Historical Applications?


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I am creating interpretive materials to help students understand the impact of early 18th century encounters along the lower Mississippi River valley to both the native and European populations. To that end, I would like to create a 3D model of an early French fort, complete with vertical log palisades and bastions (think of, say, Fort Boonesboro on the old “Daniel Boone” TV show). I’ve used home and landscape design software before, and thought such software could prove useful. Obviously, it’s not exactly that for which Chief Architect was designed, but my question is this: If you had the dimensions of a colonial wooden fort, and had the expertise with the use of the software, could Chief Architect handle the complexities of creating such a project? In some ways it’s a simple design, but because of the materials needed, it becomes more difficult. Any help or advice is welcomed. Thanks.

 

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You mentioned Chief Architect several times, so to be clear, this is the forum for the Home Designer products from the company Chief Architect.

 

Both Chief Architect (the product), and Home Designer are best suited to typical residential construction -- not reproducing a log fort :)

 

I know people have modeled log homes, but the logs are horizontal, and the homes are generally rectangular.

 

If you want something that looks real, I'd look elsewhere. If you just want to show the concept and are less concerned with an accurate look, then Chief Premier would be my choice. It has the tools that would be needed, Home Designer does not.

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Thanks for replying. I spent an hour trying to get information that you provided so quickly and easily. While what I plan need not be 100% accurate, it should be as close as possible. I will keep looking. Again, many thanks.

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