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Wes Gardner

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  1. At work I have a Dell 24" for the main screen and a MacBook Pro as the small screen - I too keep my palettes on the small screen but occasionally drag one over onto the main screen if I'm doing alot of back and forth stuff. I have the same set-up at home that has been working fine for a long time. I have a Workspace set up for training so you can see my palettes on the 24. Could I go to a big-ass 27...sure Wes
  2. To some degree, it depends on how your wall style is set up. If your wall style uses components and the components are bound to levels, then what's in the OIP is the binding condition for the container class of the wall (look in the Insertion Options tab)
  3. Hi Chris, The quickest way I know is to create a column in the worksheet of your Door Schedule and then in the Database Header row enter the call or formula =('Door'.'Spring') The call for a window's transom is =('Window'.'Spring') You'll need to format it as a Dimension but that should give you the height or what's in the OIP as "Spring" Pat Stanford's "PIO Grabber"(for lack of a better name) makes quick work of finding these calls. It's been posted here on the Board. Thanks Pat... Wes
  4. You might also have a look at Quick Align from VectorBits...it's free....
  5. Hi Chris, A suggestion might be to use the "auto-dormer" tool as a conceptual design tool. You can then "break it up" using Ungroup which will give you walls and roof faces, you'll then be able to class/layer them appropriately to achieve the look you're after for your construction drawings. Wes
  6. Hi all, I'm getting the same thing...I'll take a guess on this one, I'll bet that this is WAD (working As Designed) with this particular mode of the reshape Tool. I suspect the thinking is that there is a whole lot of geometry that it would not be able to resolve??? Perhaps IF this is the case, the thing should be greyed out?? Let's let Jim have a go and see what the Engineering Team comes back with. Wes
  7. Short answer - nope. No program, other than Navisworks can "read" an .rvt file. Perhaps that manufacturer can supply 3d .dwg or IFC?
  8. Patrick, I hear ya, man! I am always in favor of the more direct approach rather than having to completely stop the ole train of thought and go to dialog boxes. The use of wall peaks offers some of this when building a stepped footing and the editing of the curtain wall is another example of where tool development could go. I will certainly push for this. Oh, before I forget...from me and mine to you and yours, have a great, safe, holiday! Wes
  9. @ Benson Stories were introduced for two reasons - to enhance change management of all "level aware" or "story aware" objects and to automate the export of your model via IFC when/if required. As others have expressed, stories are NOT necessary in building an information model. Some general rules for levels: Conceptually think of levels as horizontal planes in space that let you choose where the tops and bottoms of wall components and certain other elements will “snap”, we call this binding. Levels reside within a container. The container is a story. What may be interesting to note is that you CAN have multiple levels of the same name (but with different elevations.) What you CAN’T have is a level with the same name in any given story, even if it has a different elevation. The solution is to create a level with a slightly different name such as Ceiling-Low or Bulkheading. Wes
  10. Absolutely... Select the viewport and in the Object Info Palette, near the bottom select the Advanced Section Properties button and then under the Attributes tab, choose to Use Attributes of Original Objects, also under the Display Tab choose to Show Wall and Slab Components. See Attached.
  11. Hi All, I have used the wall framer in conjunction with both the roof and floor framers to produce framing diagrams I used to discuss possible framing scenarios with my framer. The wall framer unfortunately creates extrudes which are both good and bad. The other two (floor and roof) create framing members. However, due to a limitation of the tool, a framing member CANNOT have a pitch of 90 degrees (standing vertically). Extrudes are easy to shape/reshape and duplicate and can have data attached for quantities, etc. I also used extrudes to verify with the truss guys that all was well (which in some cases it wasn't) as in the case of the attached model, the roof was a composite of both stick-framing and trusses. From a permitting standpoint, I have found that floor framing plans and roof framing plans ARE required drawings (in some municipalities) whereas wall framing diagrams typically are not. Also keep in mind that any framing done needs to be checked as Vectorworks will NOT know where to place doublers as well as it will not be able to size headers for you. The good news is you can easily resize the header in your framing model once you've determined what size it really needs to be. Also, Benson, last time I ran the wall framer it DID place the studs properly in the stud space (at least it did when I framed the attached model which was a couple of years back) NOT in the center of the wall...I'll have to go back and check again... I just went back and ran the wall framer in 2015 - it places whatever size lumber you've selected in the center of whatever you've defined as the wall "core." This logic seems correct to me. I DO use fully "componentized" walls - I assume an unstyled wall will be framed to its center. Additionally, regarding the double top plates, that will need to be changed as I can almost surely say that one NEVER miters top plates - maybe the option is to overlap or not. Currently, you'll need to edit the extrude(s) to get the overlap you're looking for. Wes
  12. You can run the standard Wall Area report from Tools > Reports > VA Create Schedule > Wall Area that will give you the gross and net areas of the entire wall. You can also add and use the call =ComponentArea(xx) where the xx is the number of any one of the individual components. Wes
  13. Wes Gardner

    3D Spaces

    You are correct, current that option is not available...Yes, we have no bananas... I will include this as a part of a Spaces Enhancement request.
  14. Hi Alan, We probably ought to let Jonathan Pickup or someone else who uses both Windoor and SI units walk you through the proper workflow...I can describe and talk you through the "American" way but we use those crazy feet and inches and our door and window plug-ins function differently from Windoor's, consequently the workflow is a bit different and will probably end up with confusion. However, if you don't get an answer, feel free to email me at wgardner@vectorworks.net Wes
  15. Let's see if I can answer correctly.. @ Michael - you're absolutely correct, Clip Cube will only let you "clip off" views from the side - currently it's a limitation of the tool @ Bruce - I've attached a couple of views of a room I'm looking at raised paneling in, they are taken from the Clip Cube but they are ONE POINT perspectives (set in the OIP of the Viewport where you can switch from Ortho to Persp...currently, once again, a bit of a limitation of the tool, it can't produce the view you want other than doing just what you did - take a screen shot a place it on a sheet Hope this helps... Wes
  16. I believe these are video card/OpenGL anomalies...Dave Donley can set us straight
  17. Whoa! Wait a minute thar podner...Clip Cube can make Section Viewports...run Clip Cube, set your clipping plane, right click and from contextual menu choose "Create Section Viewport", done... You can then do all the advanced options to get the materials to show (or not) Wes
  18. Do what Benson suggests, but also you can try going to Document Settings > Document Preferences > Display tab and checking the option "Mesh smoothing with crease angle", just leave the default at 70 and see if this doesn't also help in smoothing out your site model a bit
  19. Mark, In my simple test file (included), the beige wall that has both vertical and horizontal recesses does NOT read properly, the black wall with only a vertical recess seems to read OK, I'm still testing... Wes
  20. Hi Mark, Currently, I'm going to call that a bug and will investigate and file a report for you. Thanks for pointing it out! Wes
  21. Hi Mark, Can you take a screen shot? I took a couple of quick shots, one (in elevation) is using wall recesses and the other (iso view) is using wall projections Wes
  22. Hi Mark, Couple of things...can you include in your signature your system config, etc. sometimes it makes it easier for folks to speak more intelligently about where/what is going on. MyStuff>Edit Profile Is it possible to provide a file where this is happening (or a portion of a file)? Wes
  23. There are some really helpful comments here..I would also like to ask everyone to show respect for one another, please. And now, if you'd like to know how to create your storefront system or strip window system or what have you and schedule it correctly, feel free to email me at wgardner@vectorworks.net
  24. The short answer is no, not in an automated manner, at least not "out of the box." Since Vectorworks is written in the USA where this is not the drawing convention perhaps there is a solution 1)through the localized version, 2) perhaps Windoor can do this??? 3) maybe some friendly third party scripter can write a bit of code??? I can certainly put in an enhancement request for you. Wes
  25. It might be as simple as getting into the Database Header row of the Door Schedule and "telling" the worksheet to "look" in Symbols by checking the box - see attached with box UNCHECKED which I believe is the default.... Wes


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