Vectorworks Service Pack 3 Released

Vectorworks SP3

Vectorworks 2019 has just been updated with the release of SP3. As well as some exciting new features which include Cloud presentations and MVR workflows, there are also a number of fixes including some for customers using OS X Mojave. To install, select “Check for Updates” from the Vectorworks menu (Mac) or Help menu (Windows).

Immerse Clients in Your Design with Linked Panoramas

With SP3, the Cloud presentation feature allows designers with an active Vectorworks Service Select membership to use Vectorworks Cloud Services to generate presentations of designs with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Presentations include interactive 360 rendered panoramas that can be linked together to create a holistic, immersive experience.

 

Discover a Better Way to Work

With the support of the General Device Type Format (GDTF) co-founders, MA Lighting and Robe lighting, Vectorworks have created a file format called My Virtual Rig (MVR). The MVR file format creates a two-way connection between planning, previz, and console systems that implement the support needed for a seamless workflow.

With SP3, Vectorworks have implemented import and export of MVR in Vectorworks Spotlight 2019 and import of MVR into Vision 2019. Now, entertainment designers can create a more efficient and connected workflow between design planning and previz, merging the iterative changes of the model between Spotlight and Vision without re-importing and redefining the performance cues each time.

 

Experience the Power of Real-time Rendering with Lumion LiveSync

Designers will enjoy a new live-sync rendering connection that allows them to perform real-time rendering while making design changes within Vectorworks. The LiveSync plug-in is developed by Lumion and is the first partner plug-in to use a new Vectorworks Graphics Sync (VGS) API.

Lumion and the LiveSync plug-in are available on the PC, and the plug-in is available immediately for English language users on the Lumion website. Additional language options will be offered soon.

 

Enjoy Additional Quality and Performance Improvements

SP3 also contains performance improvements, including several fixes to compatibility with macOS Mojave and significant redraw speed enhancements with Space Objects.

This Service Pack is available as a downloadable updater for all English-based versions of Vectorworks 2019. To install, select “Check for Updates” from the Vectorworks menu (Mac) or Help menu (Windows).

Vectorworks 2019 is available now at CAD Software Direct .com

April Deals: Vectorworks, Maxwell Render and More!

April Offers

April has arrived, and now is a great time to save on Vectorworks, Maxwell Render, Realflow and formZ! Check out our current offers below which are running from now until the end of April.

 

Vectorworks – Get Current with 50% OFF

Time to Get Current by upgrading to Vectorworks 2019 at a 50% discount when purchasing a year of VSS before April 30th. When upgrading Fundamentals, take advantage of an additional 50% OFF when upgrading to Architect, Landmark or Spotlight!

Eligible customers must be in the UK & Ireland only, and not currently on VSS.

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Maxwell Render – 10% OFF

Get 10% OFF when you enter APRIL10 at checkout before April 30th. Maxwell Render is a render engine for making perfect images, films and animations from 3D models. It is the complete solution for anyone who demands immaculate results on a deadline. Maxwell Render is now also available as a plugin for a wide range of modellers including Maxwell for SketchUp and Maxwell for Cinema 4D.

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Realflow – 10% OFF

Get 10% OFF when you enter APRIL10 at checkout before April 30th. RealFlow is an industry-standard, out-of-the-box fluid simulation software. Fast and easy to use, it is compatible with all major 3D platforms, as well as Realflow for Maya and Realflow for Cinema4D.

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formZ – 10% OFF

Get 10% OFF when you enter APRIL10 at checkout before April 30th. formZ Pro is a general purpose 3D solids and surface modeler. Not only can you build any form you imagine with formZ, it can also ignite discoveries of forms that you may not have thought of otherwise. formZ, the 3D form synthesizer, is above all a 3D modeling program, even though it also includes drafting, rendering and animation.

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Vectorworks Design Scholarship Now Open

Vectorworks

Everything starts with an idea.

Faced with some of the biggest design challenges of our time, students are boldly imagining a brighter world and using design tools to share these visions with others.

The Vectorworks Design Scholarship seeks to promote excellence in design and observe how the next generation will transform the world.

Students are encouraged to submit their design in PDF, .mov, or .mp4 file format not larger than 100 MB. A few short answers explaining your proposal are also required along with the entrants’ personal information, including name, school, address, and email. No hard copies will be accepted.

Apply Now

 

Round 1 – Vectorworks Design Scholarship

  • Exclusive to UK architecture students and has a prize of £2000 for tuition, fees, housing, textbooks, study abroad, conference registration, and other educational purposes.
  • Free Vectorworks design software for your school’s lab.
  • Free virtual or in-person training for faculty and students.

Round 2 – The Richard Diehl Design Award

  • The international competition with a prize of $7000 USD for tuition, fees, housing, textbooks, study abroad, conference registration, and other educational purposes.
  • Exposure in industry publications and press, as well as through the Vectorworks media and distributor network.
  • Benefits for you and your school such as Vectorworks lab licences and training provided by a Vectorworks expert, and more!

The competition is open to submissions until the 29th August 2019, and winners will be announced on the 16th October 2019! Click here to view the full judging rubric.

Apply Now

Vectorworks Promotion: Make the Switch

Vectorworks Offer - Make the Switch

Forget workarounds and complicated design processes that limit your creativity. If your design software isn’t doing exactly what you need it to, it’s time to move to one that does.

Now’s the time to make the move.

If you’re a new Vectorworks user purchasing a new Vectorworks license, you get a 25% discount PLUS a whole year of VSS absolutely free!

Make the Switch >

This offer is running from February 18th to March 29th

 

Christmas Deals 2018

Christmas Deals

As another year full of new releases, improved workflows and big projects draws to a close, we’re wrapping things up with discounts across a whole range of 3D modeling and rendering software.

CAD & 3D Christmas Offers

Thank you to all our customers and partners that have continued to support us this year.

All of us at CAD Software Direct wish you a Happy Christmas and great success throughout the year to come.

25% OFF Vectorworks until December 31st

Vectorworks Offer

To draw this year to a close, we’re running 25% OFF Vectorworks from now until December 31st 2018!

Vectorworks 2019 December Deal

Now is a great time to invest in Fundamentals, Architect, Spotlight, Landmark or even Designer.

VSS subscriptions and upgrades are included in the offer as well, so you can be sure of getting a great deal in preparation for next year.

Find out more about Vectorworks on our website, or contact us today for a quote.

(Excluding dongles, VSS renewals, and VSS pro-rations for people adding licences to an existing VSS contract)

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday

Tired of Black Friday queues?
Beat them all with Cyber Monday online exclusive deals!

We’ve got four big offers, something for everyone, that you won’t want to miss. Here’s what we have:

 

SketchUp

Exclusive to Monday 26th November, get 15% OFF RRP on new SketchUp Pro licenses.

Enter CYBER18SU at checkout to get the discount!

Trimble SketchUp Pro (formerly Google Sketchup Pro) is an intuitive 3D CAD software package that is both cost effective and natural to use. Built in features like Layout and third party renderers make Sketchup Pro a powerful tool.

Single licenses only, and one per purchaser only. Discount does not include the cost of maintenance and support.

Save on SketchUp >

 

Vectorworks

Exclusive to Monday 26th November, get 40% OFF RRP on new Vectorworks licenses.

Contact us now to get the discount!

Vectorworks 2019 is specialist and powerful software that is pleasantly user-friendly. It comes in five variants:

Fundamentals (the basic package, short on specialist libraries but containing all core 2D and 3D functionality)
Architect – for architecture and built environment work
Landmark – for landscape/environment design
Spotlight – for event and exhibition design
Designer – incorporates all these versions, ideal for multi-discipline practices.

If you’re looking for previz software to create unmatched experiences, you can with Vectorworks Vision, also at 40% off when purchased with a 1-year VSS membership.

Offer applies to new licenses of Vectorworks for new customers when committing to a 1-year VSS membership at full price.

Contact Us to save on Vectorworks >

 

KeyShot

Monday 26th – 30th November, get 20% OFF new KeyShot licenses.

Enter KSCYBER20 at checkout to get the discount!

KeyShot by Luxion, is a processor-driven rendering application that works equally well on Windows and Mac. It is a biased renderer meaning it accelerates rendering by estimating lighting calculations – but it does so extremely effectively. KeyShot comes as KeyShot HD or KeyShot Pro, where Pro includes a range of animation tools and additional options and features. KeyShot HD was previously limited to HD resolution but the output is now unlimited – making it even more appealing.

We’re also running 20% OFF all week long on upgrades and add-ons until November 30th! Enter KSCYBER20 at checkout to get the discount.

Offer does not apply to EDU and Maintenance products.

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Starting Friday 23rd and throughout the 26th, get a huge 50% OFF RRP on Maxwell and RealFlow new licenses.

Enter CYBER18NXT at checkout to get the discount!

RealFlow is an industry-standard, out-of-the-box fluid simulation software. Fast and easy to use, it is compatible with ALL major 3D platforms.

Save on RealFlow >

Maxwell is a render engine for making perfect images, films and animations from 3D models. It is the complete solution for anyone who demands immaculate results on a deadline. Maxwell Render is also available as a plugin for a wide range of modellers including SketchUp, Rhino and Cinema 4D.

Save on Maxwell >

 

Set your reminders now to visit CAD Software Direct this Cyber Monday to save on SketchUp, Vectorworks, KeyShot, RealFlow and Maxwell.

Last Chance – 50% OFF Vectorworks

Vectorworks Deal

This is your last chance to take advantage of this offer which ends Friday, November 16th.

Save 50% on Vectorworks 2019 when you purchase a one-year Vectorworks Service Select (VSS) membership.

If you aren’t already on VSS, you should know that it gives you upgrades to the latest version at no additional cost, as well as a whole host of features including priority technical support and unlimited access to the on-demand training portal. VSS is the most cost effective way to keep Vectorworks up to date with the latest features.

Find out more about Vectorworks Fundamentals, Vectorworks Architect and more at CAD Software Direct.

50% OFF Vectorworks when you join Service Select

Vectorworks

If you have an old license for Vectorworks, but are not on a Service Select contract, this is the deal for you. This offer, exclusively for valued Vectorworks customers, is valid now through to November 16th.

Existing customers not on a Vectorworks Service Select contract, with Vectorworks 2018, 2017 or 2016 get a 50% discount on upgrades when buying a year of VSS.

If you have Vectorworks 2015 or earlier, you can even buy a new 2019 license at a 50% discount when buying a year of VSS.

Vectorworks Fundamentals, Architect, Spotlight, Landmark and Designer 2019 are all available now at CAD Software Direct .com

2D to BIM Case Study – Assael Architecture

Vectorworks Case Study

This is an abridged version of the original case study by Vectorworks. View the original

Assael Architecture started with humble beginnings. Two staff members grew into an award-winning practice comprising several teams, directors, associate directors, and managers. With over 20 years of expertise in the design of mixed-use, residential-led developments in large, urban areas, the practice primarily works in major cities throughout the UK and is expanding its international presence with projects in Russia, Bahrain, and Germany.

A new project — Pontoon Dock — proved the perfect opportunity for the company to put its Building Information Modeling (BIM) planning and coordination into practice.

The Problem

The proposal is a landmark “Build to Rent” development comprising three buildings with heights ranging between five and 14 storeys, with 154 private rented apartments and 82 affordable homes, in response to Greater London’s housing shortage.

Assael’s major design challenge was balancing the build density on the constrained site, which sits between a viaduct outside Pontoon Dock DLR Station and the Thames Barrier Park.

The Plan

The Assael team sets out a project execution plan scaled to match the size of each project. “We work with the clients to make sure they understand the standards of the program we are working to,” explained Simon Pitt, one of the directors at Assael. “We allocate resources on a weekly and monthly basis to make sure that the key project tasks of the program are being met, while saving time and unnecessary expenses.”

With this in mind, the practice structured its project workflow to follow a workable and proven routine:

  • Assael issued the architectural model near the end of the week (Friday).
  • The MEP and structural engineers had a few days to download the architectural model and update any changes to their own models, uploading their own IFC files the following week (Tuesday).
  • Assael downloaded these models, combined the discipline models together, and performed clash detection with Solibri Model Checker. The resulting federated model was issued with PDF reports within 24 hours (Wednesday).
  • The federated combined digital model is reviewed at the fortnightly DTM (design team meeting). All design coordination prior to the DTM would be done via a web-based communication tool called BIMcollab.

This process was repeated in two-week cycles until the model was finalised. This systematising of information and model exchange worked well, and the Pontoon Dock project was the first of Assael’s to reach BIM Level 2 collaboration.

 

 

Assael was committed to constant communication, coordination, and negotiation to ensure all parties were presented with a consistent view of the project status. “We all had to sit around the table and look at the execution plan, the timeline, the model, the model exchanges, and the time for federating the model,” said Ben Lam, BIM manager and associate at Assael.

 

 

“We definitely spent a lot of time getting the model right and not just concentrating on 2D information, even though the contractors and consultants rely heavily on 2D data,” said Lam. Focusing on 3D modeling was important for the Assael team to reach their goals and allowed the firm to share not only the model, but also 2D information more easily.

“Getting the model right and spending more time at the beginning has really reaped rewards,” said Pitt. “And using Vectorworks allows us to generate the 2D information a lot quicker than we could before, especially when we consider the repeated updating and refining of the design.”

The Results

To meet the BIM Level 2 mandate, Assael had its own workflow adjustments to absorb. According to Lam, Vectorworks played a big role in this transition.

“It was quite a natural progression from using Vectorworks to get into BIM because we have always used Vectorworks’ intelligent objects like walls, windows, and doors, but we had never taken advantage of the fact that they were creating 3D BIM objects already,” he said. “I think our users have come to realise they’re creating BIM models without having to dramatically change the way they work. They’re starting to see the benefit of actually generating a proper model from which they are generating 2D information and how effective that can really be.”

The software also simplified the number of steps taken to reach major milestones in projects. In particular, Renderworks one of many features that’s proved to be a game changer.

“It’s a complete necessity here because we use rendering a lot for our elevations,” said Lam. “Without Renderworks, we just would not get the correct look and feel to our elevations and the associated information. With many of our material renders, for example, the light resources and the shadowing are very important for elevations. So, no matter what changes we do for the model, the renderings for the elevations come up just the way we like them to.”

Moving completely to BIM has also transformed the firm’s design process overall.

“In four to five years, projects that go from initial capacity study through to planning are now done as BIM models,” said Lam. “Everyone uses the 3D aspect much more than they used to; they have become more proficient in using 3D as part of the BIM process.”

He emphasised the importance of working completely in 3D.

“In the UK, a massive part of the design process for any project is gaining planning permission,” Pitt explained. “A vital part of our work is ensuring that we get the information right to present to planning committees, planning authorities, and the general public. When we moved towards BIM Level 2 using Vectorworks, we also needed to make sure the quality of our work didn’t drop or was compromised in any way. The fact that our existing workflow could be adapted quickly really helped in the transition.”

For Assael Architecture, the switch to BIM Level 2 compliance has been very effective, and the results of the Pontoon Dock project, along with many others, has set the firm up to continue on the path to a productive and promising future.

“We’ve developed our skills in 3D to develop BIM, and everyone is more proficient now in the way they use Vectorworks,” said Lam. “So, it’s been a natural progression between what we were using primarily as a 2D tool, for sections and elevations and plans, to develop that to 3D information that was already there but not being utilised.”

By fully utilising 3D, creating a BIM execution plan, and learning how to successfully conduct an openBIM workflow process with engineers, Assael will continue building future homes — and building its practice — for many years to come.

 

All Images © Assael Architecture