Stories are a collection of settings that control the elevations of your building projects. I used to say that stories are a collection design layers, but with Vectorworks 2015, this is not correct. Stories are made up of design layers and levels and they work in combination to control the elevations for the objects.
Walls have a top bound and a bottom bound – these control the overall top and bottom of the wall. There are several choices…
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.
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.
They asked me what I’d like to present in October and my answer was to cover in detail the changes to walls and stories. Vectorworks 2015 has got some incredible changes to walls and stories that are going to make Vectorworks very powerful. But, in order to use this power, you are going to have to understand what the changes are to story levels and how the story levels will connect with your walls and wall components. That’s what this webinar is going to be all about.
I have just finished my practice session and the image shown is what I finished up with at the end of the practice session.
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Layers and stories are the keystones of your BIM workflow. Layers are used to divide the project and stories are used to group layers. Stories are an organizing concept that groups design layers to make it easy to adjust different levels of the building. They also allow you to control building elements such as stairs, walls and so on. The story settings control the elevation of the story relative to other stories.
Part of this process uses the old Fit Walls to Roof… command which has now been renamed Fit Walls to Objects…
I have just completed an interview with Steve Scaysbook from Konstrukshon. Steve wanted to talk about the Stories concept in Vectorworks. He recorded the interview and have posted a link below. During the discussion we looked at three sketches that I had draw to explain different situations.
Stories in Vectorworks are a way to group design layers together. It’s a way of having several design layers and grouping these together to make a story of the building. So, for example, you might have a foundation layer and a wall layer that make up the lower story of a building, as shown in this image. It means that if you have to change the setting out of the story relative to other stories of the building, Vectorworks will move all of the design layers that are part of that story.
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.
This is the movie from the BIM Special Interest Group, August 2012, creating a BIM workflow, part 3, Roofing.
At my online webinar last night I was asked about where to purchase my manuals. The manuals in question were the larger, printed manuals with the embedded movies.
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.