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Wes Gardner

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  1. Here?s my current thinking for American platform framing ?

    In an attempt to hold true to the ?BIM/model it as if it were real? scenario, I?m trying something a bit different than my prior models.

    I will use the methodology of setting the sub-floor of the first floor at Z = 0?-0? - the rationale being I don?t know what finishes (and their thicknesses) will be selected at the beginning of a project. The same will be true for any subsequent floors, i.e. Z = elevation of subfloor. All other elevational information will be worked ?up? and ?down? from there. I will model the subfloor on the First Floor Floor System layer but the finished floor material will be modeled on the First Floor layer (see Layer Settings below) This system requires that the ?Z? of floor layers be set at the underside of the floor framing system plus the thickness of subfloor and COULD require adjustment of the ?Z? height of the layer if the framing system changes from what was first chosen ? like going from 2x10?s to 2x12?s...

    The walls on the first floor will have the following height? Z = 0?-0? and delta Z = top of top plate. ( See Layer Settings below) and will be modeled to stop there. The walls will be set up such that face-of-stud = face-of-foundation wall below (a typical detail I use?)

    The second floor floor system will be modeled such that it contains the second floor floor slab and any joists and beams required (also true for the first floor floor system) ? in plan view, the slab will be modeled to stop just behind the sheathing ?in plane? with the STUDS below. This will provide the correct ?offset? for the Floor Framer. Additionally, I will create a wall style called ?Band Filler? that is as thick as the sheathing and exterior cladding combined. This will provide me with the ability to model things correctly and hopefully get wall area take-offs that are fairly accurate.

    Ceilings will be modeled on the floor layer they are associated with ? i.e. the first floor ceiling will be on the First Floor layer ? along with any framing to deal with tray, vaulted, barrel, etc. ceiling forms.

    The second floor walls will stack on top of the second floor floor system (just like the real thing?) and will stop at their top plate.

    The Attic?in keeping with this methodology, I should have an Attic Layer containing the framing and any flooring required.

    Last time I modeled cathedral ceiling or double-height spaces I had a moment of concern as I couldn?t get windows that are ?high? or that are up in the triangular portion of a gable-end wall to show correctly in plan. My solution was to model that ?triangle? on the Attic layer (along with its window(s)?

    The Roof will be modeled on a Roof Layer

    Layers for a two-storey house -



    First Floor Floor System

    First Floor

    Second Floor Floor System

    Second Floor



    Taking a look at what?s below - Footings Layer ?Z? is set to accommodate the majority of the footings ? stepped footings and smaller pier footings can just be moved up as required ? (I use a Wall Style to model footings so I can easily run reports for take-offs)

    Foundation Layer ? ?Z? is set to top-of-footing and delta ?Z? is set to top of block (or top of poured-in-place concrete), this retains the ability to set the wall height so it is linked to delta Z. I also place the Sill Plate here (and need to allow for the thickness of it...)

    BTW - I have NOT tried this methodology across an entire set of drawings, so as yet, I have no idea where it will break down...

    Any comments are always welcome


  2. Another method is to run two reports - one for the first floor and sort alphabetically by space name and a second for the second floor limiting the search criteria by manipulating the database header row's criteria.

  3. Yes you can. Attached is a simple Report that sorts by floor using the Space number...

    In the second report, the first floor is sorted numerically by Room Number and the second floor is sorted alphabetically by Room Name

    Hope this helps

  4. try this...if you use "Use Part Line Styles", in the Attributes Palette, for the PEN STYLE, do NOT check Class Style or this will override the "Use Part Line Styles" scenario...

    Hope this helps

    Also, please include your machine/OS specs in your sig as it can help when answering questions


  5. I've found if I create a new sheet and place a new border and title block then if I go to any other sheet and click in its title block and then go back to that newly created sheet, the Project info is now there - I then just need to enter sheet-specific data....


    If I go to the Issue Manager and scroll around a bit then go back to that newly created sheet - same thing, Project data is there and then I just enter the sheet-specific stuff....

  6. I usually start with a texture, duplicate it then edit it for color...

    Go to the Resource Browser, duplicate a texture, rename it then edit it - right click and select edit, under Shaders choose Plain Color, then pick your color and voila...you can then duplicate, rename and "recolor" to make more...

    Use cool names so your kids will enjoy themselves - play with some of the reflectivity options and other effects while you're there

  7. Hey beanus,

    Try going to the Edit Marker List, select the marker style in question and change the Fill to None - my default is set to White which will produce the results you're getting

  8. Another method for modifying the path - Click on path, the path will be a NURBS curve, convert it to a polygon by going to Modify > Convert to Polygon, choose Hidden Line Rendering, this will change it to a group, ungroup it then Compose it. You now have a polygon that you can modify with the 2D Reshape tool. Once you're done modifying, convert it back to a NURBS curve and Voila....


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