I am currently writing my master thesis in which I'm testing FreeCAD under the aspect of BIM. The following is a bit of a mix of questions and comments. I'm still relatively new to FreeCAD so if there are already answers/forum posts to my comments or sggestions, just tell me
Thank you in advance for all your answers!
(Also if this isn't the right forum, I'm sorry)
For my research I modeled a simple house. I'm using the newest version of FreeCAD 0.18.4.
- Is it possible to change the values o1 / o2 and other parameters after creating a window (not the height and width)?
- Can I easily change the type of a window after creating it? So make an Open1-pane an Open2-pane window without the detour of previously deleting the window and placing a new one? (In Revit, for example, you would simply select the window and change the type. But types are not fixed in that sense except for columns (e.g HEA220), right?)
- Is there an attribute for walls that indicates whether they are load bearing or non-load bearing? Or, if it doesn't exist, wouldn't that be a useful attribute to add? After all, one of the basic ideas of BIM is that the function of the object can be specified in the object properties. Another food property would be whether that walls are inside or outside…
- The same applies to the display of the volume of a body. For example, I would like to display the volume of a wall in a list. I tried it with the Spreadsheet module, but strangely enough it calculates a different volume than the FCInfo macro or the Python console. I would also like to work with the Reporting add-on because it can do more. There I can only access attribute from the data area. Therefore, wouldn't it also make sense for a BIM analysis to include volumes in the attributes?
- Suppose I use a sink from the parts_library. And I would like to fix it to the wall in such a way that it would move with the wall if the wall were to move. I had thought about assigning a host, but at the moment it only seems to exist for windows and doors.
- Is it possible to georeference my created house? The goal is that I export the house in IFC and then load into another BIM program and com along with the georeferencing. So it's transmitted over IFC. (In Revit, for example, this can be done using a survey point and a project base point, or by importing a georeferenced DWG/DXF.)
- Walls don't know anything about each other. So if I build a room from 4 walls and I move one wall , there's no way the other walls will automatically adjust, right?
- I can't make a connection between the slab and the walls either. So if I move my walls 3m to the outside because my house got bigger after all, then the ceilings won't come along, right?
- Or if I decide my walls are 1m higher than initially planned and on my walls lies a roof created with the roof tool on the top, then that doesn't adjust automatically?