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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.

Innovative Technology Solution for Leveraging BIM Data

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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Assemble Insight is a cloud-based BIM data solution used today to manage over 7,500 projects. This solution allows Revit and non-Revit users alike to access, analyze, and share data for numerous tasks, including model validation, estimating, visual variance (comparisons), and custom reporting.

During this presentation, you will learn how project teams use Assemble Insight to transform architecture, engineering and construction processes and improve project predictability.

Learning Objectives:

Forthcoming.

Site Development

A Northern California Vectorworks Users Group

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
6-8pm
Free and open to all.

Mandy Shlugleit presents the work of David Thorne, Landscape Architect and shares how her office uses Vectorworks. We will demonstrate the creation of a digital terrain model with some common site improvements using the tools in the Site Planning tool set and commands for Vectorworks Architect and Landmark users.

About the Presenters:

Mandy Shlugleit, Associate, David Thorne Landscape Architect is trained in fine-arts painting and passionate about the dynamic relationship between people, plants and landscape as a sculptural form. Mandy creates unique and personalized landscapes across a variety of styles, scales, microclimates and ecological considerations.

Peter Thayer, Architect, OAG Architects Inc., has been using Vectorworks/MiniCAD software for over 15 years, providing residential and architectural services with his firm in Benicia.

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

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Learn how to create digital terrain models using Vectorworks.
  2. See at least three ways in which to modify terrain for common site improvements.
  3. Learn how David Thorne Landscape Architect and their office use Vectorworks in their practice.
  4. See a sampling of landscape architecture and how Vectorworks can be used in the design process.

Vectorworks User Group: Back to Basics

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
6-8pm
Free and open to all.
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In this meeting we will review some of the basic tools and commands available in Vectorworks, and some of the less documented or less known features.  It’s easy to get stuck doing Vectorworks tasks a certain way when there may be a more efficient way of doing the same tasks. We have been looking at new features in the last few meetings, but it is never a bad idea to have another look at the existing tools and features, some of which may have been forgotten or overlooked.

About the Presenter:

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

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will…

  1. Learn at least three ways to be more efficient with common tools and their tool modes.
  2. See how to use time saving commands and their keyboard shortcuts.
  3. Gain an understanding of object scale and how to use drawing planes.
  4. Learn at least two less-documented but useful drawing features in Vectorworks.

Streamlining the Delivery of Simultaneous Design Projects

A Revit User Group

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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Kaiser Permanente hired HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm, to simultaneously design two medical office buildings, one in Roseville and one in Redwood City. Join this presentation to hear HOK’s successful approach to streamlining delivery by using several cloud–based services and augmenting the Revit models for rendering and virtual reality, collaboration, file sharing, program validation, and FFE management.

You’ll hear about how they used several tools, including: Autodesk Revit, dRofus, Dynamo, Autodesk A360 VR Panorama, and Autodesk BIM 360 Glue.

About the Presenters:

Brent Martin is an artist, architect, and graphic designer with 18 years of professional experience. Before pursuing a career in architecture, Brent was a graphic designer for seven years, four of them within an architecture firm, where he specialized in corporate identity, publishing, exhibits, way–finding, and architectural graphics. Brent’s career in architecture has focused on institutional projects for companies in the following market sectors: academic, science and tech, justice, and healthcare.

Maggie Hua is an architectural designer at HOK. Born and raised in south China, Maggie has studied architecture and worked in Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Jersey, and Paris, and she is now in San Francisco. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with highest honors and earned a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, where she was also an Assistant Instructor in urban studies and the Public Affairs Chair of the Chinese association.

Modeling Complex Building Details

An ArchiCAD User Group

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6-7:30pm
Free and open to all.

1 CES LU

In this User Group, we will examine methods to model complex forms for residential projects including kitchen and bath renovations. The session will include a review of projects from Andrew Passacantando of Passacantando Architects that demonstrate how to model complex forms used in Mendham Shingle-Style construction and historical renovation projects.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program attendees will…

  1. Show how to model complex building forms.
  2. Demonstrate how to model details for residential and renovation projects.
  3. Provide an overview using the Complex Profile Tool
  4. Illustrate how to integrate Complex Profiles with the Morph Tool.