Prerequisites: To have created all worksheets (see article: Creating worksheets)
Step 1: draw your network
Prepare the zoning
Double-click on the worksheet (see sector) to mesh from the FINALCAD palette
- Prepare the zoning
- Validate the measure by clicking "Define measure" in the control palette
Select a door opening or an interval of 90 cm.
Note: This operation is highly recommended, especially for the FINALCAD Structural Works progress module.
This makes it possible to automate the text size according to the blueprint and to calculate the surface areas of each zone.
- Define the North if you have that information
- You can check in the FINALCAD Palette sector tab area that the information has been validated (green indicator at the top of the palette)
Create or duplicate polylines
- Use the "POLYLINE" command to define surface polylines on a zone mesh (if your surface polylines already exist go to point 4)
In this way, the zones will be clearly distinguishable on the sector blueprint.
- Duplicate your surface area polylines You can use the "AOPTIMIZE" command to do it automatically. (do not do this if you have proceeded to point 3)
- Select the polylines then copy/paste in the same place on the ZONING layer
Name the zones and sector (see article: Best practices)
- Add names for each zone using the "MTEXT" command and place them in the centre of the unit.
You can also use the automatic GTEXT function which will attempt to recover as much text as possible. Be careful to follow certain rules (see article:). For example, you must not have several MTEXT in the same polyline in order to automatically create the zoning. You can use the FPMERGETEXT function to merge several MTEXT. You must still pay special attention to the texts.
- Then add the name of the worksheet (sector) using the command "MTEXT", it must be outside the zones (this a technical constraint that will be removed later)
Step 2: Creating your mesh
- Click on "Create a zone" from the control palette and then click the name of the zone and finally its polyline
- Once all the zones have been created, click on "Create a sector" from the control palette
- Click on the sector name text
- You get a zoned sector (see below)
Special case: zone with an island
If you have islands:
- You must manually create zones before the rest of the network
- Enter the "FCIZONE" command (you will find all accessible commands on this page) then click on the name of the zone and finally on its polyline
- Select the polylines of the islands in your zone, and press "Enter".
You can skip these two stages for creating zones and sectors by clicking on "Automatic zone" FCAZONE. In this case, the module handles associating the names of zones to polylines itself.
Careful: automatic zoning must be created after the zones with islands are created.
Prerequisites: in order to function, automatic zoning needs a unique MTEXT for each polyline and a sector MTEXToutside of the zones.
Step 3: complete your meshing
This operation is as necessary for the exploitation on terminal (smartphone/Tablet) as for analytical reports.
Colour areas according to colour code: main zone for housing or offices, then the corridors, stairs, etc.
- From the control palette, click on the zone typology and then the corresponding zone
Change the text size to make it readable on the terminals.
- From the FINALCAD palette, fill in the field "size of text". We recommend a size of 18 for optimal comfort for reading on devices (smartphone/Tablet).
- Save your worksheet