Column Tool Settings

Column top: Use this control to either top link the Column relative to its Home Story (Home+1, Home+2, etc.), or to make it a fixed-height Column (choose “Not linked”).
Optionally, define an offset for the Column top from its top linked story. (For a top linked Column, the Column height changes accordingly.) This offset value can be positive, negative or zero.
Column height: Enter a value for the total height of the Column. (For a top linked Column, this field is not editable.)
The current story: The Column’s Home Story will be the current story, on which it is placed.
Choose a story to which to link the bottom of the Column. Click Select Story to bring up the full list of stories in the project, if they are not all shown in the list.
Optionally, define an offset for the Column bottom from its Home Story (the Column height changes accordingly).
Bottom Elevation [to Reference level]: Calculates the elevation of the Column’s reference line, as measured from the Reference level (by default, this Reference level is Project Zero). Click the pop-up arrow to change the Reference level, if needed.
Note: Reference levels are defined at Options > Project Preferences > Reference Levels.
Note: The Bottom Elevation shows the current elevation of the Column bottom. Thus, this value serves as a calculation tool only, not a link. If you change the position of a Reference level, the Column will not change its position.
For a Rectangular or Circular Column:
Note: The horizontal and vertical dimensions of Columns with a rectangular cross-section can differ. Use the chain icon next to them to constrain them to the same value.
Note: When listing columns by the Structure Type criteria in the Interactive Schedule, “Basic” value will list columns having either a rectangular or circular cross-section.
For a Complex column:
Note: This pop-up shows only those Profiles whose “Use With” control includes Columns. Profiles are defined at Options > Element Attributes > Profile Manager.
Note: The horizontal and vertical dimensions of Columns with a rectangular cross-section can differ. Use the chain icon next to them to constrain them to the same value.
Add/Remove Veneer: Enable this option if you want the column to include a veneer.
Veneer Structure: By default, the veneer is considered part of the “core” of the column for display and listing purposes.
Building Material: Use the pop-up to choose a building material for the veneer.
Vertical or Slanted: Click one of these two icons to create either a vertical or a slanted column.
Note: A column cannot be horizontal; you must enter a number between 1 and 90 degrees.
Rotate Profile: Optionally, enter a rotation angle that will rotate the Column profile.
Wrapping Method: Not available for Profile (Complex) Columns. Click one of two icons to define the column wrapping method for a column that intersects a composite wall: either freestanding or wrapped by walls.
Note: A column whose veneer is defined as “Finish” cannot be wrapped.
Anchor Point of Core: Click one of the nine positioning buttons to define the point on the column which will be positioned with the cursor when you click to place the column.
Note: Not available for complex profiles, whose anchor point is the profile origin.
Show on Stories: Choose an option to define which stories will display the column.
All Relevant Stories: A multi-story column will be displayed and editable on all stories which it intersects. Multi-story columns will be correctly joined with other elements on all stories where the multi-story column is present.
Home Story Only: This column will be displayed only on its Home Story.
Projected: shows cut part of element’s 3D model, plus its uncut (downward) part.
Projected with Overhead: shows cut part of element’s 3D model (i.e., as cut at the level of the Floor Plan Cut Plane), plus the element’s overhead part (i.e. the part of the element that is above the Floor Plan Cut Plane.
Cut Only: displays only the cut part, as cut with the Floor Plan Cut Plane.
Symbolic Cut: Available only for vertical columns. The whole floor plan projection of a vertical column (either simple or complex) will be displayed as cut, using its cut line and Building Material attributes, regardless of the column’s vertical position. This option is available only if the Show on Stories control is set to “Home Story only”. The Floor Plan Cut Plane settings do not affect the display of such a column.
Outlines Only: the entire element’s outline is shown using its uncut attributes.
Overhead All: the entire element’s outline is shown using its overhead attributes.
The Show Projection pop-up contains three options. (These are available only when the Floor Plan Display option is set to one of the “Projected” options.)
to Floor Plan Range: Choose to show the element on a range of stories (the current story, plus a given number of stories above and below it.)
to Absolute Display Limit: Set a fixed lower limit (by default, this is Project Zero), then show all parts of the element above this limit.
If you choose this option, then go to Floor Plan Cut Plane Settings to set the Absolute Display Limit for this element.
Entire Element: The element will be displayed on all relevant stories.
Note: “Entire element” is the only available projection option for simple straight columns which are set to “Symbolic Cut” in their Floor Plan display. Floor Plan Cut Plane settings do not affect the display of these columns.
Cut Surfaces: In this section, set the attributes displayed for cut surfaces of the core and veneer (if any), both in Section and on the Floor Plan.
Outlines: Use these settings to define line types and pen colors to element outlines that fall above (Overhead) and/or below (Uncut) the Floor Plan Cut Plane.
Overhead Lines will be displayed if the Floor Plan Display pop-up is set to “Projected with Overhead” or “Overhead All”.
Uncut Lines will be displayed if the Floor Plan Display pop-up is set to “Projected” or “Outlines Only.”
Floor Plan Symbol: Use the controls in this section to define settings for the column’s Floor Plan (Crossing) symbol.
Symbol Type: Choose this parameter, then activate its arrow pop-up to choose one of four crossing symbols: Plain (no cross), Slash, X, and Crosshair.
Note: For a profiled column, only the Plain and crosshair symbols are available. The crosshair symbolizes the column’s axis and will revolve along with the column cross section.
Distance From Center: Enter the distance of each crosshair line from the column’s centerpoint.
Length Outside Column: Enter the length by which the crosshair line should extend past the edge of the column.
To show or hide the crossing symbol of columns on the Floor Plan, check/uncheck the “Show Column Symbol” box in Document > Model View > Model View Options > Options for Construction Elements.
Override Surface: Use this pop-up if you wish to override the surface assigned to this element (in its Building Material).
Note: For Columns placed with the Wrapped method, the choice you make here is overridden by the surfaces of the Walls that they intersect.
Note: For a Profile Column, you can also apply a Custom surface to any edge(s) of the profile element.
Custom Texture Alignment: If this message is activated, it indicates that the currently selected column (already placed in the project) has been assigned a custom 3D texture.
In this case, the Reset Texture button is also activated. Click to restore the origin of the Texture of the selected column.
Relation to Zones: Click this pop-up field to define the relationship of the Column to Zones. The list defines whether the new Column is a Zone delimiter, an element to subtract from the Zone’s area or to be ignored when calculating Zones.
Zone Boundary (not available for slanted columns): This option means that a vertical column located inside a zone will not be included when the zone area or zone volume is calculated. The zone boundary is drawn at the base of the column. Multi-story elements in automatic display mode can serve as zone boundaries on any story on which they exist, not just their Home Story.
Reduce Zone Area Only means that the2D zone will encompass the column, but the column area will not be included in the zone area. (Zone Volume, however, will include the column.)
Subtract from Zones means that when calculating the zone’s 3D volume, the volume will not include the volume of any column located inside the zone. The 2D Zone will not include the Column area either.
No Effect On Zones means that the column has no effect on the zone; the zone area and volume will include the area covered by the column.
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