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David Poiron

Ceiling Tag Height Value

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We are using the ceiling grid tool and are trying to tag the height of the ceiling grid. We are using the #IPZ# definition to get the height, which works well when the layer elevation (Z value) is zero. When the layer elevation (Z value) is say 10' (as it might be on the second level of the building), it adds 10' to the ceiling height value for the tag. Therefore, a ceiling grid object set to 8' on level 2 shows a tag value of 18' instead of the desired 8'. Is there any way to set up the tag with a different definition, or perhaps subtract the layer elevation to get the desired ceiling height value for each level of the building?

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@David Poiron I've had the same question, but I couldn't figure out a solution. I took a slab 'data tag' and tried to edit it with no success. @Wes Gardner is the genius with these issues if there is a solution - or @Matt Panzer

 

It could be useful for ceiling (AC Tile), ceiling slabs, or anything that we set on a reflected ceiling plan.

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We ended up creating a tag for each level and minusing the layer level from each definition in the data tag for levels 2 +. It worked, but there should be a definition for the height of the grid tool relative to the layer as opposed to the origin, so that one tag is sufficient.

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Unfortunately, I do not see any way to do this currently but certainly see the need.

I found an Enhancement Request for this (VE-101574) and added a comment with a link to this thread to give it a nudge.

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It's not end-end automatic but you can create a Record Format to receive manual input of the Layer Elevation.

This Record Fomat can be applied to the Ceiling Grids and the Layer Elevation automatically subtracted from the absolute Ceiling Grid Elevation by editing the Data Tag Layout

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@bcd Thanks for the suggestion, but unfortunately I think this is even less automatic than our current workaround, which is to put the layer level as a negative amount in the definition for the data tag for each building floor level.

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As a workaround the stake tool can be used to show ceiling heights in plan views and the benchmark tool in section views. They don’t link to the ceiling object however so need to be manually placed at the correct height.

 

 

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