Case Studies

Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc.

A leader in green design technologies

A global leader in design technologies, Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc. has been developing computer-aided design (CAD) software for the architecture, engineering, construction, entertainment and landscape design industries since 1985.

Over the years, Nemetschek Vectorworks has become an internationally respected leader in both CAD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. The company produces Vectorworks software, a line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions that allow designers to advance ideas from concept through completion. The software is used by more than half a million designers around the world with a major presence in the United States, Japan and Germany. Each day, Vectorworks products are put to work in more than 85 countries in 10 languages.

A history of innovation

Since its beginnings nearly 30 years ago as Diehl Graphsoft Inc., and now a wholly owned subsidiary of European software giant Nemetschek AG, Nemetschek Vectorworks has been shaping the marketplace by setting a high standard for its products and continually testing and refining such to surpass users’ expectations. As a pioneer in the design software industry, the company created one of the first CAD programs, one of the first 3-D modeling software programs and the first cross-platform CAD application. The company was also one of the first to enable designers to introduce BIM capabilities into its workflows with Vectorworks architect software.

Today, the Vectorworks product line is one of the world’s best-selling cross-platform CAD applications and has won many industry awards. The Vectorworks family of software includes: Vectorworks Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Renderworks.

Vectorworks software is unique because of its multidisciplinary approach and because it provides a solution that supports the creative process instead of replacing it. “We allow great design to materialize from inspiration, exploration and discovery,” says Sean Flaherty, CEO of Nemetschek Vectorworks. “Our DNA originates in the creative part of the design process, so we place a heavy emphasis on freedom of artistic expression through the development and documentation of each project.”

Impressive portfolio of designs

Complementary to architectural design, the company’s comprehensive software includes the ability to design adjacent vectors like urban planning, landscape and site design. This flexible, modern design engine provides users the ability to create a building, including its site, employing just Vectorworks software.

“Offering an all-inclusive suite of products is vital to productivity,” explains Sean. “Vectorworks is the only solution for BIM and GIS-based workflows that merges urban planning, site design and architecture, allowing designers the flexibility to work in one solution.”

Vectorworks software has been used in thousands upon thousands of projects across the globe. Due to its international reach, expansive product line and the broad scope of markets in which its software is utilized, the company has numerous case studies highlighting the positive impact Vectorworks software has had on the design industry as a whole.

Among the company’s most impressive case studies is The National September 11 Memorial located at Ground Zero in New York City. The park covers 7 acres and was designed by Peter Walker, FASLA, of PWP Landscape Architecture. Using Vectorworks Landmark software, Peter and his firm were able to design the stunning memorial, as well as the expansive and eco-friendly plaza surrounding it.

Throughout the design and construction process, the sustainability of the plaza was considered in terms of both material endurance and landscape performance. Impressively, the plaza surface and drainage infrastructure allows rainfall and snow melt to be channeled into large holding tanks and re-used to support the memorial forest via a specialized drip and spray irrigation system; once fully grown, a memorial grove, a dense forest at the heart of the redeveloped World Trade Center, will provide shaded space and cool the air throughout the district; and an enormous volume of soil – 40,000 tons in total – lies buried beneath the plaza to ensure that the oaks will grow and thrive to maturity.

Vectorworks software was also used to design the Monte-Rosa-Hütte, a sustainable backpacker hut at an altitude of over 2,700 meters in the Swiss Alps that houses 120 people and is being used in The 2030 Challenge issued by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which asks the global architecture and building community to create green building designs that uphold aesthetic appeal.

A leader in green building

As an innovative leader in the green building industry and an active participant at Greenbuild International Convention and Expo (Greenbuild) 2014, Nemetschek Vectorworks understands the negative impact business operations can have on the environment. “We realize that preserving the environment is affecting our customers more and more each day,” says Sean.

Since 2008, the company has been implementing new initiatives to decrease its carbon footprint through various waste reduction efforts, such as using recyclable packaging materials, offering software guides and manuals exclusively online and providing marketing collateral in downloadable PDF format. Nemetschek Vectorworks is committed to reducing its overall volume of professionally printed materials and increasing its electronic delivery of information.

As one important step in this process, the company increased its use of papers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and material with recycled content. This eco-friendly approach not only supports responsible forest management and practices that respect human rights and social standards, but it also minimizes habitat destruction and reduces air and water pollution. Additionally, the company has increased its use of vegetable-based inks and wind power in its professionally printed materials.

At a minimum, Nemetschek Vectorworks estimates that its 2008 initiative has decreased the company’s carbon footprint and environmental impact by saving the expenditure of 2,033 million BTUs and 399,985 pounds CO2. “Although we aren’t 100 percent cloud-based, and we do require printing of some materials, our commitment to being environmentally conscious will continue and we will rely on vegetable-based inks and specify the use of FSC-certified paper with recycled content when possible,” explains Sean.

Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc. will continue to lead the design software industry in both comprehensive support for site development, as well as green building initiatives.

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Spring 2018



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