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Adelina Koleva
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Passed PPP - I have now concluded the 4.0 exams! I will now begin transitioning to 5.0.

A big thank you to everyone on this forum, especially +Nick NCARB, +Ryan NCARB, +Michelle NCARB etc., who reviewed my vignettes and answered my questions. I could not have done it without you.

Also - good luck to everyone still testing! I am more than happy to share my own tips and resources if you need it.

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Hello again!

Second attempt at the PPP vignette. Hoping tolerances are okay? Please comment, would be much appreciated +Ryan NCARB +Nick NCARB +Michelle NCARB +Megan NCARB +Terry NALSA

Some notes:
1) I found it helpful personally to first draw the grade and then delete the grade sketch lines before drawing the building area / building profile setback sketch lines - it's not ideal for checking the grade at the very end, but, if you double check the grade before deleting the sketch lines, it's much less confusing moving forward. I think this saved me from a lot of potential errors, and also lot of time from having to zoom around the drawing.
2) Turning on the crosshairs for the cursor made all the difference in the world!
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3/29/17
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First attempt at the site zoning vignette! Had some trouble with accuracy. Comments? +Terry NALSA +Ryan NCARB +Michelle NCARB +Nick NCARB
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3/21/17
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Hello PPP community! I just tried the vignette for the first time. Does anyone have helpful suggestions for keeping clean sketch lines? Sometimes I can get confused when there are too many, especially when there is an underlying grid. Any tips?

Passed CDS! Thanks for the help. On to PPP!

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Hello community, I have a CDS vignette question for you!

In the NCARB sample problem the MEP for both laboratory and L02 are a) drawn on the same plan and b) BOTH have a deepest duct shown of 20” for each area.

So my question is, IF the deepest duct in the double-height lab area were, say, 32”, would the plenum depth be 32”+8” on both lab AND L02, or just lab (and L02 would be 20”+8”).

In other words, is the lab considered separately from the rest of L02 with regard to plenum depth, despite being on the same MEP plan? Or are they considered together (laboratory and L02 will always have the same plenum depth b/c they are on the same MEP plan)?

Thanks so much!

+Michelle NCARB +Ryan NCARB +Terry NALSA +Nick NCARB
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I was practicing this one a while ago but coming back to it now since I'm testing this week. Errors anyone? +Nick NCARB +Terry NALSA +Ryan NCARB +Michelle NCARB

Trying to cut back on my time & improve accuracy :)
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1/27/17
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Hello everyone, here is my first attempt at the CDS vignette. I'd appreciate feedback! +Nick NCARB +Terry NALSA +Michelle NCARB +Ryan NCARB +Jared NCARB

A few notes/questions:

1) Regarding the provision between ceiling an structural zone: I took the deepest duct on each level and added 8" to that depth for the lighting zone (something like 2'4" on first floor and 2'8" on second, I don't quite recall). This left quite a bit of space between the joists and the lights, often it was deeper than the depth of the ducts cut in section. Does it matter where precisely these ducts are placed? I.e., do they have to align to the bottom of the joists or the top of the lighting zone? I placed them somewhat in the middle.

2) What are the tolerances for the software? I was usually at around +/- 2 inches.

3) For the slab, does there need to be a break where the interior bearing wall rests on the footing? I drew this as one continuous line from the exterior bearing walls.

4) General tips - where to start? Seems like it would have helped me go faster by drawing the section on a sheet of paper first, before drawing in the software.

Again, thanks for your help!
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Passed SPD! Thanks everyone for your help!
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