Training Courses

Vectorworks : Introduction

Two Day Course

Overview

VectorWorks is used predominantly in the fields of architecture, landscape and garden design, interior design and exhibition design for generating 2D drawings and 3D designs and visualisations. VectorWorks offers a full range of 2D, 3D, production management and presentation capabilities for all phases of the design process and this course is designed to give you a comprehensive grounding in these skills.

Our Vectorworks courses are run by extremely experienced CAD practitioners and trainers giving you effective, targeted training by industry professionals. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction - working in 2D
    • Setting up a drawing
    • Navigating around the application
    • Drawing size and working to scale
    • Working with units
    • Creating objects by eye and by co-ordinate entry
    • Modifying objects
    • 2D tools, groups, symbols and layers

    Working with duplicate array
    • Mirror duplicating
    • Rotation and arcs
    • Snap to object
    • Dimensioning
    • Introduction to classes
    • Examples and case studies

    Working in 3D
    • Creating walls, extrusions and roofs
    • Further use of classes and saved sheets
    • Multiple extrudes, sweeps and meshes
    • Walls from polygons
    • Parametric symbols

    3D primitives
    • Using domes, spheres, cones and blocks
    • Flyaround, walkthrough and set 3D view
    • Importing and exporting to other applications

    Spreadsheets and databases
    • Creating record formats
    • Attaching symbols to records
    • Amending data on an object
    • Creating automatic and custom worksheets
    • Linking text to a record
    • Using 'intelligent titleblocks'
    • Schedule and area calculations
    • Workgroup referencing
  • DAY TWO

    Rendering
    • Assigning textures to an object
    • Importing and mapping textures
    • Setting lighting
    • Rendering images
    • Creating still frames and animations

    Architectural features
    • Architect concepts
    • Setting up an Architect Title block
    • Redlining
    • Key notes and text notes
    • Issue manager
    • Assigning and extracting data
    • Space planning and bubble diagrams
    • Scheduling and reports
    • Introduction to RenderWorks
    • Architect parametric objects

    Landmark
    • Landmark concepts
    • Setting up a Landmark Title block
    • Key notes and text notes
    • Issue manager
    • Assigning and extracting data
    • Inputting site surveys
    • Site modelling and rendering (Introduction to RenderWorks)
    • Plant manager
    • Creating and adding roads, pads, plants, trees and irrigation

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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Attendees surveyed13519
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

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"Trainer was really focused on our needs and requirements and gave us just enough information to help us do what we needed. He was very patient considering we had zero knowledge of Illustrator. Feel confident that I can replicate examples in my job. "

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