Nemetschek AG held a virtual event recently to announce the release of Vectorworks 2012  from its Columbia, Md., US headquarters.
The new release includes new modeling features such as automatically-set working planes and a new stories feature that allows design layers to be dynamically and vertically referenced to named story elevations. Story-aware objects like walls, columns, slabs and stairs can span also across a building’s stories and update with story elevation changes. Improvements to wall component joining, insulation fills, spaces, stairs, walls and windows all increase the ability to design intelligently and efficiently.
Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CTO of Nemetschek Vectorworks, also showed press around the world a new sharing feature that allows Vectorworks 2012 software to unite building and site design. This is the first version of Vectorworks to combine a complete BIM modeler with extensive Geographic Information System (GIS) capabilities. Users can now store georeferenced information on each Vectorworks design layer, transform geometry to a different map projection or georeferenced coordinate system and enjoy improved shapefile import and export functions.
Sarkar also said there are more than 100 usability improvements in this editon and IFC import now has higher-fidelity geometry from imported elements, and IFC space objects are translated into native Vectorworks space objects. BD+C