Getting Started Special Interest Group October 2018

Getting StartedOct18

In this session, we covered tracing a PDF and working with existing, demolished, and proposed walls and doors for a renovation project.

Topics covered:

  • 00:11    We started off with a blank file and dragged a PDF into our drawing. In Vectorworks 2019, the Snap to Geometry option is selected by default. Using a vector graphics scanning technique will give you points to snap to on your PDF. We measured a known length on the PDF to see if the drawing came in at the right scale—it hadn’t. So, we used our Scale Objects command and rechecked the measurement—perfect! Next, we set up a design layer as a trace layer. When I’m working with an existing building, I like to use a wall style without any components, just the wall thickness—with a built wall, you’re not exactly sure what the components are anyway. I prefer to put the existing, demolished, and proposed all on the same design layer—so that they’re easy to update—but on separate classes so that I can control their graphic qualities and easily turn them on and off. We modified a wall style to get an unstyled wall. Using an unstyled wall, you can quickly draw walls of different thicknesses. We went over how to change a wall from an existing to a demolished look.
  • 17:24    Wanting to discuss how to combine existing, demolished, and proposed classes with the power of class overrides in viewports, we used the “magic eyedropper,” or the Create Similar Object tool—which sucks up all the attributes of the object that you click on, including the type of wall and the class—to easily make more wall objects that were exactly the same. We briefly discussed using geometry as opposed to the Wall tool to draw existing floor plans and then quickly went over how to use a pillar and the Wall Join tool to create an oddly shaped, thick section of wall. Making a viewport, we demonstrated using the Class Overrides option to change how walls look on your floor plan drawing. With the classes that we had already set up, we make three copies of the floor plan viewport and simply tweaked the overrides on each to make an existing floor plan, a demo plan, and a proposed floor plan. I used unstyled walls for the existing and demolished walls, but a wall style with components for the proposed walls.
  • 38:54    Next, we discussed how to change door styles to get existing, demolished, and proposed doors. I tend to keep existing doors unstyled because they tend to be so different—using an unstyled door lets you make all the changes you need right on the Object Info palette. However, I do use door styles for my proposed doors, which facilitates making the door schedule. One thing to keep in mind is that the wall is the parent and the door is its child—when you turn off the parent, the children go away. Putting the demolished door on the demolished wall class made it look just like the demolished walls.
  • 46:01   Someone had a plan with a rotated view but had the challenge of getting a hatch to line up with a rotated deck. We went through two methods for fixing this: in one, we rotated the plan so that the deck lined up with the view, opened up the Hatch Settings, and simply set the angle in the local mapping section to zero; in another, we also rotated the plan so that the deck lined up with the view but used the Mapping tool to adjust the angle. Rotating the building made it so we didn’t need to do any calculations. We finished the session with a discussion on whether to put notes and dimensions on the annotation layer or on the design layer.

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