Release 0.1.4 / 08-06-2021

What’s new

Wall types

Create buildings of all types, defining custom construction properties for walls. You can set external, internal and parapet walls to be of a specific type in Project Properties. Wall thickness is dependent on wall type. Wall types include:

Wall type

Default thickness when external

Default thickness when internal

Default thickness when parapet

Brick wall with plaster and paint

200 mm

100 mm

100 mm

Concrete wall

200 mm

100 mm

100 mm

Wood stud wall with ply and sheathing

125 mm

125 mm

125 mm

Glass curtain wall

25 mm

25 mm

25 mm

 

Once set, click on Create Building and walls are generated with thickness and material based on type. This allows you to customise your walls based on building type. For example, you may use wood stud walls in residences, or you can use glass curtain walls externally and masonry walls internally in an office building. 

You can change the type of specific walls, for example concrete lift cores, by selecting the walls and changing the type in Object Properties. Wall thickness is updated based on the type. You can manually overwrite it using the Move tool or using Object Properties. BoQ is updated automatically by material as well.

 

Drawing rooms with internal dimensions

You can now draw by specifying room internal dimensions, i.e., clear wall to wall dimensions. To do this, in Project Properties, turn the Enable Internal Dimensions toggle On. Set the properties for internal and external wall thicknesses. 

Use the draw tool and draw, numerically specifying room internal dimensions. Once a room is enclosed, you’ll notice that the room centreline increases in size to account for wall thickness. Continue drawing, snapping to existing room corners and specifying dimensions, as needed. As more rooms are drawn, neighboring rooms dynamically adjust in size as some of their walls change from being external to internal. Snaptrude intelligently analyses the direction  in which a room should be extended, based on your drawing process. 

Note that the massing drawing always represents the centreline drawing, and the correct extents of your building. Snaptrude auto detects if the walls of a room are external or internal, and updates centreline dimensions accordingly. This ensures that the model doesn’t suddenly increase in size, nor do rooms decrease in size, when wall thicknesses are added on Create Building. 

Once the centreline massing drawing is complete, click on Create Building. Walls and slabs are generated and rooms’ internal wall to wall dimensions remain preserved as per your inputs. 

 

Sunpath diagram

We’ve added 3 dimensional sunpath diagrams, to help you put sustainability at the centre of your design. Visualising the sun path in 3D helps your clients more easily understand your design decisions. Click on the sunpath button to turn on the sun path visualisation for your site’s location. Get accurate insights for your project by setting the project North direction. 

 

Setting project north

You can now set the North direction for your project by simply rotating the site topography. Project North is rotated by the same angle. Keep your model orthogonal, orientation of the sun and sunpath diagram will be updated accordingly.

 

What we improved

Comments updated in real time

Do away with needing to save design images and compressing heavy models for sharing on email. Our latest Comments update allows you to share the model URL with team members and get feedback in real time. Comment, reply and resolve issues from within the modelling environment.

 

AutoCad Import

We’ve made improvements to the user experience during AutoCad import. A progress bar and message have been added, to indicate the status of the upload. You can also cancel an upload after the AutoCad file has been dropped into the dropzone. We’ve enabled deletion on previously uploaded AutoCad drawings.

 

Fixes

Drawing

  • Object auto classification of columns, in some cases.
  • Autocomplete while drawing, in some scenarios.
  • Appearance of walls, rooms and columns, in some cases when type is changed from Object Properties.
  • Default material updation when room type is changed, for example, from Road to Footpath or Deck, Site, etc.
  • Room creation when drawn on slab in 3D.

Parametric edits 

  • Edits in 3D being stuck in some cases.
  • Edits in 2D being stuck in cases where rooms are flipped.
  • Connected room edges getting disconnected on some edits.
  • For room edges that are close to but not completely parallel.
  • Parametric edits on copied and flipped slabs.
  • Edits on rotated objects.
  • Edits on small column objects.
  • Edit Length for copied masses.

Create Building

  • Multiple slabs created for copied rooms.
  • Slab geometry for L, C and other angled building configurations.
  • Flooring extents generated correctly inside rooms, regardless of wall thickness.
  • Flooring for rooms where vertices have been removed.

Walls, slabs and Flooring

  • Enabled edge rendering for flooring.
  • Thickness of previously created walls being modified on changing the default wall thickness in Project Properties.
  • Editing top and bottom faces of copied walls, slabs and plinth.
  • Edits on flipped slabs.

AutoSave

  • Location of flooring below doors in some cases.
  • Staircase volume appearing as 0.
  • Label updates post Create Building.
  • Materials not saved correctly in some cases. Transparent materials turning opaque in some cases.
  • Edits on drawn rooms which were changed to Walls.
  • Set datum, topography position and topography deletion.
  • Some cases where Copy/Array fails.

Views

  • Performance fixes for saving views, updating and exporting them.
  • Model crashing on clicking a view.

Auto dimensions

  • Auto dimensions auto turned off in zoomed out scenarios.
  • Dimensions in elevation views made clearer.

Materials

  • Material application on flipped stairs.

Revit export

  • Staircase riser, tread and other properties updated as per model in export.

Importing SketchUp files

  • Thumbnail not appearing for some model imports.