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Adding a New Level

The Design button will bring you into your new project, and the first step is to add a level and upload a floorplan

The "Create New Level" button will open a dialogue box and ask for;

  • Name - Any relevant name, e.g "Ground", "Level 1 Zone A" etc

  • Floor Structure Height - Slab to Slab measurement (or equivalent)

  • Level Height - The height of this level's floor above ground level

  • Drawing - Upload the level's floor or ceiling plan for markup

Your project will now include the new level and give the option to "Expand All Elements" (you won't have any of those yet) or, "Edit in Draw AI"

Draw AI

Draw AI is where the majority of the design and engineering takes place, and is where PRENGUIN sets itself apart from online calculators as a streamlined drawing based user interface.

Our floor plan is presented (we can upload a new one if we skipped that step) with a selection of drawing tools. We can first hide the navigation pane, and then review our tools.

Hovering the mouse over each option will detail its function;

The first step is to Calibrate the Drawing. Select the Calibrate Drawing option, select two points with a known dimension, and then enter that dimension into the dialogue box.

The drawing is now scaled and calibrated.

Drawing Building Elements

The next group of buttons allow you to create building elements by simply drawing them onto the plan.

Creating Ceilings

  1. Select the Tile and Grid, or Plasterboard Ceiling option and begin to draw the first area.

  2. Select each corner of the room, hold shift to force a straight line, and close the shape by clicking on the first point.

  3. The ceiling has been created and can now be specified. Click the ceiling

  4. In the specification box, enter the ceilings details, select products and preferred seismic restraint option and click Run

Creating Partitions

  1. Select the Partial Height, or Full height option and draw the partitions following the same steps as the ceilings

  2. Click the new partition

  3. In the specification box, enter the partition details, selecting stud and lining options, etc. Click Run