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.
Setting Up Layers for the Building – You can set up the layers at any time. But, you will find it easier to set up the layer heights as soon as you can. The layer settings affect the walls and roof.
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.
Storing a Layer and Class Standard – When you create a Layer and Class Standard, it is important to store it in the correct location so that Vectorworks can use it.
Creating a Layer and Class Standard – When you create a lot of drawings it’s essential that your drawings are similar to each other in the way they are set up, a standard will do that for you.
Use More Classes, Use Fewer Layers – Layers should be where you have drawing the information, classes should be what the information is. For example, the walls are drawn on Floor 1, the class tells you that the walls are existing, proposed, or demolished.
This is the movie from the BIM Special Interest Group, September 2012, creating a BIM workflow, Part 4, setting up drawings using viewports and sheet layers. (evening session)
This is the movie from the second session Landmark Special Interest Group, August 2012. We are looking at starting a template file and simple drawing techniques.
This is the movie from the BIM Special Interest Group, August 2012, creating a BIM workflow, part 3, Roofing.
This is the movie from the first session BIM Special Interest Group, February 2012. Continue reading
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.
Setting up Layers – Multiple Levels – This is a two story building project, with multiple levels, but only one roof. The setting up of the layers is easy enough, but drawing the walls requires careful work.
Setting up Layers – 3 Floors 2 Roofs – Setting up a project with 3 levels and 2 roofs is similar to the previous project with 2 roofs, you just need an extra story at the lower level.
Setting up Layers – 2 Floors 2 Roofs – A 2 story building project with two roofs. The setting up for this project is almost the same as the previous project, with the addition of a roof layer to the lower story.
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.
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.
How do You Control Stories? – This section will look at the general concept of setting up stories, later on we will look at a few examples in detail.
How do Stories Work With Building Elements? – The real power of stories becomes obvious when you start using stories with building elements such as walls, stairs, and so on.
Layer Options are how you look at other layers. You have several choices, and this move shows you when each option is useful, and how to set the options.
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.