TestFit 2.18: Structured Liners

One of our most-demanded requests is live in TestFit 2.18: Structured liners.

Structured Liners

  • Toggle “podium” buildings into “structured liner” buildings to increase density
  • Garage liners extend the full height of the garage regardless of wrap levels.
  • Corridors can be aligned if units are placed around the garage and the units above are placed directly over them.
  • For more information on how to use structured liners, please check out the Knowledge Base article.

Reported issues & bug fixes

  • Fixed missing podium mass when orthographic was toggled.
  • Fixed missing lifts in wrap-podium buildings.
  • Fixed a few cases of non-interactive setbacks.
  • Fixed “apply to all edges” button failing for edges with custom setbacks.
  • Fixed a crash when removing all points from a setback edge.
  • Fixed duplicate amenities in certain townhouse site layouts.
  • Fixed duplicate garage facades in podium buildings.
  • Fixed duplicate stairs after interacting with a site loaded from a file.
  • Fixed podium units being unnecessarily inset from the garage façade.
  • Fixed outdated tabulations when selecting sites in the 3D view.
  • Fixed outdated site data when dragging sites across roads and easements.
  • Fixed a crash dragging cores into inside corner units.
  • Fixed a crash placing units with wide entries.
  • Fixed missing surface parking in 3D.

TestFit 2.16: Envelopes and 3D


Three Dimensional Interactions

Right-Click Context Menu for Spaces


Multiple Setbacks

  • Multiple Setbacks Can Be Defined and Manipulated

Multiple Setbacks Can Be Defined and Manipulated


Multiple Setbacks in 3D

  • Easily see resulting geometry
  • Define sites from parcels

Angled setbacks in 3D allow users to easily see the resulting geometry & define sites from parcels


Simple 2D Section Plane Editing

  • Easily edit 3D volumes with a 2D input panel
  • Control specific linear and angular variables

Easily edit 3D volumes with a 2D input panel


Solve Surface Parking Ratios

  • Higher density demands more parking

Solve Surface Parking Ratios


Right-Click Edit Units

  • Quickly access the unit editor by right-clicking the unit 

Quickly access the unit editor by right-clicking the unit 


Apply Setback Constraints to all Edges

  • Easily step-back entire forms by applying constraints to all edges
  • TestFit generates logical options from form constraints

Apply Setback Constraints to all Edges


Edit Setbacks in 3D

  • Slightly more intuitive editor for more hands-on modeling

intuitive editor for more hands-on modeling


Dynamic Inset Balconies

  • Inset balconies across the whole site

Inset balconies across the whole site


Details:

  • Improved interaction for dragging boundary edges and setbacks in plan view.
  • Improved mass placement inside simple site envelopes.
  • Improved massing & setback performance.
  • Added the creation of plates without balconies for Dynamo.
  • Added support for image attachments in the ground floor of townhouses.
  • Added support for unitless low density site configurations.
  • Improved ramp routing performance for very large garages.
  • Updated the EULA.

Reported Issues & Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed lot coverage calculation for office buildings.
  • Fixed a crash when solving after an undo operation.
  • Fixed the 3D scene not updating mid-animation.
  • Fixed visual overflow in the space context menu.
  • Fixed incorrect area tabulations when multiple spaces are present.
  • Fixed missing liner masses after adjusting the balcony depth.
  • Fixed several issues with units not stacking correctly.
  • Fixed parcel data not showing up.
  • Fixed missing unit handles for legs on outside corner units.
  • Fixed townhouse balcony facades overlapping with external facades.
  • Fixed void parapets being created when parapets were disabled.
  • Fixed instances where .kop and .rsd files were unfriendly to JSON parsers.
  • Prevent drawing certain invalid road intersections.
  • Fixed a parking crash for nearly-orthogonal sites.
  • Fixed a Windows 7 incompatibility error.
  • Fixed missing secondary vertical exits in small building areas.
  • Fixed lot coverage calculation for office buildings.

TestFit 2.15: Stability and Announcements

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This update is unusual for TestFit Inc. It is feature light, bug fix heavy, and with some major announcements for 2021.


Major Announcement: TestFit for MEP

Our mission is to increase the quality and quantity of commodity buildings across our planet by using configurator technology. To build out the first phase of our plan, we built out IBC compliant floor plate generators for parking, commercial, and multifamily uses. The second phase, starting now, is to bring not only structural engineering but mechanical engineering prowess to the problem. The future of our technology is building optimization, and to truly optimize buildings, one must understand not just their architecture, but their engineering as well.

Today, we are excited to have found the perfect fit to help us solve this critical problem. Our first Director of MEP Engineering is BuroHappold alum Nat MacDonald. We met Nat at the BILT NA conference in 2019, and have been dreaming of this moment for a couple of years!

If you, or your firm, continually find that engineering coordination and design could be better than it is today, we are here to help solve this problem. Feel free to drop Nat an email (nat(a)testfit.io) with your thoughts or ideas!

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Major Announcement: Director of Marketing

We have been very fortunate to get BIM Track alum Alexine Gordon-Stewart as our very first marketing director! She brings with her a passion for the AEC industry, but more importantly a passion for communication. This is going to be a huge force multiplier for our small team!

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Major Announcement: TestFit for Garden Apartments

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Research and development for garden style apartments has begun. If you or your firm does this kind of building style, please indicate your interest by filling out the form on this page!


Major Announcement: TestFit for Envelopes

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The next major release of TestFit will be to support more complicated envelopes, and to give our users the ability to design in section for the first time. If you are interested in this feature, specifically, please let us know here. This will be our next release.


Alfred School of Architecture: TestFit to Revit

TF to Revit

Over the past semester our good friends Gavin Crump Lecturer at the University of Sydney (The Aussie BIM Guru) and Roger Schroeder Adjunct Professor at SUNY Alfred School of Architecture worked with students to create a seamless transition from TestFit to Revit using our dynamo nodes. You can view the whole process via a youtube playlist here. Professor Schroeder has also created a very helpful webpage about his process here.

If you are a professor or a student and are interested in using TestFit for educational purposes, please reach out to Caroline Bauer (Caroline(a)testfit.io) for free licenses!


 Two Small Features for TF 2.15

  • Added an option to skip the available patches for users in restricted (normally enterprise) environments.
  • Improved the road drawing tools to be more stable, and to reject creating unsupported intersections.

 Reported Bugs and Stability Changes:

  • Fixed a few crashes for unusual corner unit common area lobby layouts.
  • Fixed a few crashes for unusual corner unit balcony layouts.
  • Fixed a crash due to custom dead end unit path widths.
  • Fixed incorrect unit texture scale in metric.
  • Fixed some unallocated areas where there was room for units.
  • Fixed some issues saving road networks to an rsd file.
  • Fixed a crash when placing parking in a nearly orthogonal site.
  • Fixed a crash when placing parking in very small sites.
  • Fixed missing parking stalls along the outer edge of some sites.
  • Fixed a crash when dragging cores on surface-parked sites.
  • Fixed a few cases of incorrect footprints on surface-parked sites.
  • Fixed some crashes due to complicated manual site layouts.
  • Fixed a crash dividing outer courtyards on large sites.
  • Background images modified outside TestFit will be reloaded when re-opened.
  • Moving a background image is now undo-able.