What Is a Worksheet?

Worksheets are like simple spreadsheets. Worksheets allow you to calculate and report information from 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 the objects that have been found.

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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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SST_1803 – Back To Basics – Worksheets


1803 – Worksheets


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Architect Special Interest Group January 2018 (am)


In this session, we made a pivoted door, demonstrated how to make changes to a worksheet, discussed the Downspout and Baseboard plug-ins from A|F Design, looked at the advantage of using Window’s Character Map, and designated the angles of lines to make boundary lines without using the Property Line tool.

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SST_1703 – Creating Record Formats

Cover ImageWhen you create objects in Vectorworks they can be 2D, 3D or a combination of both. Many objects also have information attached to them. If you think of a door for example, the door has a plan view, you can view it in 3D, and you can report the information from the door. If you think about the information attached to the door, that’s like the record format we are talking about. The idea of a record format is that it is a way to store information.

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Interactive Workshops March 2017 – Creating Record Formats

Cover ImageIn these sessions we looked at why we would want to create Record Formats, what we can use them for, and how to report them once we have used them. We looked at some intermediate topics like linking the record format to a symbol and linking the record format to text inside a symbol. We finished by looking at some advanced topics like using record formats with IFC, modifying objects using the records and Data Visualization on viewports.

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Architect Special Interest Group February 2017 (am)


In this session we wanted to look at scheduling and  worksheets and how they could be connected to spaces to create a report. The report might want to list the areas and room names, but it could also be more sophisticated and report other requirements such as occupancy loading, number of power socket, etc.

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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_1609-06 – Quick Concept – Part 6

Creating A Budget Report – We have created a lot of valuable information, and while it might not seem like it, we have nearly enough to calculate the cost of our project.worksheets and Vectorworks are extremely powerful, allowing us to carry out investigations of areas, but also allowing us to use mathematical functions that would multiplying the area of our proposed house against an expected cost per square metre.

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Landscape Special Interest Group April (am) 2016



Topics Covered:

  • 00:30   Worksheet basics
  • 00:51   plant schedules are worksheets
  • 06:43   placing a worksheet from the library
  • 08:30  locating a plant in the Resource Browser
  • 09:10   placing plants
  • 09:30   plant settings
  • 09:35   edit plot definition (data)
  • 11:37   connection of plants to the plant database
  • 12:00   Vectorworks  plants database
  • 21:03   editing the plant schedule (how does it find trees )
  • 38:20   editing the plant report to show accurate heights and spreads
  • 46:19   placing a landscape area

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Interactive Workshops February 2016 (1602) – Building Takeoff

Cover ImageIn these sessions we looked at creating a building takeoff report. In order to do that we covered the basics of creating worksheets (which is the technique we need to use to create a report). We also looked at designing a building takeoff, because while Vectorworks has the ability to report all the information you require, it doesn’t know yet what information that might be.

It is most important that you understand the concept of using worksheets. We have covered worksheets and other manuals, and I will not be repeating some of that information, but I will be covering enough for you to understand how a worksheet is designed to be used.

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Vectorworks Tip 376 – Schedule Areas of Components

Vectorworks, worksheets, counting

Use worksheets to shedule areas of components. If you’re using a wall for example, you might want to schedule the area of the external finish, the internal finish, and the baseboard (skirting). Using components allows you to pack the various wall components and report them individually in your worksheets.