SST_1601 – Outdoor Lighting

1602, Outdoor LIghting, archoncadRendering is a fun art of using Vectorworks and in the past we have covered lighting (1502), but we covered it from the point of view of interior and architectural lighting. This manual is about exterior lighting, which suggests that we should be looking at nighttime lighting for architectural and landscape projects.

This means that we have to think about our rendering from a completely different point of view. Instead of trying to make sure that everything is visible, we’re trying to create a mood. We have to consider things like the moon, the night sky, the lights on the building, the lights inside the building, street lights, garden lights, et cetera.

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Outdoor Lighting

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Next week we have our Interactive Webinars on Outdoor Lighting. We have covered lighting before, but we covered it from an interior viewpoint. This time we are covering lighting from an outdoor point of view, which I think means nighttime. There are many things that you have to look at differently if you want to set up night scenes.

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Archoncad website updated

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At the final sessions of last year, a couple of users pointed out that the archoncad website could be easier to navigate. With the help of my friend Neil in Canada, we have updated the website to make it easier to understand where all the parts are, easier to book the online sessions, and easier to see the various parts of the website.

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SST_1507 – Site Modifiers in Vectorworks

site modifiers, Vectorworks, 1507, archoncad, jonathan pickupIn the previous month we looked at creating a site model, which is great but we will need to modify the site. That is what this manual is all about, Site Modifiers. A Site Modifier is a  specific object for changing a site model.  A Site modifier can be a range of objects, but their intention is to change the form of the site model.  Vectorworks includes a several tools for creating site modifiers. Some tools are designed to create other objects (hardscape, massing model, roads, etc), and they have options to create site modifiers as well. Some tools are designed to report information about the site or they can be used as site modifiers (Stake, Grade). Continue reading

SST_1505 – Roofing in Vectorworks

Cover ImageRoofs in Vectorworks are powerful, but most users do not understand how much they can change and edit the roof. The purpose of this manual is to show you how flexible the roof is, and what to do in complex situations.

If you are an architect it will be unusual to create a building that does not have a roof. If you are a landscaper then it is useful to create a simple building with a simple roof that reflects the building that you working with. Roofs in Vectorworks can be made from walls or from planar objects (rectangles, polygons, etc.). You need to have this shape to define the extent the roof.

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Architect_069 Architect Special Interest Group May 2015 (am)

image058+In this session we looked at the problem of scanning a large drawing and getting it into Vectorworks. The answer is to use Photoshop to photomerge the smaller scans into a large scan, then import that into Vectoworks. There is an extended podcast that covers this.  Then we looked at snapping in Vectorworks. It might sound like a basic thing to cover, but the reality is a lot of people don’t know about these basic things and there are a lot of choices to make with the snapping. We looked at the choices that we can make with object snaps, when to turn most of the object snaps off and how it might help with dimensioning. While we were dimensioning we also looked at adding notes to dimensions. We looked at most of the snap options in Vectorworks, when to use them and when to turn them off. We also looked at a technique using Custom tool/attribute that would allow you to save your snap settings and create a small script. We also looked at how the scripts can be copied from one file to another.

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Interactive Workshops May 2015 (1505) – Roofing

Cover ImageIf you are an architect it will be unusual to create a building that does not have a roof. If you are a landscaper then it is useful to create a simple building with a simple roof that reflects the building that you working with.
Roofs in Vectorworks can be made from walls or from planar objects (rectangles, polygons, etc.). You need to have this shape to define the outline of the roof.

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Vectorworks Design Summit April 27-29 2015 – Session 3 BIM for Landscape – Notes

BIM FOR LANDSCAPE  |  APPROVED FOR 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES

Jonathan Pickup, Author and Director of Training, archoncad

Tuesday 2:00PM – 3:00AM

There is a lot of talk about Building Information Modelling (BIM) in
relation to architecture, but not a lot of talk about Building Information
Modeling in relation to landscape. The principles behind BIM can be used
to speed up the production of your landscape projects and drawings.

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Vectorworks Design Summit April 27-29 2015 – Session 2 Creating and Managing Libraries – Notes

CREATING AND MANAGING LIBRARIES  |  APPROVED FOR 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES

Jonathan Pickup, Author and Director of Training, archoncad

Wednesday 4:30PM – 5:30PM

Libraries seems to be the one area of Vectorworks the cause the most confusion. It seems that users are confused about their own Vectorworks library, where they should store parts of it, and where the best place to store all their information is. It is tempting to think that you only need to have one library file that you can put all your resources in there. However this is not how Vectorworks is set up.

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Vectorworks Design Summit April 27-29 2015 – Session 2 Creating and Managing Libraries

AIA LU

CREATING AND MANAGING LIBRARIES  |  APPROVED FOR 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES

Jonathan Pickup, Author and Director of Training, archoncad

Wednesday 4:30PM – 5:30PM

It is tempting to think that you only need to have one library file for all your resources; however, this is not the most effective way to use CAD software. Learn Pickup’s approach for storing default content resources, so they appear when you want to use them.

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Vectorworks Design Summit April 27-29 2015 – Session 1 BIM for Landscape

AIA LULA CES

BIM FOR LANDSCAPE  |  APPROVED FOR 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES

Jonathan Pickup, Author and Director of Training, 

Tuesday 2:00PM – 3:00PM

BIM isn’t only for architecture; rather, its principles can be used to speed up the production of landscape projects and drawings. Attendees will learn to attach to a model, for example, the amount of water each plant needs for irrigation or the embedded energy for each square meter of concrete.

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3D Modelling Special Interest Group – April 2015

image105In this session the attendees wanted to look at modeling a simple greenhouse (Glasshouse). This project is reasonably straightforward and requires the understanding of some 3-D tools and commands. For example, the command used most to create this object is Extrude Along Path… This command is extremely useful for creating objects that follow a path shape.

At the start of the movie this command is covered in detail, using an example that has been troubling one of the attendees (the capping on a balustrade). This part of the movie is useful because it explains the concept behind Extrude along Path. After this we start creating a greenhouse using Extrude along Path, the Push/Pull tool, and the Move By Points tool to create duplicate objects. Another useful technique covered in this movie is the Automatic Working Planes. This concept needs some explanation, so we briefly covered what is the difference between screen plane, layer plane, and working plane.

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Vectorworks Design Summit April 27-29 2015

On April 27-29th  in Philadelphia, PA., Nemetschek Vectorworks are hosting the Design Summit 2015. This is a fantastic opportunity to get together at a special event with people who share your belief and passion and using Vectorworks. There will be several keynote presentations, breakout sessions that cover specific topics, and engineers and trainers will be available for one-on-one sessions.

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SST_1503 – BIM for Landscape in Vectorworks

Cover ImageBuilding Information Modelling is a powerful way of dealing with landscape information in Vectorworks. There is a lot of talk about Building Information Modelling (BIM) in relation to architecture, but not a lot of talk about BIM in relation to landscape. The principles behind BIM can be used to speed up the production of your landscape projects and drawings.

One of the important aspects of BIM is that you can attach information to objects that may not be printed (non-graphic information). For example, a plant object will have not just its plan representation, it will also have a 3-D representation, it can also have plant data attached to it, and you could also create your own data and attach that to the plant. One of the discussions I have had with landscapers is the ability to attach to each plant the amount of water that it needs for irrigation or being able to attach the embedded energy for each square meter of concrete.

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Continuing Education (CPD) for Your Vectorworks Training

Many professional organisations require you to carry on Continuing Education, or Continuing Professional Development, to maintain your skill level. Clients often ask if the Vectorworks training they do through this website or through face-to-face training can be used for these Continuing Education (CPD) credits. The short answer is yes. Continue reading

Landmark_SIG_054 Special Interest Group August (am) 2014

2014-10-09_15-16-30In the session we look at two main topics; creating a solar study and creating a legend key that you could use with landscape or hardscape areas. Solar studies are becoming increasingly important. Local building authorities are starting to demand a solar study to prove your development is not adversely affecting the surrounding properties.

Creating a legend key out of hardscape or landscape areas makes it easy to create areas of hardscape or landscape by using the create similar object command.

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podcast 196 Story Changes in Vectorworks 2015

Vectorworks 2015 has made some powerful yet subtle changes to stories. These changes are going to have a huge impact on the way you create and manage your stories. They going to make stories much more powerful than they have been. This is a short movie just showing a little bit about how this change can be used to automatically control wall heights.

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Vectorworks Tip #147 – Basic Tools – Class Options

One of the class options I’m not very keen on is Active Only. The reason I don’t like this very much is that always causes trouble with objects that are inside groups or symbols. It goes back to the basic concepts of Vectorworks that groups and symbols are container objects that have classes separate from the objects inside the container.

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Vectorworks Tip #016 – Preferences – Use Layer Colors

The Use Layer Colors preference is one of the quick preferences that you can activate on the Tool Bar. It is used to activate or deactivate the layer colors that you can assign to your layers. It is very useful when you have a multistory building, allowing you to see which stacked items in the building are not lined up with the others.

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