Getting Started Special Interest Group November 2016


In this session we looked at using Vectorworks to create the constraints on our site plan. Initially we looked at how to do this without creating a site model then we looked at creating a site model and using this to create solar studies sections and our constraints on our site.

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SST_1609 – Quick Concept Modeling

cover-imageVectorworks has the tools and commands to quickly create a concept model. But we want mode than just a few elevations, we need to know if the main site can be subdivided, how large the project can be, and how much it might cost to construct.
In this manual we will be looking at ways to create and visualise the concept. We will start by creating the site, then the site model, create the adjoining buildings, create the design, and set up solar studies.

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cadmovie_1609-09 – Quick Concept – Part 9

Creating A Sun – Later on we going to create a solar study, but before we do that we need to place the sun in the drawing. We have a tool for placing a sun, called the heliodon. This tool allows you to place a sun, set the location, set the day of the year, set the time of the day, and export a movie of a solar study.

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podcast 203 – Quick Solar Study

image111Solar studies seem to be getting more popular with building professionals and building authorities. I am hearing a lot of my clients are being asked to provide a solar study showing the effect of their building on the surrounding properties. Of course the other reason to use a solar study is to see the effect of those surrounding buildings on your project.

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BIM_SIG_056 Architect Special Interest Group October 2014 (pm)

In this session we looked at solar studies, looking at a project that requires careful control over solar shading. In the first instance we might want to run the shading north-south. The initial thought is that running the shading north-south would leave the outdoor areas exposed to the noon sun, so it might be better to run the shading east-west because that would give better protection at lunchtime. It doesn’t take long to create a solar study, so it’s a good idea to use these at an early stage of the process to make sure that your building your projects to the highest quality you can.

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Landmark_SIG_054 Special Interest Group August (am) 2014

2014-10-09_15-16-30In the session we look at two main topics; creating a solar study and creating a legend key that you could use with landscape or hardscape areas. Solar studies are becoming increasingly important. Local building authorities are starting to demand a solar study to prove your development is not adversely affecting the surrounding properties.

Creating a legend key out of hardscape or landscape areas makes it easy to create areas of hardscape or landscape by using the create similar object command.

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cadmovie840 – Solar Study Part 2

Placing a Sun. If you are using an earlier version of Vectorworks, you will have to use the lighting option, Set Sun Position, from the Lighting Menu.  This command requires you to input the latitude and longitude of your location. Since Vectorworks 2012, you have a new tool to place a sun called the Heliodon tool.

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Online Sessions for August 2012

I have posted the online sessions for August 2012, so you can now start to register for these sessions.


Last time we looked at Creating A Solar Study, we do not have the Heliodon tool, and we used classes to control the lighting in each viewport. Now we have better ways to do this, so it’s time to update this notes for Vectorworks 2012 to show the most up to date way to complete this task.

BIM Special Interest Group:

drawing workflow part 3

Landmark Special Interest Group:

we need a topic, please suggest one…

cadmovie607 – Site Area Analysis Part 10

For the existing house massing model, I created special classes for the roof and walls. Then I created special classes for the proposed massing model. This gives me the ability to change the graphic style of the existing and proposed massing models. It also gives me the ability to turn off the adjoining massing models, and still see the models on the client’s site.

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