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Specifies the properties for the columns that you are placing or editing.

Member Properties

Activates the Member Properties dialog box. You can use this dialog box to specify additional member properties, such as material and material grade, which you cannot set on the ribbon.

 Select Elevation Plane 1

Specify the bottom elevation for the columns.

 Select Elevation Plane 2

Specify the top elevation for the columns.

 Select Grid Intersections

Drag a fence around all the grid intersections where you want columns placed. You can drag multiple fences if needed.


Click to place the columns in the model.


Clears the selected grid intersections.


Select the system to which the columns belong. You can define new systems in the Systems and Specifications task. Select More to display all systems defined in the workspace or the model. For more information, see Select System Dialog Box.

Type Category

Specifies the type category of the member, such as a beam or a column. The available member properties change depending on the member type category that you select. You can define a custom member type category by editing the Structural Member Type list in the Catalog task.


Specifies the type of member, such as a beam or column. The available member properties change depending on the member type that you select. This property is a hierarchical child of Type Category. To change the options on the list, edit the Structural Member Type select list in Catalog.

Section Name

Defines the cross-section for the member. If you know the section name, type it in. You can use the asterisk [*] character wildcard to see all sections that contain that text. For example, type W10X* to see all W10X sections in the catalog. Select More to browse the catalog for the section to use. Sections are defined in the reference data. See Structural Reference Data Overview for more information about reference data.

Cardinal Point

Displays the relative position of the structural cross-section to the member placement line. Nine cardinal positions (1 -9) are available. The location of cardinal points 10 (center-of-gravity) and 15 (shear center) depend on the section shape. The local z-axis of the member and the center-of-gravity point of the section define cardinal points 11 and 14. The local y-axis of the member and the center-of-gravity point of the section define cardinal points 12 and 13. Cardinal points 10 through 15 are unavailable for designed members or cans.


Defines the angle, in degrees or radians, by which the cross-section is rotated about the member axis. The zero-degree position is either the Z-axis or the X-axis of the active coordinate system depending on the member orientation. The active coordinate system is set using the Coordinate System control in PinPoint . The Angle property is not used when placing members using the Seated, Flush, or Centerline frame connections.


Reflects or mirrors the cross-section about the member's local z-axis. This parameter affects both symmetric and asymmetric sections. An example of when to use this option would be when you want the flanges of a channel section to point in the opposite direction. The Reflect property is not available when editing members that have Seated, Flush, or Centerline frame connections.