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    Braceworks, Truss Cross???

    I'm looking to learn more about Truss Crosses. How and why are they shown in a drawing? They seem random in some cases. See attached. I've circled all the truss crosses shown. The help files don't really help. Thanks, Scott
  2. Greetings all, Delving into more advanced worksheets prompted me to ask about these two particular records. The Truss record and the Truss Record record. As you can see in the attached screen shot, I can use one or the other and get three different results whilst specifying the exact same record columns. I'd like to better understand why. I've figured out the right combination of settings to get the info I actually need. Why do the settings on the right side give me an empty column for the user field 1 and has missing info in some of the other cells? How do I have the same items have the "Truss" record not present when the setting on the left side worked using the "Truss" record? In the middle, why does it double everything? And why the empty cells? On the left, why do I have success in setting the basic criteria to "Truss" but only need to search the "Truss Record" record? Further, why did this and the settings on the right side offer the same counts? Sometimes I feel like I'm in a feedback loop. I've attached the file to play with as well. Thanks, Scott WorksheetsForTrussCounting.vwx
  3. Hello All, I'm looking for a script that will take the name of a hanging position and apply the name to one of the user fields of the truss record record attached to each section of truss contained within the hanging position object. I haven't explored scripting but I imagine it would look like: If Hanging Position has a name, insert same to truss record user field #1. At the moment, I need to open each hanging position object and copy/paste the "Position Name" into the User Field. This is both time consuming and a hassle when wanting to change the HP name. I want this to aid in making better worksheet reports. Having my lists of the truss assigned to various hanging positions aids in everything from truck packs to on site logistics. The script would need to assign the names at anytime to allow HP name changing. Thanks, Scott
  4. Here's a copy of a file I've been playing with to help me better understand the truss counting and which report format works best for my needs. You'll see I have six sticks of truss and three clamps. Three of the truss sticks are inside a hanging position. My three worksheets all have the same report columns, but point to objects with different records. The one on the left (there's an image so we're all on the same page) counts all the truss accurately, both inside and outside the hanging position. The two other worksheet suffer from either double counting or missing info. All depending on whether the report is counting the internal or second copy of the record. Oy. WorksheetsForTrussCounting.vwx
  5. Well, wouldn't the truss symbols be symbols? My truss runs have x number of sticks of truss, all selected and then converted to a single hanging position. I want all ten sections of truss to somehow know they are inside a hanging position and say as much in a worksheet.
  6. PS, MichaelK has an explanation that is likely on the right track. A "hidden" record of some sort that gets counted when I use one record vs. the other. However, since the worksheet column is asking only for the info contained in the "Truss Record" record, why would this hidden record not show up in the worksheet that worked and keep giving me double results? Or why does it return blank info in the other two. I surmise that this hidden record is not getting populated with the info from the non-hidden record. This might be the root of the issue. There's a lot of stuff in here.
  7. Hi Peter, The thing is that the worksheet on the left in my first post works just fine. It has the correct counts and no duplicates. I'm trying to figure out why so when I advise others I have an explanation that makes sense. I also want to understand better because it'll save me time. Each time I run a worksheet report on truss objects, I need to triple check my counts (not that I shouldn't anyway) in case some didn't get counted or got double counted. I'm tempted to simply add my own counting record to all my objects and just use that. This solution makes it more time consuming to jump into drawings made be others, etc. Best, Scott
  8. Hi Peter, Thanks. I do find having the hanging position included interesting. Have you tried the same worksheet on the file I offered up? I did and I'm getting duplicate counts on truss. What happens when you try? Thanks, Scott
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    Pipe and Base Objects

    Nice work. I wonder if there is a way to add the rotation of the swivel. Picture building a set of goal posts with the cross bar at an angle. One base with the clamp and cross pipe and a second base with a just the vertical pipe and a clamp.
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    Marionette Swivel CB

    This is handy for constructing truss systems that need clamps. A few of us are playing with this file to create truss hinges that are adjustable. The next wish is to have this work as a Braceworks object. It doesn't yet. Nice work and thanks.
  11. Hi Peter, I've tried that and makes things worse. I misses all truss that are inside "hanging position" objects. In this case, truss D,E,F are missed in the worksheet. Thanks though. S.
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    Single house rigging points

    Has anyone placed single house rigging points using the "house rigging point" tool and then been able to attach hoists to them? If I'm reading the help file correctly, one needs to place a structural beam fist and then place the house points. Well, that'd be fine if I had a beam. I'm dealing with a hotel ballroom that has several single eye-bolt rig points. I want to place all the single points and then hang hoists connected to truss. Anyone? Thanks, Scott
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    Single house rigging points

    Yes, it seems I have been doing the same. I'd prefer to simply add "house Rigging Point" exactly where I want them and then have the bridle tool just work with them. I'm going to submit a suggestion to VW. Best, Scott
  14. For those interested, I posted a question about worksheets that specifically ask about Truss records. Would love some insight.
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    Spotlight trussing and BraceWorks

    @David Dauphin I do think you can get your hinges to work. If it were me, I'd grab an existing hinge object from one of the libraries that closely match the shape and direction of the one you want to create. Duplicate it with a new name. Then replace the parts with your own. After that, tweak the Braceworks settings to match your angles. I do this all the time with lighting symbols to make them my own.
  16. In the drawing I am working on today, I want to edit a bunch of truss to read in inches rather than metric. (I know, it's supposed to convert automatically. That's another thread.) So, I have all this truss. I -could- select it all and edit the record directly but for one limitation; they are all inside hanging position objects. So, I figured I'd edit the underlying truss symbol and refresh. Doesn't work this way right now. Metric aside, let's say I want to change the manufacturer of said truss from one brand to another. Same issues as above. Best, Scott
  17. This seems like a simple thing. I've updated some data in the record of a symbol in the resource manager. However, the same symbols that are in the drawing are not updating to show the new info. What am I doing wrong? The changes are simple data field changes in the attached record. Thanks, Scott
  18. Does anyone have the proper settings to get units to patch in Vision whilst also using Lightwright? If I'm using U/DMX, as in 1/256 or 2/128, all the Vision DMX addresses are picking up just the Universe, as in the number to the left of the /. If I'm using Absolute numbers, (as in 640 for universe 2, dmx 128), the vision channel tops out at 512. I've tried all sorts of combinations of both VW and Lightwright settings with no luck. Totally guessing at this point. Any help would be most welcome. Thanks, Scott
  19. I would disconnect the pipe completely. Braceworks doesn't deal well with an object running off to the side of the truss without a support out there. Has the pipe been changed to a truss type object? Same might happen if it's a "hanging position." To calculate the weight, I'd add a static weight object centered on the truss and add the weight of the pipe. As for the lighting unit, place it on the truss itself. Once it's attached, then move it off the truss out to where you want it. You'll end up with an indicator line pointing back to the location on the truss where it thinks it's attached. hth, Scott
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    Corner Blocks & calculations connections

    Corner blocks wreak a little havoc when missing a truss going off one of the sides. You don't need to go off more than one angle. I use six sided corner blocks all the time and as long as there is a truss going off in a 90° angle, the calcs work. This was submitted as a bug a while ago and the immediate reply was that it's a system issue. I believe VW is concerned about this limit and is likely (hopefully) working on it.
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    Spotlight trussing and BraceWorks

    Scott, I think the main issue, at the moment, is keeping Braceworks functional. It's likely the video you found showing duplicating and creating a new hinge for each angle was one that I posted on YouTube a while back. It was the only way I found to have the hinge fully function with Braceworks. Braceworks has other limitations involving connection points that have info other than straight or having more than one directional option. For example, you can't use a corner block without adding a truss going off at 90°. I've reported as a bug, but at the moment, it's a limitation of Braceworks itself. Best, Scott
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    More fields in "Truss record" Database

    @TomWhiteLight Hi Tom, I'm curious, what does your record look like? Do you also attach to your truss? I'm doing the same, but using the truss record itself. Thanks, Scott
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    More fields in "Truss record" Database

    Timing is everything. I'm just now adding truss records to the generic cheeseborough object so I can count them within my truss counting worksheets. I'm searching for a method of copy/paste the same record, with all the info filled in, from one clamp to the next.
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