Interactive Workshops June 2019 – Floors, Slabs, Columns, and Pilasters

This workshop is about Floors, Slabs, Columns, and Pilasters. You might be wondering when to use floors and when to use a slab. You might be like one of the users that use floors because they can’t understand how slabs connect to walls. watch these sessions, they will help you to use Floors and slabs more efficiently.

Columns and Pilasters are underused. In this session, we look at these objects and learn to use them to create foundations and a retaining wall.

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Interactive Workshops May 2019 – Title Blocks and Drawing Issues

Drawings need title blocks. In this session, we looked at the Title Block tool in Vectorworks. We covered step by step how to work with both a title border and a title block. Title blocks in Vectorworks now use object styles, similar to doors and windows. We modified a standard Vectorworks title block into our own customized title block that we could reuse. It’s easier to modify a title block than to create one, and it’s easier to start off with more than you need, rather than with less. We used the Reshape tool to stretch the title block to fit our page size, dragged and dropped a logo into the title block layout, and changed the look of the project name. We covered how to use the Title Block Manager. We filled in the project, sheet, revision, and issue data; deleted unneeded fields; and added a drawing stamp that read: “Not for construction” across the drawing sheet. Maybe your project is spread out over a few files—we showed how to select only the active file or to include other open files in an issue or revision set of our drawings. We demonstrated how to link text in your title block layout to data values in your project, as well as how to make revision and issue listings go down—not up—the drawing sheet. 

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Sections

Sections are a vital part of creating drawings. Vectorworks has tools and commands to create, control, and edit section viewports. In this workshop, we looked at what a section is, how to create sections (using a few different methods), and finally how to control the visibility of objects in front of the cut plane.

See the knowledgebase article for sections here…

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Interactive Workshops February 2019 – Importing and Exporting

We often have to work with other consultants and with other file formats. In these cases, we have to import this information, or we have to export it for others. There are many choices. In these sessions, we looked at the most useful formats for the users. 

There is more information on the knowledgebase here…   

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Interactive Workshops September 2018 – CameraMatch

CameraMatch is a huge timesaver. First, CameraMatch saves the time that it would take you to model the existing surroundings. Second, CameraMatch saves you the time it would take to match your current view to a photograph.

Many people think that they should only use CameraMatch for large projects. I believe this is wrong. CameraMatch is ideal for large projects, but it is also very helpful on small projects. It really does not take very long to set up a CameraMatch project, but showing your client the design and its context is so much better than just showing the model. CameraMatch can be used for exterior projects, architectural projects, urban design projects, landscape projects, and interior design projects.

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Interactive Workshops July 2018 – Creating and Managing Details

For any construction project, details are an important part of the drawing set. It can take a long time to fully detail a project, so let’s look at how to draw a detail and some strategies for speeding up the drawings. We will look at importing details, applying the principles of detailing, creating details, creating multi-use details, and using details from your library.

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Interactive Workshops May 2018 – Complex Roofs

I often find that the standard Vectorworks roof will not make the roof that I want. If you work on renovation projects, you will find that the standard Vectorworks roof will not be able to draw the final roof that you need, and sometimes you will find that the standard roof will not draw the existing roof because people have added and extended the building over the years.

How can we make Vectorworks do what we want, or is there a way that we can help the standard roof give us the roof that we need?

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Interactive Workshops April 2018 – Putting a Project Together

In the past, we have looked at Design Layers, Classes, Viewports, Sheet Layers, and other organizing concepts. The purpose of this manual is to look at how to bring all of these together to work on a large project. We will be looking in detail at some of these concepts to see how they come together on a larger project.

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Interactive Workshops March 2018 – Back to Basics – Worksheets

Worksheets are like simple spreadsheets. They allow you to calculate and report information in your Vectorworks files. This is a powerful technique. It has been available in Vectorworks for many years.

You can use worksheets to find objects, report them, and do calculations on them. Worksheets are a very helpful part of Vectorworks.

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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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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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Interactive Workshops November 2017 – Door and Window Object Styles

Object styles are a powerful technique for controlling objects. On one end of the object style spectrum, you have plug-in objects, which are individual and flexible; on the other end, you have symbols, which are fixed—when you edit one, they all update. Object styles can be anything in between a plug-in object and a symbol. You can choose which parts of the object style are controlled like a symbol and which are flexible like a plug-in. This manual will be focusing on doors and windows, but the techniques covered can be used on all object styles.

First, we will be looking at the concept of object styles. Then, we will look in detail at how to  control our object styles, before finishing off with how we can use object styles to create a window and door schedule.

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Interactive Workshops July 2017 – Importing

business-1845350_960_720Vectorworks has several options for importing objects and files into your Vectorworks projects. These options allow you to import drawings from other computer systems, 3D models, images, PDFs, and other proprietary file types.

This means that you can use the Internet to locate useful parts or useful models for your projects and import them into Vectorworks. When you import these objects, they become native Vectorworks objects.

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