Getting Started Special Interest Group April 2020

In this session, we discussed how to use the Create Roof command, including how to handle some complex roofs and roofing problems, covered the Publish command, along with noting revisions, and reviewed how to use Multiple View Panes.

Topics Covered:

  • 00:08    To start the session, we opened a file with a one-story structure needing a roof. We selected all of the exterior walls and used the Create Roof command. We discussed all of the settings in the Create Roof dialog box, such as Eave Profile, Thickness, Bearing Inset, Roof Pitch and Bearing Height. If, like we did, you select all of your exterior walls when you use the Create Roof command (you could instead draw a polygon over the perimeter of the walls and use that), then you must remember to check the Retain Original Objects box before clicking the OK button—or Vectorworks will delete all of your exterior walls! Next, we covered how to edit the Roof object once you’ve created it, such as the roof overhangs. We finished creating our roof by using the Fit Walls to Object command to carry the exterior walls up to the roof peak.
  • 08:20    We demonstrated how to create a mono-pitched roof by changing the Gable settings, before taking a slightly more complicated polygon and using the Create Roof command to turn the shape into a roof. Challenging ourselves, we next went through the steps for combining two existing roofs. When I have a complex roofing situation, I like to make one red and one blue before using the Covert Copy to Lines command so that I can see where the two roofs pass through each other. Using a polygon that is the shape of the unneeded roof portion and the Clip Solids command, we trimmed off the unwanted portion. We briefly covered how to manage a roof design that causes the Create Roof command to fail.
  • 20:17    Tackling a real-life roofing example, we decided that it was best to follow a “divide and conquer” approach. We first created the roof’s separate shapes and then joined them before using the Create Roof command. We kept the original polygons and turned them into a massing model.
  • 34:30    When I export a drawing set, I like to put the client name and project name followed by the date with the year first, then the month and finally the day—this keeps my files grouped by project and in chronological order, making it very easy to find the latest version. We went over the Publish command, as well as reviewing how to use the Revision function in Vectorworks, and finished the session with a demonstration of how to use Multiple View Panes. I don’t use them all of the time, but they do come in handing frequently!

Getting Started April 2020

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