Interactive Workshops December 2014 (1412) – Wrap-Up for 2014

image015At the end of each year we traditionally have a wrap-up of all the topics that we have covered. This gives us an opportunity to have a look at the manuals that we have covered this year as well as changes that we have made to the website or other parts of the subscription. In previous years we have used this opportunity to look at the manuals as well as what topics we should cover the following year, what changes we should make to the manuals and what new special-interest groups we should be thinking of.

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Vectorworks Tip #194 – Site Modelling – Stake Object

image014To create a Site Model you require 3D data for the spot levels of the site. There are several ways to do this. One way of creating your site model is to import an image file showing contours, then trace along the contours of the polygon tool. There is a command that will convert your 2D polys to 3D contours.

Vectorworks Tip #193 – Solid Modelling – Intersect Solid

image013I often use Intersect Solids to create a complex shape. The basic strategy with this concept is that you create two shapes. This command will find where the shapes overlap each other (intersect each other), giving me the object that I require.

Should I Learn SketchUp?

image038I teach a lot of people. So I hear a lot of comments, concerns and questions. A common question is about SketchUp. Should a Vectorworks user learn this? I admit that SketchUp looks very seductive, but you can model everything you need in Vectorworks, so why bother?

This is a simple design that you could probably generate after going through chapter 2 of my Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual. All it uses is simple extrusions, but it does not convey the feeling of the outdoor space.
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Xmas Opening Hours 2014

We will be closing for a few days over the Xmas period. (times shown are NZDT)

  • Thursday December 25th CLOSED
  • Friday December 26th CLOSED
  • Monday December 29th CLOSED
  • Tuesday December 30th CLOSED
  • Wednesday December 31st CLOSED
  • Thursday January 1st CLOSED
  • Friday January 2nd CLOSED
  • Monday January 5th back to regular hours

Continuing Education (CPD) for Your Vectorworks Training

Many professional organisations require you to carry on Continuing Education, or Continuing Professional Development, to maintain your skill level. Clients often ask if the Vectorworks training they do through this website or through face-to-face training can be used for these Continuing Education (CPD) credits. The short answer is yes.

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BIM_SIG_059 Architect Special Interest Group December 2014 (am)

In this session we looked at how to control the surface hatching in Hidden Line viewports and we talked about the strategy for creating a site plan with a building on it. There are a couple of strategies for this, you can create all the layers with the same scale, and have the stories of the building line up with the site, or you can use design layer viewports to link the building to the site (which is the usual strategy that I use).

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Vectorworks Tip #192 – Text – Check Spelling – Worksheets

image001Check the spelling of your worksheets. When you select a worksheet you cannot use the right-click (contextual) menu to check the spelling. But you can go to Text on the menu bar and choose check spelling from there. This command checks for your worksheet looking for spelling mistakes. If it finds words that you know are spelled correctly but not in the dictionary, Vectorworks will show these words as misspelled. If you add these words to your dictionary, Vectorworks will use them from now on.

Internal Origin and User Origin in Vectorworks 2015

One of the problems in dealing with DXF/DWG files and Vectorworks is it they can often be imported with the information a long way from the internal origin of the Vectorworks file. This may not seem to be an issue, but it can affect things like Automatic Working Planes, the Attribute Mapping tool, etc. This can cause the file to be difficult to work with.

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cadmovie1069 – Creating and Managing Libraries – Part 1

In order for your library to work, you have to turn on the option to Display default content. You access this in the Vectorworks Preferences. Default Content is where Vectorworks looks into specific folders for content that will work with the tool or command that you are using.

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cadmovie1067 – Room Finishes – Part 5

You can create your room finish schedule at any time. if you want to reformat your report, there is no advantage in doing it earlier. The room finish schedule will be linked to the spaces in your design. This means that you can update your room finish report at any time.

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Vectorworks Tip #191 – Basic Tools – Clip Surface

image011Like the Add Surface command, you can access this from the Modify menu or from the contextual menu. As with the Add Surface command, I prefer to access this from the contextual menu (right click). Use this command to subtract a shape from the base shape. In this command the stacking order is important. If you get the stacking order wrong you will be clipping the wrong object.

cadmovie1066 – Room Finishes – Part 4

On a large project you might start off with the walls already created rather than having just a few spaces. In the situation you will have to create several spaces and the quickest way to assign the finishes will be to create all the spaces first, then select the spaces that have the same finishes and assign them all the same time.

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Podcast 206 – Creating a Butterfly Roof in Vectorworks

A client was asking how to make a roof that has a low point in the middle. Some people call this a butterfly roof. The answer is to use a standard Vectorworks roof and edit it to make just half the roof. Then mirror the roof to create the other half. This works for most versions of Vectorworks.
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SST_1406 – Creating a Room Finish Schedule

Cover ImageOn larger projects it can be a challenge to create a list of all the rooms and their finishes. This manuals looks at using the Vectorworks Space object to control the room finishes and create reports of the finishes. Another manual (1404 Introduction to Space Objects) looked at the basic concept of space objects, what they are, how to create them, and how to set their preferences. If you are not familiar with space objects, you should start with that manual. To report the information from the spaces, you will be using worksheets. Vectorworks will easily create the required worksheets for you, but if you want to understand how to control the worksheet in detail, refer to the manual on worksheets (1405 Back to Basics – Worksheets).

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cadmovie1068 – Room Finishes – Part 6

Having put so much effort into your room finish schedule, it would be very productive if you could save this in the library and use it on any project. Vectorworks allows you to do this if you export the worksheet to your User Folder.

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cadmovie1063 – Room Finishes – Part 1

The most effective way of creating spaces is to go through the space object preferences first, and set these to suit your drawing style. If you don’t do this, you will find that it is a lot of work to go back through your spaces to change the graphic style to suit your drawing style.

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Vectorworks Tip #190 – Site Modelling

image007To create a Site Model you require 3D data for the spot levels of the site. There are several ways to do this. One way of creating your site model is to import an image file showing contours, then trace along the contours with the polygon tool. There is a command that will convert your 2D polys to 3D contours.