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Wes Gardner

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  1. Wes Gardner

    Convert to NURBS - Where are Interpolation points?

    Hi Benson, When you CREATE a NURBS curve you have a choice...but I think you're right, when CONVERTING something to a NURBS curve, you don't have a choice....hmmmm. Wes
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    Model Set Up (Revisited for 2019)

    Hi All, Enclosed is a link to some model set-up material. There's a tutorial and some example files. It replaces the "Levels, Layers and Stories" tutorial. The folder called Model Set Up Worksheets contains some graphic worksheets that are also duplicated at the end of the tutorial. Wes https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kp4agdsfr2wpw5u/AACtKdyXtcR67mafsoBgS4Ssa?dl=0
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    Hatch pattern local mapping setting problem

    Use Attribute Mapping tool to adjust the default hatch to what you need, then right-click and select "New Hatch from Locally Mapped Hatch"...you'll then have a new hatch saved in the Resource Manager.
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    Model Set Up (Revisited for 2019)

    @Inspectorjack...has been a Design Summit class for the last three years...ask me how I know 🙂 Wes
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    Model Set Up (Revisited for 2019)

    @ThreeDot, here's what I would do...first read and understand the thread "No Stories, No Problem." Take the time to create some wall styles and slab styles FROM SCRATCH. Do NOT use any template stuff as they may or may NOT be set-up for a layer bound system. Build a small model, working through walls, slabs roofs. You can use the two sample/exercise files to help you get going but I HIGHLY recommend trying a set-up from scratch. Once this is all understood then move on to the level-bound scenario in this Model Set-Up thread. Do the same thing - create stuff FROM SCRATCH so that you thoroughly understand the connection between the levels, stories and how they relate to wall styles so that changes in set-up "drive" the heights of walls. Yes, it's confusing ... no, I did not create this system but I CAN make it work. Reading the instructions in both threads FIRST might be helpful. Wes
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    Kindorf Library

    @JMonaco, I was looking around at Kindorf/Unistrut stuff and found this site that lets you download in DXF/DWG and RFA (Revit Family) format. These all should be able to be read into Vectorworks. I haven't actully tried it because they want you to create an account but it might be worth a try... Good luck! https://www.unistrut.us/resources/cad-files Wes
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    Kindorf Library

    I don't think we have any Kindorf-specific stuff native in Vectorworks.
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    CAD block Suburban

    @creatrix, keep in mind (as a rule) Vectorworks' import is ALWAYS one year behind SketchUp, so if the SketchUp model was drawn in 2019, we won't be able to import it until next year. Perhaps find something drawn in SketchUp 2018 or earlier?? Wes
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    Two-Way Finish Schedule

    Hi Everyone, Ever have a large project (or maybe even a not-so-large project) requiring you to enter lots of finish information and then having to change it and update it again and again from each individual space? Ever wished for a worksheet where you could edit the finish information, change the space name and/or the space number and do it for either one cell or the entire column? Well, now you can… First, I’d like to thank all the folks who had a hand in creating this as it’s taken quite a few hours to create, document and test the functionality. Are we there yet? Nope…but this a HUGE workflow improvement for anyone who has struggled with the Finish Schedule. Enclosed is a Vectorworks file containing two worksheets and a pdf file containing instructions and set-up information for managing finishes from a worksheet. Of the two worksheets, one is a fairly standard Finish Schedule (in fact, the one from Tools>Reports>VA Create Schedule> “Room Finish Schedule”) will work just fine…, the other is what we call a housekeeping worksheet, “Custom Room Finish Housekeeper” that pushes the information to the actual Finish Schedule. This system is set up to take advantage of Project/Workgroup folders for use over a server but could be simplified for local use and still maintain the ability to edit from a worksheet. I’ve also included Pat Stanford’s worksheet (thanks Pat!!!, sure made this easier…) that returns all the variables from a given plug-in object and a little secret script letting you change the speed of the new view transition. Bonus! So please, read the instructions once or twice, take the worksheets apart, see where the information comes from and goes to, give it a try and report back so that we can continue to improve the workflow. For the Industry Expert Team Wes wgardner@vectorworks.net
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    CAD block Suburban

    @creatrix There are many to choose from on 3D Warehouse.
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    No Stories, No Problem

    Hi All, Several folks have asked about model set-up and how to get started when moving from 2D to 3D and on into a BIM workflow. Here are some instructions describing how to set up a blank file and create layers, walls, etc. without the need for stories. There are two example/practice files that I highly recommend you "reverse engineer" the wall styles, slab styles, etc. so that you can see how the offsets work, etc. Also, read the instructions all the way through first. Oh, by the way, PLEASE let me know if there's a mistake or if something isn't clear. The Vectorworks files are in 2019...I can certainly back save them if you need. You may want to compare this set-up scenario to the one(s) described in the thread "Model Set-Up" where the set-up, which I call a "Level-Bound" set-up REQUIRES the use of stories. Enjoy Wes Layer Bound Simple.vwx Layer Bound Special Slab.vwx Layer Bounding.docx
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    No Stories, No Problem

    @Jim Smith, agreed. My main point to anyone for posting the instructions and model files without stories is to show that you CAN build a perfectly fine information model without stories. I sometimes make the claim that stories "buys" you a little more automation when it comes to change management as well as "automatically" mapping layers to stories when using IFC. However, you CAN manually map those layers and still produce a fine IFC model. It really comes down to your wall styles. IF they are set up with level bounding conditions, they WILL NOT work in a model that does not use stories. However, a layer bound wall style WILL work in a level-bound (Story) model. (Assuming you use "Layer Wall Height" and include a height in the appropriate design layer) I'm not sure you can call either system "simple" or "intuitive" but I think that a layer bound system is a little easier to get going with BUT PLEASE be sure your wall styles are set up to accommodate this set-up scenario (there ARE wall styles that ship with the program that are set up to be used with stories and will "pancake" in a layer bound system) Once again, I'm always open to discussing how to set up a model. Wes
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    Roof help: parapets and shed

    @cberg, yup
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    Roof help: parapets and shed

    I wondering if the best way to do this is to use the wall tool to create walls up to the top plate height and then model the parapet so that you can get both the curve (as seen in an elevational view) as well as the fillet. I think everything else in the sketch could be created using the standard plug-in objects (doors, windows, walls, etc)
  15. @Phileas, here's the file in 2018 format...lemme know what you find. Yes walls are styled, everything by class. Wall Symbol test v2018.vwx
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    Slab not below walls

    I'll need to make a couple of assumptions here...assuming you've used the wall tool to create your plan, it's a simple matter to include "Layer Wall Height" in your Layer set-up, then, in your wall style(s), include "Layer Wall Height" as the top bounding condition and "Layer Elevation" as the bottom bounding condition. You can then just introduce those bounding conditions to your already-drawn walls in 2D and you'll get 3D walls at the proper height. It's then a matter of creating viewports and placing the various views (plans, sections, elevations) on sheet layers. But wait, there's more....don't forget, in your wall styles, to include any necessary offsets for the various wall components as well as setting everything to be "by Class" so you can control and over ride line weights. etc in your viewports. I highly recommend taking a bit of time to thoroughly understand what bounding conditions, layer wall heights, etc, etc mean and how they come together to create a building information model. This is explained in the instructions. I'm at wgardner@vectorworks.net or here on the Community Board Wes
  17. Here's a simple model....the first floor walls are in a symbol. If you go into the Class structure and adjust the Wall-Component-Int Finish 1 class, you can change the line weight and color from the very thick red, back to something a bit more normal. Is this what you mean? Are your wall styles set up to provide changing stuff "by Class"? Wall Symbol test.vwx
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    Slab not below walls

    @creatrix, Zoomer is correct...you may want to take a moment and look at the thread "No Stories, No Problem". I talk you through setting up a model that does NOT use stories. If you'd then like to try stories, you can have a look at the thread "Model Set Up". Alot of issues are related to not having your wall and slab styles consistent with your model set-up scheme (either layer bound or level bound) Wes
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    HVAC Ducting to Interior Model

    Hi All, I haven't looked at this third party app in a while... http://www.vectormep.com/page/vectormep Wes
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    Custom Diagonal Muntins

    @CMaxwell, the Curtain Wall tool can do this, the Window tool cannot. Like you've suggested, you'll need to place the muntins manually.
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    Tapered Stairs

    @James Corbett, I think I'd use the Stair tool initially to get the rise/run correct and then either "explode" it or just over-draw with extrusions as you've suggested...
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    Tapered Stairs

    @James Corbett, I'm pretty sure the answer is no. I'll put in an enhancement request.
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    Trouble with slab drainage tool

    @Matt PanzerHidden Valley...I thought you were selling salad dressing at first 🙂
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    3d powerpack unfold surface tool

    I might be mistaken but the unfold command will only work on developable surfaces...
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    curved window

    @tismacfan2, I tried using both the twist tool and the bend tool from the 3D Modeling toolset. The window DOES loose its "windowness" (no longer a PIO) and if you mess with it enough, you can get it to insert into a wall (sort of). I think if I spent a little more time, I could get the "fitment" a little better and I suspect, if your client is willing to pay for true curved glass, you'll be given enough time/budget to draw it correctly 🙂 Bent Windows.vwx


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