In this particular project, we are late in the game and need to run some options through our model, as suggested by the Interior Design Team. I could save out a .pln or duplicate the teamwork file (see the BIM Manual for pros and cons of various iteration methods), but in this case, I was able to run 3 different surface options and 2 different stone slab configurations through 3 rooms without having any impact on the documents or even the model.
Here are 3 (1-3 minute) videos on steps I took to make this as efficient and nondestructive to the model as possible.
We can change the background color of uncut fills in elevation and interior elevation with a simple graphic override rule. This simplifies the need to use surface colors, and juggle a lot of different surfaces in each view. A basic GO rule will allow you to control the color of individual surfaces, while maintaining the surface fill pattern.
This can be used for sections and interior elevations as well.
Almost all projects have been migrated to AC20 now, and we have just run into the first “special case” for the new Graphic Override feature. Since we use 3d Documents for Reflected Ceiling Plans, we don’t have the advantage of full control over the door or window graphics or even appearance; they show as their literal cut regardless of door settings or Model View Options. In this case, we simply wanted to hide a couple of doors in the RCP; the folding doors on the right side of the image below:
To do this, we just took the Graphic Override for RCP’s and added a new Graphic Override Rule (Hide Doors):
This rule simply has a criteria that requires the override to apply to Doors 224 & 235 in this project. Then the Override Style is set to override all Lines to Pen 91, Fills to Empty Fill with Pen 91 for Foreground Pen 0 for Background.
The result is exactly what we wanted to see; doors are there, but not visible in the documents:
It is important to note that this solution does not resolve the Pen and Fill issues we see with saving DWG files; and further exploration is needed to find a solution for exporting DWG files without these doors showing up on our consultants plans.