Getting Started Special Interest Group November 2016

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In this session we looked at using Vectorworks to create the constraints on our site plan. Initially we looked at how to do this without creating a site model then we looked at creating a site model and using this to create solar studies sections and our constraints on our site.

Topics covered:

  • 00:32     One user noted that you might think you have a small project that does not really need to be modelled, but then later on you realise that you should have modelled it and then you have to go back and create a lot of information again from scratch. If you had started correctly, you would have saved all that time.
  • 01:43     without creating the site model, you can use shadows on plants and massing models to create a visual indication of the effect of the sun and shadow. There is a Document Preference that controls the colour, opacity, direction, and size of the shadows in plan. You can set plants and massing models so that they both use the same shadows.
  • 02:44     we want to create a 2D graphic that shows the summer and winter sunrise and sunset for our site. We need to know the solar data the sunrise, sunset, and angle for the site. You can use the Heliodon for this. The Heilodon is on the visualisation toolset and you can use the Object Info palette to set the correct location, show the solar data and set the the day of the year. You can then use the solar data to give you the correct azimuth and elevation for sunrise and sunset. All you need to do then is to draw the lines at the correct angle.
  • 09:53     after drawing this 2D graphic you might want to use it on several projects, the solution is to create a symbol. So here we selected all the information we needed and created a symbol of this 2D graphic. It may look as if it takes a long time to draw the subject, but if you make it into a symbol that time is then spread across several projects, and remember that having a well drawn object in your drawing increases the professional look of your work.
  • 11:12     controlling the shadows of plants. There are two settings that can be used to control the shadows of plants. The plants can have their own individual shadows or the plants can use the Document Preference shadows. If you set the plants to use document preference shadows, then when you change the shadows in the document preferences all the plants update together, instead of having to update each plant individually.
  • 16:49     using the shadows without a site model means that the shadows are really a guess and they are not accurate based on the time and location of the site. To have an accurate shadow of the plants and buildings, you need to create a site model, 3D plants, 3D buildings, and use the Heliodon to create a solar study. In this part of the session we drew contours, and converted them to 3D objects so that we could create a site model. We also covered some of the techniques that you need to look at when creating a site model. After creating the site model we made sure that our massing models were sitting on the surface of the site model (Send to Surface) and then we could make our solar animation.
  • 34:33     It may seem that creating a site model is a complex process and maybe it’s better to stick to simple 2D drafting. However, with a site model, you can create a section through the site showing the elevation of the buildings in relation to the site. All this requires is to create a section viewport. After we have created the section viewport you could put elevations of the plants as 2D graphic in the annotation part of the viewport (if you don’t have Vectorworks Landmark or Designer).
  • 41:18     With Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, or Designer, you can use the VBVisual Plant tool to create three-dimensional plants. You can also edit these plant objects and change their size. When you send these plant objects to the surface of the site model and then create a section viewport, you can see the actual plants in the section.

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