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  1. Latest Version Provides Next Generation Performance, Feature-Rich Improvements Empowering Designers to Design Without Limits Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. releases Vectorworks 2022 emphasizing product quality improvements, superior performance and the user experience. This latest release includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision. In addition, Vectorworks reveals its comprehensive solution for designers working within multiple industries has been renamed to accurately reflect its full range of design and BIM capabilities. Vectorworks Design Suite, formerly Vectorworks Designer, offers all the up-to-date features of Vectorworks Fundamentals, Architect, Landmark and Spotlight, providing the entire suite of technology in one interface. “Vectorworks 2022 is an invitation to embrace the exceptional flexibility and interoperability that is expected of our purpose-built, design-focused products,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “When you dive into all the advances in the product line, you can see how we are constantly investing in developments that deliver workflow freedom to designers and creators throughout the architecture, landscape, interiors and entertainment design industries.” The Vectorworks 2022 product line includes improvements focused on next-gen tech, 3D and BIM workflows, interoperability, landscapes and GIS and entertainment design workflows. Next-Gen Tech With Vectorworks 2022, the main areas of development in core technologies and interfaces make Vectorworks products faster and more intuitive, while also providing the stability and accuracy required for maximum efficiency. Vectorworks is the first major BIM application to run natively on Apple silicon processors. Testing of Vectorworks 2022 has shown speed increases of two to four times. Additional improvements in this area include full use of Metal on Mac and DirectX on Windows in the Vectorworks Graphics Module, Maxon’s Redshift Render Mode and a new Direct Link to Twinmotion. Plus, a redesign of the attribute and snapping palettes and new per-face texture mapping support an intuitive process for creating and visualizing designs. 3D and BIM Workflows Vectorworks continues to provide design-focused tools for BIM workflows that work for all designers. Direct editing improvements to the stair tool help simplify the process of designing complex objects. Updates to the worksheet database and data manager provide a consistent interface, better visual cues, a new search mode and an improved formula bar with a new set of functions to help make generating targeted reports, schedules and material take offs easy. With a focus on re-engineering and the modernization of core architectural objects like wall components and data reporting to support the creation of accurate BIM models, Vectorworks 2022 offers improvements to your workflow for greater precision, control and accuracy for both the visual model and the corresponding data. Interoperability Vectorworks takes pride in being a design hub and continues to invest in optimizing the most-used file formats, supporting value-added partner products and ensuring that project teams and BIM collaboration remain unrivaled. Version 2022 includes improvements to the DWG file import to support Civil 3D, DWG and GIS georeferencing. Additionally, IFC import/export capabilities are enhanced for improved quantity takeoffs and GIS workflows. Landscape and GIS As the BIM platform of choice for landscape architecture, Vectorworks Landmark 2022 delivers more options for accurate modeling reflective of real-life design considerations. Improvements to the site model make it easier to define and report on soil layers. Updates to the plant tool, hardscape objects, and integrations with Esri make it easier to produce landscape BIM models that leverage GIS workflows while meeting the demand to create sustainable sites. Entertainment Our commitment to users in the entertainment industry is to invest first and foremost in re-engineering for better file performance and to provide highly responsive tools. Version 2022 of Vectorworks Spotlight, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision has greater consistency between tools and functionality focused on simplifying processes such as cable and power planning to make your overall workflow efficient. This latest release also delivers many usability enhancements such as better controls on the camera tool, a position name field for truss and context menus for shifting data around. Improved placement and direct editing of objects in Schematic Views makes day-to-day documentation work in Vectorworks Spotlight faster and more intuitive. To learn more about the latest release, visit vectorworks.net/2022 or join the conversation on social media with #Vectorworks2022. The English-language editions of Vectorworks, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision 2022 are available today. The release of localized language versions will begin in October and conclude the first quarter of 2022. For more information about the availability of Vectorworks 2022 in other markets, contact your local Vectorworks distributor. Vectorworks Service Select and subscription users will receive upgrades to Vectorworks 2022 as soon as the product is released in their local markets. Press can visit vectorworks.net/2022/press for more information, high-res images and videos, or contact pr@vectorworks.net for press interviews, demos and more.
  2. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. opens registration for its sixth Vectorworks Design Summit. From Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, design professionals, customers, educators and students across the globe in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries will virtually hear the latest from Vectorworks leadership and product experts, take part in live training sessions and network with Vectorworks partners and fellow users—all at no cost. “Even though we’re going virtual for this year’s Design Summit, we’re committed to providing an exceptional training and networking experience for customers all around the world,” said Customer Success Director Juan Almansa. “We’re tailoring this event to not only include exclusive trainings, networking opportunities and a look at our future developments but to also help attendees gain confidence in their design skills using Vectorworks software.” Each day of the event will have a specific focus for attendees. Monday, Nov. 1: Hear from Vectorworks leadership including CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Chief Technology Officer Steve Johnson and Product Marketing Director Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA in live presentations followed by a Q&A session. Tuesday, Nov. 2: Participate in live and on-demand trainings, attend thought leadership sessions on key industry topics and get exclusive content from the Vectorworks Partner Network. Wednesday, Nov. 3: Ask questions and connect with product experts and Vectorworks partners in an open-house style networking session. “I'm thrilled to speak at this year’s Design Summit about Stageport's research into BIM, digital twins and the entertainment industry, and I look forward to sharing our Vectorworks experience with the community,” said Jazz Hutsby, visualization technologist at Stageport. “With all the advancements in Vectorworks features and the industry over the last year, I’m hopeful attendees will gain insights into the benefits of creating digital twins of venues to help change the way they create, adapt and share their own drawings.” All design professionals, customers, educators and students are invited to the Vectorworks Design Summit. Secure your spot and learn more about the event by visiting the registration page. Media interested in press interviews with Vectorworks team members can submit their requests to pr@vectorworks.net. Connect with other design professionals in the latest conversations by following #VectorworksDesignSummit.
  3. Tania Salgado-Nealous Honored in the Human Resources Executive of the Year Category Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. proudly announces Chief Human Resources Officer Tania Salgado-Nealous, PHR, SHRM-CP was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Human Resources Executive of the Year Category in the 18th Annual International Business Awards®. The International Business Awards (IBAs) are the world’s premier business awards program, open to all individuals and organizations worldwide. The 2021 IBAs received more than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and industries in 63 different nations and territories. This year’s competition featured a number of categories to recognize organizations’ and individuals’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The various and creative employee engagement efforts Salgado-Nealous has implemented in her 14-year career at Vectorworks have helped to make employee’s lives better not only at the office, but also at home. Since 2019, Salgado-Nealous has executed paid paternity leave for employees, hired over 70 new employees for the U.S., U.K. and Canada offices and helped to reinforce and communicate Vectorworks’ core values of inclusion, balance, collaboration and innovation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she also successfully oversaw the transition of all three company offices to full-time remote work in less than one business day, implemented several pandemic-friendly employee engagement activities and transitioned company training and development opportunities to a new virtual environment. “After such a remarkable year and a half tackling great adversity, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this achievement,” said Vectorworks Chief Executive Officer Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Tania is a dedicated champion of our employees and a leader by example of the culture at Vectorworks.” Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 260 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from June through early August. “What we’ve seen in this year’s IBA nominations is that organizations around the world, in every sector, have continued to innovate and succeed, despite the setbacks, obstacles and tragedies of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stevie Awards President Maggie Gallagher. “All of this year’s Stevie Award winners are to be applauded for their persistence and their resilience. We look forward to celebrating their achievements with them during our December 8 virtual awards ceremony.” Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.
  4. Global Design and BIM Software Provider Will Serve as Technical Member of International Consortium Today, global design and BIM software provider, Vectorworks, Inc. announces its official membership in the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), a global resource for geospatial information and standards. As a technical member, Vectorworks will offer its experience and expertise in connecting BIM and GIS workflows to the OGC. “Joining the OGC is a milestone that not only shows our commitment to standards for BIM and location data, but also demonstrates how we’re continually progressing to advocate for the needs and standards of the AEC and landscape industries,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Together with the 500-plus businesses and organizations this partnership brings, we look forward to discussions with innovative thought leaders on emerging tech trends, open geospatial standards and the future of BIM and GIS that will define solidified and streamlined principles for the industries.” Through their member-driven consensus process, OGC serves as the leading authority on geospatial standards, ensuring that location information is findable, accessible, integrable and reusable. Vectorworks global architecture, landscape architecture and planning customer-base, along with the use of geospatial data across BIM and BIM for landscape workflows, are leading priorities for the company. As such, together with the OGC, Vectorworks will participate in discussions that ensure interoperability of geospatial data within design and BIM projects. “I'm happy to welcome Vectorworks to our collective global, problem-solving community of geospatial experts and users that is the OGC," said OGC CEO Dr. Nadine Alameh. "A key part of the mainstreaming of geospatial is the integration of information between the AEC and geospatial information environments in the architecture and landscape architecture industries. Vectorworks’ commitment to such an integration across BIM workflows based on international open standards and best practices cannot be timelier and more impactful to the Consortium and the community overall.” Read about OGC’s mission and vision here and learn more about their newest member by visiting vectorworks.net.
  5. Global Design and BIM Software Provider Acquires Long-Time Distributor OzCAD Pty Limited To continue to grow and support its expanding user base, global design and BIM software provider, Vectorworks, Inc., is excited to announce the establishment of a new corporate office in Australia. Through the acquisition of OzCAD, the Australian distributor of Vectorworks software for over 20 years, Vectorworks further extends its offerings and services to customers across the globe with an Asia-Pacific-based hub. The Vectorworks Australia office will build on the dedicated technical support, strong sales infrastructure and exceptional customer service created by OzCAD over the past two decades to magnify its offerings to Australian designers and beyond. Former OzCAD manager, Annabel Carr, will oversee operations in the Vectorworks Australia office. “Advancing our existing presence in Australia by opening a new office will allow us to better serve our growing customer base in the Asia-Pacific and beyond,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “The OzCAD team has not only provided significant contributions to the development of this market over the past 20 years, but also delivered top-quality support and service to Vectorworks customers. I look forward to our continued success and expansion in Australia with this experienced and passionate team.” In addition to its headquarters in the United States and offices in Newbury, England and Vancouver, Canada, Vectorworks has a network of over 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 carry out their creative visions. “We are thrilled to join the Vectorworks, Inc. team. Having worked closely with our U.S. colleagues for many years, we are honored to unite in delivering world-class software to Australian designers,” said Julian Carr, former owner of OzCAD, now serving as Director of Australian Technical Operations. “In choosing to invest in Australia, Vectorworks, Inc. communicates a clear message about the strength of the Australian market, where Vectorworks serves a diverse spectrum of design industries. Empowered by the resources of the Vectorworks headquarters, we will continue to serve and grow our Australian customer base with local expertise, support and customizations.” The Vectorworks Australia office is located in Sydney, New South Wales. More information about Vectorworks can be found at vectorworks.net.
  6. Continuing its support for emerging designers, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces Leslie Majer as the Richard Diehl award winner for the fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship. With over 1,800 submissions, scholarships were awarded to 28 students for 21 projects in the architecture, entertainment, landscape and interior design industries. Winners included both individual and group submissions. The winning project titled “Badehaus Breitstrom” was submitted by Majer for her thesis studio project at Bauhaus Universität Weimar and focuses on bathhouses and urban facilities. The project includes a historical reference with a focus on contemporary design, construction methods and sustainability. Majer used Vectorworks for drawings and connected them to Maxon’s Cinema 4D to create renderings. “Leslie Majer’s project is a true gem,” said Vectorworks Product Marketing Director Rubina Siddiqui. “It showcases very impressive work—not just in the graphics and the thoroughness or the detail, but also the space that is created through the juxtaposition of simple and heavy elements to create something so massive and intricate is quite an accomplishment. We congratulate Leslie and all this year’s winners for their creative achievements. We hope the scholarships aid these designers in continuing to elevate and progress the design industry with their contributions.” “It’s an incredible honor to win this scholarship and to be recognized by a jury of experienced, diverse design professionals,” said Leslie Majer, now graduate architecture student at ETH; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. “In architecture school, we’re very much taught to learn and form our own stance on what’s important more so than the real parameters of construction or what our ideas will actually affect in the real world. It is an amazing feeling that the Vectorworks Design Scholarship gave the project and the topics it incorporates a bigger forum, which reaches beyond the discourse of my own university.” This year’s winners represented countries from around the globe United States, Dominican Republic, Australia, England, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Japan. Submissions were evaluated based on design quality, concept and originality, the effective use of computer technology, presentation and explanation of design. Congratulations to all winners: Architecture Winners “Pliable Display-Ground,” by Han Zhu, Xinyu Chen, and Wanting Zhou, Rice University “Swinburne Station!,” by Shengye Yu, Swinburne University of Technology “The Invisible Castle,” by Henri Kopra, University of Nottingham “Hideout, Self-sufficient Huts in Cambodia,” by Justyna Dmytryk, Wrocław University of Science and Technology “Ziemlich beste Nachbarn - Ein dezentrales Nachbarschaftszentrum,” by Sina Dreßler, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design “Badehaus Breitstrom,” Leslie Rahel Majer, ETH; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich “Forest Revolution,” by Wang Jiawen, Tama Art University Landscape Architecture Winners “Cooling UHI via Parametric Design in Landscape Architecture,” by Chien-Yu Lin, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry “Industrial Complex of an International Company Dedicated to Manufacturing Electronic Devices,” by Solange Lantigua and Lindi Patricia Oviedo Aguilar, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo “Eden Project Productive Garden,” by Joss Paine, Cornwall College, University of Plymouth “The Project of Podwawelski Park in Krakow,” by Łukasz Byś, Tadeusz Kościuszko University of Technology “Dandelion - Zbrojovka Reloaded,” by Carina Brandl and Amelie Kessler, Technical University of Munich “Fjorde in der Berliner Mitte - Bepflanzungskonzept Innenhöfe Charlie Living,” by Caroline Kemkes, Frauke Weerts, and Christian Lepper, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences “Le Bain Sauvage,” by Elisa Fomasi, University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil Interior Design Winners “Projekt Adaptacji Wnętrza Stodoły na Cele Mieszkalne,” by Martyna Jaworska, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw “Unkabut.bar,” by Lukas Riedl, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design “In Situ - Ein Marktplatz mit Geschichte,” by Michelle Mosiman and Sara Vergallo, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts Entertainment Winners “Subject to Change,” by Mollie Singer, University of Maryland College Park “All We Have Is Time,” by Wei Guo, Victoria College of the Arts “Covid-19 Music Tour,” by Alex Forey, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art “Dzika Kaczka - Teatr Telewizji,” by Maciej Strzałkowski - Rajca, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw Visit the Vectorworks Design Scholarship web gallery to view the winning designs, runner-up projects and projects from previous years. To learn more about Vectorworks academic programs, visit vectorworks.net/education. Students and professors can also download a free individual copy of Vectorworks Designer software at student.myvectorworks.net.
  7. Scholarships Awarded to 12 Students for Winning Projects in Fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. is proud to recognize the future of design in announcing this year’s Vectorworks Design Scholarship regional winners. Twelve talented designers were selected for their projects out of over 1,800 submissions by graduate and undergraduate students in major disciplines related to the architecture, landscape architecture, entertainment and interior design fields. The winners were selected by an international panel of design, academic and media professionals. Submissions were evaluated based on design quality, concept and originality, the effective use of computer technology, presentation and explanation of design. “Because of the pandemic and how it has modified people’s working patterns, the judging panel took the opportunity to get together on Zoom, and that enabled us to discuss the most technologically impressive or interesting entries,” said CAD User Editor David Chadwick, a member of this year’s judging panel. “Most of the entries are of high technical quality, have been produced after intensive research or exhibit some exhilarating creativity. Like previous years, one of the most striking things about the entrants was their diversity of origin.” This year’s winners represented countries from across the globe including Australia, the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Here are the 2021 winners: ARCHITECTURE WINNERS: “Swinburne Station!” by Shengye Yu, Swinburne University of Technology “The Invisible Castle” by Henri Kopra, University of Nottingham “Pliable Display-Ground” by Han Zhu, Xinyu Chen and Wanting Zhou, Rice University LANDSCAPE WINNERS: “Complejo Industrial de Empresa Internacional Dedicada a la Manufactura de Dispositivos Electrónicos” by Solange Lantigua and Lindi Patricia Oviedo Aguilar, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo “Cooling UHI via Parametric Design in Landscape Architecture” by Chein-Yu Lin, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry “Eden Project Productive Garden” by Joss Paine, Cornwall College, University of Plymouth ENTERTAINMENT WINNERS: “All We Have Is Time” by Wei Guo, Victorian College of the Arts “Subject to Change” by Mollie Singer, University of Maryland, College Park “COVID-19 Music Tour” by Alex Forey, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) “This year’s Vectorworks Design Scholarship winners are a true representation of the bright future of design,” said Vectorworks Marketing Programs Director Alice Lowy. “We continue to be incredibly impressed by the projects submitted each year and we congratulate all winners for their creative accomplishments.” All regional winners received the equivalent of $3,000 USD in local currency, free Vectorworks educational software licenses for their schools and complimentary virtual workshop training. In addition, all scholarship winners have advanced to compete for the Richard Diehl Award, a global award providing an additional prize package including $7,000 USD, professional networking opportunities and media exposure. The Richard Diehl Award winner will be announced on June 16, 2021. To learn more about Vectorworks academic programs, visit vectorworks.net/education. Students can also download a free individual copy of Vectorworks Designer software at student.myvectorworks.net.
  8. As Part of the Continued Sponsorship, Winners Received a free Vectorworks Spotlight License Concluding its fifth year as a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) sponsor, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces the winners of this year’s regional awards. KCACTF held eight regional festivals, bringing together talented students from all around the country to deliver virtual productions. Festival attendees were also treated to exclusive panels, workshops, competitions and feedback from experts in the industry. “At its core, KCACTF provides opportunities for participants to develop cutting-edge skills and learn current best practices,” said Jesse Dreikosen, KCACTF national chair of design, technology & management. “To do this effectively, we rely on industry-leading sponsors, such as Vectorworks. The company’s sponsorship will help the design, technology and management students expand their design approaches and achieve higher levels of professionalism.” Since 2017, Vectorworks. has partnered with KCACTF to help foster and reward young talent in the Design, Technology, and Management (DTM) industry. In pursuing this, Vectorworks is proud to reward each student winner a free professional license of Vectorworks Spotlight 2021. Winners were chosen for their commitment to innovation, efficiency and excellence in design. Congratulations to all the winners: Region 1: Issac Goldbaum, Salem State University for “Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe.” Region 2: Sam O’Dea, York College of Pennsylvania for “The Agitators.” Region 3: Jenny Bauer, University of Wisconsin Parkside for “Romeo and Juliet.” Region 4: Victoria Leatherman, College of Charleston for “Last Night and the Night Before.” Region 5: Danielle Roth, University of South Dakota for “Angels and Demons: Medieval Mystery Plays.” Region 6: Ian Olsen, Texas Tech University for “The Violet Response Project.” Region 7: Johnathan Billington, George Fox University for “Silent Sky. Region 8: Sera Shearer, Utah State University for “A Flea in Her Ear.” “It is our privilege to award each festival regional design winner a professional license of Vectorworks Spotlight — the industry standard for design and documentation,” said Vectorworks Senior Entertainment Technologist Frank Brault. “Congratulations to all the winners, they have all been recognized as leaders in specific regions for the quality and completeness of their designs and we are once again proud to award them here.” To learn more about Vectorworks support for the academic community visit vectorworks.net/education.
  9. New distributors bring experience, innovation to Asian market Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. is expanding its service in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region by onboarding two influential distributors in the design and production industry: Tathastu Techno Solution and Total Solution Marketing. Tathastu Techno Solution and Total Solution Marketing will expand and grow the Vectorworks business to better serve customers in the APAC market. “We’re proud to add Tathastu Techno Solution and Total Solution Marketing to our growing roster of distributors in the APAC region to best serve our customers in the industry” said Vectorworks Global Channel Operations Director Victoria Morris. “By expanding our presence in the APAC market and bringing in proven experience within the design industry, both distributors will improve our ability to give our customers the best possible support.” Based in Mumbai, Tathastu Techno Solution joins Datalogics, an existing Vectorworks distributor, in the burgeoning Indian market. Tathastu Techno Solution, which currently distributes 3D, animation VFX and motion graphics software by sister company Maxon, will represent Vectorworks in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. “Vectorworks products fit perfectly with our vision to partner with world-renowned 2D/3D software companies,” said Chetan Jain, CEO of Tathastu Techno Solution. “India is a diverse and innovative market and partnering with Vectorworks will give us the opportunity to better serve our customers with the best software solutions. Customers are acquisitive to adapt to new products and technologies and we see great potential to introduce Vectorworks products to customers and assist them in changing their existing workflows and product pipelines. This partnership between Tathastu and Vectorworks will definitely scale new heights in business across India.” As a distributor for MA Lighting — a platinum partner with Vectorworks, Total Solution Marketing joins existing distributors Softedge and Quick Solutions to represent Vectorworks in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The experience they bring to the media and entertainment industry will expand access to product support, training and customer success in the region, including offering Vectorworks training conducted by Linesmith founder and long-time Vectorworks user Gabriel Chan. “We are privileged to be appointed a distributor for Vectorworks and look forward to our collaboration,” said Total Solution Marketing Executive Director Tevin Heng. “In the past few years, we have seen the continued partnership of Vectorworks and MA Lighting and other lighting manufacturers to enhance lighting design workflow processes in the entertainment lighting industry. We believe Vectorworks is the one-stop solution for entertainment show documentation and design. With the Vectorworks team support, we will offer local training and improve the quality of technical support to Vectorworks users.” To learn more about becoming a Vectorworks distributor or to find a local distributor in your region visit vectorworks.net/international.
  10. Registration is open globally for Vectorworks Open House, allowing users to connect with Vectorworks developers Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. will host its first-ever Open House for all users on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. This interactive virtual event will provide customers in the architecture, landscape architecture and entertainment design industries the opportunity to meet the minds behind the software, ask questions of product experts and dive into new and improved software features. “Bringing this brand-new global experience to the Vectorworks community is the perfect opportunity to connect with users all over the world to incorporate their feedback and requests into our development process,” said Darick DeHart, chief product officer at Vectorworks. “We can’t wait to open our virtual doors and interact with customers from each industry on a plethora of topics from BIM and GIS workflows to performance improvements and upcoming new features designed to improve the everyday experience in Vectorworks products.” Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of engineers, product experts and the Vectorworks leadership team in a series of Zoom rooms that focus on a wide range of topics, including: ● Public development roadmap ● Collaboration ● Algorithms-Aided Design (AAD) ● 3D modeling and rendering ● Entertainment design ● Site design and GIS workflows ● BIM and data management ● Academics ● Licensing and purchasing options ● Usability and learning Registration is free and the event will take place from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET. Attendees from around the world can join at any time during the event’s duration. Prospective attendees can visit the registration page to secure their spots. Press interested in attending should contact Vectorworks PR at pr@vectorworks.net for more information, to request a demo or to schedule a press interview with executives, industry experts and/or customers.
  11. Vectorworks Partner Network creates collaborative global community and opportunities to connect with 685,000-plus Vectorworks userbase Today, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces its Vectorworks Partner Network, offering an engaged and diverse group of technology organizations in the architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, landscape design and entertainment design industries that bring transformative solutions to embolden a designer’s vision and creativity. “Our network of global partners are innovators and collaborators who create solutions that empower designers to transform the world with great design,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Together with our partner community, we’ll pioneer and deliver innovative solutions, address customer pain points and maximize user workflow efficiencies.” The network will offer three partnership categories: Technology: Industry-leading companies adding advanced built-in capabilities, as well as third-party plug-in or add-on options, to optimize efficiency in Vectorworks software. Content Partners: Manufacturer-specific libraries of CAD/BIM symbols, material textures, images and/or associated data that represent manufacturers’ products. Hardware: Quality-tested and validated manufacturers meeting performance requirements and standards with our software. The Vectorworks Partner Network builds off decades of successful partnerships. Many credible and trusted partner brands reside in the network as it launches including Nemetschek Group sister brands Bluebeam, dRofus, Maxon, Solibri and Scia, as well as Enscape, Lumion, MA Lighting International, NBS Chorus, Robe lighting, Siemens, to name a few. Earlier this month, Vectorworks announced its Unreal Engine partnership along with its Vectorworks 2021 Service Pack 3 release and now Epic Games will also join the partner network. To learn more or to join the Vectorworks Partner Network visit, vectorworks.net/community/partner-network or email partners@vectorworks.net.
  12. First partnership competition awarded members cash prizes based on best design and renderings Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. along with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) announce the winners of the 2021 Parklet Design Competition. As the first partnership competition with AIAS, members were invited to share their designs and renderings to provide a creative solution to the parklet challenge. For the competition, students had to design a parklet — a sidewalk extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street. In addition to their submissions, contestants had to follow and tag the AIAS National Office and Vectorworks on Instagram for consideration. “It was great to see such a variety of designs showcasing how to repurpose public space in unique ways, I'm always impressed by the creativity and innovative thinking of our members,” said AIAS President Erin Conti. Here are the winners of the 2021 Parklet Design Competition: First place awarded $500: Michael Zima of Illinois Institute of Technology. Second place awarded $250: Maria Fernanda of University of Maryland. Third place awarded $100: Nicole Bass and Hamees Gabr of City College of New York. “This was our first time partnering with AIAS for a competition, and it was a great opportunity to see the unique, creative submissions,” said Vectorworks Marketing Programs Director Alice Lowy. “We always enjoy giving students the chance to show off their design skills so they can be recognized for their talent.” Students who wish to showcase their design skills on an international scale are encouraged to submit either new or old projects to the Vectorworks Design Scholarship for a chance to win up to $10,000 USD. Submissions are due March 31.
  13. Major updates include a new real-time rendering connection to Twinmotion and Unreal Engine, a direct connection with Solibri plus a new Vectorworks Cloud Services folder sharing feature for project teams Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has released its third service pack for the Vectorworks 2021 product line focusing on key updates for their architecture, landscape architecture and entertainment design customers. Notable highlights include new partnerships and functionality in Vectorworks Cloud Services, along with direct access to create and edit GDTF fixtures in the Vectorworks Spotlight interface. “The release of Vectorworks 2021 Service Pack 3 exemplifies our focus to provide quality and performance improvements for the industries we serve and ensure designers that their workflow is always fully supported,” said Vectorworks Chief Technology Officer Steve Johnson. “Our dedication lies in partnering with applications that provide innovative technology solutions. From BIM workflows to entertainment industry product improvements and supporting further integrations with the GDTF standard, we continue to deliver solutions and progressive workflows giving designers freedom to bring their visions to life.” Partnership with Unreal Engine Creates Real-time Rendering Connection to Twinmotion Vectorworks 2021 Service Pack 3 users now have a high-quality method for exporting their 3D BIM and design models to Twinmotion®, Unreal® Engine and other Epic Games products that support the Datasmith file format. Vectorworks has utilized the Datasmith SDK to ensure greater fidelity of the model export to these real-time rendering applications. For Mac users, this newest connection makes it possible to connect the most popular design software with the desired real-time rendering solution available on Mac today. “Our partnership with Unreal Engine is a dynamic solution to Vectorworks users allowing them to create real-time renderings of their model with open and advanced real-time 3D creation tools such as Unreal Editor and Twinmotion,” said Vectorworks Director of Product Technology Dave Donley. “It’s an amazing opportunity to bring this partnership to our users and we’re confident they will enjoy creating cutting-edge renderings and models.” “Vectorworks’ new integrations with Twinmotion and Unreal Engine helps users go from creating models to deploying stunning real-time rendered scenes faster than ever before,” said Unreal Engine, Epic Games VP and General Manager Marc Petit. Save Time in BIM Model Exchange Workflows with a New Solibri Direct Connection and IFC Export Improvements Vectorworks’ partnership with its Nemetschek sister company, Solibri®, brings architecture and landscape architecture users a new Solibri Direct connection. This two-way connection creates a live sync of a Vectorworks BIM model to its corresponding IFC model in Solibri Office for model verification, checking and coordination. Changes made to the Vectorworks model geometry or data immediately synchronize with the IFC model. Customers also have the option to choose what type of changes to send to Solibri. When running a model check or verification in Solibri, identified problems will sync with Vectorworks so customers can easily make changes. Solibri Direct makes model coordination and checking faster and more effective. “At Solibri, we believe in a future of better builds and understand that BIM users need a wide range of solutions that work seamlessly; therefore, we build our products so they can be easily integrated with other providers,” said Solibri Product Director Juan Rodríguez. “We have partnered with Vectorworks, our Nemetschek sister company, so we can make quality available to designers when they need it the most—while they are designing. Solibri Direct brings BIM quality closer to Vectorworks users. By exchanging live data between the two solutions, an architect can review their project to ensure it complies with certain quality standards or regulations. Solibri Direct is not just a one-way street, it will send information back and highlight the objects that need to be reviewed in Vectorworks, so the designers can continue with their work.” This service pack also includes improvements to the base quantities included for IFC export. Common objects including roofs, slabs, hardscapes, landscape areas and columns now have accurate base quantities assigned by default. This provides better interoperability with software packages that do Quantity Takeoff (QTO) calculations, and 4D and 5D BIM simulations. Improved Project Collaboration on Vectorworks Cloud Services Collaborating with team members and project stakeholders in different locations is more important now than ever. Project sharing and collaboration has been enhanced with the Vectorworks Cloud Services folder sharing capabilities. With the new “Sync and Edit” permission, participants can sync a shared folder to their local desktop computer, enabling workflows that require multiple users to access and edit files stored in a common location. This means that for Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight and Designer users, project sharing and workgroup folders are now supported. Edit and Update GDTF (General Device Type Format) Fixtures Directly in Vectorworks Spotlight The GDTF Fixture Builder, created by the GDTF Group and available at gdtf-share.com, is a web-based tool that helps users and lighting manufacturers create .GDTF files that adhere to DIN SPEC 15800. Vectorworks Spotlight now includes access to the GDTF fixture builder directly within the Vectorworks interface, enabling customers to update all instances of GDTF lighting devices directly from the design interface, drastically improving workflow efficiency. An internet connection is not required. Vectorworks 2021 Service Pack 3 also includes fixes to Schematic Views in Vectorworks Spotlight and additional quality fixes detailed in the tech bulletin. This Service Pack is available as a downloadable updater for all U.S. English-based versions of Vectorworks 2021, including Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer, Fundamentals, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision. To install, click here or select “Check for Updates” from the Vectorworks menu (Mac) or Help menu (Windows). Contact tech@vectorworks.net with any technical questions. Experience the technology firsthand by getting a 30-day free trial of Vectorworks Designer. ###
  14. Award-winning company ranked by Maryland’s largest general-circulation daily newspaper Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Baltimore Sun. The list is based on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution and connection, among others. “In times of great change, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection among employees,” said Energage CEO Eric Rubin. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward based on real-time insights into what works best for your organization. The Top Workplaces program can be that positive outcome your company can rally around in the coming months to celebrate leadership and the importance of maintaining an employee-focused culture, even during challenging times.” “We’re honored to be recognized as a top workplace and we thank our employees for making this distinction possible,” said Vectorworks Vice President of Human Resources and Operations Tania Salgado-Nealous. “This has been a challenging year for all of us due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, however, I’m exceptionally proud that we were able to continue our operations reflecting our core values of inclusion, balance, collaboration and innovation in order to serve our employees and customers during this difficult time.” View all rankings on the Baltimore Sun’s website and learn more about Vectorworks, Inc. at vectorwork.net. View all rankings on the Baltimore Sun’s website and learn more about Vectorworks, Inc. at vectorwork.net. ###
  15. Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces its fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship. This global competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students in major disciplines related to architecture, landscape architecture, landscape design, entertainment and interior design who can now submit either new or old projects for a chance to win up to $10,000 USD. “This year’s theme is “Design. Submit. Win” and we want students from around the world to do just that,” said Vectorworks Marketing Programs Director Alice Lowy. “This is a prime opportunity for students to show off their best work for professional recognition and more, and we look forward to seeing what students come up with.” To apply, students must complete a quick online application providing their contact information followed by details about their project before submitting for consideration. A panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on design, technology, originality, presentation and writing. The competition includes 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. Scholarships may be used as winners see fit from tuition to travel. Additionally, winners’ schools will receive free Vectorworks Designer software and free virtual workshop training. “I entered the Vectorworks Design Scholarship to show I could design a stage, present it with clarity and more in software programs like After Effects, Vision and MAonPC,” said Kristopher Clemson, founder of Bifröst Lighting LLC and last year’s first entertainment Richard Diehl Award winner. “Winning the scholarship was a tremendous help in getting my career started and I encourage all students to enter the contest, because not only is the scholarship money helpful, but it’s also an amazing opportunity to get your foot in the door into your industry, whether you attend a well-known school or not.” Submissions are open now through March 31, 2021. Winners will be announced June 16, 2021. Students can also visit the academic programs page to find additional resources to help with their projects. For more information or to apply, visit vectorworks.net/scholarship.
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