New Offset Definition


After clicking on the Offsets dialog, a new dialog for defining an offset is displayed.

The New Offset dialog has 2 tabs:

On the Absolute tab, an offset value is defined by specifying a value of the shift in the direction of selected axes. This offset value does not change regardless of the operations performed on the elements on which the offset was defined.

On the Relative tab, an offset value is defined in relation to other existing objects. A basic feature of this offset type is automatically fitting an object to objects that already exist. (Fitting the length of a selected object to other defined objects, that is, the length increases or decreases as well as changing the position of one object with respect to another).

NoteWhen performing any operation on the elements to which a relative offset refers (such as, changing the dimension of a column adjoining to a beam that is assigned a relative offset), the offset value changes in such a way that elements fit each other.

The difference between the absolute (manual) and relative (automatic) offset is shown in the following 2 examples:

Example 1

Changing a section of a column adjoining to a beam

Example 2

Changing the position of an object with respect to a selected object

Description of the Absolute tab:

See also:

Offset definition in the local/global system

The Relative tab has 2 parts: Cross-section and Member length.

Operation of the relative offset: