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So I just returned from a demonstration of current high tech and its use in the future of home design.
I must say, Point Clouds from laser scans are the way to go.
Sure the high end is 1/4 million $ scanners and drones/aircraft. But even a $75K backpack scanner at the right resolution will take a 6-hour site measure and office drafting time down to a 30-minute walkthrough/around and 1 - 2 hours in the office for 3D overlay.
Can't put out $75K...hire it out and markup 3rd party's price for the walkthrough. You not only get the building but the topography as well. Fences, trees, and neighboring buildings will get picked up. Great for landscaping and the all-important tree schedule. You will be able to simply measure tree trunks at whatever height the local jurisdiction requires from the comfort of your desk.
If you find any boundary markers. Put a recognizable 3D item over them to locate them in the point cloud. Want to verify the scale of the point cloud? Measure one or more items that you can verify later and scale as needed. Better resolutions reduce and eliminate this but dramatically increase your file size.
So a good scan will be within a 1/2" of accuracy and you know those pesky double-thick interior walls you can't get to? Or that one that goes off at an angle or stairs that follow a curving wall. No guessing the radius or if there are multiple slopes on the roof. Its all in the point cloud at less than half the time and cost of hand measuring.
Still can't 'see' it? Watch when the countertop installer measures up the next kitchen with one. The countertop fits like a glove after a simple scan is fed into the CNC machine. If the countertop installer can make it work we can too.
So Chief Architect, when are you going to simplify importing point clouds into CA?
You've found it! A thread offering up some of my favorite symbols and content for Chief Architect X-11.
These items are for X-11 only. If you haven't updated yet I encourage you to do so, it's a great release.
The following content is listed by category with both a link to the post within this thread for easy navigation and a link to a direct download if you won't to cut straight to the chase. new/recent uploads are in RED font
CLICK ON THE "DL" FOR INSTANT .CALIBZ DOWNLOAD:
CONSTRUCTION ASSEMBLIES/ARCHITECTURAL ITEMS:
RABS 42 CABLE RAILING - DL RABS MODERN FRONT DOOR AND DOOR ASSEMBLY - DL
RABS CHARLES-HILL GROUPED LIVING ROOM - DL RABS CHELTON GROUPED LIVING ROOM - DL ACCESSORY HOME #1 - DL ACCESSORY HOME #2 - DL ACCESSORY HOME #3 - DL
3-ISLANDS - DL LA CORNUE 1908 RANGE - DL
PENDANTS AND SCONCES - DL-1 - DL-2 - DL-3 - DL-4
TILE AND COUNTERTOPS #1 - DL 1(ONEDRIVE LINK) - DL-2 CUSTOM WHITES WITH PAINT TOOLBAR ICONS - DL-1 - DL-2 - DL-3 - DL-4 - DL-5 - DL-6 RABS RUGS 1V1 - DL RABS STARTER KITCHEN MATERIALS PACK - DL RABS FLOORING PACK 1 - DL RABS OLD GOLDEN OAK FLOOR - DL
FIREPLACE ASSEMBLY 1 - DL ACKLES BED AND EDISON TABLE LAMP - DL-1 - DL - 2 TEAPOT MATERIAL EDITOR REPLACEMENT - DL-1 - DL-2 FINMARK TABLE FROM CB2 - DL FIREPLACE MANTLES 1 AND 2 - DL RABS STRETCHABLE PICTURE FRAMES - DL
CLOUD SYNC MULTIPLE USER LIBRARIES FOR MULTIPLE DEVICES/END USERS DIRECT LINK TO VIDEO X64 SHELL EXTENSION X32 SHELL EXTENSION PAYPAL THE GUY THAT WROTE THE EXTENSION ADVANCED LIBRARY SEARCHES DIRECT LINK TO VIDEO INTRO TO ADVANCED PBR METHODS DIRECT LINK TO VIDEO CREATING ADVANCED MATERIALS IN PHOTOSHOP DIRECT LINK TO VIDEO AUTUMN LEAVES MATERIAL FILE CREATE A HOTKEY TOUCHPAD USING YOUR ANDROID OR IPAD TABLET DIRECT LINK TO VIDEO LINK TO SOFTWARE WEBSITE TOUCHOSC METHOD FOR CREATING CON-DOCS IN .PLAN USING AN IPAD TO REMOTELY CONTROL CA. METHOD OVERVIEW ADVANCED TOOLBAR CONFIGURATIONS NEW!!! 08/28/2019
Many of these I have personally made or modified. Some of the content may have been created by others for which I will give credit. Many of the materials have free licensing, so no credit is needed.
Some of this content may slow down your program as I have a high powered machine and often times use complex and high resolution textures. I will try and give as much detail as possible. Use at your own peril!
No but seriously dig through and enjoy, I've spent a good number of hours ensuring the quality of these symbols and will update them periodically- so CHECK BACK IN! and PLEASE GIVE A LIKE FOR THE POST OF ANY SYMBOL YOU LIKE, IT ENCOURAGES ME TO GO BACK AND REFINE/REDUCE/OPTIMIZE THAT SYMBOL. GIVE A DOWNVOTE AND IT'LL PROBABLY ENCOURAGE ME TO DO THE SAME THING...YOU'LL JUST BE A JERK FOR IT
02-12-2019- 4:45PM: Removed the poll, migrated this thread. re-uploaded from X11 public beta 02-20-2019-2:59PM: Added a Poll for user content requests Post 5:
02-12-2019- 4:45PM: centered the hearth on the symbol Post 18:
02-12-2019-9:52PM: Posted and fixed DL links
Here is a symbol to get you started:
@Cheryl_C_Crane Think you requested this,
RUSTIC BRICK 2.calibz
Number of Textures: 2
Map size: 1024x1024
Filesize: 3.13 MB
Just a quick video on how to create a deck railing panel symbol...
There are a lot of ways to make a column like this using the tools Chief gives us...this is a method I use. Hope it helps...