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Book: Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual
6th Edition by Jonathan Pickup

The Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual by expert Vectorworks trainer Jonathan Pickup is a thorough, project-based training workbook.

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Book: Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual -- 6th Edition by Jonathan PickupBook: Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual 6th Edition by Jonathan Pickup is a thorough, project-based training workbook.
The tutorial walks the user through a residential renovation project and demonstrates the process of documenting the existing site, preparing and presenting proposed designs, and creating working drawings/construction documents. Although the example in the manual is a residential project, the principles learned can also be applied to commercial building design.
This sixth edition of the tutorial has been updated for use with Vectorworks Architect 2014 software and includes instruction about the following:
  • Basic concepts of layers and classes and how they relate to developing an office layer and class standard
  • Using the Property Line tool
  • Creating and manipulating site models and using them for height-to-boundary analysis
  • Walls and wall type library
  • Linking stairs between layers, controlling stair graphics, and saving the settings for other projects
  • Making a quick model of a project using spaces for bulk and location analysis
  • Using annotation tools, title blocks, and the notes database to quickly annotate your plans

Although the example in the manual is a residential project, the principles learned can also be applied to commercial building design.
Recommendations and Tips:
  • This tutorial is most effective if used in conjunction with Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual.
  • This manual builds on the Vectorworks Essentials, which takes you through the basic concepts of Vectorworks software, such as 2D drafting, simple 3D modeling, and file organization. If you are unfamiliar with these concepts, it is recommended you begin with the Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual.
  • Measurements for the exercises are shown in both metric and imperial units.
  • This hard-copy workbook comes with a companion DVD that contains exercise files, and the entire manual in [PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 10 or higher to view the PDF.
  • View the PDF using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • The PDF contains embedded tutorial movies that demonstrate the steps of each exercise.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Use this Manual
  • New Ways of Drawing
  • Vectorworks Architect Workflow
Step 1 File Setup
  • Document Setup
  • Text Styles
  • Custom Dimension Standard
Step 2 Property Line
Step 3 Layer (Model) Setup
  • Stories
Step 4 Creating the Site Model
  • What is a Site Model?
  • How does it work?
  • What Can You Do with Site Modeling?
  • Different Methods of Making a Site Model
  • Using a scanned image
  • Creating a Layer for the Scanned Image
  • Creating the Site Model
  • Height in Relation to Boundary
Step 5 Quick Bulk and Location
  • Creating the Lower Floor
  • Creating the Upper Floor
  • Linking Spaces to the Site Plan
Step 6 Concept Drawings
  • Preparation
  • Plan Viewport
  • Perspective Viewports
Step 7 Creating the Walls
  • Creating Basement Walls
  • Creating Other Wall Styles
  • Demolished Walls
  • Proposed Walls
  • Internal Walls
  • Drawing Upper Walls
  • Check the Walls on the Site Plan
Step 8 Creating The Roof
  • Existing Roof
  • Proposed Roof 1
  • Proposed Roof 2
  • Fitting Walls to Roof
Step 9 Developed Design Drawings
  • Plan Viewports
Step 10 Doors and Windows
  • Standard Vectorworks Doors and Windows
  • Adding New Doors
  • Creating Corner Windows
  • Creating a Window Schedule
  • Editing a Window Schedule
  • Updating the Concept Plan
Step 11 Site Modifiers
  • Roads
  • Pads and Grade Limits
Step 12 Stairs
Step 13 Annotation
  • Standard Title Blocks (Drawing Border)
  • Drawing Labels
  • Notes, Keynotes, and Callouts
Step 14 Working Drawings
  • Drawing 01 - Site Plan
  • Drawing 02 - Foundation Plan
  • Drawing 03 - Framing Plan
  • Other Drawings

About the Author

Jonathan Pickup is an architect trained in New Zealand and in the UK with over 30 years of experience. He is the main manual writer and support provider for Nemetschek training, and he has been providing training and consulting services to architects and design professionals since 1992, as well as authoring over 100+ Vectorworks materials. Having written several Vectorworks training manuals for architects, landscape architects, educators, and design students, he runs the Vectorworks On-Line User Group, provides its main direction, and can frequently be found online at Novedge's Vectorworking community.

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