- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 15 Sep 2002
Special Feature: BOA In-Depth - Part 2
This new series of In-depth articles focuses on specific procedures or areas of a software program and provide numerous screen shots to allow one to follow along and to get as much as possible "a sense of the workings" of an application.
Continuing from our review of BOA, this second "In-depth" article looks more closely at the process of making cuts or slices through the building model which will become the basis of drawings.
In order to set up drawings in BOA you do what you think you might do: you define slices (or Cut Planes) through the model. Technically described, BOA refers to these planes as Reference Planes for the "cuts". What we do when we define a new Reference Plane in reference to a drawing is determine exactly where we want to cut through the building model. Next we define Drawing Planes using the Cut Delineation palette.
Setting Up Our Primary Drawing Plane
What we want to do with our little office (from Indepth 1 article) is define our floor plan view. We want our reference plane to cut directly at 5'-6" above the finish floor (eye level), so we'll use the Workplane palette and place a Step dimension of 5'-6" after setting the workplane to zero (or the finish floor) using the top left button (see image 001). To step up through the building at preset Step dimensions use the lower right button. Hold the option button to step downward.
|Image 001 |
Now our workplane is set to 5'-6" above the finish floor (see image above). Next we choose New from the Workplane palette and type in the name of our new workplane reference. We named it "Plan Cut". Next we use the Cut Delineation palette to define the Drawing Planes. The next process is selecting the Plan Cut workplane in the Visualization palette. And then after this defining the first Drawing Plane in the Cut Delineation palette (image 002). After choosing Redraw (lower right of Cut Delineation palette) or checking the Auto-redraw box, we end up with the resultant plan view showing just the cut elements and nothing else.
|Image 002 |
In the view above (image 002) you can see two windows being utilized. The smaller one is set to top or plan view. The larger one is set to axon view. This is one of the beauties of BOA -- the ability to view your data, including text, dimensions and symbols, in many different ways simultaneously. Make note of the Visualization Palette above right, next to the Workplane. The top pull-down menu says "Plan Cut". This is what we chose above.
Next Item: Expanding the Cut Region
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