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« on: February 05, 2010, 07:51:37 PM »

This measuring stick works! (Edit - Metric version below)

We cannot measure in Elevation / Section View so it is trail and error trying to Elevate such things as Members used for Crown Mouldings or Brick/ Masonry Sills / Lintels .

So, I made up a scaled image with dimensions on it from 0' to 9'. Then took a column /right click ' add new' / name it Measuring Stick. Size it to 6"x6"x9'.

You can, right click/ save as, the image of the "1a Ruler 9' jpg" and add it to your materials catalog. I created a new Group named 'specialty materials'. Then assign it to a 6x6x9' Measuring stick resized from the Column properties.

Finally, use the Mapping and 'Override tile size' to resize the image accurately to the Column.

As you can see from the Crown Mldgs I added above cabinets and window, the Stick is accurate.

 Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2010, 08:18:10 PM »

I'd be interested if when added to Envisioneer, does this Bim come in sized at 6"x6"x9'. And if the original jpg assign originally is also included and size right.

In other words, is the BIM file added to Column catagory properly or must it be adjusted.
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Here is sizing instructions.

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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2010, 11:00:03 PM »

Feb2

Reposted April 2 , 2011...

Not sure which of these is correct. If anyone tests let me know which works best for metric. (I don't know why everyone doesn't just switch to Imperial   Roll Eyes


 Metric at 150mm wide by 2500mm high.

and another at 150mm x 3200mm and 3500mm


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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2010, 05:20:11 AM »

I stacked a footstool on the cushions, TV on footstool, speakers on TV and Grandfather clock on speakers.

About 12 seconds to read the height, click the element and enter proper Elevation.


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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2010, 03:46:56 PM »

Hi Jack

Good idea.

I am wondering if enough people realize that you can insert a section and elevation into model space and then use the measuring tool or the linear dimension tool to obtain measurements. For those that aren't aware go to Tools>Layout>Insert View and then insert a section or elevation view or any view into your model space and then you can measure. I use this method quite a bit.
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2010, 05:58:34 PM »

Good to point that out Chantale. I also use them . Another tool that may go unused is Window / "Tile Open Views" option. If you add a Model view you can have both 2D and 3D open at the same time.

What I like about the Measure Stick is that although I refer to Sections or base Quick Views, they are 'live views'. So if I make a change I don't have to reinsert a Section or Elevation.

Both work fine and I enjoy having lots of tools :-)

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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2010, 11:03:08 AM »

Hi Jack,

I like your Measuring Stick idea and can follow the 9' version witout a problem but am trying to come to terms with the Metric version.

It is only 100mm (4") so would not be useable for most things. If I size the image so it repeats the image 30 times (to give me a 3 metre stick - nearly 10') the markings would still be unreable.  

I could edit the image itself first to resize it 10 times the size which would give me one meter then size to repeat 3 times might do it. That would make each of your markings 10mm each wouldn't it? so the 100 marks would be 1000mm?

I am thinking aloud here - question is, am I thinking straight? It is very late (midnight) and it has been a long day!!  Or am I just missing something very obvious here?

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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2010, 03:38:30 PM »

Hi Allan,

I reposted the new one on page one and deleted the other one.

Yea, that metric stick was all wrong. I hate converting imperial and metric. I just redrew a new one but I'm not good in metric so let me know if it works.

150mm wide x 2500mm tall. Gradutions every 25mm (edit , seems like 2500 isn't tall enough, only 8.2 feet), what do you need it at?)





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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2010, 04:47:32 PM »

Clever idea that I will probably use a lot. Thanks! (And I look forward to stacking my furniture with it!)
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2010, 04:23:11 AM »

Hi Jack,

It works perfectly - as you can see by the image. I was able to place items on the shelves infintely quicker without any guesswork!

The measure is exactly right - as you can see the lower part of the cabinet is at 760 the top at 1900 as they were and the ceiling is at 2440 although you can see that on this particular image.

The mark points are 10mm not 25 but that is perfect! If you need to be even more precise, you only have to move in closed so you can easily enough estimate the mm.

The column has to be set to 245 mm square for the image to fit across it exacty without changing the scale, which is logical probably as the ar 24.5 mm per inch.

Anyway - wonderful idea - will save a lot of time. Now I will tend to put things into cabinets - it was too hard before, too much juggling!!

Hopefully you are going to share it on the TurboFLOORPLAN forum as I am sure many would appreciate it.  If you are too busy at present let me know and I will pass it on (giving you the credit of course!!!)

Thanks again,

Allan
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2010, 11:57:02 AM »

Thanks for testing it Allan. We have to work on BIM file export / import. This whole process should be done automatically by simply importing the BIM file, maybe later.

I will try to get it on TFPlan forum later today.

I still don't understand why 150mm in width isn't working as the metric images are screen grabs from a new all metric stick. I think it has more to do with default jpg image size within the program. It doesn't affect dims in this case but it definetly distorts the image.

Glad you like it, and it is so easy to move around. If you use either a section or quick view options, you get exact view without perspective.

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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2010, 12:08:50 PM »

I hereby nominate Jack Zimmer for chairman of The Royal Society for Putting Things On Top Of Other Things.
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2010, 12:19:46 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2010, 09:10:38 PM »

Jack, I installed your stick.  Works great! Sometimes, it's just easier not to have to import a view to dimension it when you are wanting to stack a something.
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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2011, 12:49:55 PM »

I have reposted images lost of the measuring stick.

Report any metric images that don't work please.

thanks

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