The General tab displays the opening properties that you can edit or that are automatically determined by the software at placement. The property name appears on the left side of the grid and the corresponding property value appears on the right side of the grid. If you selected more than one opening and then selected the properties command, only the common properties between the selected openings display.
When viewing properties for a single opening, the following properties display. More properties may display depending on what you defined in the reference data. Refer to the Structure Reference Data Guide for more information on properties. You can access this document using the Help > Printable Guides command in the software.
Category - Select the properties that you want to view for the opening. Opening properties have one category: Standard. You select the category to define values for by using the Category option.
The standard properties that display depend on the reference data for the opening. Because opening reference data is fully customizable, only the common properties are documented.
Specify a name for the opening.
Select the naming rule to use to name the opening.
Default Name Rule - Names the opening using the format "Opening-<location>-<index>" where <location> is the global workshare location ID and <index> is a unique index number that starts at 0001. For example, Opening-1-0043.
Unique Name Rule - Names the wall using the format "Opening-<location>-<index>" where <location> is the global workshare location ID and <index> is a unique index number that starts at 0001. For example, Opening-1-0043.
User Defined - Select to specify the wall system name yourself in the Name box.
Type a description for the opening.
Specifies the cutting depth method for the opening.
Select Through-All to completely penetrate the object in which the opening is placed. This option is available for all objects in which you can place an opening.
Select Through-Next to penetrate only one side of an object. For example, you want an opening only on the top flange of a channel section. This option is available only when the object that you select for the opening is a member whose cross-section has parallel webs or flanges or a wall that turns back on itself. In the figure, A is the Through-All option and B is the Through-Next option.
Select User Defined to specify the penetration depth of the opening. The cutting depth is applied equally in both normal and opposite of normal of the sketching plane. This option is available for all objects in which you can place an opening.
Select Along the Normal to apply the cutting depth along the normal of the sketching plane as indicated by the arrow. This option is not available if the object being cut is a member.
Select Opposite to Normal to apply the cutting depth in the opposite direction of the normal of the sketching plane as indicated by the arrow. This option is not available if the object being cut is a member.
Specifies the cutting depth for the opening. The software measures the depth from the sketching plane that you specified. Be sure to define a cutting depth that intersects the structure. The cutting depth is indicated by the arrow in the graphic view.
Default constant offset
Specify the offset between the opening edge and the boundary. Type 0 to place the opening edge on the boundary. Type a negative number to offset the opening inside the boundary. Type a positive number to offset the opening outside the boundary. This offset can only be set when the boundaries are lines or planes.