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    Slanted structural column - planview projection/cut style

    Hello

    First time poster, I'm sorry if this was in the wrong location.

    I'm making a family to represent a tie down between equipment at the soffit of the upper slab that will be anchored into the slab below (i.e. extrusion at an angle between levels).

    It seems like the structural column family is best suited for this because it has the "slanted" feature. First question: is there a better family template I should be using for this?

    There are two other things I could use some help on:
    1a - See attached "Cut style = perpendicular" - I have the family working but was hoping to get the planview to have a consistent arrow head size. Is this possible?
    1b - I was hoping to use arrows in planview and put a line connecting them but didn't realize the whole column rotates - see attached "planview arrows". If the project planview representation is built by extrusions/lines in plan/elevation in the family builder, then the arrowhead stretches/shrinks in project planview depending on the angle of the tie-down. I also saw a "symbolic representation" for columns but this seems to be associated with connection details and FEA symbols. Is that correct or is this the answer I'm looking for but didn't delve far enough into it?

    2 - See attached "Cut style = horizontal" - I'd like to have the section show the top/bottom of the extrusion as a horizontal cut style, but it truncates the planview arrow. Assuming there isn't a symbolic representation that can be applied to the planivew that would correct this, is there a different way to show both the full arrow and the horizontal cut in section?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Did you try using a nested generic annotation for the arrow?

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    you could also use a "brace" instead of a column. Also brace has some better tagging options possibly for what you need.
    And my suggestion would be to use a nested in symbol for the arrows, that way it should show properly in plan and elevation.
    You are seeing the arrow head distorted because you've actually modelled an extrusion there, use a 2D symbol and set it to only show in coarse mode (for example).
    Last edited by Karalon10; June 20th, 2018 at 07:34 AM.

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    Thanks for the good ideas! I ended up using a structural brace between two invisible structural columns (section - left/right reference planes) with an anno detail item for arrowhead in plan. Works like a charm!


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