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New BIM Tools
Version 2011 also improves on BIM with a series of new or improved features for architects. Important to architects using Vectorworks Architect 2011 for BIM-based US government work is an improved Space Object. You can now add a lot of information about each space that is IFC compatible and GSA-specific. And the Space Object has a new paint bucket mode for quick creation of spaces with the same attributes. All aspects of both the 2D and 3D attributes of space objects can be controlled, including colors, relationship of space object to boundary walls and space object labels.
Version 2011 offers better geometry control of various BIM model elements, such as improvements to walls, slabs and windows and doors. New 3D Wall Components in particular offer more advanced settings for their position in the wall. The biggest new improvement to walls is the new Offset from Top or Bottom feature.
Now in Vectorworks Architect 2011 architects can set individual components of a wall to have various height offsets from either top or bottom. This will help coordinate wall components to exacting conditions as they are built in reality. Slab and roof and framing integration is now vastly improved directly in the BIM 3D geometry model. (see image 10)
The new Slab Tool is all new and offers powerful BIM features. You can now customize your slabs as much as you do walls. You can also integrate walls and slabs with automation features. There are two ways to create Slabs. Associated slabs are those that are matched to walls. When walls move the slab moves too. You can also create slabs with both 2D and 3D attributes. There are also edge offset abilities with slabs which greatly benefit wall to slab integration. You can also clip slabs with the same clip surface but you have the ability to clip just various selected components of the slab or the entire slab.
Other features that improve BIM for architects include a new Wall End Caps functionality and improved Window and Door settings. Responding to user demand it is now easier to create window and door objects with each component having direct class controls. And new in version 2011, glazing is automatically defaulted to the Glazing-Clear class and given the Glass Clear texture. Finally, in Version 2011 you can apply Multi-File Batch printing and print or print to PDF from multiple saved views and sheet layers from multiple Vectorworks files, even those that are closed.