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  1. for the last 5 years i've modelled everything, even if nobody asked, and even for single-family detached houses, or even demolition objects. after all those years (i think) i've gained the experience to choose to model the significant stuff in the first place, but i still model more than enough. only in this way you'll acquire the modelling speed and efficiency. now i start all models with the raw definition of 3d geometry, and saturate the data along with the project's progress. and i assign everything to ifc as soon as possible, and check ifc exports in solibri model viewer very often. my next purchase will be simplebim, just to be sure everything is all right with ifc data. the ifc focus is essential... paralelly it's good to cooperate with the owner, but also with design consultants and other engineers in a more direct way. and, of course, bim execution plan is a must. rob
  2. vincent, good luck, but see you back soon
  3. sounds like a typical adesk propaganda. their open bim learning curve is really steep.
  4. why not? i don't care about the technology, the processing power is improving from year to year, ios will improve, too, to be sufficient for the cad/bim software. my only concern is the paradigm change in the handling of the cursor with a finger instead of a mouse or a stick. but maybe just the apple pencil is the right direction? remember: the building site is getting faster and faster, designers can hardly find time to work in their offices, sometimes they are forced to change their drawings (or models, if generating the 2d output) in the office on the building site. rob
  5. thanks, benson. actually i wanted to have a confirmation that 2d shapes made out of imagery might not accept shadows, i haven't found anything on this anywhere in the net. your workaround seems to be a good one, thanks rob
  6. hi, does anybody know how to preserve the object shadow to the final look in rendering an object against the pdf or png 2d image? it's the same design layer. i see the shadow while rendering process, but afterwards it disappears... thanks.
  7. try to remove the sills class or make it invisible, you'll see the result.
  8. another reason not to touch the software in the production environment. i may repeat myself, though.
  9. i'm also an early adopter, but there is a rule of thumb: never update/upgrade the software during the project. sometimes it can be highly advisable.
  10. 2. and how does energos handle it? which ones are assigned to the building envelope? 3. this is generally one of the reasons architects are afraid of bim. you have to put in the data in _all_ bim authoring tools.
  11. 1. i think you should assign two storeys, otherwise two slabs will get messed up. 2. two slabs for one storey? 3. it is always a good start for assigning values to ifc to have the models properly analysed in, say, ies ve or solibri model checker, just to compare with energos' results.
  12. btw, how much thermal insulation do you have on top of the attic elements of the roof? if it's only 5 cm then you may have the thermal bridge...
  13. 1. have you set up the project with stories? 2. have you assigned proper design layers to particular stories? 3. have you checked the 'is building envelope' checkbox in the ifc property sets? 4. have you assigned the r value for all whole composed elements (slab or wall)?
  14. have you assigned proper ifc entities and then checked the exported model in solibri model viewer?
  15. everything that can be assigned an ifc entity to is ifc exportable. as for the solids, i'd wish a broader pallette of solid object that can be used for floor plan generation from the aec menu. btw, the ifc evolution (ifc doc, ifcowl) makes it a sine qua non already
  16. as long as there are no slanted walls we'll always be handicapped when it comes to designing free-form buildings. we still can't impress anybody with it, and having it for floor plan generation from the free-form massing model would give us an enormous edge in modelling for macro bim, everything in one and the same software.
  17. magicplan is great, but we're talking about a full-fledged bim app for the ios. and ipad pro is already strong enough to handle it, right? the only issue is the completely different cursor pointer situation for a mouse and for the pencil or a finger.
  18. a few exemplary details of the modelling practice in vectorworks for bimestimate ifc export: - you have to properly set storeys (also very important for 6d software with ifc or gbxml exports and for solibri model checker) - you have to carefully choose the classing system - the most important are the overall class of the wall or of the slab, and the naming of the components, exactly as they are named in the real world. the class' names of the components are not important, as they don't appear in bimestimate. - you have to export complex elements (walls, slabs and roofs) to ifc with 'by components' checkbox checked. please verify those rules when exporting to your 5d software. rob
  19. cameron, bim is for the efficiency in design and in the construction, the best way to do it is to couple both in the ipd (integrated project delivery) process. in order to model properly as a designer (architect or consultant designer) you'd have to communicate with professionals dealing with the 3d (geometry), 4d (time), 5d (costs), and 6d (energy and environment) bim, just for the starters. i consult my projects with users of 4d and 5d software, especially the latter one, in order to enable them use my ifc model for takeoffs and cost control. my software of choice is the polish (recently also international) bimestimate (http://bimestimate.eu/en/). if you're using another 5d software (probably so), please contact the vendor or the users to benefit from their experience in importing the ifc models into their application. the reason is the proper connection to local price databases with proper local building materials. imho forget the worksheet exports from the software (they are useful, but still not entirely live connected to the model), concentrate on the ifc with proper parameters in the ifc entity psets, as it's one of the most common import formats into the bim evaluation software packages, and also into the bim management ones (solibri model checker, navisworks). rob
  20. hi guys, any other news on linux? we (as the distributor) approach a university with a rack of linux server machines, is an educational server installation somehow possible? thx, rob
  21. we hope to integrate this for the polish market. the interiorcad functionality makes vectorworks a complete software for interior designers, from the first concept through to fabrication. we can really stand out. the germans have made a great job, anyway. rob
  22. the terrain model is a solid (even if it's called 'a mesh solid'), or at least it interacts in solid operations with other solids. otherwise the cut'n fill calculations wouldn't be possible in real time and wouldn't be updatable. rob
  23. this is the worst survey imaginable, i fully second the workaround suggested by peter. on the other hand, here in poland i require points with 'z'-coordinate from my surveyors. if it's above their scope, the owner must pay, but this is a necessity for exact calculations of the building footprint with cut'n fill volumes. i don't work with mere 2d data anymore. rob
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