Adlib’s Switch to Vectorworks Spotlight

“Because of the way Vectorworks works, it's so much easier for anyone to just open a new file and start building a show to our CAD standards,” said Simon Pettitt, Technical Designer for Adlib. 

Such ease was not always the case for the UK-based event technology company. Until the recent switch, Adlib used a combination of other CAD platforms for their rental design needs.  

Now, Pettitt and co. have started making the switch to Vectorworks Spotlight for planning festivals, concerts, and arena shows across the UK and Europe.  

The impetus to change software was an obvious one, said Pettitt: “It was clear that the feeling in the office, given the standard and detail of what could be created, was saying, ‘We have to move to Vectorworks.’”   

Keep reading to discover the newfound freedom Adlib is experiencing with the help of Vectorworks Spotlight.  

The Ease of Data-Rich Drawing 

Pettitt has already helped Adlib’s Project Management team make a complete transition to Vectorworks, helping Adlib create template files and object libraries. The rental company has two different Spotlight template files: one for Event use and one for Installation design. These templates follow a detailed layer structure and include preset sheets that Pettitt and his team can easily customize.  

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With intuitive data features in Vectorworks Spotlight, Pettitt was able to easily include data visualization, data tags, and data mappings, giving Adlib quick access to a wealth of resources by simply opening a template.  


“We maintain a library of our trusses, fixtures, and hoists”, Pettitt stressed. “Lots of them are derived from the stock fixtures in the libraries, but Adlib has a particular format and a particular color code requirement.”  blog-1440x800_Adlib VW 1

Pettitt has implemented data visualization to his trusses in the library, so any designer can pick a truss and define itspurpose to dynamically change within a rigging plot.  

Winning Projects & Greater Collaboration 

The creation of Adlib’s data-focused Vectorworks drawings is centered around one thing and one thing only: delivering the best events possible to their clients. “The main focus of all this is the project managers who are actually running our entertainment projects, and they're the ones who’ve really felt the benefit of Vectorworks. Their ability to generate and work on a unified model of a show was near impossible before” said Pettitt. 

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Vectorworks Spotlight has a range of features to streamline the process. Gone are the days when rigging and lighting were being drawn in separate files with multiple versions of each file. Now, drawing can take place in a centralized location, with Adlib even taking advantage of Vectorworks Project Sharing 

“It’s a large pool of people that take a project from start to finish, so ease of collaboration is obviously quite a big thing for us,” Pettitt added.  

For example, Adlib had a project manager who was on a job in Italy, but they needed to modify a screen design for an upcoming stadium show that was being deployed in two weeks' time. The manager was able to log into Vectorworks in Italy, make the change to the show plans, submit it, and the rest of the Adlib team in the UK office could see the edits straightaway. There was no need to worry about duplicating files or any work getting lost. 

“[Vectorworks Spotlight] just gives you a data management strategy that allows you to collaborate and better deliver projects. No other program can do that,” said Pettitt. 

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