Panelizing tool improvements

Generating panel parts is much faster in the new version especially when using network installation

Generating panel parts is much faster in the new version especially when the installation is a network installation. In a network installation, most projects and program files are typically on a server, and only some files are on the client's PC. How much the generation process speeds up, depends on the hardware configuration. Data storage on a server is typically Hard Disc Drive. In a local PC, SSD (Solid State Drive) drive is commonly used nowadays. If storage drive is an SSD drive, the speed-up is less than with a traditional HDD drive (Hard Disc Drive).

Part generation test results with 3D wall panels

A project with 208 panels, 128 external panels (2 sheathing layers, main framing and batten layer), 80 interior panels (2 sheathing layers and main framing layer). Environment Vertex BD EU (Wood).

Test using network installation (Linux server, ethernet speed 1.0 Gbps , HDD 2 TB (RAID1), network speed, local PC HP Zbook Intel(R) Core(TM) 7-6700HQ CPU @2,60GHz, 16.0 GB RAM, Windows 10 64-bit , SSD 250GB).

  • Vertex BD 2018: 23 min 23 sec
  • Vertex BD 2019: 3 min 30 sec

Test using stand alone installation (HP Zbook Intel(R) Core(TM) 7-6700HQ CPU @2,60GHz, 16.0 GB RAM, Windows 10 64-bit , SSD 250GB).

  • Vertex BD 2018: 1 min 59 sec
  • Vertex BD 2019: 1 min 43 sec

Default wall panelizing settings are now visible

System defaults are not editable in the library interface. However, you can now view them. You can view the existing settings by double-clicking a setting item in the library. This makes copying and setting up your own sets easier.

Floor, ceiling and roof panel numbering order

Numbering order can be set in the system settings (se_pnl_sortdir). The default setting for roofs is from left to right and down to up.

Warning when using Delete parts from context-sensitive menu

A warning is shown when you use the function Delete parts in the context-sensitive menu. Many users have requested this to prevent deleting parts accidentally. You may have accidentally chosen the wrong function from the menu where features are quite near to each other.

Ceiling panels in document browser

Ceiling panels are now in a branch of their own in the project document browser. Earlier, they were in the same location with floor panels/cassettes.

Set panel break at a certain distance from area edge

Adding a panel break in 2D for an inclined structure has been somewhat challenging. Now, you can set a break at a certain distance from the area edge. From the context-sensitive pop-up menu, you can select a pre-defined value or a question mark for setting any value. You can set the panel break to the correct location with just a few clicks. No need to add first and move afterwards.

Floor trusses as parts of floor panels/cassettes

A truss can now be a member of a panel. Floor framing is quite often made of trusses (cold formed steel structures). Now, you can make panels with trusses as bearing members. Trusses are shown in panel drawings. Also floor truss schedules are available for panels.

Panel numbering management

You can now set panel numbering system to be unique, floor based or project based. Floor based or project based means that similar panels in one floor or in the whole project are marked with the same panel label. Default panel numbering is unique except for trusses and beam panels which are using floor based numbering by default. As a part of this improvement, truss panels are now numbered automatically when truss panels are created like wall, floor and roof panels/cassettes. The default numbering system is defined in the system settings. Tools to change the numbering can be found from the context sensitive menu of the object and in the Element Drawings dialog box as shown below.

Panel numbering groups

You can now define a panel to be part of one group. If a panel is part of a group, its panel number is not shared with panels outside the group. This feature helps you to avoid unexpected changes of panel numbers in the case of some panels are already sent to production. Panel numbers will not change when you create new panels and modify panels outside the defined group. Changes inside the group may cause the change of a panel number.  Notice, that grouping does not fix the panel numbers. It just prevents the numbering inside the group to be changed when the panels outside the group are changed or new panels are generated.