The Scoop on Scope Boxes

The Scoop on Scope Boxes

Many people suffer from an illusion that scope boxes are only useful in large scale projects, but the truth is that they are a very handy tool for any size project and they are incredibly easy to set up. Easy to set up and able to manage basic functions, they can also be very powerful and handle complex tasks. They make sense in almost every project type. We’ll discuss the more powerful uses in future posts but in this post, we’re highlighting one of the most basic functions: setting your crop region for multiple plans.

In almost every project, we see at least a foundation plan and a roof plan. When placing a view on a sheet, we’re going to have to adjust our crop region untitled-designso it can neatly fit. Many would argue it is simple enough to do this manually with just two views, but it’s even easier with a scope box.

To create a scope box, you go to the “View” tab and in the “Create Section” select “Scope Box.”

Crop Region Boxes versus Scope Boxes –

……………………………………………………..The Big Difference


untitled-design-1In plan, click in the upper left-hand corner to begin drawing your scope box then click in the lower right-hand corner to finish it.

Scope boxes have a 3-D component that can be seen in the Options bar. The height defines where the upper extents of the box will reach. For basic use, this wants to be taller than the structure. We’ll talk more about this in later posts for more advanced users.

Make sure the scope box is named accordingly. For example, if it is just the overall plans you’re encompassing, call it “overall.” If it is a section of the building, then name it that section. You should name all scope boxes because you should be using them throughout the project.

The size, orientation, and name of the scope box can be adjusted later if needed but it’s best to try to get the box set up as close as possible from the beginning.


Now that we have the scope box drawn, we can put it to use. To do that, click anywhere in the view to get the “View Properties”. Then, in the “Extents” section, there is a box for “Scope Box”.  If we select that, we’ll get a drop down of all the Scope boxes in our project. If we select the one we want, it will automatically set the crop region to that scope box and set the view to be cropped.

How is this easier than just dragging the crop region box around? Because now you can go to your foundation plan or any other plan that has similar extents and simply set the scope box to get the same exact crop region.  If you need to make an adjustment, you can adjust the scope box and all of your views will adjust.

This is just one of the most basic uses of scope boxes but we’ll get into a few more exciting uses in other posts that are soon to follow this stay tuned.