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Structures
Creating Linear Members

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GENSEC Creation Methods (1)


GENSECs may be created as straight, curved, arc or
ring configurations, with various creation methods
for each type, available from the Create group of
the SECTIONS tab.

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GENSEC Creation Methods (2)


The Straight button has the following options:

Single creates one straight GENSEC.


Continuous creates any number of GENSECs with the
end position of the first being the start position of
the second, etc.
Repeat creates any number of GENSECs using Single
mode by repeating the command.

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GENSEC Creation Methods (3)


The Curved button has the following options:

Free Definition creates a curved GENSEC with as


many points as required and variable curve angles
Fixed Angle creates a curved GENSEC with as many
points as required and the same fixed curve angles

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GENSEC Creation Methods (4)


The Arc button has the following options:

Centre + Sweep requires a centre point, diameter (or


radius), start angle and sweep angle
Ends + Radius requires a start point, end point and a
point to define the arc direction
Three Point requires three points through which the
arc passes
Semi-Circle requires a start and end point and a
point to define the arc direction
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GENSEC Creation Methods (5)


The Ring button has the following options:

Centre + requires a centre point and a diameter (or


radius)
Three Point requires three points through which the
arc passes
Two Point requires two points through which the arc
passes. The second point defines the ring diameter

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GENSEC Creation (1)


Select the Profile Specification, Generic Type and
Profile from the options lists in the Defaults group
of the SECTIONS tab.

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GENSEC Creation (2)


Set the profile Justification line using options list.
The new steel profile catalogue has new Pline names

Set the Material and Class, if appropriate.


Class represents a new attribute, StruClassification,
on a GENSEC. The attribute values are set in Lexicon.

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GENSEC Creation (3)


Clicking the appropriate button in the Create
group or selecting the required creation method
from the button, displays a command prompt in
the 3D view adjacent to the cursor.
Note: Straight button clicked

The Start point may be picked graphically or by


entering values in the E, N and U textboxes. The
textboxes show the current cursor position as it is
moved across the 3D view.
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GENSEC Creation (4)


If a value is entered into, say, the E textbox,
pressing the Tab key locks the value is and the N
textbox is highlighted. Making a graphical pick at
this point will only affect the Northing value
Note: the U value will be the current LCS for
graphical picks

N and U values may be entered in a similar way.

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GENSEC Creation (5)


When the Start point prompt is displayed, the
down arrow icon after the prompt indicates that
there are options available. Pressing the down
cursor key displays the options below the prompt.

Pressing the appropriate key for the option or


clicking on the appropriate tile selects the option and
returns to the prompt sequence. Pressing the Esc key
cancels the option selection.
Note: options may change for different prompts in
the sequence.
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GENSEC Creation (6)


When a valid Start point has been entered the
prompt changes to End point and a ghost of the
selected profile is displayed. Dynamic hints (which
may be switched off) give dimensional feedback for
the Start point.

Ortho mode (F8 key) may be toggled to restrict the


cursor movement to the U and V axes of the LCS.

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GENSEC Creation (7)


The End point is specified in the same way as the
Start point.
Once a valid End point has been specified the
GENSEC is created.

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Connecting GENSECs (1)


GENSECs are connected automatically during the
creation process provided Automatic mode is
enabled, a suitable snap point is obtained and the
owning member is highlighted.

If GENSECs are not connected when created then


the Connect button may be used to connect two
GENSECs together.

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Connecting GENSECs (2)


Connecting GENSECs does not require a Pline rule
to be set to obtain correct trimming, effectively,
Pline rules are now part of the system.
Only Plines with the Cconnect attribute set to ANY
are used for automatic trimming on connections.
If a connected GENSEC, or a multiple selection of
connected GENSECs, is modified, e.g. moved, Spec.
Ref. changed, Beta angle changed, etc., connectivity
is maintained in accordance with some simple
rules. This is known as Dynamic Connectivity.
An understanding of the affects of the Jfree
attribute (joint dominance) setting on a FIXING is
required to fully appreciate Dynamic Connectivity.
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Connecting GENSECs (3)


Connecting two GENSECs together creates a
JLDATU/PLDATU/FIXING hierarchy construct below
the owning GENSEC. This replaces the SNOD/SJOI
construct used for SCTN elements.

Cross markers are displayed at the PLDATU and


JLDATU positions.

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Structural Snapping Modes (1)


In addition to the Elements and Graphics snaps on
the Object Snapping Settings form, there are three
snapping modes which are particular to Structural
modelling, i.e. Projected Start/End, Significant
snaps and Distance Snap.
The modes may also
be toggled from the
Status bar.

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Structural Snapping Modes (2)


Projected Snaps
Normally an Item snap to the start or end of a GENSEC
would snap to the actual start or end point.
Projected Snaps mode modifies the Item snap at the start
and end points of a GENSEC to the JLDATU position on the
owning member.

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Structural Snapping Modes (3)


Significant snaps
This mode enables other JLDATU elements on the
same GENSEC to be used as snap points, whereas
only the start and end points would available.

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Structural Snapping Modes (4)


Significant snaps also affects other snaps.
For example, with Significant Snaps on, Item
Midpoint is measured between significant snaps
rather than start and end points.

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Structural Snapping Modes (5)


Distance Snap
This snap mode works in conjunction with other
snaps.
The snap mode may be enabled and a distance
specified on the Object Snapping Settings form:

Distance Snap may be toggled on from the


PowerWheel.

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Structural Snapping Modes (6)


When on, Distance Snap displays another input
textbox on appropriate commands in the 3D view.

The textbox is accessed using the up arrow key


and a new distance may be entered.
If used in conjunction with, say, Item or Item
Midpoint snap the requested distance is added to
the indicated snap point:

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Pline Filtering (1)


Plines can be selected and filtered from the P-line
Filters tab on the Object Snapping Settings form.
The form displays the 14 Standard Plines
applicable to all profiles in the E3D2.1 steel profile
catalogue and System Plines which are Gtype
specific and only applicable to some profiles.
Additional Custom Plines may be added to the
list, for example Plines from old or client
catalogues, by entering a PKEY and Description at
the bottom of the form.
The Visible checkbox next to each Pline
determines whether it is visible, when appropriate,
in the 3D view.
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Pline Filtering (2)

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