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Tools of the Trade: Vectorworks Landmark

Due to being suddenly inundated with design and construction projects I have not been able to post nearly as much as I would like. One thing I would like to share at the moment is an opportunity I recently had to review some materials from Nemetschek’s Vectorworks program. I started using Vectorworks at the beginning of 2009 and thought some of the information might be useful to any professionals in the industry.

There were several reasons why our company made the decision to start working with Vectorworks Landmark. Coming from a AutoCAD and Google Sketchup background, I had been quite used to the traditional work flow with most of the design industry. Typically grading and planting plans would come from a CAD format, and some of the more three dimensional features would be roughly modeled in Sketchup, then typically hand rendered using the models as guides.

While this was often an effective way of communicating our designs, I had always felt that something seemed amiss. The first key issue was the need for redundant drawing lengthening the time spent in the CD/DD phases. Having to use 2-4 programs to create a deliverable package was a relatively tedious process. On top of that, unless you bought specialized versions of AutoCAD software, many of the tools that landscape designers and architects could use were never bundled within the same software package. Yes, programs such as LandFX helped remediate some of the issues but certainly not all. Also, given some of the environmentally sensitive sites that we are accustomed to working on, the ability to model shadows, slopes and drainage as well as create accurate cut and fill calculations were all something that we could use on a regular basis.

After some research we decided to give Nemetschek a call to obtain a trial version of Landmark. While the learning curve was steep mainly due to having to think in different ways than the industry standard work flow, the software seemed to have great potential in our company. SIM and parametric modeling/planning seems to be the current direction that the industry is going. Having complex numerical data associated with all elements within a set of plans or a model (as opposed to Sketchup being primarily graphic with minor abilities to measure area) is an extremely powerful method of control.

I think the biggest ‘wow’ for us was the site modeling capabilities. In Landmark one can create a fully parametric model of the existing site then through the use of special site modifiers, can change elevations, slopes, create terraces, drains etc. Once this is done, you can then compare the changes of volume between the existing site and the proposed one, giving you a theoretically accurate cut/fill ratio. This is extremely useful for creating environmentally sensitive projects and attempting to balance cut and fill creating a net volume change of zero. Another nice feature of the parametric site modeling is the ability to calculate storm water flow directions, as well as color code your site model based on the slope in specific areas (gradient from green to red showing a low slope to a steep one).

Other things that I have come to love is all the data you can associate with your plant symbols. Everything from growth habits, water requirements and even photos can be placed in tables and outputted with your deliverables. Each 2D symbol is also related to the 3D plant models, to make a seamless transition from 2D to 3D model space.

This brings me to the more recent experience with the Vectorworks software. First let me say that Nemetschek has some of the best customer service of any software or technology company that I have ever dealt with. They always seem to be eager to communicate with their customers and help in any way possible. I was recently sent one of their new tutorial books called 3D Modeling in Vectorworks 2009 by Jonathan Pickup to review and give my thoughts. Vectorworks is an extremely versatile VIZ and modeling program, but the learning curve into parametric modeling can be a little daunting. The program allows multiple ways of doing similar things so users can choose which methods they prefer which is very useful, however it can sometimes lead to indecision. Overall I think the new book is a great way to really get into parametric modeling. Pickup outlines various 3D modeling tools, giving tons of screen captures as well as a DVD containing associated videos. After learning some of the basic commands and uses for the tools, the tutorial takes you through a couple of full projects from start to finish. While the methods within the book may not necessarily be the only ways to complete the task, the tutorials will at least give an example and concept of how it is done. For those more experienced with parametrics and 3D modeling (not Sketchup), hopefully a more advanced tutorial will be created in the future to really take advantage of all the features Vectorworks has to offer. Overall I think it would be a valuable resource for anyone interested in creating more complex 3D environments for VIZ or presentation purposes.

It needs to be said I do not work for Nemetschek and I am not on their payroll. Personally I would love to see more companies break out of the traditional work flows and try something that could be both more efficient and worthwhile. More users of Vectorworks means greater user support for the program, which is always invaluable. For any professionals looking at software for their firms, I would strongly suggest at least asking Nemetchek for a copy of Landmark to try out. They seem to be a great group of people with a power product.

http://www.nemetschek.net

-k. vincent

October 29th, 2009
Topic: Environmental Technology, Tools of the Trade Tags: None

118 Responses to “Tools of the Trade: Vectorworks Landmark”

  1. Collin Brock Says:

    I too am a longtime user of AutoCAD and SketchUp. After starting my own practice, I investigated other means of production. You make a good point in that it was always so frustrating to do a site plan in CAD, render it in PS or Illustrator, then do a model in SU.

    So when I saw Vectorworks and what it touted, which was to do all of the above taks at a high level, it got my attention.

    However, 3 months later, I am still DEEP into the learning curve and I havent even touched the 3D application yet. I havent had a lot of projects that have forced me to use the software for a lengthy amount of time, but I am just now getting to the point of creating template, which is supposed to be the big time saver.

    I also used LandFX for the past few years. Planting Plan wise, I think LFX was an easier and more productive software. VW’s advantage is the rendering and application of 3D. I never used LFX to export out to Sketchup.

    I am curious as to how long it took you to become efficient, and what your best recomendations may be for setting up workflows.

  2. kvincent Says:

    Thanks for commenting, Collin.

    I definitely understand your “pain” with the learning curve of Vectorworks. Having come from a 3D modeling and animation background, even still the transition was a little awkward for awhile.

    My number one recommendation would be to set up a very thorough and complete template file. This will serve as a complete registry of the majority of your plant selections, construction materials and patterns etc. Setting up all the horticultural data associated with the plant types will help as well. That way when you start a new project, you will have all your layers, classes, line weights, page layouts, and plant options available, cutting down on the time spent adjusting each of these for each project. I have used LFX and have found that once you get into VW, you will find it quite productive.

    The management mentally of the 2D/3D workflow is probably daunting at first. All the viewports and information editing can be kinda tricky if you dont have a “muscle memory” built up. It is almost a case of having too many options accessible. You can change data multiple different ways, which can be confusing but in the end, liberating.

    Best of luck with the software and feel free to email or ask any questions. The more users we have, the more support will be available.

    Thanks!

    -k. vincent

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