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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.

Vectorworks User Group: Back to Basics

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
6-8pm
Free and open to all.
Click here to RSVP.

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.

3D Modeling and Renderworks

A Northern California Vectorworks Users Group

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
6-8pm
Free and open to all. No RSVPs needed.

1.5 CES LUs

We will watch a couple of short modeling videos showing the use of the many modeling tools Vectorworks has to offer.  Also, Vectorworks 2017 now includes Renderworks for all users, and for those who are unfamiliar with how to use it to illustrate your design intent, we will help you understand its controls to light and to show materials on your 3D models.

About the Presenters:

Peter Thayer, architect, at 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 at 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 to use some of the many 3D modeling tools available in Vectorworks
  2. Learn how to light your 3D design models from a variety of sources.
  3. See where you can find textures for use on the Internet and how to create your own.
  4. Learn how to apply materials and adjust shaders for reflectance, transparency etc.

Information Modeling’s Role in Sustainable Design Decisions

This event has been postponed. We will notify you when we reschedule.

Friday, March 17, 2017
Noon-1:30pm
Lunch provided by Vectorworks, Inc.
Please RSVP by 10am March 16 to events@aiaeb.org

1.5 CES LUs

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Site Information Modeling (SIM) applications provide us with the necessary tools to carry out well-designed and well-planned projects that save both time and money. These same BIM and SIM tools can also be used to help make informed decisions and create responsible, sustainable designs. This presentation will look at case studies of both architecture and landscape architecture projects that utilized intelligent BIM objects and tools to achieve low-impact, sustainable designs.

About the Presenter:
David DenglerAs a Regional Account Manager, David Dengler promotes the Vectorworks brand through consultative sales, marketing, promotion, education, and outreach across California. He also conducts CEU presentations and enables educational institutions to bring the Vectorworks platform into their classrooms. David is well suited for the task because he possesses extensive CAD software experience, including first-hand knowledge of Vectorworks software and its rendering capabilities. He has used Vectorworks professionally since 1996. Before joining Vectorworks Inc. in 2013, David was a designer with Adler Display. Prior to that, he founded his own company and developed apps for iPhone/iPad. He has worked as a project designer/manager with various architectural firms in California for over 15 years where he completed both residential and commercial projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand BIM and SIM workflows.
  • Learn how designers can benefit from using a BIM application.
  • Discover what tools are available to make sustainable design decisions.
  • See how designers are achieving success with intelligent tools and applications.

New and Improved Tools for Architects in Vectorworks 2017

A Northern California Vectorworks Users Group

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
6-8pm
Free and open to all. No RSVPs needed.

1.5 CES LUs

Vectorworks 2017 provides architects with several new tools, new commands and improvements.  In our first meeting of the year, we will continue exploring some of the most significant.  First, we will review the Structural Member Tool that we started discussing last November. We will then explore the features of the new Custom Cabinet and new Railing/Fence Tools, as well as the new Interior Elevations Command.  Time permitting, we will discuss some of the many improvements to parametric objects and 2D and 3D graphics that enhance the design process and our documentation.

About the Presenters:

Peter Thayer, architect, at 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 at 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 to model structural systems with industry standard and custom shapes.
  2. See how custom cabinetry differs from the standard base and wall cabinets that we have been using.
  3. See how the new Railing/Fence Tool functions.
  4. Learn about how Vectorworks 2017 enhances design, documentation and project delivery.

New Features and Improvements of Vectorworks 2017

A Northern California Vectorworks Users Group

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
6-8pm
Free and open to all. No RSVPs needed.

1.5 CES LUs

At this meeting we will explore some of the new features of Vectorworks 2017.  We will look into the improvements to the user interface, as well as some of the new or enhanced tools.   We will explore some of the time saving features and also some of the major interface upgrades such as the new Resource Manager.

About the Presenters:

Peter Thayer, architect, at 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 at 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 participants will be able to…

1. Learn of the new interface features added to the software that will help improve your productivity.

2. See how the new Resource Manager can easily access resources from multiple locations, including documents, default libraries, subscription libraries and online libraries.

3. Learn how the new slab drainage tool can taper and slope ground slabs or roof slabs to drains, and display drain size, elevation, and surface slope information.

4. Learn about the new big bang features added to the base program for everyone such as Renderworks, Camera Match and Cloud Services.

Addition and Alteration Projects with Vectorworks

A Vectorworks User Group

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6-8pm
Free and open to all. No RSVPs needed.

1.5 CES LUs

Designing and documenting addition and alteration projects with Vectorworks will be the focus of our presentation and discussions on September 13th. We’ll go over setting up project documents to accomplish this effectively, developing existing and proposed plans, sections and elevations, alternatives and shadow studies.

Plus, with the imminent release of Vectorworks 2017, we will let you know as best we can, some of what you might expect and how to prepare for it.

About the Speakers:

Peter Thayer, architect at OAG Architects Inc., 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., 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 participants will be able to…

  1. Know how to set up project files that facilitate the design and documentation of addition and alteration projects.
  2. Demonstrate how to separately display and indicate existing and new work.
  3. See at least two ways how alternative schemes might be studied and documented.
  4. Learn how to create shadow studies to satisfy local building regulations.

 

Practical Uses for Worksheets and Scripts

A Northern California Vectorworks User Group

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
7-9pm
Free and open to all. No RSVPS needed.

1.5 CES LUs

Learn how to create worksheets for door and window schedules, create lists of drawings for multiple sets from a single file and how to perform area calculations, lot coverage, floor area ratio calculations and more. Bendrew Jong, FAIA will show how he used Vectorworks to develop the design of a million square-foot project in West Oakland, particularly his use of Vectorworks’ 3D graphics to successfully obtain Design Review approval of the project last year.

About the Presenters:

Bendrew Jong, FAIA is a Principal at Bendrew Jong, FAIA in Berkeley, an award-winning full service architecture and planning firm founded in 1975, noted for its superior design talent in both small and large scale projects.

Peter Thayer, architect at 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 at 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 be able to…

  1. Learn how to create worksheets from objects in your CAD files to produce schedules and perform calculations.
  2. Learn how to easily modify the appearance of your schedules using scripts.
  3. See at least two ways you can use worksheets to modify your designs.
  4. Learn to create commands, tools and parametric objects to save time and minimize errors.

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.