TestFit 3.07 Subdivision Configurator and Main Planning update

Subdivision Configurator

Today we’re making a big move in the residential development world with a new Subdivision Configurator, which unlocks the possibility of single-family developments (and much more) in TestFit.

We’d also like to share some new improvements, including:

  1. Subdivide a large parcel of land with the new Subdivision Configurator
  2. Increase your site limit from 8 to 32
  3. Improved ability to drag or lock location of units, cores & lifts on a floor plan
  4. And tons of smaller improvements & fixes.

Read on to learn more, or join our webinar next Tuesday, July 26th at 11am CST. Register now to join us there!

– Nat MacDonald, Product Owner at TestFit Inc.

Subdivision Configurator

Our customers have been telling us how important single-family housing is. This is not a surprise as 81% of the US is zoned for single-family development.

As the world needs more housing, we saw a real need to offer the full range of density in our building configurator. From large towers, five-over-ones to rural subdivisions, developers need the tools to build better, faster.

Hence, the Subdivision Configurator—in a nutshell, it lets you take a single piece of land, and subdivide it into individual parcels for single-family or mized-density development.

But it’s not just about single family homes; you can use the Subdivision Configurator for multiple housing types that you want to place within a neighborhood such as:

  • ADUs
  • Townhomes
  • Bungalow courts
  • Tiny homes

The Subdivisions Configurator also takes into account zoning, minimum lot size, housing type, municipal road requirements & more so you can surgically hit the desired density and parcel mix within your site without going overboard.

TestFit Subdivisions Configurator - 1 site

Check out our dedicated Knowledge Base article to get started with Subdivision Configurator today.

NB: The tool known previously as site subdivide tool has been renamed the Slice Tool for clear distinction between this existing feature and the new Subdivision Configurator.

More sites + improved undo / redo

We’re happy to share that 🥁you can now increase the number of sites from 8 to 32! 🥁

TestFit more sites

Undo / redo improvements include seeing your recent history in the menu, undo/redo several actions at once, and notifications displaying what changed. The underlying system augments TestFit behind the scenes and opens the possibility of some exciting features in the future.

Undo / redo notifications

Unit dragging & pinned units

We’ve added support for pinned units, and improved the ability to drag or lock location of units, cores & lifts on a floor plan.

Drag multifamily units
Pinning cores & elevators in multifamily buildings

If you’d like to get started, check out our Knowledge Base article.

Not a TestFit user yet? Book a demo to see how your team can speed up feasibility studies. 

Improvements

Manual mode improvements

  • Changed manual mode mass creation to use multiple clicks instead of clicking and dragging.
  • Fixed the inability to create building mass and parking in manual mode.

Sketchup improvements

  • Automatically exports to Sketchup 2020

UX improvements

  • Added finer control over the gravity tool for mass-based sites and moved it into the right click context menu for spaces.
  • Removed trackpad mode. The middle mouse button always pans the view, and the right mouse button orbits the view in 3D. Clicking and dragging with the left mouse button pans the view when not on top of a draggable widget.
  • Added panning with the middle mouse button in 3D.
  • Improved the UX for refreshing column data from Thornton Tomasetti.
  • Added an option to toggle the preferred preset in the preset panel.
  • Added a user preference to change the mouse panning threshold.
  • Added a button above the navtree to add a new scheme.
  • Easements and spaces are now renamed and recolored in the navigation tree.
  • Added some context menus from the 3D scene to the 2D render.
  • Added an underlay of the site to the garage placement tool.
  • Canceling the garage placement tool no longer clears the prior solution.
  • Removed the feature to generate schemes from all changes.

Other improvements

  • Increased the configurable ranges of parking stall depth, drive aisle width, drive aisle turn radius, and drive aisle max length.
  • Added warehouse and trailer parking rent in industrial configurator to the deals panel.
  • Added a rotation/translation widget to ponds.
  • Improved unit mixes on sites with complex envelopes.
  • Hid parking and retail financial data if none are present.
  • Optimized switching presets.
  • Improved thumbnail image quality on high-DPI monitors.
  • Added an “Open Percent” metric to the expanded tabulation for industrial and subdivision sites to track the amount of green open area.
  • Made parks slightly transparent to indicate they do not contribute to site coverage.
  • Added notifications to describe changes when undoing past actions.
  • Changed the undo shortcut on MacOS to Command+Shift+Z.
  • Added a user preference to move the camera upon undo.
  • Disabled unit dragging for dynamic units in high density sites.
  • Removed the automatic deletion of sites when modifying roads.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed incorrect area tabulations for merged-level spaces.
  • Fixed inconsistent massing options on sites with structured fill garages.
  • Fixed failure to launch for some users with non-English configurations.
  • Fixed some site elements exposing the duplicate button when it isn’t supported.
  • Fixed overlapping buildings when gurban sites with manually drawn geometry were split by a road.
  • Fixed some manual mode roads disappearing in low density sites.
  • Fixed roads using incorrect sections after deleting a section in the editor.
  • Fixed rsd files failing to load when embedded images are missing.
  • Fixed the global setback selection button not working.
  • Fixed the delete interaction for setback points in the section view.
  • Fixed newly-created offset spaces being unattached from their source space.
  • Fixed suboptimal unit stacking on complex envelopes.
  • Fixed a crash when opening a kop file with too many units.
  • Fixed performance issues rendering 3D models on some machines.
  • Fixed mismatched style on monetary input widgets in the deal panel.
  • Fixed hitting the delete key when editing text removing elements.
  • Fixed Enscape ignoring the “colors in scene” toggle in the preferences panel.
  • Fixed a missing UI widget to set the average unit nrsf for unitless mode on high density sites.

If you have any feedback, we’d love to hear from you at nat @ testfit.io.

TestFit Addin for Revit 1.0 – Free Beta

Our users often tell us that TestFit helps them say no to projects more often, so they can say yes to the projects that best accomplish their development goals.  And for those projects that meet the development outcomes, teams want to carry forward their configured buildings from TestFit into their downstream toolset.  Today we are unleashing a significantly improved ability to connect to one of the leading BIM platforms, Autodesk Revit.

TestFit has historically supported the output to Revit via Dynamo Scripts.  These scripts worked for those experienced with the Dynamo platform, but were time consuming (and occasionally frustrating!) to implement. Now in less than 10 clicks, all the geometry and data that you created in TestFit can be brought into your construction documentation processes.

View the webinar recording to learn more about this addin, or read on below.

– Nat MacDonald, Product Owner at TestFit Inc.

Improved Installation Process

Easily install as you would any other desktop application. The addin is also highly deployable via IT departments for large firms to make sure all users have access to it.

Also – no complications associated with Dynamo versions & packages 😎

Import TestFit sites and buildings to Revit

Pretty straightforward – bring in the TestFit building geometry to Revit, all while using your firms’ standard Revit families. Even the parking stalls.

Interior fitouts from TestFit to Revit

Use your firms’ standard Revit apartment units to automatically populate your buildings’ interiors using TestFit’s layout.

Export Kit-of-Parts from Revit to TestFit

Accurately translate your standard Revit apartment units into a TestFit Kit-of-Parts database.

Get started with TestFit Addin for Revit today with our knowledge base article:

If you have any feedback, we’d love to hear from you at nat @ testfit.io.

TestFit 3.04: Topography, Industrial Manual Mode, and Garden Building Mix

Topography in TestFit

We consistently have feedback about one very real problem that buildings need to cope with: topography. TestFit is in the fortunate position to have users from low density planners all the way to high density developers. This means that the resolution in which we deliver topography to the end user needs to be very carefully considered. 

I’m happy to announce that we have developed a unique feature: Instant Topo. In its first iteration we hope to show high fidelity performance in two dimensions. This foundational technology will enable us to be more effective with future topographic features. Also included in this patch is a foundational upgrade to the Industrial configurator: Manual Mode. The garden configurator can now be driven by building type (in addition to the already supported unit mix targets). Lastly, a collaboration with Arkio led us to upgrade the high density configurators low detail mode. This will help urban planners with their geometry exports. 

If you have any feedback, we’d love to hear from you at support @ testfit.io.

– Clifton Harness, CEO at TestFit Inc.

First steps into topo

Visualize your topography in 2D with labeled incremental contour lines in order to better place ponds, low-grade garages, and more. Customize the increments of elevation (not on buildings – yet!) and overlay them on roads & satellite views.

Topography in TestFit

To get started with topo in TestFit, please check out the Knowledge Base article.

Industrial manual mode

Move, rotate, resize, and add industrial buildings to maximize your chosen site as much as possible or accommodate unique requirements.

To get started in manual mode on industrial buildings, check out our Knowledge Base article.

Garden building mix

You can now choose between solving your garden site by either building mix or unit mix. This new building mix functionality allows you to manipulate the mix by percentage.

Get started with all our garden apartment functionality with this Knowledge Base article.

Low-detail mode improvements

Get rough massing and exclude all distractions including balconies, color & surface parking changed to gray.

UX updates

  • Users can now double-click site & amenity names in the navigation tree (panel in the top-left) to rename them. You can also add sites’ preset name and spaces’ type to the navigation tree.
  • Sites are labeled in 2D views with names and configurators.
  • Added support for custom site names.
  • Presets now show a description on hover.
  • Users can drag the divider between the two left-hand navigation panels to display more or less information.
  • Combined the road and satellite underlay buttons into a 3-way toggle.
  • Unit database dropdown interface improvements.

Other improvements & bug fixes

  • Added descriptions to all presets.
  • Removed the 3D and 2D view buttons from the top view bar.
  • Enabled renaming some elements on the tree view.
  • Allow removing garden buildings from the 3D view.
  • Restored the context menu for spaces in the 3D view.
  • Fixed incorrect setbacks when selecting some presets.
  • Fixed the default mass-based metric preset to produce sane buildings.
  • Fixed ‘square feet’ labels in the deals tab showing up for metric sites.
  • Improved the ability to restrict rows of townhouses to longer runs.
  • Removed the automatic switch to the 2D view when deleting manual changes.
  • Fixed missing elements in the low detail 3D and SketchUp models.
  • Fixed duplicate townhouse buildings in the low detail 3D and SketchUp models.
  • Fixed garden buildings being occasionally un-interactive in the 3D view.
  • Fixed a rare crash when placing units in concave gurban sites.
  • Fixed incorrect roof areas in the energy panel for buildings with multiple roof levels. Prior analyses will show “out of date” and require re-analysis.
  • Fixed the 3D model disappearing when switching road profiles.
  • Fixed the rotation of trucks in freight parking stalls in Enscape.
  • Fixed presets producing odd buildings after switching measurement systems.
  • Fixed default road sizes after switching measurement systems.
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