Video Tutorial 1: Introduction to the User Interface

 

Introduction to the User Interface

Level: Introduction

Status: Released + Audio

Duration: 2:42

This video demonstrates the following features:

  • The Menubar
  • The Toolbars
  • The Project and Catalogue Toolbox
  • Status bar

Video Tutorial 10: Wall placement using Numeric Input

Video Link: Wall placement using numerical input

Level: Introduction

 

This video demonstrates a wall placement method using numerical input.

 

Although there are several methods to place a wall this is possibly the easiest and most accurate.

 

Video Tutorial: Import scanned plan for use as trace template

 
 
Video Link: Import scanned plan for tracing

 Level: Intermediate

Duration: 4:59

 

This video demonstrates the following features:

 

Import a scanned .png  .bmp .jpg file and place into projec

Scale the imported scan using a known dimension

Trace the walls with new 2D walls

 

Note this video's main feature is the rescaling of the imported plan. This was achieved by right clicking on the imported plan and selecting Adjust scaling from the context menu. I then used the known measurement of 1486.5 mm (taken from the plan) to rescale the imported scan by defining the length of the known dimension.
After use you can either hide the scan using the visibility tool and selecting to hide all images or create a new layer with the floor plan, call it "scan" and then move the scan to that layer, which you can thien hide show as you wish.

Video Tutorial: Import scanned plan for use as trace template

 
 
Video Link: Import scanned plan for tracing

 Level: Intermediate

Duration: 4:59

 

This video demonstrates the following features:

 

Import a scanned .png  .bmp .jpg file and place into projec

Scale the imported scan using a known dimension

Trace the walls with new 2D walls

 

Note this video's main feature is the rescaling of the imported plan. This was achieved by right clicking on the imported plan and selecting Adjust scaling from the context menu. I then used the known measurement of 1486.5 mm (taken from the plan) to rescale the imported scan by defining the length of the known dimension.
After use you can either hide the scan using the visibility tool and selecting to hide all images or create a new layer with the floor plan, call it "scan" and then move the scan to that layer, which you can thien hide show as you wish.

Video Tutorial 11: Split level floor

Video Link: Split level floor

Level: Introduction

 

This video demonstrates a method to create a floor with two different levels.

Video Tutorial 12: Create a flat roof

Video Link: Create a flat roof

Level: Introduction

 

This tutorial demonstrates how to create a flat room on a detatched building

Video Tutorial 13: Create a 2D Symbol

 

Video Link: Create 2D Symbol (using Toolbar interface)

 

Video Link: Create 2D Symbol (using New Ribbon bar interface)

 

This tutorial demonstrates how to create a 2D symbol for use within Visual Building. The symbol can be created from any graphic, and so is suitable for creating symbols for fire escape plans, safety plans, home electrical wiring diagrams etc.

 

This can be achieved with all versions of Visual Building.

 

How to create 2D symbols from bmp / jpg / png file  

 

1. Create a new project (Ctrl + N). This only has to be done once in a session.

 

2. In Plug-In tool bar select 2D Graphic tool

 

3. In the What tool bar select Insert bitmap

 

4. In the Open Image File dialog select the 2D image you want to use. This can be a .bmp,  .jpg , .png,  .bmp or any support graphic file format.

 

5. Place image in 2D View, the first click is top left, the second click is bottom right of image. It can be any size.

 

6. Right click image to active context menu and select Properties

 

7. Select image Width and Height

Note you should use a standard width or height so that your symbols are all the same size. They can be resized later. I suggest a width of 1m. If you need to retain the aspect ratio then set only the width and select Maintain aspect ratio with Auto calculate picture height.   To remove the frame, click on Outline and then select Invisible

 

8. You can also now define if you want to give the graphic an outline frame or filling.

 

9. Right click image to active context menu and select Save select object as 2D symbol

 

10. In the dialog select the Catalog, and then navigate to  Graphics2D folder. Navigate to the target folder that you want to save to, or create a new folder (using New folder tool at top of dialog).

 

11. Save 2D symbol file to desired location with a new file name. The 2D symbol will appear in the catalogue. (After refresh by moving up a folder level  and selecting the target folder again)

 

12. To assign web links and other data to each object right click the object in the catalogue to active its context menu, and select Edit chunks.

 

13. In the Edit chunks dialog select Common Information in the Chunk type drop down list.

 

14. In the Edit chunks dialog select Add or replace in the This Chunk drop down list.

 

15. Add the web links and other information as required, and the select OK

 

16. For each symbol to be created repeat steps  4 – 15

 

17. Note that  depending upon your operating system and setting new 2D objects are physically saved into one of the following locations:

 

a) C:\Program Files\Visual Building\Graphics2D

b) C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Visual Building\Graphics2D

c) C:\Users\ USERNAME \AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Visual Building\Graphics2D

The path in c) will be hidden depending upon system settings.

Video Tutorial 14: Solar Designer

Video Link: Design a solar panel installation

Level: Introduction

 

This tutorial is specific to the Visual Building Solar Designer version.

Visual Building Solar Designer is a specialist product developed for Solar Panel installation companies. It has been developed from the Visual Building Premium version and therefore has all the features as described for Visual Building Premium.

A roof is quickly drawn using Visual Building’s comprehensive roof design tools, and solar panels are simply dragged onto the roof surfaces. Calculations are then performed using the roof details, location, feed in tariff etc to quickly calculate the power and financial benefits generated. Any manufacturer’s solar panel can be added to the catalogue.

 

Notes to this video:

 

To change the compass direction:

 

1) Select 2D Project view

2) In the project tab right click on Environment, and click Select as current element (Environment title turns red)

3) Double click the compass to display the North arrow dialog, where you can change the compass direction.

 

 

Video Tutorial 15: Create new Solar Panel

 

Video Link: Create a new solar panel

Level: Introduction

 

This tutorial is specific to the Visual Building Solar Designer version.

Visual Building Solar Designer is a specialist product developed for Solar Panel installation companies.

New solar panels are being released all the time by hundreds of different manufacturers. Installers can easily add new panels to the catalogue, and this tutorial demonstrates how.

Video Tutorial 16: Change 2D wall style

 

 

Video Link: Change 2D wall style

Level: Introduction

 

This video demonstrates how to change the wall style in a 2D floor plan.

 

The default wall filling is a hatch, but if you prefer to uses a solid colour, then this video demonstrates how to do this.

If you want the solid fill for all your future projects then press the Save as default button on the dialog.

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Video Tutorial 17: Edit Roof Wood Construction

 

 

Video Link: Edit roof wood construction

Level: Introduction

 

This video demonstrates how to examine and edit the wood construction components within the roof.