Are you considering making the move to Vectorworks but haven’t made the jump? Before looking any further, first consider the ways Vectorworks compares with your current software. If you’re using AutoCAD, we’ve made it easy for you with the first installment of this three-part series, Why CAD Managers Should Make the Move to Vectorworks.
We get that there’s a lot to consider when switching design platforms. It’s not a decision that comes without first weighing the pros and cons — and there can be many, from 2D/3D and BIM design needs to workflows and collaboration nuances.
Everyone needs some time to focus on personal growth — that’s why our 2017 Vectorworks Design Summit is designer focused, to give you time to hone your skills and connect with others in the industry. This year, meet up with us in Charm City (otherwise known as Baltimore, MD) from September 18 to 20, 2017 for industry sessions, tech support, networking events, and inspirational keynotes, plus hands-on training opportunities to improve your company’s bottom line.
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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.
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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.
The dance floor is packed from wall to wall, the three-tiered, kinetic chandelier is tilting wildly, and A-List DJ Calvin Harris is blasting music; this is OMNIA’s opening night. The 75,000-square-foot OMNIA Nightclub, the newest attraction inside the Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, is one of the hottest venues on the strip, drawing in celebrities from Miley Cyrus to Justin Bieber. And while club-goers are dazzled by the elaborate theatrics and decadent décor, the real star of this show is the intricate, technical design process that brought this dream-like space into reality.
One of the people responsible for OMNIA’s stunning visuals is Jim Rood from DMDS7UDIOS, a production design company that specializes in creative programming solutions for media servers, lighting, and complex entertainment venues like OMNIA, as well as concerts and stadium events. Rood and the team at DMDS7UDIOS created a 3D visualization of the club using Vectorworks Spotlight software and then optimized the design for programming within grandMA lighting consoles. And while Rood was used to working with large entertainment spaces, this innovative club still proved to be a distinct challenge.
“None of the people involved in the project really knew how deeply we were going to go creatively with this space until we got there,” Rood says. “But as we were setting things up, we came up with new, imaginative solutions, which was a lot of fun.” This process required many steps, starting with taking the original schematics produced by AudioTek and The Rockwell Group and importing them into Spotlight via DWG files. “We weren’t asked to design the venue itself; another company did that,” Rood says. “We were asked to bring the room to life and integrate all the entertainment technology systems.”
Rood began by extracting vital data from the DWG and then creating geometry in Spotlight to flesh out the designs, as well as adding custom fixtures, which allowed him to experiment with the model and find the best way to seamlessly integrate OMNIA’s lighting, automation, and visual systems. The client, The Hakkasan Group, approved the resulting 3D model, from which the automation data was exported to the club’s multiple grandMA consoles and Ai media servers
“The work for OMNIA’s environment was done in Spotlight, and I imported it into MA 3D to program the movement of the chandelier, the centerpiece of the club,” Rood says. “That way, the clients could choose the positions they liked the best, and we were able to collaborate directly with Willie Williams and Tait Towers, who designed the overall lighting and chandelier itself, and streamline the cues for its different effects.”
Collaborating among Spotlight and other software programs not only allowed Rood to bring the chandelier to life, it also facilitated the fusion of automation controls for all of the club’s connected AV and lighting systems into one master file.
“Using Vectorworks Spotlight to create data sheets with fixture positions, nodes, and IP addresses, which can translate into a wiring diagram, is incredibly valuable,” Rood says. “I use the Extract Face tool time and time again to combine the faces of 3D polygons and optimize the geometry for our process. I also frequently use the Attribute Mapping tool to quickly map textures to objects, and I use duplicate array all day long. With any project I get, my mind focuses on the tools I have available in Spotlight. It’s my software of choice, and I’ve been using it for years.”
Topics: DMD S7UDIOS, DWG, Entertainment, grandMA, Rockwell Group, Spotlight, Tait Towers, The Hakkasan Group, Willie Williams, 3D Modeling, AudioTek, Caesars Palace, DMDS7UDIOS, inspiration, Jim Rood, Las Vegas, OMNIA, partnership
If time is money, we’re about to save you some serious cash. These quick videos will help you pick up a few tricks that will shorten your workflow, increase your productivity, and let you get back to creative design.
By Edwin Espinoza, Landscape Architecture Intern at Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.
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The Chinese-language version of Vectorworks 2014 is now available. Mad Macs, the Vectorworks distributor in China, will host launch events in Shanghai on April 9, Beijing on April 16, and Guangzhou on April 23 to demonstrate the software’s new features and capabilities and how the program supports BIM workflows. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a free license of Vectorworks software and other prizes. In addition to these live events, Mad Macs will offer an online webinar on April 29.