jcaia

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About jcaia

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  1. 3D has really helped with verifying design feasibility while catching errors and issues. I run a team of 7 draftsman and 2 engineers doing 700-800 single family homes a year for a developer and each home is BIM modeled, with the engineers collaborating and notating directly in the model file. My experience has been for every extra min. added for modeling in 3D, there is a equal time savings provided in another area where 2D alone would have addded more time otherwise. That said, our office found for residential BIM Vectorworks just didn't have the specific tools we needed. I do use VW for my commercial work and presentation drawings, but trying to find a good workflow.
  2. The OP asks a good question and one I am having a bit of a struggle working through myself. Not so much as I can't fumble through the process, since I used VW for years and years just straight 2D. However, I wish there was something like what Sonders did for Sketchup available for Vectorworks. We need some good explicit instruction on Best Practices along with some examples and a resource to use as template. I bought Sonders book on Sketchup even though that isn't what I use for production drawings, just to see their process - thinking I could glean something useful (which I did).
  3. I'm curiously following this thread - but a question for the OP: What sort of overall area (size) are you having to design these pavers in? Also, keep in mind whatever you design needs to be communicated in some fashion to the people installing this to follow what was done - which is going to be the real trick in all this.
  4. Yeah, I was watching those videos as well - they do look really nice. I can't understand why the folks at VW are restricting sales to our area.
  5. To me it looks like settings are there to adjust accordingly - and its probably not far off in most instances. There are some nice features in your guys plugin and would love the opportunity to buy it.
  6. I was wondering if anyone understands the reason we cannot buy OzCAD plugins for VW? I contacted the company to purchase their WinDoor plugin and was told, based upon some sort of agreement with Nemetschek, they cannot sell new versions of the plugin. The plugin looks awesome, and I am perplexed why we can't buy this. For those that don't know what I am talking about, here is the info. http://www.ozcad.com.au/products/windoor.php
  7. Thanks everyone!
  8. Yes, I did use Photoshop for much of the effects. I'm just starting to play around with VW rendering and I hope to get closer to what I need as I learn. However, it only took 20-30min or so to do the work in Photoshop. I've found once you have the effect you want down repeating the steps goes fairly quick.
  9. I use other apps too, and I have to say the stairs seem to always be an issue. There are just too many variable to deal with.
  10. Thanks Wes. I ended up doing just that - here is the result. This is the first BIM project I am doing in VW from start to finish (these are just prelim concepts).
  11. I'm working on an office building where I will use glulams for column support - but combined with a decorative (yet structural) connection to a concrete base etc (example below). Should I be using this new Structural Member Tool for the beam/post component in this condition? I suppose I would then make a symbol just of the post base and connector, but leave the "Structural Members" separate but grouped with the symbol? Looking for a "best practices" based answer. Thank you.
  12. Thank you! Works perfectly.
  13. Thank you!....got it. However, is there a way to control the min. size??
  14. I've seen tutorials on site modeling in VW where the terrain (site model) has thickness to it - but no one explains how to get that thickness, which some apps call "terrain skirt". I've gone through the site model options and just can't see how this is done. Thanks for any help.
  15. Is it true that a viewport has to exist on a sheet or design layer? From a best practices position is it better to annotate notes in a viewport over a standard view?