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Chris D

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  1. A review of 2013 in relation to my recent BIMfail list:

    - No live sections

    Hit: Clip Cube kind of does this

    - No multiple model windows e.g. plan and section open at same time


    - Poor architectural tools, windows, doors, stairs, roofs, curtain walls etc

    Miss (mostly): Minor improvements to windows and roofs only

    - Missing architectural tools rooflights, gutters, foundations etc

    Maybe: rooflights yes, roof objects no

    - No multi-core / multi-thread support e.g even auto-save stops you working while it saves

    Maybe: Background rendering yes, background saves no (not mentioned)

    - No building materials, just 2D hatches, textures, fills with no relationship between them


    - Poor workgroup referencing. No workgroup server or BIM server


    - Poor stock component library, especially for the UK


    - Poor Coordinate System support. No multiple UCS (moving origin doesn't qualify).


    - No 3D working grid or reference lines related to storey settings


    - Poor Stories implementation. No split levels, mezzanines, double-height spaces etc.


    - No 3D hatches so all drawings need to be rendered for presentation


    - Render quality needs to be set very high for decent elevation output

    Maybe: Rendering now in background so less of an issue

    The big one for us is the big fat miss on the vector-based elevations with 3D hatches. You can't do a BIM workflow if you can't even do your 2D drawings from a 3D model. VW still can't do this, yet it's the default behaviour in proper BIM packages like Revit.

  2. Best workaround: with all classes/layers editable, select what you want, group, and hide others while in groups. Then edit the group.

    Terrible workaround and typical of Vectorworks fudges. Destructive editing just to view something the way you need. Grouping objects that have associations, are cross-layered, have constraints etc etc is destructive.

    Hopefully this is fixed in 2013.

  3. Ugh, what a backward industry this is.

    True. On a more positive note, I was asked by a contractor* if we were planning to use BIM on a new appointment we have with them and whether we would provide IFC files...first time we've been asked. They have BIMsight installed. The downside is that Tekla don't make a Mac version of BIMsight so we couldn't have got very far with our VW on Mac setup anyway.

    ...goes back to the Revit training CD on the Windows box in the corner...

    * 'Contractor' means construction firm in the UK...not sure about the US

  4. We recently surveyed the 8 or 9 structural engineering firms that we regularly work with, regarding their BIM position. We included a question about IFC amongst the ones about platform and future plans etc.

    Of the 6 who responded, all are either using Revit Structure, or planning to switch to it in the next 24 months. A couple of them were already exchanging RVT files with other architects. More importantly, only one had ever considered using IFC and none had Navisworks, Solibri or BIMsight installed.

    You know where this is going...it's clear that like DWG was, native Revit files are going to be the lingua franca, like English, while IFC will be like Esperanto...much admired but no one uses it...

  5. the ability to apply different Class Overrides on each individual Layer in the same VP

    I once thought about listing out all the permutations of visual control you can have...which I never did, but this would have been high on the list.

    To be honest, it's quite hard for novice users to work out why something is displayed the way it is at the moment, so any new 'power controls' will need far better visual feedback.

  6. ArchiWorks program to get the best of both worlds

    At this point I can't see the merger happening.

    In fact, since Trimble bought Sketchup I've been waiting for the news that Nemetschek will sell one of their 3 architectural BIM apps to Trimble, who have all the BIM components except the architecture bit (Sketchup excepted). Most likely either ArchiCAD or Vectorworks rather than Allplan.

    It wouldn't be a bad thing to be in the Trimble stable if it resulted in better investment in improving VW...instead of the glacial pace we have now.

  7. Sure it is not a rotated rectangle as far as I know there is / has been a bug with rotated rectangles not holding rotated mapped hatches in Sheet Layer Viewports

    Ozzie, you cracked it!

    Converted it from a rotated rectangle to a polygon and that fixed it instantly. Sorry for misleading you fine folks that it was a polygon.

    I'll file a bugsubmit for mapped hatches on rotated rectangle in SLVPs...

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