BIM_SIG_016 Special Interest Group January 2013

In the session we talked about creating template files. When you create a template it is tempting to put everything in the template that you think you will need. Unfortunately, this creates a very heavy template file with lots of textures, hatches, line types, and symbols that you might never need.  Continue reading

Interactive Workshops January 2013 Design Layers and Classes

Design layers and classes are the two most important organising concepts that you need to understand in order to create drawings in Vectorworks. I still find some users are confused about when to use a layer and when to us a class to organise their drawings. I use three simple rules to decide when I need a new class, and three simple rules to decide when I need new design layers.

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Landmark_SIG_017 Special Interest Group December 2012

This is the last  landmark special interest group session for 2012. It gives us the opportunity to wrap up anything that’s outstanding for the subscribers this year.  A consistent theme for the Landmark special interest groups this month has been planting. Vectorworks 2013 has a new dialog box for creating your plants and the new concept for the definition and the settings for each plant.

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Landmark_SIG_016 Special Interest Group December 2012

In this session we looked at two major topics; creating a landscape budget using landscape areas, and creating plants and adding them to your library. Vectorworks makes it very easy to find areas and calculate the percentages of areas in relation to each other. If you create your plants and store them in your library, it becomes very quick to use them.

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BIM_SIG_015 Special Interest Group December 2012

The session was intended to be an open question-and-answer session. My aim was to cover several topics. However, there were two main topics that came up in the session. The first topic was space subjects and how to edit the labels, and the second topic was default content. Continue reading

Interactive Workshops December 2012

Each month we have a series of online webinars based around the short sharp training manuals that I write each month. Several clients have asked if I’m recording the session so they can watch it later. This month I decided to try recording each session and posting it here so that all the subscribers can see it.

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Landmark_SIG_015 Special Interest Group November 2012

In this session we looked at getting started with the project, based on information that had been measured on-site. In the situation the information was not imported from a survey, it was actually measured by the people in the office when they visited the site. The methods of measuring were a theodolite and a tape measure. This is enough information to give the heights in the setting out from known points on the site.

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Landmark_SIG_014 Special Interest Group November 2012

In this meeting we continued our series on getting started with Vectorworks Landmark. An important part of creating a landscape plan is creating plants. In Vectorworks 2013, the plant preferences have been changed. There are now two dialogue boxes that control plant settings. The new settings with the two dialogue boxes allows for more flexible plant placement.

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BIM_SIG_014 Special Interest Group November 2012

The Vectorworks stair tool was introduced for Vectorworks 2011, but this still seems to be some confusion about how to use the stair effectively. At first look, the stair looks powerful but complicated. It’s important to understand the concept behind the stair so that you can use the stair quickly and easily. If you work with the concept of the stair, it works really well, but if you try to work against the concept of the stair you will have trouble.

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BIM_SIG_013 Special Interest Group November 2012

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.

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Landmark_SIG_013 Special Interest Group October 2012

This is the movie from the afternoon session of the landmark special-interest group. This session was slightly different from the morning session because we looked at starting a project from a hand drawing. We then created layers on top of the scanned hand drawings so that we could start our Vectorworks plants.

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Landmark_SIG_012 Special Interest Group October 2012

This is the movie from the morning session of the landmark special interest group. We looked at starting a project from the beginning by importing a DXF/DWG file. We looked at the options for importing this type of file and then we created the other layers that we needed, and then we created plants.

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BIM_SIG_012 Special Interest Group October 2012

With the introduction of Detail Viewports in Vectorworks 2013, we are looking at how this will change the way you create your drawings. In this webinar we looked at how to create the new viewports, how they can be used, and how they might change the way you create your drawings.

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BIM_SIG_011 Special Interest Group October 2012

Vectorworks 2013 introduced several new concepts. Two really important concepts are the detail viewports and the hierarchal classes. My belief is that both of these concepts are going to change the way you structure your classes and the way you structure your sheet layers. In this Special Interest Group will be looking at how these two concepts can be used.

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Landmark_SIG_011 Special Interest Group September 2012

This is the movie from the evening session Landmark Special Interest Group, September 2012. This meeting took a different approach to creating a set of drawings. We looked at using scanned images of freehand drawings, importing these as PDF files and using these to create a set of documents.

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Landmark_SIG_010 Special Interest Group September 2012

This is the movie from the morning session Landmark Special Interest Group, September 2012. We are looking at starting a project by importing DXF/DWG information. An important concept that needed to be cover was when to use layers and when to use classes. Continue reading