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Kitchen Design: Vectorworks User Group

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
6-8pm
Free and open to all.     

1.5 CES LUs

Our discussion focuses on kitchen design.  We are pleased that Mark Stech-Novak, notable restaurant design consultant, will be sharing his work with us.  We will also discuss the tools available in Vectorworks and other resources to facilitate designing commercial and residential kitchens.

About the Presenters:

Mark-Stech-Novak, Principal, Mark Stech-Novak Restaurant Consultation Design, is a chef and owner of two renowned San Francisco restaurants, and has over 30 years experience designing restaurants and custom kitchens throughout the world.

Paul Majka, Principal, Paul Majka Architect Inc., is a seasoned professional in Architecture with about 15 years of experience with Vectorworks, and is currently running an architectural practice in San Francisco.

Learning Objectives:

  1. See how others use Vectorworks to design kitchens for their projects.
  2. Learn about some of the important factors that contribute to well-designed kitchens.
  3. Understand what tools are available in Vectorworks for designing kitchens, and how they can be used effectively.
  4. Learn of other resources are available to facilitate the design of kitchens.

Designers & Contractors: Working Together for the Prosperity of the Project

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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1.5 CES LUs

At this month’s Revit user group, you will hear Victor Castillo, BIM project manager at Modulus Consulting, present case studies and provide lessons learned from his time working in the design and construction industries, exploring ways to improve interoperability between each side’s Revit models.

About the Presenter: 

Victor Castillo – For the past four years, Victor has worked for Modulus Consulting, providing a range of BIM consulting services for designers, contractors, and owners. Before joining Modulus, Victor spent seven years at HDR Architecture as a drafter and designer serving the healthcare, higher education, and science and technology sectors.

Using Cinerender to Create High Quality Renderings

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
6-8pm
Free and open to all.
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Join other ArchiCAD users as we examine best practices for utilizing this platform to create and manage building projects of all types. You’ll discover technical tips and tricks as well as ideas for how to use ArchiCAD to provide new service offerings that can increase your income.

Architecting the Cloud for AEC

11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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1.5 CES LUs

At this month’s East Bay Revit User Group, you will hear in-depth discussion on cloud computing. Topics will include: leveraging cloud computing to aid geographic expansion; adding instant access to global users; running design applications in the cloud without spending money on hardware; using the flexibility of computing power, virtual GPUs, and elastic capacity; and enhancing business continuity and centralized control.

About the Presenter:

Rohit Arora is an Autodesk Certified Professional in both AutoCAD and Revit with 20 years of industry experience. Educated as a design and construction architect, Rohit has worked as an AEC consultant, trainer, design technology manager, and AutoCAD QA engineer. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and worked in leadership roles forseveral SF Bay Area startups.

Setting Up Vectorworks Document Files

Northern California Vectorworks Users Group 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
6-8pm
Free and open to all.

1.5 CES LUs 

An encore our first meeting of 2018 — more from our group will share how their practices organize and structure Vectorworks document files.  Again, we will be reviewing and discussing a variety of layer and classing systems, document templates, resource organizations, work spaces, and the like.

About the Presenters:

Paul Majka, Principal, Paul Majka Architect Inc., is a seasoned professional in Architecture with about 15 years of experience with Vectorworks, and is currently running an architectural practice in San Francisco.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this program participants will be able to…

  1. Learn how others have developed layer and classing systems to suit their workflow.
  2. Understand how to structure template files to maintain consistency and optimize efficient design and documentation.
  3. See how others have customized their workspaces, and set-up saved views to enhance efficiency.
  4. Learn about different systems for organizing resources to speed location and selection.

Design Immersion – From Sketch to Virtual Reality

Wednesday, March 6, 2018
Noon-1pm
Free and open to all.
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1 CES LU

Architecture is going through a fundamental shift in how designers communicate ideas. Today’s clients are technology savvy and becoming comfortable with interactive design immersion technologies such as iPads, BIMx, Google Cardboard VR and Oculus Rift.

Discover how mobile and virtual reality technologies are changing the way architects interact with clients, consultants, contractors and other stakeholders. The seminar will review case studies that utilize immersion technologies to improve their design process, build client engagement, expand services and support remote communication. We invite you to take a ride with us as we embark on a look at present day use of immersion technologies as well as a glimpse to the future where we envision how mobile and virtual reality will impact the profession.

Attendees will receive a FREE BIMx Cardboard VR viewer and BIMx app compatible with Apple iPhone or Android Phones.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review technologies that can increase your presentation effectiveness and sell your design ideas to clients.
  • Examine popular architectural design immersion technologies including BIMx, Google Cardboard VR and Oculus Rift.
  • Discover through case studies how architects use design immersion to improve the design process, build client engagement, expand services and support remote communication.
  • Explore how mobile and virtual reality impact current and future methods for presenting and communicating design and construction.

Navigating the Stratosphere: Pushing the Cloud to the Limit

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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1.5 CES LUs

Learn about the Salt Lake City International Airport project and how HOK reevaluated, strategized, and adopted new technologies to enhance the collaborative design process. Hear about the hurdles and opportunities that appear when the Cloud is pushed to the limit by projects of colossal dimensions.

Following a 12-year planning period, HOK was commissioned to design the Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah, one of the largest aviation projects under construction in the United States. In 2017, the airport launched a 740,000-square-foot concourse expansion to the ongoing project, bringing the total area to 2.3 million square feet and total construction cost to $2.8 billion. This change provided HOK with the opportunity to realign its BIM execution plan with a brand-new set of design technologies supporting big data, including A360 Collaboration for Revit cloud service, FormIt 360 software, Dynamo Studio software, Revizto, and Enscape.

Setting Up Vectorworks Document Files

A Vectorworks User Group

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
6-8pm
Free and open to all.
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

At our first meeting of 2018, several from our group will share how their practices organize and structure Vectorworks document files.  We will be reviewing and discussing a variety of layer and classing systems, document templates, resource organizations, work spaces, and the like.

About the Presenters:

Peter Thayer (Architect, OAG Architects Inc.) has been using Vectorworks/MiniCAD software for over 20 years, providing residential architectural services with his firm in Benicia.

Paul Majka (Principal, Paul Majka Architect Inc.) is a seasoned professional in Architecture with about 15 years of experience with Vectorworks, and is currently running an architectural practice in San Francisco.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this program participants will be able to…

  1. Learn how others have developed layer and classing systems to suit their workflow.
  2. Understand how to structure template files to maintain consistency and optimize efficient design and documentation.
  3. See how others have customized their workspaces, and set-up saved views to enhance efficiency.
  4. Learn about different systems for organizing resources to speed location and selection.

Ideate, Inc. Customer Appreciation Holiday Party

Thursday, December 14 2017
11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all.
Location: Autodesk Gallery, One Market, San Francisco, CA 94105
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Thank you for helping us have a successful 2017! Please join us in appreciation and celebration.

Vectorworks v2018: New Features and Improvements

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6-8pm
Free and open to all.
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At this meeting we will discuss and demonstrate the most significant new features of Vectorworks 2018 – the user interface changes and the enhancements that speed productivity and BIM creation and exchange.

About the Presenters:

Peter Thayer – Architect, OAG Architects Inc., Benicia, CA.

Peter has been using Vectorworks/MiniCAD software for over 15 years, providing residential architectural services with his firm in Benicia.

Paul Majka – Principal, Paul Majka Architect Inc., San Francisco, CA

Paul is a seasoned professional in Architecture with about ten years of experience with Vectorworks, and is currently running an architectural practice in San Francisco.

Learning Objectives:

  1. See how to use multiple and floating view panes to see 3D “models” from multiple angles, and design and document sheet layers simultaneously.
  2. Learn about the new features to control parametric object parameters through styles.
  3. See how enhancements to editing of site models, walls, roofs, “live” sections and elevations can be used to increase productivity.
  4. Understand the interface changes for document sheet layouts and publications, and worksheet data.

Are you new and interested in attending?
Send an email to the user group leaders Paul Majka vwx@paulmajka.com or Peter Thayer pthayer@oagarchitects.com.