Element Designer is a modelling environment in which families are developed with predefined parametric "conditions". This tool enables you to both edit the existing elements and create your own catalogues of non-pressure elements (pipes, wells) with the required characteristics and the appropriate level of detail (LOD).
Before starting work in Element Designer, you should specify the path to the directory into which the created families will be loaded. Next, select an element to create, whether it be a pipe or a well. If it is needed to edit the element, find it in one of the catalogue families and click “Edit”.
When creating a new element, its name and a short description are always specified first.
Using parameters “Element Configuration” and “Modelling”, the element undergoes direct development.
In “Element Configuration” you can see the name, category, type, and shape of the element being developed. Selection of the required shape determines the parameters that will be considered as the key ones, when designing the element.
In tab “Modelling”, you can set the working plane, using which a new element will be created, and add various geometry parameters to it: segments, circles, points, etc. It also assigns the dimensions for the geometry displayed in the plane, which can be defined later by key parameters through variables.
Tab “Modifiers” enables you to speed up modelling by extruding bodies along the logical subtraction or addition trajectory of 3D bodies, etc.
“Automatic Data Layout” allows you to assign a fixed base point of an element, i.e. the insertion point of the element in the model.
Tab “Model Parameters” is responsible for all dimensional parameters of the geometry from which the element is created, as well as for the element shape parameters defined at the very beginning of the element development.
For example, creation of a reinforced concrete well in Element Designer involves extruding three-dimensional bodies from the plane using various modifiers with successive parameter setting for each of its necessary parts.