Levels are a great way to create short walls. You can create a level to control the top of the wall, then set the top bounding of the wall to that level. Any time you need to adjust the height of the walls, all you need to do is to adjust the level and the walls will automatically update.
Vectorworks 2015 has the ability to tightly control the the settings for walls and slabs by using Stories and Levels. This does require care planning and setting up in the Stories dialog box and in the wall and slab style dialog boxes. This session looks in detail at setting up the walls, slabs, classes, levels and stories to make sure that the walls and slabs are linked to the levels, and to each other. Continue reading
The questions for today focussed on how to set up wall styles for a renovation project. When you are creating the walls from a survey, you often have several different wall thicknesses, but if you use wall styles, you will end up with several wall styles, so it is better to use unstyled walls. This will make it faster to draw and faster to create demolition walls for the project. When you change wall styles, you can choose the alignment of the exiting and replacement wall. Using Stories in a single level project can be productive, allowing you to link parts of the project to levels, making it easy to change the setting out of the project quickly. It can be useful to sketch out the structure of the project, it will make it easier to work out the Stories and Levels for the project.
In this session we looked at setting up Design Layers, Levels, and Stories. There is always some choice about the elevation of Design Layers. The setting out of the Design Layers can be related to the top of the slab, and I usually set the elevation of the top of the ground floor slab to 0. Using a sketch section thru a project, we can set up project Design Layers and Levels to replicate the settings from the sketch. At the end of the movie we look at how to create a window that spans two floors.
Slabs at Different Heights
If I use levels to setup my wall components, what will happen when I have slabs at different heights?
Complex Wall Style
When it comes to creating a more complex wall style, it is very important that you have already created all of the levels that you need. This image shows a more complex wall style already created. You can see the components in the classes I have used to control them.
Creating a Simple Wall Style to use Levels
If you want to create a wall style that uses levels, then you must create all those levels before you start creating your wall style. Your wall style cannot use your levels until you have created them, and if you create your wall styles before you have created your levels, you will have to go back and edit your wall styles.
Creating Stories, Layers, and Levels
If you understand how your levels can be used, then it is time to create your stories, layers and levels. To do this you can use the Organization dialog box.
How Layers, Levels and Stories Work Together
There is a hierarchy to the structure of layers, levels and stories. Stories control the overall building setup – the heights between the floors of the building. When you are setting up a project, stories would be the first thing to create.
These sessions followed the online manual and covered the topic of Stories, Layers and Levels. Design layers have been around for a long time, stories have been around for a few years, but levels are new to Vectorworks 2015. The purpose of these sessions was to cover the topics in the manual and make sure that the attendees understand the concepts.
Design layers are one of the fundamental organizing concepts in Vectorworks, They are used to break the design into manageable chunks but they should not be confused with classes. Use design layers and classes to create the structure for the file which enables the creation of drawings using viewpoints and sheet layers.