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I'd like to be able to "magnetically" snap walls together in parallel, roof faces together in parallel, and slabs too (to a lesser extent). You would be able to make these connections across layers. And you would be able to make edge connections (wall joins, roof clipping, etc.)—unlike with traditionally Grouped objects—and with the ability to control the connections of each snapped object independently. And when you move one they all move together, their connections with other objects are maintained. When you insert an object (e.g. window, roof light) into these magnetically snapped objects they can be inserted through all objects at once. The more I model in Vectorworks and the more I coordinate with structural engineers the more I find that I want to model these parts of my model separately: Internal finishes Structure External finishes The reasons being: When you model complex walls/slabs/roof face objects the automatic connections between these objects are just too opaque and prone to error. Separating them into finishes and structure makes it much easier to make and maintain constructionally correct connections. It also becomes easier to coordinate with the structural engineer. For instance it becomes very straightforward to isolate and export one's own structural model. You can model in this way now but it can get messy because you have to managed the position of multiple walls instead of one, multiple roofs instead of one and so on.
After having a few problems with the Roof and Roof Face objects, it seems to me that the height datum and Roof Axis Line (slope line) should be two separate controls, instead of one. An example of why—as I found out in this exercise—is that the slope line can be used to control the edge of a component that is not associated with a set of walls: https://forum.vectorworks.net/index.php?/topic/53406-how-do-you-make-top-roof-component-overhang-the-fascia/#comment-268301 But if you move the slope line and think you're simply moving the edge of the component then you're sorely mistaken, because moving the slope line will change the height of your entire roof, requiring you to then manually readjust it.