The Project command projects connectors, domains, database curves, and database points onto the database. Grid entities are projected for the obvious reason of needing grid topology to match your geometry. Database curves and points are projected to imprint them upon database surfaces for the purpose of surface trimming. The entity or entities to be projected must be selected prior to entering the Project command panel.

Candidate database entities are those that are visible unless target database entities are selected within the Project command. The candidate database entities for projection can be modified by changing the Show/Hide status of the entity (see the Attributes section for more detils) or by turning database layers on or off (see the List section for more details). Only surface and quilt entities in database layers that are on and are set to Show can be projected onto. Turning off the layer containing the entities that the grid points should not be projected onto, or changing the entity’s display status to Hidden, has two effects. First, it prevents the projection algorithm from placing the grid points on the wrong surface. Second, it reduces the number of surfaces the projection algorithm has to go through and, therefore, the process will run a little faster.


Tip: For complex geometries, select your target database surfaces within the Project panel before using a Closest Point projection. Alternatively, you can also isolate the layer containing the database surfaces onto which you plan to closest point project. Either one of these methods will help ensure that all the points in the selected grid entity are projected onto the appropriate surfaces.

Select Edit, Project. Select the Type of projection, the Direction of the projection (if applicable), and whether the Interior Only or end points as well should be projected in the Projection Control frame. If a specific database or set of database entities are the target, select them in the Target Database Selection frame. Click Project. If the projection is not satisfactory, change the projection settings, then click Project again. The projected entity will be re-projected based on the new settings. Clicking OK will save the projected entity, while clicking Cancel will exit the Project panel without saving any changes.

Project Panel
The Project panel provides multiple options for projecting an entity in addition to a summary of projection statistics.

Within the Project panel, the Projection Summary table provides details about the points and percentage of points that have been projected on the connector and/or domain levels or provides a percentage only for database curve projections.

Beneath the Projection Summary table, you will find the Project command which will apply any settings you have made in Projection Control to either the entire visible database or those entities selected via the Target Database Selection command.

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