Saturday, April 2, 2011
Please don’t clean up my wall intersections...
I should start with a disclaimer: I model in Archicad 13;
That is whenever I need to assess something quickly and am not constrained by other project-needs nor the limitations of the software itself.
So, what I am about to write may no longer be an issue in Archicad 14, nor the other modelling packages people use.
It is an issue for me, because I use Archicad 13.
It is to do with how walls clean-up where they intersect with each other.
They seem to have an overriding wish to conform to the aesthetics of the drawing – i.e. they automatically clean-up into a nice, tidy, seamless intersection.
Petty that construction in real life is rarely as tidy.
So, next disclaimer: I model stuff for construction.
Archicad is meant to be an architectural software – so why get so hung up on this trivial issue?
Education of the masses is on the agenda of most BIMutopist I meet in my daily work.
Would it not make sense to have the building modelling software used to resolve and document (if not construct) behave in a way that is closer to reality and not driven by the look of the drawing?
I know, you’ll tell me that would be too constraining on design.
I on the other side see another opportunity for building material supplies to softly-ambush the field.
* PS – I do know how to get around this by having walls on different layers and adding the layer names different ‘priority’ numbers; And I know architects want them to be this way...
Still, my argument stays, the process is not reality-friendly it is drawing-look driven;