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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
Click here to register.

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.

Disruption in Design Workflow

11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate, Inc.
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BIM is changing the way architecture firms must approach the design process, and it’s yielding fantastic results.

During this presentation, learn why it is no longer necessary for teams to spend the majority of the project schedule in documentation. Explore how BIM tools, such as Revit, will give you more time to:

  • identify client needs
  • review design options
  • use technical data to evaluate solutions
  • streamline the design for greater efficiency and lower client costs

About The Presenter:

Laura Kay Smith, Design Technology Manager, ZFG Architects, has been on the technology management side of architecture for over 20 years, both as a business consultant and an in-house expert. She develops and helps firms use technology to create better design. As a thought and technology leader, Laura brings new approaches that help architectural teams transform technology and design challenges into opportunities for innovation and practice excellence.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Laura moved to Vancouver, BC Canada in January 2011. Laura has contributed to the advancement of BIM in Vancouver by being a part of CanBIM, SmartBIM, conferences, and user groups. As the author of the blog, BIMFreak and the ebook, “How to Be a BIM Advocate,” Laura is a valuable resource for implementing and starting BIM. She has the expertise to guide all levels of BIM users toward successful and future-proof technology solutions.

Bringing Your Model to Life

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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1.5 CES LUs

This Revit User Group focuses on implementing the model in the field using Leica Robotic Total Stations. The Leica iCON Robot 50 is a robotic total station that has been designed for easy use in the building construction industry. As a fully capable Survey grade robot, it can handle any type of project easily and efficiently.

About the Presenters:

Stanley Lawrence, Datum Tech Solutions Founder, brings over 20 years of industry experience to the nation-wide reseller of total stations and construction software. He’s watched the changes in the industry and has positioned himself at the cutting edge of construction technology. During his years in the field, Stanley learned that no software is a substitute for proper training. At Datum Tech Solutions, Stanley trains clients one-on-one, helping them become proficient in the ever-evolving field of BIM technologies, while saving them time and money.

Bryant Schwartz, Sales & Training Manager, has been in the commercial construction space for more than a decade, working hands-on within high-end and complex projects. Much of his experience lies in high rise construction, including projects ranging from stadiums to biospheres. He enjoys tackling each project’s unique challenges by utilizing effective and efficient workflow management.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  • Be able to fully integrate drawings from AutoCAD and Revit, giving the field the ability to utilize Building Information Models to their fullest capabilities
  • Highly accurate – the iCON Robot 50 in conjunction with iCON software allows for a user friendly workflow that is extremely accurate and minimizes any possibilities for mistakes in the field
  •  Versatile – Allows for multiple setup methods, allowing the user to work virtually anywhere on a job site
  • Implementing the model in the field using Leica Robotic Total Stations

Discover How IdeateApps Can Increase Your Revit Productivity and Efficiency

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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1.5 CES LUs

IdeateApps is a collection of eight tools that can dramatically increase your Revit productivity and efficiency. In this presentation, we will quickly summarize and show how each tool can streamline your Revit workflows, and increase your Revit productivity. Increasing your productivity has never been this much fun!

About the Presenter:

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist, Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience, and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 12 years at Autodesk where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria.

Learning Objectives:

From this presentation, attendees will…

  1. Learn about the eight tools to  increase Revit productivity
  2. Understand how these tools create efficiency
  3. Gain insight on how each tool can streamline Revit workflows
  4. Increase Revit productivity.

FormIt Pro: What’s In It For You?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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1.5 CES LUs

FormIt Pro is an intuitive surface modeler, which can be used to model conceptual designs and move the conceptual work (Masses) into Revit software for further development as a BIM project. Or, simply use FormIt Pro as an alternative to SketchUp for smoother model integration with Revit.

Use FormIt Pro to:

  • Facilitate real-time collaboration between team members while working in the Cloud
  • Perform Energy Analyses, when used in conjunction with Insight
  • Enhance Revit models, using family categories

During this presentation, we will look at options for how to use the software and review the current status of its development.

About the Presenter: 

Jim Cowan, ACI, AEC Senior Application Specialist – Jim’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise, and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought-after university curriculum developer, instructor, and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions, and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Jim has special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings, and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading  devices).

Learning objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  • Learn at least three ways that FormIt Pro can be used in your practice.
  • Facilitate real-time collaboration between team members while working in the cloud.
  • Perform Energy Analyses, when used in conjunction with Insight.
  • Learn at least three ways to enhance Revit models, using family categories.