Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Opening and navigating a project, part of Learning Tekla BIMsight.
- [Instructor] So let's get started with Tekla BIMsight, I'm going to open the software here. And make sure you are on the home tab. So click here on home and you can see projects. And the first thing you should do when you first open Tekla BIMsight is to register yourself. So notice here on the top that I'm logged in as Mundim, you should do the same by filling the form that you have here on the top right of Tekla and this is really important because when you create a project or create a note inside a project, Tekla will register you as the author of that project or that note.
And that's really important when you're collaborating with others. Now let's open and navigate one project. Let's open this Tekla BIMsight demo project by double clicking on this picture or clicking on the view icon here. Now Tekla will take some time to load all the models that are here on this list and when it's done it's going to zoom extend to the entire model. The first thing we need to know is how to move around the model. Starting with zoom. To zoom in, use this navigation control here on the right.
So you click and hold to zoom in, and zoom out, or you can use the scroll of your mouse to do the same. To orbit around, you left click anywhere on the model and Tekla will orbit around that point. To pan, we change here from orbit mode to pan mode, then we can pan. The third icon here is to walk around, so if I left click here on the screen, I'm walking around the model.
And the last one is to look around, which means the camera will stay in the same position and then you're just simply going to be looking around. Now you don't need to change those all the time to do the navigation, what I do is keep the first option here to orbit around with the left click and then use the middle click to pan and the right click to look around. So with those three functions, you can do pretty much everything you need. Here at the top we have some options to select area, so we select some objects.
Next we can hide the selected objects, so hide all of them. To bring them back, you click on this option here, show all, so it brings it back. You can also choose to hide others, so if I click here, everything else gets hidden but the elements that I have selected. And then let's bring everything back. And you can achieve the same by selecting one element and clicking here to show only this element.
So everything else is hidden but this element. Let's bring it all back. Now you can also undo or redo. And you can choose here to fit to view, so Tekla will fit the view to the selected element. You can achieve the same by double clicking the element, so for example, if I double click on this window, Tekla will zoom there, or by using the space bar. So if I press space bar, Tekla will zoom in all the way there. If I hold the alt key and then double click on one element, Tekla will align the camera with that face.
So for example if I hold alt key and double click here, Tekla will align the view to that face. Next we can add some clipping planes and this is really important 'cause we use these all the time so if you click here on the scissor and then click in one face on the model, Tekla will add this clipping plane cutting everything there. Then to move the clipping plane, you click and hold the scissor and then move it to the position you want.
You can add as many clipping plane as you need, so for example, I can add another one here on the top, click and hold and then move down. And I'm going to add another one here on the front, so use the clipping planes to get the model to show what you need. Now to delete a clipping plane you can either right click here on the scissor icon and then remove or simply by selecting the clipping plane and then press delete. To remove all the clipping planes, so if I have another clipping plane here, you can click on this icon clear all clipping planes.
Now here on the left we have all the models that we loaded on this project. Started with our texture, structure, foundation, and so on. You can hide entire model by clicking on this view icon, so if I click here, I hide the architectural model, so let's say I want to hide the site, I'm going to look for the site group here, so I have a couple of models inside the site, and I can click here to hide the entire site group. So notice here I have one grid element at the bottom.
So I can turn the grid on and off by clicking on this button here. So if I click here it's on and off. If you click on the arrow you will have some options, so I actually have two grids, one for the main building and another one for here so if I click on the arrow and then uncheck this box I will hide that second grid. You also have some options here, so if I click on the first grid, I can choose at what elevation I want to turn the grid on. So for example, I can turn the grid here on the first real floor.
And I can see them so if I needed to in another situation I want to see the grid a little bit higher up I can turn them on here. So I'm going to switch it off 'cause I don't really need it right now. Now let's bring the architectural back and we have some more options here. One of them being transparency, which means I put all the model a little bit transparent so I can see through. I know we have a little bit too much right now but we're going to sort that out later. We can also choose to see some ghosts.
So for example, if I select a bunch of elements here and then hide it, when I click on the ghost I see those elements that are hidden like the corner or the crane or my site. So you choose to see the hidden objects. So I'm going to switch the ghost off. You can also change from perspective to orthogonal view, and you can choose to show or hide the conflict. So we have a couple of conflicts here that you couldn't see before and right now they are displaying, but I'm going to keep it hidden.
We also have some options to show only critical conflict or new, pending, and so on. But let's keep it off for now. Finally we can see the notes for this model, so all the notes that we have and the documents. So if you want to see the model a little bit cleaner, just uncheck those two, let's choose the show all button to see everything again. And we have our model without all the comments. Now one last thing is to bear in mind that you can navigate through some views.
So we have views here that Tekla already saved for us, so if I double click in one of them here, Tekla will take us to that view. Let's click on another one, there's a welcome here for us. Plan view. An MEP view here and so on. So you can save views. Views with clipping plane, with different grid heights and so on. So you can save them. So let's create one view for us. I'm going to go here to the Tekla house view and let's create a clipping plane.
Move it a little bit. Let's zoom in here, just anywhere and then press the plus button. So if I press here Tekla will create one view at the end of the line here. This is my new view, I can right click to rename. So I want to say it is my view or whatever name you want to give. You can also update the view, so for instance, if I think this is a better point, I right click here and update the view.
Then we can also remove the view or set this view to be the project snapshot which is the view we saw on the home page. And finally we can see this view on full screen. So I'm going to go back here. I don't really want this view, I'm going to right click and then remove. Okay. Now one thing I really love about Tekla is that it really allows us to visualize everything we need on the project so make sure you use the zoom and walk around to look around, to get into the building, add a lot of clipping planes, and then save the views for later.
- Opening and navigating a project
- Starting a new project
- Editing models
- Visualization techniques
- Adding and managing documents
- Markup tools
- Creating conflict rules
- Managing conflicts
- Exporting and importing notes
- Sharing a project