Views and Visualization

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Exercise 1.6.3: Creating 3D Views

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Duplicate the Default 3D View to create additional orthogonal views.
  • Use the Autodesk® ViewCube® widget and the Autodesk® SteeringWheels® widget to change the view settings.
  • Use the section box to create 3D plans and section views.
  • Use the Camera tool to create new perspective views.
  • Adjust the crop region, far clip offset, and camera and target positions for perspective views.
Figure 1.6.8 - Moving the faces of the section box in a 3D view

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  • Create an interior perspective view of the living room in the residence by using the camera tool to place a camera in a position similar to Figure 1.6.9.


Figure 1.6.9 - Camera and target locations for interior perspective view

  • Change the name of the new perspective view to Living Room Interior and adjust the crop region and zoom as needed to create a view similar to the one shown in Figure 1.6.10.


Figure 1.6.10 - Interior perspective view cropped and zoomed

  • Duplicate the default 3D view and change its name to 3D Section.
  • Reorient the model and move the faces of the section box in order to create a section view that displays the interior features of the residence and the studio by cutting through the spiral stairs as shown in Figure 1.6.11.

Figure 1.6.11 - 3D section view cut through spiral stair

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