SST_1607 – From 2D Drawing To BIM

Cover ImageJust lately, I have been teaching several users who want to move from using a workflow to using Building Information Modelling (3D workflow). In the past, I had several users who would say “I want to get to the under my belt first then look at 3D.” This suggests that 2D is a productive method and that 3D is a luxury. This completely misunderstands the way Vectorworks creates drawings. 3D is not a luxury, it is an intrinsic part of the modelling/drawing process.
When you use Vectorworks effectively the 3D components are easy to create, they will create your drawings, and when you update the model it will update your plans, sections, and elevations. Not only is this fast and easy, it also saves lots of errors.

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Tools That Speed you from 2D to 3D – The Wall Tool

imageThe Wall Tool is one of the most important tools to speed up your drawing from 2D to 3D, regardless of your profession. If you set up design layers correctly, the wall tool will give 3D for free. But that is only the start of what you can do with walls. Walls make it easy to draw complex plans, you can assign the wall components to classes (allowing you to create several viewports of the same walls that show different information), you can add data to the wall (and the wall has a lot of data already), and the wall is created in 3D (with different elevations for each component).

I have heard of some users that use lines to draw walls, and some users that use rectangles. But this is inefficient. When you draw using walls, it is easy to insert doors and windows (they will create the correct wall opening in the wall for you), they are easy to join together (there are joining tools), and when you move a wall, all the connected walls extend automatically (saving time).

We will be covering walls in the July workshop (book here) and manual (SST_1607).

SST_1603 – Alterations and Additions

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DRAFT- In this manual are going to cover setting up an Alteration and Addition project. I sometimes call these renovation projects, but as someone recently pointed out, renovation suggests repairing. This manual is really about setting up an existing building which we can then amend to suit.

We will start with a discussion about measuring an existing building. There are several ways to deal with this:

  • manually measure the project
  • laser measure and manually record
  • laser measure connected to tablet
  • measured electronically with iphone
  • subcontract to surveyor

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Interactive Workshops March2016 (1603) – Alterations and Additions

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In these sessions we are going to cover setting up an Alteration and Addition project. I sometimes call these rennovation projects, but as someone recently pointed out, rennovation suggests repairing. These sessions are really about setting up an existing building which we can then amend to suit.

We will start with a discussion about measuring an existing building. There are several ways to deal with this:
manually measure the project:

  • laser measure and manually record
  • laser measure connected to tablet
  • measured electronically with iphone
  • subcontract to surveyor

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Vectorworks Tip 395 – Wall Styles for Additions and Alterations

vectorworks-tip-395, walls, alterations, additionsIf you use Wall Styles for drawing the existing building you might end up with several wall styles for all the different wall thicknesses. Then, when you want to demolish any of those walls – you have to create copies of these wall styles. It’s better to use unstyled walls for the existing and set the wall to use the graphic attributes of the class. Then when you want to demolish the wall just change the class of it.

 

Vectorworks Tip 386 – Classes for Existing/Demo Walls

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Some people copy the walls from one layer to the other to create an existing plan and a demolition plan. This technique is not recommended. If you change the plan for any reason, you have edit the walls on two plans. If you use classes, you only have to edit the walls once. As well as that, you can use class overrides in viewports to change the graphics on the walls. You can’t do that with layers.

We will be covering this topic in March 2016, book now!

Vectorworks Tip 381 – Wall Styles for Existing Buidlings

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It’s extremely useful to use wall styles when you’re creating the project. If you are using all styles on an existing building however you might find that many walls have different widths. If you use wall styles for existing buildings you might find you have to generate several different wall styles to cover all the various existing walls.

We will be covering this situation in our workshops in March 2016. Book now!

Interactive Workshops February 2016 (1602) – Building Takeoff

Cover ImageIn these sessions we looked at creating a building takeoff report. In order to do that we covered the basics of creating worksheets (which is the technique we need to use to create a report). We also looked at designing a building takeoff, because while Vectorworks has the ability to report all the information you require, it doesn’t know yet what information that might be.

It is most important that you understand the concept of using worksheets. We have covered worksheets and other manuals, and I will not be repeating some of that information, but I will be covering enough for you to understand how a worksheet is designed to be used.

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Vectorworks Tip 340 – Wall Wall Textures Overall

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If you don’t like assigning wall textures by components, you can use Overall. This method requires that you choose a texture for a part of the wall (top, left, right, etc). If you are using unstyled walls without components this will be the best way, but you do have to watch out for the direction of the wall, as this will affect the left and right of the wall. If you are not careful you might get the textures on the wrong side of the wall.

Vectorworks Tip 339- Assign Wall Textures by Component


If you use Wall Styles (with components) it is a lot easier to assign the wall textures to the wall components themselves, then on the Texture Settings, choose to have the textures By Component. This will assign the texture to the entire component, but it makes it easy to get the textures on the correct side of the wall.

Vectorworks Tip 318 – Editing Wall Styles from the Object Info Palette

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I used to find it a challenge to locate the wall style I want to edit in the resource browser – I usually have too many wall styles. In Vectorworks 2016, if you have a wall selected, you can edit the wall directly from the object Info palette. Click on the wall style pop-up menu, choose edit wall style, then edit the wall style.

Vectorworks Tip 313 – Textures on the Overall Wall or on the Wall Component

Vectorworks-Tip-313If you assign the textures to the wall components, you have a better way to make sure that you get the correct texture on the wall. The other way to assign textures is to assign textures to the overall part of the wall. The downside of using overall, is that you have to know which is the left and which is the right side of the wall. The left and right sides of the wall can change depending on the direction you draw the wall. Assigning textures by the components removes this problem, regardless of the way you draw the wall the components always have the correct texture.

Vectorworks Tip 309 – Classes on Wall Components

Vectorworks-Tip-309Each wall component can have its own class, which you can use to control the graphic style, and when you turn them off, you can use the overall class of the walls to control the graphic style. This could be used for concept drawings, using a wall style for the design without giving away the details.

Architect_077 Architect Special Interest Group September 2015 (am)

Architect_Sept_2105_amIn this session we started by looking at wall styles. The question was about using wall styles to draw an existing project. One of the problems with using wall styles is the challenge when you come to draw an existing plan and the wall widths are not consistent. This could involve you having several different wall styles to cover the different widths, which is made worse if you need to show some of the walls is being demolished (which effectively doubles the number of wall styles needed). Continue reading

Architect_074 Architect Special Interest Group July 2015 (pm)

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There was only one person at this session, so he was able to ask all the questions. The main issues related to a specific project that with a parapet boundary wall and he wanted to know how to create the roof, how to set the roof back to create an internal gutter and how to set the height of the parapet wall so that it followed the roof outline.

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