BIM_SIG_022 Special Interest Group May 2013

This session was well attended and the majority wanted to look at customising classes and setting up a class standard. In a recent webinar I created some classes by using custom classes from my standard. When some of my users saw this, they wanted to know how they could quickly access their own custom classes.

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SST_1301 – Layers and Classes

Design layers and classes are the two most important organising concepts that you need to understand in order to create drawings in Vectorworks. I still find some users are confused about when to use a layer and when to us a class to organise their drawings. I use three simple rules to decide when I need a new class, and three simple rules to decide when I need new design layers.

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cadmovie852 – What’s New in Vectorworks 2013 – Part 2

Collapsible (Hierarchal )Classes – I am a fan of using lots of classes. Layers are where things are, so you tend to have layers for stories of the building or for structuring the file. Classes are what things are. This means that you have classes to differentiate different parts of the design depending on what the objects are.

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cadmovie755 – What’s New in Vectorworks 2012 Part 21

Stories. For complex projects it is sometimes easier to break them up into manageable chunks. In this example we will use Stories to control the elevation heights, design layers for modeling and classes to control visibility and graphic style of object.

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cadmovie643 – Textures in Vectorworks 2011 Part 3

Assigning Textures Using Classes. If you set up your file early on to use textures for specific classes that you want to texture then you have an advantage when it is time to assign the textures. By going to the classes dialog you can then texture all the objects of a specific class.

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Viewport Visabilities

I saw a request on a community board recently. The Vectorworks user wanted to select a viewport, and use the Object Info Palette to change the layer and class visibilities, on the same dialog box. It’s not currently possible to do this, but there is a workaround, and that is to use the Organization Dialog box.

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cadmovie526 – Refurbishment Projects Part 1

Set up the Layers. Start by setting up the layers for the project. You will need at least one layer for each floor of the building, a layer for the lower roof, upper roof and foundations. Foundations on an old building can be tricky to draw, unless you have some detailed and accurate drawings to work from. 

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