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  1. Perhaps another, more generic way to think of this is to allow wall component thicknesses to be modified directly in the Object Info pallette in much the same way that VW allows elements of doors and windows to be modified in the Object Info pallette without having to create a new window style. In this way, you could have as many components in your "core" as you wish to suit the needs of the project or your personal preference or to create drawings with a consistent look and feel .... but the outermost layer can still render correctly and simply and the "cores" join up simply and cleanly.
  2. This is similar to my preference: A wall style where the "core" thickness is variable - and can be set for each instance - and a "finish" layer on each side of that core that can be a real component (such as brick) or merely a "finish" of negligible thickness (to allow color/texture when rendering). The inner "core" and each outer layer then join other walls in the conventional VW manner: Cores join together and finish layers can be joined (as appropriate to the two materials) or not by controlling the end caps. The key element of this is that these walls are all one "style" and the thickness of the core is variable and can be set on-the-fly by just changing the setting in the Object Info pallete. No need to create and manage multiple wall "styles" to accommodate small thickness variations and the rendering of the wall in plan (especially), section or elevation is simplified because there are fewer elements to control.
  3. I'm evolving toward the same approach because of the time/effort I've spent trying to get styled, multi-component walls to clean up properly at intersections and to accommodate the multitude of small variations in wall thicknesses my projects seem to have (lots of old, existing walls). Could you help me understand three things about this approach: 1. Is this an approach you take for rendering or are you able to use the same model to generate floor plans? 2. How do you handle the physical appearance of the wall in a "Plan" view? The axonometric sketch in the Wishlist response seemed to have voids within the wall at various intersections. Do these show up in your plan views or is there some way to suppress/hide that inner linework? 3. Do your wall finishes have real thickness (3-5/8" for brick, 1/4" for ceramic tile, 3/4" for wood, 0.001" for paint, etc) so that the "core" matches up to the structural core plus airspaces or does the finish have a negligible thickness so that it disappears inside the wall line when plotted?
  4. Tom - Thank you for the file. Very nicely done! I'm going to take it apart and see how you did it and then see if I can make that approach work for my current project. Thanks again! Tom
  5. Good Evening - Has anyone come across a door object associated with an overhead coiling style door? Manufacturers such as Cornell, Cookson and Overhead Door manufacture them but none seem to have VW-compatible files available for download and VW's BIMTool seems to find only one, small wood residential-style door and that translation from DWG doesn't seem very "smart" so far - much more like a drawn symbol. Thank you. Tom
  6. Thanks for the suggestion! I'm trying a couple of things and will report back on what I find.
  7. Thank you Wes! While not the answer I was hoping for, a truthful answer is better than stumbling around in the dark. Any chance VW is heading in a direction that will make a more comprehensive "system" for designing/drawing? Have a great week. Tom
  8. I've modeled a existing space that includes existing ceiling featuring several coffered areas. I can't seem to create a reflected ceiling plan of that ceiling to illustrate the needed changes. Other posts in this Forum seem to have found the same problem but I've not seen any solutions other than work-arounds that are really nothing more than old-fashioned 2D drafting .... but searches rely on keywords and who knows if I'm using the right ones. Many Thanks!
  9. Totally agree with the the Door/Window comments but would add that a similar upgrade is needed for curtainwalls. Not only is the current approach - creating a symbol for the curtainwall - clumsy and time-consuming, it's clearly a workaround to a problem that shouldn't exist by this time. Let's not forget that most of us are not designing 50 story buildings but rather small structures that need the ability to have multi-unit window assemblies. We can easily buy the actual windows but can't draw them or interact with them to the same extent that we can work with the walls. .... and we won't talk about how much more sophisticated and fluid these elements are - and have been - in other CAD programs.
  10. Is it possible to import an AutoCad Architecture model and have the wall/door/window styles come and the objects these styles create (doors, walls and windows) come thru as smart 3D objects? So far every effort results in 3D objects becoming 2D "groups", no intelligent/parametric features and to use the resulting geometry (the "groups") as the basis of the VW model requires the groups to be converted further into simple lines. I've tried a number of different settings in the "Advanced" menu of the DXF/DWG Import Options including converting 2D objects to 3D. Thank you. Tom
  11. Thank you all ... both for the tips and for helping me see that there's a difference between a simple dimension or dimension string and a dimension that's part of a Grid Bubble string. I realized from your comments that the Grid Bubble dimension doesn't act the way a regular dimension does in this respect. I'll plan more carefully the next time. Thanks again.
  12. Got it! Many thanks for the sanity check and for the solution. Tom
  13. Is there a technique/work-around for solving dimensioning/layout conditions where grid bubbles overlap? I've tried selecting the offending bubble and dragging it up or down the screen but the bubbles seemed to be locked in place. Alternately, an option to horizontally "break" the alignment line and slide the grid bubble laterally with the dimensions maintaining their actual values would work fine also. Thank you.
  14. Is it possible to add simple text to a dimension on a dimension string, with or without affecting the accuracy or placement of the dimension? For example: Add +/- at the end of a dimension to indicate some field variance is expected. Add "New" or "Existing" or "Verify in Field" to indicate that a condition of task associated with the dimension. Thank you
  15. JMR - You and I obviously see this issue the same way: predictable, understandable and real-world-based wall cleanups are a fundamental need, not only for BIM but just for simple rendering/viewing. I'm not doing any "project sharing" so that evolution isn't on my radar and does not drive my thinking on this issue. For me the issue is simply that it takes a lot of time and patience to create a drawing that properly reflects the building AND "looks" good to contractors and clients (who are becoming increasingly sophisticated). Wall joins and cleanup should not be a separate, cosmetic task that you do at the end of the drawing process but rather a part of the thinking/design process that occurs - and gets revised - without great difficulty easily along the way because those details guide the development of the building. Coming from the AutoCad world, this was an issue I conquered quite a while ago and for which AutoCad was pretty transparent about the "how" and "why" it worked the way it did. I like Vectorworks but this issue is a constant puzzle. ....and thanks for pointing out the "core" column, I was looking within the component itself for some type of flag to set. You pointed out that you need to back up sometimes and look at the forest. Thank you. Tom

 

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