- With a traditional structural plan, you aren't going to get very far without a grid system. This video's objective is to use our architectural underlay to set up a grid system. We're gonna add grids to the core center line of the exterior architectural walls, then we'll add some grids to some of the major demising partitions within our model. So to get started, let's jump into our model and let's go down to level one Structural Plan. My first grid is gonna be aligned with this wall right here. So let's go ahead and on the Structural tab all the way down at the Datum panel, let's click the Grid button.
On our Draw panel, let's use our Pick Lines button. Zoom into this wall right here, and make sure you snap right to the center line of the wall. You'll see it by that little blue dotted line. Once you see that, pick it. Zoom out a little bit. Now just like our levels, we can grab the grip on grid line 1 and we can drag it up. Let's go to the bottom. We can grab our grip down here and drag it down. Let's go ahead and turn on that grid. Hit Escape a couple of times.
Now what I'd like to do is select grid line 1. I'm gonna click the Copy button. Now with the Copy button picked, on your Options toolbar, make sure you turn on Constrain as well as Multiple. I'm gonna select a point along this line right about here. Don't be afraid to zoom way in close. Pick that point. Now I'm gonna come down to this wall here. I'm gonna pick the center line of that wall. I'm gonna pick the center line of my corridor wall, the next wall, the wall in the middle here.
Now I'm gonna come down and I'm gonna pick the core center line of this wall right here. I'm gonna hit Escape. You should have grid lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Let's add another one. I'm gonna right click on grid line 6. Now I'm gonna Create Similar. This time I wanna draw the grid line. So I'm gonna zoom in here. I'm gonna find the endpoint to this wall right here, and I'm gonna pick that point. I'm gonna draw my grid line straight up. It's grid line 7.
I'm gonna hit Escape. Select grid line 7. I'm gonna drag this grip down til it meets the rest of these guys. Zoom in. Turn on the bubble. Then hit Escape. Now let's start our horizontal grids. I'm gonna right click on grid 1. I'm gonna Create Similar. On my Draw panel, I'm gonna click on Pick Lines again. I'm gonna zoom in here and pick the same core center line that I did for grid line 1. Pick that point.
Let's grab our grip and let's drag it out. Let's turn our bubble on, and instead of number 8, let's give it a capital A. On the other side, let's drag our grid line out just so it extends past our radius.. Hit Escape a couple of times. Now let's select grid line A. Let's click our Copy button. Make sure Constrain and Multiple are on. They should be by default now. I'm gonna zoom in. I'm gonna pick this point here.
I'm gonna copy it down to this wall, to our corridor walls, and to this wall. I'm gonna come down here and I'm gonna make sure it's the core center line here. Gonna hit Escape a few times. Now we just have a couple left. I want to put a radial grid here. I'm gonna right click on grid line B. I'm gonna Create Similar. On my Draw panel, I'm gonna use my Pick Lines button.
For my onset, I'm gonna go 152 millimeters. I'm gonna hover over the inside face of this wall. I'm gonna pick that point. I'm gonna bring it over. I'm gonna turn on my grid lines. Now we need two more. Right click on grid line B. Let's Create Similar. I want it to go to the center line of grid line G. So I'm gonna type SC for Snap Center.
I'm gonna pick grid line G. Notice it will snap it right to the center of that radius. I'm gonna come outside of my radius. I'm gonna pick a point right here. I'm gonna hit Escape. I'm gonna label this as B.1. Enter. Select grid B.1. Type MM for Mirror Mid. I'm gonna click this center line here. I'm gonna select grid line B2. I'm gonna label it D.9.
Let's zoom out. Let's save our model. Now with the grid in place, we can start to easily add columns to our model.
- Linking architecture
- Creating levels and view templates
- Adding foundation walls, footings, and slabs
- Creating a steel frame
- Adding floors and slabs
- Adding steel brace frames
- Creating stairs and ramps
- Annotating a drawing
- Creating schedules
- Adding trusses