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Vectorworks 2019 – Best New Features and Improvements

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

At this meeting we will focus in on the most significant new features of Vectorworks 2019 –improvements that speed work-flow, new tools and enhancements for site modeling, visualization, documentation, and BIM creation and exchange.

Paul Majka, Principal, Paul Majka Architect Inc. is an architect with over fifteen years of experience with Vectorworks. He provides architectural and design and construction management services for hospitality, entertainment, leisure, and arts venues, and for select residential projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. See how to use the new tools for site modeling.
  2. Learn to employ the new software interface features to speed your workflow.
  3. See how to use the improvements to existing tools to facilitate the visualization and documentation of your work for sections and both 2D and 3D graphics.
  4. Understand the capabilities and advantages of the new import and export features to facilitate file exchange and collaboration.

Creating Intelligent Building Schedules

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
6-8pm
Free and open to all.

At this ARCHICAD user group we will review steps to create custom schedules such Furniture Schedules, Finish Schedules, Lighting Schedules, Door Schedules, Material Takeoffs, Cabinet Unit & Labor Pricing, LEED calculations and more. Join us as we review simple options to add great power to schedules as well as the power of using Expressions to add formulas similar to Excel spreadsheets.

We will also share best practices for utilizing ARCHICAD to create and manage building projects of all types. You’ll discover technical tips and tricks as well as share ideas for using ARCHICAD in practice.

Northern California Vectorworks User Group Meeting

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
6-8pm
Free and open to all.
Click here to register.

Our discussions for the evening will once again focus on site improvements. Bob Cleaver, landscape architect, will lead the discussions and presentations, taking us beyond basic site model creation to modeling the terrain in detail using the tools in Site Planning toolset and commands for Vectorworks Landmark and Architect users. We will also show how to integrate structures onto and into the site and to determine cut-and-fill quantities.

About the Presenters:

Bob Cleaver of Cleaver Design Associates, is a landscape architect with a practice started in 1996 and currently located in Lafayette. His work is a mix of residential, winery and school projects.

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

Four Learning Objectives:
After completing this program participants will…

  1. Learn how to manipulate the site using pads and grade limits, grading and hardscape tools.
  2. Understand when to draw traditional contours in plan or to use parametric site modifiers, and to use the power of 3D polygons.
  3. See how texture beds can quicken conceptual design how to take advantage of keyboard shortcuts to speed your workflows.
  4. Learn how to integrate structures onto and into the terrain and the associated quantities of earth moved to accommodate them.

Are you new and interested in attending?
Send an email to the user group leader Paul Majka at vwx@paulmajka.com.

What’s New in Revit?

11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate + IMAGINiT.

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1.5 CES LUs

Spring is in the air! It’s a great time to get out of the office, join us for lunch and learn about the new features and functionality in Revit 2019.

At this month’s Revit user group, you will hear from Eugene A. O’Day, IX, Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Owner (AECO) Solutions Team Lead for Ideate + IMAGINiT. Having recently attended the Autodesk One Team Extension Conference (OTx), Eugene is excited to discuss Revit 2019, including core improvements and discipline-specific enhancements for Architecture, MEP, and Structure.

About the presenter:

Eugene A. O’Day, IX, has more than 25 years of architectural and mechanical experience, and he offers a trained focus on all things Revit and BIM. Teaching is a passion of his. Eugene has been an instructor in undergraduate degree programs; has traveled worldwide teaching Autodesk solutions to major corporations; has taught at accredited Autodesk Training Centers throughout the northwestern region; and is a frequent and popular instructor, speaker, and presenter for AUGI® CAD Camps, Revit – and related product user groups. He has also been a trusted public school district advisor on new drafting instructor hires. At Ideate, Eugene provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, and AutoCAD. Eugene is also a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional.

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.