Project Sharing 2.0 – Project sharing was introduced with Vectorworks 2016. It worked really well, but it did require that all the users be on the same network. this can work fine when you’re in the same office, but it didn’t work well if you weren’t in the same office, you would require a Virtual Personal Network in order to do this. Many people they work with others that are not in the same office, but still wanted use project sharing. Now, project sharing can be carried out using a range of cloud-based systems. There are several other cloud based storage systems, but not every one of the systems is supported. In basic terms Vectorworks needs to be able to look at the file that stored in the cloud, and detect whether that file has been updated or not. It also needs to be able to write to that file.
Resource Manager – When you look at the new Resource Manager, it may look like an updated Resource Browser, but it is much more than that. The Resource Manager has been embedded throughout Vectorworks. this means that whenever you look for a resource, the resource manager will appear showing you the best results. The resource manager can look for files on your computer, and your favourites, in your user folder, and your workgroup folder, in the Vectorworks libraries (some are on your computer and some are online), and in the Vectorworks subscription libraries (VSS).
Creating A Solar Study – The solar study is extremely useful, allowing you to see the effects of the adjoining buildings, adjoining vegetation, the changing time of day, and the changing season of the year. This information can be extremely useful in helping you to design your project.
Creating A Sun – Later on we going to create a solar study, but before we do that we need to place the sun in the drawing. We have a tool for placing a sun, called the heliodon. This tool allows you to place a sun, set the location, set the day of the year, set the time of the day, and export a movie of a solar study.
Creating A Camera View – We need to create a perspective view, and the Renderworks camera is one of the quickest ways to achieve this. The camera view can control the perspective, the depth of field, and the rendering type.
Creating Adjoining Buildings – Later on, we going to be creating a solar study so that we can see how our project is affected by the adjoining buildings. The easiest way to create the adjoining buildings is to use the Massing Model. We have used the Massing Model previously to create existing and proposed buildings.
Creating A Budget Report – We have created a lot of valuable information, and while it might not seem like it, we have nearly enough to calculate the cost of our project.worksheets and Vectorworks are extremely powerful, allowing us to carry out investigations of areas, but also allowing us to use mathematical functions that would multiplying the area of our proposed house against an expected cost per square metre.
Creating Proposed Areas Report – Now that we have the report started for the existing areas, we can start to look at creating a report for our proposed site and proposed building.
Creating Existing Areas Report – When you have the accurate areas for the existing house and site, we can use Vectorworks to calculate the percentage cover, the percentage of the site covered by buildings.
Creating The Site Plan – When the site information is imported and checked for accuracy, we can draw the existing site outline and existing house outline. To draw the existing site, you can use the Property Line tool. There are two main modes for using this tool, and since we have an image with the site boundary on it, we can use the second mode, the Polyline Mode.
Importing the Site Plan – It is important for you to get a site plan. You can get a site plan from a consultant if they are working on the project, or a survey, if you have one employed. If this is a quick concept project, you may not have access to a consultant or a surveyor, so you will have to find the information from another source.
Creating A New File – For most projects, it’s a good idea to start from a template file that you have created. If you start from a template, the template can have many of the settings that you’re likely to use such as title blocks, drawing labels, layers, classes, and resources. Having these resources and settings in your template file will save you a lot of time.
Downspouts (Downpipes) – The downpipes can be created in exactly the same way that we have created lots of the other parts, Extrude Along Path.
Gutter – The can be created using a technique we have used already, Extrude Along Path.
Barge Flashing – Vectorworks does not create a barge flashing automatically, but we can use the techniques we have been using previously to create one. As we discovered with the barge board, you can use extrude along the path or you can use a framing member to create the barge flashing.
Barge Board – Vectorworks will not create barge boards automatically. There are three techniques that you can use, the Framing Member, Extrude Along Path, or Extract and Extrude. We have covered all of these techniques in the last chapter, so if you have not covered it already please go back to the previous chapter and see how we can use them.
Creating Ridge Flashings – It is becoming more common for drawings to require the ridge and hip flashings to be shown on the building. The reason for this is that regulatory authorities often want to ensure that these flashings are shown to avoid the builder accidentally leaving them out. If you create the flashings as 3D objects that are on the roof, then they will show up in all perspectives, elevations, and sections.
Vectorworks does not have a tool that will automatically create your ridge and hip flashings. They will have to be created using three-dimensional techniques.
Standard Roof Accessories – Vectorworks has the ability to create some to the roof accessories for you. As you will see, it creates some but doesn’t create the accessories that you require, and those that does create a not always created where you need them.
Creating A Roof – In this exercise we will be looking at how to create a standard roof and what the accessories mean. Later on we will look at each accessory in detail. I am going to start with a plan of my building drawn with walls. These walls already have the correct height which can be controlled by the Object Info palette or by a wall style.
Conclusion – There is no doubt in my mind that using a Building Information Modelling workflow is by far the most productive way of creating drawings. As you can see from this manual, there are several speed advantages in building the 3D model. Initially, you might find that it is slightly slower as you learn to use walls, doors, windows, slabs, and other BIM objects, but as you use these more often, you will speed up to the point that it is just as quick to draw these objects as it is to draw them any other way e.g. 2D objects like rectangles.