$209 – $418

Vectorworks Training for Professionals – Sydney

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Level 4, 60 Clarence Street


Sydney, NSW 2000


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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Event description


This hands-on training is designed for professional users of Vectorworks, from beginner to advanced level. With dedicated modules for general drawing, modelling, rendering, and 3D architectural it will offer a good grounding for optimising your use of Vectorworks. In order to get the most out of this training, it is strongly recommended that you have used Vectorworks, and have a basic familiarity with the software.

As a prerequisite, beginners must have completed “The Basics” of the free Vectorworks Training Guides before attending.

Computer literacy is essential.

To register for any of the days, click on the green TICKETS button. Places are limited so early bookings are recommended.

Day 1 (whole day only)


Morning Session

Monday 24th February (9:30am - 1:00pm)


• Preferences and workspaces

• Page Setup, Set Print Area, Layer Scale, Units

• Object Info palette

• Understanding Cartesian and Polar coordinates

• Using the basic 2D tools, creating and editing objects

• Floating Data Bar

• Smart cursor, Snapping palette, Snap Loupe

• Attributes and using the Resource Locator

• Colours, hatches, gradients, image fills, line weights, markers

• 2d Attribute Mapping tool

• 2d Reshape, Offset, Fillet, Select Similar tools

• 2d Rotate tool, Rotate Plan

• Send and Move commands

• Compose, Add and Clip Surface commands

Afternoon Session

Monday 24th February (2:00pm - 4:30pm)


• Duplication, Cut, Copy, Paste and Paste in Place

• Mirror, Duplicate Array, Duplicate Along Path

• Understanding and editing Groups

• Resource Manager and importing & creating resources

• Dimensioning; creating your own dimension standard

• Understanding 2D/3D hybrid objects

• Parametric objects: doors, windows and others

Day 2 (whole day only)


Morning Session

Tuesday 25th February (9:30am - 1:00pm)


• Using and editing Symbols

• Organising your drawing using Layers and Classes

• Navigation palette

• Plug-in Objects

• Unified View

• Using saved views for class and layer visibilities

Afternoon Session

Tuesday 25th February (2:00pm - 4:30pm)


• Design layers and Sheet layers

• Presenting and printing a drawing using Viewports

• Viewports and 3D models

• Section viewports

• Rendered views using Viewports

• Viewport crops and annotations

• Viewport Associative dimensions

• Annotating the drawing

• Importing DWG files

• Publish command

Day 3 (can be done as half or whole day)


Morning Session: Basic 3D Modelling

Wednesday 26th February (9:30am - 1:00pm)


• Layer Plane/Screen Plane objects

• Extrudes/Push Pull tool

• Deform Tool

• Taper Face tool

• Add and Subtract Solids

• Filleting 3D objects, variable radius fillets

• Multiple Extrude

• Sweep

• Extrude Along Path

• Extract tool, planar surfaces

Afternoon Session: Advanced 3D Modelling

Wednesday 26th February (2:00pm - 5:00pm)


• Difference between NURBS, 3D polygons

• Nurbs curves and surfaces

• Meshes and 3D loci

• Loft surface with rails, Birail Loft creation

• Contour and Project tools

• Creating helix spirals

• Working planes, align plane tool

• 3D text

• Surface Array for concept development

• The Subdivision tool

Day 4 (can be done as half or whole day)


Morning Session: An Introduction to Rendering

Thursday 27th February (9:30am - 1:00pm)


• Different types of rendering modes: Open GL, Polygonal, and Sketch Rendering

• Renderworks, Artistic Renderworks, Custom Renderworks

• Render Bitmap tool

• Creating, importing, and applying textures to objects

• Using Shaders to create custom textures

• Mapping textures, 3D Attribute Mapping tool

• Rendering and classes

• Lighting a scene

• Visualisation palette

• Exporting rendered views

Afternoon Session: Advanced Rendering

Thursday 27th February (2:00pm - 5:00pm)


• Using High Definition Rendering Images (HDRI)

• Environmental Lighting

• Indirect Lighting

• Custom Renderworks

• Ambient Occlusion

• Image Props

• Fog and achieving lighting beams

• Displacement mapping

• Grass Shaders

Day 5 (whole day only)


Morning Session:

Friday 28th February (9:30am - 1:00pm)

1. We consider a SketchUp case study and discuss the strengths and ultimate shortcomings of using this program.

2. We learn how to efficiently build a 3D model of the same SketchUp building using all the tools right inside Vectorworks. In so doing you will see how Vectorworks is the right tool to take control of and expand your 3D workflow.

  • Wall Tool – how to quickly and effectively employ this fundamental tool.

  • Slab Tool – how to leverage the walls to create shaped slabs to fit.

  • Windoor Tool – how to quickly populate your model with sophisticated parametric window and door objects.

  • Symbols – how to use the vast online resources available right within Vectorworks to add detail, equipment, fixtures and fittings.

  • Furniture and Fixtures – fill your design with a wide variety of custom cabinets exactly as you want them using another highly evolved suite of tools.

  • Roof – another essential parametric tool you’ll wonder how you lived without.

Afternoon Session:
Friday 28th February (2:00pm - 5:00pm)

3. To really get maximum value, in the afternoon we look at how we can present our 3D model to our clients in the most effective and powerful of ways.

  • Textures, Furnishings and Landscape – once again we take advantage of the large online resources that can be used to quickly populate, decorate and present our design.

4. Finally in preparedness for construction we look at some specific Vectorworks tools to extract technical drawings straight from our model. No double drawing. From schematic design all the way through to construction details. All with Vectorworks and covered in one day.

  • Hybrid objects – things with a 3D view and a special 2D representation ... perfect for drawings.

  • Viewports – how to compose plans, elevations and perspective views ready for printing.

  • Internal Elevations – perfect for joinery or those special one-off spaces.

  • Plan Details – grab a small snippet of a drawing and create a detail of it.

  • And for good measure we’ll compose a special page with a rendered perspective.



Where is the venue?


Level 4, 60 Clarence Street

Wynyard, Sydney NSW 2000

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Car: There is no parking at this venue, though there are numerous parking stations nearby.

Train: The venue is a 2-minute walk from Wynward Station via York & Erskine Streets.

Bus: Numerous bus routes service the city.

Plan your public transport trip here.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You can bring a printed or mobile app ticket to the event. If you forget your ticket, you can just show your ID so we know who you are.

Is food provided?

Complimentary tea, coffee, and biscuits are available during tea breaks. There is a one hour lunch break between 1pm and 2pm, and there are numerous cafés and eateries near the venue to purchase food. You may also wish to bring your own lunch.

Do I need to bring a laptop?

No. Computers are provided for all attendees.

Can I update my registration information?


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Please contact us prior to the event if you find yourself unable to attend and wishing to send a colleague instead. We will try to accommodate this for you.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No. Only the person named on the ticket may attend.

What's the refund policy?

You may cancel your registration up to 5 days prior to the commencement of your course, and still receive a full refund. Contact OzCAD directly to request a cancellation and refund. Refunds are issued via Eventbrite and may take 5 days to process.

Is there a Waitlist if tickets sell out?

If a ticket sells out, please email courses@ozcad.com.au to be added to the Waitlist.

Will I receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course?

If you would like to receive a certificate of completion, please contact OzCAD via email to request this once your course has finished.

As an architect, can I claim CPD points if I attend the course?

Yes. This training course meets the requirements as a formal CPD contributor for architects. Each hour of successful participation may contribute 1 formal point towards the AIA's CPD requirements in your state. Be sure to request your certificate of course completion via email at the end of your course.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Click the "Contact Organiser" button, or email courses@ozcad.com.au

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Level 4, 60 Clarence Street


Sydney, NSW 2000


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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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