Figure 1. Daniel Monaghan, once a champion of the SCIA
product, has been promoted to VP of Marketing. (Image
courtesy of Vectorworks.)
Dan Monahan, VP of Marketing, explains that his aim for
Vectorworks is to have the architect, the principal end user of
Vectorworks, be aware of the context of their designs, and how
they relate to the smaller objects that they design, like the
furniture, as well as to larger objects, such as the setting in
which the building is situated, including neighboring
Monahan also hopes to draw upon the advantages of achieving
some cohesiveness with Nemetschek’s other divisions
(Vectorworks is part of the Nemetschek Group, a holding company
that includes products familiar to architects: Allplan,
ArchiCAD, SCIA and the most recently acquired Bluebeam. This
seems to be more of an overarching goal, a wish for the future.
But it’s hard to get away from years of competing. In our
discussion, ArchiCAD is mentioned as competition as often as is
Figure 2. Vectorworks’ Senior Architect Product Specialist
Luc Lefevre presents “From Laser Scan to Model” to American
Institute of Architects (AIA) attendees.
Methods of realizing the bigger world—everything around a
building that an architect is being commissioned to create,
like the neighborhood or the street—involve using two key
technologies that are included in Vectorworks.
One is point clouds, which is aptly demonstrated by Rubina
Siddiqui, Product Marketing manager.
Photogrammetry, the ability to create 3D models based on
multiple photographs, is also being studied in Vectorworks
Vectorworks can give some geometrical assistance to those
modeling objects using point clouds from 3D scans in an
experimental version still in the Vectorworks labs, which will
be released to Vectorworks users at an undisclosed date.
Vectorworks brings in a point cloud of a laser scan, which
appears as a 3D photograph if the point cloud has captured the
color information of each point it has scanned.
Vectorworks will export an interactive 3D model from a 3D model
it has created. The model can be viewed on a tablet or
smartphone. If the model is of a building, you can move around
in it. It falls…