Your architect uses Vi Plan?
If this is not the case, that's unfortunate - for YOU! Especially, because you deprive yourself of the option that your architect supports you with some of your basic designs.
If your partner architect works with Vi Plan, this could be the argument that Vi Plan is the better choice than Vi Designer for you, as a sale professional. Why, you wonder? For the same reason that would apply if your architect didn't work with Vi Plan: 100% lossless data exchange at any point of the planning phase.
It goes without saying that your partner architect has a slightly different focus on the potential client. The architect's job in your cooperative partnership is creating the building application and ensuring the technical feasibility of your preliminary plannings. This is why the architect needs features, which are not relevant for selling houses. We are talking about DXF/DWG import and export and about importing the site plan.
In addition, there is Vi Plot as a part of the program that takes care of positioning views, ground plans and sections as well as technical details and printing them on large-format plans.
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. Integrated 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 are already entered into the system for you, as are a wide range of stairs and chimneys, as well as a complete room 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 (i.e. by a competitor) 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, the planned windows are to be equipped 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.
Subsequent changes to the roof, e.g. roof pitch, knee wall, roof overhang or the timber cross sections can be applied for individual roof areas as well as for the roof as a whole. The procedure is simple and transparent. The user is already familiar with the hot keys and the dimensioning is adjusted automatically here as well.
As a rule, the responsible authorities provide the site plan in electronic form. It can then be read in Vi Plan and the house can be appropriately positioned on the site plan.
These functions were specially developed for Vi Plan and are not included in Vi Designer.
If you want to integrate the client's house on their property already in the tender stage - we are talking about the technical site plan, not a picture of the site - you will need Vi Plan.
DXF/DWG import and export
As is generally known, due to Vi's specific speed, it is not a good idea to import data from other systems and elaborately revise them. The DXF/DWG import and export is therefore intended for other areas, too. This is especially the case for detailed designs (company standards, connection details, etc.), as those are often generated in other systems or provided by the industry. They are required for the building application and often integrated in existing designs as details.
For the building application planning, it is the rule that all ground plans, views, sections and required details are output on a large-sized paper. This includes the detailed designs for e.g. the kitchen with a scale of 1:20. To meet exactly this requirement, we developed Vi Plot.
These functionalities are also used for large-scale construction site signs, brochure templates or house presentations consisting of multiple views and/or floor plans on one sheet.
The planning application - this is how it's done
Thanks to the option of re-utilizing the preliminary planning, only little effort is needed to draw up a building application. Whether detail dimensioning, height indications or irrigation and drainage planning, Vi Plan has the necessary tools to realize the required detailing based on layers.
Frequently needed details are designed once or simply read in as DXF or DWG files and stored as a sketch block. After that, they are available for all designs.
The site map is imported and the house then positioned in it according to the specifications. Vi Plot is an important tool especially for large-scale printouts. You simply resort to already supplied and / or self-created templates that e.g. arrange all floor plans, views, sections, the site plan and the necessary regulatory details on e.g. DIN A0.
You can use the hotkeys such as “C” for corner and “L” for length used in the preliminary planning for the building application as well.
For operating Vi Plan it is irrelevant whether walls or openings are designed or detailed construction is performed by means of lines or polygons. The operation is always the same. Although construction functions such as trimming lines, parallel or perpendicular drawing, just like the intersection determination of lines are standard in Vi Plan, consequent use of the 6 main hotkeys – also in the building application – saves a considerable amount of time.