1.6 Create Structures with Massing

How to create structures using the massing tool

In this tutorial you will learn how to create structures and buildings within cmBuilder using the massing tool.

Summary

  • Go to Buildings, followed by Massing
  • Click Detailed /Simple Massing and then click Add Volume
  • Place points of the polyline to define a closed shape, Click Done

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Detailed Massing

  • Define number of floors, floor height, color, and elevation if applicable. Click Confirm
    • Note: The total number of floors must be defined upon creation, as it is currently not possible to add floors post hoc
  • Edit shape of the massing for single or multiple floors
    • When editing, click the three dots on the floor where the change occurs
    • Choose to edit 'Current Only' or 'Current and All Above'
    • Edit the shape as desired by moving, creating or deleting points, and click 'Done'
  • Use the Model Browser to hide/show floors for sequencing

What is a Detailed Massing?

    • A multi-level 3D shape that can be used to represent buildings and structures, roads, or any other object
    • Can be sequenced with milestones with hide/show
    • Typically used for something within the scope of work

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Simple Massing

  • Edit height, color/opacity and position by by double clicking the massing (or right click, edit)
    • To edit height - select the cog to adjust and pull handles to suit
    • Click 'Apply to All Milestones' to set the color and opacity

What is a Simple Massing?

    • A single-level 3D shape used to represent surrounding buildings, obstructions or any other object
    • Cannot be sequenced; is either, hidden or shown for the whole simulation
    • Typically used for something outside the scope of work

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Further Reading:

🔗 Massing - For a more in depth explanation and examples

 

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