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    Dimensioning curved geometry

    I am looking to be able to dimension the distance between several offset curves for a curved piece of cabinetry. As far as I can tell there is no good way to do this, unless I'm missing something. Anyone know of a way to do this, or even a workaround to 'fake' it?

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    Something like this would be my best guess:
    http://www.revitforum.org/architectu...tml#post131349

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    Unfortunately I don't think that has much to do with my issue. I have in plan a curve, which is a portion of a circle and then repeating offset circular curves. My goal is to be able to annotate these curves, showing the offset dimension between, as that is the dimension I want to hold. Short of drawing a perpendicular line between each curve and dimensioning that, I'm not sure how to accomplish this.
    I thought of providing a series of radial dimensions, but that is leaving too much to the end user to figure out the difference between each.

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    I'm working on a "curved" building.

    Short answer, no. Revit doesn't dimension between two parallel or (non parallel for that matter) curves.

    You could draw a line perpendicular to the curves and dimension the intersections - which doesn't work for non parallel curves. You can't delete the line or the dimensions go with it, so it might have to be turned white.

    We're using Point Layout and giving northings and eastings for the contractor to build from. Alternative to point layout would be spot coordinates along the curve at a set distance (1m or something to that extent).

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    Instead of drawing a line, place a reference plane, which don't show when printed (if set in the print setup.)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Dimensioning curved geometry-dimensioning_offset_circles.png  

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    If you dimension to an object that doesnt show when printed, im pretty sure the dimension wont show up either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool
    If you dimension to an object that doesn't show when printed, I'm pretty sure the dimension wont show up either...
    ...unless the things that don't print are reference planes...and in this case the reference planes allow the dims to exist but it looks like they are referencing the intersecting arcs.
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    Woah, really!? Thats freaky! I didnt think you could do that, even with Ref Planes! Learned something new today!
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    Just don't turn off Reference Planes in V/G that will kill the dims too.
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    Ahhhhh. That makes more sense. Mine are all off in VG AND the Print Dialogue. So the print Dialogue wont kill the dims. Thats great to know! Awesome tip.

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