BIM_SIG_013 Special Interest Group November 2012

When stories were introduced with Vectorworks 2012 there was a lot of discussion about how to use stories and whether you could use stories in a flexible way to create the type of buildings you wanted. There was also a lot of discussion about how to create split-level houses using stories. The common answer is that you can’t use stories to create a split level house, but this is wrong. You can use stories to create a split level house and in this special interest group we looked at that particular issue.

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SST_1201 Setting up Layers in Vectorworks

Setting up your layers correctly is essential if you want to use Vectorworks for BIM. Vectorworks 2012 has a new organizing concept called Stories which will require you to think carefully about how you organise your project into layers and stories.

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cadmovie778 – Setting up Layers and Stories for Buildings – Part 6

Setting up Layers – 2 Floors 1 Roof – For a 2 story project, you should definitely use stories. Stories will make it easier to setup the layers of the project, they will also make it easier to control the walls and slabs. If there is a change to the heights of the building, stories will make it easy to change the project.

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cadmovie777 – Setting up Layers and Stories for Buildings – Part 5

Setting up Layers – 1 Floor 1 Roof – For a single level project, you might be wondering if you need to use stories at all. The answer is, you can easily manage without stories, but you can easily use them. Here is a simple project. One story of the building with a roof on it.

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Unified View (in Detail) in Vectorworks 2012

Stacked Layers

Stacked Layers was a new technique introduced in Vectorworks 2008. Before Vectorworks 2008, if you wanted to see a complete view of your project, you would make a new layer for 3D viewing. Then you could layer link all your design layers to the 3D model layer. With Vectorworks 2008 and 2009, you do not have to set up the 3D model layer. Stacked Layers allow you to see all the visible layers in your file, and when you move the view around, all the layers look like they are joined together.

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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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