About the 3D Document
Create this type of 3D Document based on a projection of the Floor Plan. Define the projection by setting a 2D cut plane height and defining projection direction either upwards (toward the ceiling) or downwards (to the floor). This is useful, for example, to display the load-bearing structures on a slab plan, or a reflected ceiling plan. Use it also to create shaded Floor Plan views for presentation/interior design.
This 3D Document has its source in the 3D window. Specific parameters and options affecting 3D window display (such as projection and filtering/selection of elements) will affect 3D Document display.
To add dimensions, just use ARCHICAD’s dimensioning tools, plus certain dimensioning functions that are available only for 3D Documents.
You can also access 3D Documents through the Go command of the Mini-Navigator Toolbar, or from the Window > Navigate > 3D Documents menu, or from the Window menu.
In many respects, the 3D Document is analogous to the Section viewpoint: it is an integral part of the ARCHICAD model, and its model elements are rebuilt automatically or manually, depending on its status.
In the 3D Document, you can select model elements and access their settings dialog boxes to make changes in the model, but you cannot edit them graphically or create new model elements.
However, like other model views, the 3D Document has its own 3D Document Settings dialog box, where you can set parameters that are specific to the 3D Document: these include fill/pen display of element surfaces (including cut composite elements) and contours, transparency, 3D hatching, shading, shadow and sun effects.
Note: The display of composite elements in the 3D Document window also depends on the Partial Structure Display settings.
In the 3D Document, you can display the materials of cut surfaces in a 3D-like display to graphically communicate composite structures: