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Tobias Kern

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  1. Hi Bruce,


    greetings and thnx for sharing your file.

    I'm interested to investigate but, atm i only can use VW 2021 (until the German release on 20th Oct.) 


    Would you please so kind to upload also a VW 2021 Version?

    … or does the list include special formulas, which are only available with VW 2022?


    Greetings and have a nice weekend


  2. @sbarrett

    HI Sarah,


    greetings and thxn for your investigation.


    Can i get an extra calculation only for the wrappings, separate to the wall-surface/volume?


    If i have to calculate here in Germany, i need to separate the surface/volume/length of the wrappings,

    because the cost are there much higher, because of its higher build complexity, as the rest of the wall.


    So i think, wrappings should have their own formulas!


    I think it is more useful to have also separate formulas for walls

    Wall-surface with and without wrappings

    Wall-volume with and without wrappings  


    Hope the VW-Team, had this in mind, as they develop the wrapping functionality!?

    If not, please give us such formulas for VW 2023!


    Formulas for wrapping calculation:

    - length, width, area, volume, thickness of wrappings,

    - material of wrappings 

    - separate formulas for top, left, right, bottom wrappings

    - location of the wrappings: inside or outside



    so that i can calculate:

    - bottom outside wrapping only length

    - top + left + right inside wrapping as area

    and so on …


    Calculations so flexible as possible!

    … and not only for wrappings, also for the rest of the BIM-tools




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  3. Hi Bruce,


    thnx for reporting this.


    Are there any other new formulas work worksheets in VW 2022?


    I unfortunately have to wait until end of October for the localized german version?


    I want to know, if it is possible with VW 2022:

    - can we calculate length, area, volume for the new wrappings around windows?

    - can we import text via text-tool into worksheets now?  

    - got we more/newer/better specific formulas for the bim tools (walls, slabs, windows, ....)?

    - hows it is now: to implement data-tag data to worksheets (better)?



  4. Hi Zoom,




    I don't mean the Renderworks Renderstyles.


    I mean the regular predefined styles like "Shaded" (new in VW 2022, as successor to OpenGL),

    and …

    … let see this screenshot (german version):




    These styles are predefined.


    I want to have a system to define my own styles with settings as i mentioned in the list above. 



  5. Hi,


    @Dave Donley

    I think the preformatted rendering styles (shaded, hidden lines, ...) a good, but they are restricitve.


    I think the rendering styles should be much more customizable for us users.

    Lets say we have the styles VW brings with it + we can set ans save/load our own styles.


    The own styles should show or hide things in terms of:


    yes  = is permanently shown with this style

    no = is not shown with this style


    - shadow yes/no

    - lines yes/no 

    - hidden lines yes/no

    - settings for hidden lines (color, thickness, linestyle, ...) 

    - face colors yes/no (no means all ist grey or white)

    - line color yes/no (no means all is black)

    - patterns yes/no

    - materials yes/no

    - hatchings yes/no

    - endpoints yes/no (you can easily check the complexitiy of a geometry)

    - cutline color

    - transparency yes/no

    - sketch styles + settings yes/no

    - line color by axis (all line in z-direction = blue, lines in x-direction = red, ...)

      you can easily check if you are draw parallel to the current axis.


    … theres so much more to control with a style system, if we think a little deeper.

    … such a system is flexible and flexibility is always welcome!


    I compare VW with Sketchup. In Sketchup i can save my own style and i love this system.

    Here are some screenshot of (the german version of) Sketchup, to show, how they serve us:


    If you guy at VW have access to Sketchup: try it out and bring it into discussion!

    Or look how Rhino operates!

    We need a overhauled system in VW, please! 









    I think such a system is be worth to invest time and money!


    This year, i wrote a long and detailed wishlist to this topic to the german distributer Computerworks,

    hope they send it to you to the US homebase!




  6. Hi,


    thnx for the new VW 2022.


    I have to wait until end of october, before we, here in Germany get the new localized version.


    I have one question, maybe someone could investigate for me.


    In VW 2022 we got a enhanced wall tool with new wrappings.

    Got we also formulas (area, length, volume, material, separatable into horizontal an vertical wrappings

    because often the horizontal wrapping on the bottom inside/outside is made of different material)

    to calculate the data of the wrappings in tablesheets?


    I mean, are the wrappings only for a better visual representation, or is it more of a whole bim package?


    Greeting and thnx in advance!

    Tobi from Germany

  7. Hi Matt,


    The new 3D wrapping looks great.


    … but whats with the calculation for those areas?


    I mean 3D representation it one thing, but for a

    more perfect BIM we need also the related data.


    Can we calculate the wrapped areas separately

    to the rest of the area with the same material on the wall side?


    The wrapping is more complicate to build,

    this results in higher costs.


    For a perfect calculation we need separate data

    for all wrapped surfaces:


    area, both length (depth AND width), maybe volume, separated into inside and outside

    and separate for horizontal and vertical surfaces.


    Hope you guys can give us also, all formulas for such

    detailed calculations.


    It would be great if the wrappings (mostly for surfaces in holes in walls)

    got its own formulas.  


    Greetings and wish you a good start with VW 2022!


  8. Hi,

    i don't think the the picture shown above, is a freeform modeled room.


    I think and hope thats are improved walls with more abilities.

    I looks like this year, we get wall-layers following complex forms and fully

    modeled direct to the inserted window (inside: red layer and outside: blue layer),

    which is a great success for a much better 3D presentation of the model.


    Hope we also get the calculation formulas (for the tables) for those complex layers / forms.


    / / / 


    The direct modeling abilites for stairs are also very welcome.

    I hope they didn't stop to implement this tech only at the stair tool.

    This tech (click and drag) could also also be handy to manipulate walls, windows, doors ...


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  9. Hi _James,




    … oh no! No Teaser Tuesdays!?

    … i liked that format!


    … lets see what we get this year!

    1st Teaser we got last year, was on 10th or 11th August.




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  10. hi fabrica,




    you are right, link is dead!



    … i guess, it is because today is the start of the VW 2022 Teaser Tuesday weeks

    (U.S. release in sept.) and theres something ongoing in the background.




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  11. On 4/28/2021 at 1:55 PM, drelARCH said:

    @MGilcthis might be not accurate to your situation as I dont have time to read all the posts but I thought I share my experience.

    If you have gable roof and want to offset individual components from all edges then I would definitely go for slab with drainage settings applied. It might sound scary at first but it really works.

    Here is example of two slabs forming gable roof, one with big openning to accomodate staircase.

    119% = 45 degree slope


    Snímka obrazovky 2021-04-28 o 13.49.18.png

    Snímka obrazovky 2021-04-28 o 13.50.57.png

    Snímka obrazovky 2021-04-28 o 13.53.13.png

    Hi Tom,


    greetings, can you please give demo how to setup a slab with the drainage tool?

    that would be great.


    thnx in advance.


  12. Hi Juan,


    greetings and hope you are fine?


    As longtime Sketchup (SKP) and VW-User i often transfer data from SKP to VW.


    Here my thoughts:

    SKP geometry can only be imported as 3D-point-object (sorry dunno the right translation from german to english)

    or group of 3D polygon surfaces.


    Imported SKP geometry with holes in surfaces (wall with door/window) can't have a filling, if used with VW-cuts

    because the import process is limited (3D-polygons can't have holes, and 3D-point-objects are technically a object

    lots of 3D-polygons). That is not very good! 


    Often i use this way: SKP to Rhino to VW.  From Rhino i can import solids. Solids can have fillings in VW cuts,

    but i loose all Layers (in SKP = tags) from SKP. So this is also bad for me. Better geometry but i have to

    manage the geometry.


    Sometimes at the import process, i loose the construction axe from SKP to VW.


    My conclusion Import SKP:

    - Import SKP Groups and SKP Components as VW Solids (please no 3D point-objects or group of 3D polygon surfaces)

      so it would be possible to use cuts in VW and other operations like additions, subtractions, ...

      It is possible to convert imported 3D-point-objects and groups of 3D-polygon to VW Solids, but you have to do it object by object

      in VW. If you have lots of imported SKP geometry this is a boring and time consuming process!

      There is no command in VW to convert all geometry at once to 3D.solids. Please give us such a command!

    - Keep all SKP Layers and import them as VW Classes, or if alternative as VW Layers

    - Import SKP Groups as VW solids only. Grouping in SKP means, that something (some flat surfaces) belongs together to a 3D-volume.

      … so more like a VW-Solid as a VW-point-object, in my understanding.

    - Import SKP Components (they are comparable to VW symbols) as VW-Solids inside VW-Symbols.

    - But what if a SKP group is not waterproof (tiny holes somewhere), then VW should give us a hint after the import process, which geometry is problematic

      and put the geometry on a specific layer.


    My conclusion Import Rhino (as side wish here):

    - please make it possible to keep the rhino layers! 


    My longtime wish is, that VW would sometimes as good as SKP in 3D modeling (for my personal workflow),

    that i can give up SKP. At the moment it is not so, im so much faster in 3d modeling in SKP as i am in VW,

    because of some limitations (i write every year my wishes/ideas for a better modeling workflow to the german support) 




  13. … that is why i want to control the lineweight, linestyle, opacity, ...  in the material directly.

    i think it makes more sense.

    … and additionally: the visibility control (visible, non visible, grey) for materials! 

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  14. Hi,


    i think also materials is a good start, but enhancements are more than welcome. 


    Materials should have the same features as classes with settings for, linestyles (color, thickness, opacity, ...)

    and should have the same visibility setup menu like classes and layers have (visible, non visible, grey).


    atm you can give geometry a surface and a filling, with material, but no linestyle setting

    and much more important for me, you don't have a visibility control for materials.


    i would like to do a setup, where i can only show all geometry with some specific materials.

    … so please a visibility menu in the navigation palette would be handy.

    there you also can do the setup for the classes.


    i think it would be better to separate materials form classes,

    otherwise you can give classes the ability to save also the material setup.


    … or we need a "tag"-system, where we can do such visibility setups.

    give a object a "tag" and control the tags in a tag-menu independently from classes and materials.

    a tag-system would be flexible as hell.




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