Replacing Wall Styles – I often replace the wall style. For example, you might be drawing an existing building. If you wanted to show the demolished walls, just need to change the selected walls to the demolished wall style.
Wall Style Library – All your wall styles can be stored in a library. This makes if fast and easy to use your walls on every project.
Creating Wall Styles – Wall styles are fast to use and can be used on several files. They can automate much of your drawing system.
Fit Walls to Roof – An easy way to get the walls to follow the roof is to use the command Fit Walls to Roof (Fit Walls to Objects) from the AEC menu. This command will fit all the selected walls to a 3D object like a roof, extrusion, site model, NURBS curve etc. You have to create the 3D object before you use this command.
Changing the Overall Height of a Wall – You can change the overall height of a wall by changing the ∆Z (Layer Wall Height) of the wall on the Object Info Palette. Say for example that you want to make the walls at the lower part of the building into balustrade walls.
Changing The Height At The End Of A Wall – Sometimes you want to change the height at one end of the wall.
Reshaping Walls in 3D – Whether you want your wall to be sloped at the top or have a gable end on it you use the same tool. VectorWorks calls this adding peaks and VectorWorks uses the 3D Reshape Tool to add peaks or move the heights of each part of the wall.
Using Walls On Multilevel Plans – Often you have a plan that has walls on several levels. There are two ways to deal with this, either split your file up into lots of layers, or move the walls once created.
Healing Walls – If you join walls and then later you delete one of the walls you may be left with a joint. The joints need to be removed for the walls to draw correctly.
Auto-Join Walls – If you set up your wall styles correctly, Auto-join walls with join the core (the structureal parts) of the walls automatically, and you won’t need the component join.
Joining Wall Components – If you have walls with components, you might notice that the walls do not join completely. The answer is to join the wall components.
Joining Walls – Walls look better when they are joined. I often draw a small portion of the wall and join it later.
Existing and Demolished Walls – If you are drawing an existing building, you will need existing and proposed walls styles.
Simple Walls – If you have Vectorworks Architect or Designer, the wall tool allows you to use Wall Styles, and to store Wall Styles in a Wall Style Library. We can start with drawing a simple wall.
This is a small but useful change to wall technology. It will allow you to quickly update your plans without having to select dimension, or without having to drag your walls.
BIM Special Interest Group – Workflow to create drawings using BIM.
Starting with a blank file, the SIG will look at the workflow of setting up a project. Stories are important when setting up the project, because they control the layers. Walls and slabs can be drawn,and because they interact, they have to be considered together.
This is the movie from the BIM Special Interest Group, March 2012.
This is the movie from the first session BIM Special Interest Group, February 2012. Continue reading
BIM stands for Building Information Model. However, this is only part of its meaning. The advantages of BIM are that it that you can visualize the design earlier, it is faster to create drawings, changes to one area can automatically update on the drawings, and some objects can be linked together (so a change to one object will update the other).
Modeling the Walls. With the correct file structure and settings in place you can now draw the building, starting with the walls.