Overview

You asked. We listened. The third annual Vectorworks Design Summit promises to be better than ever as we tailor each session to further your professional growth. Join us in Charm City for an exciting three days of hands-on, industry-focused training specifically designed to help you grow your skills and your business, all while networking with your peers from across all fields of design.

SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2017

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel 700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD

Why Attend?

  • Save Time & Money: Make the most out of your investment in Vectorworks software with over 10 hours of training that you can apply directly to your business — the most cost-effective way to grow your skills.
  • Software Training: Join Vectorworks software experts and users from across the design industry for hands-on, lab-style training sessions exploring detailed workflows and best practices.
  • Networking: Connect with other professionals in your industry during educational sessions, meals, and evening activities.
  • Product Development: Get an in-depth look at the latest tools and features in the Vectorworks line of software products.
  • Thought Leadership: Be inspired to create unmatched experiences by engaging speakers and industry thought leaders.
  • Meet the Geeks: Meet one-on-one with Vectorworks tech support staff to get your questions answered.

See What You Missed

Check out the highlight reel from last year’s Design Summit and see for yourself why you should attend!

Schedule

We know — with so many great sessions to attend, creating your schedule is going to be challenging! Explore your options below to optimize your Design Summit experience, and then secure your seat in your favorite sessions in advance.

*Applicable continuing education credits will be announced on a rolling basis

3:00pm – 8:00pm
Registration/Information Desk
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Expo Hall Happy Hour

Monday At a Glance

  • 3:00pm – 8:00pmRegistration/Information Desk
  • 4:30pm - 6:30pmExpo Hall Happy Hour
7:30am – 9:00am
Breakfast
7:00am – 5:30pm
Registration/Information Desk
9:00am – 10:00am
Biplab Sarkar

Welcome

Vectorworks CEO Keynote
Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Chief Executive Officer, Vectorworks, Inc.
10:30am – 11:30am
What’s New in Vectorworks 2018

Get an in-depth look at all the new and upgraded features in Vectorworks 2018. We’ll she sharing more information about what you can do with that latest release of the software all day during the Design Summit. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover what’s new in Vectorworks 2018.

The Next Level of Sustainable, Resilient Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Greg Henderson

The best solutions to the most difficult design problems often begin by challenging original assumptions. By redefining the problem and removing preconceived ideas, new solutions often present themselves. In this session, Greg Henderson, AIA, founder and CEO of Arx Pax Labs, Inc., will explore real-world examples that integrate existing tools and techniques to demonstrate how climate change is disrupting coastal development, necessitating a more sustainable built environment. Attendees will explore options for dealing with this disruption: retreat, reinforce, or think differently using cutting-edge technology.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify sites where current land use is limited due to flood zone designation/inundation risk.
  2. Differentiate highest and best use of sites independent of flood zone or other risk hazards.
  3. Recognize impact of unknown site conditions on the deadlines of a design process.
  4. Theorize how new ways of thinking regarding architecture and construction can mitigate the risks of rising sea levels on real estate.
10:30am – 12:45pm
Getting Started with DWG Import
Donald Ward

Collaborating with design teams and contractors using DWG files can make or break a project, which means that improving your skills with importing said files will make you and your business more valuable. In this session, Don Ward, training manager at Vectorworks, Inc., will walk through common workflows for the easier and more accurate import of DWG files. Attendees will leave better prepared to exchange files with outside parties, facilitating faster and more efficient project creation.

Learning Objectives

  1. Assess the information required when importing a DWG file.
  2. Define the steps needed to successfully integrate a DWG file into a non-native software program.
  3. Evaluate techniques for improving the accuracy of imported DWG files.
  4. Illustrate a successful DWG import workflow as part of a common design process.
Water-Efficient Landscape Design
Eric Gilbey & Lance Fulton

Designing for water efficiency doesn’t have to be an overly complex exercise. In fact, it can be as simple as using the automated worksheet capabilities and hydrozone features native to landscape design software to meet water budgets — or even improve on them. Join Eric Gilbey, PLA, ASLA, Prof. Member APLD, product marketing manager – landscape at Vectorworks, Inc., and Lance Fulton, PLA, Landmark product planner at Vectorworks, Inc. for a session exploring how to use a base map to plan out planting based on hydrozones with the help of data inherent in a site model, empowering attendees to meet legal and project-specific water use standards.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the uses of hydrozones within landscape-specific design software.
  2. Identify how automated worksheets can pull data from hydrozones and plant objects to formulate water budgets.
  3. Investigate approaches to customizing data derived from a site model.
  4. Recognize how to use software tools to meet and out-perform water use standards.
Rendering: Fake It ‘Til You Make It
Jim Wilson

Rendering is both an art and a science, and the more techniques and tools you master, the more proficient you’ll become at conveying your design intent. Join Jim Wilson, user experience manager at Vectorworks, Inc., as he explores the Renderworks feature set, a built-in rendering solution in Vectorworks software that enables you to create beautiful renderings within a single design platform or smooth the transition to an external rendering solution like Cinema4D. This class assumes attendees are already familiar with the basics of rendering and that they seek to expand that knowledge. An array of topics will be covered, including advanced lighting techniques, lesser known usage of the various texture shaders, creating quick and simple animations, and more

Learning Objectives

  1. Appraise the effectiveness of integrated rendering features within a larger design software.
  2. Explore lesser known tools and commands related to rendering and textures.
  3. Discover workflows for creating animations using rendering tools.
  4. Assess how to dramatically increase the quality of client presentations with advanced rendering techniques.
The Basics of BIM Part 1: From 2D to 3D
Wes Gardner

Just because you need to start creating full-fledged BIM projects doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your creative process. In this session, Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, outlines how to take a design from a simple sketch to a data-rich model, transforming your initial concepts into sellable projects. Attendees will explore how to generate 3D models from 2D information. Whatever your workflow, this presentation will enable you to design in a way that matches how you think while still allowing you to embrace BIM technology to improve your business.

Learning Objectives

  1. Analyze how to use 2D information to generate a 3D model.
  2. Examine how to set up a drawing file for optimized 3D modeling processes.
  3. Investigate how to transition initial massing and study models into developed BIM models.
  4. Identify how to customize building elements to streamline modeling workflows.
Introduction to Project Sharing: The Multiuser Environment in Vectorworks
Rubina Siddiqui

Discover best practices for designing within a multiuser environment during a session with Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA. This presentation will cover the basic setup of a project file and how to design within a working file, empower designers to better collaborate within a larger organization. Attendees will further develop their understanding project sharing permission levels, how to communicate among project team members, when to create a new working file, and how to archive a project file as exemplified using the tools and features available in Vectorworks® 2017 software.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe project sharing, the multiuser environment in Vectorworks software.
  2. Explain how to optimize file setup for working within a multiuser environment.
  3. Evaluate project sharing permission levels and understand how and when to apply them.
  4. Demonstrate how to manage a project sharing file to achieve success.
Moving from 2D to 3D in Vectorworks Spotlight
Frank Brault

Many designers are still working primarily in 2D because that’s how they’ve always articulated their thoughts, even if they’re aware of the benefits of 3D modeling. But contrary to what you might think, there are actually plenty of ways to make the transition from 2D to 3D in incremental steps that won’t disrupt your work — in fact, they’ll start enhancing your workflows right away. In this session, Frank Brault, product marketing manager – entertainment at Vectorworks, Inc., discusses strategies for augmenting your design processes with 3D modeling, and the benefits it can bring. Explore your options for modernizing your workflow and making the most of your design software with this lecture.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the benefits of a 2D/3D hybrid workflow over a traditional 2D process.
  2. Consider the steps that you and your firm can implement to adopt 3D modeling based on the above strategies and skill level.
  3. Evaluate strategies for integrating 3D modeling techniques into a 2D workflow.
  4. Explain how to optimize file setup for working within a multiuser environment.
11:45am – 12:45pm
What’s New in Vectorworks 2018

Get an in-depth look at all the new and upgraded features in Vectorworks 2018. We’ll she sharing more information about what you can do with that latest release of the software all day during the Design Summit. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover what’s new in Vectorworks 2018.

What’s New in Vectorworks Spotlight
Brandon Eckstorm

The past few releases of Vectorworks Spotlight software have seen incredible improvements to its functionality and a host of new tools and features — but are you making the most of what’s available? In this session, Brandon Eckstorm, Spotlight product planner at Vectorworks, Inc., explores many of the new and upgraded tools and features in Vectorworks Spotlight, helping you get up to speed with your design software and pull the most value from your workflow.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover what’s new in the recent releases of Vectorworks Spotlight software.
  2. Evaluate how to augment existing workflows with updated features for entertainment design.
  3. Explore the integration of Vectorworks Spotlight with new software and plug-ins.
  4. Identify best practices for streamlining your workflows with cutting-edge industry tool sets.
12:45pm – 2:00pm
Lunch
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Quality Assurance: Tips and Tricks to Cut Down on Silly Mistakes
Tom Klaber

For architects and designers, the actual act of designing makes up a surprisingly small portion of the day. The technicalities of getting a project realized are not only time consuming, but error prone. One of the promises of building information modeling is that it can automate many of these tasks, letting designers spend more time designing, but you don’t have to employ a BIM workflow to enjoy these benefits. Modern design software has numerous built-in tools that can save you time and cut down on silly mistakes. In this session with Tom Klaber, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, attendees will discuss tools, tips, and tricks that any office can employ to help automate quality assurance, coordination, and scheduling.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover non-standard uses of worksheets to help manage drawing sets.
  2. Examine the basics of AutoCoordination in modern design software.
  3. Recognize how using centrally controlled object types can reduce errors.
  4. Explore how to automate technical design tasks using BIM tools.
3D Modeling and Rendering for Urbanists and Landscape Architects
Todd McCurdy

In this session with Todd McCurdy, FASLA, attendees will learn the basics of modeling and rendering scenes for urban spaces, helping landscape architects and designers to sell the ideas behind their designs while working in a 3D workflow that helps them visualize concepts as part of their processes. Included in the session will be step-by-step ways to import building models into a scene, establish a view, and add site elements and use them to visualize the design during the process. Then attendees will examine how to render final images and how to best share files with a team.

Learning Objectives

  1. Assess how to import building models into a site design project file.
  2. Evaluate which types of site elements are best suited for a specific design task.
  3. Investigate different views for renderings for ideal storytelling during concept presentations.
  4. Discover best practices for rendering and sharing files.
2:00pm – 4:15pm
Classes in Entertainment Design Workflows
Kevin Lee Allen, Robert Books, Tyler Littman, & C. Andrew Dunning

Set and entertainment designers all have unique classing methodologies, with their processes often varying based on the specific facet of the industry in which they’re working. When it comes to Vectorworks software and Vision, user input can be used to create a classing methodology specific to individual workflows. This session, hosted by speakers Kevin Lee Allen, Emmy award winner and founder of Kevin Lee Allen Design; Robert Books, CAD Content Developer at Vectorworks, Inc.; Tyler Littman, founder and principal designer of Sholight Entertainment Design; and C. Andrew Dunning, owner of Landru Design, is intended to be as much of a conversation as it is a demonstration. Attendees will expand upon specific entertainment design processes and explore ideas that expedite workflows.

Learning Objectives

  1. Analyze different strategies for organizing classes in Vectorworks software.
  2. Discover new ways to improve specific entertainment design workflows.
  3. Discuss class organization and usage among attendees.
  4. Participate in a dialogue with Vectorworks, Inc. about improvements to entertainment design workflows.
2:00pm – 5:30pm
Using Vectorworks Spotlight and Vision in Production
Edward Joseph

With the improved integration of Spotlight and Vision software in Vectorworks 2017, entertainment designers are now better equipped than ever to quickly and efficiently execute on their designs. Ensure that you’re making the most of this software compatibility during a session with Edward Joseph, user experience specialist at Vectorworks, Inc., where you’ll walk through how to streamline your Spotlight to Vision export process, explore the tools and features included in Vision software, and then discuss how to connect your files to common lighting consoles.

Learning Objectives

  1. Evaluate how to optimize a Vectorworks Spotlight light plot for previsualization.
  2. Clarify how to export a Vectorworks Spotlight file into Vision software.
  3. Investigate the features available in Vision software.
  4. Demonstrate how to connect a Vision file to common lighting consoles.
Irrigation Tools and Workflows
Bryan D. Goff, Lance Fulton, & Eric Gilbey

Irrigation design is vital to many projects at both small and large scales, which is why fully understanding the capabilities of irrigation tool sets in modern design software is necessary for successful project execution. In this session, Bryan D. Goff, director of design + sciences and president at Grey Leaf Design, Inc., Lance Fulton, PLA, and Eric Gilbey, PLA, ASLA, Prof. Member APLD, team up to provide attendees with a detailed run through of the entire irrigation design toolset in Vectorworks Landmark software. They will also provide recommended workflows for completed detailed irrigation projects using the tools and features available in cutting-edge design programs.

Learning Objectives

  1. Appraise the effectiveness of irrigation tool sets in modern design software.
  2. Examine best practices for spray, rotor, and emitter layout design.
  3. Determine the components necessary to an effective irrigation system.
  4. Explore how hydrozones and water budgeting can influence the process of irrigation design.
The Basics of BIM Part 2: Documentation and Data Visualization
Rubina Siddiqui & Wes Gardner

So you’ve created a 3D model, but now you need to create drawing for permits. Producing the documentation you need and visualizing your project data to accomplish this can be simple with the right tools and processes. In this session, Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA, and Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, detail how to generate standard drawings and schedules from a 3D model, as well as how to create custom schedules and takeoffs. They will also explore how to query and report data in ways that best visually or quantifiably represent your project, and then touch upon how IFC data can influence this process.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how to automatically generate standard and customized drawings from a 3D model.
  2. Analyze workflows for querying data to produce schedules and reports.
  3. Examine common tools and techniques that enable data visualization.
  4. Explore how IFC data is generated and supports wider collaborative processes.
The Art and Function of 3D Modeling
Luis M. Ruiz

When it’s time to transform an idea into a digital 3D form, it all comes down to understanding the tools that you use. There are multiple ways to achieve the same shape, so determining best practices with 3D modeling tools can vary based on your design intent, skill level, and the complexity of your project. Join Luis M. Ruiz, Assoc. AIA, as he explores the various toolsets and features that enable custom modeling for a variety of project types. Attendees will examine modeling capabilities on a case by case basis, as well as through the lens of an entire project, in this hands-on session.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the different tool and feature sets available for effective 3D modeling.
  2. Discover effective workflows for executing on concepts in 3D both individually and in terms of a larger project.
  3. Observe 3D modeling best practices in action by examining real-world examples.
  4. Demonstrate learned techniques in a hands-on training session.
3:15pm – 4:15pm
What’s New in Vectorworks 2018

Get an in-depth look at all the new and upgraded features in Vectorworks 2018. We’ll she sharing more information about what you can do with that latest release of the software all day during the Design Summit. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover what’s new in Vectorworks 2018.

3:15pm – 5:30pm
Creating and Managing Custom and Shared Resources
Luc Lefebvre

Modern design workflows, including BIM processes, rely on the customization and use of objects and resources to convey design intent and improve the accuracy of projects — but as the sheer amount of available resources continues to grow, managing them effectively can become a challenge. In this session, Luc Lefebvre, OAQ, LEED AP, shares insights gained from over two decades in the architecture industry regarding resource organization, as well as best practices for sharing said resources within a team setting or a larger firm. Attendees will learn the basic functions of the Resource Manager in Vectorworks software, explore streamlined workflows for structuring resource files, and develop strategies for sharing resources across projects and teams.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the basic functions of the Resource Manager in Vectorworks design software.
  2. Differentiate between workgroup, user, and application folders for resource management.
  3. Breakdown how to create and access shared resource libraries.
  4. Evaluate strategies for effective resource organization at multiple scales.
4:30pm – 5:30pm
What’s New in Vectorworks 2018

Get an in-depth look at all the new and upgraded features in Vectorworks 2018. We’ll she sharing more information about what you can do with that latest release of the software all day during the Design Summit. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover what’s new in Vectorworks 2018.

6:30pm – 10:30pm
Customer Appreciation Dinner at the Columbus Center

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Columbus Center

The Customer Appreciation Party

Join us for a night of networking and music in Baltimore’s inner harbor. Held at the Columbus Center, the Customer Appreciation Party will put you right in the middle of all the nightlife and dining experiences that Baltimore has to offer.

Tuesday At a Glance

  • 7:00am – 5:30pmRegistration/Information Desk
  • 7:30am – 9:00amBreakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:00amVectorworks CEO Keynote: Dr. Biplab Sarkar
  • 10:30am – 12:45pmBreakout Sessions
  • 12:45pm – 2:00pmLunch
  • 2:00pm – 5:30pmBreakout Sessions
  • 6:30pm – 10:30pmCustomer Appreciation Dinner | Columbus Center
7:30am – 9:00am
Breakfast
7:30am – 5:30pam
Information desk
9:00am – 10:00am
Brad Cloepfil

Design Keynote

Applied Arts
Brad Cloepfil, Founding Principal, AIA, NCARB, Allied Works Architecture
10:30am – 11:30am
What’s New in Vectorworks 2018

Get an in-depth look at all the new and upgraded features in Vectorworks 2018. We’ll she sharing more information about what you can do with that latest release of the software all day during the Design Summit. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover what’s new in Vectorworks 2018.

Innovative Vectorworks BIM
Jonathan Reeves

Building information modeling (BIM) is a fast evolving aspect of the construction industry. The session Innovative Vectorworks BIM, based on presenter Jonathan Reeves’ book of the same name, provides unique insight into how innovative architectural practices have already started their journeys with BIM using the powerful features of Vectorworks software, as well as providing many helpful insights into tried-and-tested BIM workflows.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine case study examples of BIM workflows
  2. Investigate BIM’s suitability for small projects.
  3. Evaluate the merits of transitioning to a 3D workflow.
  4. Recognize common workflows for moving from 2D to 3D.
10:30am – 12:45pm
Rendering: Fake It ‘Til You Make It
Jim Wilson

Rendering is both an art and a science, and the more techniques and tools you master, the more proficient you’ll become at conveying your design intent. Join Jim Wilson, user experience manager at Vectorworks, Inc., as he explores the Renderworks feature set, a built-in rendering solution in Vectorworks software that enables you to create beautiful renderings within a single design platform or smooth the transition to an external rendering solution like Cinema4D. This class assumes attendees are already familiar with the basics of rendering and that they seek to expand that knowledge. An array of topics will be covered, including advanced lighting techniques, lesser known usage of the various texture shaders, creating quick and simple animations, and more

Learning Objectives

  1. Appraise the effectiveness of integrated rendering features within a larger design software.
  2. Explore lesser known tools and commands related to rendering and textures.
  3. Discover workflows for creating animations using rendering tools.
  4. Assess how to dramatically increase the quality of client presentations with advanced rendering techniques.
Graphical Scripting in Marionette
Sarah Barrett

Graphical scripting tools empower designers to explore new, complex ideas with iterative workflows, so gaining an understanding of the uses of such tools is necessary to stay on the cutting-edge of the industry. This session from Sarah Barrett, architect product specialist at Vectorworks, Inc., explores the intermediate and advanced uses of Marionette, the integrated graphical scripting tool in Vectorworks software, instructing attendees on how to do everything from automating tedious tasks to creating parametric geometry that can be used in a variety of situations. Sample files will be provided during the session for attendees to integrate into their own designs for continued learning.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover how to augment existing design workflows with the iterative capabilities of graphical scripting.
  2. Evaluate how to automate common design tasks with scripts.
  3. Examine the various applications of parametric geometry created through graphical scripting.
  4. Identify best practices for saving and sharing scripts.
The Basics of BIM Part 1: From 2D to 3D
Wes Gardner

Just because you need to start creating full-fledged BIM projects doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your creative process. In this session, Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, outlines how to take a design from a simple sketch to a data-rich model, transforming your initial concepts into sellable projects. Attendees will explore how to generate 3D models from 2D information. Whatever your workflow, this presentation will enable you to design in a way that matches how you think while still allowing you to embrace BIM technology to improve your business.

Learning Objectives

  1. Analyze how to use 2D information to generate a 3D model.
  2. Examine how to set up a drawing file for optimized 3D modeling processes.
  3. Investigate how to transition initial massing and study models into developed BIM models.
  4. Identify how to customize building elements to streamline modeling workflows.
Cartography and Site Analysis with GIS Data
Lance Fulton

GIS data can be used to help landscape professionals plan for everything from a site’s terrain to its vegetation and hydrology, but many don’t know how to effectively import such information into their design software. Join Lance Fulton, PLA, for a session detailing how to acquire, implement, and benefit from GIS data in site design projects. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to import site information beyond what they would normally receive from consultants in order to prepare analysis graphics for a given terrain.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize where and how to acquire GIS data.
  2. Discover how to prepare GIS data within a landscape-oriented design software program.
  3. Evaluate how to prepare site analysis graphics.
  4. Integrate GIS data into site analysis for vegetation, hydrology, circulation, structures, and more.
Vectorworks Spotlight: The Total Production Package
Frank Brault & Jim Woodward

Vectorworks Spotlight software is a complete entertainment production package, but not everyone is using it to the fullest. Rather than becoming overwhelmed by what’s possible, join Frank Brault, product marketing manager – entertainment at Vectorworks, Inc., and Jim Woodward, senior entertainment product specialist at Vectorworks, Inc., as they explore how Spotlight empowers a variety of workflows and processes for the many facets of the entertainment industry outside of light plots. Attendees will learn how to work faster and smarter, as well as develop skills with the multiuser environment in Vectorworks software.

Learning Objectives

  1. Assess how tools and features in Vectorworks Spotlight enable total production workflows.
  2. Recognize how Vectorworks Spotlight’s worksheet capabilities allow for project data to be integrated throughout the design process.
  3. Organize the vast array of tools in Vectorworks software in a way that makes sense for your individual workflow.
  4. Discover how project sharing functionality enables collaboration with all parties involved in a project lifecycle.
Anatomy of a BIM Project
François Lévy

In this two-hour training, participants will delve into a residential project to understand how it can be efficiently and effectively modeled and presented. Starting from a complete file of an actual project, learn how the file is organized and assembled. After a comprehensive overview of the project, attendees will then use combinations of BIM tools in creative, hands-on vignettes. Rather than just being exposed to a single feature at a time, gain a deeper understanding of how multiple tools and features are used together to solve design problems and efficiently create project deliverables, including: using site modeling, solar animations, and a parametric roof tool for optimal project siting and form-based code compliance; combining the parametric curtain wall, framing members, rendering textures, roofs, and Boolean operations to create an architectural screened porch; integrating automated scheduling, parametric doors, solid modeling, and a simple custom worksheet script to model and schedule a barn door; and exploring nuances of complex roofs using BIM walls and roofs in tandem.

Learning Objectives

  1. Determine how a comprehensive residential BIM file is modeled and structured.
  2. Integrate design and production in a seamless workflow, applying best practices to digital design.
  3. Observe appropriate modeling and drafting in the design of a residential architecture project.
  4. Summarize effective modeling and efficient documentation techniques using combinations of standard and custom tools.
11:45am - 12:45pm
What’s New in Vectorworks 2018

Get an in-depth look at all the new and upgraded features in Vectorworks 2018. We’ll she sharing more information about what you can do with that latest release of the software all day during the Design Summit. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover what’s new in Vectorworks 2018.

Using Site Informational Modeling in Landscape Architectural Design and Detailing
Robert D. Anderson

The data inherent in site information modeling (SIM) objects opens new, more effective workflows for landscape architects and designers, helping them to work faster and win more business. In this session, Robert Anderson, ASLA, PLA, CLARB, will demonstrate the different uses of parametric objects in landscape architectural projects ranging from planning to rooftop design, and then explore how to create construction details for some of these same projects. He will also explain the use parametric objects to evaluate and respond to submission requirements for regulatory and governmental approvals.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define site information modeling (SIM) in the context of landscape architecture and design.
  2. Demonstrate the uses of parametric objects in landscape design.
  3. Examine how to create construction documents and details from SIM files.
  4. Investigate how to use SIM to address project submission requirements and acquire municipal approvals.
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Lunch
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Working with the Dark Side (DWG files)
Jesse Winters

Many projects often start with: “We'll send you our CAD files.” Usually, that means DWG files, the lingua franca of the CAD universe. Whether you're an architect who uses site surveys from civil engineers, a landscape designer that needs to incorporate site drawings from architects and civil engineers, a lighting designer relying on files for different venues, or a mechanical engineer needing to exchange CAD data with others, it’s important to efficiently interoperate with peers and partners using various software platforms. In this session from Jesse Winters, owner of Enchanted Garden Landscape, Inc., attendees will discover a few tips and tricks that will help them better collaborate and grow a more successful business.

Learning Objectives

  1. Observe how to import DWG files at the desired scale.
  2. Summarize how to manage XREF, SHX, PAT, and other file types.
  3. Identify how to fix line weights, line types, backgrounds, and object colors following file import.
  4. Transform paper space into model space, substitute fonts, and unite units following file import.
2:00pm – 4:15pm
Event Design: Modeling, Visualization, and Planning
Jim Woodward

Vectorworks Spotlight isn’t just for light plots — event designers can also make use of the depth of features available in the software. In this session from Jim Woodward, senior entertainment product specialist at Vectorworks, Inc., you’ll explore the expansive suite of event design tools available in Spotlight, understand how to use the software to generate 2D plans, 3D models, and helpful data all from the same project, and dive into how the Renderworks feature set and worksheet capabilities can help you visualize and quantify your event.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the full suite of event design tools in Vectorworks Spotlight software.
  2. Identify how to generate both 2D plans and 3D models from a project.
  3. Analyze how to pull event design data from a project model.
  4. Discover how rendering and worksheet capabilities can optimize your event design workflows.
Worksheet and Records Workshop
Patrick Stanford & Eric J. H. Berg

Worksheets and records provide powerful ways to enter, edit, and display data about objects in a drawing. Similar to an Excel spreadsheet, worksheets allow you to perform calculations and total values. But unlike Excel, worksheets can also directly access (and often modify) data from objects in your drawing. Parametric values like, length, height, and name can be displayed and edited directly in worksheets, while other data, such as area and volume, can be calculated and displayed. Additionally, record formats are a way to customize and manage the data any object or design feature may inherently hold. Cost, weight, water use, and embodied energy are just a sample of the infinite data you can prioritize, report, and calculate with records and subsequently, worksheets. This panel discussion will introduce how worksheets and record formats are set up and used, how to access data, and how to use custom selection criteria. Presenters will provide real-life examples in landscape and architectural design, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine how to extract data from drawings and models using worksheets and record formats.
  2. Recognize how to order summarized or individual data about objects in a database.
  3. Demonstrate how worksheets and record formats help to manage data in drawings.
  4. Discover how worksheets help designers quickly manage parametric objects.
2:00pm - 5:30pm
The Art and Function of 3D Modeling
Luis M. Ruiz

When it’s time to transform an idea into a digital 3D form, it all comes down to understanding the tools that you use. There are multiple ways to achieve the same shape, so determining best practices with 3D modeling tools can vary based on your design intent, skill level, and the complexity of your project. Join Luis M. Ruiz, Assoc. AIA, as he explores the various toolsets and features that enable custom modeling for a variety of project types. Attendees will examine modeling capabilities on a case by case basis, as well as through the lens of an entire project, in this hands-on session.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the different tool and feature sets available for effective 3D modeling.
  2. Discover effective workflows for executing on concepts in 3D both individually and in terms of a larger project.
  3. Observe 3D modeling best practices in action by examining real-world examples.
  4. Demonstrate learned techniques in a hands-on training session.
The Basics of BIM Part 2: Documentation and Data Visualization
Rubina Siddiqui & Wes Gardner

So you’ve created a 3D model, but now you need to create drawing for permits. Producing the documentation you need and visualizing your project data to accomplish this can be simple with the right tools and processes. In this session, Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA, and Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, detail how to generate standard drawings and schedules from a 3D model, as well as how to create custom schedules and takeoffs. They will also explore how to query and report data in ways that best visually or quantifiably represent your project, and then touch upon how IFC data can influence this process.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how to automatically generate standard and customized drawings from a 3D model.
  2. Analyze workflows for querying data to produce schedules and reports.
  3. Examine common tools and techniques that enable data visualization.
  4. Explore how IFC data is generated and supports wider collaborative processes.
Sustainable Site Modeling
Eric Gilbey

Designing sustainable sites is more important than ever for the planet and for your business. This training session with Eric Gilbey, PLA, ASLA, Prof. Member APLD, product marketing manager – landscape at Vectorworks, Inc., will demonstrate how practitioners can reapply the old ideals of sustainability and the newly recommended Site Design Sections by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) to current methods of computer-aided design. The practical exercises included will emphasize how these site-specific CAD tools enable sustainable design functions such as erosion control, runoff calculations, cut and fill calculations, existing/proposed plant tracking, native plant selections, and sun/shade analysis.

Learning Objectives

  1. Assess how external sustainability initiatives impact approaches to site design.
  2. Determine how to quickly create, modify, and analyze a 3D site digital terrain model promoting SITES objectives for soil and water management.
  3. Evaluate the effects of proposed plantings by introducing solar directional light into a 3D site model and producing still views at times recommended by SITES to control solar heat gain.
  4. Identify how site-specific CAD tools enable erosion control, runoff calculations, and other sustainable design functions.
BIM for the Jedi Master: Harnessing the Force of IFC
Jeffrey W. Ouellette

A great deal of power comes from mastering design software for BIM, but even more can be gained by understanding the potential of IFC and its ability to increase the effectiveness of collaboration. This value can be gained by anyone involved throughout a building project’s lifecycle, regardless of other technology used. IFC-based interoperability is vital to success and woven throughout the tools and BIM data structure of Vectorworks software. In this session with Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, IES, attendees will explore how to use the advanced BIM, 3D modeling, and data management tools and features in the program to facilitate high-design with BIM and high-quality interoperability based on IFC. Attendees will leave with an improved set of knowledge, skills, and confidence for leveraging IFC to expertly collaborate with their project partners, delivering and receiving necessary models and information.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore how IFC data is integrated throughout Vectorworks software’s objects and tools.
  2. Evaluate the tools and commands available to manipulate and share IFC data throughout a project file.
  3. Illustrate examples of design-centric and IFC-rich models.
  4. Examine the IFC Export and Import and BCF Manager workflows for appropriate model and issue exchanges with project partners.
Analyzing Static Loads with Braceworx
Moritz Staffel

Proper truss design is crucial to ensuring the safety and success of your entertainment design projects. That’s why this session, conducted by Moritz Staffel, managing director at DeerSoft GmbH, provides you with an in-depth look at how to conduct structural analysis in the entertainment field directly within Vectorworks software using the Braceworx module. Attendees will also learn about the improvements to truss tools, the difference between distributed and point loads, and how to properly support truss. The content within this session requires attendees to already be familiar with truss, lighting positions, and lighting devices in Vectorworks software.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the uses of the Braceworx module in Vectorworks software.
  2. Evaluate improvements to the truss tools.
  3. Investigate the differences between distributed and point loads and how to properly support truss for entertainment design purposes.
  4. Recognize the capabilities of the Braceworx module to augment rigging design workflows.
4:30pm - 5:30pm
What is COBie and Why Do I Care?
Juan Carlos Fabbiani

Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) data can seem daunting to create and utilize, but in reality, it’s simply a spreadsheet that you can create from IFC information. This data is incredibly important to building owners and facility managers, adding value to your projects. That’s why you can’t afford to miss this session from Juan Carlos Fabbiani, AIA, exploring the basics of COBie, how to attach COBie data, and how this data helps streamline project lifecycles and consolidates building information in centralized locations, helping you produce more information-rich models and win more business.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the basics of the Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) file format.
  2. Define the architect’s role and responsibilities regarding COBie data.
  3. Discover how to attach COBie data to a model.
  4. Identify how to export COBie data to collaborators, contractors, and project owners.
Custom Worksheets and Data Visualization in Vectorworks Spotlight
Frank Brault

Your Vectorworks Spotlight model holds more information than just geometry, and you can use that data to generate many different kinds of lists, calculations, and helpful views. Furthermore, this data can be used to present unique visualizations of a given project. In this session, Frank Brault, product marketing manager – entertainment at Vectorworks, Inc., explores how you can leverage the information inherent in your model to automate tedious compilations of data and easily visualize patterns in your model, saving you time and money as your produce more accurate documentation. Attendees will receive the Vectorworks files used in the training session.

Learning Objectives

  1. Assess how to generate worksheets from data in your Vectorworks Spotlight model.
  2. Determine how to organize the flow and presentation of data within a worksheet.
  3. Identify how to extract information from a model to create data visualizations.
  4. Examine best practices for building custom data visualizations relative to a given model.
Case Study: Overseeing Several Repertory Light Plots at Spoleto Festival USA
Steve Shelley

Spoleto Festival USA, based in Charleston, South Carolina, hosts domestic and international theatrical productions every year. In 17 days, over 250 performances take place throughout the city, but every production has to share its stage with someone else. It's repertory lighting and scenery at it's craziest, with rapid-fire changeovers between shows choreographed down to the moment. In this session, Steve Shelley, president of Field Template LLC, will show the processes he used in Vectorworks software to create the documentation needed to pull off such complex events.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine how to create light plots and sections using specific class and layer hierarchy.
  2. Utilize saved views to construct and compare scenic and lighting changes.
  3. Explore how to use viewports to create drawings displaying scenic and lighting changes.
  4. Discover how to provide documentation in both imperial and metric scales.
5:30pm
Adjourn

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Wednesday At a Glance

  • 7:30am – 9:00amBreakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:00amDesign Keynote: Brad Cloepfil
  • 10:30am – 12:45pmBreakout Sessions
  • 12:45pm – 2:00pmLunch
  • 2:00pm – 5:30pmBreakout Sessions
  • 5:30pmAdjourn

Keynotes

About Dr. Biplab Sarkar

Biplab has been with Vectorworks since 2000. After first serving as a manager of geometry and rendering, he was the chief technology officer from 2008 to 2016. With 25+ years of experience developing CAD software, he was promoted to CEO in April 2016. As CEO, Biplab provides strategic leadership to the company by establishing and meeting company sales, growth, and market share objectives. He continually seeks out technology innovations and evaluates the competitive landscape to ensure Vectorworks software remains a best-in-class CAD and BIM solution for designers in the architecture, landscape, and entertainment industries. Prior to Vectorworks, he served as the director of research and development at Parametric Technology Corporation. In this role, he led a large international team of programmers in both the United States and India. He began his career as a software engineer at ICEM Systems and later became a software consultant at Intergraph.

Biplab earned a Ph.D. in CAD and an M.S. in mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University. He also holds a B.Tech. in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

About Brad Cloepfil

Architect, educator, and principal of Allied Works, Brad Cloepfil creates culturally resonant architectural designs that are forged by the defining elements of their mission and site. Cloepfil’s earliest influences lay outside the field of architecture — from the vast landscapes and monumental works of civil engineering in the Pacific Northwest, to the simple yet profound gestures of land and installation artists. His approach to design combines an intensive focus on the specific character of each project with an understanding of the transformative possibilities of architecture.

Allied Works is widely acclaimed for their arts and cultural projects, including the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, the National Music Centre of Canada in Calgary, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. In addition, Cloepfil has designed private residences, educational facilities, and creative workspaces, such as the Dutchess County Estate in the Hudson River Valley; the University of Michigan Museum of Art; and Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California. Current projects include the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique and the National Veterans’ Memorial Museum in Columbus, Ohio.

Cloepfil founded Allied Works in his native Portland, Oregon, in 1994, and opened the New York City office in 2003. The recipient of numerous design awards, he holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, and has taught and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe.

Speakers

Kevin Allen

Emmy award winner and founder Kevin Lee Allen Design

Kevin Lee Allen, founder of Kevin Lee Allen Design (KLAD), is an Emmy award-winning entertainment designer, artist, writer, and producer. He creates for film, theatre, television, exhibits, events, activations, and experiences. He is a storyteller, a conceptual thinker, and a communicator who translates visions and ideas into physical realities. He also writes and teaches design thinking with Vectorworks software.

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Robert D. Anderson

Principal ROBERT ANDERSON

With over a quarter century of site development, urban design, and landscape architecture experience, Robert D. Anderson, ASLA, PLA, CLARB, principal of ROBERT ANDERSON | landscape architect, has a wealth of knowledge in successfully completing projects. His recent focus has been on project management and delivery, with a concentration over the last ten years on technology and production. Since 1995, Robert has used various CAD and design platforms, with this diverse and varied background being instrumental in building a practice that provides technical support and instruction to users of Vectorworks software. Over the last seven years, this experience has provided an added benefit to clients in assisting users in migrating from traditional CAD drafting to utilizing “parametric design” tools to improve their designs and comply with regulations.

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Sarah Barrett

Architect Product Specialist Vectorworks, Inc.

Since joining Vectorworks, Inc. in February of 2015, Architect Product Specialist Sarah Barrett quickly used her academic and professional expertise in the field of parametric modeling to become the company’s go-to expert on Marionette: the integrated graphical scripting tool in Vectorworks software. Sarah combines her experience with multiple graphical scripting programs with over a decade of experience with Vectorworks design software to help create best practices for Marionette users and help others learn the ins and outs of the tool. While you might recognize Sarah as the host of the Marionette Monday webinar series, she also has experience as an architect and graphic designer. Sarah has a master's degree in architecture from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts in architectural studies from Brown University.

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Eric J. H. Berg

Segment Manager, Field Solutions Pacific Coast Land Design

As a senior associate with Pacific Coast Land Design (PCLD) in Ventura, CA, Eric J. H. Berg is an integral part of the small, successful regional landscape architecture practice. He combines his passion for technology and design, and a love of the outdoors and built environment, to design beautiful, site-responsive, sustainable spaces. That passion was instilled early, growing up in Montana, and reinforced through his education, where he ultimately earned a master’s of landscape architecture from the University of Washington. His professional experience ranges across the scope of landscape architecture. He worked as a research assistant for the Sustainable Sites Initiative, spent five years with a design/build landscape contractor in Bozeman, Montana, and has teaching experience as both an adjunct professor of landscape design at Montana State University and as an extension educator at the University of California – Santa Barbara.

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Robert Books

CAD Content Developer Vectorworks, Inc.

Robert Books has worked as a CAD content developer at Vectorworks, Inc. for 10 years, and is currently responsible for the creation and management of all content specific to Vectorworks Spotlight. Prior to Vectorworks, Rob worked at The Shakespeare Theater at the Landsburgh in Washington, D.C. as a scenic carpenter and at The Studio Theater in Washington, D.C. as a master electrician and pick-up carpenter, while also honing his drafting skills doing a wide variety of work, from architectural drafting to cell tower installations. Rob has a bachelor’s in computer science with a minor in technical theater from Bridgewater State College and a master’s of fine arts in theatrical design from The George Washington University.

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Frank Brault

Product Marketing Manager Vectorworks, Inc.

Frank Brault, product marketing manager – entertainment at Vectorworks, Inc., focuses on developing resources for training designers in the use of and marketing Vectorworks Spotlight software. Frank has personally trained more than 2,000 Vectorworks users through seminars, onsite training, and one-on-one webinars, and he has more than 30 years of experience in theater and lighting design, software development, and training. He also created the Theatrical Lighting Toolkit, which was the precursor to Vectorworks Spotlight, and he designed and coded the first version of the Vectorworks Landmark application. He is currently a faculty member of the Towson University Theatre Department where he teaches an independent study studio course.

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C. Andrew Dunning

Owner Landru Design

C. Andrew Dunning, owner of Landru Design, is a lighting designer known for work that tastefully accents, enhances, and complements; lighting that evokes emotion; and lighting that adds dimension. He has a great diversity of experience, having worked on projects of every size, from intimate to stadium, and is frequently enlisted as the curator of information on large projects. His clients include music artists, corporations, event producers, record companies, organizations, and churches. In addition to being a respected lighting designer, Dunning is also recognized as a valuable “go-to” person in the realm of CADD modeling and tool creation. His company’s CADD tools currently have over 1,400 users in 32 countries and have even been incorporated into the Vectorworks Spotlight tool set. Dunning is also a gifted teacher, trainer, and coach.

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Brandon Eckstorm

Spotlight Product Planner Vectorworks, Inc.

Brandon Eckstorm got his start in the lighting and programming in the entertainment design industry as a stagehand during his college years in 1999 — moving into roles as a production electrician, as well as lighting design and programming, in 2005. His notable work includes lighting and programming the Virgin Mobile FreeFest in the United States in 2010 and the trailer release party and convention for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” programming for the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. for MSNBC, and even lighting events for the Dalai Lama. A Vectorworks software user since 2006, Brandon now works as the Spotlight Product Planner at Vectorworks, Inc., connecting the industry to the development of the product and helping to train designers in how to make the most of their software tool.

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Juan Carlos Fabbiani

Senior Architect Product Specialist Vectorworks, Inc.

Juan Carlos Fabbiani, AIA, graduated with a degree in architecture from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and is a registered architect in both Venezuela and the state of New York. Juan owned his own architectural practice in Venezuela in the 1990s where he used MiniCAD software, the precursor to Vectorworks software. A Vectorworks user for his entire life, Juan moved to the United States in early 2000s and began working at Peter F. Gaito and Associates, designing both residential and commercial projects from concept to construction management, before once again starting his own firm where he designed spaces for high-end retail clients. He now works as a senior architect product specialist at Vectorworks, Inc., researching and developing everything from collaboration workflows and new plug-ins, as well as supporting the product development, sales, and marketing teams.

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Lance Fulton

Landmark Product Planner Vectorworks, Inc.

Lance Fulton, PLA, Landmark product planner at Vectorworks, Inc., earned a master’s of landscape architecture from Louisiana State University and is a registered landscape architect in Texas. Lance has worked for firms in California and Texas, and has worked on projects ranging from small sites to master plans in the United States, China, and the United Arab Emirates. At Vectorworks, Lance uses his industry knowledge to design and test new and improved features in Vectorworks Landmark such as the irrigation tool set in Vectorworks 2017.

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Wes Gardner

Senior Architect Product Specialist Vectorworks, Inc.

Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, utilizes his BIM expertise and professional architectural experience to advise the Vectorworks product development team, as well as support the U.S. sales and marketing teams, as a senior architect product specialist. He works with top architecture firms to understand their needs and goals, and demonstrates how Vectorworks software can help them to successfully deliver projects while utilizing BIM workflows. He also works directly with the Vectorworks user community to encourage the adoption of BIM to maximize productivity and efficiency. Wes earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park. He worked with commercial and residential firms prior to joining Vectorworks in 2007, including a three-year tenure at Charles E. Anthony Architects. Wes’ team earned AIA design awards for numerous projects, including the Phillip’s residence home/monastery renovation in Annapolis, Maryland and the Temple Beth Shalom sanctuary addition in Arnold, Maryland.

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Eric Gilbey

Product Marketing Manager Vectorworks, Inc.

Eric Gilbey, PLA, ASLA, Prof. Member APLD, product marketing manager – landscape, uses his professional experience and CAD skills to assist in the development, marketing, and sales of Vectorworks Landmark. His unique experience as a practicing landscape architect and user of various CAD programs allows him to write and speak for several green industry associations, helping landscape architects and designers develop best practices including sustainable site design and site information modeling. He has served as the trustee for ASLA’s Maryland Chapter, chair of ASLA’s PPC Firm Technology Subcommittee, and director of governance for APLD. He is also a member of NALP’s Supplier Advisory Council. Eric received an AAS degree in landscape contracting and construction, as well as a BS degree in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University.

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Bryan D. Goff

Director of Design +Sciences Grey Leaf Design, Inc

Bryan D. Goff, director of design + sciences and president at Grey Leaf Design, Inc., is responsible for setting and controlling the design direction of the firm’s projects. Bryan's role is interactive, ensuring that the functional, practical, and aesthetic elements of each design are achieved. His interest in the environment and his passion for design are enhanced by a commitment to excellence in design and innovation through science and research. He possesses over 20 years of experience with a vast portfolio of projects ranging from small residential gardens and luxury private residences to 40,000-square-foot green roofs and master site planning. His belief in a collaborative design process is evident in his work. This belief has brought design awards and recognition as an innovative problem solver when it comes to site design and creating inspiring landscapes.

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Greg Henderson

Founder & CEO Arx Pax Labs, Inc.

As the CEO of Arx Pax Labs, Inc., Greg Henderson, AIA, leads a team focused on the next level of sustainability for the built environment. Exploring new ways to build in harmony with natural forces, Arx Pax developed the Hendo Hoverboard to prove their technology and draw attention and resources to more responsible real estate development. Arx Pax integrates proven technologies to separate structures from the earth to escape the destructive forces of earthquakes, floods, and rising sea levels. While protecting people, property, and communities, Arx Pax makes sustainability profitable by increasing what, where, and how much you can build. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree from West Point and a masters of architecture from University of California, Berkeley. He is an experienced builder, licensed architect, and inventor of numerous patented products and technology.

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Edward Joseph

User Experience Specialist Vectorworks, Inc.

Edward uses his software and technical expertise in lighting pre-visualization and design to assist in the sales, marketing, quality assurance, and technical support of Vision software. You may know Edward from his presentations at the LDI trade show and at the Stagecraft Institute, where he provided training for the Vision product line, or his classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Edward joined the Vectorworks team in 2015 as part of the ESP Vision asset acquisition, and he uses his expertise to help cultivate happy and successful users in his role as lead of Vision support and quality assurance. Edward will continue to promote Vision and its interoperability with Vectorworks Spotlight at tradeshows, conferences, and seminars.

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Tom Klaber

Principal KDA PLLC

Tom Klaber, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, earned his bachelor of art’s degree from Hamilton College and his master’s of architecture degree from the Parsons School of Design, where he graduated with honors and was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal. Tom has worked as a designer and project architect in New York City for the last ten years. He is the founding Principal of KDA, an architecture, design, and development consulting firm, based in Brooklyn. Before founding KDA, Tom was a project architect at The Turett Collaborative, and the manager of information systems at Gabellini Sheppard.

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Luc Lefebvre

Senior Architect Product Specialist Vectorworks, Inc.

Luc Lefebvre, OAQ, LEED AP BD+C, received his undergraduate degree in architecture from Montreal University, and since then he’s enjoyed more than 20 successful years in the business. Before joining Vectorworks as a senior product specialist, he served as project manager and BIM manager at King + King Architects in Syracuse, New York, where he focused on designing educational facilities and acted as a BIM consultant for both internal employees and other firms. Some of his past projects include Le Moyne College Master Plan and Madden School of Business, SUNY Cortland DeGroat Hall, and SUNY Morrisville Mohawk Hall. In his office, Lefebvre was responsible for streamlining building information modeling processes and played an integral part in King + King Architects’ company-wide transition to BIM.

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Tyler Littman

Founder and principal designer Sholight Entertainment Design

Tyler E. Littman is the president and principal designer of Sholight Entertainment Design, a Philadelphia-based entertainment services firm that has been providing production, staging, and lighting design for nearly two decades. Tyler is also president of Sholight LIVE, the company’s new but highly-successful video production division that launched two years ago. Tyler’s experience has varied from rock & roll touring to corporate events and broadcast television. He also has experience in systems design and integration, and is best known for his work on the iHeartRadio Theater at Burbank Studios. Through his work at Sholight, he has created and maintained a strict standard for drafting and CAD organization that has set him apart from others in the industry. As part of this standard, his team at Sholight has created thousands of custom symbols for entertainment industry, as well as a proprietary data management system.

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François Lévy

Partner Lévy Kohlhaas Architecture

François Lévy holds a BA in classics and philosophy from St John’s College in Santa Fe, and two master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, one in architecture and the other in engineering. His architectural projects have attracted regional and national press, including magazines such as Dwell, This Old House, Natural Home, and HGTV. He has taught digital design, BIM (building information modeling), and environmental controls courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level at UT Austin, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Lévy is the author of BIM for Small - Scale Sustainable Design (Wiley, 2011) and a contributor to the AIA’s The Architects Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th edition (Wiley, 2013). His areas of research interest include BIM for design, sustainable architecture, cooling through passive ventilation, and space architecture. He has presented widely at architectural conferences, as well as aerospace conferences.

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Todd McCurdy

Vice President and Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning Huitt-Zollars

Todd McCurdy, FASLA, is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has led the establishment, growth, and success of Huitt-Zollars landscape architecture, planning, and urban design studio as its vice president and director. His over 30 years of experience with place-making, tourism, and sustainable design practices have allowed him to advise developers and government entities worldwide in the planning, development, and redevelopment of new destinations and major urban centers. Whether working on an exclusive enclave in the dunes of Arabia, an eco-tourism masterplan in the Brazilian rainforest, an urban masterplan where tourism is a key factor, or a theme park environment, Todd brings his well-studied body of knowledge of people and places, and the quality of guests' experience, to bear on all types of projects.

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Jeffrey W. Ouellette

Senior Architect Product Specialist Vectorworks, Inc.

Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, IES, is chair of building SMART International Implementation Support Group, and was previously the vice chair of the building SMART National BIM Standard – United States® Version 3 Project Committee and 2015 chair of the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Committee. He is also a senior architect product specialist at Vectorworks, Inc., where he works to create resources that better enable designers to achieve success with BIM workflows, as well as research important trends affecting the future of project delivery. Jeffrey presents on BIM topics at global industry events and his viewpoints and articles on BIM and the architecture industry have been published in Architosh, ARCHITECT Magazine, Architectural Products, Green Building Journal, and the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

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Jonathan Reeves

Director Jonathan Reeves Architecture

Jonathan Reeves has spent the last 20 years at the forefront of digital architecture and related fields. His book, “Innovative Vectorworks BIM,” is a must-read for anyone involved or interested in the process of building information modeling and digital architecture. Architects, designers, and students will find this volume a gold mine of information on Vectorworks software-based BIM. It is replete with case studies from a fascinating range of SME architectural practices and illuminates the reader with practical and personal stories of BIM journeys.

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Luis M. Ruiz

Senior Architect Product Specialist Vectorworks, Inc.

Luis M. Ruiz, a senior architect product specialist at Vectorworks, Inc., uses his 20 years of architectural expertise to create innovative designs, presentation files, demonstrations, and feature videos that showcase Vectorworks software's capabilities. In addition, he provides training at AIA conventions and international BIM events. A native of Mexico City, Luis also supports Latin American Vectorworks users and distributors by speaking at events and recording voiceovers for Spanish-language tutorial videos. Prior to joining Vectorworks, he was a senior designer at LineSync Architecture in Vermont. He was also previously a co-owner of Arquidesk, an architectural design consulting firm. Ruiz earned a master’s degree in architecture from Universidad del Valle de Mexico.

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Steve Shelley

President Field Template LLC

Steve Shelley, president of Field Template LLC, is a USA 829 lighting designer, production manager, author, and graphic designer. He’s designed lighting on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and with theatre, opera, and dance companies around the globe. He's toured as a lighting designer, lighting director, and production manager across four continents with presentations ranging from Patti LuPone and Larry King, to dance companies such as American Ballet Theatre, the Bolshoi, Paris Opera Ballet, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Ballet Trockadero, and Baryshnikov's White Oak. Steve has conducted seminars at USITT, LDI, SETC, and numerous universities and conservatories around North America. He has also acted as adjunct lighting professor at Rutgers University. Steve is the author of “A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting,” 3rd Ed., the inventor of the Field Template™ plastic drafting stencils, and the designer of the Vectorworks lighting toolkit’s SoftSymbols™.

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Rubina Siddiqui

Product Marketing Manager Vectorworks, Inc.

Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA, uses her knowledge of BIM and her architectural experience to work with designers and understand their needs and goals, as well as demonstrate how BIM workflows can benefit their projects by communicating how interoperability and collaboration with all parties in the design process improves with Open BIM. In her role as product marketing manager –architecture at Vectorworks, Inc., Rubina supports the product development, sales, and marketing teams, and creates resources to better help designers achieve success with Vectorworks software. Rubina earned a bachelor’s of science degree in geology and earth science from George Washington University and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee. As a geologist, Rubina worked for the Climate History Division of the U.S. Geological Survey. She’s also worked as both a project architect and a BIM manager for multiple firms, focusing on institutional projects such as schools.

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Moritz Staffel

Managing Director DeerSoft GmbH

Moritz Staffel is the managing director of DeerSoft GmbH, a German-based company that develops the Braceworx module for Vectorworks Spotlight software, which enables designers to produce calculations related to structural analysis in the entertainment design field.

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Patrick Stanford

Engineer and Trainer

Patrick Stanford is an electrical engineer by education and a Vectorworks software addict by avocation. Pat started using the predecessor to Vectorworks, MiniCAD 3+, in 1991 and was immediately hooked. Pat has been the leader of the Los Angeles Vectorworks Users Group since 1994 and an active contributor to the various online Vectorworks communities, including the Vectorworks Community Board, for even longer. From 2006-2009, Pat produced and hosted (with Dan Jansenson), “The Podcad Podcast, News, Hints and Opinion from the World of Vectorworks.” Pat offers individual and group training on Vectorworks software, both in person and via the internet. Pat has a special interest in the use of worksheets and scripting to allow reporting and bulk changes to objects in Vectorworks drawings. Outside of Vectorworks, most of Pat’s time goes to refereeing for the local AYSO youth soccer program.

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Donald Ward

Training Manager Vectorworks, Inc.

Don is a software expert and lead trainer who has been with Vectorworks, Inc. for over 11 years, initially as a senior technical support specialist working directly with Vectorworks users. Since 2007, Don has been conducting classroom and online training courses on Vectorworks software for users of all levels and design disciplines. He has also presented at numerous industry events including the LDI and ASLA annual conventions. In addition, Don works with the various User Group communities and provides customized, onsite team training for Vectorworks clients.

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Jim Wilson

User Experience Manager Vectorworks, Inc.

After over a decade working with Vectorworks, Inc.’s technical support and training departments, Jim is now a vital part of the user success team as the user experience manager. Tasked with identifying and working to resolve customer issues related to both the software and the company, Jim's work takes him to each department's doorstep in order to provide feedback and get answers to user inquiries. Attendees may recognize his voice from the various training videos released by the user success team or from his regular posts on the Community Board.

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Jesse Winters

Owner Enchanted Garden Landscape, Inc.

Jesse Winters received his undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Kansas in 1980. Moving from RTOS to DWG, Jesse spent 20 years in engineering, sales, and international marketing in the embedded computer industry before co-founding Enchanted Garden Landscape, Inc., an award-winning landscape contractor specializing in residential xeriscapes. Jesse bought his first Macintosh in 1985, and has been using Vectorworks software to help communicate with clients since version 11.

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Jim Woodward

Senior Entertainment Product Specialist Vectorworks, Inc.

With more than 35 years of experience in the entertainment design industry, Jim Woodward has done everything from touring cross country as a lighting technician to opening his own design company in Boston, ExhibitLogic, with his wife, Shirley Woodward, tackling 3D visualization, rendering, and modeling for a wide variety of industries, such as concerts, theatrical events, film, television, corporate events, trade shows, museums, architectural firms, and retail stores. He started using Vectorworks Spotlight early on in its existence and eventually began regularly providing training and consulting services with the software. He now works as a senior entertainment product specialist, helping communicate industry trends back to the team at Vectorworks, Inc. and helping designers take their drawing skills to the next level.

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Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Surrounded by the history and vibrancy of downtown Baltimore, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel is the official 2017 Vectorworks Design Summit partner hotel and conference location. From Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, to the dining, shopping, and nightlife of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and many historic neighborhoods, as well as acclaimed attractions like the National Aquarium, the city will provide an exciting backdrop for three days of fun and professional growth.

Online Reservations: Reserve Now
Telephone: 800-228-9290
Group Rate: $199/night (single/double occupancy) through May 31, 2017.
After May 31, 2017, rates increase to $222/per night (single/double occupancy).
Room rates shown do not include 15.50% hotel room tax (subject to change).
Reservation Deadline: August 18, 2017

Please remember to mention Vectorworks to obtain the group rate when calling the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis until August 18, 2017, or until the block has sold out. We cannot guarantee the group rate in the Vectorworks block after August 18, 2017 even if rooms are still available.

Check-in Time: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m.
Self/Valet Parking: On-site parking fee: $8.50 USD hourly, $26 USD daily; Valet parking fee: $45 USD daily. Parking garage does not accommodate oversized vehicles, height clearance 6 feet, 8 inches.


Cancellation and Late Departure Policy
Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to day of arrival will forfeit one night’s room and tax.

Transportation

Airport:

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is located 12 miles from the hotel.

Dulles International Airport is located 62 miles from the hotel.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is located 43 miles from the hotel.

Taxi:

$37 each way from BWI Airport.
(30-60 minutes, based on traffic)

$161 each way from Dulles International Airport.
(2-2.5 hours, based on traffic)

$116 each way from Reagan National Airport.
(1.5-2 hours, based on traffic)

Shuttle:

To/From BWI Airport: Prices average around $25 per one-way trip. Takes 30-60 minutes, based on traffic.

To/From Dulles International Airport: Prices average around $101 per one-way trip. Takes 2-2.5 hours, based on traffic.

To/From Reagan National Airport: Prices average around $101 per one-way trip. Takes 1.5-2 hours, based on traffic.

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FAQ

Where is the Vectorworks Design Summit?
The Vectorworks Design Summit will take place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Evening events will take place at various locations throughout downtown Baltimore. Transportation to the evening events from the hotel will be provided with your conference registration.
What are the conference dates?
The conference kicks off on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. and concludes on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm.
How do I become a speaker?
While we aren’t accepting speaking proposals any longer, you can check out all the great sessions planned for the Summit, here. Contact designsummit@vectorworks.net with any questions.
Are there exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities?
Yes. Apply to become a partner HERE.
What does the registration fee include?
The fee includes all conference materials, training, educational sessions, entertainment, and meals as specified in the agenda, here.
How do I register?
Click here to register.
What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Vectorworks, Inc. must receive all event registration cancellations in writing. Email your request to designsummit@vectorworks.net.

  • Full Refund: Cancellations must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 30, 2017.
  • 50% Return: Cancellations must be received between 12:00 a.m. ET on Monday, July 31, 2016 and 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
  • No refunds will be given after 12:00 a.m. ET on Monday, August 28, 2017.
Can I substitute my registration if I am unable to attend?
If you are unable to attend the 2017 Vectorworks Design Summit, you may transfer your registration to another person by sending an email with the new attendee’s name and contact information to designsummit@vectorworks.net. Substitution requests made after Friday, August 24, 2017 may be subject to a $100 transaction fee.
Can I bring a guest?
Guest tickets for the nighttime events can be purchased, here.
Will I be able to register and pay for the conference on site?
No. Registration for the Vectorworks Design Summit will close on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Are there discounted hotel rates?
Yes. You can take advantage of the special conference hotel rate at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel of $199/night with our early bird special. After this date, you can still take advantage of a great discounted rate of $222/night. Reserve a room at the discounted rate, here.
How do I book a hotel for the Vectorworks Design Summit?
Visit the online reservation site to book your stay.
What is the hotel room cancellation policy?
Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to day of arrival will forfeit one nights’ room and tax.
Is the hotel stay included in the conference fee?
No. Conference fees do not include hotel accommodations.
Where can I find information about Baltimore?
Go to baltimore.org to learn more about the host city.
What will the weather be like?
The temperature in Baltimore during mid-September averages a high of 80 degrees and a low of 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
What airport should I fly into for the conference?
Three airports serve the Baltimore/Washington-area. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is located 12 miles from the hotel. Reagan National Airport is 40 miles from the hotel. Dulles International Airport is located 58 miles from the hotel. Getting to the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel is very easy. (See above Transportation section).
Is airfare included in my conference registration?
No. The conference fees do not include airfare or transportation costs.
Where is the agenda, and what types of sessions can I expect?
The agenda is now available for you to view online, and all sessions are open for registration. You can check out what’s available and build a tentative schedule before you even set foot in Baltimore.
Who should I contact if I have special dietary needs or allergies?
Please send any dietary needs or additional concerns to designsummit@vectorworks.net.
What is the recommended attire for the conference?
We suggest that attendees dress business casual for both the educational and nighttime events.
Is this event open to members of the press?
Yes. Qualified journalists wishing to cover the 2017 Vectorworks Design Summit must apply for media credentials. Please email Communications Manager Lauren Meyer at lmeyer@vectorworks.net to confirm your credentials, receive a complimentary ticket, and inquire about scheduling interviews with Vectorworks executives and product developers while at the Design Summit.
What if I still have unanswered questions?
Please email designsummit@vectorworks.net.
I'm not a Vectorworks user. Can I still attend?
Of course! In addition to in-depth training, the Design Summit will also host industry thought leaders speaking on the future of design. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with design professionals from around the world, making this event one you can’t afford to miss.