SST_1609 – Quick Concept Modeling

cover-imageVectorworks 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.

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cadmovie_1609-06 – Quick Concept – Part 6

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.

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Landscape Special Interest Group April (am) 2016



Topics Covered:

  • 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

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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 376 – Schedule Areas of Components

Vectorworks, worksheets, counting

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.

Vectorworks Tip 371 – Designing a Building Takeoff Report

Notes - Page 44

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.

Vectorworks Tip 366 – Use Worksheets to Count Things

Notes - Page 55One 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.

Landscape Special Interest Group December (pm) 2015


Topics Covered:

  • 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

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Vectorworks Tip 321 – New Wall Worksheet Funtion for Walls


I was making a report to calculate wall areas. I found a new function to calcluate the area of a wall component by its name. =COMPAREABYNAME(C=’Wall-External’, ‘cladding’). You used to be able to find the area of the wall by its component index number, but I like this one much more.

Landmark_SIG_076 Special Interest Group July (am) 2015


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.

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Vectorworks Tip #255 – Plants – Placing a Plant Schedule

image101Intermediate Tip – After you have placed plants, you can count them. Vectorworks comes with pre-made plant schedules that will count all the plants in the design. You can access these from the Tool > Reports > Choose Schedule… command and place them anywhere in the drawing. 

Vectorworks Tip #192 – Text – Check Spelling – Worksheets

image001Check 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.