Create a Ground Plane - Intergraph Smart Review - Help

Intergraph Smart Review Help

Intergraph Smart Review
2018 R1 (7.1)

View > Settings > Environment > Ground Plane

Allows you to create a ground plane in the Main view for the model. A ground plan can enhance the model view by providing the effect of a ground, floor, or other surface types for better depth and spacing perspectives of model objects. A ground plane displays both in the Main view and in the Renderer window. Smart Review treats the ground plane like any other model object. For example, the ground plane can be located in Find Object queries and used in display sets, to name a few operations. However, a ground plane cannot be saved or exported to a .vue file.

To create a textured ground or surface effect, you can create a display set from the ground plane and then assign the required color and material to it.

To define your ground plane:

  1. Click View > Settings > Environment > Ground Plane.

    Smart Review displays the Ground Plane Settings dialog box.

  2. Click Activate to see the default or current ground plane and its settings in the Main view. The ground plane also displays when you open the Renderer window.

    You can also use View > Display > Ground Plane to turn the ground plane on and off. For more information, see Turn On and Off a Ground Plane Surface.

    The following graphic shows a sample model with the default ground plane activated.

  3. Use the following controls to define your custom ground plane:

    • To change the default color of the ground plane, click Edit and then use the Color Picker to select the required color.

    • To move the ground up or down, use the Position slider. The default position of the ground plane is 0%, which represents the bottom of the model range. A ground position of 100% represents the top of the model range.

    • To adjust the ground plane opacity, use the Transparency slider (0% - 100%). The default transparency setting is 0% which represents fully opaque. A ground plane transparency of 100% represents full transparency.

    • To resize the ground plane, use the Radius slider. The default radius is 1.0 times the model range diagonal distance. Valid radius values range from 0.1 to 10.0 times the model range diagonal distance.

      The example below shows the ground plane position moved over some of the model with Transparency set at 20% so that you can still see model objects below the ground plane.

  4. Click Restore Defaults to remove all current settings and use the preset default.

  5. Close the dialog box when you have finished.

    The software automatically applies your edits as they are adjusted and saves settings to the project database.

  6. (Optional) If you have the Photo-Realism module, you can open the Renderer window (View > Photo-Realism > Renderer) to see how the ground plane looks with your model for presentation and display purposes.

See Also

Configure View Settings
Raytrace and Render Model Objects