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.”

Vectorworks 2019 Teaser – Class & Layer Filters

Vectorworks 2019

Vectorworks are returning again this year with Teaser Tuesday! Here’s your chance for a sneak peek at updates to come in Vectorworks 2019. For the first in the series, here’s a Vectorworks 2019 update that will help you save time and make your workflow even smoother.

Most design files end up with more classes and layers than one can easily manage. In Vectorworks 2019, steps have been taken to increase efficiency by adding the ability to search, filter, and add tags to layers and classes. This means you can instantly find what you’re looking for by typing in a keyword search or using filters to display class and layers based upon specific properties. Watch the video below to see the full capabilities:

“As the amount of data in BIM files increases, it gets harder to find and manage classes and layers,” said Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect at Hamilton + Aitken Architects. “The new layer and class filters help sort through this information so we can quickly find what we need. This is a huge improvement, especially for offices doing more complex projects.”

Find out more by visiting CAD Software Direct/Vectorworks.

Upcoming Vectorworks Events 2018

Vectorworks 2019

Get the most out of Vectorworks by registering for and attending these events coming up this year:

16th-18th September
Plasa London
http://plasashow.com/

Great for: Vectorworks Spotlight

PLASA Show is the flagship international event for the entertainment technology industry which welcomes hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors each year.

 

16th-19th September
Decorex
https://www.decorex.com

Great for Interior Design

Europe’s leading interior design event, offering the finest furniture, lighting, textiles, craft and accessories from emerging and established names alike.

 

18th September
Birmingham City University Student Workshop

 

18th-19th September
Landscape Show
http://www.landscapeshow.co.uk/

Great for: Vectorworks Landmark

Established as the essential trade event, LANDSCAPE attracts garden designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, local authority landscaping professionals, architects, facilities managers and interior designers from all over the UK and beyond.

 

26th September
CADUser Event TBA

 

2nd October
Vectorworks Annual Design Day
https://www.vectorworks.net/designday2018

Great for: Everything Vectorworks!

The day itself is designed to showcase the capabilities that Vectorworks software brings to help streamline your workflow. Whether you are a current user or wanting to discover how Vectorworks can offer your practice a real alternative for 2D/3D/BIM workflows, there will be lots to hear and see.

 

9th October
Birmingham Event TBA

 

16th October
LI CPD Day, Manchester

Great for: Vectorworks Landmark

Over a hundred delegates and speakers attend a minimum of four seminars on diverse topics in a single day, with plenty of opportunities to network.

 

17th-18th October
Digital Construction Week

Great for: Vectorworks Architect

Innovation and Technology in the Built Environment.  The Exhibition features over 90 hours of free to attend seminars focused on innovation and technology in the built environment.  Plus more than 120 of the most exciting new and innovative companies exhibiting with us.

 

23rd October
Liverpool Event TBA

 

24th October
SBID Meet the Buyers

The SBID 20:20 is a one day annual networking event that brings together the most important designers, architects and specifiers of the international design industry, to meet face to face with the best manufacturers and suppliers of solutions. The event provides a dynamic and lucrative business environment carefully tailored to create, encourage and facilitate synergies that build key relationships.

 

15th November
Construction Computing Awards

The Construction Computing awards or “The Hammers” as they are affectionately known are back for 2018 in what will be the thirteenth running of this annual event. Once again we are looking to showcase and reward 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. 

 

8th-9th November
CITA Tech Live, Dublin
https://www.citatechlive.com/

CitA Tech Live, organised by Construction IT Alliance (CitA), is a 2-day event with 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies in construction. Along with 8 keynote speakers, the event will have 4 live stages where attendees will be able to see the technology in action! 

 

20th November
Edinburgh Event TBA

 

20th November
FutureScape

The UK’s number 1 landscaping trade event.  The one-day FutureScape event is packed full of networking opportunities, seminars to expand your technical knowledge, and demonstrations of brand new technologies and products.

 

26th November
Kensington & Chelsea College Student Workshop

 

Also upcoming…
SBID Breakfast Meetings to be planned, as well as a Vectorworks event for January/February 2019.

Big Offers from Vectorworks (Free VSS!)

Vectorworks Offers

Now is a great time to buy or upgrade Vectorworks. We’ve got some amazing offers that you should definitely take a look at whether you’re new to Vectorworks, or even a current VSS subscriber.

1 Year Free VSS for New Customers*

From August 1st to September 11th 2018, new customers buying new Vectorworks licenses will get 1 year VSS for free. Free VSS through this offer will renew on 1st September 2019. As if you need convincing when it’s free, you can still read our post Why Should I Have Vectorworks VSS.

50% Module Discounts

As an added bonus, new customers will find the cost of adding a module is discounted by a very generous 50%. Modules included are Architect, Landmark and Spotlight.

What about Existing Customers?

If you’re still using Vectorworks 2015, there won’t be a better time to upgrade to the latest version. Once Vectorworks 2019 is released, you’ll no longer be able to upgrade from 2015, as only the three most recent versions are supported (you’ll need to buy a brand new license for the latest version). Upgrade now to get free VSS and, if you’re using Fundamentals, a 50% discount on modules. Remember, you’ve only got until September 11th 2018.

Existing customers who do not currently have VSS will also get a free year of VSS if upgrading between August 1st and September 11th.

Free for Existing Fundamentals with VSS Customers

If you are a Vectorworks Fundamentals user with an active VSS contract, you will be given the opportunity to add a module to your existing license free of charge when 2019 arrives!

If you choose to add a free module to your license, your VSS renewal date will change to reflect the additional module.

 

* New customers are people who are new to Vectorworks, or have used it in the past but have since moved to other software or have licenses that cannot be upgraded.

Why Should I Have Vectorworks VSS?

Vectorworks VSS

VSS Gives You More

Vectorworks VSS helps you get the most out of your software and gives predictability for your budget with:

  • Free software updates & priority support.
  • An online portal to manage your license and access downloads.
  • A full library of online training and tutorials with discounts on additional training.
  • Two half-day seminars in the Vectorworks Training Centre, or online if you choose.
  • Exclusive access to web and mobile solutions, Vectorworks Cloud Services and the Vectorworks Nomad app.

VSS Saves You Money

You get a lot of stuff with VSS, but it is usually the most cost effective option too.

Example:

Upgrading from Architect 2017 to 2018 without VSS will cost £839+VAT* RRP.

If Architect 2017 was originally purchased all with VSS for only £527 +VAT* RRP, the upgrade to 2018 PLUS all the features above would be included.

Even if you stick with the same version for a few years, the VSS option still works out cheaper.

Upgrading from Architect 2015 to 2018 without VSS will cost £1797 +VAT* RRP.

If VSS was purchased with Architect 2015, a cost of only £1581 +VAT* RRP would be spread across three years PLUS all the features and latest updates would be included along the way.

VSS Renewal Costs are Fixed

When you renew, you’ll only pay the price VSS was when you first purchased. Should prices go up, you don’t need to worry – your prices are fixed†. With VSS, you save money and have exclusive access to loads of great extras. Plus, get 50% OFF your first year if you are new to VSS!

Renewing VSS is Easy

Give us a call on 01206 804984 or email us at sales@cadsoftwaredirect.com

 

* All prices correct at time of article posting.

† Vectorworks retain the right to amend renewal costs with prior written warning as stated in the VSS contract.

Vectorworks UK Annual Design Day 2018

Vectorworks Design Day

Be a part of the Vectorworks Annual Design Day on 2 October 2018 at the Cavendish Conference Center in London, W1G 9DT.

The day itself is designed to showcase the capabilities that Vectorworks software brings to help streamline your workflow.

Whether you are a current user or wanting to discover how Vectorworks can offer your practice a real alternative for 2D/3D/BIM workflows, there will be lots to hear and see.

Key personnel from Vectorworks in the USA and UK will be on hand to show the latest tools and workflows and existing customers will also be taking to the stage to share their knowledge through project case studies. In addition there will be breakout sessions aimed at individual industries such as, Architecture, Landscape and Interiors, which ensures that content is totally relevant and rewarding.

Combine this with the chance to meet and network with over 250 of your industry colleagues and the day becomes an event not to be missed!

So, register now to reserve your place for this fabulous opportunity.

Come and See Us This Week at Our First 3D Friday Event

3D Friday - CAD Software Direct

Our first ever 3D Friday event will be held at our offices this week in Colchester.

We’ll be showing SketchUp with V-Ray, Vectorworks, KeyShot and more. We’ll even have our resident fused filament 3D printer set up and ready to go so you can see how they work up close.

Whether you’re brand new to CAD, or you’ve been using it for as long as you can remember, this is a chance to get together with other designers and CAD enthusiasts to discuss your models, share tips and tricks or test new software.

 

Everyone is welcome and you can find us at:

Colchester Business Centre
1 George Williams Way
Colchester, CO1 2JS

Friday 6th July  –  1pm – 4pm

 

Please be aware that as we share our offices with other businesses, we recommend you use the public parking nearby – Britannia Way, Colchester CO2 7EF.

Leave the carpark and go left, take a short walk up the hill and you’ll find George Williams Way opposite Aldi. Mention at reception that you are here for CAD Software Direct’s 3D Friday where they will direct you to us. We hope to see you there!

Vectorworks Case Study: BPR Architects

Vectorworks Case Study

Working in BIM enables bpr architects to create world class buildings for Middlesex University

View the original case study by CADUSER

For bpr architects, BIM Level 2 is becoming business as usual. This medium-sized, employee-owned firm based in the UK focuses on how good design can add value to a client’s vision. Led by Directors Paul Beaty-Pownall and Steve Cowell, the firm specialises in three core sectors: higher education, rail stations, and regeneration. In response to the UK government mandate for the use of 3D BIM on all public projects by 2016, bpr moved quickly to keep pace with the requirements. As part of its compliance strategy, bpr began using Vectorworks software almost exclusively to maintain consistency across projects.

“We took advantage of the UK’s regulatory regimes to move to BIM. In 2013 we changed our working practices and workflow so projects are drawn in 3D from conception. I decided that all future work will be in 3D, and we will make better use of models that can produce information more efficiently.” – Paul Beaty-Pownall

With this framework in place, bpr implemented BIM Level 2 standards into its workflow with teams combining design information with their models to create a federated BIM model. The team selected a pilot project for this task: the Ritterman Building, a five-storey teaching space for long-standing client, Middlesex University.

“As a designer you are always looking for opportunities where you can add value through good design, not just for the betterment of the project, but for the betterment of the environment around that project – strategic solutions that benefit the wider estate.” said Beaty-Pownall.

Such was the case when working with Middlesex University. A client for more than 12 years, the university trusted that bpr had a solid understanding of its needs and how to accomplish them through good design.

Vectorworks Case Study

HOW TO MAKE BREAKTHROUGHS WITH BUILDINGS
Several challenges arose when bpr started working on the Ritterman Building design. First, the building would be constructed on a vacant part of campus composed of a steep, grassy bank. The building also needed to be adaptable to meet continually changing teaching, accessibility, and sustainability requirements, both immediate and for the future.

“We worked closely with the structural engineer to consider how that might be done, such as how to refurbish the building later on down the line,” said Lizzie Dodwell, an architect at bpr. “It made more sense to design within that problem to give us that flexibility in the future.”

For the Ritterman Building, bpr designed flexibility into the structure, such as opening up double-height space that could be modified at a later time by adding floors to create modular teaching spaces. Throughout the decision-making process, the firm also took the university’s long-term goals into account.

“The pedagogic needs of the university’s vision and operational requirements for the future is something we don’t know at this stage,” said Dodwell. “By being more flexible in our approach, we allow adjustments to be made later on down the line.”

The completed building is comprised of both functional and innovative teaching spaces for the faculties of Science and Technology and The Arts & Creative Industries. In addition to these spaces, the Ritterman Building also includes a café, technology suites, a dance studio, and offices for academic staff. The building may take two to three years from initial idea to completion, whilst the educational curriculum can change every year,” said Beaty-Pownall. “So being prepared to adapt and change the building over time is really important.”

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BIM LEVEL 2
The timing of the Ritterman Building provided the perfect opportunity for bpr to transition to a BIM practice. Middlesex University already had a framework in place that required bpr to work with the same teams, including structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers, across all projects. “It’s been very effective to work over a long period of time with the same design team across a number of different buildings with the same clients,” said Beaty-Pownall.

The ability to import different types of files into Vectorworks helped the bpr team progress through their design plans at a faster pace.

“The structural engineer had Revit and was very keen to collaborate. In the early stages he would send us his models in IFC and we would import them into our Vectorworks model to keep things simpler. The others all use 3D software in different packages, that were then exported into IFC and coordinated in a federated model, in Tekla.” – Lizzie Dodwell

To produce detailed drawings and construction documents, bpr took the Vectorworks model and created separate files for three distinct “zones” in the 3D modeling environment – the envelope, core, and internal zones. This enabled three teams to work on separate files. The teams then referenced each work area to a single sheet file, which they could work on in 2D to export detailed drawings and schedules. In this way, the entire team could extract consistent information from a single source.

Beaty-Pownall believes that embracing BIM workflows across the practice has been worth the effort. This collaborative way of completing projects has enhanced bpr’s workflow in ways that, without Vectorworks software, may not have been possible. “One of the core benefits to the practice of using a 3D workflow is how it enables us to focus on design with the confidence that the delivery of information to support exciting ideas is robust,” he said “We could push the boundaries and explore opportunities as the project develops.”
Although bpr did not serve as the BIM manager for the second half of the project, obtaining and maintaining Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) information allowed the firm to ensure that the coordination of the different disciplines would come together at every stage of the design process. Increasing Accuracy and Saving Time The benefits of Vectorworks extend beyond collaboration, increasing accuracy and saving time by using integrated Vectorworks worksheets instead of spreadsheets to keep track of project details. “When we used Excel spreadsheets for our scheduling, we were literally taking up time counting door by door and door handle and hinge,” said Beaty-Pownall. “We now have a lot more confidence that the data provided is accurate.”

Finally, Vectorworks software has been helpful for bpr to see buildings in context, as the team can situate designs within true-to-life surroundings to offer a large amount of detail to clients. “We tested the potential for a new performing arts building to understand the capacity of the proposed site,” said Beaty-Pownall. “Placing it in a wider context – how high the buildings are, the character of the area, as this would be a landmark building. The Massing Model and Space tools were used to determine whether it would have a really significant impact on the neighbourhood.”

Vectorworks Case Study

Vectorworks Case Study

UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES TO LAST A LIFETIME
Middlesex’s vice chancellor, Professor Tim Blackman, hailed the building as helping the university to “provide students with a world-class learning environment equipped with the latest facilities and technology,” cementing its reputation among employers “for graduates taught in industry-standard settings with the skills they need.”

“I think it’s really important to work with a client, like Middlesex University, to ensure that this whole process is going to be of benefit to them. They need to be able to know that the information we are able to provide upon completion is supported by their facilities systems.” – Paul Beaty-Pownall

Working in the public sector, especially for a client in the higher education industry, has made Beaty-Pownall recognise the importance and legacy of their work. What started as a creative brief can become a reality within the software.

“There’s a natural feel to drawing a 3D model of a building with Vectorworks. Thinking through how it is actually built as you draw, helps to structure the model, provide efficient packages of information, and design great buildings.”

Now that the Ritterman Building is complete, bpr is committed to working completely in BIM with 3D models for future projects. “Working in 3D enables you to visualise what you’re designing,” said Beaty-Pownall. “With every line you draw, you can see the impact on the wider vision.”