"The Boxtrolls" Hits US Theatres with Sets Designed with Vectorworks Software

Posted by Julie McClure on 9/27/14 10:13 AM   |  2 min read time

When a community of quirky, mischievous creatures hits the big screen in the nationwide US opening of The Boxtrolls this weekend, you’ll have Oregon-based LAIKA to thank. Known for its Academy Award-nominated films ParaNorman and Coraline, the animation studio has created a stop-motion, hand-drawn, and computer-generated movie in which young people discover who they are and what they want to be, learning that the things that define us most are the choices we make and the people we touch.

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Topics: Alan Snow, Elle Fanning, Entertainment, Sir Ben Kingsley, stop-motion animation, The Boxtrolls, Toni Collette, 3D Modeling, Coraline, Here Be Monsters, Kieron Thomas, LAIKA, ParaNorman, Project Highlight, Travis Knight, Vectorworks software

Creating a Better Built Environment for More Than Just People

Posted by Pete Hicks on 9/24/14 11:52 AM   |  2 min read time

Vectorworks users often design with people in mind. But the Swiss architecture firm of Markus Schietsch Architekten recently completed a project whose end users have four legs instead of two. The result is the Kaeng Krachan Elephant House at the Zürich Zoo in Switzerland, named after the Thai national park that is the native habitat of the six elephants it houses.

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Topics: Architecture, Vectorworks, Vectorworks Architect, Zürich Zoo, Kaeng Krachan Elephant House, Markus Schietsch Architekten, Project Highlight, Vectorworks software

Collaborative Design With Open BIM

Posted by Guest Author on 8/25/14 11:59 AM   |  3 min read time

Mark Flamer, P.E., Registered Civil Engineer and General Building Contractor, Structural Engineering Consultant for Nemetschek Scia, and Software Engineer for Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

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Topics: IESVE for Engineers, Journal for the National Institute of Building Sci, Mark Flamer, Nemetschek Scia, Open BIM, Scia Engineer, Solibri Model Checker, Vectorworks Architect, 3D Modeling, Arboleda Project, Big BIM, BIM, Case Study, DDS-CAD, GIS, IFC, Industry Foundation Classes, Jeff Server, Little BIM, Nemetschek Vectorworks, Synchro Professional, Vectorworks software

New Video: Architects as Problem Solvers--Featuring SPG Architects’ Eric Gartner

Posted by Julie McClure on 8/11/14 10:55 AM   |  1 min read time

What do people outside the design profession think of when they hear the word "architect"? Perhaps it's a simple answer, like someone who defines space, someone who draws, designs, and models. But perhaps there's a deeper question we should be asking, a more philosophical one: What do people think architects really are?

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Topics: Architecture, Eric Gartner, Firm Profile, problem solver, SPG Architects, Success Story, Vectorworks, Vectorworks Architect, Architect, Case Study, LEED, Vectorworks software

Call for Entries: buildingSMART International Now Accepting Submissions for Open BIM Award

Posted by Pete Hicks on 8/1/14 10:37 AM   |  1 min read time

BuildingSMART International, a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the use of Open BIM standards for AEC industries, is accepting submissions for its inaugural Business Gain Through Open Technology award. Entries, due August 31, must demonstrate how using Open BIM standards improves interoperability and offers major business gains to all participants involved in the building process from the designer to the contractor to the owner.

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Topics: buildingSMART Data Dictionary, buildingSMART International, Model View Definition, Open BIM, open standards, Vectorworks, Vectorworks Architect, 3D Modeling, Award, BIM, BIM Collaboration Format, BuildingSMART, Business Gain Through Open Technology, Business Gain Through Open Technology Award, Industry Foundation Classes, Information Delivery Manual, Vectorworks software

New Book Illustrates That BIM is for Practices of All Sizes

Posted by Hannah Force on 7/31/14 10:56 AM   |  2 min read time

Computers Unlimited, the Vectorworks software distributor in the United Kingdom, recently sponsored the publication of a new book that dispels the misconception that BIM is appropriate only for larger practices. Written by architect and author Robert Klaschka, BIM in Small Practices: Illustrated Case Studies features 10 BIM projects designed by small architectural firms. One of those case studies focuses on industry expert Jonathan Reeves, who has been a loyal Vectorworks user since 1991.

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Topics: Architecture, Building Information Modeling, Jonathan Reeves, Jonathan Reeves Architecture, Kingsway School, Robert Klaschka, Simplified Collaboration, Small Practices, United Kingdom, Vectorworks Architect, 2D Drafting, 3D Modeling, BIM, BIM in Small Practices: Illustrated Case Studies, Building Regulations, Case Studies, Computers Unlimited, Environmental Standards, Gloucester, JRA, Large Practices, Quattro Design Architects, Vectorworks software

Export Your Lighting Designs to the grandMA2 Console with the Free Vectorworks Spotlight Plug-In

Posted by Julie McClure on 7/17/14 11:59 AM   |  2 min read time

Designers who use Vectorworks Spotlight software can now export their lighting designs to the grandMA2 console, removing tedious duplications and allowing the console’s built-in visualizer and patch to use the project data from the light plot. This new, free plug-in works on both Mac and PC platforms and was one of the most often cited requests by Spotlight users, according to Peter Neufeld of Limelight Lighting Design and OzCAD, the Vectorworks software distributor in Australia.

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Topics: Entertainment, grandMA2 console, Limelight Lighting Design, OzCAD, Peter Neufeld, resources, Spotlight, Vectorworks Spotlight, Benny Kirkham, Community, MA Lighting, third party partner, Vectorworks Partner Community, Vectorworks software

New Augmented Reality Plug-In Presents Geolocated Models on Your Mobile Device

Posted by Pete Hicks on 7/1/14 9:55 AM   |  2 min read time

We recently bolstered our growing library of Partner Product solutions, so that you can experience conceptual 3D models in a new way. Using Inglobe Technologies’ AR-media™ plug-in for Vectorworks software, designers, architects, and engineers can take advantage of augmented reality technology to virtually present and interact with georeferenced models on both iOS and Android devices. Additionally, you can visualize designs directly from your desktop computer while in the office with a webcam and printed custom marker.

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Topics: 3D models, Android, Architecture, georeferenced models, James Russell, plug-in, resources, Vectorworks, 3D Modeling, Alessandro Terenzi, AR-media, AR-media Player, AR-media plug-in, Community, GIS, Inglobe Technologies, iOS, Partner Product, third party partner, Vectorworks 2014, Vectorworks software

Update to Jonathan Pickup's 3D Modeling with Vectorworks Tutorial Now Available

Posted by Pete Hicks on 6/18/14 4:39 PM   |  1 min read time

We’ve just released the latest update to the 3D Modeling with Vectorworks training manual. So if you’re ready to turn simple designs into advanced, complex shapes and produce professional-quality 3D models, be sure to add this book to your library today.

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Topics: 3D Modeling with Vectorworks, Architecture, resources, 3D Modeling, Community, Jonathan Pickup, Sixth Edition, training manual, Vectorworks 2014, Vectorworks software

Solving Everyday Problems with Uncommon Solutions

Posted by Pete Hicks on 6/16/14 11:46 AM   |  2 min read time

Running out of office space is a typical issue businesses face, but addressing that problem with repurposed shipping containers sitting atop one’s roof is certainly unusual. Luckily for our eager minds and eyes, a confident architectural team that designs with Vectorworks software did just that at the KRAFTWERK building in Wil, Switzerland.

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Topics: Architecture, Arson Architektur AG, Roger Edelmann, shipping containers, Vectorworks Architect, IKEA, KRAFTWERK building, Project Highlight, Vectorworks software

Vectorworks Booth at the AIA 2014 to Feature BIM Education, a Contest, Giveaways, and More

Posted by Pete Hicks on 6/11/14 11:59 AM   |  2 min read time

If you’re heading to the AIA Convention 2014 in Chicago later this month, be sure to stop by the Vectorworks booth (#3251). We’re offering a dynamic lineup of presentations from award-winning architects and industry specialists, plus the to chance win Wacom Intuos® Pro tablets, learn practical applications of BIM with Vectorworks software, and enter the 2014 Architectural Record Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest.

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Topics: AIA Convention 2014, Architecture, architectureisfun, Education, GreenSource, Laura Viscusi, McGraw-Hill Construction Media, Nathan Kipnis, Sabo & Zahn, SNAP, Wacom Intuos® Pro, Architectural Record, BIM, Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest, Kipnis Architecture + Planning, Nemetschek Vectorworks, Peter Exley, trade shows, Vectorworks software, Werner Sabo

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