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Wes Gardner

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  1. Hi Rob, Files are coming... Wes
  2. And then there are those muntins...not MUTTON, that's sheep meat...:-)
  3. Hi Jason, Use Class over rides to set the pen color to black in the individual viewport. Wes
  4. Hi Mark, Here try mine...in the file is a rectangle drawn on the SCREEN plane. Save it as a symbol and you should get something that looks like what's in the Resource Browser - it's a 2D symbol with a small "2" as a designator. Make sure that you are in SCREEN plane when creating these...mine defaults to Layer Plane, so just before I turn it into a symbol,I have to look in the Object Info Palette and make sure the PLANE setting is set to SCREEN. Wes
  5. Last week I was asked to take a look at the stair tool for a couple of reasons so first I took the time to break out all the 2D, 3D and combinations of 2&3D into all the possible classes – there are a few, 35 to be exact. The exercise started with someone asking about the stair in reflected ceiling plans, so I decided to see if I can produce all the required views for a multi-level building. So first I defined what those are: the first floor – with a break line and dashed treads above, the intermediate floor(s) with both an up and a down arrow with a double break line, and the upper floor with just a down arrow and the full flight showing not dashed. I also produced reflected ceiling views. So a question might be, how to simplify the 35 classes into something that can be better managed? I've attached a screen shot... Any one who wants the actual.vwx file, I’ll send it via a separate vehicle as it’s too big to post here on the board As always, I can be reached at wgardner@vectorworks.net.
  6. Hey Mitch, That file is just the set up with the levels and stories and a wall style - no modeled elements, I'll send you the file separately as it's bigger than the board can handle... Wes
  7. Here are some answers to Rick's questions... The stepped foundation uses “wall peaks” and the Reshape Tool to add nodes and drag them to where you need them… Slab Style components are set up with “sub floor” as the “datum” ALL of the sectional information comes from the model Brick ledge was created with wall peaks as well – in the wall style only the outer component of the foundation wall is “allowed” to “Follow Wall Peaks” – a little trickery going on there…I need some time to get the line weight working here... Roof was modeled in three pieces, one for the ceiling (since it’s vaulted), one for the sheathing and one for the rafter space. Things could be different soon... Regarding the Set-up Worksheet - I think I'd create one for each building type you're working on so that it's a little more specific...this one was just a start...there WILL be more... Stand by Wes
  8. Hey All, Jim will need to work through your printing issues...(sorry to dump on you Jim) As far as the model... All GREAT questions. I'll send out the model to anyone who wants it... It IS a work in progress so things are not all the way worked out – I continue to test/push things to get as close to "real world" building conditions as possible – to me, that IS BIM… Wes
  9. Well, let's see now....if you open the Architect Imperial template you'll get several wall styles that DO NOT have any of their components bound to a level, if you open one of the BIM templates, you'll get several wall styles (with a PLUS sign as the prefix) that DO have their components bound to level types. The "unbounded" wall styles are at the bottom of that list (with no plus sign). Any and all of these are changeable of course. I typically create my own wall styles and class them (and their components) the way I want them. If you're doing residential work, you may want to change the drywall thickness to 1/2"... Honestly, I can't speak to your second paragraph, I don't get those results at all...I haven't seen "mod" anything for a long time...ALL my layers are modeling layers...if you've written some sort of script to generate stuff, you may want to check there first... Wes
  10. 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
  11. Hey All, Be careful with your OIP...it will display the binding conditions for the container class of the wall style but DOES NOT show the binding conditions for the individual components. This could inadvertently lead to confusion. I've also included a screen shot of a little building that uses that set-up worksheet as well as a.vwx file with a wall style including levels, layers and stories. I've also included the beginings of a wall section showing how all the modeled parts come together. Wes
  12. Here is a worksheet that I will use to teach model set-up using levels, layers and stories. It is intended primarily for new construction but can be adapted to renovation work. Begin by determining what is desired for Ceiling Height, then work through the known thicknesses of materials, etc. You now have all the dimensional criteria to enter into the various fields for Default Level info, story height, etc. You can rename your level types to suit. I’ve been told that this is “overly complex”, the reasoning was that you don’t need a ceiling level/layer. Fine, don’t use it. The Finish Floor level and its layer “Floor” is used (or not) because those values may or may not be known and are subject to change...I draw walls on the Floor layer and set interior doors on that layer as well, this lets the bottom of the door and its trim to be set at the correct elevation. I set footings in a separate class and on a separate layer so they are easier to draw under the already drawn foundation walls.
  13. Hey Rob, No, you are not going crazy at all. I inadvertently "cheated" and did it in 2015 where I can control these "by Class" - see attached screen shot. I simply told the program to set the wall lines in the Ceiling-Main class and then set the class's line style to dashed. Sorry for misleading you... One of my priorities is to try to get as many items as possible to be controlled by class so that in viewports, you can make stuff look like whatever you want. Hopefully, you can use my door until you get a chance to upgrade! Wes
  14. Here's the file with the wall lines set in the class Ceiling-Main with a line style set to dashed....
  15. Hi Melynda, Here's the file translated to 2013. Please let me know if you're having issues with this functionality. My email is wgardner@vectorworks.net. I've created a couple of saved views that turn the rcp wall lines on and off on the design layer. There's also a Sheet Layer where, if you click on the viewport and enter the class settings, you can turn Ceiling_Main on and off from there. In the OIP, the "Use Wall Lines" will keep the wall lines ON all the time - not necessarily what you want... 2015 adds even more flexibility in controlling line weight, etc. in your viewports (that's my sales pitch...sorry) Wes
  16. Hi John, If you use Layer Referencing, NOT Design Layer Viewport Referencing, you'll get the classes from the SOURCE file in your TARGET file. You can't actually reference the Saved Views from the Source, but you CAN create Saved Views in the TARGET that will turn your classes in the SOURCE on and off. In fact, what's old is new....in many cases we are recommending using Layer Referencing so that you CAN maintain control over ALL classes, even at the Sheet Layer level...how cool is that? I've included a couple of simple files if you'd like to have a go... Wes
  17. How about this... Right Click anywhere in white space in the Resource Browser, at the bottom of the contextual menu choose "New Resource in...", then at the drop-down, choose "Symbol Folder"
  18. Hi Melynda, That file was created in 2015. What version are you using and I'll convert it. Wes
  19. Try mine... Turn on the class called Ceiling-Main. This controls the wall lines. The door on the left is NOT a symbol, the door on the right IS. Does this work for you? Wes
  20. Hey Patrick, Here you go... File sent by independent email, enjoy!
  21. This is a 2015 option... Two Wall Styles The "back up" wall uses two components worth of concrete - the outer one set to "Follow Top Wall Peaks" The stone wall style is set to "Follow Bottom Wall Peaks" Wes
  22. Keep in mind, to take advantage of surface hatching in 2015, you WILL need Renderworks...
  23. Levels will let you bind not only the wall, but any component within a wall to a level. Levels CAN exceed the bounds of a story. A plan view is still dependent on layer settings.
  24. Hi James, Is there a way of getting the manager to see the previous issues and continue the numbering? Yes. This is done through the ?Edit Issue Data? button in the OIP when the titleblock is selected and not through the ?Issue Manger? found under the ?File? menu. See screen shot 1. When selected, you can edit the number of past issuances that you want to appear as well as add a new issuance. See screen shot 2. Can the approval space be activated? Yes. This is activated through the OIP as well when you select the ?Edit Revision Data? button. See screen shot 3. The behavior is a lot like the edit issue data. Wes


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