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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. I am in the Portland Oregon area, Tigard to be more specific. I will send you a message in the next couple of days.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 overwhel
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 matt
  14. Telling on myself here a bit, but it does provide an example of how things get a bit out of hand if you are not careful. I do know better than to do this but, I thought I would save some time by using the default settings "concrete" in the Polyline Solids tool to create the metal framing members on a Storefront Window Wall. I quite happily painted the members black and while I was at it I painted the door black as well, or so I thought at the time. The problem showed up when I added the Material category to the Door Schedule, then a mile long listing of the actual mate
  15. My sentiments exactly on having the ability to copy and rotate section and elevation cameras.