Book: Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual5th 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 fifth edition of the tutorial has been updated for use with Vectorworks Architect 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
Creating an office library
Using the Property Line tool
Creating and manipulating site models and using them for height-to-boundary analysis
Walls and Wall Styles
Stairs and vertical transport
How to make 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 & Tips:
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.
Measurements for the exercises are shown in both metric and imperial units.
This hard-copy workbook comes with a companion CD that contains exercise files, and the entire manual in [PDF.
The PDF contains embedded tutorial movies that demonstrate the steps of each exercise.
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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