Vectorworks Tip #237- Attribute palette – Creating a Tile

image081Tiles are substantially easier to create than hatches. Where a hatch uses repeatable lines, a tile uses a repeatable set of lines, polygons, circles, rectangles, etc. This means that instead of trying to figure out how the lines repeat you can just draw what you want. Because tiles contain objects like rectangles, circles etc., you can also add colors to your tiles, making them extremely graphic.

You create a new tile by using the Resource Browser. Right-click in the Resource Browser, choose New Resource…, name the tile and then draw the repeating tile passion that you require.

Landmark_SIG_063 Special Interest Group December (am) 2014

image080In this session we looked at making a 3D model of a fountain that had two tiers and the water flowing over the edge of the top fountain into the lower fountain. This involved several 3D modelling techniques (extrude, add solid, subtract solid, extrude along a path. Push/Pull, shell solid, etc.).

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Landmark_SIG_062 Special Interest Group December (am) 2014

image079In this session we looked at the graphic representation of plants, focusing on the 3D visual aspects. We looked at the strategies for the graphic representation, creating image props, using the Existing Tree too to create the required 3D geometry, the VBVisual Plant, how to find more plants online, creating your own 3D object for a box hedge, and the Foliage Displacement Map Texture form the VSS web site.

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Vectorworks Tip #236 – Site Modeling – Site Modifiers – Pads with Slope

image076When you create a pad you can choose to set that pad to a slope. You can control the start and direction of the slope using the slope indicator on the pad object. The bottom of the slope will use the elevation from the object info palette.

Vectorworks Tip #235 – Plant Tool – Placing Plants in a Triangular Array

image075Use this mode when you want to place multiple plants in a triangular array Vectorworks will use the plant size and spacing from the plant definition, and the plants will be placed orthogonally on the screen. Use the rotate plan tool to rotate the plan to suit the site boundary if you need to.

Architect_066 Architect Special Interest Group March 2015(pm)

image078In this session we looked at how to create a window with a sloping (raking) head and a sloping (raked) sill. It is possible to make a window or windoor object that has a sloping or raking head, but not a sloping or raking sill. If you create a symbol for the 3D component of the window you want, it can be used with the Vectorworks Window (Use Symbol Geometry). This technique cannot be used with Windoor, but you can get around this by adding a dummy window for the schedule.  Continue reading

Vectorworks Tip #234 – Levels and Stairs

image074When you create your stairs, you can choose to connect the start (bottom step) and the end (top step) of your stair to levels. This will allow you to create several levels to control the starting and stopping of stairs so that they matched the various levels in your project.

Architect_065 Architect Special Interest Group March 2015 (am)

image077In this session we looked at note databases and how they work with the Callout tool. This includes how to place a callout, how the callout can get the text form a database, how to place the callout as a keynote and how to connect the callout to a legend. We looked at how the note database is structured, how to create your own notes database, how reconcile notes in a file if the notes in the database are updated. We also looked at how to create a series of internal room elevations using a plan viewport.

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Vectorworks Tip #233 – Attribute Palette – Modifying the Local Mapping of a Tile

image073There are times where you want to change the rotation or the scale of your tile, but just for one object. In this situation you can use the attributes palette to change the local mapping of the tile assigned to the object. You can also use the attribute mapping tool to change the local mapping of a tile on an object.

Introduction to the Archoncad Website

When users join this web site, it’s possible that they might find the extent of the information on the site daunting. I have been using this site for years (after all, I created it), so I know my way around. But what if you are new? I thought it would be nice (and useful too) to have an online session to show all the new users around.

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Vectorworks Tip #232 – Site Modelling – Site Modifiers – Pads

image060These are your first type of site modifier. They are usually flat, but you can add a slope to the pad if you want. Use pads to create flat or sloping areas on a site model. Pads can be square, rectangular, round, polygonal, any shape you want…

Vectorworks Tip #231 – Plant Tool – Place Multiple Plants in Rectangular Array

image059Use this mode when you want to place multiple plants in a rectangular array. Vectorworks will use the plant size and spacing from the plant definition, and the plants will be placed orthogonally on the screen. Rotate the plan to suit the site boundary if you need to.

Interactive Workshops March 2015 (1503) – BIM for Landscapers

Cover ImageThere is a lot of talk about Building Information Modelling (BIM) in relation to architecture, but not a lot of talk about Building Information Modeling in relation to landscape. The principles behind BIM can be used to speed up the production of your landscape projects and drawings.

One of the important aspects of BIM is that you can attach information to objects that may not be printed (non-graphic information). For example, a plant object will have not just its plan representation, it will also have a 3D representation. It can also have plant data attached to it, and you could create your own data and attach that to the plant as well. One of the discussions I have had with landscapers is the ability to attach to each plant the amount of water that it needs for irrigation or being able to attach the embedded energy for each square meter of concrete.

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Vectorworks Tip #230 – Stories and Levels – Slab Levels

image058Levels can be used to control the setting out of your slabs (the Z reference level). If you set this up carefully, it can be a very powerful setting to automatically control the height of your ceiling relative to the structural objects.

Interactive Workshops February 2015 (1502) – Lighting

Cover ImageLighting is the most important part rendering. I always say that good lighting can make a mediocre model look great, but poor lighting can make a great model look terrible. It’s really important to get good quality lighting on your model.

This manual will be looking at the different types of light sources you can put in your model along with the other lighting options. Putting in the correct light sources and managing them is fundamental to showing your model in the best possible way..

We start out by looking at the lighting options such as environmental lighting, ambient lighting, and background. These are important to give your overall scene the correct tone and shadows. Next we looked at the different types of lights that you can apply to your model. Using the correct lighting and managing it settings is crucial if you want your building is to read correctly. Finally, looked at bringing all of these techniques together to light a scene using a viewport. You could divide lighting into two main components, Lighting Options and Light Sources. Light Sources the lights that you place in the scene to light the project. There are several types of like source that you can add, each one for a different visual effect. Lighting Options control all the other aspects of the scene.

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What is the Archoncad Website all About?

image061This is a short introduction to the archoncad website. We will be looking at the resources that are here and how to use them. If you are new to my website you may find that this introduction will allow you to get a lot more from this website.

There are several manuals, movies, podcasts and library files here. This webinar will help you to find where things are stored and how they are tagged.

Please register for the Archoncad Website Introduction Webinar on Mar 16, 2015 9:00 AM NZDT at:

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Vectorworks Tip #228 – Site Modelling – Site Modifiers Concept

image056Site Modifiers are used to modify the site model. There are a few tools that can create a site modifier. You generally need two parts to the site modifier: the modifier itself and an object to limit the extent of the modification.

Vectorworks Tip #227 – Plant Tool – Placing Multiple Plants by Spacing

image055Use this mode to place multiple plants. This mode uses the plant spacing from the plant definition, rather than the click, and it places the plants along the path between the clicks. You can draw a line or a polygon and Vectorworks will place the plants along it for you.