When you create objects in Vectorworks they can be 2D, 3D or a combination of both. Many objects also have information attached to them. If you think of a door for example, the door has a plan view, you can view it in 3D, and you can report the information from the door. If you think about the information attached to the door, that’s like the record format we are talking about. The idea of a record format is that it is a way to store information.
In these sessions we looked at why we would want to create Record Formats, what we can use them for, and how to report them once we have used them. We looked at some intermediate topics like linking the record format to a symbol and linking the record format to text inside a symbol. We finished by looking at some advanced topics like using record formats with IFC, modifying objects using the records and Data Visualization on viewports.
In this session we wanted to look at scheduling and worksheets and how they could be connected to spaces to create a report. The report might want to list the areas and room names, but it could also be more sophisticated and report other requirements such as occupancy loading, number of power socket, etc.
Scalable Worksheets – It has often been a challenge getting your worksheets to fit onto a sheet layer. There was a way to scale your worksheets, which was the use of viewport. This is no longer required.
Vectorworks has the tools and commands to quickly create a concept model. But we want mode than just a few elevations, we need to know if the main site can be subdivided, how large the project can be, and how much it might cost to construct.
In this manual we will be looking at ways to create and visualise the concept. We will start by creating the site, then the site model, create the adjoining buildings, create the design, and set up solar studies.
Creating A Budget Report – We have created a lot of valuable information, and while it might not seem like it, we have nearly enough to calculate the cost of our project.worksheets and Vectorworks are extremely powerful, allowing us to carry out investigations of areas, but also allowing us to use mathematical functions that would multiplying the area of our proposed house against an expected cost per square metre.
Creating Proposed Areas Report – Now that we have the report started for the existing areas, we can start to look at creating a report for our proposed site and proposed building.
Creating Existing Areas Report – When you have the accurate areas for the existing house and site, we can use Vectorworks to calculate the percentage cover, the percentage of the site covered by buildings.
In this session we looked at detail viewports, linked viewports, the callout objects that control these viewports, sheet borders, using worksheets to report objects, and using the worksheets to control the objects.
- 00:30 Worksheet basics
- 00:51 plant schedules are worksheets
- 06:43 placing a worksheet from the library
- 08:30 locating a plant in the Resource Browser
- 09:10 placing plants
- 09:30 plant settings
- 09:35 edit plot definition (data)
- 11:37 connection of plants to the plant database
- 12:00 Vectorworks plants database
- 21:03 editing the plant schedule (how does it find trees )
- 38:20 editing the plant report to show accurate heights and spreads
- 46:19 placing a landscape area
In 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.
Use worksheets to shedule areas of components. If you’re using a wall for example, you might want to schedule the area of the external finish, the internal finish, and the baseboard (skirting). Using components allows you to pack the various wall components and report them individually in your worksheets.
If you’re going to create a report to list all the parts of a building takeoff, the first thing you have to do is to decide what parts you want to report. Vectorworks will report anything you choose, but it can’t read your mind so you have to design your report. We will be covering worksheets in our workshops in February 2016.
One of the most important uses for worksheets is the ability to automatically count objects in your drawing. For example, you might want to count all of your trees separate from all of your groundcovers. You can set up a worksheet to do just that. As you add trees or groundcovers to your plan, you only need to update your worksheet to have these new objects automatically appear. We will be covering worksheets in our workshops in February 2016.
- Utility Menu / Workspace Editor 1:23
- Customize (context) menus 1:58
- Create New Plant 3:16
- Get Plant Data -> Plant Database 3:24
- Edit Plant (2D Graphics: Classes and Graphic Attributes) 9:07
- Rotate Tool 12:39
- Select Similar Tool 14:41
- Add Surface 14:50
- 3D Graphics 17:29
- Export / save the new plant to your library 23:11
- Create, change and add criteria of reports 29:30
- Export reports (to be used in any other file) 34:48
In this session we looked at the report from the earlier landscape session, but the users pointed out that the previous report only look for flat objects which is not much use on a sloping site. So the session took the report from the early session in tried to update it so that it would work with objects on a sloping site.
In this session we wanted to look at the ability to create reports. In particular, the user wanted to look at how to create a report with areas of hardscapes along with volumes of hardscapes.
Check the spelling of your worksheets. When you select a worksheet you cannot use the right-click (contextual) menu to check the spelling. But you can go to Text on the menu bar and choose Check Spelling from there. This command checks for your worksheet looking for spelling mistakes. If it finds words that you know are spelled correctly but not in the dictionary, Vectorworks will show these words as misspelled. If you add these words to your dictionary, Vectorworks will use them from now on.