How can you change the appearance of the profile in the Transient Results Viewer?

Applies To 
Product(s): HAMMER
Version(s): V8i, CONNECT Edition
Area:  Modeling
Original Author: Scott Kampa, Bentley Technical Support Group


How can you change the appearance of a profile in the Transient Results Viewer?


After computing the model, open a profile in the Transient Results Viewer. Then go to the Settings button and chose Profile Options.

This enables you to change:

  • Animation frequency
  • Line width
  • Enable/disable annotations
  • Customize the title
  • Change the print scale
  • Show/hide the different lines
  • Change the line colors
  • Change annotation color



After making the changes, select "Apply" and "OK". The appearance of the profile will then be changed to match the new settings. Next, select the Settings button again and chose "Save as Default Profile Settings." Be sure to save the project as well, or the default settings will not take.

Now when opening a new or existing model, and then opening a profile, you can apply the settings by going to the Settings button and choosing "Apply Default Settings." The profile will then change to display the defaults set up earlier.

The new profile settings will not automatically be displayed. Only after selecting "Apply Default Settings" will make the change. However, after saving the project, it should remain with these settings thereafter.

Note that there is a file that should be updated with you save the default settings. If you browse to C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Local\Bentley\HAMMER\10 (or 8)\TransientResultsViewerProfileSettings.xml, you should see that the file is updated to the date that you saved the file.

Chart options / Axis Scale

As of CONNECT Edition Update 3 (, customization of the transient profile chart options (as seen in graphs and other places) including the ability to customize the X and Y axis scale is not available. This may be a concern for example if you need to set the same Y axis scale for multiple profiles so that they are comparable.

Here are some options to consider:

  1. Use the export to DXF button at the top of the profile to export to DXF format, then manipulate as needed in an external application.
  2. Use the Data tab of the profile and copy/paste the values to Excel to generate the desired plots.
  3. Change to the "old style" (java-based) Transient Results Viewer, which has some additional customization options not currently available with the "new style" viewer. See: How to open the old-style (Java) transient results viewer in HAMMER