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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Vectorworks 2019 Plugin for Artlantis Available Now

Artlantis Vectorworks

Abvent have developed a variety of export plugins so you can avoid using a standard exchange file format between your modeler and Artlantis, as well as the risk of losing information that method involves. The latest plugin for Vectorworks is ready to download and use right now.

Download Plugin

Artlantis allows you to use models designed with almost all of the 3D applications on the market, without losing any information! As stand-alone rendering software, Artlantis can import many commonly used 3D formats including .DXF, .DWG, .OBJ and .3DS.

Artlantis is compatible with many other 3D packages including SketchUp Pro, Rhino, and more. Click here to view Artlantis plugins.

Cast your Vote for the Construction Computing Awards 2018

The Hammers 2018

The Construction Computing awards (or “The Hammers” as they are affectionately known) are back for 2018!

Once again, the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes will be showcased and rewarded. For many, the awards have become a key event for the industry to network, exchange thoughts and ideas, as well as have a little bit of fun too!

Voting Now Open!
Voting Closes: 2nd November
Winners Ceremony: 15th November

Among the nominees across awards including “BIM Product of the Year”, “Architectural Product of the Year”, and “Company of the Year”, you’ll find Vectorworks, Trimble (SketchUp) and many more which are very deserving of your vote.

Vectorworks bring the specific tools you need with Architect, Spotlight and Landmark. Across the board, the software boasts multiple workflow improvements making an already robust, professional level product into something better each year. Always listening closely to their customers, Vectorworks deliver exceptional quality for designers in the architecture, landscape, entertainment and interior design industries.

Trimble have formed an extremely intuitive layout, making SketchUp Pro one of the easiest CAD programs to use. The customisable toolbars and thousands of models in the 3D Warehouse mean that designers of all skill levels will find SketchUp Pro to be one the easiest and fastest CAD software programs for creating and editing 2D and 3D designs.

Project applications will be considered by a panel of judges, the readers of Construction Computing Magazine and the clients of the companies competing for the top honours. Featuring over 20 categories, the Construction Computing Awards allow companies from every sector of the industry to seek recognition for their efforts over the past 12 months.

What’s New in Vectorworks 2019

Vectorworks 2019

Some greet annual updates with scepticism, some with genuine excitement. Vectorworks provide annual major updates (with free service pack releases throughout the year) and this year sees some significant changes and added features.

There are significant improvements in sections and cut-throughs, Fundamentals loses its access to window and door tools, and there are a range of more minor new features that improve general usability or address gripes.

Changes to Fundamentals

Traditionally, Vectorworks Fundamentals has been pitched as the entry level solution but it has carried within it various tools that are extremely helpful for architectural work. These industry-specific tools will now only be available in design-series packages. The tools that are removed from Fundamentals 2019 are:

  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Spaces
  • Columns
  • Stairs & Ramps

Fundamentals users on VSS when 2019 is released will be entitled to a free upgrade to a design series product (Architect, Landmark or Spotlight) and their VSS will increase slightly upon renewal to reflect the upgrade. Fundamentals users without VSS but wishing to move to 2019 will need to upgrade to Vectorworks Architect to have access once again to those tools.

The price of Vectorworks Fundamentals 2019 has been frozen and it’s anticipated that going forward it will continue to fill a role as a good 2D & 3D application, provide a cost effective alternative to AutoCAD but architects and interior designers will find the design series products more useful. Likewise, anyone looking for a BIM platform will need to be working in a design series product.

 

New Features Across the Board

  • 2D Components for Hybrid Objects
  • Image Effects
  • Clip Cube Options
  • Subdivision Iterations
  • Multi-Core Support for Graphics
  • Improved DWG Import/Export
  • Vectorworks Graphics Module Available on Sheet Layers
  • Layer and Class Filtering
  • Improved Flyover Sensitivity
  • Improved Chain Dimensions

 

Industry Series

  • BIM Ready Building Libraries
  • Data Tags
  • Marionette Improvements
  • Bi-Directional Editing in COBie worksheets
  • Improved OpenBIM / IFC Export Options
  • Improved PDF Workflows
  • Improved REVIT Collaboration
  • Section Drawing Creation
  • Object Catalogues
  • Point Cloud Enhancements
  • Space Objects: Non-Horizontal Ceilings and Floors
  • Space Styles
  • Improved Title Block Management
  • Project Sharing Diagnostics
  • Vehicle Turning Simulation

 

Vectorworks Architect

Vectorworks Architect

  • Improved Stairs
  • 3D Site Sculpting

 

Vectorworks Spotlight

Vectorworks Spotlight

  • Spotlight Objects in 3D
  • Introduction of My Virtual Rig (MVR) Open File Format Container
  • 3D Label Legend Improvements
  • Improved Lighting Instrument Tool
  • Projector Screen Creation Mode
  • Spotlight Numbering Command

 

Vectorworks Landmark

Vectorworks Landmark

  • Improved Stairs
  • 3D Site Sculpting
  • Plant Data Sources
  • Planting Plans: UI Enhancements
  • Hardscape Components

 

Vectorworks Designer

 

Vectorworks Designer

  • Improved Stairs
  • 3D Site Sculpting
  • Plant Data Sources
  • Planting Plans: UI Enhancements
  • Hardscape Components
  • Spotlight Objects in 3D
  • Introduction of My Virtual Rig (MVR) Open File Format Container
  • 3D Label Legend Improvements
  • Improved Lighting Instrument Tool
  • Projector Screen Creation Mode
  • Spotlight Numbering Command

 

If you’re interested in purchasing Vectorworks, or have any queries, give us a call or email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Vectorworks 2019: Clip Cube for Viewports

Vectorworks 2019

Vectorworks 2019 introduces clip cube support for viewports and Renderworks modes in design layers and sheet layers.

Previously, clip cube supported openGL and WireFrame rendering modes. However, now you will be able to use clip cubes in any rendered view or style, giving you the efficiency and capability you need to create remarkable sections, elevations, and presentation drawings.

The clip cube option is located in the advanced viewport dialog box, along with other preferences, such as changing the fill and edge color or casting shadows of removed objects. To get the full details check out the video below:

“The new clip cube feature is great. We’ve been waiting for the ability to show clip cubes in sheet layer viewports, and now we can,” said Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED, AP, principal architect at Hamilton + Aitken Architects. “In schematic design, we can make 3D plan views by setting clip cube a few feet above the floor. Or in design development, we can present sections in cutaway axon views to really demonstrate how things relate to each other. This really expands our tools for design presentations.”