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Nemetschek Vectorworks release training to help designers achieve BIM workflows

Expert trainer Jonathan Pickup has updated his guidebooks for Vectorworks 2015. Now in their 7th editions his latest updates bring content up-to-date with version 2015 and focus on building BIM workflows.


Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., which is hosting a users conference called Vectorworks Summit next week in Philadelphia, is releasing two key updates to its company’s Vectorworks series guidebooks, which are developed to help users make the most of their software—and in particular with these updates to help users develop BIM-based workflows.

Expert trainer and Vectorworks master, Jonathan Pickup, has updated two of his authored titles, including Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual, Seventh Edition and 3D Modeling in Vectorworks, Seventh Edition. 

BIM Focused Updates

Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual explains how to incorporate Vectorworks 2015’s tools into a design-based BIM workflow and how new ways of drawing can increase efficiency, all while taking readers through the basics of the software interface. Pickup’s manual breaks down each topic into three steps: read a section of text, watch a video and then complete an exercise. Sections begin with an introduction to the Vectorworks Architect platform and progress through the completion of a mock project for a residential client, including how to generate contract documents. Readers learn how drawing with objects, rather than lines and arcs, and creating projects using BIM principles can improve their workflows.

“What BIM means is that when you draw something in Vectorworks software, it’s more than just a plan representation,” said Pickup. “Many parts of a Vectorworks drawing are much more than they seem. A door, for example, has a model part to which you can attach information about the door, add door hardware or even indicate the supplier and cost of the door. This information can be generated as a report whenever you want it.”

01 - Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual by Jonathan Pickup.

01 – Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual by Jonathan Pickup (5th edition cover shown here) is now on its 7th edition.

The second updated tutorial, 3D Modeling in Vectorworks, is laid out in three parts. Part one educates readers on using the software’s tools to create 3D models on an individual basis. Part two reveals how to use the technology to create a freeform architectural project. Part three shows the workflow in action, allowing readers to learn to split up projects. The book also contains exercises that feature the new Deform tool, teaching readers the twisting, tapering, building and bending modes.

“Jonathan Pickup’s no nonsense books, with their easy-to-follow graphics and video tutorials, make his manuals the default standard for training on all the Vectorworks packages,” says Architectural Technologist Stephen J. Scaysbrook, MCIAT ACIOB, of Konstrukshon Ltd. “I love the way that Jonathan teaches both Vectorworks software and drawing techniques.”

The Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual and 3D Modeling in Vectorworks are part of Nemetschek Vectorworks’ self-paced training options. For more information and to purchase these manuals for $75.USD each, visit

Books will also be available for purchase when Pickup signs copies of his books on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET in the Paris Foyer at the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel. All registered attendees of the Vectorworks Design Summit are welcome to attend.

About Jonathan Pickup

Jonathan Pickup is an architect trained in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom with over 25 years of industry experience. Pickup is the author of several of the Vectorworks training manuals. Since 2007, he has been running an online training website that has a worldwide base of subscribers that get together virtually every month to improve their use of Vectorworks software.

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