Grid Lines in Layout

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    Corey McRoberts

    What is the most efficient way to have accurate grid lines showing in all of my construction drawings in Layout? (floor plans, elevations, and sections)

    Mike Brightman

    Hello Corey,

    You can pretty much control exactly how you want them to appear in your LayOut document by doing the following:

    1. File>Document Setup>Grid (to set your spacing) 
    2. View>Show Grid (Activates grid lines)
    3. Arrange>Grid Snap On (Allows you to snap to grid lines)

    Hope this is helpful. Grids are great for doing details and you can toggle them off and on pretty easily by setting up some ‘hotkey’ shortcuts.

    Mike Brightman

    Hello Corey!  If you are referring to structural grid lines, those can be added in SketchUp as a 2d Graphic / 3d Object…  Or you can overlay a scaled drawing on top of your floor plan.  Let me know if that helps!

    Corey McRoberts

    Yes, I’m referring to reference grid lines that show up on all plans except perspectives (horizontal on floor, foundation, and roof plans, and vertical on elevations and sections).  Here’s what I did:

    I created 2 new layers: ELEMENT_Grid lines Horizontal & ELEMENT_Grid lines Vertical and assigned a dotted line instead of ‘Default’ for those layers.

    Then added a ‘Dashed grid’ scene as another viewport to all relevent construction drawings in the ConDoc configurator.  Only the appropriate Grid line layer is visible in these ‘Dashed grid’ scenes.

    When exported to Layout, the drawings show up with a light dotted line in accurate grid locations.  I can use these dotted lines to accurately place ‘column grid’ tags from the scrapbook fairly quickly.

    Here’s the problem:

    The dotted lines show up in Layout on the Foundation Plan, Roof Plan, Elevations, and Sections beautifully.  It does not however show up on the Construction Plans.  I’ve checked the layers, scenes, and Condoc configurator set-up and everything looks right.



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