View Model

This article helps you understand how to view any of your existing model on Asite.

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Asite supports online 3D viewing of model files. Below are the steps to be followed for viewing a model:

1. To view the model, click on the model record.

2. The model opens in Asite Viewer in a new window. Viewer allows you to view model file content.

3. By default, any model that you open will be default in HD i.e. in fast rendering mode. In case you are using a low memory device, you may click on 'SD' option available at top right to switch to slow rendering mode for lesser memory consumption. You can always switch back to fast rendering mode by clicking on 'HD' if required.

4. Model Tree - Click on 'Model Tree' icon available at the top left to view model tree.

5. Model tree includes all objects that will be used to construct this building. Click on 'Types' tab to see all model objects categorized based on their type.

Click on funnel icon at top right then select 'Superseded Revisions' to show or hide superseded revisions in the model tree and vice versa. If no superseded revisions are available, the 'Superseded Revisions' option won't be available to select. It also allows you to select and filter all or individual related model files from model tree while viewing a model.

By default, only latest revisions of model file will be visible.

Right click on any building object to see different options available on them as shown in below screenshot.

5a Highlight - It highlights selected building object in visualization pane by yellow color.

5b Make Transparent - It makes selected building object transparent in visualization pane.

5c Isolate - It will hide all other objects i.e. isolate the selected building object.

5d Focus - It will highlight and display the selected building object and all other objects will turn transparent.

5e Get Items for Omni Class - To search all the building object classified with same omni class of selected object. Once you click on this option, it shows all building objects (depends on integration flow) matching the omni class of selected building object. You can select the building object, specify quantity and manufacturer to place a purchase order. Once you placed a purchase order you can access and track the same under 'Procurement' tab in Asite Web Application.

5f Get Items for Assembly Code - To search for all building object classified with same assembly code of selected object. Once you click on this feature, it shows all building objects (depends on integration flow) matching the assembly code of selected building object. You can select the building object, specify quantity and manufacturer to place a purchase order. Once you placed a purchase order, you can access and track the same under 'Procurement' tab in Asite Web Application.

5g Add to Purchase Order - To add this building object in purchase order and allows you check out to place a purchase order. Once you placed a purchase order, you can access and track the same under 'Procurement' tab in Asite Web Application.

5h Add Object to List - To add selected building object in to the list. You can add multiple objects into the list and create an object list.

5i View Object Details - To view object properties.

5j Associate Files - To associate reference files to selected object. It shows all the files and folders available in same project. Click here for detailed help of associated files.

6. Similar right click options are also available in the visualization pane:

7. Various functional tools are available at top of the view pane. You are able to perform following functions.

7a Reset View

Reset the default view of the model by clicking on home icon.

7b Reset

To reset the model when using 'Measure' or 'Compare' features. Click on reset icon to reset the model.

7c Navigation

Click on navigation icon to expand available options if required. Currently, there are two navigation modes available - orbit navigation and walk navigation.

7c 1 Orbit

Free orbit to navigate the model across the viewer area. Click and hold the mouse wheel to pan around the model. Scroll the mouse wheel forward or backward to zoom in or zoom out of the model respectively. Zooming in is supported to an extent wherein you can clearly view small model parts or objects - for example, a cupboard handle. Moreover, 360° rotation is supported along-with zooming in making sure you get an angular view of that particular model part or object.

7c 2 Walk Mode

To navigate the model as in walk mode. Long press and move the mouse pointer to the direction you wish to walk forward to. Scroll the mouse wheel forward or backward to zoom in or zoom out of the model respectively. Zooming in is supported to an extent wherein you can clearly view small model parts or objects - for example, a cupboard handle.
While walk is activated, you can click and hold the mouse wheel to pan around the model. Use Shift+Left key to get up/down focus of camera.

7d Visual Style

View an object with different visual styles by clicking on appropriate option in the ribbon above model view.


Click on 'Visual Style' icon to expand available options if required. Currently there are three visual styles available - Shaded with Edges, Shaded, Hidden Line.

7e Measure

You can measure distance between two points or an angle of a model, as well as set a calibration to define measurement unit and precision.


Click on 'Measure' icon to expand available options if required. Currently, there are three measurement options available - Distance measurement, Angle measurement, Area measurement.

Distance measurement

To measure distance between two points of the model. By default, any distance is measured in 'mm' - it can be changed using other available options from the 'Calibration' option.


Angle measurement

To measure angle between three points based on X axis and Y axis. By default, any angle is measured in 'Degrees' - it can be changed using other available options from the 'Calibration' option.


Area measurement

To measure distance of selected area. By default, By default, any area is measured in m2 i.e meter square - it can be changed using available options from the 'Calibration' option.


Calibration

To define unit as well as precision for 'Distance' and 'Angle' measurements. Please note this will only be applicable as long as the model view is open. As soon as the model view is closed, the calibration will be reset to default settings. Available calibration options are:

Distance Calibration - Distance can be set in MM, CM, Meter, Inch, Feet, Fractional Feet, Fractional Feet & Inch.

Angle Calibration - Angle can be set in Degrees, Degrees - Minutes - Seconds, Radians.

Area Calibration - Area can be set in mm2, cm2, m2, in2, ft2, Acres, Hectare.

Precision - Precision can be set to 0.1, 0.01, 0.001, 0.0001, 0.00001.

You can continue navigating across the model while using the 'Measure' options; however, if you click on a navigation option - like 'Orbit' or 'Walk' - or use the 'Reset' option, that specific navigation mode will be enabled and you will need to click required measurement option again to make new measurements. Please note that any existing measurements made if any will not be affected while using navigation options,. Clicking 'Reset' option will stop display of existing measurements made if any.
To undo any measurements created if required, click 'Ctrl+Z' key combination.

7f Review

Click on cloud icon to expand available markup tools if required.


Markups - It allows you to create various markups in 3D visualization pane by clicking on appropriate option in the ribbon above model view. There are various options to create different markup. It allows you to create various markups like - cloud, arrow, line, circle, rectangle, freehand and create text.

With every markup option, you are able to set configuration as applicable:

Markup configuration includes color, line thickness, text size, arrow head. These configurations will work depending on selected markup option. For example, color and line thickness are generic options, text size and arrow head are specifically meant for 'Text' and 'Arrow' markups respectively.


Save Markup - After creating any markup, save your markup by clicking on save (floppy disk) icon. Clicking on 'Save Markup', a 'Save As' prompt is displayed.

Enter markup name and click 'Save' to continue.

7g. Analysis

Click on 'Analysis' icon to expand available options if required. Currently, there are three analysis modes available.

Cutting Planes

It enables you to cut model within X, Y and Z direction by creating cutting plane. Cutting plane options are same as the model cutting plane in Asite Navigator. You are also able to select cutting plane in reference to any direction and also can move the plane using slider.

Show Model Colors

It enables you to apply colors on selected model object. Select the concerned model object, right click and select 'Assign Color' option, An option to pick color would appear under 'Show Model Colors' icon. Select a color and click on 'Apply'. Next, click again on the 'Show Model Colors' icon to view the model object with updated color. Model objects with same GUID in multiple revisions of same model record will show with same color irrespective of selected model revision. Once a color is assigned, the right click options for that particular model object would change to 'Edit Color' and 'Remove Color', allowing you to edit or remove color from selected model object.


Show Navigation Map

It enables you to view a map of the model plan while you are navigating across the model. This map would appear at bottom right side of the model when navigating.

Explode

It enables you to view the exploded view of whole model assembly. You are able to explode the assembly using the explode slider.

Compare

It enables you to compare model revisions by selecting the model files to compare based on doc ref and model discipline. Click here for detailed help.

Calibrated Drawing

It enables you to calibrate a drawing plan in PDF file format onto a federated 3D model. Click here for detailed help.

8. Viewer window also contains views manager which is accessible by clicking on 'More Options' icon then select 'Views Manager' option. Click here for detailed help.

9. The 'Apps' option available under 'More Options' enables you to create an app on selected model. Click here for detailed help.



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