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  1. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. has been named a winner of BUILD magazine’s Visionaries in Technology award. This inaugural award program was launched with a focus on companies who are shaping the future of the technology for construction and architecture sectors, and who continue to innovate and develop new techniques to keep both divisions moving forward. This award was judged purely on merit by the BUILD in-house research team with all potential winners assessed with multiple, relevant criteria, including previous accolades won; company performance over a specified period of time; influence within the industry, sector or region; and client testimonials or recommendations. “Vectorworks Architect was on our research team’s radar before the award process began. Throughout the process, we were highly impressed by the dedication to practical usability and the focus on translating architectural concepts into workable project files without compromising design freedom,” said Daniel Hornsby, head of features at BUILD magazine. “The BUILD team felt that the Vectorworks full product suite displayed exactly the kind of intuitive, user-focused design that we wanted to celebrate with this award.” Another core focus of the award is the ongoing modernization and digitation of the architecture and construction sectors. With BIM rapidly becoming an industry staple, a key part of the award’s mission was looking at the firms pushing the leading edge of this wave of innovation, and as noted by Hornsby, “Vectorworks’ programs are clear front-runners in the category.” “We are incredibly honored that Vectorworks is recognized by this prestigious award after careful research and consideration,” said Vectorworks Vice President of Marketing Dan Monaghan. “Our company works hard every year to create new innovations within the AEC industry, and our success with this award reinforces our role as leaders in the BIM market and demonstrates how our work continues to make an impact within the design industry.” The Visionaries in Technology Award was launched on the back of several smaller features BUILD has run over the past year. These features were well received by their readers, and they saw a rise in the demand for a focused award that both recognized technology firms and showcased their services to the BUILD readership. You can find out more about these prestigious awards here. As part of winning the award, Vectorworks will be featured in BUILD magazine’s January 2018 issue. To learn more about Vectorworks and Vectorworks 2018, visit our website or follow #Vectorworks2018 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. has been nominated as a finalist in nine categories in this year’s Construction Computing Awards. Known as “The Hammers,” the Construction Computing Awards showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. The awards categories are divided into three sections – those decided by reader voting, project submissions nominated by the principals themselves that will be judged by a panel of experts, and the Editor’s Choice award, which is selected by David Chadwick, editor of Construction Computing Magazine. “We are delighted that Vectorworks has been nominated for these prestigious awards, and that we are recognized in nine categories,” said Vectorworks UK Sales Director Adrian Slatter. “Year after year, Vectorworks continues to draw praise from its users and Construction Computing readers alike. Our involvement and success in these awards reinforces the value designers attach to Vectorworks’ ability to help them transform the world.” Featuring over 20 categories, the Construction Computing Awards allow companies from every segment of the AEC industry to obtain acknowledgement for their hard work over the past 12 months. Vectorworks, Inc. has been nominated in the following categories: · BIM Product of 2017: Vectorworks, Inc. · Collaboration Product of 2017: Vectorworks · Company of the Year: Vectorworks, Inc. · Product of the Year 2017: Vectorworks software · Architectural Design Software of 2017: Vectorworks Architect · Augmented/Virtual Reality Product of 2017: Web View Virtual Reality · Innovation of the Year: Web View Virtual Reality · Cloud Based Technology of 2017: Vectorworks Cloud Services · Best Mobile Technology of 2017: Vectorworks Nomad Voting closes on November 2, and the awards ceremony will be held on November 16 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian in London’s Bloomsbury. View the full list of nominations and cast your votes for Vectorworks here. Award winners will appear in the November/December ‘17 issues of CAD User and Construction Computing magazine. To learn more about Vectorworks, Inc. and Vectorworks 2018, visit our website or follow #Vectorworks2018 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  3. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces the English-version release of its 2018 Vectorworks software. The release includes Vectorworks® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals, as well as Vision. New this year is Braceworks™, a structural load analysis add-on module targeted to designers and riggers working on temporary entertainment structures. “With Vectorworks 2018, we focused on user workflows, making them more robust and efficient,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “In BIM, you can best see this in our direct section and elevation editing and multiview capabilities, and more subtly in all the Wall tool enhancements that allow designers to correctly model wall constructions so walls appear accurately in plan, section and elevation drawings. The direct site model contour editing and enhanced seating sections are other good examples of our usability improvements.” Another theme for this launch was the integration of analysis and design. With the addition of Braceworks to the entertainment portfolio that already includes the industry-leading Spotlight and Vision software, entertainment professionals can complete their entire workflow, from design to documentation to production, in one interface. Also, customers will notice the simplification of Vectorworks worksheet capabilities, which makes it easier for them to create custom reports from model or drawing data. This release is the first in the 2018 worldwide rollout, which will include the release of ten additional localized-language versions. Some of the highly anticipated additions for Vectorworks 2018 include: · Multiple drawing views: Use multiple views of a project simultaneously, and begin work in one view pane and finish it in another. Switch effortlessly between viewports, views and visibility settings — simply set up panes and view them all at once. Instantly gauge the impact of a design change across 3D, plan, section and elevation views, and even start a rendering in one view while working in another. · Direct section and elevation editing: Edit models directly from viewports: add openings, align and distribute windows, reposition doors across multiple layers, reshape walls — it’s all possible. Change the 3D views while in the section to see how edits simultaneously affect plans and model views. And, create better-looking, more-accurate drawings in a fraction of the time. For architecture, notable improvements include: · Improved graphic output for architectural documents: Generate documentation from a BIM file much more efficiently. Improved graphic controls within section views of wall joins and wall, or slab and roof components provides the flexibility to quickly achieve high-quality documentation from a 3D model. · Robust wall modeling options: Control individual component heights by instance, attach information to them, insert component caps and simultaneously edit multiple selected components from an easy-to-use dialog box. Plus, swiftly make wall graphic display changes with the new ability to switch all attributes by class. · Easier title block customization: Customize items such as variables and orientation, choose from an unlimited set of information to include in a title block, and use styles to more simply manage many title blocks across one or multiple projects. · Streamlined drawing distribution: Publish drawings based on issue date and a tightly integrated new title block object; generate and distribute drawing sets, issue information and reports throughout the duration of a project; and automate the typically laborious process of creating a BIM project or lighting a stage. Enhancements for entertainment design include: · New zoom option for video and blended screens: It's now easier than ever to manage the planning and visualization of video screens in designs. With new graphic output capabilities, more accurately understand, estimate and adjust available throw and zoom, to enable final equipment choices earlier in the design process. · Enhanced seating section: Choose from additional layout methods, multiple seat numbering options and graphic controls to easily set and modify seating sections from the Object Info palette. Generate more precise seating layout visualizations for an event and automate seating schedules for inventory and ordering. For landscape design, important updates include: · Direct site model contour editing: Edit a site model easier than ever with improved site model settings and direct 2D contour editing. Modify each contour line as easily as editing a polyline. · New import/export tree survey options: Generate existing site conditions from GIS and tree survey data without the need for external tools. Just use geolocated tree species data to create existing tree objects and export back to clients via Shapefile (SHP), TXT and DXF formats. As in past years, many updates to the software directly correlated with customer feedback. Designers with early access have already begun to share their thoughts on the new edition. “Truly amazing new features for Vectorworks, ones that will make working in 3D and using BIM workflows much easier and more compelling,” said Jonathan Reeves, director of Jonathan Reeves Architecture. Additional testimonials are below: “Multiple view drawing support will be one of the most celebrated features of Vectorworks 2018. It gives users the ability to think about projects in different ways and from different perspectives, all at the same time!” –C. Andrew Dunning, Owner of Landru Design “I really like the new improved title block — it is easier to use, and it puts the details needed for project information, and issue and revision data all in one place — for easier management and tracking.” –Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED, AP, BD+C, Principal Architect at Hamilton + Aitken Architects “Braceworks is an extremely helpful tool to simplify and shorten the workflow within our projects. It allows us to calculate loads directly from the CAD plan and to analyze the feasibility at any time. The easy connection to our partners in the field of structural analysis considerably reduces the costs in this area and ensures faster results. This makes it possible for us to work in constant exchange and thus always to achieve the best solution with a comparable, favorable price.” – John van Look, Head of Production Rigging at PRG Germany “Direct contour editing, where have you been all my life? I’m In Love! Our digital terrain modeling workflow with the site modeling tools, was quite often a lot of experimentation and modification to achieve the desired grade. Now with the ability to directly edit the site model contours in Vectorworks 2018, our workflow has been cut in half. This has greatly improved our design production, giving us a higher profitability on site grading throughout!” –Bryan Goff, Director of Design + Sciences at Grey Leaf Design, Inc. “The new Renderworks is an amazing upgrade, with more detail and quality of lighting being delivered at the same speed in Vectorworks 2017, or shockingly — even faster.” –Ion Webster, Principal at Pults & Associates, LLP Beginning today, the English-language version of Vectorworks 2018 software is available by download for Vectorworks Service Select customers. To learn more about Vectorworks 2018, visit vectorworks.net/2018 or follow #Vectorworks2018 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Press interested in learning more about this release can access the Vectorworks 2018 press kit at vectorworks.net/2018/press. For further information and requests, contact Communications Manager Lauren Burke Meyer at lmeyer@vectorworks.net.
  4. Vectorworks, Inc., a global design and BIM software developer for the architecture, landscape and entertainment design industries, has continued to help students reach their highest potential with its third annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship program. Nearly $40,000 in prizes were awarded for projects that demonstrate the creativity and high-caliber work of the next generation of design professionals. The pool of entries was competitive, with more than 2,000 submissions from students around the world. Ningxin Cheng (B.Arch. 2017) and Kalen McNamara (M.Arch. 2018) from Rice University’s School of Architecture were ultimately selected as this year’s winners of the prestigious Richard Diehl Award, with their project, “Open Pocket,” winning the $10,000 grand prize. For their submission, Cheng and McNamara entered an assignment from their fall 2016 advanced studio, taught by Assistant Professor Andrew Colopy. The studio is part of Totalization, a unique collaborative design program at Rice Architecture, which has been honored with distinction by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), as well as the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA). “We are thrilled by this news and by this distinguished and generous recognition of Ningxin and Kalen’s terrific work,” said Dean of the Rice School of Architecture Sarah Whiting. “Nothing is more heartening than having the professional world help to foster the next generation.” In addition to Cheng and McNamara’s recognized achievement, an international panel of design professionals and academics also selected student projects that were awarded $3,000 each from across the architecture, landscape, entertainment and interior design fields. Submissions were evaluated based on effective use of computer technology and originality, as well as design integrity and a well-articulated design vision. The winning projects are as follows: · “Next to Normal” by Ted Brown, University of Iowa · “The Other Place” by Alexander Drachenberg, University of Wuppertal (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) · “Wander” by Tineke Gol and Astrid Stevens, University of Antwerp (Universiteit Antwerpen) · “Zuerichwohnen – Clusterwohnen im Solarhaus” by Joël Héritier, ETH Zürich · “Sustainable Energy and Environmental Monitoring Centre, Saltaire” by Peter Markos, University of Sheffield · “Moerbekes Regeneratie” by Dries Pattyn, KASK, School of Arts of University College Ghent · “Siebenschläfer-Übernachten in der alten Scheune” by Sophia Rodermund, Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences · “The Wall” by Brecht Scheelen, UHasselt · “The Space Left Behind-Uncovered” by Filip Staszkiewicz, TU Dresden (Technische Universität Dresden) · “Wonderland” by Paula Wheeler and Trish Thuy Trang Nhan, Arizona State University Not only were these students given monetary awards, but they also received licenses of Vectorworks Designer software for their schools’ labs, as well as free training provided by a Vectorworks expert. Visit the Vectorworks Design Scholarship web gallery to view the winning designs and runner-up projects. Once there, interested students may sign up for an email list to receive notifications regarding future scholarship award cycles.
  5. To best support and grow its rapidly expanding user base, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is delighted to announce the formation of a new office in the UK. To facilitate this new corporate office, Vectorworks has acquired Design Software Solutions Limited, a long-time reseller of Vectorworks software. The Vectorworks UK office will build on the support, training and sales infrastructure developed by Design Software Solutions as a launch pad for further development in the region. The new office will be led by Tamsin Slatter and Adrian Slatter, former directors of Design Software Solutions. “With more than ten years of experience helping users make the most of their investment in Vectorworks software, Design Software Solutions has provided significant input to the growth of the UK market while also providing valuable support and training materials,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Tamsin and Adrian Slatter and their dedicated team have the right mix of experience and passion for our products to help us to provide top-quality support for our existing community of designers and resellers in the UK, while expanding our user base even faster than we have to date.” In addition to its headquarters in the United States and its new office in the UK, Vectorworks has a network of 35 distributors around the world. Its software solutions are available in 11 languages, providing powerful tools to help designers capture ideas, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and realize their visions. “We’re thrilled to be part of the Vectorworks team. The UK and Ireland is a major market for designers of all disciplines, and Vectorworks’ decision to invest in creating a direct presence shows how highly the company values these clients and the market opportunity that exists,” said Adrian Slatter, UK sales director. “We passionately believe that Vectorworks provides the best 2D/3D design and BIM tools in the market today, allowing all disciplines to become more efficient without compromising on the elements of design and innovation.”
  6. Vectorworks, Inc., a global design and BIM software developer for the architecture, landscape and entertainment design industries, announces the addition of seven new speakers to the schedule for the 2017 Vectorworks Design Summit, to be held Monday, September 18 to Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference will include 35 speakers, more than 75 hours of hands-on training, one-on-one technical support and networking events. Attendees will also get an inside view of Vectorworks® software’s future development cycle, including new features in the soon-to-be-released 2018 version of the application. “The fervor, overall enthusiasm and passion that has been on display among attendees at each of our past two Design Summits has made this a must-attend event for Vectorworks enthusiasts around the world,” said Nicole Davison, vice president of sales at Vectorworks. “From thought-provoking and inspirational keynote speakers, to tremendous training and learning, to the design-focused interactive activities and social events with Vectorworks staff, the Summit is truly a can’t-miss event. We can’t wait to continue our annual occasion to share in our mutual passion for transforming the world through great design.” Speakers and Continuing Education Opportunities As previously announced, Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar and Brad Cloepfil, AIA, NCARB, founding principal of Allied Works Architecture, will deliver the keynote addresses. The first keynote, led by Sarkar, will include an introduction to the latest features in Vectorworks 2018. He will also invite industry leaders to share their business success stories, including, Paul Beaty-Pownall, MA, Dip, RIBA, managing director at bpr architects ltd; Marc Pancera, MSc ETH Arch, head of BIM and associate at IttenBrechbühl; Adam Greenspan, partner at PWP Landscape Architecture; and Remco Teunissen, owner at RTN Showsupport. In addition to Beaty-Pownall, Pancera, Greenspan and Teunissen, the new speakers added to the presentation schedule include: · Tamsin Slatter, director at Design Software Solutions, who will discuss time-saving tips for Vectorworks Landmark; and · Daniel Irvine, M.Arch, and Jean Dières Monplaisir, M.Arch, M.Sc.Eng, intern architects at Principle Architecture, who will demonstrate the process of designing an immersive, free-form, timber installation using Marionette scripting. The event will offer more than 21 Continuing Education Unit opportunities for attendees to earn HSW, AIA and ASLA CEUs, with presentations covering topics such as collaborative BIM workflows, DWG files, cartography, rendering, tech tips and graphical scripting to be more productive. Sponsors and Exhibitors To further support Vectorworks’ commitment to helping designers streamline their workflow, Bluebeam, Inc. has been named as the Gold Level Sponsor for the 2017 Vectorworks Design Summit. A leading developer of technology solutions for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, Bluebeam software allows the world’s most document-intensive industries to share information and collaborate in real time. Additionally, Silver Level sponsors HP Inc. and 3Dconnexion, Inc., along with exhibitors Canon U.S.A., Inc., Solibri LLC and SCIA, Inc. will be available to help attendees find the right solutions for their software and design needs. Ticket Rates Design professionals can attend the Design Summit for $699, while design students and professors can register for the academic rate of $99. Interested attendees should register online now to take advantage of this valuable opportunity, as well as book a discounted hotel stay at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel by mentioning Vectorworks when placing a reservation before the room block offer expires on August 18. Press can register and attend the Design Summit for free by emailing Vectorworks’ Communications Manager Lauren Meyer at Lmeyer@vectorworks.net. To see the full schedule for the conference, visit http://www.vectorworks.net/design-summit - Schedule. Join the Summit conversation by using #VectorworksDesignSummit on social media.
  7. Brian Nicholson, senior landscape product specialist at global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc., has passed the Sustainable SITES Initiative accredited professional exam. Nicholson is among the first group of SITES Accredited Professionals (APs) to pass the exam and receive the resulting designation. First announced at the October 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the SITES AP exam uses the expertise of leading practitioners to assess a candidate’s competency in sustainable landscape design and development. For landscape professionals who successfully pass the exam, this new designation allows them to exhibit their knowledge and commitment to the profession, promote the value of landscape architecture and educate the public about how SITES can play a role in a more sustainable and healthy environment. The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) is the first program of its kind to offer a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define thoughtful land development and management. SITES aligns land development and management with innovative design—defining what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment. Land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. The four overarching goals of the SITES rating system are to create regenerative systems and foster resiliency; ensure future source supply and mitigate climate change; transform the market through design, development and maintenance practices; and enhance human wellbeing and strengthen the community. “It’s an honor to be in the first cohort of landscape professionals to earn this important and distinguished credential,” said Nicholson. “Being a newly minted SITES AP, I’m looking forward to developing tools and workflows within Vectorworks to help streamline SITES documentation on projects for landscape architects.” In addition to earning the SITES AP designation, Nicholson is a professional landscape architect, maintaining licenses in multiple jurisdictions and is an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) and LEED accredited professional. He also serves as the ASLA Colorado chapter president, where he develops value-added programs for members and advocates for the chapter at the national level. Since their release, Vectorworks product specialists have worked with users to recognize and facilitate design workflows that adhere to the design and performance standards set forth in LEED and SITES. With Nicholson becoming an accredited professional for both rating systems, those using Vectorworks® Landmark software for their own site design projects will continue to see more SITES supported features and workflows to ensure their project documents meet or exceed these standards. For more information about Sustainable AP, visit http://www.sustainablesites.org/sites-ap.
  8. Finalizing the agenda for the 2017 Vectorworks Design Summit, organizer and global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is announcing Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar and Brad Cloepfil, founding principal, AIA, NCARB of Allied Works Architecture as the keynote speakers. Hosted from Monday, September 18 to Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Baltimore Marriot Waterfront Hotel in Maryland, the conference includes more than 70 hours of ROI-driven industry training on trends and tools, several networking events to help attendees make beneficial connections for their careers, as well as one-on-one face time with training and support staff. The first keynote, led by Sarkar, takes place on day two of the conference, September 19, at 9 a.m. ET. The keynote will include an introduction from Sarkar about the latest features in Vectorworks 2018, scheduled for release this fall. Additionally, customers will come on stage and share how Vectorworks software empowers their business to succeed. On day three, September 20, at 9 a.m. ET, Cloepfil will kick off the second keynote, “Applied Arts,” highlighting Allied Works Architecture’s design process through innovative case studies. Architect, educator and principal of Allied Works Architecture, Cloepfil creates culturally resonant architectural designs, forged by the defining elements of their mission and site. Cloepfil’s earliest influences lay outside of architecture — ranging from the vast landscapes and monumental works of civil engineering in the Pacific Northwest, to the simple, yet profound gestures of land and installation artists. His approach to design combines an intensive focus on the specific character of each project with an understanding of architecture’s transformative possibilities. “I hope attendees leave my keynote feeling inspired to explore the craft of making, whether they’re designing anything from buildings, landscapes or stage designs to plates, tables or perfume bottles,” said Cloepfil. “Although, this passion for making would be nothing without the means to do the job — tools like Vectorworks software that allow designers to explore and document innovative projects.” Cloepfil founded Allied Works Architecture in his native Portland, Oregon in 1994 and opened the New York City office in 2003. The recipient of numerous design awards, he holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, and he has taught and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe. Allied Works Architecture is widely acclaimed for their arts and cultural projects. For the past 14 years, they’ve been using Vectorworks software on some of their most prestigious projects, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado; the National Veterans Memorial & Museum in Columbus, Ohio; and the National Music Centre of Canada, in Calgary. The firm’s varied and rigorous design process ultimately comes to rest through the clarity of the drawing. Vectorworks’ team has worked as a partner to provide the best available digital modeling, scripting and rendering software, allowing Allied Works Architecture to maintain the forgotten power of the well-drafted sheet through a unique, drawing-like drafting environment. As part of the schedule’s finalization, the early bird special for registration has been extended until June 7, 2017. Interested participants should register now to ensure $100 in savings. To see the full schedule for the conference, visit www.vectorworks.net/design-summit#Schedule. Press can register and attend the Design Summit for free by emailing Vectorworks’ Communications Manager Lauren Meyer at Lmeyer@vectorworks.net. Join the Summit conversation by using #VectorworksDesignSummit on social media.
  9. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is building upon its partnership with the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) to offer a second AIACC BIM Software Member Value Program, running from June 1 to June 30, 2017. After the initial program launch in November 2016 the special is running again to help connect emerging and start-up architecture firms to software that supports their entire design process. "We're passionate about helping young and emerging architects further their competitive advantage by providing an unbeatable offer to obtain Vectorworks® software, which provides powerful and intuitive tools tuned for the unique challenges faced in the design process of all architectural projects," said Mark Hewick, U.S. director of sales at Vectorworks. “The discounted offer isn’t the only benefit to these individuals because we also offer perpetual licenses.” Specifically, the Member Value Program offers a 35 percent discount to the 11,000 AIACC members on Vectorworks Architect licenses for new users. Architect software will cost $1,914.25, saving new users $1,030.75. AIACC will host an introductory webinar on Thursday, June 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET that will provide a program overview, feature AIACC members currently using Vectorworks, technical information and more details for members about how to access this opportunity. Register for the webinar here. Those unable to make the live airing of the webinar should still register to receive the recording afterwards. Vectorworks Architect is an industry-leading architectural design and BIM software that enables designers to tackle complex ideas in 2D and 3D, refine construction details, explore a project’s energy efficiency and streamline costs. As a flexible BIM tool connected with its 14 sister brands from the Nemetschek group, Architect empowers designers to plug into today’s BIM processes while keeping their focus on great design. To learn more about transitioning to Vectorworks software, register for the upcoming Getting Started Seminar on May 31, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Everyone participating in the Member Value Program can attend the seminar for free. To take advantage of the AIACC BIM Software Member Value Program, visit vectorworks.net/aiacc to sign up and receive the offer. Current users should call 888-646-4223 or email sales@vectorworks.net to learn more about what discounts may apply to them.
  10. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces version 2.5 of the pedestrian simulation software add on for Vectorworks 2017 software, SimTread. Created by Japanese Vectorworks distributor A&A Co., Ltd. in partnership with Waseda University and Takenaka Corporation, SimTread helps in simulating and analyzing a variety of crowd control needs, such as evaluating evacuation times, building egress and traffic flow. Updates for this version include improvements for video export quality and a more detailed analysis that offers the ability to efficiently add time-dependent events like evacuations, as well as account for different occupants, such as individuals in wheelchairs. As a flow-analysis tool, SimTread helps those working in disaster preparedness, public safety, facilities management, as well as event, municipal or campus planning. SimTread can assist in and optimizes a design’s circulation pattern – whether directing the slow meandering of people through an art museum or expediting the exit of tens of thousands of people from a football stadium. “We’re always looking for new ways to help designers work more efficiently by putting the information they need at their fingertips,” said Jeremy Powell, senior marketing director at Vectorworks. “Updates for this SimTread version will improve productivity for the design and planning of pedestrian flow and evacuation safety.” Updates for the latest SimTread release include: · Improved plot tracking, which provides a more in-depth analysis by enabling the ability to plot and display the specified path occupants take to reach their destinations. · The new Show/Select SimTread Object command helps users save time by showing or selecting all instances of specified SimTread object types. · The duplicate transfer points update provides a command that streamlines the creation of a simulation of a multi-story building by allowing the replication of transfer points at stairwells. · Enhanced anti-aliasing and H264 video codec parameters for higher-quality video output. “SimTread helps designers make better, more data-driven decisions when it comes to optimizing their layouts for crowd flow and safety,” said Dr. Takeshi Kimura, manager of product development at A&A. “As such, we continually work to improve the capabilities of SimTread based on customer feedback and provide Vectorworks users the best tool possible.” To purchase SimTread, or learn more, visit our partner page at vectorworks.net/simtread.
  11. As part of the continued effort to help international designers take on projects across industries, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is welcoming First Star Computer as the new United Arab Emirates (UAE) Vectorworks software distributor. With Vectorworks® Architect, First Star Computer adds the leading cross-platform BIM product to its portfolio, along with the rest of the product line, including Landmark, Spotlight, Designer, Fundamentals and Vision. “With the dedicated team at First Star Computer and their years of experience, we know that they will help us to reach new audiences, while providing top-quality support for our existing community of designers in the UAE,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. With more than 12 years of experience in the CAD industry, First Star Computer has a team of expert engineers who currently develop and provide 2D drafting and 3D modeling solutions for sectors in the UAE, such as engineering, construction and infrastructure. Additionally, First Star Computer serves more than 2,500 building construction and design companies with more than 10 resellers in the UAE. “The UAE is a powerhouse in numerous areas, including construction, infrastructure, real estate and media, which, alongside its strong economy, provide an invaluable opportunity,” said Business Development Director Houssien Nassr, who started with the company as a partner in 2004. “Thus, the collaboration between First Star Computer and Vectorworks was natural, as Vectorworks provides the best-in-class 2D/3D design and BIM tools that are used in many interdisciplinary fields and can solve many technical issues in the fields of architecture and design.” To purchase Vectorworks through First Star Computer, visit caduae.com. Those outside the UAE can find their local distributor at vectorworks.net/international.
  12. During the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando, Florida from April 27-April 29, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. will be at booth 2863 in the Software & Technology Pavilion. Vectorworks will offer personalized Vectorworks Architect software demos and presentations on features that enable designers to complete any project in any phase of design. Upcoming immersive technologies will also be previewed. Vectorworks Architect is an industry-leading architectural design and BIM software that helps connect the entire design process from concept to construction in one platform. From 2D drafting and 3D modeling to creating coordinated construction documents and fully developed BIM models, Vectorworks Architect’s broad set of design and BIM capabilities allow architects to do more than just information modeling, while increasing productivity and unlocking creativity. With Vectorworks, designers can take on a project of any scale, from urban planning, high-rise buildings, to interior renovations and fit outs. “Depending on the types of projects or the phase of design, an architect’s workflow can vary greatly,” said Dan Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “This can lead architects to use many different software programs to get jobs out the door. Although BIM is essential in today’s processes, the truth is, as an architect you need more than BIM, and Vectorworks offers more.” Furthermore, Vectorworks Architect has the largest number of import and export capabilities in the industry, allowing designers to seamlessly collaborate and share with everyone involved in the design process. During AIA, attendees can take an in-depth look at Vectorworks Architect by scheduling a personalized demo. Specifically, there will be demo stations of 3D laser scanning, advanced 3D modeling tools, virtual reality and BIM. DEMOS There will be three new immersive technologies in the years to come that will offer new ways to view and present models to better sell clients. Demos for the following will take place at the show: -Previously introduced with Vectorworks 2017 in September of 2016, web view and virtual reality will receive substantial usability and visual improvements, such as ambient occlusion. -Using panorama capabilities, designers and clients may experience the model in wide immersive view. -Using an iOS® or Android™ mobile device and a 2D floor plan, designers may benefit from Augmented Reality technology to view a 3D, virtual version of their model on top of their plan. Email Vectorworks’ Senior Marketing Program Coordinator Samantha Link at Slink@vectorworks.net to schedule a demo of these technologies during AIA. VECTORWORKS’PRESENTATION SCHEDULE All presentations will take place at Vectorworks’ booth #2863. Thursday, April 27 From Laser Scan to Model: 11:00 AM Next Gen 3D Modeling: 2:00 PM How BIM and VR Go Hand in Hand: 2:30 PM Teamwork: BIM Success with IFC Interoperability: 3:00 PM Friday, April 28 How BIM and VR Go Hand in Hand:11:00 AM From Laser Scan to Model: 2:00 PM Next Gen 3D Modeling:2:30 PM Saturday, April 29 Next Gen 3D Modeling:10:00 AM How BIM and VR Go Hand in Hand:10:30 AM To learn more about Vectorworks Architect, visit the AIA booth 2863 or vectorworks.net/architect.
  13. In honor of Earth Day, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. invites local businesses in Howard County, Maryland to positively impact the community by participating in a cleanup. “Vectorworks software helps designers create beautiful, sustainable buildings, gardens, grounds, campuses, communities and more. As part of our company’s mission to transform the world through great design, we believe in taking care of our surroundings to ensure that they are sustained for the years to come,” said Tania Salgado-Nealous, vice president of human resources and operations at Vectorworks. “Earth Day is a great time to bring people together through the preservation of our environment, and that’s why we wanted to reach out to other businesses nearby, so we could work together for the betterment of the community.” The cleanup will take place on Thursday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. and volunteers local to the area should meet at that time outside the main Vectorworks entrance at 7150 Riverwood Drive in Columbia, Maryland. Volunteers are free to join Vectorworks employees or coordinate a cleanup at a location of their choice. Following the 20-minute cleanup, volunteers can take advantage of a discounted lunch at Abby’s Market Café located at 7160 Riverwood Drive in Columbia, Maryland. As part of the initiative on April 20, Abby’s will offer all participants a 20 percent discount on their sandwiches, wraps and salads (excludes protein add-ons). To redeem this offer, volunteers must present a voucher provided by Vectorworks. Interested parties should RSVP by contacting Vectorworks Operations Coordinator Chelbee Johnson at cjohnson@vectorworks.net. Johnson will also help coordinate groups for cleanups taking place at locations other than the Vectorworks headquarters and issue electronic vouchers for the Abby’s discount. When preparing for the cleanup, volunteers should dress in comfortable, brightly colored clothing and bring trash bags and garden gloves. Finally, be sure to share photos of your volunteer efforts with @Vectorworks on Twitter so that we can send them to the Howard County Government’s Office of Environmental Sustainability’s LiveGreenHoward initiative, who spearheaded the #20minutecleanup. “We hope that companies in any location are motivated to coordinate their own cleanups in honor of Earth Day,” said Salgado-Nealous.
  14. Building upon the English release in September 2016, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces the release of the Chinese version of its Vectorworks 2017 software line, which includes Vectorworks® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals. Part of a worldwide rollout, the Chinese language is the final installment to join other languages, including Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish. To demonstrate the new technology features of Vectorworks 2017, Mad Macs Technology Distributions Limited, the Vectorworks distributor in China, will host the following free events throughout April and May: Beijing: April 11, 2017 Shanghai: April 14, 2017 Ningbo: April 18, 2017 Hangzhou: April 21, 2017 Chengdu: April 26, 2017 Chongqing: April 28, 2017 Nanchang: May 11, 2017 Wuhan: May 13, 2017 Changsha: May 15, 2017 Guangzhou: May 17, 2017 Attendees of the launch events can enjoy free refreshments and will have the chance to win a free Vectorworks Fundamentals 2017 license. Space is limited and interested parties can register on the Chinese launch website. “We are committed to providing Chinese designers with tools that meet their growing needs,” said Cecil Fung, managing director of Mad Macs Technology Distributions, Ltd. “With Vectorworks 2017’s robust updates, we continue to put designers’ needs first, making it one of the top design and BIM solutions for the Chinese market.” Learn more about the 100-plus updates in Vectorworks 2017 by visiting vectorworks.cn. To purchase Vectorworks in your local language, find your regional distributor at vectorworks.net/international.
  15. Global design software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is announcing Braceworks, a new 3D Finite Element Analysis (FEA) add-on for Vectorworks Spotlight, at the Prolight + Sound 2017 conference from April 4 to April 7 at Vectorworks’ German distributor ComputerWorks GmBH’s booth E60, Hall 3.0. Braceworks provides design, production and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary structures under load to ensure safety and compliance with engineering codes and standards. By adding Braceworks into Spotlight, designers for the first time have a completely integrated entertainment modeling, analysis and documentation process. Braceworks will be available as an add-on to Spotlight with the Vectorworks 2018 release this fall, at which time pricing will be made available. “With today’s workflows, it’s difficult for entertainment professionals to quickly and accurately assess the safety of their designs,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. "Giving them access to structural analysis within their 3D design environment is a massive improvement for their workflows. It not only will save them time and effort, but make it much easier to quickly evaluate how design changes will impact a structure’s performance.” Developed in collaboration with DeerSoft GmbH, Braceworks analyzes complete 3D structural systems modeled in Spotlight. It supports point and distributed load types, straight and curved members, and multiple materials. The FEA enables static analysis with results displaying graphically on the model for easy reference. Braceworks also includes support for Eurocodes and upcoming ESTA standards, such as the E1.6. Furthermore, detailed calculation reports are automatically generated, and files can be exported as DTSV to be easily shared with structural engineers. “Globally, the safety of temporary truss structures has come under scrutiny, so entertainment designers are constantly adjusting to new regulations and standards,” explained Moritz Staffel, managing director of DeerSoft GmbH. “Braceworks makes it easy for professionals to certify the safety of their structures.” Those attending Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany from April 4 to April 7 can learn more about Braceworks at ComputerWorks’ booth E60, Hall 3.0. Additionally, designers can find out more by tweeting @Vectorworks. Media members can secure an interview about Braceworks by emailing Vectorworks Communications Manager Lauren Meyer at lmeyer@vectorworks.net.