Linked elements

Last modified by Niklas Palmgren on 2018/04/06 14:44


IMPACT has element types for walls, slabs, beams, and columns. There is also a generic element type called ‘Linked’ that can be used for any other purpose. It has a bounding box geometry of Length, Width, and Height. It can have skewed ends like hollow core and it can host holes and recesses. Linked elements can also have reinforcement and cast-in material. It can have all planning and production data like all other element types in IMPACT.

IMPACT distinguish between model elements and manual elements. Model elements have a position in the 3D model. Manual elements have no position in the 3D model but a reference to a building, a floor, and a phase. All element types can be both model and manual. Manual elements are lined up outside the 3D model.

Figure 2: Model elements to the right and manual linked elements to the right


IMPACT for AutoCAD has no staircase module and therefore lacks the ability to draw these as a model element. On the other hand, you can draw the staircase in AutoCAD as a solid and then create a linked element of that geometry. IMPACT then creates a DWG file that contains the solid and saves it into the folder called elements. It is located in the component folder of the project. That file is loaded by the project manager so that the geometry is also displayed there. 

The animation below is showing how to create a simple staircase in AutoCAD and add it to the database as a manual linked element, then display it in the model view. This staircase can be planned for production, transport, and erection like any other element.  


Figure 2: Linked elements in Project Manager

Created by Niklas Palmgren on 2018/04/06 13:55
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