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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.

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.

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.

Vectorworks v2018: New Features and Improvements

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6-8pm
Free and open to all.
Click here to register.

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.

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.

Customizing Vectorworks and General Tips and Tricks

a Vectorworks User Group

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
7-9pm
Free and open to all. No RSVPs needed.

1.5 CES LUs

At this meeting we will review how Vectorworks can be customized to suit the users individual needs, including use of the Workspace Editor, setting up Preferences, finding and installing third party resources, saving and accessing Template files, general drawing organization, basic use of scripting functions and many time-saving tips and tricks.

About the Presenters:

Peter Thayer, architect at OAG Architects Inc., has been using Vectorworks/MiniCAD sofrtware for over 15 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 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 customize Vectorworks to work more efficiently and streamline your workflow.
2. See how to access and install the many resources available online
3. Learn the power of Template files and where to keep them for fast drawing setup.
4. Learn at least three time-saving tips and tricks throughout the application.

Northern California Vectorworks User Group

Tuesday, March 08, 2016
7-9pm
Free and open to all. No RSVPs needed.

1.5 CES LUs

With the addition of component layers to roof and roof face objects and their common component elements in walls and slabs in Vectorworks 2016, we propose to focus this month’s discussion on these components. This user group will also cover the graphic and virtual parts of objects that we use in these and a wide range of objects in our designs, to develop a better understanding of their characteristics, their control and use.

Along with the discussion, we will provide a forum for questions, answers, professional networking and sharing of topics of common interest.

About the Presenters:

Peter Thayer, is an Architect at OAG Architects Inc. in Benicia, CA. Peter has been using Vectorworks and MiniCAD sofrtware for over 15 years, providing residential architectural services to his firm in Benicia.

Paul Majka, is a Principal at Paul Majka Architect Inc. in San Francisco, CA and is a seasoned professional in Architecture with about ten years of experience with Vectorworks.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

1. Be able to identify what components are.

2. Understand the default components and their built-in controls provided with the software.

3. Learn to create custom components and be able to assemble them in objects and associated libraries.

4. Learn to use components to position and align objects.

Northern California Vectorworks User Group

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
7-9pm
Free and open to all

1.5 CES LUs

Join us as we continue to explore the new features of Vectorworks 2016. We’ll dive into some of the enhancements to slab and roof objects including 3D slab modifiers, the improved use of components and styles as well as glazing and hardware controls for doors and windows. We will also look into the smaller time-saving features and the big-bang additions such at the new Marionette tool.

We will get into as many of the new features as the time will allow and will also field any questions that come up along the way.

About the Presenters:

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

Paul Majka is currently running an architecture practice in San Francisco and has ten years of experience using Vectorworks to assist his firm.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the presentation, attendees will…

  1. Learn the new interface features throughout the software that streamline workflow.
  2. Demonstrate how the new Marionette tool can be used to generate parametric objects and free-form geometry.
  3. See how to modify slab objects with 3D geometry.
  4. Learn how to leverage new components features and glazing and hardware controls.

Advanced Features of Vectorworks Import and Export

A Vectorworks User Group

Tuesday, March 10, 2014
7-9pm
Free and open to all.
1.5 CES LUs

At this meeting we will explore some of the advanced features of the import and export functionality of Vectorworks.  We will look into the ‘publish’ command for export in multiple file formats, and look at ways to setup and preview certain file formats after the export. We will also review the ‘import’ command, including added features for the manipulation of the imported content of some imported file types.

About the Presenters

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

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

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn to use the publish command to expedite export to multiple file formats for easier collaboration with others.
  2. Learn how to preview DWGs on a Mac and setup exported files prior to sending.
  3. Learn how to reference and crop some imported image files to reduce file size.
  4. Learn how to snap to the geometry and extract usable data from imported PDFs.

Vectorworks User Group: Enhanced Workflows and Vectorworks 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2014
7-9pm
Free and open to all.
1.5 CES LUs

Making use of the many new features and improvements to existing features in Vectorworks 2015, we will explore how 2D and 3D drawing creation, presentation, and collaboration workflows are significantly enhanced.  Continuing our discussions of the last meeting, our focus will be on Architectural drawings using improved story, wall, stair, window, door, features to speed and facilitate the design process, using additional BIM functionality of callouts, dimensions, spaces, text, and worksheets for better documentation, and working with the modified import, export, and publish commands to share work with others.

About the Presenters

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

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

Learning Objectives

  1. See how many of the enhanced features of Vectorworks 2015 can streamline efficiency.
  2. Understand how the use of stories, with levels whether or not associated with design layers can facilitate placement and control of parametric objects.
  3. Learn how to use several significant BIM improvements to enhance the documentation process.
  4. Learn to set Import, Export and Publish command parameters for better collaboration with others.