Architect Special Interest Group July 2017 (am)

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In this session, we covered how to transfer Vectorworks resources from one computer to another, clarified several points from last month regarding the Callout Tool, discussed how settings work together to create complicated objects in WinDoor, and answered numerous questions regarding windows.

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Landscape Special Interest Group June 2017 pm

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In this session, we looked at creating your own reports for counting planting, landscaping, and hardscaping in order to set up a materials and costs list. We found that some problems could only be solved by creating and attaching a Record Format to objects.

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Vectorworks Tips 449 – Setting Wall Heights

2017-06-12_20-55-04I hear some users talk about setting the height of a wall. Even people that have been using Vectorworks for a while seem to be struggling with the new settings that control the top and bottom elevations of walls. The names of these settings have also changed; the top of the wall is now called the Top Bound, and the bottom elevation is called the Bottom Bound.

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1705_02 – Introduction To Interiorcad XS – Custom Cabinet

The cabinet 3D object is often referred to as the Custom Cabinet. It uses a similar principle to the classic cabinet, but, instead of calling the divisions horizontal and vertical, they are known as boxes (horizontal) and columns (vertical).

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1705_01 – Introduction To Interiorcad XS – Classic Cabinet

InteriorCAD is a powerful addition to Vectorworks; but, if you do not understand the basic concepts, you could find the dialog boxes confusing.

In order to tell InteriorCAD where to put drawers and doors, you need to divide up the cabinet into what are called divisions. With the classic cabinet there are horizontal and vertical divisions, which you control by selecting an icon in the dialog box.

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Interactive Workshops June 2017 – Introduction to Irrigation

Cover ImageVectorworks has had irrigation tools for some time. In the past, the problem was that the irrigation tools were not suitable for real-world irrigation design.

The new irrigation tools are designed to address these challenges. There are several parts to the suite of irrigation tools. You have to choose the appropriate tool for the job that you want complete.

You can create hydrozones, irrigation outlets, water main lines, drip zones, etc. Each of these has a different tool to control the specifics. You can create an irrigation network that knows the the total water flow of the network, the water flow down each branch of the network, and the required pressure for each outlet.

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SST_1706 – Irrigation

Cover ImageVectorworks has had irrigation tools for some time. In the past, the problem was that the irrigation tools were not suitable for real-world irrigation design.

The new irrigation tools are designed to address these challenges. There are several parts to the suite of irrigation tools. You have to choose the appropriate tool for the job that you want complete.

You can create hydrozones, irrigation outlets, water main lines, drip zones, etc. Each of these has a different tool for controlling the specifics. You can create an irrigation network that knows the the total water flow of the network, the water flow down each branch of the network, and the required pressure for each outlet.

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Vectorworks Tips 448 – Connecting Walls and Slabs

Scannable Document on 26-05-2017, 12_59_22When you create walls and slabs, you can connect the wall components to slab components. The first step is to set up a wall style with components. One of those components should be a core (I usually use the structural part of the wall for this).

When you create the slab, you can bind slab components to wall parts. You can’t bind to all of the wall components, but you can bind to the inner component, outer component, and core.

Technology for Sketching

2017-05-26_7-59-29I have previously posted about sketching on an iPad and how you can use technology to improve your sketching. I created a Youtube movie to show how this was possible, and several people took me to task, saying that tracing is not sketching.

It turns out that the old masters used technology to improve their sketching and painting. Van Gogh used a user perspective frame on top of his paintings, and several masters used a camera lucida.

There are now several of these camera lucida tools available.

This is the one that I have backed on Kickstarter….

Vectorworks Tips 447 – Wall Textures

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Walls can be textured by object or by component. What does this mean? When you texture the wall by object, the textures are applied to the top, bottom, left, right, and center of the entire wall, regardless of the component textures. If you texture the wall by component, the texture of each component is applied to the entire component (top, bottom, and sides). Texturing walls by component can make the walls look more realistic.

Vectorworks Tips 446 – Slab Textures

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Slabs can be textured by object or by component. What does this mean? When you texture the slab by object, the textures are applied to the top, bottom, and sides of the entire slab, regardless of the component textures. If you texture the slab by component, the texture of each component is applied to the entire component (top, bottom, and sides).

Landscape Special Interest Group May 2017 pm

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In this session, we looked at creating a small, outdoor pergola seating area and its drawing details. This means that we had to look at how the footings were created, how the posts would be connected to the footings in detail, and how we would construct the posts, beams, and trusses in detail.

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Landscape Special Interest Group May 2017 am

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In this session, we looked at creating a plant, connecting the plant to the plants database, creating a new plant in the database, creating a plant report, controlling how the plant report finds the plants, and controlling the slope of a hardscape object.

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