Ground floor beams

Insert new beams

Beams can be created in two different manners:

1. Insert the beam in the model:

  1. Select the Beam command (_vaBeam to open the beam insertion dialog.
  2. Select the insertion parameters of the beam you wish to insert: style, alignment, elevation, profile size, etc… For the beams of the project you can choose a 25x20cm rectangular style.
  3. Select the beam insertion point with a left-click on the desired point, and left click again to specify the end point.
  4. Insert the other beams with the same process or making copies of them.
  5. Use the beam control points (by selecting the beam and selecting the _PointsOn command  ) to modify the beam length or position.

(Note: Beams are represented as a single line as long as the Plan view  mode is enabled. You can change this line representation from the attributes tab, in the beam styles dialog (_vaBeamStyles)

(TIP: Make sure the Quad, Perp and SmartTrack osnap points are on. That will help you insert the beams more precisely.)

2. Beam from curves:

  1. Select the Beam command (_vaBeam to open the beam insertion dialog.
  2. Select the Beam style you wish to use and define the basic insertion options.
  3. Select "From Curve" in the command line and then pick one curve from the model. The beam or beams created that way will have as many control points as the curves from which they were created.

Editing Beam Properties

Beams can be edited as the rest of VisualARQ objects:

  1.  VisualARQ properties in Rhino properties dialog box.
  2.  VisualARQ Object properties dialog box.

Change the beam 2D representation:

You can change the beam 2D representation from the beam styles dialog.

  1. Open the beam styles dialog (_vaBeamStyles) by right clicking on the beam icon  or on the properties icon , after selecting the beam with the style you wish to modify.
  2. Select the beam style you wish to modify and enable Override attributes in the attributes tab.
  3. Change the linetype. The list of linetypes available is the same as Rhino has in that document. Linetypes can be modified from the Rhino Options dialog.

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