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  2. Forgot to mention- FWIW around here a range that close to a wall won't fly with the inspector, nor will a standard shelf that close to a range top. YMMV
  3. So turn OFF clip to room.... First adjust the end of camera focus, turn OFF clip to room, then turn on back clip after. I added shelves and a cabinet with molding to the plan you sent since there was only one shelf and no cabinet. I did have to raise the one panel up 7/8". No idea why but easy enough. I do this with niches, while the last one I did did not have cabinets inside it did have a shelf. (look familiar :-)
  4. What is a "3D view file"? Depending on the answer, then it might be possible. If your architect sent you a Chief ".plan" file, then yes, you should be able to open it in Chief and play around with it. Keep in mind that if you are just using the trial version, you won't be able to save any of the changes you make. You could also rent premier for a month or two and then you would be able to save your changes. You could also buy HD pro and then you should always be able to open the file as long as you like. If your architect sent you some kind of other 3D file format, then it might be something you could import into Chief. For example, if it is a 3D dwg, obj, 3ds, or skp file, then you could import it as a symbol. This would probably let you change the materials on things but not much more. You could also do things like put furniture in but it gets to be a bit tricky when you are trying to move furniture inside of a symbol because it won't snap or bump to other surfaces.
  5. nope if it's not a chief 3d model. you didn't say what kind of file you want to import.
  6. Our architect sent us the 3D view file. We'd like to use that to load into the Chiefs Architect Premier desktop app (using the trial software) to edit the interior and exterior finishes some. Is this possible?
  7. I need to export a Chief !5 drawing that has pdf's built into it. When I export the DWG I loose all of the pdf's and only get the lines and images done in Chief. I loose any google earth, company logo and imported pdfs. How do I get everything to translate to DWG?
  8. I was hoping, for some reason, that with the new X16 that maybe, maybe,... there would be improvements in the 3D viewer? As with most of Chief's features and tools, the latest version adds some nice shiny new tricks, but does absolutely ZERO! to fix existing problems and shortcomings of the software. It's pretty frustrating. I'm forced to use TwinMotion for sharing a 3D model. Not a bad predicament since I've become quite comfortable with the software, it's just a shame and a disgrace, quite frankly that the 3D viewer tool still sucks as hard as it does.
  9. I'd start with this one: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/watch/1605/designing-a-one-and-a-half-story-roof.html
  10. So this is what I've figured out... Inside the niches is considered a different room. As you can see in the pic attached, the shelves and the far left stile/panel (plus the molding on top) don't even show up if the elevation is clipped to the room. It's the shelves and the far left panel that are measuring 7/8" below the working pantry's finished floor. I can't seem to adjust the finished floor measurement of the niches. But I'm going to keep trying. Despite all that- The original question was more about how do experienced CA users create these built in areas? Because I'm assuming experienced CA users have found the quickest and easiest way.
  11. Well after a bit more effort I discovered that the slab wall was turned on during foundation generation, but footings was not checked. Problem solved.
  12. I have an issue that often when I create a monolithic slab under the first floor, that it does correctly build the slab and footers I have specified in 2D. When I then go to the 3D view the slab is visible, but not the footer which is on the layer Foundation Walls. I have checked in my 3D view that layer is turned on, but it does not appear and I get an opening in the terrain that is white where the footings should appear. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Roy
  13. @Renerabbittso what I did was adjust the script so instead of splitting using a . it splits on a dash and then changed the known input and seperated the degrees minutes and seconds with a hypen rather than a period and that fixed. so the line in the script post adjustment is $latitude_degree.split('-').map(&:to_f) Not sure if this is an x15 x16 issue but the additional digits after the period were throwing it off. Now when I place a marker over the own it gives the same 3 decimal precision as the known.
  14. Hi Keith, I tried changing the number style and unfortunately it didn't do the trick. It seems like something is rounding the initial point. I think it may be the part of the script that splits with a period it seems like it is ignoring the digits after the decimal in the seconds part. I think this is the line that may be causing the issue or a setting I need to change in my program # SPLITTING GLOBAL INPUTS INTO DEGREES, MINUTES, AND SECONDS latitude_degree, latitude_minutes, latitude_seconds = $latitude_degree.split('.').map(&:to_f) @Renerabbitt might know
  15. Thank you for the video suggestion. That got me to layout the shell of the house. Unfortunately the false gables are just that. No room inside. This house has a second floor (loft). Would like to get a more accurate drawing.
  16. Thought some. Easier to place a wall, use shelve or wall cabinet, not a tall.
  17. Try changing number style to degrees and equivalent number. That may give you the accuracy you need.
  18. For placing into the Niche use the point to point tool . I'm not sure there is an icon for that, I use a hotkey. I'd also make a tall cabinet with all of the shelves adjusted but nothing else. Place the other cabinets, move them into the tall with point to point, then block, move the block in place. Plan attached. I don't see where you're measurement issues are but may be because the niche has a bottom to it? When in doubt temporarily expand the clip lines to show all of the floor and draw a cad line at finished floor- (lock Length/Angle) to see what is going on. Make Block.zip
  19. This Is exactly what I am looking for, thanks! I input a known dimension with a precision of 4 decimal places for seconds but something is rounding because when I overlay a marker over that same point it is rounding to a whole number of seconds. Is there a setting somewhere I need to change to keep the precision to 4 decimal places? For example when I put in 58.10218 as the seconds in the known point, and place a calculated value over it shows 58 for the seconds with no decimal places. Something is causing the decimal precision in seconds to be lost.
  20. I know of no architectural software that can perform structural calculations. Structural load calculations require a different set of tools, which is why it's common practice to use separate software for that purpose. The main issue is how architectural data is transferred from the architect to the engineer. Sending plans in DWG format often causes errors and discrepancies. However, as the BIM process evolves, software companies are working to integrate design and engineering on the same platform. Revit, for instance, has three separate modules for design and engineering: the architect designs the building with Revit Architecture, the structural engineer performs load calculations with Revit Structure, and the MEP engineer uses Revit MEP. This way, the entire team uses the same software with different tools, and the final design is consolidated into a single file containing all relevant data. Archicad allows you to generate a structural analytical model, which can be exported to a structural engineer who then opens the model in their own structural analysis program. At the moment, Chief Architect is not part of this integrated process, but I don't think this will last forever. Recent advancements in artificial intelligence have significantly accelerated software development, so I wouldn't be surprised if Chief Architect introduces structural calculations or enhances interoperability with other software like Revit or Archicad in the coming years.
  21. The ans is no. I calculate beams/lvs ect for my own amusement. That being said everything we do unless you can cover it by (Prescriptive Code) Span table right out of the Residential or Commercial Building code goes to our Structural Engineer. When we use Trusses we make sure the Structural Engineer and the Truss Manufacturer are looking at each others work and are on the same page. I have to ask why because I see it on here a lot. Why would you want to put this task on yourself? No jurisdiction within 3 states of where we work will allow anything structural outside the Prescriptive Code to be signed off by an Architect or Residenital Designer. If you want to play Structural Engineer purchase Simlified Engineering for Architects and Builders ( James Ambrose) Ninth or Tenth Edtion it is some of my favorite bathroom reading. Cheers
  22. Here's a video that may help
  23. Help needed I'm a casual user and can't figure out how to build this roof. I want to build this house as an as build to add an addition for a friend. The roof is just beyond my skill level, so any help would be appreciated. I have added pictures of the front and back of the house. Thank you in advance.
  24. Quicker and easier- Building cabinets built into a wall with an arch (or not). I find using the niche tool easier than using 3d solids, especially when there are 3 on one wall. I'm just wondering if someone else uses a totally different method other than what I've mentioned. What's not working well - The niche acts like it's own room and is separate from the "working pantry". Nothing snaps to the back/sides of the niche, I have to draw a cad line in fp view or use dimensions to move cabinets, etc in place in elevation view. Also, the "from finished floor" measurement is different than the working pantry "room" (sometimes!). For example, one of my tall partitions - the 1 furthest on the left is 7/8" below the finished floor. One of the shelves also is not measuring from the finished floor even though I set it to. That's about all I guess. Again, I just came up with the niche method. I've never seen it done like that before - as far as taking it to the floor and setting cabinets into the niche. It's easier than what I was doing - though not without some irritations. Wondering if I'm missing a better way.
  25. I am not familiar with SolidWorks 3D export file formats.
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