3 Designers Share How Vectorworks 2015 Helps Them Do Business

Posted by Pete Hicks on 10/21/14 10:37 AM  |  3 min read time

Since we launched the English version of Vectorworks 2015 in September, we’ve shared a lot of information about the new features and tools that will help you transform the world. Designers around the globe are sharing their excitement for the new release, too!

Left to right: Michael Klaers, Rob Glisson, and Todd McCurdy

“I like organizing everything into worksheets,” says Michael Klaers, founder of The Small Group and leader of the Santa Barbara Vectorworks User Group. Klaers, who lights everything from theatre stages to concert halls and events, says, “My paperwork can be an absolute mess with wrong data and misspellings while I'm figuring out the design, but I can quickly clean it up in worksheets. In addition, 64-bit is amazing. I've done three or four projects in Vectorworks 2015, and it handles large clouds of mesh objects so much better. Finally, I'm excited about the MA Lighting plug-in. I hope this is a wakeup call for other manufacturers that they should have a Vectorworks plug-in, too.”

Rob Glisson, AIA, also enjoys how the new release is making a positive impact on his workflows as the founder and principal of Florida-based Rojo Architecture. Glisson adopted a CAD design workflow in 1985, and has experienced the evolution of design software firsthand though his work on projects ranging from hotels and restaurants to medical facilities and residential work.

“One of our big selling points is 3D presentation,” says Glisson. “The more we can make it real and virtual, the more likely that our clients will buy into it. The enhancements to the graphics module let us move our clients through a building almost like we’re walking through it. The new Deform tool and the rendering improvements are also really helpful. It’s easier to make complex forms and curves, and Vectorworks has really opened up new design possibilities and allowed us to bring new concepts to the table.”

Todd McCurdy, FASLA, is another Florida designer who is reaping the benefits of Vectorworks software. As the vice president and director of landscape architecture and planning at MORRIS in Orlando, McCurdy has worked on projects from LEGOLAND® Florida to Universal Studios, fusing his knowledge of tourism with urban planning in all types of environments.

“I really appreciate how Vectorworks listens to designers and makes tools that are a part of our daily workflow. Things we’ve asked for you’ve built, which helps us do some really great things. Vectorworks 2015 has a lot of improvements for the landscape architecture industry, like better site modeling and calculations, particularly with slopes, and a lot of new plant feature libraries and materials. I also like how easy the transition is between 2D and 3D. We do a lot of work in 2D, but many elements need 3D aspects, so being able to fit 3D and 2D together in one project is really helpful to how we work.”

Discover new ways to imagine and construct your projects with Vectorworks 2015 at www.vectorworks2015.net.

Topics: Architecture, Entertainment, LEGOLAND®, product reviews, Rob Glisson, rojo Architecture, Spotlight, Todd McCurdy, Vectorworks Architect, 3D Modeling, Community, Landmark, Landscape, MIchael Klaers, MORRIS, Notable User, The Small Group, Universal Studios, vectorworks 2015

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