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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.

Vectorworks User Group: Exploring the New Features of Vectorworks 2015

Tuesday November 11, 2014
7-9pm
Free and open to all.

1.5 CES LU

 

In this meeting we will focus on the new features of the recently released Vectorworks 2015.  We will look into this extensive software upgrade which includes the shift to new technologies such as full support for 64 bit computing and High Resolution displays, and full adoption of Quartz Imaging and the deletion of QuickDraw technology.  We will also discuss the many new features as well as improved existing features for 2D and 3D drawing creation, presentation, and collaboration.  Many well used features such as Worksheets, Text, Dimensions, Stories, Spaces, Stairs, Windows, Doors, Publish, Import and Export, have been significantly modified with additional functionality.  There have also been numerous changes and additional content added to specific modules such as Landmark and Spotlight.  We will delve into as many of these new features as our time will allow.

About the Presenters

Peter Thayer – Architect, OAG Architects Inc: Peter 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: 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. Learn of the many BIM improvements that help you to more effectively create and present your 3D models.
  2. See the improvements to the import and export functions for better collaboration with others.
  3. Learn to more easily bring in resources from external documents to improve the graphic presentation of your work.
  4. See the many tool and command feature improvements that streamline your workflow and improve your drawing efficiency.

 

Vectorworks Tools for 2D drafting, 3D modeling and BIM

A Vectorworks Users Group
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
7-9pm
All are welcome!
1.5 CES LUs

We will explore some of the more useful tools in the Vectorworks Tool Sets to accomplish and speed drafting and digital modeling tasks from basic 2D to more complex 3D creation and manipulation, as well as for building information authoring and communication, and their application to our professional practices.

As well, we will take time to field questions and to discuss issues that may be bothersome, or of interest to the group.

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 over ten years of experience with Vectorworks, and is currently running an architectural practice in San Francisco.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this program, attendees will:

1.             Be able to give three ways to speed design and documentation workflow with Vectorworks.

2.             Be able to identify three specialized tools for drafting and modeling.

3.             Be able to explain how to convert 2D shapes to 3D objects and covert them to BIM components.

4.             Be able to describe how to use BIM tools in Vectorworks.

Creating & Working with 3D Roof Objects

A Vectorworks Users Group

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
7-9pm
All are welcome!
1.5 CES LUs

At this meeting, we will look into the two main methods of modeling roofs.  We will look into the Create Roof Command and also the Roof Face Command, their differences, and when to use each.  We will also discuss how to reshape roofs when you reach the limitations of these commands.  We will go over several parametric objects that can be inserted in roofs including skylights and dormer windows, and we will discuss setting the roof height in your model and how to fit walls up to the roof.

Time permitting, we’ll try to complement some topics from recent meetings, such as more about walls, including wall features and handling components, and finish our discussions about custom space labels, and definitely will take time to field questions and to discuss issues that may be bothersome, or of interest to the group.

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:

At the end of this presentation, attendees will understand:

1.             How to create Roof Objects and Roof Faces in a 3D model

2.             How to set the elevation of the roof relative to the walls and fit the walls up to the roof

3.             How to reshape complex roof objects

4.             How to insert dormers and skylights in your roof

Schematic Design Using Vectorworks Architects

Tuesday, September 11
7-9pm
Vectorworks User Group
AIA East Bay
1405 Clay St.
Oakland, CA

Free and open to all.

Paul Majka will discuss the topic “Schematic Design using Vectorworks Architect”

We will cover the development of site and building plans, sections and elevations from a 3D model, and preparation of shadow studies and area calculations using Vectorworks Architect software. We will discuss the use of this software for these and others.

About the presenter: Paul Majka – Principal, Paul Majka Architect Inc. San Francisco, seasoned professional with about 10 years’ experience with Vectorworks.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Use of the site modeling tools of Vectorworks Architect software.
  2. Use of parametric tools to develop 3D massing and building models on design layers.
  3. Present the design in plans, sections and elevations using viewports on sheet layers.
  4. Use the model and information attached to its component objects to prepare shadow studies and area calculations.