GMS:3D Grid Tool Palette

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The following tools are contained in the dynamic portion of the tool palette when the 3D Grid module is active. Only one tool is active at any given time. The action that takes place when the user clicks in the Graphics Window depends on the current tool. The following table describes the tools in the 3D grid tool palette.

Tool Tool Name Description
Select 3D Cell Tool.svg Select Cells The Select Cells tool is used to select individual grid cells. Multi-selection can be performed by holding down the Shift key while selecting or by dragging a rectangle to enclose the cells to be selected. The ijk indices of the selected cell are displayed in the Edit Window.

Only visible cells can be selected. Cells which have been hidden cannot be selected. Inactive cells can only be selected when they are being displayed by turning on the Inactive Cells item in the Display Options dialog.

When selecting cells by dragging a box, all cells that lie within the box are selected. When selecting cells by clicking on individual cells with the cursor, only cells on the exterior of the visible portion of the grid are selected. Cells in the interior of the grid can be selected individually by first hiding the layers, rows, or columns adjacent to the cells. Cells can also be selected by using the Find Cell command in the Grid menu. is used for locating cells in the current grid based on the ijk position within the grid or by cell ID. The Find Cell dialog provides edit fields for both an ID and an ijk value. Entering a value for ID will automatically update the ijk fields. Likewise, entering a value for the ijk location will automatically update the ID. When the OK button is selected, the indicated cell will be selected in the finite difference grid.In addition to selecting one cell at a time, the Find Cell Dialog can select an entire row column or layer. A zero may be entered in any of the i, j or k fields indicating that all cells in that direction will be selected. The ID of the cells that will be selected is also displayed as static text at the top of the dialog.

Select Grid Node Tool.svg Select Node The Select Node tool is used to select nodes and to interactively edit cell boundary coordinates by clicking on the intersection of two cell boundaries and dragging the boundaries with the mouse button held down. The coordinates of the cell boundary intersection are displayed in the Edit Window as the boundaries are dragged. The coordinates of a selected boundary intersection can also be edited by directly entering the coordinates in the Edit Window.

When dragging a boundary intersection, the intersection is moved in the plane of the face where the point was clicked. For example, when a boundary intersection on the top of the grid is dragged, the intersection is constrained to move in the XY plane. If a boundary intersection on the side of the mesh perpendicular to the X axis is dragged, the intersection is constrained to move in the YZ plane.

If the Control key is depressed when dragging a boundary intersection in a view other than plan view, the intersection is constrained to move in a plane parallel to the viewing plane.

Select Material Zones Tool.svg Select Material Zones The Select Material Zones tool is used to select all cells of the grid that have the same material type. This tool is useful for hiding or isolating zones in the grid corresponding to a material type. When this tool is active, an icon appears on the grid display for each of the material types. A material zone is selected by selecting the icon.
Select I Tool.svg Select i The Select i tool is used to select an entire "row" (set of cells with the same i index) of cells at once. Multi-selection can be performed by holding down the Shift key while selecting. The i index of the selected row is displayed in the Edit Window.
Select J Tool.svg Select j The Select j tool is used to select an entire "column" (set of cells with the same j index) of cells at once. Multi-selection can be performed by holding down the Shift key while selecting. The j index of the selected column is displayed in the Edit Window.
Select K Tool.svg Select k The Select k tool is used to select an entire "layer" (set of cells with the same k index) of cells at once. Multi-selection can be performed by holding down the Shift key while selecting. The k index of the selected layer is displayed in the Edit Window.
Select Cross Section Tool.svg Select Cross Sections Once a set of cross sections has been created, each cross section can be selected using the Select Cross Sections tool. Selected cross sections can be deleted, or they can be made visible or invisible using the Hide and Show commands.

When this tool is active, a cross section icon appears on each cross section. A cross section is selected by selecting the icon. When a different tool is selected, the icons disappear. When there are several cross sections, it is often easier to differentiate cross section icons in plan view (assuming the cross sections were created in plan view). As a general rule the icons are placed in the center of the first line segment used to cut the cross section.

Select Particle Start Location Tool.svg Select Particle Starting Locations Particle Starting Locations, used in particle tracking (MODPATH), can be selected with the Select Particle Starting Locations tool. Selected particles can be deleted. Statistical information for the selected particles, such as the path length and time, is displayed in the status bar.
Add I Boundary Tool.svg Add i Boundary The Add i Boundary tool is used to insert a new i boundary into the grid. The new boundary is inserted at the cursor location when the mouse button is clicked. Inserting a new cell boundary changes the dimensions of the grid and all datasets associated with the grid are deleted. If the control key is held down while executing this command, the row will be evenly divided.
Add J Boundary Tool.svg Add j Boundary The Add j Boundary tool is used to insert a new j boundary into the grid. The new boundary is inserted at the cursor location when the mouse button is clicked. Inserting a new cell boundary changes the dimensions of the grid and all datasets associated with the grid are deleted. If the control key is held down while executing this command, the column will be evenly divided.
Add K Boundary Tool.svg Add k Boundary The Add k Boundary tool is used to insert a new k boundary into the grid. The new boundary is inserted at the cursor location when the mouse button is clicked. Inserting a new cell boundary changes the dimensions of the grid and all datasets associated with the grid are deleted. If the control key is held down while executing this command, the layer will be evenly divided.
Create Cross Section Tool.svg Create Cross Section The Create Cross Section tool is used to create cross sections in a 3D. Cross sections are formed when the user enters a polyline. A polyline is entered by clicking on several points and double-clicking on the final point when the line is finished. The Delete or Backspace key may be used to remove a point from the polyline, and the ESC key can be used to abort the process. A cross section or fence diagram is then computed by cutting perpendicular to the current viewing orientation through the currently visible cells of the grid. While most cross sections are created with the grid in plan view, any viewing orientation can be specified. Datasets are automatically interpolated from the 3D grid to the cross sections for generation of contour and color fringe plots.