GC > View GC Explorer opens the Geometric Construction Explorer dialog box, which displays geometry related to the selected geometric construction.

When creating a new object, such as a curve or a surface, the geometry is temporary and is not named.

Geometry used to create the object is saved with the object and named. When modifying an existing object, the geometry names display.

The Geometric Construction Explorer displays parameters in a hierarchical list similar to the Workspace Explorer. Selecting a geometry name highlights the geometry in the graphic view.

Commands

The following commands are available by right-clicking an item in the hierarchical list:

Show

Turns on the graphical display of a hidden object in the graphic view.

Hide

Turns off the graphical display of an object in the graphic view. The names of hidden objects display in italics in the Geometric Construction Explorer.

Export

Exports the selected geometric construction to an XML file. This command is only available when you right-click the top level geometric construction set.

Import

Imports a previously exported geometric construction from an XML file into the workspace. The imported geometric construction replaces any existing geometric construction. This command is only available when you right-click the top level geometric construction set.

Export and Import are primarily intended for use by administrators creating complex geometric construction macros. The commands can also be used to save multiple geometric constructions, such as a set of seams or profile stiffener landing curves on a hull, that you may not complete in a single session, or that you want to reuse in a similar model.

Color Coding

You can identify the purpose of objects by the text color:

Black text

An individual geometric construction macro.

Red text

A shared parameter used by multiple geometric constructions.

Blue text

Output geometry from the macros.

1 - Geometric construction 2 - Shared parameter 3 - Output 4 - Geometric construction set |

Error Display

When a required input for a geometric construction is deleted, the Geometric Construction Explorer displays an error, such as those shown in the following example.