Reference Elevation ( Modeling )

Tool summary :

  • Opens a window that lets you change the elevation of your current plan view or partial plan view.
  • You might want to change the elevation to, for example, create a new plan view, or to look at a cross section of a connection. To create a new plan view from a current plan view, use Reference Elevation to change your current plan view's elevation, then Save View As to save the relocated view under a new name. Reference Elevation can also be used to check the elevation of your current plan view or area view without changing that elevation.
  • Be aware that the reference elevation of a plan view is its work plane, which means, for example, that INCL points located in a plan view will snap to that plan view's reference elevation. Work plane highlighting takes place on surfaces that are at the reference elevation of a plan view.
  • How much you can see into or out of a view at a particular elevation is set by the view's depth checking limits .
  • You can tell the elevation of a particular point within a plan view or any other type of view by moving the point location target to that point and looking at the X-Y-Z display .
  • If you want to undo your changes, you can Undo View Change ( u ) or Revert ( Ctrl + r ).
  • Changing the Reference Elevation relocates your current view with respect to the 3D model. To make a permanent copy of your changes, use Save View As ( s v ). Once a permanent copy of a plan view has been saved, Detail Erection Views can be used to create an erection view drawing of the plan view.
  • See the step-by-step instructions .

Also see :

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   Step-by-step instructions :

1 . Invoke Reference Elevation using any one (1) of the following methods:

Method 1 : Click the Reference Elevation icon, which is pictured above. The icon can be taken from the group named ' View ' and placed on a toolbar (classic) or the ribbon (lightning).

Method 2 : If " Modeling layout style " is ' Classic ', you can use the menu system to choose View > Reference Elevation .

Method 3, 4 or 5 : Reference Elevation can also be configured to be invoked using a keyboard shortcut , the context menu , or a mode . For the lightning interface, this configuration is done using Customize Interface .

2 . A dialog box opens. On it is a single entry field:

Reference elevation: The elevation of your current view (in the primary dimension " Units " or other units ). The elevation reported is defined with respect to the 3D model's Z global axis . To change your current view's elevation, simply type in a different elevation.

Alternative 1 : Press the " OK " button at the bottom of the dialog box to relocate your current plan view to the reference elevation you have specified. Go to step 3.

Alternative 2 : Press the " Cancel " button to close the dialog box without relocating the view. Do not continue.

3 . Your computer screen redraws to show items in the 3D model that can be seen at the new elevation (within the depth checking limits of your view).

Note: At this point you have not actually created a new view; you have simply relocated your current view. Use Save View As to actually create a new view. Or use Undo View Change or Revert to undo the changes to your current view made using Reference Elevation .

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