Hide Table of Contents
InsertGroundPlane Method (IFeatureManager)

Creates a Ground Plane feature using a selected entity in the current configuration of an assembly.

.NET Syntax

Visual Basic (Declaration) 
Function InsertGroundPlane( _
   ByVal ReverseDirection As System.Boolean _
) As Feature
Visual Basic (Usage) 
Dim instance As IFeatureManager
Dim ReverseDirection As System.Boolean
Dim value As Feature
value = instance.InsertGroundPlane(ReverseDirection)
Feature InsertGroundPlane( 
   System.bool ReverseDirection
Feature^ InsertGroundPlane( 
&   System.bool ReverseDirection


True to reverse the alignment of ground faces relative to the ground plane, false to not

Return Value




Before calling this method, select the entity to use as the ground plane using IModelDocExtension::SelectByRay or IModelDocExtension::SelectByID2.

Call this method to insert a ground plane at each level of a plant assembly. Ground planes are used as reference geometry when inserting published assets at each level.

Call IAssemblyDoc::ActivateGroundPlane to activate the ground plane on the level where you want to insert a published asset; the asset's ground face snaps to the assembly's activated ground plane. Components with magnetic mates snap only to components that are also on the active ground plane.

Only one ground plane can be active at a given time in each assembly configuration.

See Large Assemblies > Facility Layout in the SOLIDWORKS user-interface help.


See Also


SOLIDWORKS 2018 FCS, Revision Number 26.0

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   InsertGroundPlane Method (IFeatureManager)
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: API Help (English only) 2018 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.