Visualization settings

Filter for object visibility

Last updated: Jan 08, 2024 11:17:02

In LIRA-CAD module version 2024, there is enhanced management of visibility in elements of the building information model by object type.

The Filter for Object Visibility allows you to easily modify the parameters of the view that are relevant to visualization, as well as the composition of visible objects by type.
Object types are presented in a hierarchical tree, taking account of their subtypes.

The dialog box now includes a large set of object types. The dialog box is not modal, resizable and has an auto-refresh option.

This dialog box is dynamically updated and shows a group of elements specific to the current view. As a result, only element types and subtypes that are present in the current view of the model will be displayed in the list. The state of each type (visible or invisible) is indicated with a "light bulb" icon. Use the mouse pointer to activate the "light bulbs"; then the picture in the graphical window will be changed right away: elements of the appropriate type are either shown on the screen or become invisible.

You can now select which objects should be visible as well as display them based on certain criteria for more flexible display configuration. Use the settings for the object filter to select the required criterion; objects that fulfil this criterion will be displayed. For example, if you select the criterion for columns with a cross-section of 400x400 mm, then only columns of this size will be displayed in the model.

In the new version, this dialog box allows you not only to filter objects, but also to select items with the CTRL and SHIFT keys.

Additional options to display the local axes for walls, columns and beams are available in the Meshed Model mode.

Filter for object visibility

Filter for object visibility
Filter for object visibility

Graphical presentation of cleanup

Last updated: Jan 08, 2024 11:17:02

It is possible to have a graphical representation of the cleanup objects that is color-coded (green for objects with cleanup, red for objects without cleanup). Cleanup in columns for slabs and in beams for walls, columns, and beams are displayed as points. Wall cleanup for slabs is displayed with horizontal lines, and wall cleanup for walls is displayed with vertical lines. The points and lines of cleanup in the meshed model become the points and lines of the combined behaviour of the objects (intersection points and lines). This type of representation makes it possible, even at the stage of the physical model, to identify locations where the combined behaviour of objects cannot be guaranteed. Use the "Filter for object visualization" dialog box to specify the parameters for cleanup points and lines in objects.

Cleanup points and lines

Cleanup points and lines

In accordance with certain criteria, new visualization modes are introduced to the set of functions for colour presentation of objects:

  • to display layer colours; it enables you to display objects in the colours corresponding to their layers. This tool facilitates orientation in the model when the "import floor plans" option is applied;

  • "Editable Analytics" mode. In this mode, objects that were modified manually will be displayed in colour. This visualization mode will help the user understand the modifications made to the analytical model.

These functions significantly simplify work with the model and provide more convenient and efficient interaction with the model.

How to work with object visualization in the LIRA-CAD model

Translucent elements

Last updated: Jan 08, 2024 11:17:02
  • For more productive work with the model, there is a visualization mode in which you can assign translucency to selected objects. 

    These parameters can be defined either with the "Apply Translucency" command for selected objects and individually in the "Properties" dialog box.

    The degree of translucency is defined in the "Visualization" dialog box.

How to manage the translucency of elements

How to manage the translucency of elements
  • In the new version of the program, for the "Elements translucency" mode, the way of selecting constructive objects is changed. Now to select them, it is necessary just to click the object's edge. For example, it allows you to select columns that are behind the wall. This option greatly simplifies the process of selecting the necessary objects in the model.

  • In LIRA-CAD module, you can use a visualization filter that allows you to select the currently active storey for better visibility. When the filter is activated, objects that belong to the current storey will automatically become visible, while objects on other storey will be hidden.

    This mode also provides flexible setting of the "Display together with current storey" option that is activated when you hold down the SHIFT key and click the "Current storey only" command. In this mode it is possible to configure which elements of adjacent storeys should be displayed together with the currently active storey, such as load-bearing walls, partitions and columns that belong to adjacent storeys above or below the current storey.

  • The new version of the software has added the ability to display "underlays" on certain storeys; it greatly facilitates the process of generating and analysing the building model.

    Moreover, there is an option to hide the soil model when visualising only the current storey is visualized.

  • The visual isolation of the active storey is improved. The visibility filter can now be applied to: pile arrays, wind loads and soil pressure loads on basement walls. 

Reinforcement colour palette

Last updated: Jan 08, 2024 11:17:02
  • When the main and additional reinforcement are placed in slabs and walls, it is very convenient to use the "Reinforcement Palette" option. However, previously only one standard set with settings was available for this tool. The updated version of the software offers three separate types of "Reinforcement Palettes" specifically for:

    • foundation slabs and floor slabs;
    • walls;
    • 3D visualization of the reinforcement in the whole building model.
How to set the reinforcement palette for the 3D view of the slab and wall
  • In the new version of the program, there are more options to display in colour the elements for which the design procedure was carried out. In such a way, it is possible not only to evaluate the model but also to generate working drawings, such as:
    • plan of the framework elements;
    • sectional views;
    • 3D views;
    • legends of column reinforcement;
    • legends of pile reinforcement.