Door Tool Improvements (2014) archive

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1. Door schedule elevations

We need to be able to generate a live 2D front view representation of doors and we need to be able to dimension them with associative dimensions. We’d also like to be able to edit/override individual line-types and line-weights as you can with a viewport.

2. Vision panels and louvre vents

To create visions panels without resorting to “Use Symbol Geometry” we need support for the following:

  • Ability to control the left and right stile widths independently of one another. (highest priority)
  • Ability to add more than one glazed panel (high priority)
  • Ability to define round vision panels (lower priority)
  • We also need support for louvre vent doors (high priority)

Examples of common flush doors with vision panels:


3. Bi-folding sliding doors

We need support for bi-folding sliding doors. There shouldn’t be any limit to the number of configurations (i.e. please don’t use a drop-down list of options, use a Custom Door Options graphical user interface instead perhaps).
Examples of common bi-folding sliding door arrangements:
 Diagram of typical bi-folding sliding door arrangements

4. Door ID Tags

We need more options for displaying ID tags. For instance to be able to display the fire-rating of a door (separately from the door ID). WinDoor has some good examples, see below. We also need support for superscript and subscript as some nationalities utilise these for fire-ratings.

5. Better control of complex door opening arrangements

We’d like to get rid of the “complex door” XOXOXO drop-down menu and replace it with something more akin to the  Custom Sash Options interface in the Window Tool.

6. Meeting Stiles

The VW ‘astragal’ is not an astragal at all but rather a central fixed mullion within the door frame, which separates the two leaves of the door. The astragal fields under the Jamb tab of the Door Tool Settings should be renamed Fixed Mullion.

The v2013 VW “Astragal” looks like this:

We need new fields added to the Leaf tab of the Door Tool Settings to deal with Meeting Stiles.

Double door meeting stiles have five common arrangements as illustrated below, which are square, rounded, rebated, astragal and T astragal. An astragal is a timber profile fixed to the secondary door leaf to act as a stop.

Common double door meeting stiles:

7. Door Types

Standard UK practice is to organise doors by type.

The definition of door types might vary on a project-by-project basis, but is essentially a grouping of doors with certain common parameters into a named door type for scheduling purposes and to simplify editing of multiple instances.

The parameters defined-by-type may be as limited as the size and style, or the type may specify a broader range of parameters, such as size, style, fire-rating, acoustic-rating, with only the remaining paramaters variable, such as frame depth and ironmongery package.

For door types to provide the required functionality within the VW Door Object, the user would need to be able to set which parameters are defined-by-type and which are defined-by-instance.

The use of symbols as a workaround for this functionality is not workable, as door numbering and scheduling are affected.

8. Worksheet terminology

All the localisation done in previous versions needs to be carried forward into automated worksheet schedules. For example:

  • door operation swing simple = single leaf 
  • door leaf style solid = flush panel

9. Hinge direction markers – inward and outward

  1. Need an option to show dotted line to indicate inward opening and solid line to indicate outward opening. (At the moment a custom Hinge Marker class doesn’t override the default line style, this could be a simple solution.)
  2. Need an option to reverse the Hinge Marker direction (in several European Countries and internationally the ‘wide’ side of the Hinge Marker represents the Hinge side.)

10. Support for defining gaps

We should be able to define a ‘Fitting Gap’ for the door leaf (gap between jamb and leaf), which is typically 1 to 3mm either side of the door and may include smoke seals or weather seals. If this gap is not supported then we have to make the shim gap or the casing the wrong size to compensate, which apart from being visually wrong also means we can’t schedule accurately.

For the same reasons we need to be able to define the gap between the door leaf and floor.

UK defaults should be as follows:

7       shim gap 
32      casing 
3       gap 
826    leaf 
3       gap 
32      casing
7       shim gap 
= 910 Wide Structural Opening
15      shim gap 
32     casing
3       gap 
2040   leaf 
20      threshold gap 
= 2110 High Structural Opening
The default architrave (trim) should be of the following size:
19 x 69

11. Frame Stops

The VW door object does not currently display a frame stop. In the UK these are either ‘planted’ or rebated from a larger frame section.


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