LightHouse_Doug

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  1. Hmm, maybe I need to play around more with dimension settings in live section views and try to get it to work better. In general, we're trying to move away from creating a million pages of chopped up details, and instead just create highly detailed complete sections. On projects we build, we have our computers and monitors on site and this makes it very easy to zoom in on and print whatever detail we need at the moment, while being able to see it in the context of the whole section. We are trying to also have contractors learn the program so they can access the model in this way too.
  2. Thanks for the advice Gene. I don't think we can be quite as disciplined with the design process as you suggest, but I appreciate the general strategy. The project is in two phases- we actually built that finished part as an addition to an existing house that the client was living in, then he moved into the new addition (a "guest wing"), we tore down the old house and are now framing the main house. He wanted to be able to stay on site during the whole project and live with the finishes he chose for the guest wing before making decisions on the main house... you can imagine the fun logistics involved And we do have crickets in the places where a roof slopes toward a wall, and on the butterfly roof, they just didn't all make it into the model.
  3. Hi Rob, This is actually a very old plan (the design started 7 years ago, believe it or not...). We now use all of the features you mention extensively- saved plan views tied to layer sets and default sets are a life saver! This plan was just too complicated and we were too time crunched to re-draw the whole thing correctly once we started implementing those features. However, the one place where we still find it necessary to use CAD details extensively are sections. I have tried to keep the sections tied to the saved cross section views, but in x12 I haven't been able to do the level of detailing required. If this is something that has changed in X14, I would be very happy to hear it, and would make upgrading worth the cost. The problem I have found with using a live cross section view is mainly that dimensioning is a huge pain (won't dimension to the right lines, laggy compared to CAD detail, especially in a complicated plan), and that there isn't the same kind of detailed control over fills. I have attached a couple examples of the kind of section detailing that we just can't achieve in a live view, at least in X12. Is this kind of detailing possible in X14? We need to be able to show the actual aluminum window extrusion, fills for all the wall layers, etc. Throwing in a current progress pic
  4. Thanks How would you suggest better managing CAD details? For the most part, they are all needed for this plan. I could keep them in a separate plan, but that is a bit of a logistical nightmare.
  5. Interesting, thanks, so your monitor had too high of a PPI? I calculated my laptop monitor to be 143 PPI.
  6. Not sure I understand- which CAD details are you referring to?
  7. Well, that seems to have solved it. Thank you very much Ken! It presents a whole other set of problems to have to keep CAD details in a separate plan, but it's good to know that there is at least a solution to the slowness.
  8. Hi Ken, thank you for catching that! How did you delete all the CAD details? The only way I can seem to delete them is one by one in the CAD block management dbx, which would take a few hours...
  9. Hi everyone, I have read a number of threads about dealing with slow plans, and have tried the following: 1) deleted all non-chief objects (furniture+fixtures) from both the plan and my user library and emptied the trash 2) set my undo/redo setting to 4 This may have improved the performance a tiny bit, but not much. It's still very slow and laggy in plan when doing common actions like moving walls, adding doors/windows etc . I have uploaded the plan to google drive and linked it because it's too big to zip and upload here. Any ideas? Thanks! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_xB67MbXV3OuxVWC3B8Pm5Bb9Xpkzd8f/view?usp=sharing EDIT: I should add that I don't think it's a computer problem - it handles most plans fine. Specs here: HP Omen laptop Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10750H CPU @ 2.60GHz 2.59 GH 16.0 GB (15.8 GB usable) 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor Intel Optane+477GB SSD
  10. Any way to accomplish this kind of sloped fascia without making everything out of solids? Thanks.
  11. I see what you mean. I guess I don't understand why you wouldn't also be seeing the "top" of the terrain at the point closest to you, if it is sloping away, but the mind of Chief is beyond me I will make the suggestion. Thanks.
  12. Thanks for the replies. That trick should work, but still annoying. Chopsaw, I'm not sure I understand exactly what you mean - if I take a section perpendicular to the contours, why would I be looking at the underside of the terrain?
  13. When I take a backclipped section through terrain, the top of terrain line is always discontinuous. Sometimes I can get around it by increasing the depth of the section, but ideally I am taking the section through a very small area so I can get an accurate picture of the terrain at that specific point. Not a layer issue, I have turned everything on. Example screenshot attached. Happy to post a plan but this has happened in every plan. Maybe it is something to do with the terrain not actually being a solid object? Thanks.