.O.B at both ends? Its not very useful to display wha the bottom elevatoin of the beam is on one end, and the top of a beam at the other end- which is what the current Elevation Lable does.  Also, there is the case where sloped beams are taperd from one end to the other.  

I frequently would like to place a Level Dimension on a sloped beam for the sake of easily verifying the clearance of something passing under it.  There are several things that are useful for the sake of modeling than do not necessarily end up in the Plans.  Just some functionality that would be useful sometimes. 

 

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JaseBee
Enthusiast

If you are only wanting to dimension the heights at the start/end of the beam then you could set up a few properties to help.

 

Create an expression property with something like the following expressions:

 

  • For the bottom of the low end - {Property:General Parameters/Bottom Elevation To Home Story}
  • For the top of the low end - {Property:General Parameters/Bottom Elevation To Home Story} + {Property:General Parameters/Height}
  • For the bottom of the high end - {Property:General Parameters/Top Elevation To Home Story} - {Property:General Parameters/Height}
  • For the top of the high end - {Property:General Parameters/Top Elevation To Home Story}

 

Then label it with an associative label referencing the property you're after.

 

The height property may be cross sectional height though, so for true height you may have to do some trig, or vice versa, I'm not sure.

 

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iMac OSX (10.13.6) 4.2ghz i7
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JaseBee
Enthusiast

If you are only wanting to dimension the heights at the start/end of the beam then you could set up a few properties to help.

 

Create an expression property with something like the following expressions:

 

  • For the bottom of the low end - {Property:General Parameters/Bottom Elevation To Home Story}
  • For the top of the low end - {Property:General Parameters/Bottom Elevation To Home Story} + {Property:General Parameters/Height}
  • For the bottom of the high end - {Property:General Parameters/Top Elevation To Home Story} - {Property:General Parameters/Height}
  • For the top of the high end - {Property:General Parameters/Top Elevation To Home Story}

 

Then label it with an associative label referencing the property you're after.

 

The height property may be cross sectional height though, so for true height you may have to do some trig, or vice versa, I'm not sure.

 

AC 24 5004 AUS
iMac OSX (10.13.6) 4.2ghz i7
8gb ram/8gb vram

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Easier for me to do than trying to make Expressions and such,  is to just keep a little piece of Roof in the model that I can drag around to where ever I need it to display an elevation at some point in a Plan View.  Its not something that is useful very often anyway.   Too bad the Gravity Tool can't be used in 3D Documents either.  

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JaseBee
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Yeah, that's another limitation (no level dim in 3d doc) that i used properties to get around.

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