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    Offsetting Line of beams on top of each other

    Is it possible to show 2 beams separately on plan that are directly on top of each other ~3' apart?

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    technically they already show...just that one obscures the other.

    Yes its possible, apply a different color to one of them if need be. However most of the time you would simply cut a section to show the fact 2 beams are overlayed...

    Depends also how you are showing them, are you using the symbolic line, or higher detail levels in view?

    If it is the symbolic line, you can easily create multiple graphically controlled symbolic lines that you can deplace the symbolic line (not the actual modeled element) so that it shows right beside the other beam then clarify in a section that the two elements are over the top of each other.

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    I'm fairly new to this...how would I go about creating multiple symbolic lines?

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    you need to edit your beam family.
    in the family itself you can copy the original symbolic line.
    I usually make a copy above, and a copy below.
    Depending on the thickness of the symbolic line when it prints I use a 120mm offset (from centre) for a 0.5mm thickness line.
    This gives you enough space when printed to differentiate the lines.

    Once you copy a line above and below select the line above and in the properties click on the little tiny box that appears (in the properties) next to "visibility"
    and "add parameter" call it "symbolic above" (or something similar) and then class it as graphics, or text or whatever you want (I usually class it as graphics)
    Make sure it is classed as an "instance" parameter (not a "type" parameter)

    Do the same step for the line below name it "symbolic below"

    Do the same step for the line in the center name it "symbolic center"

    In the ribbon at the top of the page (with nothing selected) in the "create" tab and classed under "properties" you will see 4 icons, and one that looks like a yellow folder and beneath it one that has 4 cubes. Click on the one with 4 cubes and set the "symbolic above" and "symbolic below" lines as unchecked by default. And choose the "symbolic center" to show by leaving it checked as default.

    Now load this family into your project (and probably save it somewhere for later with a modified file name)

    Now you should have symbolic lines controllable with a simple check box in the properties.

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