Showing the Project navigation palette
The Project navigation palette gives you an overview of the data structure of the current project and its specialist models. By using the MODELS and BUILDING STRUCTURE areas in this palette, you control which objects are visible in full view. As the settings in these two areas overlap, BIM Explorer displays only objects that are visible in both areas.
In addition, you can use the MODELS area to make individual models or their subordinate object types transparent.
To show or hide the Project navigation palette
Go to the left sidebar and clickShow project details.
You can see the Project navigation palette on the left side.
Tip: To hide the Project navigation palette, clickShow project details again.
Defining visibility and transparency across specialist models and object classes
You can use the MODELS area of the Project navigation palette to make the specialist models as a whole or the individual object classes therein visible, invisible, or transparent.
To define visibility and transparency at model level
- Go to the required specialist model in the MODELS area and click
Or: Toggle visibility or Toggle opacity.
- Go to the MODELS area and open the tree structure for the required specialist model so that you can see the object classes. Go to the required object class and click Toggle visibility or Toggle opacity.
Defining visibility settings by means of the structural levels of the building structure
The BUILDING STRUCTURE area shows the hierarchical structure of each specialist model in accordance with the Allplan building structure or the specifications for the IFC format with the following levels: site (IFCSite), building (IFCBuilding), and story (IFCBuildingStory).
The Allplan drawing file structure is only available in Allplan. As this structure is defined neither in IFC nor in BIM, you cannot find it in Bimplus either. The same applies to the Allplan layer structure, which has a completely different meaning in BIM and IFC. Here, layers are primarily element characteristics.
To define visibility by means of the building structure
- Go to the BUILDING STRUCTURE area and open the tree structure for the model as far as the required structural level.
ClickToggle visibility to change the objects in the structural levels from visible to invisible or from invisible to visible.
Note: The visibility settings in the MODELS area override the settings in the BUILDING STRUCTURE area. Consequently, only the objects of the models selected in the “MODELS” area are visible in full view.
Defining visibility and transparency at object level
To see all components of the building model, you can hide objects that cover these components.
As an alternative, you can isolate objects. This option is particularly useful for complex building models because you can focus on particular components.
To hide objects
- Go to the toolbar at the bottom and click
- Click the objects one after the other. You can hide as many objects as you want.
ClickHide objects again to close this tool.
The objects you clicked are still hidden.
Note: To make all objects visible again, clickReset viewport.
To isolate objects
- Click to select the object that you want to isolate. To select several objects, select and hold the Ctrl key while clicking the objects.
Go to the toolbar at the bottom and clickIsolate working objects.
This makes all other objects transparent so that you can see the selected objects only.
Note: To make all objects visible again, clickIsolate working objects again to close this tool.
Creating horizontal sections and vertical sections through the building model
You can create sections through the building model. These sections are parallel to the x, y, or z-plane. If you want, you can move the section plane so that it is perpendicular to the x, y, or z-plane.
Note to Allplan users: Allplan and Bimplus use different coordinate systems (z-axis in Allplan = y-axis in Bimplus; y-axis in Allplan = negative z-axis in Bimplus).
To create a section through the building model
Go to the toolbar at the bottom and clickSectioning the model. Select the required section plane: X, Y, or Z.
Note: To turn off the section, clickSectioning the model again.
- If you want to move the section plane:
Click to select the section plane and move it by dragging or by using the wheel button.