Getting BIM-ready with Building Design Suite

We all accept that we could do with a little more training, but the reality of the situation is that we just do not have (or cannot make) the time for it. Work gets in the way and, however much we may need it, most of us simply don’t have the option of taking one or two days out of the office to attend a training session. Well, we’ve got good news: we’ve teamed up with the man who writes the manuals, Jonathan Pickup,  to offer you an alternative training programme that fits into your daily routine.

How does it work?

Jonathan runs a professional-level, instructor-led course that is delivered to you at your desktop in manageable one hour sessions. I wasn’t sure how this would work, so before we agreed to team up with Jonathan I tried it for myself. I attended two hour-long sessions a week, spread over the week so that I could fit them in around my work schedule. The course was well structured, and with only four people attending we all had enough time to address our own issues throughout the sessions.

I found that working our way through the manual, which in itself is comprehensive and has embedded video tutorials, allowed us to improve our program knowledge and develop more proficient ways of producing our drawings and models. Because each course is limited to four attendees, there’s always enough time for it to feel inclusive, and for everyone to have their questions addressed.

When is it?

We’ve got our first series of Vectorworks Essentials training booked to take place on the following dates in September 2012:

Tuesday 4th  09:00 – 10:00 am

Session 1 – Vectorworks interface and basic concepts

Thursday 5th 09:00 – 10:00 am

Session 2 – Creating a model and drawings

Tuesday 11th 09:00 – 10:00 am

Session 3 – Text and dimensions

Thursday 12th 09:00 – 10:00 am

Session 4 – Creating drawings (in detail)

Tuesday 18th 09:00 – 10:00 am

Session 5 – Making a 2D drawing

Thursday 19th 09:00 – 10:00 am

Session 6 – Introduction to 3D modelling

Tuesday 25th 09:00 – 10:00 am

Session 7 – Drawing a building

Thursday 26th 09:00 – 10:00 am

Session 8 – Introduction to worksheets

This course covers all the essential parts of Vectorworks that you need to know to work effectively. In this course you will learn the best ways to work, and how to harness the power of Vectorworks, making it a great course to complete before moving into a more industry-specific course. If you’re new to Vectorworks and need to get to grips with features like applying graphic attributes to objects, editing text and dimensions, creating drawings from 3D models and organising information to create drawings from scratch, it’ll really help you get up to speed.

What’s the damage?

£245 plus VAT, which means it clocks in at considerably less than some of the more concentrated training schemes. You’ll also get a copy of the Vectorworks Essentials training manual, written by Jon, which forms the basis of the course.

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