Vectorworks Architect 2016

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Vectorworks Architect 2016

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In this course we will be working through a domestic project for a client. Even though we are using a domestic project, Vectorworks is designed to be used for commercial and industrial work as well. The concepts we cover in this manual are useful in domestic and commercial work.

One of the main concepts in using Vectorworks Architect is called Building Information Modeling (BIM). This means is that as you draw a wall in Vectorworks, it is more than a plan representation of a wall. The wall has texture, knows when a window is inserted, and can have information attached to it. Many parts of the Vectorworks drawing are much more than they seem. A door, for example, is more than the plan representation of the door. It has a model part, and you can attach information about the door, door hardware, or even the supplier and cost of the door. This information can be generated as a report whenever you want it.

Live sections and elevations are a development of the Building Information Model that allow you to keep the sections and elevations up to date as you change the form of the building.

In this course we will start with an empty drawing file and work through the steps needed to create a concept design, developed design, and contract documents. Most times, you will start with a blank file, so that’s how we will start. This will give us the opportunity to look at document setups: the page setup, the units setup, the dimension settings, and text styles.

Our first task is to draw the existing site. We start with the property line. The property line is the site plan, which you can draw from information like the certificate of title, Google Earth, and so on. We will start using the information from the surveyor.

Then we will create a site model, which is a model representation of the spot levels on the survey drawings. This allows us to see the constraints on the site as models in order to turn the model around and look at the constraints from many different views.

We will create our concept model using spaces. Spaces are great. They allow you to make a model of your concept in a very short time. We can link this to our site to see how the concept relates to the site constraints. This is an important step because we can easily make changes to the concept model and see how the changes relate to the site constraints. We could check the recession planes, solar studies, the effects of the neighbors, and so on. We can use this to make better design decisions.

You could show the client the concept drawing at this point with the form of the building. Showing the clients a model of the concept will help them to understand your visions, and it will help to develop trust with your clients. Using BIM, we can then use the model to create the drawings.

We will assume that the clients approve the design, so we can look at design development. This means taking the concept and turning the spaces into walls, doors, windows, slabs, roofs, and so on. We can copy the concept drawings and edit them to show the developed design with very little extra work.

We will finish off the manual with a section that discusses ways of creating the contract documents. There is more than one way to create the drawings, so we will look at the concepts around creating the drawings, which will allow you to make your own choices.

When you finish this course, you will have a file with most of the layers, classes, viewports, and so on that you need for most two-story projects. This file can then be saved as a template file, or you can use the file to start your next project by using the Save As… command from the File menu.

Let get started!

Course Features

  • Lectures 60
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 35 hours
  • Skill level Intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 14
  • Assessments Self
  • Step 1 - File Setup

  • Step 2 - Property Line

    • Lecture 2.1 a2.1 Creating a Property Line (Boundary) Locked 15m
  • Step 3 - Setting up The Model

    • Lecture 3.1 a3.1 Stories, Layers, And Levels Locked 15m
    • Lecture 3.2 a3.2 Model Setup Locked 30m
  • Step 4 - Creating A Site Model

    • Lecture 4.1 a4.1 Introduction to Site Modeling Locked 10m
    • Lecture 4.2 a4.2 Creating A Site Model Locked 45m
    • Lecture 4.3 a4.3 Creating Recession Planes Locked 45m
  • Step 5 - Quick Bulk And Location

    • Lecture 5.1 a5.1 Creating Quick Bulk And Location Locked 20m
    • Lecture 5.2 a5.2 Linking The Building To The Site Plan Locked 15m
    • Lecture 5.3 a5.3 Setting Up Camera Views Locked 10m
    • Lecture 5.4 a 5.4 Creating Adjoining Buildings Locked 10m
    • Lecture 5.5 a 5.5 Creating Solar Studies Locked 10m
  • Step 6 - Creating Concept Drawing

    • Lecture 6.1 a 6.1 Preparation For Creating Concept Drawings Locked 5m
    • Lecture 6.2 a 6.2 Creating The Plan Viewport Locked 5m
    • Lecture 6.3 a 6.3 Creating the Perspective of Viewport Locked 10m
  • Step 7 - Creating the Walls

    • Lecture 7.1 a 7.1 Creating The Basement Wall Style Locked 5m
    • Lecture 7.2 a 7.2 Drawing the Basement Walls Locked 5m
    • Lecture 7.3 a7.3 Creating the Existing Wall Style Locked 5m
    • Lecture 7.4 a 7.4 Creating the Demolition Wall Style Locked 5m
    • Lecture 7.5 a 7.5 Creating the Proposed External Wall Style Locked 30m
    • Lecture 7.6 a 7.6 Creating the Proposed Internal Wall Style Locked 5m
    • Lecture 7.7 a 7.7 Creating the Upper Floor Walls Locked 10m
    • Lecture 7.8 a 7.8 Adjusting the Plan to Suit the Recession Planes Locked 15m
    • Lecture 7.9 a 7.9 Creating the Existing Internal Walls Locked 15m
  • Step 8 - Roofs

    • Lecture 8.1 a 8.1 Creating the Existing Roof Locked 10m
    • Lecture 8.2 a 8.2 Creating the Proposed Roofs Locked 30m
    • Lecture 8.3 a 8.3 Checking the Design Changes on the Site Plan Locked 5m
    • Lecture 8.4 a 8.4 Editing the Roofs to Remove Unwanted Areas Locked 20m
    • Lecture 8.5 a 8.5 Fitting the Walls to the Roofs Locked 10m
  • Step 9 - Setting Up Developed Design Drawings

    • Lecture 9.1 a 9.1 Creating The Plan Viewport Locked 10m
    • Lecture 9.2 a 9.2 Creating The Elevation Viewports Locked 15m
    • Lecture 9.3 a 9.3 Creating The Site Plan Viewport Locked 5m
    • Lecture 9.4 a 9.4 Creating Perspective Viewports Locked 10m
  • Step 10 - Doors And Windows

    • Lecture 10.1 a 10.1 Creating The Basement Wall Style Locked 5m
    • Lecture 10.2 a 10.2 Creating A Garage Door Locked 10m
    • Lecture 10.3 a 10.3 Creating A Window Locked 10m
    • Lecture 10.4 a 10.4 Creating Existing Doors and Windows Locked 10m
    • Lecture 10.5 a 10.5 Creating New Doors Locked 10m
    • Lecture 10.6 a 10.6 Creating Corner Windows Locked 10m
    • Lecture 10.7 a 10.7 Creating The Window Schedule Locked 5m
    • Lecture 10.8 a 10.8 Editing the Window Schedule Locked 10m
    • Lecture 10.9 a 10.9 Updating the Concept Drawing Locked 10m
    • Lecture 10.10 a 10.10 Updating the Developed Design Drawings Locked 10m
  • Step 11 - Modifying A Site Model

    • Lecture 11.1 a 11.1 Introduction to Site Modifiers Locked 5m
    • Lecture 11.2 a 11.2 Creating a Road Locked 20m
    • Lecture 11.3 a 11.3 Creating The Excavations for the Building Locked 30m
    • Lecture 11.4 a 11.4 Creating Foundations for the New Building Locked 15m
  • Step 12 - Stairs

    • Lecture 12.1 a12.1 Creating Stairs Locked 10m
    • Lecture 12.2 a 12.2 Creating The Balustrade Wall for the Stairs Locked 10m
  • Step 13 - Annotation

    • Lecture 13.1 a 13.1 Placing a Title Block (Sheet Border) Locked 15m
    • Lecture 13.2 a 13.2 Adding Drawing Labels Locked 10m
    • Lecture 13.3 a 13.3 Creating Demolished Walls Locked 10m
    • Lecture 13.4 a 13.4 Creating Notes, Keynotes, and Callouts Locked 15m
    • Lecture 13.5 a 13.5 Adding Kitchen and Bathroom Fittings Locked 10m
  • Step 14 - Working Drawings (Contract Documents)

    • Lecture 14.1 a 14.1 creating the site plan Locked 15m
    • Lecture 14.2 a 14.2 Creating The Foundation Plan Preview 20m
    • Lecture 14.3 a14.3 Creating The Floor Framing Plan Locked 30m
    • Lecture 14.4 a14.4 Creating The Roof Framing Plan Locked 20m


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