This tool allows you to input the relevant Company and Project details. You can also modify the project stage in the job tool, as you progress your design, as well as Job Categories (such as Soil Classification). Inside the Settings tab, you can select which Material Library (Country) to use, select the currency symbol that best suits your region, as well as the ability to choose the units (metric or imperial) to write/display in all PlusSpec dialogues.
This tool allows you to easily and accurately get material quantities and estimates/feasibility studies from your model. Simply click on the Take- Off tool, and an editable list of materials and associated labour costs are instantly compiled from the information contained within your model. You can then export to Excel, print or PDF, and distribute accordingly.
Floor Joist Tool
This tool allows you to generate bearers and floor joists. You can set them to your desired spacing, and include a flooring surface material with a desired thickness. You can choose from multiple construction types, including: solid timber, timber LVL, steel, etc. You can also create your own timber sizes and materials.
With this tool you can draw 3D parametric walls. This means that you can generate and edit your walls with the click of a button. You have total control over construction type, height, material cladding, stud spacing, insulation and more. On top of this, you have the ability to create custom wall/material types.
If you have drawn a wall but want to move it, this is the tool for you. If the wall is connected to other walls, all of the walls will maintain their connections. This tool is so smart that it will also automatically add new walls, if the new geometry requires the inclusion of them.
Wall Re-Define Tool
All walls drawn with PlusSpec are parametric. This means that instead of re-drawing a wall that you want to adjust, simply click on this tool, and then redefine and reshape the wall.
With this tool you can insert 3D parametric windows. You can choose between a range of commercial and residential window types (curtain window, bi-fold sliding, etc). It also allows you to select timber sizes, materials, colours, glass type, and tinting. Windows can be drawn to any size or height, so that you can easily customize each window to best suit your project requirements.
Remove Window Tool
This tool allows you to delete windows with one click. This process is non-destructive to the wall it was positioned in. The space where the window was before will automatically be filled back in, and it will be as if the window was never there.
With this tool you can insert 3D parametric doors. You can choose between a range of commercial and residential door types (sliding, pivot, swing, etc), and you can select timber sizes, materials, and colours. Doors can be drawn to any size or height, so that you can easily customize the door to best suit your project requirements.
Door Options Tool
Use this tool if you have drawn a door but want to change or adjust its type, height, colour, or materials. You never have to re-draw a PlusSpec door, as this tool will automatically make all of the desired changes for you.
Remove Door Tool
This tool allows you to delete doors with one click. This process is non-destructive to the wall it was positioned in. The space where the door was before will automatically be filled back in, and it will be as if the door was never there.
Hip Roof Tool
With this tool, a complex roof can be generated in seconds. You can customize the roof by selecting or creating your own roofing materials and capping. You can also change the slope, gutter profile, fascia, eaves width, etc, all with a simple click of the button.
Edit Roof Pitch
This tool allows you to change the roof pitch and overhang of any face created with the roof tool. It also you to create gable roofs.
This tool allows you to generate rafters, under purlins and struts according to your desired spacing. You can choose from a variety of timber sizes, or easily create your own timber sizes and materials.
Note: It may take a few seconds to generate timbers for large and/or complex roof shapes.
This tool allows you to easily place a staircase within your model. You can choose from a huge range of stair types – and each stair can be easily adjusted to suit any project requirement by going into the component options and changing its height, width, number of treads, handrails, etc.
Redefine Component Tool
This tool gives you the ability to move and reposition a component once it has been dropped to a wall without interfering with the other parts of your wall.
Edit Component Tool
Once you have dropped a component inside your project, use this tool to edit the components variables.
Remove Component Tool
This tool allows you to delete a component and purge it from your BIM data.
This tool gives you access to thousands of free 3D components on the RubySketch 3D BIM Library. All of these components are virtual models of real manufacturers building products. You can easily drag and drop the product into your model, which will automatically generate specifications, and Take-Offs.
This tool allows you to change the swing and handing of windows and doors, or open and close them. It also enables you to interact with many of our other components, such as: changing the direction of stairs, changing the colour/material of objects, and so on. With the Interaction tool, you can make big changes with just the click of a button.
When you import a model from Rubysketch 3D BIM Library, the manufacturers information and other information has been disabled to protect the inserted model. Once you explode the model, you will be able to access all of its imbedded information, and automatically generate specifications and take- offs.
We recommend that you use the Sync tool at least once per week. The sync tool allows you to reconnect to the PlusSpec server, which will ensure that your tools and materials are up-to-date and working properly.
Mac users will need to use the Sync tool after creating a custom material, which will then update your personal Material Library, and include your custom materials in your drop-down menus.
The IFC Tool allows you to assign/modify the elements (walls, slabs, etc) of your model with IFC naming conventions.
The Geolocate Tool allows you to geolocate your model and get a sitemap of your site for Shadow Diagrams.
Align Sitemap Tool
The Align Sitemap Tool allows you to align your geoloacted sitemap with the model axis.
Set North Tool
The Set North Tool allows you to set the angle/direction of North in your model.
Display North Tool
The Display North Tool allows you to turn the North point on/off in your model.
Reset Maps Tool
The Reset Maps Tool allows you to reset the sitemaps to their original position and rotation of when they were imported into your model.
Lock Maps Tool
The Lock Maps Tool allows you to lock the sitemaps in your model so they cannot be moved, edited or deleted.