Vectorworks Tip 440 – Adjacency Matrix

Vectorworks spaces have the ability to create and read Adjacency Matrices. OK, but what are they and how do you read one. In simple terms, the Adjacent Matrix tells you the relationship between rooms. The Adjacancy Matrix uses and scale from o to 5. 0 means that the rooms have no need to be near each other, 5 means that the rooms have a strong relationship.

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Vectorworks Design Summit – Energos Session

Francois Levy gave a great session on using Energos, using a simple building to show how the parts of the building are collected together to calculate energy usage. One of the main themes was that Energos is a design tool, it is not intended for certification. Another theme was that Vectorworks 2016 was the first version of Energos, that with feedback it will be improved. I have collected some great information that we will be using when we cover Energos in June.

Vectorworks Design Summit – Energos Session

Francois Levy gave a great session on using Energos, using a simple building to show how the parts of the building are collected together to calculate energy usage. One of the main themes was that Energos is a design tool, it is not intended for certification. Another theme was that Vectorworks 2016 was the first version of Energos, that with feedback it will be improved. I have collected some great information that we will be using when we cover Energos in June.

Vectorworks Design Summit – Energos Session

Francois Levy gave a great session on using Energos, using a simple building to show how the parts of the building are collected together to calculate energy usage. One of the main themes was that Energos is a design tool, it is not intended for certification. Another theme was that Vectorworks 2016 was the first version of Energos, that with feedback it will be improved. I have collected some great information that we will be using when we cover Energos in June. There was nothing in the CEO Address that said that they are working on an update, so there are no major changes to Energos. But this doesn't mean that they are not working on under-the-hood improvements to make it more accurate.

 

Vectorworks Design Summit – 3D Modeling Training

The first day of the Summit has several hands-on training sessions on a range of topics (project sharing, plants, 3D modeling, and energies). Along with Frank Brault, from Vectorworks, I will be helping out the 3D modeling. There are so many area I could cover, but I will be focusing on subdividion modeling and making some of the objects that we covered in last month's Manual.

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Vectorworks Design Summit

Vectorworks Design Summit

The Vectorworks Design Summit starts tomorrow. Many of the attendees are already there and I guess will be arriving today. I will be getting to the Summit today.

I have spent the last few days with some good friends of mine from England and we have been walking around Chicago for hours, getting inspired by the city, by the food, and by the architecture. It is a great city.

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Vectorworks Tip 339- Assign Wall Textures by Component


If you use Wall Styles (with components) it is a lot easier to assign the wall textures to the wall components themselves, then on the Texture Settings, choose to have the textures By Component. This will assign the texture to the entire component, but it makes it easy to get the textures on the correct side of the wall.

Build Your Gingerbread House Today using Vectorworks

gingerbread house

This was our fist gingerbread house

At this time of year my family makes a gingerbread house. When we started to do this, we decided that a store bought ginger bread house wasn’t acceptable, we could design our own house. I didn’t take me long to realise that I could use Vectorworks with BIM principles to create the model and drawings for the gingerbread house.

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Vectorworks Workshop Sessions for February 2011

Every month the Vector-workout Subscription has a series of online workshops. In February, the main topic is to draw a swimming pool, with steps and a border as a series of 3D objects and apply these to a site model.
The aims of the sessions are to gain an understanding of 3D modeling and how this can be used with a site model to create cut and fill.
There are Beyond Beginner sessions that will be looking in detail at screen plane, layer plane, and working planes. Working planes are becoming fundamental to working in 3D and these sessions will answer all your questions.
You have to be a subscriber to attend these online sessions. Book here…

Vectorworks 2011 is now released

Nemetschek Vectorworks have now announced Vectorworks 2011, and they have released a lot of feature movies on their YouTube web page.

The Vectorworks tech board and email list are full of comments about this upgrade. So far, the comments have been, on the whole, positive. I should think so, this release is one of the most exciting I have seen. There are many, many little improvements to the usability of Vectorworks, and some very big, major changes. The small changes are just nice, and they make it easier to do what you used to do. The big changes will get you thinking about your workflow, because of the changes to walls, slabs and especially the planar graphics.

If you are not drawing the walls using components at the moment, you should. Wall components have had classes for a while, now they have individual 3D control over components. This will let you create complex walls, where the 3D parts have different heights. Setting up floor layers and slab layers can be different, because walls and slabs work together. I’ve always used a wall layer that goes from finished floor to finished floor. Now when you place a slab, the wall will adjust according to the slab settings. I’m so happy, at last my walls will look correct in 3D.

I ran two webinars yesterday on Vectorworks 2011, one for www.Novedge.com and the other for the New Zealand distributor, www.megabits.co.nz. I recorded the megabits session and you will find a movie of the Novedge webinar at vimeo.

What’s New in Vectorworks 2011 – for www.megabits.co.nz from Jonathan Pickup on Vimeo.

The novedge movie:

Novedge Webinar Series: What’s New in Vectorworks 2011 from Novedge on Vimeo.

Price and Value

When considering any purchase the following words by respected poet and philosopher John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) are as relevant today as when he wrote them :
“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s unwise to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money, that’s all. When you pay too little you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing that you bought it to do. The common law of business prohibits paying a little and getting a lot….. it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it’s well to add something for the risk that you run – and if you do that you have enough to pay for something better.”
Oscar Wilde wrote:
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
When you look at a purchase, do not look at the price, look at the value you will get from the purchase. For example, if you are looking at a Vectorworks upgrade, how much time will it save you? if Vectorworks 2009 is easier to use and saves you 4 minutes a day (or 1/2 a minute per hour), what is the value of that? There are about 2000 chargable hours a year, so that works out to be a saving of 16.7 hours/year. if your change out rate was $100/hour, that’s a return of $1670.00. Combine the upgrade with my online training and gain 10 minutes a day. 1.25 minutes per hour, 2000 chargeable hours, 41.7 hours, @$100/hr = $4170.00 return. Can you afford to NOT upgrade?
 

Press Release – Short Sharp Manuals

(Napier, New Zealand) 29 May 2009 Archoncad announces Short Sharp Manuals 
NEW – SHORT SHARP MANUALS – unlock the power of Vectorworks!!!
Archoncad is pleased to announce SHORT SHARP MANUALS – a resource ‘library’ of concise manuals each exploring a single Vectorworks topic – to show you how to unlock the power of Vectorworks.
This new training resource is designed to sharpen your Vectorworks skills using a single task manual that explores and explains a single area of Vectorworks.
Each SHORT SHARP MANUAL clearly demonstrates key learning tasks and techniques, with 15-25 pages of step-by-step instructions and screenshots. By focusing on single topics, we give you access to new Vectorworks skills and techniques in small meaningful chunks!
Respected Vectorworks training author, Jonathan Pickup said…
“I have a great example of these manuals helping a client. The client found an area of Vectorworks that he was really struggling with – how create an automated room finish schedule. So, he downloaded my SHORT SHARP manual ‘Creating a Room Finishes Schedule’ and followed the very good description of how to do this. He has found the investment in the manuals to be truly worthwhile and great value to his business.
He also discovered my manual was the only place he could learn how to use this technique, as there does not seem to be any explanation of how to set up an automated Room Finish Schedule in NNA published User Guides, or Professional Learning Series DVD’s, on the VectorWorks web site, in any of the NNA VectorWorks forums or data bases or in any history of the VectorWorks User Discussion List.
This is just one story – there are many other examples of these short sharp manuals unlocking the power of Vectorworks and providing my clients with new services to offer their clients. ” 
The Short Sharp manual is published exclusively on-line at Archoncad.com. There are currently 14 SHORT SHARP Manuals available, and they are quick and easy to download. And they are very economical (exceptional value for money)!
Jonathan Pickup also said… “We will be adding one or two new manuals each month, and welcome feedback and suggestions for future short sharp manual topics. In this way, we will build a fantastic resource for the Vectorworks users community and enable our clients to optimize Vectorworks capability”
For more information, please visit http://www.archoncad.com/electronic-manuals.html
Jonathan Pickup is an architect trained in New Zealand and in the UK with many years of experience. He has over 15 years of experience in writing and producing Vectorworks manuals and providing customer support. His company, ArchonCAD, is the premier provider of third-party manuals and training resources for Vectorworks.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Jonathan Pickup
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Resource Browser Thumbnail view

I’m just writing a section in my new productivity manual, and I remembered this trick. Right now I’m writing about how to make your own stair library. 
The stairs so up on the Resource Browser in plan view if that was the view when you created the symbols. 
They look OK, but what if you wanted to know more the stair?
You can select all the symbols in the Resource Browser.
Right mouse click on one of the symbols. Choose the view you want. All your symbols have the same view. Now I find it easier to see what each stair looks like. 

Vectorworks Library


What is the Vectorworks library? That’s a terrible question really. it should be ”What ARE the Vectorworks libraries? 
Symbol library (which you can store anywhere)
Symbol libraries for tools (stored in the Defaults folder)
Layer and class standards (stored in the Standards folder)
Hatch library (stored in the Defaults folder)
Gradient Library (stored in the Defaults folder)
Wall Style library (stored in the Defaults folder)
The Notes database (which you can store anywhere)
A default template with all the default tool preferences set (stored in the Templates folder). 

Short Sharp Training Monthly

This month, the Short Sharp Training monthly manual looked at detailing. I have seen several tutorials and tips and tricks for creating drawings, but hardly any for drawing details. Strange really, when we spend so much time on our detailing as architects and landscapers. This month the manual was a big effort, 41 pages! Sometimes I wonder if i am writing too much or covering the wrong information, so it’s nice when I get an email from a subscriber that really likes the monthly manuals and online training. 
Hi Jonathan,
I was in Texas on business during your last presentation, thinking I could join your meeting from there, but alas, it was not to be.  (Way disappointing.) I just finished going through your PDF and its embedded videos, and again, I have to tell you you’re great.  I’m amazed how much material you covered in a relatively short time and then managed to write down as well.  Fabulous work which I appreciate immensely.  Hoping that [you are] increasing the number of your subscribers.  Should be! 
Later,
Mavis
The ability to pick up a few productive tricks each month should not be over rated. Most of my experienced users learn a trick or two every month, less experienced users learn a technique that saves them a few minutes a day. A few minutes a day. it doesn’t sound much, until you figure that is 15 mins each week, an hour a month. the next month you learn a new technique and you are saving 2 hours a month, 24 hours a year.