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Modeling Building Elements

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Key Terms

The following key terms were used in this lesson:

Type Properties

Properties are common to many elements in a family. A type property affects all instances (individual elements) of that family in the project and any future instances that you place in the project.

Instance Properties

Properties that apply to individual instances (elements) of a family type in the project. Instance properties tend to vary with the location of an element in a building or project. An instance property affects only one selected element, or the element that you are about to place.

Project Views

Different views of the model, such as plan, elevation, section, and 3D views.

Boundary Lines

The outer limits or edges of many building elements, such as stairs, floors, or roofs.

Sill Height

The measurement from the floor up to the bottom of the rough opening or sill of a door or window.

Head Height

The measurement from the floor to the top of the rough opening or head of a door or window.