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.
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.
If you count objects with information attached, Vectorworks will automatically add new objects to the worksheet that have the same record format attached.
You can use the worksheet to edit objects in the drawings and you can use the worksheet to locate the objects from the worksheet.
This exercise shows you how to count items that have information attached. This same technique can be used to count anything that has information attached, such as plants, doors, hardscape areas and so on.
Now the worksheet is nearly done but at the moment it will not print on the drawing. You have done all the calculations that you require so you can close the worksheet window by clicking on the close button on the title bar of the worksheet.
We have not yet told Vectorworks how or where to get the information from. The site boundary and the house polygon have been named so we can use this to get information from the drawing into the worksheet.
Worksheets in Vectorworks are very powerful and can be programmed to search for information in different ways. You can search for information by pen colour, weight, line style, class, layer, kind, etc. You can even search for named objects.
Continuing on with last month’s project, we looked at using Vectorworks’ Wall Framer, creating a truss roof, adding a new tool to Vectorworks, creating a truss roof using a 3D object and adding prices to materials to get a total cost.
This was a session that started to look at reporting materials. Starting with simple walls, we looked at how to report the areas and materials from them. Then we created more complex walls and looked at how to report the different materials from the walls.
Vectorworks is very powerful when it come to reporting and scheduling, but before you can use these concepts, you have to understand what they mean.
Worksheets allow you count and schedule items in Vectorworks. For example you can count all the trees in a site, schedule all the doors on a particular floor of a project, count up and schedule even find the weight of a bracket in a 3D model. Worksheets are an underused area of VectorWorks and this workshop should open your eyes about what you are able to do with them.
Worksheets – Worksheets allow you count and schedule items in Vectorworks. For example, you can count all the trees on a site, schedule all the doors on a particular floor of a project, count up and schedule even find the weight of a bracket in a 3D model.
The purpose behind these special interest group meetings is to cover a range of topics that might be slowing down the attendees. In the session we looked at worksheets, how to put window so that it suits a stair landing, how to use layer colours, how to texture a floor and how to use the attic in a roof.
Reports – Another major benefit of BIM is the ability to create a multitude of reports, e.g. about objects, areas and many other data. Vectorworks has a built-in worksheet system that you can use to create these reports. If you have never seen the Vectorworks worksheeets before, I recommend you have a look at the manual Introduction to Worksheets.
In this session we looked at the Landscape Area tool. The Landscape Area tool is extremely useful when you are trying to plant large areas, if you try and create a budget plan, or if you trying to create a landscape concept plan. The tool has several options we looked at these options in this section.
I was teaching some of my clients the other day and I mentioned being able to count the number of symbols in the plan. We were looking at the interior design of commercial projects. They were not aware that you could count all the symbols easily with worksheets. Counting the symbol is only the start though, there is so much more you can do. Continue reading