Improve Efficiency – Model / Detail Elements Disconnect

October 5, 2011

Often when working in the interior elevations we are tempted to use region fills to represent complex tile patterns and symbolic lines for items like wall base heights.  There’s nothing wrong with this approach until you need to make adjustments in your finished floor elevation because the topography changes.  The model does not globally recognize these detail elements and as a result these items will not move vertically with the model.  This holds true for notes as well.

One way to compensate for this disconnect in the interior elevations is to group the symbolic lines, fill patterns and notes (if desired) and then dimension from the floor level line to a reference line in the group.  Lock the dimension and now the group will move with the model in elevation. Hide the dimension using the right mouse click Hide in View>Element if you don’t want to see the dimension string.  Or align and lock a horizontal line in the group to the model.  Locking to a surface pattern, like a horizontal tile grid, will also move the symbolics & annotations since the surface patterns maintain there relationship to the wall limits.

Also be aware that Modeled in Place components will have a similar disconnect if not dimensionally referenced to a component of a model (preferably a level) that controls global height.

btw: If you ever loose the finish group icon in the head ribbon just type ‘fg’ to finish the grouping command.

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