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Different units for elevation benchmarks and dimensions

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Does anyone know how to make elevation benchmarks display in viewport annotations in decimal feet while having the drawing units set to feet & inches?  

 

A workaround seems to be converting the drawing units to decimal feet and then shifting the benchmarks horizontally by a pixel (shift + left arrow), then converting the drawing back to feet & inches for dimensioning the rest of the building. The benchmarks appear to stay in decimal feet in the annotations while the dimensions on the rest of the file switch back to feet & inches, but if you move or edit the benchmark then it will convert back to feet & inches, forcing you to repeat the unit switch process over again to get the benchmark back to decimal feet.

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What I do is select 'Custom' under Elevation Display so that I can type in an elevation with the proper decimal units. It's a dumb solution, but it works for me.

 

Your workaround might work, but personally I don't like the idea of changing the drawing units back-and-forth.

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Yes, selecting "custom" will work, but will result in the benchmark being a static object. I'd like the benchmark to be referenced in 3d space so it updates with a change in story height. 

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You should file a wishlist item for that because currently the Elevation Benchmark is a 2d element that is not dynamically linked to 3D Story Levels. It would be great if the Elevation Benchmark had the option to be automatically shown in Elevation / Section Viewports and would be linked to Story Levels.

 

Also file a separate wishlist for the Elevation Benchmark to have unit display controls separate from the document unit settings.

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