Pile Plot Item


Show the locations of pile elements as lines. The first few attributes of this plot item are contingent on the first attribute (Color By).


Color By


Set either a “label” or a “contour” to be colored on the plot item.



Specify which label or value (as determined by the previous setting) to display in the plot item. The options for both are shown on the following table. Some options will require additional, dynamically-provided attributes in order to complete the selection; these are indicated with notations on the table.

Table 1: Selection Options for Label/Value
Label Value
Label Value
Attach Conditionᵈ Accelerationᶜ
Collection ID Axial Force
Coupling Yield Axial Stress  
Density Convergence
Extra of Elementᵉ Disp (Rel) of Linkᵈ
Extra of Nodeᵉ Displacement of Nodeᶜ
Group of Elementˢ Extra of Elementᵉ
Group of Nodeˢ Extra of Nodeᵉ
Propertyᵖ Force in Elementᶜ
Target of Link Force of Linkᵈ
Uniform Gap 1ᵈ
Yield State of Linkᵈ Gap 2ᵈ
  Moment in Element
  Ratio Local
  Ratio Target
ᶜA “Component” attribute follows
ᵉAn “Index” attribute follows
ᵈA “DOF” (degree of freedom) attribute follows
ᵖA “Property” attribute follows
ˢA “Slot” attribute follows


The attribute appearing in this position is either a Color-List or a Contour, depending on the “Color By” selection. Refer to the standard color-list control description and the standard contour control description for details.



Set line properties for the plot item. See the standard line control description for details.

Selected Only

selected only attribute

Set which elements are shown.

Selected Only: Specify (checked) that only selected plot item elements should be rendered.


selected only attribute

Reduce rendering size.

Shrink: Reduce rendering size, to allow gaps between individual elements to be visible. Value must be between .1 and 1 (1 = no shrinking).



Control rendering of the markers denoting element position.

Marker: Select an option from the choices “None”, “Node”, or “Link”. Also a container for additional properties, based on the selection made here. A standard color attribute and scale attribute are provided when “Node” or “Link” are selected. The “Link” option also includes a standard line attribute.



Set rendering of axes used to indicate local coordinate systems.

System: Select the coordinate system that is to be indicated by the axes, from the choices “None”, “Material”, Node”, “Element”, or “Surface”.

Additional controls provided after the initial selection is made will correspond to the controls available with the Axes plot item. See that topic for further details.



Map the item to new model coordinates. See the standard map control description for details.



Set the deformation factor. See the standard def-fac control description for details.



Set the transparency of the plot item. See the standard transparency control description for details.



Set item labeling in the plot legend. See the standard legend control description for details.

Beneath Title, the Pile plot item also provides controls in Legend for Shrink, Color-List, Map, and Def-Fac.