With Vectorworks Spotlight and connectCAD, the company offers a purpose-built CAD package designed to consolidate the entire design process from start to finish for the audiovisual and systems integration professional. These are said to provide a fully integrated solution that enables integrators to design and document everything from equipment locations and room layouts to schematic diagrams, all while seamlessly co-ordinating with other designers, installers, contractors and crew. The result, the company says, is streamlined design and budget processes and enhanced collaboration.
The software’s 2D functionality helps users to produce drawings and professional documentation, while a suite of drawing and editing tools are designed to make quick work of any type of project, helping integrators to define a signature look and meet industry standards. [...]
Changes for teleconferencing. | When dealing with the government, many usual installation practices take a whole new perspective. Here is an example of an analog to digital upgrade of the video infrastructure in a top security area of the Pentagon.
By Zachary Manning from KLC networks.
"...Using Vectorworks fitted with the connectCAD plugin as our primary design tools, we proceeded to develop a system design, bill of materials and quote. In a project like this where goals and scope change as the project evolves, software flexibility plays an important role. Once the design process was complete, system drawings, riser drawings, pathway drawings, pull lists and a number of other documents were passed to the customer for review and approval. Vectorworks with connectCAD facilitated the entire design and installation process. The impact of a sound design increased the time and monetary savings exponentially as the project rolled out..."[...]
Blake Hainsworth & Michael Jones from Envision AV talk about how an audio system based on AVB and a broadcast-ready video system were deployed at one of Sydeny's oldest cathedrals.
"We used connectCAD to design the entire project. The software is simple and easy to use and the process is quite painless.”
While designing the new system was not a challenge, coming to grips with the legacy system was difficult. Jones explains: “One of the main issues we had was trying to reverse engineer the old system. There wasn’t a lot of documentation available. They had some from the original instalment and then some from when upgrades happened but a lot of the documentation had been lost. But I can say for the new system the documentation with connectCAD should ensure that this problem is not faced in the future. There was also the fact the infrastructure was copper and we had to change all of that for AVB.”[...]
Chuck Walthall, a thirty-year veteran of the AV industry, explains how 3D renderings help reveal budgetary and logistical difficulties while in the first stages of design, and he uses real world examples to demonstrate how tools like the connectCAD plug-in and Renderworks feature set can increase efficiency and help communicate complex ideas with clients and contractors. [...]