Elevation Tool Settings

For a description of generic settings common to all tools in the Toolbox, see Working in Tool Settings Dialog Boxes.

For details, see Elevations.

Elevation General Panel

Reference ID: An ID is assigned by default; you can change it by typing any other value into the field. This field can contain up to 256 characters; the ID will serves to identify the Elevation in the project window and in the Navigator.

The Name field can contain up to 256 characters. This name appears in the Navigator palette and the title bar of the Elevation window.

Note: If you place a Linked or Independent marker that does not generate a viewpoint, the ID/Name fields are gray.

To Place a New Elevation Marker (Elevation Default Settings)

Use the next pop-ups to define what you want to create with the Elevation tool:

If you choose Create New Elevation Viewpoint:

its Marker Reference can contain either

the Elevation viewpoint, identifying it by its location in the Navigator Project Map;

or

the first placed drawing of the Elevation viewpoint, identifying it by its location in the Layout Book hierarchy

If you choose Place Linked Marker:

its Marker Reference can contain information from of any of the following:

a selected viewpoint

a selected drawing

the first placed drawing of the selected viewpoint

the first placed drawing of the selected view

If you choose Place Unlinked Marker:

the Marker Reference will not contain any linked information; you can define custom text in the Marker Panel below.

Reference to: shows the path (location in the Navigator hierarchy) of the chosen reference item.

To Redefine a Placed Elevation Marker (when a placed Elevation line or Marker is selected)

The pop-up fields give you feedback on the current status of the selected Marker (either Source Marker, Linked Marker, or Unlinked Marker).

Use the pop-ups to change the status as needed.

To redefine the Marker Reference: Choose from among the pop-up choices, or click the Browse button to select the viewpoint/view/drawing whose Navigator path you wish to display in the Marker. The available choices vary depending on the Marker status (Source Marker, Linked Marker or Unlinked Marker).

For an Unlinked Marker, enter custom text in the Marker Panel below.

Elevation Status (for Source Elevation markers only)

Choose an option to define the status of the link between the Interior Elevation and the Floor Plan.

Auto-rebuild Model: An Elevation with Auto-rebuild status will be automatically rebuilt every time it is opened or brought to the front of the screen if the Floor Plan has changed.

Manual-rebuild Model: An Elevation with Manual-rebuild status is not rebuilt automatically. It can be rebuilt from the model only by using the Rebuild Elevations/Rebuild from Model command of the View menu.

Drawing: In an Elevation of Drawing status, elements will be exploded into 2D drawing elements which are not linked to the Floor Plan and will not be automatically rebuilt from the model. You can, however, update the drawing to reflect recent changes made to the model.

Show on Stories (for Source Elevation markers only)

This pop-up list allows you to choose the stories on which to display the Elevation marker and lines.

If you have selected the Infinite radio button under Vertical Range, choose All stories or a particular custom story (choose the story shown in the pop-up list, or choose Browse Story to select another story of the project.)

If you have selected the Limited radio button under Vertical Range and entered height values, two additional options are active.
Entirely in Range: The Elevation marker and line will appear on all stories that are entirely in the vertical range defined in the height value fields.
At Least Partly in Range: The Elevation marker and line will appear on all stories that are at least partly included in the vertical range defined in the height value fields.

Horizontal Range (for Source Elevation markers only)

The horizontal range defines the depth of the Floor Plan Elevation that will be included in the Elevation window. Choose a radio button to define the horizontal range:

Infinite: All elements behind the Elevation Line will be shown in the Elevation window, provided that they are not hidden by other elements.

Limited: Only the elements between the Elevation Line and the limit line will be shown in the Elevation window. (The limit (depth) line is defined when you click with the Eyeball cursor after you finish drawing the Elevation line.)

See Display of Marker Range Lines.

Vertical Range (for Source Elevation markers only)

The vertical range defines the height of the Floor Plan Elevation that will be included in the Elevation window.

Infinite: The Elevation will include the entire height of the project.

Limited: The Elevation is confined to a limited vertical range. If you click this button, enter elevation values for the upper and lower limits of the Elevation. (Click the black arrow to choose the reference for the elevation values: to Project Zero, or a particular custom story: choose the story shown in the pop-up list, or choose Browse Story to select another story of the project. Elements above and below these limits will not appear in the Elevation window.

Elevation Marker Panel

Use the controls in this panel to define the appearance of the Elevation line, Elevation marker and its components.

Select a Line Type and Penweight/Pencolors for the Elevation Line and ID.

Note: The Elevation Limit line (which is defined when you create a Elevation of Limited Horizontal range) is an on-screen-only Marker Range item, whose line type and color are set in Options > Work Environment > On-Screen Options.

Length: For a segmented Elevation Line, enter a value to control how much of each segment to display at the points where the segments meet, as well as at the beginning and end of the Elevation Line.

Use the checkmarks to enable or disable the Markers at either or both ends of the Elevation Line.

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Select Marker Type pop-up: Select a parametric marker from this list.

The chosen marker’s 2D Symbol appears in the preview window.

Marker format: Choose a pencolor, penweight, font, font encoding, text size, height, and text style to format the marker.

Use Symbol Colors: Check this box to ignore Pencolor setting above and use Pencolor used when the element’s 2D symbol was created.

The parameters of the corresponding GDL Object appear in the parameter list fields.

Note: Many parameters in this list – such as First Text Row, Second Text Row – can also be set using a graphical interface in the Elevation Marker Head panel; the settings are identical.

Elevation Marker Symbol and Text Panel

Choose from the available Marker Heads for the parametric, GDL Object type markers. These options vary depending on the Markers loaded in your library.

Fill type: If you choose a Marker Head that includes a fill, this control is active. Choose the desired fill type for the Marker Head.

Pen: Choose a pen for the Marker Text.

First Text Row: Use these controls to define the Marker’s first row of text. The options available depend on the type of marker reference you defined in the General Panel.

For example, if you chose “Marker Reference to: first placed drawing”, then the First Text Row will show “Referred Drawing”, and the Drawing ID checkbox below is active.

Refer to the preview window of the Marker Panel to see how your choices affect the Marker.

Second Text Row: Use these controls to define the Marker’s second row of text. The options available depend on the type of marker reference you defined in the General Panel.

Elevation Model Display Panel (for Source Elevation markers only)

Controls are identical to those in the Model Display panel of the Section Tool Settings.

See Section Model Display Panel.

Elevation Story Levels Panel (for Source markers only)

Use the controls in this panel to define the display of Story Level lines and Story Handle Markers on this Elevation.

Show Story Levels: This pop-up list allows you to choose how to display story lines on this Elevation.

Display only: Story lines will appear only on-screen, but will not be displayed in the output.

Display and Output: Story lines will appear both on screen and on the printed output.

None: Story lines will not be displayed on this Elevation.

For information on Story Level Lines, see Story Level Lines.

Choose a line type and pencolor for the story level lines.

Markers & Story Level Lines: The left and right check boxes determine whether to display the left and right Story Markers.

The center checkbox determines whether to display the Story Level Line itself.

Note: You cannot uncheck this box if the Offset values of the Story Handle Markers are both set to zero.

Use the Design > Edit Story Levels command to adjust story levels in this window.

Offset to Elevation Boundary: Enter a value for the offset of the Story Level line beyond the limits of the Elevation (defined by the Elevation Line drawn on the Floor Plan).

Story Marker pop-up: Choose the default Marker or another loaded Marker object.

Choose a font type, encoding, font size and marker size for the components (text and symbol) of the chosen Story Marker. Set a text style (Bold, Italic, Underline) as necessary.

Use Symbol Colors: Story Markers are parametric GDL Objects. Their parameters can be adjusted in the parameter window in this panel. The list includes separate parameters for the color of the Text font and for the contour line of the Story Marker. (These are the Symbol Colors.) By default, the Use Symbol Colors box is checked in the Story Levels Panel of Elevation Settings. However, you can override these parameters by unchecking the box, then set a separate uniform color for the Story Markers in this Elevation.

If the object definition contains a script, the Story Handle Custom Settings panel is activated.

Elevation Story Handle Marker Custom Settings Panel

This panel is active if the Story Level Marker type (selected in the Story Levels Panel) contains a GDL-defined graphical interface.

Elevation Grid Tool Panel

See Section Grid Tool Panel.

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