Structural Member Catalog
If you are trying to create a Structural Member Style for a standard steel section, or for a typical concrete or timber member, you will want to make the Structural Member Catalog your first stop. The parameters for standard structural members, both Imperial and Metric, are already stored in the Structural Member Catalog, waiting for you to make use of them. Access the the Structural Member Catalog on the Manage ribbon tab, by selecting the title of the Style & Display panel to expand the panel and choose the Structural Member Catalog tool on the flyout.
- The upper right pane will display an image related to the part of the catalog you are currently viewing.
- The left pane is the navigation pane. By expanding the appropriate nodes in the tree structure, you can drill down to the part of the catalog that contains the member of interest.
- The lower right pane displays the data associated with the node selected in the left pane. While in the upper level nodes, you can also double-click on an item in the lower right pane to open that node and see its contents.
You can check what was created by opening the Style Manager (on the Manage ribbon tab, on the Style & Display panel, select the Style Manager tool). Under the current drawing in the left pane, expand the Architectural Objects node, and then expand both the Structural Member Shape Definition and Structural Member Styles nodes. You will find that a shape definition and a style using that shape definition have been created using the name you specified and the geometric information stored in the catalog. Next article in the series (Structural Member Wizard)