Using a 2D Section to Create Details – If you want to create a detailed cross section you can use it to generate details. The more work you put in to your cross section, the better your details will be. This can be a very effective way of creating your documentation.
Using BIM to Create 2D Sections – I have spoken to many clients about how they create cross sections through their buildings. Some like to create sections that show the line, level, and form of the building but do not contain construction details. They can then use these cross sections to reference the details.
Using Detail Viewports With Section Viewports – Detail Viewports allow you to create a linked detail to a part of your drawing. The detail viewport can be used on design layers or it can be used inside other viewports. Either way, the detail viewport creates a reference object and also a detail viewport that is linked to the reference object. If you move the location of the detail viewport the reference object will update automatically.
Using BIM For Detailing – If you put a lot of effort into creating a 3D model, you can use your model to start your details. For example, you can use the wall framer to add the timber structure to your walls, you can add floors and walls to create the foundations, but Vectorworks will not add the really important stuff like bolts, flashings, vapor barriers, notes, and dimensions to your details.
For some projects, using BIM techniques will not give the content all the graphic style required for detailing.
Drawing Details in 2D – You don’t have to use the 3D model to create details, you can easliy draw the details in 2D.
Drawing Details with a 3D Model – Using the 3D model to draw details.
One of the new techniques in Vectorworks is Detail Viewport. I have been waiting for this technique for a while, and I think this will subsctantially change the way users structure their drawings in Vectorworks.
When I draw in Vectorworks I like to keep the scale of the design layer at about the same as the scale of the viewports that I will be creating. This has come about from using Vectorworks for a long time, way before we had viewports, when the only way to create drawings with different scales was to use different layers with the correct scale.
I have just had a call from a client about using classes in Vectorworks to control line weight. When users come from AutoCAD, they are often used to using Color by Layer. This allows the user to see the line weights of the lines on the drawings by the color of the lines.
I have seen many tips and tricks on creating drawings, but not many on creating construction drawings. When I was writing the last manual on creating drawings, I wanted to cover creating construction details, but I felt that would have made the manual too long.
You can use Workgroup Referencing to import the complete layer of symbols. This method allows you import a whole layer from your library. You could draw all your details on one layer.
There are at least two ways to use the details from your library. If you make your details into symbols, you can use the Resource Browser to import your details from your library into your current project.
There is one more way to import details for your projects, that is to import a PDF file. The example I will use is a technical manual from the manufacturer. You can use any PDF file that has technical details
IMporting details from a manufacturer. Sometimes, the files you want to download are not in Vectorworks format. In this case look for DXF or DWG files.
Importing Details From A Manufacturer
Reshaping the foundations with the 2D Reshape tool.
Creating timber symbols to speed up the detailing.
Using the Linear Material tool to draw paster on the detail.