Getting Started Special Interest Group August 2019

In this session, we showed how to modify a wall set up for stories to work with the Layer Elevation, introduced cut and fill, covered the benefits of using class filters, and quickly highlighted the Data Tag tool.

Topics Covered:

  • 00:05    Starting with a blank file and a standard Vectorworks wall, we compared the Vectorworks wall style with a wall style from my library so that we could clear up any confusion about walls. We got an error message using mine—on today’s bigger screens an error message flashing in the lower righthand corner can be difficult to catch—because it was set up to work with stories and there weren’t any stories in the file. Even though we changed the wall’s height settings to work with the Layer Elevation, there could still be components of the wall that are set to work with stories—those would need to be changed in the wall style.
  • 09:52    We opened up a file with a site model and put in a Roadway object because we wanted to introduce cut and fill. Check the settings of your site model to see whether site modifiers must be on the same layer as the site model to have an effect on the model. If you have any modifier conflicts, you need to resolve them, because they will affect the cut and fill calculations. Another factor that will affect the calculation is whether modifiers are assigned as part of the existing site or the proposed site. We discussed how to present the cut and fill to your council office or building department, including creating a snapshot of your site model. Grouping the snapshot will freeze it so that it no longer updates.
  • 43:14   We demonstrated how to use class filters. First, we created a “door” filter so that the class list only showed us classes that contained “door” in the class name. Then, we added filters for “windows” and “structure”—that way, we didn’t have to scroll down through a whole list of classes when we only wanted to look at a small grouping of them. You can import these filters from one project to another, or you can add them to your template file.
  • 48:23    The session ended by quickly highlighting the Data Tag tool. I put revision clouds on a drawing after making changes and I recently created a Data Tag tool that can find the revision clouds—a very powerful tool!

Getting Started August 2019

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