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.

TestFit release 2.14 Office, Parcels, and Columns

TestFit Becomes the First Architectural Configurator to use Structural AI



A New Type of Building

Today we add “Core-Based” office buildings to our product offering–it has officially moved out of Beta!

Office Floor Plate Generator

IBC Compliant Cores

  • Bathrooms are dynamically linked to floor loads
  • Stairs update widths based upon floor load demand
Bathroom Configurator

IBC Compliant Staircases

  • Stairs adjust depth based upon floor to floor height
  • Stairs adjust minimum width based upon dynamic floor loading
IBC Compliant Stairs

Parcel Data

  • TestFit users now have access to parcel data for the whole United States
  • Define sites from parcels
PARCELIZATOR

Columns Using Thornton Tomasetti Core Studio’s AI

  • Automated column sizing for parking garages
  • Watch our discussion with Thornton Tomasetti here.

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Details

  • Added a new site type: Core-based buildings.
  • Added garage columns provided by Thornton Tomasetti.
  • Added a new GIS data layer: parcels.
  • Added a new tool in the site panel to create site boundaries from parcels.
  • Added parapets around void spaces.
  • Added a merge levels parameter for multi-story low density spaces.
  • Added a toggle to change the entry edge for outside corner units.
  • Added a second base depth parameter for outside corner units.
  • Added a path width parameter for custom dead end units.
  • Updated the About -> Documentation link to the online knowledge base.
  • Added a unit flex preview while viewing units in the editor.

Reported Issues & Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed the building font size for metric sites.
  • Fixed names with commas in the csv export.
  • Fixed missing garage liner massing.
  • Fixed common area rendering artefacts.
  • Fixed tiny units when solving sites loaded from old rsd files.
  • Fixed the default townhouse unit sizes in metric.
  • Fixed cases where façade & parapet geometry did not match the units.
  • Fixed discrepancies between unit rendering in the editor vs the plan.
  • Fixed missing outer stall rows for surface parking.
  • Fixed poorly-filled concave parking lots.
  • Fixed townhouse garage is NRSF preference.
  • Fixed low density site entrances near very narrow road angles.
  • Fixed the missing file extension dropdown in the MacOS file dialog.
  • Fixed incorrect handling of ctrl+click as a left click on MacOS.
  • Fixed 3D views loaded from an rsd file.
  • Fixed building inputs scrollbar on high DPI monitors.
  • Fixed a crash routing ramps in complex garages.

 

 

TestFit release 2.13 Lower Density Spaces

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A New Type of Space

Our most popular feature from high density makes its debut in lower density spaces.

Low Density Spaces

Retention Spaces

  • Easily control the location and size of void spaces to allocate retention areas
  • Right-click to edit the space’s properties
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Club House Spaces

  • With the same tool, easily change it into a Club House
  • There can be several spaces per site
Clubhouse

Rectangle grips update

  • With our continued commitment to urban planning, we have released a new tool set for block sizing: rectangle grips
  • If TestFit recognizes a rectangle, additional grips are available to the user
  • It also supports squares, a type of rectangle
True Rectangles

Additional Details

  • Extended unit image attachments to include bays.
  • Added spaces to the DXF exporter.
  • Added low density site geometry to the low detail 3D view.
  • Added a button to clear all roads.
  • Improve massing layout for small sites with single loaded corridors.
  • Fixed spaces in the garage being non-interactive and tabulated incorrectly.
  • Added missing elements to the low detail townhouse SketchUp exporter.
  • Fixed embedded images disappearing after a while.
  • Fixed missing image name for embedded images.
  • Fixed incorrect unit attachment orientation for some OC units.
  • Fixed dead end unit attachments being cropped incorrectly.
  • Fixed a crash attaching images to townhouse units.
  • Fixed a crash when drawing overlapping guides in manual mode.
  • Fixed memory leaks in the MacOS client.
  • Fixed missing garage liner units in concave sites.
  • Fixed dead end units occasionally disappearing when adding cores.
  • Fixed bay and balcony alignment for townhouse endcap units.
  • Fixed the balcony over setback parameter being ignored for donut sites.
  • Fixed invisible driveway element handles in light theme.
  • Fixed some very narrow units in metric sites.