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Wes Gardner

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  1. @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??



  2. @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.



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  3. 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)

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  4. 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



  5. @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)



  6. @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 🙂




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  7. @LeeElston, short answer: No

    Long answer: you might be able to make a symbol for "ends" of insulation. It wouldn't be automated or anything and would consist of linework designed to be "layed over" the end to mask the termination.




  8. For sections, in the OIP, down near the bottom is the Attributes button for that viewport. I believe, for 2019, there was an option added wit ha check box to "Add Profile Line".  This is what you see in the image below, I have it placed in a class called "2D Profile Line" and can control its lineweight or toggle it off.  This might be what you are seeing in your sections.  It does NOT always work under all conditions.





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  9. For me, I'd use the "Create Section Viewport" command and set the section cut line outside and looking at the building.  This will generate an elevation that is COORDINATED within the set.  The markers for that elevation can then be shown "automatically" in any of your plan views by going to the elevation on the sheet layer, making it active, going to the OIP, scroll down to the bottom and find "Section Line Instances".  Select the "Viewports" tab and then place check marks next to the plan viewports you wish to have your elevation or section markers appear in.


    Seems you've discovered some of the issues with modeling/meshes/etc. and how to limit the view and/or turn off classes in the viewports to decrease rendering time.



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  10. Hi Victor,


    I did a quick one with NURBS curves...I'm sure there're other ways but I'm pretty comfortable with NURBS modeling from elsewhere. I just modeled the entire ramp at some percentage...the real one would probably end up being three separate segments???? Or you could play with the rail curves maybe and get the correct percentage of slope and THEN run the LOFT command. 

    • Either way Create NURBS curves for the outer "rails" ( I used your polygonal curves - MODIFY > CNVERT > Convert to NURBS
    • Create a NURBS curve for the Profile curve (I just used a straight line but in reality it would have some crown I suspect)
    • From the 3D Modeling ToolSet - LOFT  > 2 RAIL
    • Shell command for thickness


    I originally tried the NURBS roadway but....


    The sub-D tool might also help in this...


    There're some helpful videos, etc. floating around and Vectorworks HELP can point you to some of the modeling tools and their capabilities if you need help with modeling.





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