Chad Hamilton HAarchs

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  1. I think the advantage of an LOD setting concept would be in how the parametric tools work, and how content providers put information together. There is so much potentially valuable data out there prepared by manufacturer's, but it's prepared at LOD 4 for shop drawings. Getting the same data at LOD 2 or 3 would be incredibly valuable, but this would require cross-platform, industry-wide adoption of an LOD setting.
  2. I agree, except LOD and scale are not exactly comparable, depending on the detail level of the model - an LOD 1 model would have LOD 1 level of information regardless of scale, whereas an LOD 3 or 4 model would have highly developed information in detailed views at large scale, but simpler detail at smaller scale.
  3. For designers, it would make the most sense to include LOD settings at the view level, or even at the document level. Having parts of a drawing set to different LODs wouldn't really make sense, and I don't know of any BIM standards that would support this. Ideally, LOD levels would support settings at the parametric tool and resource level - elements within the parametric object or resource would appear or not depending on the LOD level set. I imagine that this is something that would be implemented by VW for tools and resources, and by content providers in BIM shop drawing or product drawing resources that we would bring into our files as designers.
  4. We disagree - from your description of your work, you're working outside the area that VW has developed parametric tools - so you're spending a lot of effort modeling the unique elements you're working with. Try working with the hybrid tool - it may make your life easier, by providing a link between modeled elements and conventional view projections. And FYI, we do all our work in 3D.
  5. The idea of having an LOD selection for 3d parametric tools would be genius - one setting that would add or strip away a level of detail from within the tool settings.
  6. In the US, Red-Built offers revit families - http://www.redbuilt.com/reference/revit-families - technically these aren't sheet metal webs, rather they are bar trusses with wood top and bottom chords. I see that on MiTek's website, they claim they will model your project structure and share the BIM with you - http://www.mitek.co.uk/Software/PAMIR/PAMIR---More-Benefits/
  7. I completely disagree - top/plan view is an abstraction that allows one to work productively without other distracting elements - it's like any other abstraction that strips out the elements that aren't immediately essential and lets one work on and present essential elements of a model.
  8. You will get a screen hint when a blue bar appears - if you release your mouse button when the blue bar appears at the docking location, the palette will dock. You sometimes need to search around as you drag the floating palette to find the blue bar. Normal docking locations are to the left and right margins of the program window, outside the drawing area. Once you've docked a palette, the area immediately below the top and immediately above the bottom of the program window becomes available for docking , as well as the area between other docked palettes.
  9. Creating a window style does do what you asking - editing the window style through the resource browser will modify all instances of that window style. Works great, even in sharing mode.
  10. Go to File/Document Preferences/Units/Structural - you can choose from many Imperial, metric, and structural units, as well as define custom units. I believe VS will use whatever units you set in the document a script is running in.
  11. We normally use the 3d cabinet tools. Increasingly, we model everything because - 1. It helps us visualize the design 2. It helps our clients visualize the design 3. Modeling the project speeds the process of design revisions that occur between schematic design and final construction documents 4. the parametric objects speed the process of scheduling casework (our projects tend to have tons of casework in classrooms and other spaces) 5. All of this speed the process of making multiple sections, elevations and visualization drawings I agree with all of Christiaan's points above, except that there's little point in modeling. Like everything else, it becomes easier the more you do it.
  12. We should all, including VW, pay more attention to established standards for Level of Development (LOD). As clients, regulatory agencies and contracts begin to catch up with BIM standards, we will increasingly see LOD standards required for every stage of a project. We may put more modeling effort into some areas for preparing good-looking renderings, but overall we need to know and apply consistent modeling standards.
  13. We also use many office-standard classes - to keep things simple, we keep the most used ones in a master sheet template. We keep a file with all our classes saved as a template in our Office Workgroup Standards folder, under Workgroup/Defaults/Standards. When we need a new class, our HAA Standards folder shows up as an option under the Import Classes menu (under New Class in the OIP). Our Workgroup Standards folder is a shared resource across the network, and uses a similar folder structure as the VW User folder, but stored on our central server.
  14. Not sure 25 years with VW qualifies as "new"
  15. Pat, you are right - so many ways to get things done!