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    Seeing steel beams on angle

    Hi All,

    I have a problem with my steel beams - when they are on a reference plane and I cut a section/elevation through them, I can not see the member as the proper symbolic representation if my detail level is set to coarse; all I see is a single vertical line. I don't have the problem if the member is flat (ie set to a datum level) but I do when it is on a reference plane. See attached for example. I have played around with symbolic symbol properties but can not get this to work. Does anyone know how to fix this?
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    I believe symbols are only visible perpendicular to the view. As the beam is sloped the symbol would not be visible.

    Quick fix, detail item?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoBMudd2 View Post
    I believe symbols are only visible perpendicular to the view. As the beam is sloped the symbol would not be visible.

    Quick fix, detail item?
    This is correct, you cannot see the symbolic line work which will onto show perpendicular. The alternative is to set your detail view to medium which will not show the stick symbol for beams perpendicular, but at least you see all framing

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    Or you edit your structural framing families so what shows at Coarse LOD is the symbolic line AND a model line. Or just the model line. Then it will show up, but you'll potentially have things blocking it in the view.
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    Thanks for the help all. I have tried using the model line as a workaround, the problem with this is using a reference plane to draw the lines - for example I can draw the lines at the end and middle of the beam, but if I have a section that doesn't cut through either the end or the exact middle of the beam, the model line will not show up. Am I doing something wrong? Another thing that I thought of and have tried, is using the sweep that creates the member profile, and setting it to view in coarse detail level. The problem with this is it then shows up as a proper member in all drawings - plan and side elevation, even if I untick to display in those modes. I don't have a problem if I have to see the full member (rather than just 3 lines or so) but even this doesn't seem to be working how I thought it would.

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