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David S

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  1. Ah well. Spent a long long time on this survey 3D model. Love this local house. Did we get them planning? Yes we did. Did we proceed to the working drawings? No we didn't. Undercut by a design and build company and an interior designer even before the planning was passed 😞 However. We used to price in 3 stages. Survey (loss leader), planning and working drawings (recoup the up front 3d build loss). But got fed up of sometimes losing work down the line over planning and working drawings. So at great risk, we created a new pricing model. 50% of survey and planning fees on survey release. Remaining 50% of survey and planning fee on planning submission. Working dwgs still separate fee. Reduces the risk of not proceeding to planning, money up front in the bank. What's not to like? In the last two years I don't recall losing any client work with this different pricing model. Disappointed we never took it to detail stage but you can't win them all! Cheers D
  2. Thanks @Wes Gardner I have learned through experience with odd buildings like this to map it all out in 2d on plan(s) and in section(s) prior to jumping into the modelling. It pays back in spades as it's very easy to get lost/distracted in 3d modelling. So you start off slow and finish quickly, and accurately! Enjoy your weekend!
  3. Thank you BCD a work of endurance!
  4. Arts and Crafts House in SW London. As featured on TV no less. Lots of asymmetric roofs. Multi level floors upper and lower. The beauty of 3d modelling is you know it's correct internally and externally. The hard bit is getting it right! Spent a few hours adding all the detailing in using the amazing modelling functionality. Tired now. Enjoy! Cheers D
  5. It's driving me mad. To be fair VW UK have been very supportive but cannot replicate this. I have attached a handy visual to describe my pain but I cannot begin to get the the source of the issue. Only started happening in VW2021 btw. I have not upgraded to 2022 as yet. Here are a few pointers:- 1) Happens on multiple licenses/files. 2) It doesn't happen on my "client house" only on the neighbouring properties which are on a neighbouring property (grouped) class. Which suggests its a class issue But then not all of the objects in the group/class/design layer(s) disappear. Only the walls, so the doors windows roof etc in the same group display. And even then it's a bit random! (see image!) Sometimes the walls are there, sometimes not. 3) Ok. It generally happens with 2 of our our bespoke renders. Which would suggest its a render style issue. But it doesn't happen with any other render style eg hidden line or OGL And why doesn't it affect my client house using the same render style? 4) And here's the other thing. If I click and edit the viewport the disappearing walls return in OGL! The fail safe is generally to re-create the viewport and most times it's ok and the walls return but that's quite a painful re-process Any similar experiences/thoughts anyone? Thanks in advance! Cheers David
  6. In other news UK users will be pleased to see Vectorworks have launched a new Renderworks Background to honour this years English spring and summer.
  7. @RussU thanks Russ - and well spotted with the cheeky floor void!! Hidden behind floor to ceiling High Level units. Got there in the end!
  8. If the builder built it we can do it in 3d. The data never lies. Whatever the Edwardian builder did! I have never looked back since 3d modelling. Effort up front has paid back in spades for us as a business. I am very pleased with Vectorworks and how it has improved our business.
  9. Thanks Jeff took me 4 days but worth it in the end. I have a workflow that is now fit for purpose and wonderful when it all comes together so easily!
  10. Absolute nightmare to survey. Multi level. Multi renovated. But pretty happy with this. Eventually. Couldn't get the stairwell walls to line up. Went through the dimensions on every level so many times to check. Turned out the first floor was WAS set back 150mm from the ground and second floor walls but was hidden in the construction, verified by another practices dwgs. I wasn't going mad! One of the many benefits of working in 3d is the programme doesn't lie, it takes your data and tells you how it is! I must trust myself more Enjoy!
  11. David S

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    VW 2021 Hi all. Just (finally) switched to VW2021 . Haven't been on for a while. Ridiculously busy! Very happy with 2021 and really getting into Extrudes! House in Teddington SW London. Enjoy!
  12. 5 years later. Well I never knew that! Great Alan you just resolved a tricky brief. Holding shift down gets you to 45 degrees too!
  13. We've just been re-commissioned to work on a property in Twickenham which we originally extended in 2015. I was able to resurrect the file and all the 3d was intact and it worked perfectly although how I worked without ambient occlusion back then is a mystery to me! I was then able to give it a good render scrub and brush up using all our newer techniques compared to our line drawings of the past. I was very pleased with the results! This has saved me hours of time. Enjoy!
  14. Hello E For the sake of your own sanity I have encountered this before. Although in our case our walls are grey so I end up with a big grey circle/s! From memory I think this issue was triggered by the placement of windows in the round wall: taking them out seemed to resolve it. In non technical terms I've either had to recreate the round wall/s and/or fiddle about with the window placement in the round walls to resolve it. good luck!
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