Sunday, September 18, 2011

Site Modeling with Vectorworks

Next week the Vector-workout Subscription will be looking at site modeling in Vectorworks. Site modeling is a topic which many people seem to struggle with. I will be teaching the basic concepts of site modeling, and showing you how to get the best from site modeling without getting confused. It seems like a complicated subject, but it can be made simple.

Some users find it hard to understand how to get the source data into the file to create the site model. There are several ways to do this, and some are reasonably easy. The trick is to work methodically, and I have a few suggestions to make it easy, and as accurate as possible. 

Once you have your site model, you can modify it. Some users do not how how easy the site model could be adjusted.  There are several techniques you can use to modify the site model, and you can choose if these modify the existing site model, or a proposed site model. 

To me, it is important to understand the concept of the site model and what its limitations are. If you understand the reasoning behind the site model and modifiers, you will be able to create a site model that closely resembles the terrain on your site.

Once you understand the concept behind site modeling, you should be able to create some fun areas quickly, like this stepped site with a ramp. 

I have written a manual for this session which subscribers can now download from the subscriber website

If you want to learn more about being a subscriber, you can find more information here

If you would like to attend a short sharp training session on site modeling, you can find information about it here.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Nemetschek Vectorworks Announces Vectorworks 2012 U.S. Virtual Event

Columbia, Md. (September 1, 2011) – Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. presents the Vectorworks® 2012 U.S. Virtual Event, Sept. 13-16, 2011, to unveil the next version of Vectorworks software.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Sept. 13 with a keynote address by CEO Sean Flaherty and CTO Dr. Biplab Sarkar, the event will include demonstrations on what’s new in Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight and Fundamentals software, as well as feature videos and information about popular Vectorworks plug-ins. Industry experts will be on hand to answer questions, and attendees will have the opportunity to network with other designers and share their experience through social media.

The online event will continue through Sept. 16 with feature-specific presentations led by members of the Nemetschek Vectorworks engineering team. Topics will include Building Design and BIM, Site Design, Collaboration Improvements, Entertainment Design, Rendering Improvements and more.

Attendees will have the opportunity to register for a chance to win a license of Vectorworks 2012 with Renderworks® by inviting friends and colleagues to register, as well.

For more information and to register, please visit:

If you are a member of VSS then you need to attend to learn how to get the best from the new upgrade. If you are not a member of VSS, it think you should still attend to learn about the new features and concepts.