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Stair Tool Fixes

Chris D


The new stair tool seems to be an improvement on the old one. Not sure why we now have two stair tools. Anyway, some fixes/improvements are required to the new stair tool for UK use:

1. Pre-set regulation standards

UK building regs have several stair applications with different governing parameters and it would be nice to have these as presets.

These currently are Doc M Public Building, Doc M Apartment Block, Assembly Building, Commercial Building, Domestic, External, External Doc M. These 7 types are being consolidated next year (2013) so it would be a useful time to get the new standards incorporated into VW. The draft of the new comprehensive stair regs are published here:


2. Independent guardrail height for landings

As far as I can tell you can't make the guarding on a landing higher than that for the flights, which doesn't satisfy UK regs which require 900 guarding to flights and 1100 guarding to landings (except for domestic stairs).

3. Localisation of terminology (for UK version)

Railings = Balustrade

4. Fix the Frame Bars

You can turn off the side members of the balustrade framing but you always get a vertical frame bar right next to a post which isn't required

5. Posts stopping short

If you don't have a Top Rail on your Guardrail, but you do have a top framing member, the Posts stop just short of the top framing member, instead of stopping just above it which they should. An offset of 25mm (or user controlled) may help

6. Populate the OIP!

The old stair tool had too much info on the OIP, but the new one has far too little (everything is inside the Settings dialog). You need at-a-glance info in the OIP at all times when a stair is selected, such as the level it is tied to, basic tread, rise and angle etc. This makes errors far easier to spot when navigating a file.

this list isn't exhaustive...just my first impressions...

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