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  1. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. was named to Newsweek’s inaugural list of the “Best Business Tools 2019.” Among the 54 categories, Vectorworks and its award-winning Vectorworks Architect software appeared within the Production & Warehouse Management category. The following parameters were taken into consideration for this award: Willingness to recommend the brand to work colleagues Trustworthiness Reliability Fulfillment of service promise Continuous improvement Security Further, the Newsweek Media Group worked with Statista Inc., the globally recognized data research company to conduct an independent survey in March 2019. Selections were made based on a nationwide survey of more than 10,000 professional users of software and software service providers. There was also a targeted evaluation of Gen Z users (people born in 1995 or later) – more than 1,500 Gen Z customers completed the survey. The survey was also administered using online access panels; additionally, young entrepreneurs from US business schools were invited by Newsweek to take the survey. “We’re thrilled to be named to the first-ever Newsweek ‘Best Business Tools 2019’ list,” said Vectorworks Vice President of Marketing Jeremy Powell. “We are overwhelmed by the participation from so many professional software users in the survey. This recognition helps reinforce the commitment we have at Vectorworks to the values which connect us with our customers.” To see Vectorworks and other winners, pick up a copy of the June 21, 2019 Newsweek edition or check their website.
  2. Brooklyn, NY-based lighting and production design firm Gray Matter Visual Inc. (GMV) recently used the latest release of Vision 2019 software as a previsualization solution for Lighting Designer Rob Cangemi of Cangemi Design. Used specifically for the 2019 Telemundo Celebration event at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for advertising clients and business partners, Vision, created by global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc., allowed GMV to properly previsualize, program and cue the show, which was produced by Ray Bloch Productions. Due to the complex nature of the show and the limited time onsite, Cangemi reached out to GMV for in-studio pre-visualization. GMV combined the lighting plot and scenic drawings in Vectorworks Spotlight to build the combined 3D model before exporting to Vision. GMV was also able to take advantage of the My Virtual Rig (MVR) support added in a recent Service Pack update to Vision 2019. MVR is part of the General Device Type Format (GDTF) initiative led by Vectorworks, MA Lighting and Robe Lighting that seeks to create a unified definition for the exchange of data for the operation of intelligent luminaires. According to GMV Staff Associate Charlie Winter: “We used MVR for the initial import of the lighting rig into Vision, as well as to manage subsequent plot and channeling updates. The support for unique fixture IDs helped make this process smooth.” Lighting Designer Rob Cangemi and Lighting Programmer Hillary Knox spent two days at the GMV studio in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, working with the in-house GrandMA2 onPC system connected to Vision. From this system, Cangemi and Knox were able to build the show file and work on cueing, including showing looks to their clients. “The GMV team allowed us the time and space to develop our ideas with our clients before the chaos of our intensely tight onsite schedule hit us,” said Cangemi. “We came in so prepared and our long-time clients saw the difference. We knew it would be a plus having the previz time at the GMV studio, but what we didn't anticipate was just how invaluable it became, such that we never want to do this show again without it! The transition from previz to onsite was remarkably smooth thanks to the quality time that Charlie and the GMV staff took to set everything up, carefully adding our needed elements and filtering out the non-essentials.” Cangemi and Knox were also able to utilize GMV’s mobile Vision system to continue cueing while on-site and keeping an eye on the load-in and any last-minute updates to the show. “We use previsualization solutions on many of our own design projects,” said GMV Founder and Principal Designer Brendan Gray. “We took a renewed look at Vision with the 2019 release, and were pleased with what our testing showed. When Rob approached us about this show, I felt that Vision would be the right tool to use, and we were not disappointed. I’m looking forward to the continued development of the software.” To learn more about Vision, visit vectorworks.net/vision.
  3. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces its selection as a finalist for the 2019 Architizer A+Awards. Vectorworks Architect 2019 is one of four contenders in the Design Tools – Apps & Digital Tools category, competing for two of the most sought after awards: The Architizer A+ Jury Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award. “It’s an incredible accomplishment to be a finalist in the highly-respected Architizer A+Awards, as the architecture market is filled with fierce competition,” said Jeremy Powell, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “Vectorworks Architect 2019 was created with a focus on increasing design efficiency through overall performance and quality, adding new innovations and enhancements to further improve 3D and BIM modeling, 2D documentation and presentation workflows. Designers will see a dramatic impact on productivity, thus making their day-to-day work faster and easier.” The seventh annual awards are judged by a diverse jury from fields such as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development and tech, including Denise Scott Brown and Tom Kundig, as well as personalities from beyond architecture like Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos), Yves Behar (Fuseproject), John Edelman (CEO, Design Within Reach), Cameron Sinclair (Architecture for Humanity) and Barry Bergdoll (MoMA). The Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award is chosen through online public voting. Voting is open now until July 5. Winners for both awards will be announced on July 9. Learn more about Vectorworks Architect 2019 at vectorworks.net/architect, and why you should vote for the leading BIM tool by July 5 on Architizer’s website.
  4. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has received two more awards, including Architosh’s 2019 AIA National “BEST of SHOW” award in the BIM category for Vectorworks Architect 2019 and BUILD Magazine’s 2019 Design & Build Awards as “Ones to Watch in the USA”. “These awards are recognizing our significant presence and achievement in the industry,” said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CEO of Vectorworks. “We would like to thank Architosh and BUILD Magazine for honoring our software and company once again. These awards in particular reinforce that Vectorworks is on the right path, and our goal is to excel as the top BIM software program in the industry with the distinction of being purpose-built around an architect’s design process.” The “BEST of SHOW” award is designed to recognize the most interesting and promising technologies making an impact on architectural practice in the United States and globally. The BIM category was measured by: · Implementation quality · Acceleration of quality of solution · Quality of attack on addressing pain points in BIM workflows · Adoption, extension and commitment to Open BIM philosophies so that data and toolchains are social and democratized to their fullest extent · Fitting convergent technology paths and driving at synergistic directions for the industry. “Vectorworks 2019 this year produced a very nice blend of updates, but the addition of live-linked connections to Lumion coupled with a suite of Open BIM and Revit support features truly boost this package’s appeal to architects and other design professionals,” said Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, Architosh. The Design & Build Awards are our way of endorsing and recommending the most promising and best performing firms across all sectors of the architecture, construction building and interior design, and each recipient is hand-picked by our internal team through a strictly merit-based process of research and analysis. According to the BUILD research team: “Vectorworks was awarded Ones to Watch in the USA in the 2019 Design & Build Awards for their substantial work in BIM software development. They have shown sustained innovation and creativity in their solutions since their launch in 1985, and we believe we can expect great things in 2019 and beyond. Vectorworks’ contribution to the everchanging digital revolution in the AEC industry has shown consistent ingenuity, and we hope to continue celebrating their exceptional and innovative use of BIM in the built environment.” As part of its victory, Vectorworks will appear in an upcoming issue of BUILD magazine. To learn more about Vectorworks Architect 2019 and its BIM capabilities, visit vectorworks.net/architect. Follow the award-winning company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Planet Vectorworks.
  5. Mark your calendars for April 22 to April 24, 2020 because global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. will host the Vectorworks Design Summit in San Diego, California at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Design professionals, educators and students in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries are welcome at the fifth event that will offer industry workshops, product training for all levels of expertise, inspiring keynotes, networking opportunities and a customer appreciation party. “The Summit will be held on the West Coast, and it will not only offer the ultimate training experience, but a getaway from the routine of everyday life,” said Tara Grant, director of channel operations at Vectorworks. “We hope professionals take time out of their busy schedules to broaden their design expertise, and network with fellow Vectorworks enthusiasts while relaxing and enjoying all that the beautiful Omni La Costa Resort & Spa — one of the world’s top resorts — has to offer.” The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is home to the Chopra Center’s total mind-body healing retreat, offers golf courses with history of PGA Tour events, eight pools, tennis courts and an athletic center with fitness classes. Located nearby in downtown San Diego, the home to the Padres baseball team, Petco Park was designed by last year’s keynote speaker Antoine Predock, architect at Antoine Predock Architect. “My favorite part of the Design Summit is just getting to learn all the different ways people use Vectorworks and the different things I can do, whether it’s in my industry as entertainment or different industries,” said Kaitlin Hill, who attended last year’s event. “Also, it’s great meeting the other people in the industry and just making those connections.” Become a Speaker/Trainer The call for speakers and trainers at the Vectorworks Design Summit is open. Presentations must be one or two hours and share best practices, tips or techniques that streamline workflows and empower designers to create innovative design solutions. In addition to completing a short application, candidates who have not spoken at a past Design Summit must include a short video demonstrating their presentation skills. Proposals are due August 14, 2019, and those chosen will be notified by phone or email by August 30, 2019. Those chosen to be speakers will receive free conference registration and travel to the conference as a thank you. Become an Exhibitor/Sponsor Additionally, Vectorworks hardware, industry and product partners can showcase their products and services to attendees by becoming an exhibitor/sponsor at the Summit. For the latest information regarding the Design Summit, bookmark vectorworks.net/design-summit and follow #VectorworksDesignSummit. Press can register for free by emailing Vectorworks Senior Media Relations Manager Lauren Meyer at lmeyer@vectorworks.net.
  6. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. will solidify its place at the forefront of the entertainment industry with the pending acquisition of connectCAD, a systems design solution geared for the audiovisual (AV) industry. Since 2009, connectCAD has been offered as a plug-in for Vectorworks software, offering the ability for designing broadcast, AV, lighting and IT networks or any other type of connected system. connectCAD ensures that as-built drawings and cable lists exactly match the completed cabling architecture, avoiding expensive or even impossible reworking with other methods. connectCAD is used worldwide to design and coordinate complex AV installations such as exhibitions, casinos, conferences, churches, staging events and theme parks, as well as broadcast systems, IT and telecom infrastructure. Additionally, anyone involved in design, installation and connection of electrical and electronic systems can benefit from the powerful combination of connectCAD and Vectorworks. “connectCAD has been a great partner product for Vectorworks over the years and has gradually built a product for Vectorworks that creates a powerful, yet intuitive interface for generating audiovisual system designs and reports,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “In response to the growing audio needs for our customers, connectCAD was an obvious choice because it’s a high-quality product that naturally extends our AV capabilities for our users.” As part of the pending acquisition, connectCAD Founder, Managing Director and Programmer for the tools, Conrad Preen will be committing to a minimum of two years with Vectorworks to continue the development of connectCAD. “Part of the Vectorworks family, connectCAD is poised to enter a new era and will be able to realize its true potential,” said Preen. “We’re looking forward to introducing many new features in the coming years with the expertise of Vectorworks engineers fine-tuning our existing features. As in human enterprise, teamwork is the key to great results, and I can think of no better team than Vectorworks.” Part of the acquisition, the first priority will be to convert all Vectorscript tools and commands to C++ using Vectorworks SDK, thus enhancing the performance of the connectCAD plug-in. Once completed, connectCAD will be offered as an add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight or Designer in English and German. Completion of the first phase will be during the Vectorworks 2020 version cycle. Beginning June 12 through June 14, connectCAD will be on display in Orlando, FL at InfoComm 2019, which is deemed the audiovisual and integrated experience event. To learn more about the pending acquisition and technology, visit the Vectorworks booth #7672. To purchase or learn more about connectCAD, visit connectcad.com.
  7. Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces that it is the first architectural software developer to achieve IFC4 Reference View 1.2 Export Certification (Architectural Reference Exchange). The certification comes from buildingSMART International (bSI), the worldwide authority driving the transformation of the built asset economy through creation and adoption of open, international standards. The new IFC4 certification means Vectorworks officially meets the export criteria for the International Organization for Standards ISO-16739. This standard gives users a publicly-defined and accepted standard to serve as the basis for contracts. “The IFC file format gives focus to the standardized exchange of data when sharing information among different software systems used in the building industry, said Rubina Siddiqui, director of product marketing at Vectorworks. “In the past, IFC was more focused on the technical side of data, making it difficult to navigate for architects and designers. The alignment with familiar and accepted standards of ISO makes IFC more relatable for architects.” Vectorworks has supported IFC4 import and export since Vectorworks 2018. This certification process proves to the AEC industry that Vectorworks’ IFC4 export has been quality-tested against the bSI benchmarks, ensuring that users are sharing quality IFC models with other BIM software products. “Supporting the needs of BIM workflows for our customers has always been a top priority,” said Darick DeHart, vice president of product management at Vectorworks. “Receiving certification for our IFC4 export is a recognition of our commitment to openBIM workflows with Vectorworks." Moving forward, Vectorworks will work to implement IFC4 Import certification once it’s offered by bSI.
  8. On its first anniversary, the entertainment industry’s open file format, General Device Type Format (GDTF) version 1.0 is here. Through collective feedback from the GDTF founders, MA Lighting, Robe lighting and Vectorworks, Inc., as well as other participating manufacturers, the file format has received numerous updates since it was first introduced and can now be used by manufacturers around the world. GDTF 1.0 and the My Virtual Rig (MVR) file format — which creates a two-way connection between planning, previz and console systems — are now implemented with Vectorworks 2019, Vision 2019 and grandMA3. “A driving force for creating the GDTF was to fix a glaring problem of disconnected workflows for professionals within the entertainment community,” said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CEO at Vectorworks, a global design and BIM software solutions provider. “With this latest version of GDTF, it marks a monumental step of this initiative with GDTF and MVR in our products.” Most recently, revisions to the new file format include improvements to the following: · DMX mode · Geometry type · Physical descriptions of emitters, filters and color space · Date and user stamp on all uploaded GDTF files Further, official documentation now lives online and offers GDTF and MVR file descriptions, GDTF tutorials, an MVR portable library and more. Previously in private beta, the web-based fixture builder, which allows manufacturers to create GDTF files for their fixtures, is updated in GDTF version 1.0 and available at https://gdtf-share.com/. The fixture builder also allows manufacturers and end users to create GDTF files for lighting fixtures. Manufacturers interested in moving forward with creating GDTF files for their fixtures can receive access to the fixture builder and a private beta of grandMA3 onPC xPort Node and grandMA3 onPC software to import GDTF and MVR files for testing their build process with real output. “We’ve covered a lot of ground quickly since the GDTF was announced at last year’s Prolight + Sound to support the needs of the entertainment industry,” said Gerhard Krude, managing director of MA Lighting Technology. “We’ve also made substantial progress with implementing GDTF and MVR and are excited to share that we have working versions of GDTF 1.0 and MVR implemented with our grandMA3 console line. Moreover we have decided to also develop and provide a converter to take advantage of the GDTF database also for our renowned and commonly used grandMA2 series. We look forward to sharing the groundbreaking advancements during demonstrations at the upcoming Prolight + Sound show.” This announcement comes a week after Vectorworks 2019 Service Pack 3 was released with significant advancements to the MVR connection between Vectorworks’ products. Now, you can import and export MVR in Spotlight and import MVR into Vision, providing a more efficient workflow to designers. “As a moving lights manufacturer, the intense collaborative development of the General Device Type Format in the past year has been crucial for achieving the goal of having a unified, technically sound, comprehensive specification for lighting fixtures, as well as sharing all of the intricate details of our devices with our customers, planners, designers and operators,” said Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe lighting. "The fixture builder has been yet another important milestone in the whole process, and it provides an accessible way of creating the GDTF files. Besides the fresh 1.0 version, the news about MA Lighting planning to provide a converter from GDTF to grandMA2 series is the most exciting news I've heard since we started developing GDTF itself.” GDTF 1.0 and MVR will be on display during the Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, Germany at Hall 12.0, C51 (Vectorworks), Hall 12.0, C69 (MA Lighting) and Hall 12.1, D10 (Robe lighting). Media interested in learning more should contact Vectorworks Senior Media Relations Manager Lauren Meyer at lmeyer@vectorworks.net to book a press interview. Currently, twenty manufacturers have signed on to support the GDTF. Other manufacturers interested in participating should email info@gdtf-share.com or post in the GDTF forum.
  9. With the release of Vectorworks 2019 Service Pack 3 (SP3), global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. is continuing its commitment to quality and performance improvements, and introducing three new features that greatly improve presentation and visualization capabilities, along with overall workflow between products. Experience the Power of Real-time Rendering with Lumion LiveSync Many designers create artistic and photo-realistic renderings of their designs using Vectorworks’ integrated rendering feature, Renderworks, while some designers also use the popular real-time rendering application, Lumion. To prioritize these varying needs, designers will enjoy a new live-sync rendering connection that allows designers to perform real-time rendering while making design changes in Vectorworks software. The LiveSync plug-in is developed by Lumion and is the first partner plug-in to use a new Vectorworks Graphics Sync (VGS) API, created by Vectorworks. The VGS API provides live access to the Vectorworks 3D scene and enables third parties to connect Vectorworks to any 3D visualization engine imaginable. “Lumion is highly respected in the AEC and landscape design industries and has been incredibly popular with our users as a stand-alone tool,” said Dave Donley, director of product technology at Vectorworks. “Offering the live-sync rendering connection within our software shows our commitment to equipping designers with connections to the best tools, so they can easily and quickly complete their work while still providing top-notch quality presentations to their clients.” Lumion and the LiveSync plug-in are available on the PC, and the plug-in is available immediately for English language users on the Lumion website. Additional language options will be offered soon. Learn more about how LiveSync works in this video, and sign up for the upcoming webinar with Michael Brightman on April 11 at 2 p.m. ET. “We’re thrilled that Vectorworks users can now link with Lumion to immediately create a whole new level of sensorial experience in their 3D models,” said Ferry Marcellis, CEO at Lumion. “We’re confident that seeing the 3D model in a beautiful setting while simultaneously working on the design can open the door to a more productive, more enjoyable design and visualization experience for many Vectorworks users.” Immerse Clients in Your Design with Linked Panoramas With SP3, a new Vectorworks Cloud presentation feature allows designers with an active Vectorworks Service Select membership to use Vectorworks Cloud Services to generate presentations of designs with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Presentations include interactive 360 rendered panoramas that can be linked together to create a holistic, immersive experience. This unique presentation capability helps communicate and connect your design ideas with your clients’ expectations. Providing better communication among designers and clients, the feature allows the creation of a high-quality experience of a project’s design and a shareable web link. This video showcases the Vectorworks Cloud presentation feature. Discover a Better Way to Work Lastly, a year ago Vectorworks — along with MA Lighting and Robe lighting — announced the creation of a new open file format called the General Device Type Format (GDTF), which has continued its development to support the needs of the entertainment design and production workflow. In line with that effort, the founding companies of GDTF have also created a file format called My Virtual Rig (MVR). The MVR file format creates a two-way connection between planning, previz and console systems that implement the support needed for a seamless workflow. The MVR format contains the 3D model, texturing, position information and GDTF information from the design in Vectorworks Spotlight. With SP3, Vectorworks has implemented import and export of MVR in Vectorworks Spotlight 2019 and import of MVR into Vision 2019, the previz software from Vectorworks. Now, entertainment designers are able to create a more efficient and connected workflow between design planning and previz, merging the iterative changes of the model between Spotlight and Vision without re-importing and redefining the performance cues each time. Watch the video to see the GDTF updates in action. “Our release of Vectorworks 2019 Service Pack 3 is the perfect example of our focus on connecting quality features and improvements with the end goal of superior workflows,” said Steve Johnson, vice president of product development. “With our forward-thinking methods and latest developments, we’ve demonstrated our power of connecting design with innovative cloud and mobile features, as well as our dedication to offering robust live-rendering applications.” Enjoy Additional Quality and Performance Improvements In addition to these great new features, SP3 also contains a number of additional performance improvements, including several fixes to compatibility with macOS Mojave and significant redraw speed enhancements with Space Objects. This Service Pack is available as a downloadable updater for all U.S. English-based versions of Vectorworks 2019. To install, click here or select “Check for Updates” from the Vectorworks menu (Mac) or Help menu (Windows). To find out more about this release, read the tech bulletin. Contact tech@vectorworks.net with any technical questions.
  10. In addition to the Land8 Social Media Awards honor earlier this year, global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. proudly announces that it is a winner of two awards from BUILD Magazine: their 2019 Design & Build Awards’ “One to Watch in 2019” and “Best BIM Software Developer 2019 – Metro Washington D.C.” in the Home & Garden Awards. Additionally, Vectorworks was touted as one of the “Leading Providers of BIM & CAD Design Software 2019” in the 2019 Designer Awards, hosted by LUX-Life Magazine. “It’s a tremendous feeling for Vectorworks to receive its fourth award this early in the year,” said Jeremy Powell, VP of marketing at Vectorworks. “I would like to thank BUILD Magazine and LUX-Life for these prestigious honors. It keeps us motivated and focused on providing a one-of-a-kind software program for the design community.” The BUILD Awards are dedicated to uncovering and rewarding the very best in technical innovation, design and service. This program showcases companies around the world that are innovating, trailblazing and deserving of recognition. “Here at BUILD, we noticed that Vectorworks had a fantastic 2018, and we believe they will go on to do great things in 2019,” said Megan Cashmore, features executive at BUILD Magazine. “With the release of their 2019 software, we have seen a huge increase in efficiency and innovation for designers within the industry. Their success has led them to be selected as a One to Watch in 2019.” Along with BUILD Magazine’s 2019 Design & Build Awards, Vectorworks has also been selected as the “Best BIM Software Developer 2019 – Metro Washington D.C.” in their 2019 Home & Garden Awards. From creative minds in landscaping and interior design, to cleaners and carpenters, this award is designed to highlight companies supporting professionals to truly make a house a home. And last, but not least, Vectorworks has been crowned as the “Leading Providers of BIM & CAD Software – 2019” in the 2019 Designer Awards, hosted by LUX-Life Magazine. The Designer Awards reward the innovative and those who exceed the public’s expectations year upon year to provide an excellent selection of new products and experiences for the everyday consumer. “The 2019 Designer Awards prides itself in identifying outstanding work in a field which provides so much, not just to the economy, but society as well,” said Jessie Wilson, awards executive at LUX-Life. “Receiving such an accolade represents that all of Vectorworks’ hard work, dedication and creativity is truly paying off!”
  11. Keeping with its commitment to foster creativity and innovation amongst young designers, global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces its fourth annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship. Undergraduate students and recent graduates that share their best work will have the opportunity to win up to $10,000 USD, gain professional recognition and propel themselves into a bright future of design. Submissions are now open and are due by August 29, 2019. “The Vectorworks Design Scholarship is an incredible opportunity for up-and-coming designers to promote their work and win funds to support their future endeavors,” said Alice Lowy, marketing programs director at Vectorworks. “We look forward to seeing what these up-and-coming designers think up next.” Winners will be revealed October 16, 2019 following a two-round judging process. First-round winners will each receive $3,000 USD and will be entered for the chance at the grand prize Richard Diehl Award, worth an additional $7,000 USD. Scholarship award winnings may be used as winners see fit. Additionally, winners’ schools will receive free Vectorworks Designer software and complimentary training for faculty and students. To apply, students must submit their best individual or group project and answer three questions in 150 words or less. Eligible students must be enrolled in an accredited design program and registered for six or more credits or must have graduated no earlier than 2017 with an acceptable design-oriented degree. A panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on design integrity, originality, the effective use of computer technology and communication of design vision. Vectorworks received nearly 1,000 submissions during its last scholarship run. Applications came from around the globe, including countries such as the United States, Germany, Switzerland, China, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, India and more. “Submit anyway, even if you think your work isn't going to win. Be sure to write about the heart behind your project,” said Morgan Lindsay Price, a previous winner of the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, when asked what advice she’d give to prospective applicants. "I was so shocked and grateful that we won. Vectorworks gave me a huge opportunity that I never dreamed I would have had, and I'm eternally grateful." To apply or learn more about the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, visit vectorworks.net/scholarship.
  12. Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. has been honored by the inaugural Land8 Social Media Awards for Landscape Architecture. Hosted by Land8: Landscape Architects Network, Vectorworks was named a Top 10 Social Media Account for Allied Organizations. Additionally, Landscape Architecture Firms and Individual Landscape Architects had 10 winners per category. Land8 was originally founded as an online hub encouraging interactions between landscape architecture professionals but has since grown to an international community with over 1.5 million followers across Land8’s social media channels. The space not only attracts landscape architects, but also those interested in learning about the field of landscape architecture. According to Matt Alcide, managing partner and editor-in-chief at Land8: Landscape Architects Network, “Vectorworks engages the landscape architecture community and features posts that support and promote the work of landscape architects. It’s this direct impact on the industry through social media that led them to winning.” The award’s criteria for social media accounts included: visual excellence, influence, engagement and promotion of landscape architecture. The platforms under review could include public accounts for popular mediums, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or blogs. “It’s a priority for our company to share quality content across social media and our blog, and we regularly post user-generated content from professional and student designers around the world, including their projects, accomplishments and successful workflows,” said Jeremy Powell, vice president of Marketing at Vectorworks. “We appreciate Land8’s recognition of this practice, as we seek to inspire and support landscape architects.” Learn more about the awards and see the full list of winners here. Follow Vectorworks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube, along with their blog, Planet Vectorworks.
  13. Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces their support of the 2018 LIT Design Awards. Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar will participate as a Board Member of this year’s awards jury. The second annual LIT Design Awards is a submissions-based lighting design competition where all entries are voted on by a grand jury panel composed of experienced and prominent academics, professionals, press members, entrepreneurs and key people from the lighting design industry around the world. Categories range from Ambient Lighting and Chandeliers to Entertainment Lighting and Projection/Theater Lighting. “Although only in its second year, LIT is playing a very important part in the design industry, bringing recognition to international artists, designers and manufacturers in the niche world of lighting,” said President of the Farmani Group and Co-Founder of the LIT Design Awards Hossein Farmani. “We’re appreciative of the caliber of judges like Dr. Sarkar that will help continue to grow the respect of this award.” With 25-plus years of experience developing CAD software and 18 years at Vectorworks, Sarkar has been the company’s CEO since 2016. As CEO, Sarkar continually seeks out technology innovations and evaluates the competitive landscape to ensure Vectorworks software remains a best-in-class CAD and BIM solution for designers in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve on the LIT Design Awards jury and to review inspiring projects from the lighting industry’s finest,” said Sarkar. “It’s important for me to regularly examine innovative projects, so we continue to push ourselves on the software side to continually create products that support professionals in their endeavors.” The award submission is free and the final deadline is January 31. Requirements for entry include: · Image(s) of a lighting design · Brief description of the design or implementation and applicant’s background · Names of those who should be credited for the design or product · Product Specification PDF (*optional) To learn more about the award or to submit, visit https://litawards.com/.
  14. For the third year in a row, global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. is sponsoring awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). KCACTF is a national program designed to celebrate college theater in the United States and help students develop their creative and technical skills. This year marks the 50th anniversary of KCACTF. Every year, KCACTF hosts eight regional festivals for college theater students across the United States. The festival activities include workshops, discussions, regional-level scholarships and award programs. The first regional festival begins on January 8 and the last festival ends on February 28. “As we gear up for another exciting festival season for KCACTF, once again new doors will open for a handful of students because of the connections between KCACTF and our industry-leading sponsors, such as Vectorworks,” said KCACTF National Chair of Design, Technology & Management Jesse Dreikosen. “The company’s sponsorship helps foster students’ creativity and supports them every step of the way as they discover new innovative ways to communicate their design ideas." This year, each winner of the eight festivals will receive a free professional license of Vectorworks Designer, a solution that offers lighting, rigging and rendering tools in a single interface. “Our involvement with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival the past two years has been wonderful, and we look forward to supporting the next generation of entertainment professionals once again,” said Frank Brault, product marketing manager at Vectorworks. “This is such a great opportunity for college theater students to showcase their talent, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.” You can learn more about KCACTF’s network with more than 18,000 student participants and over 600 colleges, as well as each festival at www.kcactf.org/regions.
  15. Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. was named the winner of the “One to Watch Company” category at the Construction Computing Awards. In addition, Vectorworks Architect was runner up for the “Architectural Design Software of 2018” award, while Jonathan Reeves, director of Jonathan Reeves Architects (JRA), was runner up for “Training Software/Provider of the Year” for Vectorworks training. “We are honored to have received these awards from Construction Computing,” said Jeremy Powell, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “It is gratifying to see that the industry has taken notice of the commitments we have made to developing innovative new tools and to building superior architectural design and BIM software.” Reeves has spent the last 25 years at the forefront of digital architecture and related fields since graduating from Sheffield University with three degrees, including a Master’s in Architecture and Computing. After establishing JRA in 2000, Reeves has divided his time between architectural practice and providing high-quality CAD training as well as reselling services to architects and designers all over the UK. “I am proud of the Training Software/Provider of the Year recognition in this year’s Construction Computing Awards,” said Reeves. “It’s a huge acknowledgement of the contribution we have made to the Vectorworks-based design profession in the U.K. over the last 18 years and means we can reach out to even more practices who can benefit from our unique services." Now in its thirteenth year and known as “The Hammers,” the awards program showcases and rewards 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 winners were announced at the annual gala event at the Radisson Blu Portman in Marylebone, London on November 15. Over 250 guests gathered to see the result of the readers’ online voting and judging panel’s deliberations. A full list of the award winners can be found here. Winners will appear in the November/December ’18 issues of CAD User and Construction Computing Magazine.

 

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