I am fairly new to VW and am struggling with a few items. So far I have been unable to find any tutorials, discussions, or links that clearly explain how to organize your file to show existing conditions, demolition work, and new construction. In the office I am leading the charge to do as much in 3D as possible as I believe it is the most efficient and productive way to tackle a project. That being said VW has to be the most complicated program I have had to learn in terms of organizing the 3D model. I hope someone can lend some advice and help. My program background includes ArchiCAD and Revit.
I would like to have one model organized through Classes and Design layers that when viewed through viewports on Sheet Layers accurately displays the appropriate construction phase (existing, demo, or new).
I have an Existing Plan Design Layer with existing walls on either the "Wall To Remain" or "Wall To Be Demolished" Class. This shows all the walls the same graphically.
I have a Demolition Plan Design Layer with only walls to be demolished modeled on the "Wall Demo" class. This class is set to show demo walls as dashed lines. In the viewport on the Demolition Plan Sheet Layer the "Wall To Be Demolished" class is turned off and the Existing Plan Design Layer is on as well as the Demolition Plan Design Layer. This shows my existing conditions as well as the demolition scope.
I have a Proposed Plan Design Layer with only new walls modeled on the "New Wall Class". This class is set to show walls with a heavier line weight. In the viewport on the Proposed Plan Sheet Layer the "Wall To Be Demolished" and the "Wall Demo" classes are turned off. The Existing Plan Design Layer and Proposed Plan Design Layer are turned on showing what is existing to remain and new construction.
This seemed to work until I got to windows and doors. If I am demolishing an existing window and replacing it with a new window of the same size I am able to have my plans read correctly with the approach outlined above, even though the new window on a "New Window" class exists in a wall on the Existing Plan Design Layer. My problem is when I demolish a series of windows that is not filled in-kind, but instead a new door and series of windows is placed in that opening. Because the existing wall is on the Existing Plan Design Layer I am unable to place the new door in the wall on the Proposed Plan Design Layer. I am quite confused on how to correctly model (I know there is no ONE way) all these phases together.
What I Am Asking:
Without having three models copied next to each other in the file (come on it's 2018 we shouldn't be doing that), how do people organize their file in a way that allows them to separate the phases of construction. Please explain things to me in the most basic ways possible. A detailed explanation or example file would be greatly appreciated and I thank anyone for their help in this issue.
Stories are also confusing, which i am trying to use as well in this model. I think I have an ok grasp on those however. (But I have to say having Design Layers AND Stories, Story Levels, and Story Layer Types makes my head spin.)