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3. Item selection methods

The INSTANT steel application suite provides several methods of selecting model items, some of which are especially useful in large models. The selection toolbar shown below contains the icons used for various selection options.

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A brief description of the selection options follows:

  • instant-wiki-03-02 This icon is used to toggle the activation of the item selection mode. Click on this icon to begin the selection of items and then click again to finish the selection.
  • instant-wiki-03-03 This icon selects all beams and nodes of the model.
  • instant-wiki-03-04 This icon deselects all selected beams and nodes of the model.
  • instant-wiki-03-05 When this icon is active (pressed) then items are being added to the selection set. When this icon is deactivated, then items are being removed from the selection set. A selection set contains all the currently selected items.
  • instant-wiki-03-06 When this icon is active (pressed), the items are selected individually.
  • instant-wiki-03-07 When this icon is active (pressed), the items are selected along the line defined by two points in the model.
  • instant-wiki-03-08 When this icon is active (pressed), the items are selected from within the area of a rectangle defined by its diagonal points.
  • instant-wiki-03-09 When this icon is active (pressed), the items are selected from the volume of an elastic 3D box.
  • instant-wiki-03-10 Performs a selection based on user defined section, material and position filters. This way, only items that have a specific section (i.e HEA360) can be selected, or items with coordinates Z > 15m.
  • instant-wiki-03-11 When this icon is active (pressed), only nodes can be selected.
  • instant-wiki-03-12 When this icon is active (pressed), only beams can be selected.
  • instant-wiki-03-13 Allows saving of selections set for later use and reference. For example, in a frame structure model, it may be useful to define the following selection sets: Main columns, rafters, roof windbreaks, rails etc.).
  • instant-wiki-03-14 Allows loading of a previously saved selection set.

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