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Views and Visualization

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Exercise 1.6.1: Creating Plan Views

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Create new plan views by using the Plan View tool or duplicating existing plan views.
  • Select which types of elements appear in a plan view by setting visibility graphics overrides.
  • Turn on cropping and resize the crop region for a plan view.
  • Adjust the view range (the height of the cutting plane and the view depth) for plan views and plan regions.
  • Select another level to underlay in a view.
  • Change the scale of a plan view and adjust the level of detail shown.
Figure 1.6.1 - Duplicating an existing plan view

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Student Exercise

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  • Create a plan view called Level 1-Structural that focuses on the structural elements of the first floor.
  • Set the visibility graphics overrides to:
    • Hide the furniture, furniture systems, and specialty equipment model elements.
    • Override the graphics for the structural column elements with a heavier line weight and highly visible color (for example, red) that will highlight the structural system in the view.

 

Figure 1.6.2 - Floor plan view with structural columns highlighted

  • Create a plan view called Level 1-Furniture that focuses on the interior design of the first floor.
  • Set the visibility graphics overrides to:
    • Override the graphics for the furniture and furniture systems elements with a heavier line weight and highly visible color.
    • Override the graphics for the wall, door, stair, and structural column elements to display using a halftone effect. These objects will be visible, but less prominent as you focus on furniture placement.

 

Figure 1.6.3 - Floor plan view with furniture elements highlighted

  • Create a plan view called First Floor-Residence that focuses solely on the first floor of the residence.
  • Turn on cropping and resize the crop region to limit this view to the residence portion of the model and underlay the second floor level as a guide to assist with aligning elements between floors.
  • Set the scale for this view to be 1/4 = 1'-0" (1:48).

 

Figure 1.6.4 - First floor plan view with second floor elements displayed as an underlay

  • Create a plan view called Second Floor-Residence that focuses solely on the second floor of the residence.
  • Turn on cropping and resize the crop region to limits similar to the first floor view.
  • Change the visual style for this view to Shaded with Edges.
  • Adjust the view range for this view to explore its effects:
    • Move the cut plane to 5'-0" (1.52 meters). This higher elevation will make the features of the loft wall visible in the plan.
    • Move the cut plane to 6'-0" (1.82 meters). When set to this elevation, the doors cannot be seen.
    • Return the cut plane to the default elevation of 4'-0" (1.22 meters).
    • Change the view depth to Level Below (First Floor). With this setting, objects placed on the first floor level are also visible in this view.
  • Set the scale for this view to be 1/4 = 1'-0" (1:48).



Figure 1.6.5 - Second floor plan with view range adjusted to show elements on floor below

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