Alex Altieri

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Vectorworks Hosts Virtual Trade Show Experience

Posted by Alex Altieri on 6/17/20 3:49 PM   |  2 min read time

In this time of social distancing, it’s a necessary yet sad reality that most of this year’s trade shows have been canceled. We’ve decided to bring the Vectorworks trade show experience to you virtually, so that you can take advantage of the learning opportunities you would have seen at the in-person events.

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Topics: AIA, Architecture, Solibri, Vectorworks Architect, Vectorworks Spotlight, audiovisual, connectCAD, Conrad Preen, InfoComm, AutoTurn, Lumion, Enscape, events, Revizto, dRofus

Boost Your Skills with Free Training Opportunities

Posted by Alex Altieri on 6/15/20 3:34 PM   |  2 min read time

As we await the return to normal work life, there are still plenty of ways to keep your skills sharp. And what better way than free courses?

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Topics: Vectorworks University, COVID-19, online training

Custom Marionette Script: 2D Polygon to Massing Model

Posted by Alex Altieri on 6/1/20 10:40 AM   |  1 min read time

A common workflow in the early stages of landscape architecture/design is to represent structures with 2D geometry to provide the site with a frame of reference. You’d import 2D GIS shapefiles like roads, topography, and buildings, then maintain the geometry’s data in what Vectorworks calls “records.”

When you're ready to work in 3D, though, manually converting shapefiles to massing models can be time-consuming. What if there were a way to automate it?

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Topics: Algorithmic Design, Marionette Monday, Marionette, Massing Model Tool, Vectorworks Community Forum, Algorithms-aided Design

May Webinars: Sustainability, Remote Work, and GDTF

Posted by Alex Altieri on 5/14/20 12:33 PM   |  2 min read time

Looking for opportunities to upskill with Vectorworks? Tune into one of our FREE industry webinars this month!

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Topics: Project Sharing, sustainability, webinars, BIM, GDTF, MVR

What Is Marionette? A Look at Vectorworks' Algorithms-aided Design Tool

Posted by Alex Altieri on 4/27/20 11:00 AM   |  4 min read time

If you’re familiar with our Marionette Monday series, you’ve likely seen many posts on all of the fabulous designs Marionette has been a part of producing as well as various tips for using the program. But what exactly is Marionette, what is an Algorithms-Aided Design (AAD) tool, and why is a Vectorworks feature exciting enough to get its own blog series?

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Topics: graphical scripting, Marionette Monday, Marionette, Principle Architecture, Grasshopper, algorithmic modeling, [delacourt][vanbeek], Algorithms-aided Design

Big BIM with a BIG Impact

Posted by Alex Altieri on 4/20/20 10:40 AM   |  1 min read time

In a Big BIM workflow, there's a complexity that comes with coordinating information between multiple contractors and various models. The larger the project gets, the more complex it gets. Which begs the question—on a large project, how large does the firm need to be for successful completion?

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Topics: Big BIM, BIM, Case Study, Little BIM, Idle Architecture

Architecture Education at Birmingham City University

Posted by Alex Altieri on 4/2/20 11:27 AM   |  5 min read time

There’s a real buzz surrounding the School of Architecture and Design at Birmingham City University (BCU) these days. According to BA architecture course leader Victoria Farrow, BCU has become a hub for architectural education worldwide—due to its intimate, hands-on education strategy, close involvement with industry practitioners, and state-of-the-art labs, BCU proves itself to be the best in preparing students for architecture careers.

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Topics: Vectorworks Architect, BIM, Vectorworks Academic Program, Birmingham City University, BIM in Birmingham, Victoria Farrow

How Vectorworks Is Helping Customers During COVID-19

Posted by Alex Altieri on 3/20/20 10:33 AM   |  6 min read time

We’re living in uncertain times, and the culprit is clear—the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the resulting global pandemic have transmuted our standards of work into a shell of what they once were. For many, it’s worse than that.

At Vectorworks, our top priorities are the health and safety of both our employees and our customers. Employees are on full remote status to continue supporting customers.

To that end, this blog post compiles all of our resources related to COVID-19 support for you.

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Topics: Project Sharing, Vectorworks Design Summit, Getting Started Seminar, Hidden Treasures seminar, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Essentials Seminar, IATSE

Introducing Service Pack 3: What It Means for You

Posted by Alex Altieri on 3/18/20 10:47 AM   |  4 min read time

Quality and performance are tremendously important to us. Each year we release a new version of Vectorworks, and each year we release a number of Service Pack updates to supplement the major version change.

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Topics: Service Pack 3, Vectorworks Spotlight, Vision, BIM, BIM Collaboration Format (BCF), Vectorworks Cloud Services, machine learning, General Device Type Format (GDTF), My Virtual Rig (MVR), Vectorworks 2020, Enscape, NBS Chorus

Custom Parametric Object: Festoon Strings

Posted by Alex Altieri on 2/24/20 10:41 AM   |  1 min read time

This Marionette Monday, we have something special — a custom object for Spotlight users!

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Topics: Algorithmic Design, Marionette Monday, Vectorworks Community Forum, Custom Objects

Why Updating Preferences Makes Design Work Easier

Posted by Alex Altieri on 2/6/20 2:22 PM   |  6 min read time

*This article was written by Neil Barman, Architect Product Specialist at Vectorworks Canada.

When a new version of Vectorworks arrives on my computer, even before I get too far into its new or enhanced features, I dive into the Vectorworks Preferences. These preferences control a number of aspects that makes the installation of the new version work for me and feel like it's my design workshop, no matter what file I'm working in.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Neil Barman, Vectorworks Community Forum, Preferences

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