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Building Plans and Architectural Drawings in Visual Building

Visual Building supports all functions and possibilities to create any form of architectural drawing.
The basic requirement is the input of any type of construction elements supplemented by special drawing functions, such as dimensions.
To create building plans and architectural drawings you also need different display types and views.
These include floor plans, section views and elevations.
Specialized presentations are site plans, isometric projections, 2D graphic views, and detail drawings.

Floor plans

Floor plans are views from above showing the arrangement of constructional elements of a building and available spaces, rooms for example.
In Visual Building you create floor plans as a basis for all other view types because all constructional elements and the resulting building are part of the 3D model.
Visual Building uses the 3D model simply by internally changing your view on it. When drawing a floor plan your perspective is positioned above, in section and elevation views you are looking from the side on your building. Although everything looks like a simple 2D drawing, it is just another way of displaying the 3D Building.

Site plans

Site plans are showing your house in a context of other surrounding buildings and property boundaries.
In Visual Building site plans are created on the basis of your floor plans combined with a 2D drawing of your site. This drawing part can either come from a scanned site plan added as a picture, imported as a 2D DXF / DWG drawing or handmade with our own 2D drawing elements.

Elevation views

An elevation is a view of a building seen from one side, a flat representation of one façade. Elevation views are created with three mouse clicks in Visual Building within seconds, by simply inserting a section line in front of your building façade plus giving the view a visible depth, typically reaching over the entire building or at least to the ridge of your roof.

Section views, 2D Section views, Cross sections

Section views are also defined by inserting a section line, but in this case the line is crossing your floor plan at any position where you need to show the construction of your building. Multiple section views are supported.
In a section view elements that are cut through are highlighted with bold lines and fill properties.
Visual Building supports an automatic hidden line calculation in section and elevation views. This is also a result of the 3D Building model.



Isometric projection views

Isometric projection views are a special projection of your 3D model, were all sides of elements keep their total length and are not distorted by your viewer perspective.
In Visual Building you create such a representation ideally from a 3D view. Position yourself in a 3D view, then press the “New isometric view” button. In this case you automatically inherit the view point properties like height and perspective angle.



2D Graphic views

Are a special feature in Visual Building. In 2D graphic views your entire drawing only consists of simple 2D drawing elements like lines, polylines, rectangles etc.. You can use such a view to edit drawing details if the automatic 2D representation contains elements you don’t want to see, horizontal line separators between floors for example.

2D Graphic views are always created from your current active 2D view, no matter if this is a floor plan, section or elevation view. Set the view you want to convert as active element and then press “New 2D graphic view”.

Note: 2D Graphic views are no longer connected to your building model. Changes on your building or any other view in Visual Building will not update your 2D graphic view. Also keep in mind that a standard 2D view could fall apart into ten thousands of single lines.


Detail drawings

Detail drawings typically show a part of your construction that needs to be explained further. Such a drawing detail in Visual Building is very often a 2D Symbol. More information about how you create, save and edit such a 2D Symbol can be found in our 2D Symbols and drawing details article.
 

Building plans - Floor plan
Site Plan
Building plans - Elevations
Building plans - Section views
Isometric view
2D Graphic views
Building plans - Detail drawing

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