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  1. i've examined the dwg export options and one possibility would be to export the sheet layer as the 2d graphics in the model space. is it the optimal solution for section sheet layer dwg export? i'd like to give the design consultants as option to use the section in the most flexible way as a dwg... rob
  2. as for me, the driver provided by andreas from the last post's link worked. it's a 13" mbpro, mid 2010, vw2014. the dongle lights up like a well-rested firefly , no need to reboot. thanks. rob
  3. hi, i try to do the above, but all i get is some floor plan view, no trace of a section in the exported dwg. i've posted here, but can't get any feedback. i may be missing something important, but i don't know what. thx in advance, rob
  4. mike, yeah, i've figured it out, exactly the export function, and it worked. and thanks for the preferences' tip. besides, i still own a v2014. is v2015 different in this case? rob
  5. @kizza that may make sense. i'll check your suggestion. rob
  6. jim, there is nothing changed in the wall styles. neither is anything new above the standard styles listing, nor is anything changed in the default styles file in the vw directory. the files retain their size and modification date. not a trace of any previous wall style creation, no matter how many times i restart the application. rob
  7. jim, i enclose files with wall styles from two different projects and the defaults folder files' image: nothing gets written down (my v2014 installation is from june 2014) and no wall style is common for any two projects. i use the v2014 version. am i missing something? thx, rob
  8. kizza, you mean the .vwx file of the newly created wall styles? is there no other, simpler way to store a wall style for further use? i mean directly from the wall styles library. my old styles are not there, even if i save and reopen the app. i am forced to reuse old projects as templates. thx, rob
  9. jeff, thanks for the reply. in the meantime i've forgotten about optimizer, as i've used it a few years ago. it's good to know the perils. rob
  10. for my part i can export a dwg of a floor plan from (many) design layers, but i can't export a section dwg from a section viewport (a sheet layer). all i get are some floor plans that are part of the section. no section dwg at all. is it a trouble of the same sort? rob
  11. jeff, i have tried to replicate what you'd suggested, but to no avail. i've examined 3 cases: 1. the existing wall (made in v2012) modified with one component extended (the top horizontal one) 2. the existing wall with one extended component added (plaster 1 cm shorter than the concrete core) - the second from the top, horizontal, too. 3. a new wall created from a 15 cm generic one (still visible in solibri in the wall description) - the bottom horizontal one the walls 2. and 3. default to the ifcwall, the original (the longest one) remains ifcwallstandardcase. they all lose the material tab information (compared with the perpendicular ones from the original project) and they turn opaque in solibri (i presume it's a malfunction). there is no sign of separate wall components in the ifc model. have i done anything wrong? btw, the windows with component overlappings don't show up in 3d as such. i have signalled this malfunction in another thread already. thanks. rob
  12. jeff, the offset-decomposing is a real good news. i'll have to check this functionality, thanks for the information. as for the slabs, i used to model them already divided into the construction core and the floor finish, because cutting the wall gaps out of the whole bunch is too cumbersome. additionally, i've read in the 2014 june release of the journal of the national institute of building sciences an article on open bim approach based on the arboleda project. the authors (mr. mr. flamer and server) write about the 'filtered architectural models, then exported via ifc'. the models 'were filtered to contain only the necessary pieces of geometry and data for the structural scope of work, such as beams, columns, slabs, bearing walls and other relevant structural building elements'. does it mean the wall components were modelled separately? rob
  13. i've just got a message from archicad's manager in budapest, laszlo nagy. starting from ac v18, there is such a functionality. it goes like this: 'In the IFC Translation Setup Dialog, in the Export Options panel, click the Options button for the Geometry representation field. In the appearing Dialog, you will see the "Export Composite and Complex Profile elements into parts" checkbox. Check this checkbox. The Help file says it will do the following: Explode Composite and Complex Profile elements into parts: This will save composite elements (e.g. Slab or Wall) and Complex Profiles (e.g. Column, Wall, Beam) as so-called ?Building Element Parts?. This means that the main element (e.g. IfcWall) will be saved as a container element without geometry, and its parts (the skins or profile components) will provide the geometry. Use this option to ensure the correct export of the individual colors assigned to the Building Materials of each component. This export option retains the original colors of all building parts, instead of exporting them in all one colour.' how about vw? this is an essential issue in terms of interoperability: having a model being able to be split between components that are parts of different work schedules. rob
  14. hi, is it possible to reduce the ifc model size without losing the interoperability functionality and the ifc contents? thx, rob
  15. as for the ifc export: apparently there are in vectorworks only article case 4 unified compositions possible. correct me anybody if i'm wrong. you can extract the takeoffs via the component numbers from vectorworks itself, but for 3rd party software such functionality is apparently invisible. this would be a vw serious drawback, should revit and archicad really have ifc export options with components differentiation, even when modelled by whole complex entities, not by components. rob
  16. troy, i'm just scrutinising the issue, inspired by an interesting article by portuguese bim engineers: http://repositorio-aberto.up.pt/bitstream/10216/66830/2/951924.pdf i've posted an inquiry on the archicad forum, and i will talk to an archicad reseller this week. i'd generally like to know what is the best modelling practice with other vendors for the takeoffs and work scheduling. rob
  17. i second this old question. i've found this one: http://vectorworking.novedge.com/forum/topics/point-cloud-in-imp-format can anyone update on this topic? thx, rob
  18. hi, my bim manager has come up with another task: he'd like me to export the walls and slabs into the ifc file that can be read by navisworks by components, and not as a whole wall piece. i.e. the wall core, wall insulation, interior plaster, all separately for material take-offs from the ifc file. apparently (as he maintains) there is a revit and archicad ifc export option to divide the thing into components, read by model evaluating softwares. i don't know revit, and in archicad 16 i still can't find this functionality among, to be frank, many various ifc export parameters, so i can't verify his claim. is anything similar possible in vw? thx, rob
  19. well, not really. the 3d appearance in the model of the window-in-wall with overlapping insulation is non-existent. when will it be fixed eventually? rob
  20. seems to have been fixed in the v2014. for me it's a closed case. rob
  21. jeff, thanks for the input. i've worked for a few hours checking all the elements, and i think i have found the reason: a wall has been improperly fitted to the roof geometry above and the operation has apparently spoiled the whole building. i thought it might have been some bug in the v2012 ifc generation, but it's not the case. anyway, i'm currently waiting for the new release to arrive, i hope to encounter a much better ifc performance when it comes to the boolean operations. i expect the ifc zip to help reduce the model file size, too. my uncompressed model is now over 110 mb in size, and the site model is even not included. rob
  22. i still can't resolve the issue. the faulty walls are not appearing properly in other bim authoring tools (here an archicad import). at the end of the day the walls are completely useless: no openings are present while importing, no material is being displayed. the proper walls have a semi-transparent look in the solibri, the faulty ones are opaque. can anybody help with any clue what's going on? thanks. rob
  23. i've managed to get it working. here's the latest dongle driver for a mac: http://sentinelcustomer.safenet-inc.com/sentineldownloads/?s=&c=End+User&p=HASP4&o=Mac&t=all&l=English the installation reestablished the dongle functionality. sorry for the mess. rob
  24. hi, while waiting for my vw2014 installation i've transferred my data from one computer to another one via time machine due to the display damage of the first one. the new macbook pro is a mavericks with usb 3.0 dongle, but the vw2012 won't start as the dongle doesn't light up. the reinstallation of the dongle support package fails (it says it's already installed). i'd like to work further on my files before i upgrade to vw2014, what workaround is available? thx, rob
  25. michael, thanks a lot, great stuff you're exploring the boundaries of the application. give me a few days to chew on it. besides, i'll upgrade to v2014 in two-weeks time. rob
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