The design industry has been moving towards BIM (Building Information Modelling) with many big practices investing heavily in this due to the complex projects many work with that demand extensive coordination. The ease of retrieving and manipulating information in BIM is extremely attractive on these complex projects.
At PAD studio we have always used Vectorworks for our modelling requirements, recently we had two days intensive training and were delighted to find how far the software has developed. The majority of our design team were born in the era of the drawing board; familiar with paper, pen and ruler drawing on a sheet. This is how we used Vectorworks; various line weights drawn in 2D on various sheets like individual drawings. We even had separate files for each drawing sat in a folder, as if layered in the old draftsman’s drawers. It’s not that we shy away from technology, we all use it on a daily basis and actively collaborate with consultants that use advanced software such as PPHP (Passive House Planning Package), IES (Integrated Environmental Solutions) for Dynamic Thermal Modelling and Revit for 3D structural analysis but for several reasons it seems we had not progressed our CAD skills to the capacity of the software. For example:
Our two days training was intensive! We started at the very basics working our way to more complex modelling, representation and scheduling, working as a group and also with one-on-one training with Jonathan Reeves. We were drawn to Jonathan’s CAD methodology as he does not over complicate the setting up and management of projects. The training allowed us to discuss and explore how we could tailor the software system to work for us while maintain an industry standard for collaborative BIM projects. It gave us renewed confidence in using Vectorworks and understanding the programs flexibility on maintain a sense of individuality.
Examples of the design stages and how modelling assists from initial sketch, through plans, 3D structural models, thermal modelling, detailed structural to final design render.