Simplify Loading by Working a Level Above

It's not uncommon to wear multiple hats in the workplace and in a busy environment - distractions happen! It can become confusing and difficult to keep track of where we left off if a phone rings, a customer walks in the door, a co-worker arrives at your desk etc...

When designing there will be loads that overlap others. For example, on a complex plan, ceiling loads and roof loads may begin to blend together. To avoid confusion between roof and ceiling loads, try drawing your roof loads on a level above, then cut and paste the loads down to their final destination.


- Move up a level from where the loads belong.

- With visibility for the level which the loads apply to, as well as visibility for the level above turned on, input the loads using the level below as a reference.

NOTE: It will be your choice whether snaps for "Select in Current Level Only" are helpful or not.


- Once all loads are drawn and it's time to move them to their final destination, select the loads and use the Cut command.

In this example we'll use Advanced Selection (Ctrl+A) and to Cut, we will use the right-click menu.

NOTE: The default keyboard shortcut for Cut is Ctrl+X.

- Ctrl+A for Advanced Selection

  • Select Loads
  • Select Current Level
  • Click Select, then OK

- Right-click (or Ctrl+x) to Cut


- Following the prompts for the Cut command, select the Cut Reference Point or use SHIFT-Click to toggle offset, or Ctrl-Click to center between 2 points.


- Once the loads are in the clipboard, change back to the level where the loads are to be applied.

- Right-click (or Ctrl+V) to Paste, using the same Reference Point the loads were Cut from.


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