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  1. I have experience with the type of work you are seeking for this project. I would like a bit more information regarding the scope of work you would like to be provided if it is in addition to what you have posted. Rod
  2. Interesting proposition, but I don't have any idea of how to make the comparison short of some sort of head to head test. My new laptop has a RTX 3060 and a fairly powerful i7 intel processor, which seems to work well together.
  3. Gene Hopefully you have your new computer by now, but I thought I would follow up with an image produced in X13 with RTRT and a RTX 3060 card in a laptop. It took about 3 seconds for the image to settle in, but interior views with stainless steel and other reflective surfaces can take up to 10 seconds or more. I think I can get used to that. This does not directly answer your walkthrough question, but I would imagine that there would be some sort of relationship as far as the timeframe is concerned. This image is from a current project that is still a work in progress so much is still unfinished. Just thought you would like to see something from X13 RTRT. Enjoy your new computer.
  4. I am in the Portland Oregon area, Tigard to be more specific. I will send you a message in the next couple of days.
  5. I just recently purchased a new laptop with an RTX 3060 card. Normal time for a render to settle in for me is about 3 to 4 seconds or less with a simple scene. I have mostly been working with the Real Time Ray Tracing, but I would expect that you will be very happy when producing walkthroughs on your new system.
  6. I don't have experience with Archicad, but I have worked with Revit on a daily basis doing commercial CAD Detailing for construction companies. Revit, in my opinion, is a fabulous and fascinating tool and it is capable of some amazing things once you are very familiar with it's methods of modeling. From my experience, anything remotely close to what you posted the link to would best be attempted while standing on your head using Revit. Great program, even better marketing. You have pointed out something that I feel is very important for this discussion, and that is the overwhelming number of perfectly fine programs that you could learn in an attempt to accomplish your goals. Not my idea of a good time. This is a choice you will obviously have to make for yourself, but I would highly recommend that you choose one parametric automated architectural modeling system and supplement it's shortcomings, and there will be shortcomings, with one CAD slash Solid Modeling application that is powerful enough to do what you want without being to much of a brain burn to learn and will work well with the application you ultimately choose. Regarding your comment about brute force as it applies to CAD programs, I happen view it quite differently. My analogy is what I call the Hamburger Button, our marketplace continually tries to simplify and automate things down to the level that there is no need to think, just push the button. For myself, I choose not to wait for any application to automate exactly what I want, just get as close as reasonably possible. I would also like to point out that as much as anything it will come down to your level of skill and knowledge of ways to do things that are not apparent OOB, Out Of the Box and that will take time and help from folks like those on this forum. Finally, you appear to have overlooked that it is often times the builders who are the ones who make things happen, often in spite of the plans.
  7. I have used Chief since the early 90's, and it has improved dramatically since then. I have also used Chief for both commercial and residential work. In the commercial arena I have found that Revit is fairly straight forward for most of the basics, but it gets complicated fairly quickly when you start pushing the envelope with it. I actually used Chief to model the walls and metal wall framing in a multi-story hotel and everything went fairly well. What I found with Chief is that if you are already comfortable with industry standard CAD programs, my guess is that you will become frustrated with Chiefs CAD tools fairly quickly. I am not saying that the tools are bad, just different. What I do is to use Chief for what it is good at, and TurboCAD Pro Platinum for more complex Solid Modeling. There are a few hoops to jump through when using other programs along with Chief, but there are ways of dealing with that such as importing PDF files into Chief's Layout. I am not saying that what you are after can't be done with Chief alone, just that from the sound of your background and expectations, then I would seriously consider a secondary CAD / Solid Modeling application as well. Hope this info was helpful
  8. For general information regarding CAD standards try this out. United States National CAD Standard - V6: Uniform Drawing System Module 1 It will give you most of the basic standards I believe you are looking for as far as plan sheet naming and catagory coding goes. The implementation of this is not very consistent, as you appear to have found out for yourself, but it does provide a good basic starting point to work from. Hope this is helpful.
  9. Jeff Very nice work, thank you for sharing that with us. Could you provide a bit more information about the process you would like to follow regarding the design phase of your projects. Feel free to send me a Personal Message if you would prefer.
  10. Mike If you do a search for NCS United States National CAD Standard-V6 it should get you to a site with 4 pages of information regarding, in part, the layout page naming industry standards. On the second page under Level 1 Discipline Designations it provides a list of categories and its letter designation. Regarding, what I think your question was, for A-1 ect.. you would put A-# in the Layout, or whatever designation is appropriate.. Hope this is helpful.
  11. My comment would be similar to the ones above. I have my computer under a large shelf that provides an extra surface area as well as to keep the light off the screen. I do have a small clip on LED directional light clipped to the edge of this upper shelf. This small, but bright light is directional and can be directed away form the screen and down onto the desk in order to light my work area when I need it for reading and such. I used to think that a large overhead light would be the best possible lighting set up. I just never got around to it and now I am glad that I didn't. I like the small, bright and directed light much better. BTW I have a second monitor off to the side, and a Flat Screen TV a distance away to the front. Works for me. Good Luck with your project, hopefully this is not to late for you and your team.
  12. Joe Have you happened to come by any systems that rate Floor / Ceiling systems for older homes? I often come across 1x12 Rough Saw Lumber installed diagonally to the floor platform. This was a very common system many years ago. A problem arises when situations such as remodeling an older home to convert the basement into an ADU. These usually have very low ceiling heights, making difficult to arrive at 7' clearance . Just curious if you might have found something in your travels.
  13. Expand or Contract the Column width for the column that contains the image and it will expand and contract the image size. One thing that can make this more difficult is if the text in the column heading is long. The text you have should not be a problem. Let us know if this works for you.
  14. I did some ADU units a couple of years ago on remodel projects involving older construction methods. In my case the flooring above was diagonal 1x12 planks and not T&G. What I wanted to point out is that, from what I remember, the entire assembly needs to be approved, and that is typically by the specific drywall manufacturer in order for the assembly to be considered to be approved. I am not disagreeing with the statement, merely pointing out what I believe to be even more stringent requirements. I am also curious what others have come across regarding these matters.