This is a great technique for duplicating objects so that they follow a path. You can choose to have a number of objects evenly spaced along the path, or you can choose the spacing between the objects. The objects can be planar or 3D; they will still duplicate along the path.
Slabs at Different Heights
If I use levels to setup my wall components, what will happen when I have slabs at different heights?
Complex Wall Style
When it comes to creating a more complex wall style, it is very important that you have already created all of the levels that you need. This image shows a more complex wall style already created. You can see the components in the classes I have used to control them.
Creating a Simple Wall Style to use Levels
If you want to create a wall style that uses levels, then you must create all those levels before you start creating your wall style. Your wall style cannot use your levels until you have created them, and if you create your wall styles before you have created your levels, you will have to go back and edit your wall styles.
Creating Stories, Layers, and Levels
If you understand how your levels can be used, then it is time to create your stories, layers and levels. To do this you can use the Organization dialog box.
Columns, Stairs and Slabs
Columns have a top bound and a bottom bound – these control the overall top and bottom of the column. There are several choices…
As with the walls and columns, you can use the story settings to control the start and stop of your stairs. But you can only control the top bound and the bottom bound of the stair, you cannot control other parts of the stair like the handrails.
Slabs have Z Ref Level – this is the level that controls the slab datum (usually the top of a slab component).
Stories are a collection of settings that control the elevations of your building projects. I used to say that stories are a collection design layers, but with Vectorworks 2015, this is not correct. Stories are made up of design layers and levels and they work in combination to control the elevations for the objects.
Walls have a top bound and a bottom bound – these control the overall top and bottom of the wall. There are several choices…
How Layers, Levels and Stories Work Together
There is a hierarchy to the structure of layers, levels and stories. Stories control the overall building setup – the heights between the floors of the building. When you are setting up a project, stories would be the first thing to create.
Design Layers and Classes
Design Layers are an organizing concept to help you to develop your designs. You can think of layers as being containers. The design layer contains your design. Some people say “layers are where information is, classes are what information is.”
I am the author of the Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual. I was recently talking to a university tutor that uses this manual with the students. They wanted an exercise that would extend the students’ knowledge of basic tools and commands. At the end of the fourth chapter of this manual the students should be able to draw a simple detail using basic tools and commands, including dimensions and annotation.
These sessions followed the online manual and covered the topic of Stories, Layers and Levels. Design layers have been around for a long time, stories have been around for a few years, but levels are new to Vectorworks 2015. The purpose of these sessions was to cover the topics in the manual and make sure that the attendees understand the concepts.
Users have requested an online calendar to see the dates for the upcoming online sessions. I use a google calendar anyway, so it is possible to share this on the Online Workshops page. This should give everyone the ability to see whats coming up well in advance, so you can plan for it.
When you use the standard Vectorworks Plant counting schedule, it does not always count the spacing, height and spread accurately. The problem is that Vectorworks multiplies the values of these by the number of plants or the number of plant groups that you have in the file. The solution that I use is to create my own record format that uses text rather than numeric values for reporting these. In this movie I show you the difference between the standard Vectorworks report and my edited report that shows the accurate spread, height and spacing. This movie will not show you how to create the record format.
200! I was trying to think of something important to tell you for my 200th Vectorworks Tip. I was wondering if there was something crucial like 3D modeling, site modeling, layers and classes, etc. So what do I think is the most important Vectorworks Tip?
You can use the Attribute palette to change the angle, size, offset, and flipping of the hatch. Click on the Fill Hatch Settings button to open the dialog box, turn on Local Mapping, then edit the settings to suit.
I am the author of the Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual. I was recently talking to a university tutor that uses this manual with the students. They wanted an exercise that would extend the students’ knowledge of basic tools and commands. At the end of the third chapter of this manual the students should be able to draw simple objects using basic tools and commands.