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    optional Automatic diagonal line shown on ceiling plans

    hey guys and girls, one of our consultants is asking to have a diagonal line from ceiling corner to corner to help differentiate between different heights of different ceilings within the same room/space. We already have ceiling tags which show heights and the ceiling outline which shows the area of change is pretty obvious, but alas this doesn't suffice. Has anyone found a solution to this situation or does anyone have any bright ideas?

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    You could draw a model line on the ceiling, using the ceiling as the host. But I tell them to cut sections and look a the model.

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    Thanks for your reply! I agree, but unfortunately this time around they are in control and are demanding it. We have quite a number of ceilings so ideally the solution would be a yes/no parameter in the properties box, but due to ceilings being a system family I can't see a way of achieving this.

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    If they're in control and you really MUST do it, Scott's right: I'd do it with model lines, so they see it in all views automatically. You can use a line object style that is made just for that so you can turn them off later.

    That's an unfortunate request. With some programming knowledge you might be able to come close, but I doubt it's worth it.

    Ugh.

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    Thanks guys. I'll just do it and move on.

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    Just wait until one of those Ceilings gets built with a split down the diagonal!

    I wonder if there's some way you could accomplish the same thing (read: better) by turning on shadows?
    Not sure how you get shadows to shine up, though.

    Or maybe you just give them a 3D View either of each Room, or a thin slice of the entire floor, starting just below the lowest ceiling to just above the highest.

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    What about a surface pattern that is really large so only one diagonal shows up, move the pattern to fine tune it. Is this in addition to material patterns?

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    I could only wish that they would view the drawings that intently but knowing our luck on this project to date, it's possible.

    Unfortunately it seems that the line option is the only graphic that will suit them, also the project is so large and varying that neither the 3d option or the section option would be viable but I appreciate your feedback.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_Stafford View Post
    What about a surface pattern that is really large so only one diagonal shows up, move the pattern to fine tune it. Is this in addition to material patterns?
    Thanks for your reply.
    most of the ceilings are some sort of grid pattern which need to align with other things within the room so unfortunately we don't have the freedom to move the hatch as we please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_Stafford View Post
    What about a surface pattern that is really large so only one diagonal shows up, move the pattern to fine tune it. Is this in addition to material patterns?
    Quote Originally Posted by mhug9 View Post
    Thanks for your reply.
    most of the ceilings are some sort of grid pattern which need to align with other things within the room so unfortunately we don't have the freedom to move the hatch as we please.
    I agree with Steve but we go a bit further. What we have done is add an instance based text project parameter to the ceiling category. Then created a filter and added it to our RCP view template to override surface pattern graphics for each level of ceiling, based on your text parameter value. EG. CL2700 or CL2400. Being text based it requires monitoring but it works for us. You could also use a different ceiling type for each level and filter that way. We use shades of grey (solid and transparent, looks like shading) - lighter to darker at each level, as you ascend. Or you could use different hatch patterns, go through the colours of the rainbow, whatever suits you. Much prettier, less confusing and way more obvious than the traditional single diagonal line. It always gets me that we have the opportunity to make our drawings so much more presentable yet people still want dull old black and white cad.
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