Overview: In this lesson, you explore the BricsCAD BIM user interface.
Knowing and understanding the user interface will make you more efficient in your daily workflow.
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
- Identify the important elements of the BricsCAD BIM user interface.
- Use the different methods in the BricsCAD BIM user interface to access different tools.
Tutorial: Exploring the BricsCAD BIM User Interface
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The BricsCAD BIM interface includes all tools, commands, and settings required to create and edit building elements. Start by creating building elements, opening an existing drawing or importing a building model.
1. Menu Bar
The menu bar contains access to the most commands for file management, interface configuration, and object creation and editing.
- To display the menu bar, do one of the following: Execute the MENUBAR command and type 1 on the command line to turn it on.
- Right-click on a toolbar or a Drawing or Layout tab, then choose Menu Bar in the context menu.
By clicking one of the items in the Menu Bar, you can expand it to display a flyout menu with additional functions. This enables you to access most of the tools from the toolbar.
In BricsCAD, toolbars are arranged in collections of similar functions within a bar of tools. Each function is displayed with an icon and is categorized by topic. Toolbars are available for all command categories. For example, a BIM toolbar is one of the tool categories available in BricsCAD BIM. This toolbar includes the most used BIM tools for modeling. It is possible to customize existing toolbars or create your own custom toolbars.
By default, BIM Toolbar is shown under the Menu Bar.
3. Working with Document Tabs
Document tabs allow you to:
- Easily switch between all open drawings.
- Drag and drop the tabs to change their order.
- Click the X icon (13) at the right-hand side of the tab to close it.
- Right-click on a document tab to display a context menu.
- Click the + (14) icon at the end of the document tab to open a new drawing.
4. Look from Widget
The Look From Widget appears in the upper right corner of the drawing area. When you hover the cursor over the widget, a small green rectangle appears (15), as does the preview of a chair (16). Clicking the cursor over one of the triangle shapes (17) shows what the 3D view will look like (18). The default location of the widget is the top right corner of the drawing area.
5. UCS Icon
UCS stands for User-defined Coordinate System. The UCS icon shows the nature of the current coordinate system.
The display of the icon is controlled through the UCS icon system variable and the position of the UCS icon is defined by the UCS icon position system variable.
6. Model Tab
When you start a drawing session, your initial working area is called Model Space. Model Space is an area in which you create two-dimensional and three-dimensional entities based on either the World Coordinate System (WCS) or User Coordinate System (UCS). You view and work in model space while using the Model tab.
7. Layout Tab
Each drawing has at least one layout and each layout is composed of one or more viewports. Each viewport can show a different part of the drawing at a different scale.
Paper space is a work environment that provides the model space view at a given scale, depending on the size of the paper.
In each layout, you can add the entities needed to complete a printed copy of the drawing; title blocks, legends, frames, etc. These entities are only visible in the layout when you add. They are not visible in the other layouts or in the model space.
UCS in Layout Mode
In paper space of layout modes, a W (19) letter appears in the UCS icon, which means the WCS is active.
Note: WCS stands for World Coordinate System.
8. Tool Panel
In BricsCAD BIM, the Tool Panel is displayed both sides of the workspace. The Tool panel consists of BIM panels. The BIM panels are dockable and thus they are movable. The panels can be moved to another docked panel using the drag and drop method. The Tool Panel on the left-hand side displays the Structure (20) and Project Browser (21) panels.
The Tool Panel on the right-hand side displays Tips, Components, BIM Compositions, BIM Profiles, Properties, Layers, and Mechanical Browser panels (default).
Note: Displaying one of the dockable panels using the context menu or command line will automatically add its icon on the Tool Panel.
The following illustration shows the Sheet Sets icon in the Tool Panel.
9. Structure Panel
The dockable Structure panel displays a structured tree view of the drawing content. This structured view is fully configurable. Configurations can easily be saved and recalled.
10. Tips Panel
Tips Panel gives general information about the tools and commands. The tips can change depending on the active command. The tips can only be seen when the panel is open.
The following illustration shows the Tips Panel when the BIMDRAG command is active.
11. Command Bar
The command bar consists of two fields.
- In the lower field, you can type the commands and BricsCAD shows prompt, options and other information regarding the execution of commands here. If the command bar is closed, this information shows in the Status Bar.
- The command history displays in the upper field of the command bar.
Click to close the command bar
Press and hold the left mouse button to drag the command bar
Command history (24)
Shows the previously typed commands
Command edit (25)
Type the commands and command options here
Scroll buttons (26)
Click the buttons to scroll the command history
12. Status Bar
The Status Bar sits along the bottom edge of the BricsCAD application window. It contains a lot of information about the settings in the current drawing. The status bar consists of 16 fields. All of these fields are optional, except the Status field (1). If you click the small black down arrow button at the right end of the status bar (2) a list of all field displays. Click a field to toggle its display.
Right-click a field to display an option menu for this field.
Status field (27)
|Displays the status of the software|
List button (28)
|Click the arrow to display a list of available Status Bar fields|
|Click a field to toggle it ON/OFF. Right-click to display a context menu.|
A ribbon organizes tools in a series of panels which are grouped in different tabs. Each tab is separated by a series of panels, and each panel contains a group of buttons, flyouts, and drop lists.
The following illustration shows the ribbon’s Model Tab (30) and the File panel (31) which are both indicated in a red rectangle shape.
Note: To display the Ribbon, right-click on a toolbar, then choose Ribbon in the context menu.