Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigation tools, part of InfraWorks 360 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] So we work with our models since Infoworks 360 is so 3D visual based being able to navigate around our model is going to be able very critical to being able to be successful with Inforworks. So lets look a little bit at the different navigation tools that are available. So the first one that is straight forward is just like AutoCAD if you used the wheel and moved it away from you or pushed it up you're going to be zooming in.
If you move it towards you or pulling the wheel up then you're zooming out. That's not different at all and we are familiar with the view cube as well. You notice we also have the compass. We are able to kind of see whether are are in the north south east west and so forth. That's so very helpful because it's easy to get turned around as we obit in 3D. There's also setting here to go to a home view. It's kind of like the reset or the start position whenever we get into our model.
And so that's that start position it's kind of a northeast perspective and so I'm going to zoom in. And then use the left mouse button to orbit. This left mouse button is probably going to be the most used button for navigation. Now if you just want standard AutoCAD pan that is the right mouse button. It's not as intuitive as we would have anticipated but we don't use pan that much. So if I used the right mouse button you notice I'm panning I don't change the view or orientation of the look I'm just panning to a specific spot.
And so between all of these tools with our mouse and of course with the power of the view cube, we can get to a position or orientation that we prefer and that we can work in. Now as we get to these different positions there might be some view that we want to store and use for later use. They might just kind of be default positions. Maybe the front view of our building is the view we want to come to when we open up our model. So we can even change what our home view is.
This little context menu right next to the view cube allows us to change what our home view is. Set the current view as home. So then we can get into whatever location we find ourselves in and we can just click on the home and come straight back to the front view of our building. There's a few other properties that we can control on the look and feel of the view cube as well as other navigation controls in the contextual menu properties. Another thing that will help us with navigation is being able to set bookmarks.
Bookmarks allows us to set more than just the home view as saved views so I'm going to come to the rear of the building and we are going to come up and we're going to add a bookmark. And notice that bookmarks are even added called rear of building and so we can delete that one. And we can add another one, and well call it building rear. Make sure this is unique press enter hit saved, of course you can edit that at any time, you can delete it at any time.
And again so if we get into some location out of position and we want to go back to the rear of the building we just come to our bookmarks choose rear of building and it takes us right back there. So it's not just a home view, but also many other views that we can save using bookmarks. So just to recap: the wheel works similar to AutoCAD, zoom in and zoom out, the left mouse button is your orbit the right mouse button is your pan and then take advantage of bookmarks to save views to get you very close to where you want to be as you work with your model.
- What is InfraWorks?
- Model Builder and Model Explorer
- Navigation tools
- Creating roads, buildings, land areas, and city furniture
- Using query tools
- Terrain and feature themes
- Working with styles
- Adding decorations
- Designing roads, bridges, and drainage
- Creating a storyboard