Interactive Workshops February 2018 – Creating Site Models

A site model is a 2D and 3D representation of a mathematical model that is based on 3D data. In simple terms, a site model is a 3D digital version of your site. You can use it for visualization, solar studies, cut and fill calculations, and much more. These sessions look at importing information and using that information to create the site models.

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Getting Started Special Interest Group January 2018

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In this session, we solved text challenges with worksheet columns, revision notes, and objects, as well as covering how to join walls without a mitered joint and discussing how to present your existing and proposed site models without too much clutter.

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3D Modeling Special Interest Group – January 2018

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In this session, we discussed a bit about using textures versus making a 3D model, covered how turning the Callout tool into a symbol can add functionality to it, constructed a room with various moldings and panels, created a texture, and demonstrated aspects of using the Create Interior Elevation Viewport command, the Create Wall Projection and Create Wall Recess commands, and the Fit Walls to Objects command.

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Architect Special Interest Group January 2017 (am)

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In this session, we made a pivoted door, demonstrated how to make changes to a worksheet, discussed the Downspout and Baseboard plug-ins from A|F Design, looked at the advantage of using Window’s Character Map, and designated the angles of lines to make boundary lines without using the Property Line tool.

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Interactive Workshops January 2018 – Title Blocks and Document Issues

Title blocks have undergone a major overhaul in Vectorworks 2018. The old Sheet Border tool has been completely replaced with a new Title Block Border tool and Drawing Issue command. The title blocks have been changed to use object styles, their layout is easier to change and customize, adding revisions and creating issues have been updated, and a new document transmittal facility has been added.

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SST_1801 – Title Block Borders and Drawing Management

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1801 Title Blocks and Document Issues

Title blocks have undergone a major overhaul in Vectorworks 2018. The old Sheet Border tool has been completely replaced with a new Title Block Border tool and Drawing Issue command. The title blocks have been changed to use object styles, their layout is easier to change and customize, adding revisions and creating issues have been updated, and a new document transmittal facility has been added.

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Topics for 2018

Following our online meetings in December 2017, we now have an idea of the topics we will be covering next year. The users suggested that we cover some new topics and focus on creating efficient workflows for things like setting up projects and detailing. They asked to go back over some fundamental things such as the resource manager, worksheets, and walls. Finally, they asked if we can update some of the older topic such as site modelling, Renderworks, and complex roofs.

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Interactive Workshops December 2017 – Wrap Up for 2017

This is an important session where we will look at the main parts of of the workshop sessions that we covered this year. But even more important, we will be discussing the topics that we want to cover next year. If you want to help choose topics for next year, you need to attend this session.

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Vectorworks Building Information Modeling (Architect) 2018 Course On Line!

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I’m pleased to announce that my Vectorworks BIM Course for Vectorworks Architect is now available.

Many people talk about BIM these days, it is an important way to create drawings. This course is an introduction to using Building Information Modeling with Vectorworks Architect and it has been designed to teach you the concepts of BIM and how to use the Vectorworks Architect in the most productive way. It has all been brought together in a concise course.

You can find out more about this course on my store….

 

SST_1712 – Wrap-Up For 2017

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At this time of the year it is always interesting to look back at the topics that we have covered. Some of these topics are brand-new, while others are updates of previous years. Vectorworks 2017 introduced some new tools and techniques, topics that we covered earlier in the year. In October, we of course began looking at what was new in Vectorworks 2018.

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3D Modeling Special Interest Group – November 2017

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In this session, we covered importing a SketchUp chair into a Vectorworks file, discussed some of the changes to the Subdivision Modeling modes in Vectorworks 2018, and highlighted some stair tricks and tips, such as making a simple stair into a site modifier and quickly creating a custom stair.

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