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Wes Gardner

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    Genie Manlifts & Scissor LIfts

    @Ethan R.try heading over to 3D Warehouse. You can grab one of the SketchUp-drawn lifts and import it into Vectorworks. Clean it up as required. Wes
  2. The Create Interior Elevation Viewport command has the ability to create up to four elevations at once, with the Create Section Viewport command, you create one at a time.
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    I just use the corner window tool and stick in some modeled muntins as required
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    Best Practices for Workgroup BIM using Vectorworks

    Hi, There's some material here: http://www.vectorworks.net/bim You may want to give Project Sharing, our multi-user environment, a look. Wes
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    Dormers on 1-1/2 storey house

    ^ This would be a very good idea IF the "Fit Walls to Objects" command was in the AEC menu for Fundamentals...
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    Dormers on 1-1/2 storey house

    Experiment with adding wall peaks using the Reshape Tool. Double-click on a wall, this will put you in "reshape mode" where you can then add or subtract peaks. See screen shot - selecting the plus sign lets you add peaks (top left in the drawing window). For model set-up, I'd divide the house into a first floor and a second floor. The second floor walls could be reshaped to provide the dormers you're looking for.
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    Two-Way Finish Schedule

    ^ Nice!
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    Two-Way Finish Schedule

    @ Boh Yes, the Space tool is a bit nervous. To use the Two-way worksheet functionality, the instructions in the pdf must be followed very closely. The text file is fairly easy to make, in fact you can start with the one that ships with the program, make a copy of it open it and have a look. There are two columns, the first one is the "key" the second is the description. You can have both alpha and numeric characters in the key. You can just "tab" between the key and the description. Wes
  9. Hi Christian, This might be what you are referring to where Vectorworks will give you notification that references are out-of-date. However, you must still actually update them... Wes
  10. Hi All, If I understand the post correctly, this is WAD (working as designed) and has been for as long as I've been using the program. In the target, you must go to the Reference tab in the Nav palette and "Update" the reference. You CAN however, set the FILE to update its references upon opening... Wes
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    Window tags not showing properly in elevation

    Can you tell us what version of the software you are using? This has been a known issue in the past. You may want to put the version, etc. in your signature.
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    Two-Way Finish Schedule

    Hi All, Sorry for the inconvenience...I think in the conversion from old Community Board to new, it stripped away some attachments. Attached here is a tutorial as a pdf and a Vectorworks file in 2017 format with the Custom Housekeeper Schedule and a more standard Finish Schedule included. W Finish Schedules.vwx Two-Way Finish Schedule.pdf
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    Wall components not showing up in Section Viewport

    And under the next tab over, the "Display" tab, you need to check "Show Wall, Slab and Roof Components"
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    Door and window tags in section viewports

    Hi, do you have "Show Tag in 3D" checked - see attached screen shot near the bottom of the pane. Make sure to put it in a class and turn the class ON in your viewport(s). Also, in the OIP for the viewport, make sure "Display Planar Objects" is turned ON - you'll need to do this for each viewport you want your tags to show in... Wes
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    Insulation problem in wall type

    I don't think it's a hatch...I think it's a tile???
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    Wall Framing Corners

    Hi Beth, If the framer does not place studs where you'd like them in the corners, you can simply 1) move the ones it DOES create into the proper location 2) duplicate a stud and place IT where you need it to build your corners as you'd like. (Sorry, forgot to "check" double top plate so the framer only created a single plate). I've attached a simple framed model as well as the set-up that created it... Wes
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    Improvements to Lintels

    ^ I'm in... Enhancement request submitted...
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    New Structural Member Tool

    Nice! Once you've modeled an element, you may want to explore the Auto-Hybrid feature to get your object to appear correctly in plan view.
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    New Structural Member Tool

    From your detail, it looks as if the top face and bottom face of the glulam are NOT parallel. If this is the case, it's likely you'll need to model the glulam and then, as you've suggested, save it as a symbol for repeated installations.
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    Improvements to Lintels

    As you've discovered, we CAN do what your photo shows - a soldier course that is FLUSH with the opening, but as you've pointed out, we cannot EXTEND the soldier course past the opening without creating a symbol - see .vwx file...I'll submit an enhancement for this much-needed parameter. Thanks for pointing this out! Cheers, Wes Header_Soldier.vwx
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    Space tool for unenclosed areas

    There's a Wall Style that ships with the program specifically set up for this...I believe it's called "Virtual Wall" and yes, I'd class it/them separately so you maintain graphic control. See vwx. file attached. Does this work?? Virtual wall and space.vwx
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    Notching Framing Members

    Nope...I believe you'll need to convert them to extruded elements
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    Space tool for unenclosed areas

    You can also use "virtual walls"
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    Elevation view of 2D/3D view

    Here's another option The attached has 2 symbols. There is the top/plan view. In the 3D editing, there are front and side elevation line drawings created in the appropriate 3D planes. In section viewports, be sure that the “display planar objects” option is selected. These were easily created using the manufacturer’s DWG line drawings. Don't forget to turn off the appropriate classes in the class over rides of the viewports Kohler Toilets-2d-3d .vwx
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    Stories vs layers

    Hi Sharon, It's not really an either/or scenario. You can work with Layers without stories but not the other way 'round. Your model will build just fine using just Layers. You may want to head over to the Architecture tab and take a look at the Model Set-Up documentation. It shows you how to create wall styles that are "Story aware" vs wall styles that just use layers - BOTH are PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE means of building a model. Stories can offer a little more automation when it comes to change management as well as helping with the IFC file format. Wes


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