Displaying Framing in a Cross Section/Elevation View

Reference Number: KB-00017
Last Modified: July 15, 2021

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I am not able to see my framing when I create a cross section/elevation view. What do I need to do to display the framing?


There are a couple of reasons why framing may not display in a cross section/elevation. The first reason is that framing has not yet been generated, and the second reason is that framing may not be set to display in these views. 

To display framing in a cross section/elevation view

  1. Open  the plan in which you would like to display framing in a cross section/elevation view.

  2. If you have not yet built framing, select Build> Framing> Build Framing , check the boxes for the framing components you'd like to generate, then click OK.

    In this example, we selected the Wall panel and placed a check in the Build Wall Framing checkbox.

    Note: You may be presented with several Question dialog boxes asking if you'd like to display framing layers in the current view. For the purposes of this example, we will select Yes to turn on the layers related to our wall framing. However, in your case, you may want to switch to one of your "Framing" plan views prior to this step, if you don't want to display framing in your currently active plan view.

  3. Select 3D> Create Orthographic View> Backclipped Cross Section from the menu, then click and drag a camera arrow to create a cross section/elevation view.

  4. Select Tools> Layer Settings> Display Options from the menu.

    The Active Layer Display Options side window can also be used to toggle the display of layers on and off. For more information, please watch Video 5302: Active Layer Display Options Side Window.

  5. In the Layer Display Options dialog:

    Layer Display Options dialog where layers can be toggled on and off

    • Note the Layer Set that is currently in use.

      In this example, the Section View Layer Set is selected, which is the default for the Cross Section/Elevation tool.

      For more information on layer sets, please view KB-00765: Understand Layer Sets.

    • Browse to the layers that start with "Framing, ..." and check the Disp column of each framing layer that you would like to display in cross section/elevation views.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

    • The selected framing layers will now display in your cross section/elevation views.

      Note: Horizontal framing objects that are cut by the cross section plane display as boxes containing an 'X'. Wall blocking, joist blocking, and roof blocking cut by the cross section plane displays as a box containing a single diagonal line.  

In addition to cross section/elevation views, wall framing can be edited in Wall Detail views, which are elevation views dedicated to wall framing. Please view KB-00571: Manually Editing Wall Framing to learn more.