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Specifies the aspect associated with the 3D Model Data document(s). An aspect is a geometric area or space related to an object. The aspect represents information about the object, such as its physical shape or the space required around the object. Aspects are associated parameters for an object, representing additional information needed for placement. Aspects can represent clearances for safety or maintenance, additional space required during operation, or simple and detailed representations of the object. You define aspects when you model a part class for the reference data.

This dialog box displays when you click the Select Aspects button on the Surface Styles and Aspects tab of the Properties dialog for a 3D Model Data document(s).

Selected aspects

Shows a checkbox list of all aspects defined by the model reference data. You can check multiple aspects. By default, the Simple Physical aspect is selected.

Simple physical

Includes primitive shapes. This aspect creates a less cluttered view of the object, showing only the body of equipment or a simplified cross-section for structure, as shown below.

Detailed physical

Provides a more detailed view of an object. This aspect shows all the graphical details associated with the equipment or structure. For example, certain types of equipment may include legs and lugs. For marine structure, this aspect uses all geometry in the cross-section, as shown below.


Shows an area around a piece of equipment indicating the presence of insulation. This aspect is also used to display structural fireproofing insulation. For example, a 4-inch pipe with insulation might look like an 8-inch pipe when this aspect is used.


Includes the area or space around the object required for operation of the object. This space shows in the model but not in drawings. For example, this aspect leaves enough space around a motor for a person to operate the motor or the overhead space needed for someone to walk up a stairway.


Includes the area or space around the object required to perform maintenance on the object. This space may appear in the model but not in drawings. For example, this aspect leaves enough space around a motor to perform maintenance on a motor, including space to remove the motor.

Reference Geometry

Allows you to construct or add graphical objects that do not participate in interference checking. For example, a reference geometry object could be a spherical control or the obstruction volume for a door. For marine structure, this aspect allows you to control the display of landing curves for design seams, profile systems, reference curves, and knuckle curves.


Displays objects as a single line representation. For example, this aspect is useful for when you want to display handrails or structural members as a single-line on drawings. For structure, the centerline is determined from the cardinal point used to place the member. That cardinal point is not always the center of the object.

Molded Forms

Displays plate, profile, and beam systems for marine structure.

Equipment Hole

Displays holes for marine structure created by Hole Management.

For more information on defining aspects for your model reference data, see the Common User's Guide.

See Also

Surface Styles and Aspects Tab (Properties Dialog)
Set surface styles and aspects for 3D model data documents