Walk Through an Example Display Set Animation Workflow - Intergraph Smart Review - Help

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7.1 (2018 R1)

The example workflow below uses the MadisonPlant sample file delivered with Smart Review to create a display set made up of a horizontal tank and foundation slabs. You move this display set to another location in the model and capture the movement to create a Display Set animation. You also set the start date of the animation and the playback speed.

If you are not yet familiar with display sets, see Working with Display Sets and Create New Display Set Definitions.

The steps below uses the selected objects as the criteria to create a display set. Create a Test Tank display set made up of the following objects in the MadisonPlant model:

  • Horizontal tank equipment (Label Data Name = D-101)

  • Slab (Label Data Name = Slab-M-0288)

  • Slab (Label Data Name = Slab M-0289)

  • Create Display Sets

  1. Open the MadisonPlant.vue file in the Samples folder.

  2. Open the Project Manager (View > Controls > Project Manager) to see the display sets that are created and placed in the Display Sets folder.

  3. Click Edit > Select Filter > Objects.

  4. Locate the horizontal tank equipment (D-101) as shown in the figure below. There are multiple D-101 display sets so select the one matching the figure.

  5. Hold the CTRL key as you select the slab objects (Slab-M-0288 and M-0289) as shown in the figure below.

    Open the Text window (Window > Text) or Properties (View > Properties) so that you can see information on your selected objects as well as status messages when a display set is created.

  6. Click Display Sets > New > Display Set.
    Right-click to open a shortcut menu and click New Display Set.

    By default, Smart Review automatically creates the display set in the Display Sets folder in Project Manager, and assigns it the name New Display Set [#] where the number value (#) is the user ID.

  7. From the Project Manager, type in Test Tank.

Creating the Animation

You can now move the Test Tank display set and capture the motion to create the animation. Your Display Set animation is a simple one consisting of just four points, as shown in the image below. You move the display set out and over from its original position similar to the example below. The lines represent the animation path, and the view cones are each point you create.

  1. Click Edit > Select Filter > Display Sets .

  2. Click Animation > Display Sets Type. This playback option must be selected or checked for Display Set animations.

  3. To make sure display set motion is enabled, click Motion > [Display Set Name].

  4. Click and hold onto the Test Tank display set.

    By default, the display paths are enabled so that they display as you create the animation. To turn on and off the path display, click Animation > Display Sets > Display Paths .

  5. Click Animation > Display Sets > Capture .

    You can also use SHIFT+C to toggle motion capture on and off.

  6. Drag the display set to the first point in your animation path.

  • Click Animation > Display Sets > Lock Elevation if you want to lock the display set to the current elevation as you move it. Smart Review provides lock commands in Animation > Display Sets to help you control the display set motion when creating the animation path.

  • For more precise positioning, you can use the Num Lock key pad or the Display Sets > Edit Position dialog box.

    As you hold down the left mouse button to drag, Smart Review changes the mouse cursor and automatically surrounds the display set with a range box to show that you are in drag-and-drop mode.

  1. Repeat the previous step to capture the remaining points of your animation path.

  2. When you are at the last point of your animation, click Animation > Display Sets > Capture to clear the option and turn off capture mode.

Configuring Animation Playback

For animations, you can set the start and end dates of the playback capture as well as the playback speed. You can define these settings in the Animation > Playback/Capture Settings > Common dialog box, or by using the Set Start and Set End date commands in the Animation Sequencer. In this workflow, use the Animation > Playback/Capture Settings > Common dialog box.

  1. Click Animation > Playback/Capture Settings.
    Press ALT + 9.

  2. In the Common page:

    • Select Display sets as the animation type.

    • Set the Step in days option to 1 hour in the Dynamic update section.

      See Common Playback/Capture Settings.

      If you know the start and end dates required by your animation, you can go ahead and set them before you create your animation.

  3. Click the Display Sets page and place a checkmark by each display option to show in the animation playback. Any option that is not checked is turned off in the playback. By default, all the symbology and position options are turned off.

When you have completed your animation, you can use the Animation Player to playback and record the animation to an AVI file. For more information, see Record an Animation to Static Images or to an AVI File.

Playing the Animation

  1. Click Animation > Player to open or close the Animation Player.

    The Animation Player can be toggled on and off from the following locations:

    • Menu: Animation > Player

    • Shortcut keys: ALT + 8

    • Animation Toolbar: View > Toolbars > Animation

  2. Click Play to start the playback.

Schedule the Display Set Animation

You can run the Animation Sequencer with the Animation Player to see the locations and timing of objects as they are moved in your model. The Animation Sequencer enables you to arrange Display Set animations to reflect the schedules required in your project. You can, for example, see where an object is located at any point in time, and change its timing, if needed.

In this workflow, you change the start and end time, and extend the playback duration.

  1. Click Animation > Sequencer.

    You can also use ALT+Q to open the Sequencer.

  2. In the Time Area pane of the Sequencer, click on the Test Tank animation path.

    For more information on the Sequencer user interface, see Learn about the Animation Sequencer Interface.

  3. Move the cursor to the start of the path and drag it left to start at an earlier time.

  4. Now move the cursor to the end of the path and drag it over to the right to end at a later time.

    • Increasing the duration of an animation also slows down the playback speed.

    • You can drag the entire path to a new start date. Click the animation path and when the cursor changes to a crosshair, you can drag it over to a new date.

    • For more precise placement, use CTRL+mouse wheel to zoom into the Time Area pane to see more time details down to the hour and second.

  5. Click Play on the Sequencer so that you can see the animation starting at the new time.

You have completed the creation and playback of a Display Set animation.