If you use the correct techniques, it can be very quick to create a landscape budget. One of the nice things about Vectorworks is that if you create a landscape budget in one file you can then save this to your user folder and have it available on every project after that.
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This movie is the introduction to creating a landscape budget plan.
Once the worksheet is completed and updated it can be exported to your user folder so that can be used on every project.
If you do not have Vectorworks landmark you can still create a landscape budget using the classes of the objects in the drawing. This is not as straightforward as using the landscape area tool, but it is still possible. It does require a lot more work than the landmark budget, because you have to tell Vectorworks to look for each area using its class, you have to set up all the calculations, and you have to input the prices manually.
When you have created a worksheet, it is then possible to export the worksheet to your user folder. This will allow you to use this new worksheet on every project.
After you have created landscape areas, you can use these areas to create a budget, using the Vectorworks reporting tools. This technique will create a worksheet listing all the and landscaped areas so that you can attach prices to each area, giving you the final budget cost.
You should use worksheets to count and report objects in your Vectorworks files, but sometimes you forget which file had the worksheets you want. You should store your worksheets in your library so that they are easy to find.
Costing the Proposed Building. You can use the worksheet to cost the proposed development. If you want to do this, add extra columns to the worksheet when you create it.
Changing the Building Areas. After you have the worksheet working correctly, you can change the areas of the buildings, add garages or other buildings. As long as the new areas are on the correct classes, they will find their way into the worksheet.
Creating The Proposed Site Worksheet.
At this point, I have used the background as much as I need. For a while it will be easier to change the layer options, and make the background invisible. You can use the Navigation palette to do this.
Creating The Existing Site Worksheet. We can create a worksheet that counts up the existing site and house. The worksheet can look for object an report the areas of object.
Creating Massing Models. When you have the plan information you need, to make sure the project can proceed, you can look at the how the project will look in 3D, and you can use this to create solar studies.
Vectorworks comes with several irrigation tools. There is a tool for placing irrigation pipework, and there are two tools for placing sprinklers and drip emitters. When the pipework and emitters are placed, you can create a schedule of the parts.
Editing the irrigation report.
Building the Worksheet to Count Sprinkler. You can get Vectorworks to count things to suit you, a custom way of counting. In Vectorworks we call this a report, and the results are shown on a worksheet. We can add reports together to collect all the objects we want.
A new command makes it easier to add Landmark schedules to your drawing. You used to have to use the Resource Browser to add this, now you can get the plant list directly from the menu bar.
Problems Counting More Than One Sort of Joist. When you set up one of the quick reporting worksheets in Vectorworks, it’s common for you to count too much. In one of the other Short Sharp Manuals, I showed how to count up all the joists in a deck (patio). That worked because I Only had one sort of joist in the file, but what if you have more that one sort of joist.
Problems with Design Layer Viewports. When you set up your criteria (or filter) it is common to forget to add the layer criteria. This does not sound too bad, and most of the time you will not get caught. But, if you use a design layer viewport in your drawings, your worksheet will count everything in the design layer viewport.
Building occupancy for fire calculations tends to be different then the car parking. This is a safety issue, so you have to calculate the maximum number of people that could possibly be in the building. As with the last exercise, the figures I’m using have to be checked against your building regulations.