Medeek Wall Plugin

Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:29 pm

Version 2.6.5 - 12.29.2021
- Added a holdown option to the in-wall column module.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Dec 31, 2021 6:36 am

Version 2.6.6 - 12.30.2021
- Enabled the option(s) to remove top and bottom plates from all wall types: Rectangular, Gable, Shed and Hip.







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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Dec 31, 2021 2:27 pm

Studs are 5.5 x 5.5, @ 48" o/c, horizontal rainscreen with a 1.5" cladding gap (thickness), top and bottom plates set to zero:



Some other wall details/specifications:

- Wall corner treatment set to none
- End studs set to 5.5" width
- cladding is metal material
- gypsum is turned off
- wall height is 10 feet
- king studs for door opening set to 5.5"
- horz. rainscreen width set to 3.5" and spacing set to 48", but 24" is probably more realistic.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Jan 01, 2022 2:28 am

Tutorial 25 - Rainscreens (13:09 min.)

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Jan 02, 2022 6:46 am

Tutorial 26 - Shearwalls (30:12 min.)



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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:49 am

Version 2.6.7 - 01.04.2022
- Converted the window preset system to a Hash data structure.
- Added two additional parameters for configuring window shutters: width and height.





!!! WARNING !!!
This update will require deleting and recreating any window presets. This update will not affect any other preset types (ie. walls, doors, garage doors, etc…)
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Jan 05, 2022 11:49 am

mdkBIM Tutorial 2: GARAGE2826-2





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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Jan 07, 2022 5:21 pm

It's that time of year again where I look back and analyze what has been accomplished with the plugins over the past year and then try to formulate a plan moving forward. It has been a very busy year, especially for the Wall plugin. The number of updates or versions released for each plugin in 2021 was:

Wall Plugin: 118
Truss Plugin: 29
Foundation Plugin: 19
Electrical Plugin: 7

Looking back through my records only 2018 was a busier year for the Wall plugin, but overall 2021 has probably been my most productive year yet. Not sure if I can keep up this pace forever but I will continue to try.

In my mind the Wall plugin still has a few items that need attention and some of those are actually quite large items (ie. wall sandwich presets) however compared with the other plugins it is quite far along. I think this year I need to spend some more time on the other three plugins and bring them more inline with the capabilities of the Wall plugin, especially the Truss plugin.

With the Foundation plugin I would like to enable window and door bucks as well as window well hardware in the next few weeks. I am also wanting to add the window and door module from the Wall plugin to the Foundation plugin so that these openings in stemwall/foundation walls can be populated with hardware.

The Truss plugin has so many areas of needed improvement that it will require a completely separate discussion to lay out all of the roadmap but needless to say the complex roof module still awaits as does a completed dormer module.

With the electrical plugin there are not any really large items that need to be addressed unless I move forward with adding in more regional outlets and switches (ie. Australia, Europe etc...) However there are some nagging little issues with the placement of ceiling and floor lights and outlets that does need to be addressed.

Now on to the new stuff:

1.) Floor Plugin: This new plugin is long overdue and is mostly there but does need to be finished and released into the wild. This will be a big priority over the next few months. I am actually very excited to get this one out and start moving its further development along.

2.) Engineering Plugin: Not as high priority as everything else listed thus far but by far the coolest project if I can pull it off. Adding a full calculation package to the shearwall module is very exciting and tempting right now, even though higher priorities exist. I will do my best to only work on this plugin as time allows.

3.) Additional Help: So at the beginning of 2020 I was seriously considering bringing on additional programming help but Covid kind of made me rethink and ultimately put those plans on hold. Then, 2021 was possibly going to be a better year as the vaccines became available and somehow we ended the pandemic but later in the year Delta and Omicron changed the script on us again. For now I will keep fighting the battle alone but when and if this pandemic finally comes to an end I will probably be bringing on at least one other programmer to help with the coding (possibly two). Realistically there is only so much one man can do and my ideas tend to outstrip the number of keystrokes I can muster, so additional help is warranted and desperately needed.

From a business standpoint, 2021 was better for us than 2020 which was better than 2019 etc... The trajectory has been upward from day one, I am still surprised at that. I honestly thought after 2020 we would hit some sort of saturation or cap on growth but I guess I was wrong. Eventually that will happen (not sure when), there are only so many design professionals who choose SketchUp as their weapon of choice, but I do hope to convince more people that SketchUp is the preferred choice when it comes to architectural modeling.

As always I can't help but thank all of the many users of the plugins and their valuable feedback. Yes, I've put in the hours and many late nights and continue to do so, but without you the customers none of this would be even remotely possible. What started out as a curiosity and then a hobby ultimately became my bread and butter.

Thank-you SketchUp for your awesome API and product and thank-you SketchUp Community.

I am looking forward to having a productive and great year in 2022 and if the stars happen to align we might be seeing some of you at Basecamp this year in Vancouver B.C. Canada.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:12 am

Version 2.6.8 - 01.15.2022
- Fixed bug with exterior trim when doors and garage doors are vertically offset.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Jan 18, 2022 5:49 pm

Version 2.6.8b - 01.18.2022
- Fixed a bug with exterior wainscoting when doors and garage doors are vertically offset negative or positive values.

!!!! Critical Bug Fix !!!!
This addresses the issues with door and garage doors that have been vertically offset within the wall. This bug fix addresses all wall types: rectangular, shed, gable and hip.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Jan 21, 2022 9:06 am

Version 2.6.8c - 01.20.2022
- Fixed a minor bug with custom labels for doors, windows and garage doors.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Jan 22, 2022 11:15 pm

Version 2.6.9 - 01.22.2022
- Added an additional layer for furring into the Layers tab of the Global Settings.
- Fixed a bug with Door tab (HTML) of the Global Settings.



!!!! Critical Fix !!!!
The HTML file of the Door tab of the Global Settings was updated back in October (Version 2.4.9). However at that time it appears that this updated version of the file somehow did not make it into the compiled codebase. I just discovered this today and have moved the file into the correct location and released this latest update which corrects this oversight. My apologies that this bug was introduced in the first place but it pains me further that it took until now to actually discover it. Please upgrade to this latest version to resolve this issue.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Jan 24, 2022 3:39 am

Version 2.7.0 - 01.23.2022
- Enabled custom materials for cavity insulation.



This update was per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Jan 26, 2022 11:51 pm

Just loaded up SU 2022 Pro on my PC and promptly installed all of the plugins.

So far I’m not seeing any issues running 2022 with any of plugins, of course far more testing is required but so far so good.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Jan 28, 2022 7:12 am

Version 2.7.1 - 01.27.2022
- Converted the door preset system to a Hash data structure.
- Converted the garage door preset system to a Hash data structure.

!!! WARNING !!!
This update will require deleting and recreating any door and/or garage door presets. This update will not affect any other preset types (ie. walls, windows, etc…)
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Jan 31, 2022 8:22 pm

Version 2.7.2 - 01.31.2022
- Fixed a bug with the window preset system within the window edit menu.

!!!!Alert!!!!
This bug existed within the window edit menu when creating a new window preset. Any window presets created prior to this bug fix may need to be manually removed from the window preset config file. This can be easily done by editing the file with any basic text editor (ie. Notepad).

Properly configured window presets will begin with the following character string "b1=". If the preset does not have this specific string followed by a number (the preset number) it is corrupt and should be deleted from the preset file.

In Microsoft Windows the presets are found here:

C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\Roaming\Medeek\2022\medeek_wall_ext\presets

The window preset file is named:

WINDOW_PRESETS.txt
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Feb 02, 2022 6:27 am

Version 2.7.3 - 02.01.2022
- Added casing "Style D" for rectangle doors (Victorian style casing with plinths and rosettes).
- Added casing "Style D" for rectangle windows (Victorian style casing with rosettes).





This is a low-poly version of a Victorian style casing. The details in the rosettes and plinth blocks are missing and the typical fluting in the jamb and header are also missing.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Feb 04, 2022 5:42 am

Version 2.7.4 - 02.03.2022
- Added two additional (advanced framing) layers: Bottom Plate, Header 2.
- Added an option for the cutting of bottom plates for doors and garage doors.





The "Cut Bottom Plates" option by default is turned on (YES), however when it is turned off then the bottom plates are not cut out for door and garage doors. This is useful for wall panel manufacturers who would rather leave the bottom plates intact for shipping/transportation and other reasons.

The "Header 2" layer is specifically for the sheathing placed between the lumber of spaced headers:

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Feb 07, 2022 12:06 am

Version 2.7.5 - 02.06.2022
- Added casing "Style E" for rectangle windows (Victorian style casing with rosettes).
- Fixed a bug related to upgrades introduced in Version 2.6.8 specifically for CMU and "No Framing" walls.



!!!! Critical Fix !!!!
If you are using CMU walls or the "No Framing" option, this update is a critical fix for doors and garage doors. Please update your plugin to this latest version. Always remember to first uninstall the existing version first before installing the updated plugin within the Extension Manager in SketchUp.

Style E is another common variant of the Victorian style of casing that I thought would be a good addition and complete the recent window and door casing upgrades to the plugin. Again my objective here is to provide a low poly version to represent the overall configuration rather than all of the minute details of such a typically ornate window treatment.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Feb 08, 2022 8:09 am

Version 2.7.6 - 02.07.2022
- Added casing "Style F" for rectangle doors.
- Added casing "Style F" for rectangle windows.
- Enabled a VTP (very top plate) Offset option for rectangular walls.







The VTP offset allows for more manual control of the "very top plate" and how it overshoots or undershoots the wall on either end (start and/or end of the wall panel). In order to use this parameter the "Trim Top Plate" must be set to "NO" (ie. manual mode is then enabled), and then either a positive or negative length can be entered which will offset the VTP accordingly as shown.

This feature was specifically requested by wall panel manufacturers so that they could more closely control the overlapping of the top plates in their shop models and construction drawings.

*Note that Trim Top Plate and VTP Offset options are currently only active for rectangular walls.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Feb 09, 2022 6:31 am

Version 2.7.7 - 02.08.2022
- Added a "NO" header option for windows, doors and garage doors.
- Fixed a bug with ladder blocking when the stud offset is non-zero.
- Fixed a minor bug with ladder blocking for hip walls.





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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Feb 11, 2022 10:39 am

I've had quite a few requests for a tool that will draw circular walls however I need to wrap my head around the geometry and some of the issues that arise when you curve the entire wall (or partial arc) like this:



As you can see things get a bit interesting when you introduce windows and doors into a tightly curved wall. In particular notice how the window opening is framed normally (no curve) and the cripple stud in the middle of this opening is problematic. So how does one handle this? The problem really is how to frame a straight opening like a window or a door into a curved wall.

View model here:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/ ... ll-Study-1

Before I can make this a functioning tool I need to iron out some of these details in a rational manner.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby gullfo » Fri Feb 11, 2022 4:00 pm

my guess? i would find a way to generally mimic the radius (e.g. splitting the window or door frame) as an option, and presume that the window or door finishing will finalize the curved (or not) surface with jamb, extensions, etc. also i would presume the rough framing of the walls (and domed / curved ceilings :-) ) will use various finishing techniques (e.g. curved/kerfed plywood + gwb, steamed lumber, etc) rather than expect the framing to be perfectly curved. this gives options for going from 6-8-12 sided gazebos to circular or elliptical structures...
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Feb 12, 2022 6:56 am

Version 2.7.8 - 02.11.2022
- Enabled staggered studs for rectangular walls.



Rather than enable yet another parameter and make the menu that much bigger I decided to utilize the "Stud Ply" parameter to toggle this option. If you set the stud ply to "0", you will get a staggered stud wall as shown.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Feb 14, 2022 10:28 am

Version 2.7.8b - 02.14.2022
- Enabled staggered stud walls within the Copy Wall tool.

Tutorial 27 - Staggered Stud Walls (15:09 min.)

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Feb 17, 2022 2:21 am

Version 2.7.9 - 02.16.2022
- Fixed a bug with vertically offset doors and garage doors in the "No Framing" mode.
- Fixed a bug with (arched) half or full glass doors that have a prairie or perimeter grilles installed.

Some minor fixes but annoying little bugs nonetheless, one was just a simple typo that has been waiting to be found for months. Highly recommend updating to this latest version if only to make these two bugs go away. A big thank-you to the user base who finds these bugs and notifies me so that I can address them.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Feb 20, 2022 1:49 am

Version 2.8.0 - 02.19.2022
- Enabled insulation within the preview menu of the estimating module.



The insulation was already part of the CSV file output however I had not added it to the preview screen.

This update was per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Feb 20, 2022 8:13 am

Tutorial 28 - Estimating Preview (12:02 min.)



I'm still not entirely sure what direction I am going to take the estimating module but much work remains to be done.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Feb 21, 2022 6:11 am

My biggest issue with adding totals for any specific item (ie. sheathing) has been the variability of these items. In other words you don't want to total up all of the sheathing if some of it is 1/2" and some of it is 7/16", or perhaps you have some OSB and some plywood sheathing on different wall panels for whatever reason all in the same model.

After giving it some additional thought I devised a simple hash (accounting) solution and now the module can provide totals and break it out separately based on thickness and/or material as needed. Here is an example of three different wall panel sheathing totals with different sheathing parameters for each wall panel:

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Feb 21, 2022 11:46 am

Version 2.8.1 - 02.21.2022
- Added material totals to the CSV output of the estimating module: Common Studs, Top Plates, Bottom Plates, Sheathing, Cladding, Gypsum and Insulation.



I will need to give some additional thought on how to handle cripple studs, king studs, trimmer studs, sill plates, headers and studs from non-rectangular walls. Some of these may not need a project/model wide total and the current tabulation may be sufficient.
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