Intermediate Concepts Topics

Resource Libraries Texture Creation and Editing 2D to 3D Conversions 3D Modeling and Solid Operations
DXF/DWG Import/Export Creating Worksheets and List Reports Presentation Renderworks Rendering Options
Adding Light Sources Creating Image Props Section Viewports Pertinent New Vectorworks features
Working Planes Full Information Modeling Built-in Architectural Objects  

Vectorworks Intermediate Concepts Course

Take Vectorworks to the next level! The Intermediate Concepts course is the best hand-on training option to become proficient with information modeling and integrating 2D drafting skills with 3D modeling. Learn how to extract data from any object and list the information automatically in a worksheet. Improve your workflow and graphic output of your construction documents and presentation renderings. Also, learn more about layer and class organization and advance techniques with viewports and section viewports.


To qualify for the intermediate classroom training, candidates must have completed the core concepts class within the last 2 years or understand all of the following topics listed below. If you feel that you do not understand one or more of the topics, we strongly recommend that you take the Core Concepts training class first, as time will not be available to cover these core concepts in the intermediate class.

Attendees must know basic 2D and 3D drawing navigation (panning, standard views, 3D Flyover tool, zooming in and out), selecting, moving and resizing objects, standard tool behavior (single click, two click, three click and continuous clicking tools). Additionally, this training requires understanding, creating and editing surface objects, as well as editing container objects such as symbols, plug-in objects and viewport annotations.

Intermediate students must also be familiar with basic CAD layout methods such as layer scale, smart cursor cues, duplicate array, mirroring, offset and aligning objects, conventions of snaps and X, Y and Z coordinates. Also, drawing organization structures such as Layers, Classes, Sheet Layers and Viewports, along with understanding the purpose of the following Vectorworks palettes: Object Info Palette, Basic tool palette, Attributes palette, Resource Browser, View bar and the use of the heads-up display (floating data display bar).

Overall Learning Goals

To employ Vectorworks conventions and concepts to incorporate the next level of information modeling into each phase of your design workflow.

Continuing Education Credits

The Intermediate Concepts course qualifies for the following credits: 16 AIA, and 16 ASLA.