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BIM Busters: It's Time to Expose 5 Mandate Myths

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 4/5/18 11:24 AM
If the new BIM mandates are causing concern for you or your firm, never fear! Today we are going to bust five myths related to BIM Level 2 — by showing you how Vectorworks power user bpr architects successfully completed a project working entirely in 3D. Read More

Topics: bpr architects, BIM Level 2, Paul Beaty-Pownall, The Ritterman Building, Middlesex University, import/export, IFC, Tekla, higher education, Case Study

Focus on Connection: New Ways to Work Faster and Smarter

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 11/10/17 9:47 AM
When it comes to Vectorworks software, we always strive for quality, but for the 2018 latest release, we also wanted to focus on connection. Read More

Topics: #Vectorworks2018, Dan Monaghan, Jeremy Powell, connection, Multiple Drawing Views, Subdivision Modeling, Marionette, The Nemetschek Group, IFC, Renderworks, Rendered panoramas, Braceworks

Training, Fun, and More at the Vectorworks Design Summit

Posted by Samantha Hyatt on 9/26/17 9:42 AM
Last week we hosted our third annual Vectorworks Design Summit in Baltimore, MD. During the event, we got to meet and learn from inspiring designers, as well as showcase new Vectorworks 2018 features. If you couldn’t make it this year, here’s a run-down of what you missed:  Read More

Topics: 2017 Vectorworks Design Summit, Vectorworks Design Summit, Brad Cloepfil, Allied Work Architecture, Biplab Sarkar, Camden Yards, Balltimore Orioles, Baltimore, IFC

Vectorworks & Vision 2017 Service Pack 3 Performance Updates

Posted by Samantha Hyatt on 3/21/17 11:49 AM
As part of our continued dedication to better serve designers, we just released Service Pack 3 for the Vectorworks 2017 software line. The updates include plenty of productivity and performance enhancements to improve your workflows. Read More

Topics: 3D, 3D connexion, 3D mouse, Architecture, BIM, CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Dr. Biplab Sarkar, DWG, Entertainment, Gaspar Potcnik, IFC, IFC Data Mapping, Landscape, Open BIM, previsualization, rendering, Service Pack 3, SP3, Uncategorized, VBvisual, Vectorworks 2017, Vectorworks Architect, Vectorworks Designer, Vectorworks Landmark, Vectorworks Spotlight, Vision 2017

Team BIM Unlimited Takes Home Award in Build Earth Live Hyperloop Competition

Posted by Guest Author on 12/12/16 11:42 AM
By Martyn Horne, Group Product Development, Exertis Unlimited Read More

Topics: Adoddle, Al Maktoum, Architecture, Asite, BEL, #BELHyperloop, BIM, BIM Unlimited, Build Earth Live, Cloud, Dubai, Exertis Unlimited, FlowDesigner, Fujairah, GIS, Gregory Fortune, Hyperloop, IFC, Irina Angelo, Jonathan Reeves, Landmark, Martyn Horne, Renderworks, Rodrigo Couto, Rubén Hernández Fontana, Scia Engineer, SimTread, Solibri Model Checker, Synchro 4D, Takeshi Kimura, Tokyo University of Science, United Arab Emirates, University of Tokyo, Vectorworks Architect, Vectorworks Landmark, Yasin Idris

Bring on the BIM: BIMobject App Available in Vectorworks 2017

Posted by Samantha Hyatt on 11/1/16 11:57 AM
We are ‘BIM’ing with pride to announce that the free BIMobject App is now integrated into Vectorworks 2017 software. The App manages and downloads native Vectorworks content and easily converts DWG, SKP, and 3DS content into information-rich Vectorworks content. This is done entirely in the background and delivers the same user experience no matter the source data format. Additionally, the app includes over 4,600 objects from more than 260 brands, an unprecedented amount of content for a newly-introduced App. In turn, the manufacturers who support BIMobject with these formats gain immediate access to the Vectorworks user base of up to 650,000 users. Read More

Topics: 3DS, BIM, BIMobject, BIMobject App, DWG, IFC, IFC export, Planet Vectorworks, Robert Anderson, SKP

California Dreaming with a Vectorworks Academic Grant

Posted by Pete Hicks on 6/13/16 11:07 AM
The year is 1945. WWII just ended, millions of American soldiers are returning home, and there is a dire need for housing. Architects across the United States are struggling to find a way to cheaply and efficiently meet this need while still creating beautiful architecture. Enter Arts & Architecture magazine, creators of the Case Study Houses project, which called on designers to experiment with residential architecture and create model homes that would solve the housing crisis. The resulting iconic projects soon dotted the Los Angeles, California area, becoming an influential part of the era's architectural lexicon and inspiring designers for decades to come. Professor Marco Hemmerling, of the Cologne University of Technology, Arts, and Sciences, and Markus Graf, a research assistant at the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture, believe that a visit to the Case Study Houses should be compulsory for architecture and design students. However, being based in Germany, they needed a more practical way to expose their students to these projects. Their answer was both practical and innovative, as they worked with students to bring the Case Study Houses into the 21st century by designing them in 3D. Read More

Topics: 3D Modeling, Adam Frost, Architecture, Arts & Architecture Magazine, BIM, Case Study Houses, CINEMA 4D, Cologne University of Technology Arts and Sciences, Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Archit, Education, IFC, inspiration, Marco Hemmerling, Markus Graf, Pierre Koenig, resources, Stahl House, Vectorworks Academic Grant, Vectorworks Architect

Get Your BIM On: BIMobject Now Hosts Vectorworks Content

Posted by Pete Hicks on 4/21/16 9:11 AM
BIMobject, the free repository of manufacturer-specific BIM objects, is now home to Vectorworks symbols, allowing you to develop, communicate, analyze, and add value to your design process. This development arose out of a partnership between Vectorworks and BIMobject, one of Europe’s largest and fastest-growing digital content management systems, after the two companies joined forces in an effort to better meet the needs of the AEC industry. Read More

Topics: 3D Modeling, BIM, BIMobject, BIMobject Cloud Portfolio, Cloud, COBie, Community, company news, IFC, partnership, resources, Robert Anderson, Vectorworks symbols

From Classroom to Competition, Students Show Their Skills

Posted by Pete Hicks on 4/4/16 10:39 AM
While the concepts students learn in the classroom are valuable, there’s no substitute for the real-world experience that design competitions provide. Competitions are great because they let emerging visionaries test their skills and interact with working professionals, and receiving a prize at the end doesn’t hurt, either. Architectural students from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) in the Dominican Republic, as well as the University of Tokyo and Tokyo University of Science in Japan, collaborated with Vectorworks users and industry experts from around the world during Build New York Live, a collaborative, virtual design competition held over 48 hours. Their team, BIM Unlimited, used non-standard geometry and BIM workflows to integrate structural analysis, MEP design, external windflow analysis, and 4D construction scheduling into a single global design. The resulting 60-story residential tower and multisport community outreach arena in Lower West Manhattan won the competition's “Best Use of BIM for Sustainability or Constructability Award.” Team BIM Unlimited's submission to Build New York Live. “The fact that we worked with a team of over 20 people from around the world to produce a project in a such an accelerated way was just amazing,” said Dominican students Ibsen García, Alfredo Cuello, and Ramdel Guerrero. “We ended up understanding how similar the workflows are in other countries compared to the Caribbean and what the demands are on other professionals in the architecture and construction field. We had no limits on the collaboration process since everyone was working in the cloud, which was really liberating. Everything just worked as it should, and we never had any issues.” While the students in the Dominican focused on creating the building form's massing models, students from Japan used FlowDesigner software, which communicates with Vectorworks Architect via IFC file exchange, to run an airflow analysis, simulating the wind patterns over the site based on information from existing buildings and weather data. The team, comprised of students Prudsamon Kammasorn, Tatsuya Karube, Shuya Morita, Tomohiro Yamamoto, and Hideaki Yoshida under the leadership of doctoral student Yasin Mohamed Ibrahim, used windflow analysis to directly impact the building’s design. This impact includes the creation of the sports arena's distinctive, vertical-louvered façade, the setback core of the residential tower's ground floors, and the placement of trees in the landscape design, which reduced the wind velocity at the corner of the building facing the ocean. Read More

Topics: 3D Modeling, Alacero, awards, BIM, BIM Unlimited, Build Earth Live, Build New York Live, Community, competition, Education, IFC, inspiration, Mirex, Tokyo University of Science, Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, University of Tokyo, Vectorworks Architect

No BIM Experience, No Problem

Posted by Pete Hicks on 3/22/16 11:53 AM
For many architecture students around the world, there is no chapter in their textbooks that describes how to execute a BIM workflow. Much of the information that they receive comes from different sources and can even be contradictory. That’s why Carlo Galatioto, a recent graduate student from the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland with no experience with in-depth BIM workflows, decided to break the mold, using his final thesis as an opportunity to explore the practical use of BIM. Read More

Topics: 3D Modeling, Bern University of Applied Sciences, BIM, Carlos Galatioto, Community, data exchange, Education, IFC, IFC export, inspiration, Open BIM, Solibri, Solibri Model Checker, Vectorworks Architect

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