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  • #14449
    Conweconwe
    Participant

    I was kinda curious already for a while how Envisioneer does their Updates.

    Is it every Year or is it every 2 Years Or is it just just whenever it’s ready. 🙂

    I’m fine with it however it is. But i just happened to think of it the other day and I’ve only been with Envisoneer For like A  Year and a half maybe a little more, so I’m not sure how often they do these updates. And was curious so i thought I’d ask:)

     

    Conrad

    #14450
    CpittsChantale
    Keymaster

    Hi Conrad

    The goal is to have an upgrade every 12-18 months with new features for you. If there is a large feature that we are working on it will be the longer cycle. Our current goal is to offer V16 in Q1 of 2022. Work is already underway! Announcement about features happens 1 month before release.

    I hope that helps!

    #14451
    Conweconwe
    Participant

    Thanks for responding Chantale,

    I look forward to it already.

    12-18 months that exactly what i was looking for.

     

    Thanks

    Conrad

    #14452
    FynrDzynrFynrDzynr
    Participant

    G’day Conrad!
    So what’s at the top of your v16 WishList?
    avagr8weegend
    Merv

    #14454
    Conweconwe
    Participant

    Hello Merv,

    How’s everything in Australia? Busy? Seems over here everyone and their brother and sister along with every other relative is building a house. (not that I’m complaining gives me a lot of work) even though i can’t figure it out with the all the sky high prices doesn’t really make sense. So i thought I’d ask if it’s that way in Australia to.

    My top of the wish list.

    Not sure i think i had asked for a rendering que which i think would be very helpful so i could do all those at nighttime.

    I dream of having more cabinet options. Cause it seems people want something extremely classy right now and sometimes i have problems with matching their specific wants. But i can usually get fairly close so can’t complain.

    But i realize they have a large scope of work they are trying to accomplish and i don’t where the top needs are.

    But i will look forward to whatever they give me.

    As far as the 2 d drawing goes i have no requests.

    What about your top of the wishlists requests for V16?

    Conrad

    #14492
    FynrDzynrFynrDzynr
    Participant

    Busy? yes, can’t grow forests fast enough – let alone mill it.
    Just 1 WishList item.
    History:
    My memory predates DDR(0) so my recollection of the facts from several decades ago may be fuzzy. Should someone be able to prove otherwise, I’m happy to be corrected.
    I was registered as a Builder by the Queensland Builders Registration Board in 1982. I’m a bricklayer but as a relative had a roofing business, much of my work was reroofing older dwellings as well as associated building maintenance. I produced my own hand-drawn plans for any job requiring local authority approval.
    In late 1987 we decided to build a new home & use it for display purposes. As CAD was just beginning to make itself felt in the residential building market, I shopped around for someone to produce a 3D model and Working Drawings. When they were finished, I asked if it was possible to produce some perspectives, that I could use on a hoarding on the job site. My registration required that I have a sign on the site with my licence number & contact details so I intended using that to my advantage. However, he was only new to AutoCAD & wasn’t able to. In the meantime, I’d learnt that a friend who I’d not seen for over a decade was fabricating house frames as well as drawing plans. I contacted Ian Smith who asked if I could get a copy of the dwg file. I did, and he produced the perspectives for me. My signwriter then blew them up & coloured them. This is how I was introduced to AutoPLAN from Cedar Enterprizes in South East Queensland. It was a programme that sat on top of AutoCAD & customized it specifically for the building construction industry. Some years later, AutoPLAN was reviewed by Cadalyst magazine. The reviewers stated it had the most powerful Layer Management tools they’d ever seen. Because Autodesk wanted a monopoly on the prefix “auto-“ Brian Hunter renamed it CadSoft APDesign (Advanced Parametric Design).
    Later, when I became a single dad, Ian offered to retrain me as a Building Designer to take advantage of my building industry experience. He had dabbled in customization in AutoLISP and had produced some routines to speed up the process of documenting how the designer intended to counter the wind loads imposed on a building. Brian then ported this functionality to C+(?).
    In the early ‘90’s, (yes, around 30 years ago – and still running on MSDOS) this is what APDesign could do:
    Once the 3D model had been created.
    1. Calculate the Wind Loads on a particular Location after user had input basic parameters. This calculation was of necessity a little over-the-top (over-estimating the racking forces in each direction that had to be resisted) So I usually used the “Area of Elevation” method under AS1684. AP allowed me to over-ride it’s own calculations.
    2. Insert virtually any type of bracing (whether it be ply, reinforced masonry, portal frames, steel cross . . . ) The customizable database allowed me to just pick an item, insert it and AP knew how much resistance it was worth, kept a running tally for each direction & even displayed how much more bracing was still required.
    3. User could then insert tables for each direction showing the racking resistance required in that direction, racking resistance of each item (all of which were labelled for easy reference) and the total racking resistance achieved.
    4. Should my client decide to swap in a larger opening (meaning the brace adjacent would no longer fit), AP would highlight that fact in plan view. I could then use the replace brace function to use a shorter one or the delete brace function then add another elsewhere. AP would then automatically update the labels and tables to reflect the changes. This made Quality Assurance very easy!
    If only Envisioneer could provide the same functionality! If a quarter of their North American users saw the benefit in this, would Cadsoft?

    #14493
    SDSSDS
    Participant

    Yes…heck, just integrate the APA’s prescriptive wall bracing calculator for simple code compliant functionality and I’d be happy!!

    But they have already been working on the more ‘engineered’ integration you’re talking about with Mitek for quite a while now…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN1WYY7fP6g&ab_channel=Cadsoftcorp

    I ran their truss engineering software for several years and always wanted to be able to simply import my cad designs and then engineer the building components…and then manufacture them of course!

    Now you can…

    Mitek does wall panels, roof & floor trusses…calculating loads applied…fun stuff

    #14494
    Conweconwe
    Participant

    Agreed Merv.

    That would be a great feature to have. Could we have an automatic beam calculator to, that would be sweet.

    Only problem is over here we got woods,

    People just don’t want to work anymore.

    Sawmills and lumber companies would like to work two shifts right now, BUT only problem is they can barely get enough workers to run one shift.

     

    SDS,

    I never messed around with Mitek maybe i should play around with it sometime

     

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    #14498
    SDSSDS
    Participant

    Agreed Merv.

    That would be a great feature to have. Could we have an automatic beam calculator to, that would be sweet.

    Only problem is over here we got woods,

    People just don’t want to work anymore.

    Sawmills and lumber companies would like to work two shifts right now, BUT only problem is they can barely get enough workers to run one shift.

    SDS,

    I never messed around with Mitek maybe i should play around with it sometime

    Conrad, you’ve got to be a truss manufacturer to get the Mitek software…I subcontracted truss design & engineering to a local truss plant from 1998-2008…the last 3 years as a mfg myself…just before the housing market collapsed. This was just before Mitek came out with their new Sapphire platform that is integrating with the architectural bim platforms

    I’ve been trying to get a copy but I really don’t want to go back into manufacturing

    There is also some ongoing work with integrating StruCalc into the bim platform…sizing structural members, foundations, wall bracing etc…I haven’t looked at it too much but I’ve used it extensively too…I’d love to see all these structural aspects of home design pulled together into 1 big package that I’ll never be able to afford.

    a boy can dream…

     

    #14500
    Conweconwe
    Participant

    SDS, wrote: you’ve got to be a truss manufacturer to get the Mitek software…

     

    I see didn’t know that shows you what a dummy i am when it comes to software.

     

    Yup dreaming is one thing everyone can do, would be very boring if we couldn’t.

    Conrad

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