RScottG

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  1. I was thinking this issue thru a bit further. Perhaps this will help illustrate my point.... It is possible to create a layout that receives data from the plan file that includes the design completed in one location and the terrain located at its geospacially correct location. Further, it is possible, after sending "screens" of both areas to the layout, to overlay and rotate. This is an example of managing the "view" of the design data, not manipulating the design data. I'm glad to see this capability, but it doesn't solve the issue. As soon as the design data is ro
  2. Thanks for your thoughts. So, when you complete your construction documents, are they only inclusive of the building and then you pass that (or perhaps just a foundation outline) to a Civil Engineer to perform the site grading? Seems like the architect would have great interest in the views out of the house and its appearance on the site. The terrain tools in HDP seem to move in that direction, but as you suggest, doesn't support the construction plans very well. The site design in my project is not very difficult and I could simply do the grading and the like by hand calc and t
  3. Keith, I respectfully disagree with your perspective. Let me explain. The issue is one that differentiates a "view" of the design work and the actual functioning of geometry used behind the scenes to create the design. If you examine the AutoCAD or Bentley based architectural products, they all have the ability to orient the "view" to whatever the designer wishes to present on the drawings. I am in full agreement with you that no contractor (or anyone else) wants to look at a set of construction documents where the design is oriented in a way that impedes the design
  4. Robborito - thanks for your thoughts....i consulted the reference manual and it indicates that the "Allowed Angles" setting is used when the "Angle Snaps" are enabled. This would be for selecting (snapping) to elements and setting elements. The smallest setting is 1/2 degree which is OK, but not precise. I set an optional setting at 0.5 degrees and used the "Area Edit" command in conjunction with the "Transform" command to move and rotate the building to the site. I first rotated the building at its current location and that's when everything went downhill. The first thing I noticed was t
  5. Thanks for your thoughts. I did the house design with the walls parallel and perpendicular to the system axis (yes, parallel to the screen). All worked well. The problem is that I have site design (drainage) around the house among other things (like utilities) that need to keep the geospatial coordinate system intact in order to export coordinates for stakeout. If I use your approach, then the coordinates would be lost. The house design rotation is no doubt the problem. The software should appropriately account for any element rotation when it runs its algorithms.
  6. I successfully loaded survey data and moved and rotated my design to the site location geospacially using the "Area Edit" tool. Now there are all sorts of issues arising....such as walls that are being reported as not being at the correct angle, roof framing that isn't able to connect and just general drafting issues (among others). So, the other obvious choice is to move and rotate the survey data to be where the house is designed...but of course you lose all the X/Y coordinates....everything remains relative, but has no field value. It would be really handy if there were a "Vie
  7. Pass-thru worked well...thanks for your thoughts...wonder how that is accounted for in the quantity take-off....the reduction in concrete since the foundation walls are set to LF. Cheers.
  8. Thanks...I'll give "pass-through" a try....
  9. I like your idea on breaking the wall....I did that and selected the "small" intermediary wall to lower the top. After opening the object the it indicates that the wall height is set by default and greyed out. Also, I notice when working on level 0, after breaking the foundation wall and opening the small wall, that after I close the dialogue the small wall seems to go away. Open to thoughts...
  10. I wouldn't expect that the system would be able to automatically set the foundation elevations automatically aa those are terrain dependent, but I can't seem to find a way to edit the foundations or the stem walls manually. I tried cutting a cross-section and editing, but no luck...can't select the elements. I suspect that HDP wouldn't be able to do that even if I had a DTM loaded. Thanks....I did find a "window niche" which almost fits the need....only challenge is that I can't set its depth to the same as the stem wall....it will only do 7 13/16" on an 8" stemware.
  11. Two quick questions....in HDP 2020 can you: - Build a foundation that has a footing that slopes from one corner of the building to another where the terrain is lower? In other words, a sloping footing with the top of the foundation wall maintaining a constant elevation? - It is common practice to add vents to a crawlspace. Those vents are typically "notches" in the foundation. Suggestions on adding these notches would be appreciated. Thanks.
  12. Thanks, Rookie65....appreciate your thoughts and time. I have no doubt that your work around for the paper size works....and trust me, I have done that sort of thing since 1987 as CAD was emerging.....my point is simply that you shouldn't have to do that as it contributes risk to potential errors outside of the design environment. I've since seen where they disclaim the paper size on their website....buyer beware. The level sets and display appears to be well managed in Cheif Architect Premier. They could have provided a rudimentary "layer" and "level" control scenari
  13. Is there an upgrade path from Home Designer Pro to Chief Architect Interiors? If so, what would be the CAI discounted price?
  14. Thanks, Rookie65. That's a reasonable "work-around" and one that I've used in other products. But the fact that I need a work-around for such an obvious need is very frustrating. They say that HDP can produce construction drawings....well, those are often at sizes greater than 18"x24"....so, in-fact, they are misrepresenting their product. That restriction doesn't exist in Chief Architect Premier....almost worth asking for my money back.....sorry for the vent, but that in addition to saving level sets and controlling level displays is so basic to a good product that it should not be left o
  15. When I create a new Drawing Sheet set to 22"x34" and want to print to PDF, I get a message back that says that "Selected Paper size is not supported, change to less than 18"x24." Is the assumption that HDP doesn't allow a user to save a PDF at any size?? Help please as this is wholly frustrating..... Thanks.
  16. Thanks....too bad as this is fundamental to the final production of a true contract document. I'm assuming that Chief Architect has better capabilities....maybe I should drop HDP and go to Revit or other professional tools.....
  17. I'm trying to find out how to save a plan view that has various layers turned on. Is there a way to save that as a name so that I don't have to figure out what layers are on and reflective of the layout? Home Designer Pro 2020
  18. Here's the situation.... So, the toggle, "Use wall framing material", allows for the defined wall to set the stud spacing accordingly...but results in only one material reporting.
  19. Well, not quite. If you change the toggle in the framing/wall dialogue to stud spacing at 24", then it applies it to all walls, exterior and interior. Unfortunately, the interior walls are set to 16" studs and exterior should be 24". I did what you did and it changed all the stud spacing (interior/exterior) to 24".
  20. As information, I did find a material that's called "Insulation with Studs"....so I defined a new wall, tried it out and the materials list doesn't apply appropriately. I sense that "Insulation" is an area of weakness in HDP.
  21. Yep....all worked well....studs on 24" centers for exterior walls....all worked except the material report.
  22. Thanks for the advice and thoughts. I did the manual change, but it didn't update the insulation size. I'm also trying to figure out how to insulate an interior wall...such as a sound room or bathroom....advice welcome!