Caddie 16 Includes 3D Architectural Modeling
UK, Nov 1, 2010 - Caddie 16 is launched making 3D architectural modeling as
easy as drawing Advanced Computer Solutions launched Caddie 16 in the UK to
a packed house in Birmingham on 7th October. This latest version
of Caddie provides users with seamless industry standard compatibility
through its native .DWG drawing format along with the ability to create,
edit and work with AutoCAD Architecture objects and models.
AEC Tools Presentation Illustrates Speed Advantages
In a lead
presentation, Dan Kantorowich of McDonald Architects, a long standing UK
User Group member, demonstrated how his practice had successfully utilized
Caddie's AEC tools in its refurbishment of a Tennis Club to produce building
plans, sections and elevations with greater ease and speed than using
traditional CAD drawing methods.
Users were shown how they could use Caddie's AEC functionality to create
multi-element walls complete with plaster lines and cavity closers, add
doors, windows, stairs, roofs and dormers, then amend their designs to
accommodate changes using simple to use 'pick-and-point' object grips and
property dialogues. And by deriving plan, section and elevation
drawings from a single cohesive building model rather than disparate 2D
views, users were shown how design modifications could be effected in the
model then reflected in all orthographic views with the click of a mouse.
Commenting on the presentation, ACS MD, Derek Bretherton said,
'Architects often tell us they would like to work in 3D, if only it were as
easy as drawing. By sticking to Caddie's core principles of ease of
use and providing tools to make the difficult things easy, Caddie 16 offers
designers a practical alternative to line drawing.'
New Functionality Introduced
The day continued with a series of presentations by ACS introducing the
latest features and enhancements in Caddie 16, showing users how to utilize
the new functionality into their workflow to produce information more
quickly. Users were shown improvements to both core functionality and
a range of the specialist Caddie applications, along with an introduction to
the new Survey Application from Cadastral Computing designed to meet the
needs of users working with data from Trimble Stations and GPS. "
Caddie takes its already intuitive interface to a new level with the
addition of new functionality to the Context Sensitive Menu and Properties
Dialogues, giving users instant access to a range of selection specific
tools designed to speed up every day working, including; Layering and
Display options, Object modifier tools and a range of AEC commands.
Object selection for working and editing now includes the full range of
polygon, trace and pattern options to compliment the Quickselect and Object
type filtering already available in Caddie 15. Printing functionality
is now enhanced with new batch printing options, along with an enhanced PDF
writer that preserves switchable layering information to aid in drawing
Enhanced AEC Tools for Faster Architectural draughting and
Whether choosing to model in 3D or draw 2D plans, sections and
elevations, Caddie 16's latest AEC tools provide the means to 'draw' many
times more quickly than by traditional line drawing. Users can now
make use of the enhanced functionality to model even the most awkward
buildings with walls that vary in thickness and including raked reveals,
employ curtain walls for shop fronts and offices, and create 3D steel
layouts offering a more integrated approach to design. Railings can
now be added to stairs from the Context Menu, with the provision for
changing style and layout via Object Properties. Dormer roofs can now
be added and include comprehensive options for size, shape, window and roof
type, and users can now add fascia and soffit profiles to their roof slabs.
And for site models, Mass Elements can be created from Polylines overlaid on
the aerial photograph mapping data, imported using Caddie's survey tools, to
produce fast and effective site appreciation studies.? "
Digital Terrain Modeling and Cadastral
Enhanced functionality is now included to convert the contour information
from providers such as Promap into full 3D site models adding to the
existing ability to transform 2D site data into a Delaunay TIN model which
can be sectioned, remodeled and smoothed using Caddies DTM tools. The
new 'Color by Gradient' facility and volume difference calculation
options also allow users to can gain insight into a sites topography and the
impact of their proposals in just a couple of minutes. Caddie 16 also
includes a new Cadastral application for use with data from Trimble Stations
and GPS, providing greater power to view and manipulate information, all
within the drawing environment. "
3D Photorealistic Rendering applied to walkthroughs The VIO rendering
application for Caddie Professional has been enhanced to include the option
of producing high quality 3D photo-real walkthroughs as SWF files direct
from Caddie for use in advertising and Planning submissions.
Caddie 16 Professional includes applications for;
"AEC Modeling Create, edit and work with AutoCAD Architecture objects in
their native format. "
"Digital Terrain Modeling Automated sectioning and volume difference
calculations from 2D and 3D survey and contour drawings. "
Survey and Cadastral
Input of survey information from Total Stations, data files and GPS,
setting out tools with coordinate tabulation, and links to aerial mapping
BS Steel sections as 2D drawings and 3D AEC objects
"Mechanical tools, symbols and drawing aids
Road, sections, GA tools and vehicle turning circles
Planting layouts with automatic scheduling With the option of the
integrated rendering application.
Photorealistic rendering, shadow studies and walkthroughs.
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