When you start working in Autodesk® Project Vasari, you may already have a few sketches of ideas for the campus. You should have a conceptual basis for the design, notebook sketches and ideas. In this lesson you will learn basic 2D sketching and 3D modeling skills by creating several low-rise buildings on our site based on a basic CAD layout.
In this example, we see a set of lines and polylines drawn in AutoCAD® and imported. For this exercise, we want to create a series of low buildings using the closed CAD lines as a template for the footprints.
This command creates a parametrically controlled form where you can use a 3D control to push, pull, and edit the form on any face. You can perform blends, sweeps, extrusions, and Boolean operations in this environment. For the low buildings, this exercise will only be using the extrude commands.
Another helpful modeling trick is to hit the space bar with a surface, edge, or point selected. This toggles between a 3D control that operates in the world XYZ coordinate system and object-specific coordinate system, enabling you to move and edit the object more precisely.
After modeling and selecting Finish Mass you can use the reference planes as datum to create floors for calculating square footages (or meters) and enabling the Conceptual Energy Analysis features. The Mass Floors button is right next to Edit Mass-In-Place whenever a mass is selected. You can move your reference planes around to edit the floor-to-floor heights and the model automatically updates.
Notice in the Project Browser, under Schedules, a new Mass Floor schedule is automatically created. Open it and see how area totals are tracked per floor. Schedules can be added and edited for almost any geometry or data in Autodesk® Project Vasari.
Help topic: 3D Levels