View 2D files and 3D models

Windows

View 2D files and 3D models

With Trimble Connect, you can view both 2D files and 3D models locally on your computer.

Open the 3D model view

According to your needs, do one of the following:

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Open the original 3D view

  1. On the start page, click a project to open the project detail view.

  2. In the View section in the middle of the project detail view, click 3D view.

Open the latest shown 3D view

  • On the start page, click below a project.

View a 2D file

To view a 2D file, such as a photo, a document, or a PDF file:

  1. On the start page, click a project to open the project detail view.
  2. In the Explorer side pane, double-click the file.

View models

The Models list in the upper-right corner lists all the models that are included in your project. The Explorer view also lists the models in a project. Several models can be included in a single project. For example, a single project can include architectural, structural and MEP models. The models can be grouped into model groups. You can dock or undock the Models list, and move it around the 3D view.

The Models list displays all the models that are included in a project. The models are visible in the Explorer view as well.

View model properties

  • Double-click the selected model in the Models list to open the model property pane, or click .

Load models for viewing

If you do not need to work with all the models at the same time, you can load single models. Alternatively, if you have created a model folder, you can load the model folder and all its models.

  1. In the Models list, click the Model Selection button to select models for loading.
  2. In the Model Selection dialog box, select check boxes next to the models that you want to view.
  3. To close the Model Selection dialog box, click Close.

Show and hide model folders, models and assemblies

You can show and hide models and model groups using the Models list. If the model is in the .ifc format, you can show and hide the assembly level information as well.

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Load a model

  • In the Models list, click Show model.

The model objects are loaded to Trimble Connect and appear on the Objects list. The objects are also shown in the 3D view.

 

Unload a model

  • In the Models list, click Hide model.

The model objects are hidden and removed from the Objects list and Trimble Connect.

 

Show model objects or assemblies

Do any of the following:
  • To hide a particular object or assembly, in the Objects list, click next to the object or assembly.

  • To highlight an assembly in the model, select an assembly in the Models list.
  • To show assembly information in the property pane, select and double-click an assembly in the Models list.

    In the assembly property pane, you can click Zoom to Object or Select Object and view the assembly in the 3D view.

  • To show all selected objects or assemblies and hide all other objects, click on the ribbon.

    Currently hidden objects that are selected are also shown.

  • To show all objects and assemblies in the model view, click on the ribbon.

    Note that only objects in the currently loaded models are shown.

 

Hide model objects or assemblies

Do any of the following:
  • To hide a particular object or assembly, in the Objects list, click next to the object or assembly.

  • To hide objects and assemblies that are not selected, select objects and click on the ribbon.

    Any selected objects that are currently hidden remain hidden.

 

When a model folder, a model or an assembly contains both hidden and shown objects, the visibility symbol looks like this: .

Adjust the representation and visibility of models and objects

You can select different representation options for the models and objects using the view toolbar on the left. You can also show or hide objects, such as clashes, grids, or IFC spaces.

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Change the transparency level of all models

Drag the slider .
  • To show the models as solid, drag the slider up.

  • To show the models as transparent, drag the slider down.

Display hidden objects and models as ghosts

To see the context of objects, you can switch on the ghost mode. In the ghost mode, hidden objects and models are shown in the model view as ghosts, or with high transparency. Note that you cannot select the transparent ghost objects or models.

  • To switch on the ghost mode, click .

  • To switch off the ghost mode, click .

Switch between perspective and orthogonal modes

  • To switch to the orthogonal mode, click .

    In this mode, objects keep their size the same despite their distance to the viewing point.

    You cannot navigate through objects in the orthogonal mode.

  • To switch to the perspective mode, click .

    In this mode, distant objects appear smaller than close ones.

Show or hide clashes

  • To show clashes, click .

  • To hide clashes, click .

Hide or show object links

Object links are links between a model object and an attached document.

  • To show object link symbols, click .

  • To hide object link symbols, click .

Show or hide grids

  • To show all grids, click .

  • To hide all grids, click .

  • To select the grids that you want to show, click the arrow below , and select check boxes next to the grids that you want to show.

Show or hide IFC spaces

  • To show IFC spaces, click .

  • To hide IFC spaces, click .

Set an image file as the 3D view background

You can set an image file as a skybox, or a background image in the 3D view.

Requirements for skybox images:
  • The image file needs to be in one of the following file formats: .bmp, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .gif, or .ico.

  • The image file needs to have the right size and dimensions to work properly in the 3D view.

  1. On the start page, click a project to open the project detail view.
  2. In the Explorer side pane, right-click the image file.
  3. Select Set as background image.