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Thu, May 21, 2009 at 3:47:19 AM | how to dimension curved building?

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Currently Im working on building that is slightly curved in shape, never have worked on building of this shape before, just wondering if someone can give suggestions what would be the easiest way to dimension. I can set a radius and angle of external walls but have trouble to use Arc Length dimension as it does not recognise snap point from one end of the wall to another. I have attached typical floor plan of the building. 



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Thu, May 21, 2009 at 9:05:14 AM | how to dimension curved building?

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When I have to dimension arc lenght, I usually put detail lines over it and then dimension it. But it's true that I didn't have so much arc lenght to dimension as you have... so maybe it's a bit time wasting for your example... Maybe if you modify view range of your floor plan so you get bottom or top of the wall "inside" the arc lenght dimensions will snap to it?

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Thu, May 21, 2009 at 11:51:13 AM | how to dimension curved building?

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You can dimension curves in a few ways but in your instance I would pick one of your major transverse arcs, give it a radius dimesion and locate the ends of the arc from your baseline (property line?).  You could then dimension offsets from that for the other arcs and angled divisions for the other direction.

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Thu, May 21, 2009 at 4:17:55 PM | how to dimension curved building?

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Pretty cute project. I would set up three separate dimension systems. On different sheets or all on one sheet as a reference for the different trades.

  1. For a surveyor, recommended, which would consist of angle and radii to centerlines of walls and establish two work points for the surveyor to establish his interior points on the ground. 
  2. For a framing contractor I would establish to parallel base lines outside the building attached to the property corners. Then on these base lines establish stations and offsets to the various wall intersections.
  3. For local measuring I would create a simple curve centerline of wall with center of the radial walls with a base from point  of intersection of the crossing wall with the curved wall with three or for equal spaced offsets to the curve.

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Fri, May 22, 2009 at 11:44:56 PM | how to dimension curved building?

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what do you mean by 'pretty cute project'? It is a masterpiece.

Thanks guys for suggestions and also  I finally realised how to use Arch Length dimension. I think in 7 months or so of using Revit I've made good progress. there is still a long way to go and reach advanced stage but going from AutoCAD to Revit was well worth move.


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