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Patrick Fritsch

Proper foundation toolset

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If I had to design this Foundation toolset (and if I was capable) it would have the following functionality (these are also reasons why it should NOT be part of wall styles):

1. It would have the ability to be linked to the DTM and there would be fields that allow me to input; Min depth below grade (IE; frost depths to consider over here),

2. It would have a field for stepping bottom of wall for sloped sites (max field for vertical step and min field for horizontal run of each step). As an example here we are allowed to step a max of 2ft vertically and the minimum horizontal run between vertical drops is 2ft as well.

3. It would have an option to have a sill plate at the top; usually of dimensional lumber; 2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 2x10 or maybe a custom size option.

4. It would have a "show footings" option with field to input height and width and alignment in relation to the fndt wall (ie; retaining walls usually have eccentric footings).

5. There would be a radio button to display a keyway in the footing or not.

6. There would be fields to show rebar in fndt walls and footings in live sections as 2d graphics with control to display horizontal and vertical spacing. Some may say this is not required for architecture but the fact is in Canada's National Bldg Code the rebar is spelled out for standard residential and small commercial, besides it's nice to show graphically that there should be some, even with the note "refer to Struc eng."

7. Show drain Tile radio button to show it in live bldg section, maybe option for diameter.

8. A hybrid 2d/3d control to enable us to show footings as dashed lines in top/plan view

Last but not least

8. When linked to a DTM; if there could be a way to incorporate a "site modifier" within the fndt tool that would control the DTM modifier to be set at a certain distance from the top of the fndt wall. Over here it's min 8" required from top of grade to top of fndt wall.

And I'd like some fries with that, hope this is not a pipe dream. Please everyone add your comments and I'll light some candles and make offerings to the gods of XYZ to make this happen.

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So I had the BBQ going all weekend, made poultry and pork butt sacrificial offerings to the XYZ Gods of NNA. But to no avail, I spawned Vectorworks this morning and no Foundation Toolset appeared in my icon. I guess they didn't smell the charcoal and spice rub... will try again next weekend.

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Totally disagree DM. I think there should be tools for each IFC building element and also each IFC services element.

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the problem with tools (dialog boxes) is that they can only get you so far. if they allow custom adjust outside the tool but still keep the parametric nature then ok

note the cut outs for the slab in the file below

the push pull worked so well that i cannot think of how you can make this simpler.

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Got it. However the "best" way to go about something like this is a bit beyond my pay grade, submitting now.

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Solutions that work for experienced users are okay but there is a cost attached to that in terms of dissatisfied and lost users:

- first there are those who never get there and end up using Vw in a lesser way;

- then there are those who perceive that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence and end up switching to other programs; and

- lastly there are those who don't end up buying Vw because of the perception that there are too many things it can't do.

The whole point of a BIM program is to be able to do everything that needs to be done both effectively and efficiently. For most users the program is just a means to an end and they are not the least bit interested in becoming CAD gurus. The program needs to work for that 95% of users not the 5% of users who are very capable.

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+1

Agree on the BIM and Simplicity issue--Foundations are a fact just as are Stairs. A simple dialogue box/window that lets one enter all the attributes required? lets it be shown as solid on one layer while dotted on the other? is just another key component to an even more competitive, whole-rounded, BIM CAD system.

Would be great to see.

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