Tim Ball wrote:Thanks for your reply. I am very familiar with using BIMX docs, so this is more of a clarification or work around questions than a simple how to.
If I create a sheet with 2 plan views; existing and proposed, side by side, when you flip into 3D the proposed 3D grows out of the as existing plan, not the proposed.
So I am trying to find a way of telling the BIMX software to grow the proposed 3D out of the proposed 2D.
Again, here's probably where someone who's more familiar with the workings of BIMx DOCS would be useful but I would ask if you are displaying those two plans from 2 separate 3D models or from 1 3D model (split into existing and proposed by Layer combinations).
If it's the latter (and that's what it sounds like from your description), then I imagine the BIMx is publishing the 3D model from from whatever model you have open or displayed in the 3D window with those specific layer combinations turned on (in this case displaying the Proposed and not the Existing).
In other words, I don't think (from everything I'm hearing you say and from what I understand of how BIMx works) that the BIMx DOCS publisher publishes the complete 3D information (even with all the hidden layers) any more than it would have the ability to turn layers on or off automatically, as per Layer combinations in ArchiCAD to allow you to display the models in different states or to display different versions of the model and/or design scheme as you can do in the 3D Window in ArchiCAD.
The Publisher is essentially a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get....or publish) and will only export information that is visible and turned on.
Which makes sense; otherwise there's no sense in having layer controls to hide or display objects.*
In which case your solution would probably lie in having two complete separate models in the 3D window (one existing and one proposed) with all the Layer combinations allowing you to see both.
And then in the drawing sheet, extract the respective plan view from the respective models, both of which will be exported and published as BIMx Docs 3d Models (Which means your file will also probably be larger).
In this scenario, there's no way of getting around having 2 separate models displayed of the existing and proposed, in 3D in the BIMx environment, but at least you'll be able to control what you display through the sheet views which should link correctly to the correct model.
Plus, you have a bonus of being able to see both existing and proposed side-to-side, if that works for your presentation.
On the flip side, if you were already working from 2 separate models as per the former possibility I cited and it's still giving you this error of linking the existing to the Proposed model, then that sounds more to me potentially like a bug in the program, or it's possible that it might have something to do with the drawing order of how the plans are set up in the drawing sheet or layout that's also exported (highly unlikely, IMO).
I'm not sure if this is clear nor can I even be sure if it's helping since I can't test it myself, but hopefully something in there clicks.
(* in the current vanilla BIMx (not DOCS) one can turn layers on or off after export (in the desktop viewer) but only those layers which were actually turned on as the model was being exported from ArchiCAD's 3D window. So while BIMx doesn't automatically turn layers on or off per Layer combinations, you still have some level of control via layers after you export it, but only for those layers that are actually exported (which were turned on))