SST_1508 – Roading in Vectorworks

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This manual is the last manual on the series on site modelling on site modifying because the roading tools quite often used as site modifiers. Don’t forget to refer to the previous two month’s manuals (1506 and 1507) for more information on site modelling. This manual looks specifically at the six different roadway tools:

Roadway (Tee)
Roadway (Straight)
Roadway (Curved)
The Roadway (NURBS)
Roadway (Custom Kerb)
Roadway (Poly)
Thelast two tools are very powerful and most of the manual will focus on those.


The roading tools in Vectorworks are not designed to let you to become a road designer. They are there to allow you to add writing to your concept drawings, but they do not have sophisticated roading controls such as camber, tilt, roundabouts, etc.
The roading tools will allow you to draw a large range of road designs, and the road objects can be site modifies. If you need a refresher on-site modifiers for networks, look at the manual 1507 Site Modifiers. You do not need to use a site model if you want to draw a road, you can draw roads without it.
To refresh your memory, there are normally two parts a site modifier and a grade limits. When you create a road, you have the choice to Use Site Modifiers and a separate choice to Use Grade Limits.

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2 thoughts on “SST_1508 – Roading in Vectorworks

  1. very nice! good work. i am currently in a transition on revit to vectorworks. i master revit. Some where between 7/ 10 . Not familys.
    Where should i start ?

    • If you are new to Vectorworks you should start at the Education Resources for Beginners page (http://learn.archoncad.com/2013/02/11738/education-resources/). The educational resources have a roadmap to help you find your way through the training. There are also several links on the page to guide you through your learning. After completing the education resources, carry on with the resources listed below. If you have used Vectorworks previously then you should start with the Introduction to BIM page (http://learn.archoncad.com/2013/01/10814/introduction-to-building-information-modeling/). Vectorworks is a Building Information Modeling program and this page will help you understand the workflow. There are several links on this page that will link you to movies for you to watch and learn from. If you understand the concept of Building Information Modeling, then try the Guide to Productivity (http://learn.archoncad.com/2012/11/10398/guide-to-productivity/). this page contains over 180 links to movies to help you use Vectorworks effectively. These steps should help you get the most from the site in the shortest time, but you should also plan to attend the online workshops every month (http://learn.archoncad.com/workshop/). Learning a little bit each month is a great way to acquire and use a great amount of knowledge. You will also find the workshops to be extremely beneficial because you can ask me questions during the session.

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