0.2 Set levels

Since you will work with different levels, use the VisualARQ level manager to create them:

  1. Open the level manager. (from the Tools toolbar or typing –“_vaLevels” in the command line). The Level manager dialog box is divided in two parts:
    • A toolbar line with the following options: New Building , New Level  and Cut Plane status Cut Plane Off.
    • The list of buildings and levels and their properties: CPlane (Construction plane), On/Off display status, Locked/Unlocked status, Elevation value and Top/Bottom offset values.
  2. Click on the building icon   to create a building.
  3. Select the building from the list and click on the Level icon  to create new levels.
  4. Create 3 levels with the following names and elevation values.

Level Manager Ville Savoye tutorial

Every time a new level is created, a construction plane (CPlane) is placed on its elevation. The Cut Plane represents an invisible horizontal section plane that each level has, situated at a specific height from each level elevation. 

When the Cut Plane is turned On for a specific level in the active viewport, everything above the cutting plane of that level will NOT be displayed.

When the Cut Plane is turned On in Top viewports, the VisualARQ objects, such as doors, windows, stairs, etc... will show their 2D plan view graphic representation.

You need to select a level to enable its Cut Plane status.

  • Cut Plane On On: the viewport shows the level sectioned according to its Cut Plane position.
  • Cut Plane Off Off: the viewport displays the entire level (according to its visibility On/Off status).

Double click on any level name to set it as the current floor. This operation will put the construction plane active on that level and will hide automatically the upper levels.

Note: You need to have a “building” created to create new levels. Documents opened from a VisualARQ template comes with a building and a level created by default, but documents from a Rhino template don’t.

Hide and show levels:

The level On/Off visibility status shows or hides the objects or parts of the objects situated between the current level Elevation, and the upper level Elevation (taking into account the Top and Bottom offset values).

In-between levels can't be hidden individually. When an in-between level is hidden, the rest of levels above will be hidden automatically as well.

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