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    Spot elevations as linear dimensions - faster, better?

    Hello,

    I have to dimension sections with spot elevations. I quickly realized that this is quite the repetitive job, especially if some elements get deleted, case in which you must place a manual dimension again, buut mainly for the speed, it takes ages.

    A thought came up: would it be possible to create some kind of a family or a custom dimension of some sort that instead of displaying the distance between points, would actually display the vertical height based on the Project level ? and no, I don't mean a continuous linear dimension starting with 0 -1-2-3
    Do you guys know what I mean?:beer:

    #2
    Yes. You can make a line based detail item with a nested tag that reads the length.
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      #3
      I'm not sure how I could go about doing that. Would you be so kind as to give me some pointers?
      Would this be able to read the heights of different stories? (I guess it should as the height is also a length, the main difference being the project/sea zero point)

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        #4
        How would this help?
        It wouldn't matter if the dimension is a Dimension, or a Spot Elevation.
        If the element you're dimensioning gets deleted, the dimension attached to it get deleted too.
        Unless you're talking about a "Dimension" that's not attached to anything. In other words, a piece of Dumb Text.
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        BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

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          #5
          yes, you are correct, it would not help with that, but it would still be 10 times faster to place these ones instead of the manual way of placing spot elevations one by one.

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            #6
            Maybe i misunderstood the OP. I was thinking "dimension" as a stringline between two points with a length parameter along it.. Different from an spot level if thats what you're after i'I'm still not sure?
            Either way you can make "dumb" things but autocad is better at that.
            Whatever you're after maybe a few screenshots would help.
            Last edited by elton williams; July 7, 2017, 02:40 PM.
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