BIM_SIG_020 Special Interest Group April 2013

In this session we started to look at how to control 2D graphics on elevations. This session followed on from the recent epodcast that looked at the ability to use the 2D graphics from the classes to give the elevations hatching it would be live to the 3-D model.

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Using Colors for Line Weight in Vectorworks

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.

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Should you draw Elevations in 2D or 3D?

This month the online user group is looking at creating drawings. When we get to the part about drawing elevations and sections, there is a lot of discussion about whether you should use the 3D model, or use 2D drawings for the elevations. 

Dimensioning In Viewports

I have a client that is having trouble with dimensioning an elevation. The view needs to be and elevation of some joinery. The easy way to dimension this is to use sheet layers and viewports. 
The plan viewport is easy to deal with. Put the dimensions in the design layer, the same layer as the walls and cabinets. 
The Elevation viewport is different. If you place these dimensions in the design layer, you will not see them in this viewport, they will end up in the plan viewport. 
The trick with elevation viewports is to add the dimensions to the Annotations part of the viewport. 
Right mouse click on the viewport. 
Choose Edit Annotations.
This takes you into the viewport annotation editing area., Notice the button at the top left to exit. 
Now you can add the dimensions.
When you have finished, click on the Exit Viewport Annotation button. 
There is your drawing.