Simply entering a house in the computer to show the people wishing to build, how their dream house would actually look like. This idea - as fascinating as it is - will only work if both aspects, EASY and QUICK can be taken literally.
As a building contractor, you will certainly not sit in front of the computer every day and the demand for new construction, extensions, alterations and renovations alternates depending on the season. Therefore, a software, whose operation you need to relearn each time you use it, won't work for you any better than "highly scientific" programs that only yield results after days and days of work.
Unlike CAD, Vi Plan does not focus on complex construction design, but on simple and easy-to-learn plaintext input. Vi Plan is based on specifications stored in the system. Those include the floor heights and slab thicknesses and the most common wall thicknesses, window and door sizes.
Therefore, you will start working with a system that is immediately fully operational. Of course you can adjust the individual values to your individual needs with a few clicks.
By simply entering the length and width of the house, selecting the desired wall thickness and determining the number of floors, you will create the base structure of the house in less than a minute.
Automatically dimensioned floor plans of all storeys, the dimensioned sections, all views and the 3D view of the building are at your immediate disposal.
If you want to design a house with a non-rectangular base structure, you can resort to a variety of other shapes such as angular houses, 3- or 4-gabled houses, duplexes, semi-detached, double-detached or offset row houses, etc. Creating these house types only takes up an insignificantly longer amount of time.
In addition to the basement, the house can be designed with up to 5 floors (including the attic) and be up to 110 feet tall.
Dynamic component templates - complex building structures
Even complex building structures should be planned easily and quickly. With this ambition in mind, we developed wizards = dynamic component templates, which relieve you of this task.
Using the wizards is quite simple. Choose the desired item from the plaintext menu, for example a bay window or extensions. Then select the desired basic shape, for example, rectangular, enter the size and determine its position on the house. The dynamic component template then takes over the construction. You also define in the plain text menu, which floors are supposed to have the building component in question and you specify the desired roof shape and design. The dynamic component template (DCT) automatically checks whether the defined gable is structurally possible. Planning errors such as gables exceeding the length of the ridge are thus avoided.
The temporal advantage from using the component templates is obvious. Planning, e.g. an individual winter garden is limited to selecting the template and entering the corresponding measurements. The planning itself incl. adapting the roof, creating the base plate and the segmenting the glazing is taken over by the component templates. Therefore, the winter garden is planned in 1-2 minutes.
Due to our 30 years of experience, we have integrated a set of dynamic component templates in Vi Plan, with the ambition to automate more than 90% of the conventional building elements used for single-family homes. By repeatedly using the same dynamic component templates, you are capable of creating sophisticated plans easily, quickly and effectively.
Since dynamic component templates are planning automations, you can also change the basic house structure without any wizards. The easiest way to plan a completely customized ground plan shape using the function "projections and recesses" is effected by a plain text input of the desired dimensions. All you need is a few minutes. The ceilings will be automatically adjusted when you change the exterior walls, so you do not have to worry about them.
The roof structures also can be fully customized. Besides a variety of roof shapes and designs, the focus also lies on completing this task within a short period of time. Features such as “roof according to floor plan” will enable you to plan complex roof landscapes within minutes.
From the very beginning, the building contractors themselves were relied on as skillful Vi plan users. With only a few entries, interior walls, stairs and balconies are placed, building components are positioned and rooms are defined. To facilitate this, hot keys such as "E" for corner and "L" for the length can be used.
6 hotkeys serve to operate about 75% of the functions. This facilitates both the first steps, as well as working with the system in between longer time periods. The integration of standard Windows functions, such as "Ctrl + C" and "Ctrl + V" for copy and paste, facilitate the job even more.
In addition, the conventional sizes of the building components used in solid construction are already entered into the system for you, as are a wide range of stairs and chimneys, as well as a complete room design program. You can make changes and additions at any time.
Whether you create a design for people wishing to build, realize a design delivered by them or work with an existing architectural planning, modifying this plan is the rule and not the exception. This is why we have paid particular attention to quickness and ease of use.
If, for example, they intend to equip the planned window with bars or if the builder-owner is suddenly interested in outside blinds, sliding shutters or pilaster surrounds - all these changes will be implemented with a few clicks. Remodeling all external walls of the house, for example due to the requirements of energy saving regulations, can be performed with exactly 6 clicks.
Extending the house in direction of the roof ridge is done in a minute. Walls and building elements can be moved with the mouse or shifted via measurement input and additional floors can be inserted. Subsequently changing roof pitch, knee wall, roof overhang, etc. are no challenge for you. The procedure is simple and transparent. The user is already familiar with the hot keys and the dimensioning is adjusted automatically here as well.
Creating an appealing presentation of the house within a very short time is ambition as well as reality with Vi Plan. Thanks to hundreds of templates, which you can combine and change arbitrarily, you will be able to create presentations in less than 5 minutes.
Of course you can create designs that are a 100 percent customized. The 3D ground model allows you to design complex property settings such as hillside situations within minutes.
This includes roads, paths, property boundaries, car parking spaces and the entire exterior design of the property with fences, trees, ponds and bushes. You can also insert real photos directly in the 3D view, giving your visualization an even more natural appearance.
For the plastering color to fit the roof covering, there are dozens of material combinations available. This way, a "classic" look - white plaster, red roof – turns into Mediterranean style with one click.
Time-optimized planning is also paramount when furnishing the house. Complete furnishing sets, e.g. for kitchens, significantly reduce the time required for sampling. A kitchen can be fully furnished with one click and then easily adapted to the respective room layout.
The perfect presentation of the house is made possible by a variety of different representation options for floor plans and views in combination with extensive customization options. In addition, it is possible to display these representations in various image formats and resolutions optimized for both an online presentation, as well as for a construction sign printout.
Calculating the living space and enclosed space
As a result, you do not only have the perfect presentation of your design, but also the calculation of the living space and the enclosed space as an output option. The calculation of the living space can be configured according to company specifications. This way, you can also adjust the specifications for deducting plastering or stairs. Of course, you can incorporate your logo in the output documents.