Vectortasks™ Seminars 016, 017, 018 and 019
Vectorworkshops: Small-group courses in basic Vectorworks®


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These courses are based on teaching the basic skills needed by most Vectorworks users, with an emphasis on architecture.
Classes are taught in a small-group, hands-on setting. The courses are organized around typical architectural project workflows, and demonstrate individual tasks in a typical project sequence.
Five sessions per course, one session per week.

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016c Fast Intro to Vectorworks [accelerated].
Dates: Part One: September 24, 2011. Part Two: October 1, 2011.
Classes: 2pm-5pm.
Location: Institute for Developing Entertainment Arts & Studies, Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, California 91401 [map]

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  • Basic concepts, functionality, tools & procedures. The Vectorworks interface, how to modify it and how to navigate around it.
  • Advanced tools, plug-in objects and symbols.
  • How to set up files.
  • Classes and layers: when and how to use.
  • Basic 3D work: shapes, extrudes, NURBS, walls, roofs, doors and windows.
  • Dimensions, annotations and labels.
  • Basic worksheet use, track & count objects, create schedules.
  • Printing & Exporting; use of viewports.
  • Putting a small project together.

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017 Bumping it up: Develop 3D Skills in Vectorworks.
Dates to be determined. Please check back shortly.

  • Proficient use of parametric objects: walls, doors and windows, stairs, roofs, slabs and columns.
  • Constructing and presenting a 3D model: Unified View (or Linked Layers);
  • Cutting live sections through 3D models; use sections for production, detailing and presentation;
  • Optimal 3D model presentation: Controlling layer/class visibilities for presentation and production;
  • Advanced viewport use: stacked sheet layer viewports, visibility control via classes, multiple-scale viewports, isolating and developing details;
  • Viewing a model in three dimensions: using the Renderworks camera tool, Set 3D View command, isometric and orthogonal views in design layers and viewports;
  • Introduction to rendering, including Hidden Line, Artistic Renderworks, OpenGL, Final Quality Renderworks, Final Gather and Radiosity.


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018 Efficient Production in Vectorworks.
Dates to be determined. Please check back shortly.

  • Set up a strong file structure: layers, classes, viewports and saved views.
  • Fast project setup: use templates, libraries and automated project setup tools;
  • Control and keep track of drawing sets, issues and revisions: use the sheet border plug-in-object as an administrative tool;
  • Advanced use of walls, door and window and roof tools for production;
  • Save time by using project libraries, symbols and plug-in-objects;
  • Drawing labels, dimensions, callouts and keynotes; prepare note databases, import specifications;
  • Count and keep track of objects: Use pre-made schedules, and create new custom schedules such as door/window and finish schedules;
  • Create and keep track of room areas and finishes; use the Space tool to its full potential;
  • Import and use external documents in your drawings: PDF files, DXF/DWG drawings, images.
  • Sharing work with others: collaborate with fellow workers, export files for consultants;
  • Print your drawings efficiently: speedy printing techniques.

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019 Practical Renderworks: A fast & practical intro to Renderworks.
Dates to be determined. Please check back shortly.
Please note: this course is at a different location from our other classes, and has room for more participants than our small-class format. For detailed information about the course, location and cost please visit the course’s dedicated web site: http://practicalrw.com/

  • Prepare 3-D Vectorworks files and models for creating images with Renderworks.
  • Set up cameras and saved views for future re-use;
  • Two methods for preparing and applying textures;
  • Three basic concepts for interior, exterior and decorative lighting;
  • Four basic rendering settings for most typical scenes;
  • Five custom settings for advanced rendering;
  • When to use Spot lights vs. Directional lights to represent the sun;
  • Methods for speeding up the rendering process;
  • Export images and select image formats for different purposes;
  • Third-party sources for models, plug-ins and textures;
  • Tips and techniques for using Renderworks efficiently and easily.
For detailed information about the course, location and cost please visit the course’s dedicated web site: http://practicalrw.com/

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How the Courses are Run:

  • Small-group setting (maximum seven people).
  • Five sessions per course, one session per week (except for accelerated courses).
  • Each class consists of: a 50-minute lecture (questions encouraged); 10-minute break, 30-minute question/answer period.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own computers with a licensed copy of Vectorworks 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011. Participants with versions earlier than Vectorworks 2008 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Class Schedule, Location and Cost

Where will the Courses be Held:
Offices of Daniel Jansenson Architect
1424 4th Street, Suite 221, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
(Two hours free parking available next door in parking structure #5 when parking before 6:00pm).
Please note: certain courses are held at the
Institute for Developing Entertainment Arts & Studies, Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, California 91401 [map]

When will the Workshops be Held:
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings (depending on the workshop),
Hours: 6:30-8:00pm.
Please note: class time may change to 6:00pm if all students agree.
Please note:
VT106c, Fast Intro to Vectorworks, is taught in two parts: Part One: September 23, 2011, 2pm-5pm. Part Two: October 1, 2011, 2pm-5pm.

What Do the Workshops Cost:
The cost of each course is
$325 per person, paid in advance; no refunds. Note: 3 students per class is the minimum required; 7 students maximum. In the event a course is cancelled, course tuition will be fully refunded.


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