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Workflow Enhancements and Braceworks Define Vectorworks 2018
September 12th, 2017 by Susan Smith
Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar spoke with AECCafe Voice about today’s release of its 2018 Vectorworks software. The release includes Vectorworks ® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals, as well as Vision. As part of the release, Braceworks™ is a new structural load analysis add-on module aimed for designers and riggers working on temporary entertainment structures.
Direct section and elevation editing and multi-view capabilities were introduced so that the plan is ready to go when you are finished with your 1-50 or 1-100 detailed view of a particular model. “All the linework, line thicknesses, cross section, merging of areas between different walls and slabs or walls and roofs,, used to be touched up by hand and the users don’t need to do that anymore,” said Sarkar. “It takes a long time to do all that touch up work on line thicknesses and hatches. You can also grab all modeling entities like change windows or move some doors, height of clad or walls.
“The site model contours are now directly editable which they were not before. Users had reported that in previous versions, the contours, once in the site model, could not be edited and required various techniques to edit the site model. Now they have better control and are able to click to the points, do polylines and drag them together or one at a time.”
The integration of analysis and design is another theme new to this release. Braceworks added to the entertainment portfolio allows entertainment professionals to have an entire workflow from design through to production in one interface that includes Spotlight and Vision Software.
Vectorworks worksheet capabilities have been simplified, making it easier for users to create custom reports from model or drawing data.
Braceworks, the new structural load analysis add-on tool, will analyze the loads and distributed loads on trusses, for example, and let you know if they are safe or not. “In Europe, you must get the trusses satisfied by structural engineers for structures in rock concerts and other public places,” said Sarkar. “You’re including the safety factor in the design. You receive a huge PDF of load calculations and dimensions, basically for the BIM to let you know if you need support or the load is supported well.”
Vectorworks 2018 is now Unicode compliant for any file created in any language versions, with all the characters showing up correctly. The software supports over 12 languages compatible with each other and able to open files from other language. This is useful when a company working on a Chinese project has much of the work done in Germany for example. Localized versions will be available in the coming months.
In summary, some of the awaited additions for Vectorworks 2018 include (from company materials):
For architecture, notable improvements include:
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