Getting Started Special Interest Group January 2020

In this session, we covered a methodology for existing, demo, and proposed walls. We also looked at solutions to wall joint problems and reviewed the Wall Join and Component Join tools.

Topics Covered:

  • 00:10    Vectorworks recommends creating separate Design layers for the existing and proposed parts of a project, but I disagree with this. Where should the demo walls go? What happens if you need to make changes to the demo walls? (This entails consulting the existing model and subtracting from or adding to the existing walls.) I think that this method is too complex—it’s always better to go simple! You never know what’s behind the dry wall on an existing structure unless you’ve taken a hammer to the walls. A project that I’m working on right now had 3” wood studs and weatherboard behind the dry wall because the walls used to be the exterior of the house. I like to use an unstyled wall object for demo walls. Besides, with an existing structure, you’ll sometimes have a length of 6-inch wall right next to a section of 5-inch wall—but the width of an unstyled wall can be instantly changed from the Object Info palette. I have separate classes set up for existing, proposed, and demo walls. We discussed what line weights and graphic attributes to use for each. Moving from the Design layer to the Sheet layer, we created existing, demo, and proposed plans. Thanks to the separate classes, the graphic attributes of the existing, demo, and proposed walls could be changed or amplified depending on its role in the drawing. For example, demo walls are shown as existing on the existing plan, take on graphical attributes that really make them “pop” on the demo plan, and have demo qualities that attract less attention on the proposed plan.
  • 14:22    Having set out the fundamentals of our methodology, we showed its simplicity by making changes to the demo plan. Using the Split tool, I created another demolished wall section that I assigned to the demo class. We discussed various problems that pop up and how to handle them using this method. For example, I don’t worry about the wall joints for the existing or demo walls, but I do make sure that the proposed walls have proper joints.
  • 22:41    Next, we experimented with using the Create Wall Recess command to make a section of 5-inch wall in the middle of a length of 6-inch wall. A frustrating challenge occurs when a door or window opening lands half on a demo wall and half on an existing or proposed wall. There are workarounds for this. We looked at the Create Wall Projection command—it looked okay in 3D, but not on the plan. We also messed around with the Pillar command to deal with a pop-out in a wall. The graphic attributes of the pillar worked really well on the plan—and looked good in 3D, too! Vectorworks has greatly improved three-way joining, but when I have a joining problem that it cannot solve, I place a pillar in the center. The Fillet tool can be used to create a curved-wall joint between two walls. We reviewed the Wall Join tool, including the difference between the Capped and Uncapped modes. We also demonstrated when to use the Component Join tool.
  • 43:08    We ended the session with a demonstration of how to handle a four-way wall joint. It works well when you have unstyled walls, but gets tricky with the added components of a wall style. We had some good luck with using a pillar and also with using the Wall Join tool in X Join Mode.

Getting Started January 2020

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