2018-S3-L3: Advanced 3D Modeling & Resource Management | Jul 23 to Aug 17, 2018

A 4 week masterclass on advanced skills with Vectorworks Spotlight

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4 week advanced skills course

starts Monday July 23, 2018



Enrollment closes Monday July 16, 2018

This is a four week comprehensive, project-based, online training approach to learning professional 3D modeling and resource mgmt skills with Vectorworks Spotlight

Through industry expert guided lectures, supporting exercises, online training manuals, and weekly group Q&A webinars you will develop an understanding of tools, menus, and commands, and workflows used to create and organize a design model within Vectorworks Spotlight design software.

This masterclass excels far beyond intermediate workflows and develops a solid understanding and familiarity of using 3D modeling functions as a default in an advanced design and planning process. Study will also be focused on using an advanced understanding of the Resource Manager to create, source, manipulate, and organize 3-dimensional and hybrid 2D/3D symbols.

Tangably Advanced 3D Modeling and Resource Management Vectorworks Spotlight Masterclass is an immersive learning experience engineered to provide a multifaceted understanding of the advanced capabilities of Vectorworks Spotlight as a 3D Modeling tool.

This masterclass is designed for Vectorworks Spotlight 2018. Measurement standards are shown in imperial units.

The video lectures, text, and exercises are complementary of each other. Consuming and practicing the variety of learning material provided is supportive of a complete learning experience. It is also important to reflect upon the lessons with the instructor and fellow participants. Vocalizing and practicing what you learn from the lessons will help you to reinforce your understanding of the subject matter, test your assumptions, and expose some areas you may need to review or practice again.

We begin the masterclass by understanding and practicing control and management of the subtleties of working planes. Every object created within the Vectorworks Spotlight 3D environment has a relationship to a working plane. Possessing an intuitive understanding of this world of planes will allow you to quickly navigate and model simple to complex 3D forms with ease.

Moving beyond the ability to push/pull and extrude planar objects, Vectorworks has the robust capability to create curved, sweeping, tapering, bulging, flowing, pinching, and many other organic formulations.

Developing a solid understanding of how to control this robust modeling engine within Vectorworks Spotlight will allow you to design, iterate, and model with less constraints in the 3D environment.

Developing a myriad of shapes, objects, and models can be fun but it quickly becomes a menagerie of disparate parts unless you have a method of cataloging and filing components into object libraries. The second half of the masterclass focuses heavily on the power of the Resource Manager. The Resource Manager is your magic wand of organization in Vectorworks Spotlight. All objects that exist or could exist within your .VWX file (ie: linetypes, textures, instrument libraries, staging elements, and many more) have a place in the Resource Manager. Knowing how to wield the power of this tool is Vectorworks Spotlight wizardry in the making. Participating in this masterclass will have you on your way to creating magic with Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software.

Attend and participate online, at your office, from your home, favorite conference room, or on the road to your next gig from your mobile device.

Enrolled participants in this 4 week masterclass can expect to:

  • Review and practice the myriad of 3D modeling tools and functions available in Vectorworks Spotlight.
  • Expand beyond simple push/pull modeling to a world of pinching, creasing, extruding, twisting, shelling and many more modeling functions.
  • Explore Boolean command functions for adding and subtracting solid forms.
  • Create seemingly complicated objects and environments with commands including paths, repeating elements, and scaling.
  • Practice an advanced level of organization and navigation within the design model utilizing the power of the Resource Manager.
  • Learn to create and access libraries of common resources for collaboration with your team and other entertainment industry professionals that use Vectorworks Spotlight and related software.
  • Import, modify, and customize industry related resources from external libraries of 2D & 3D elements.
  • Practice creating and managing graphic resources and libraries to share within your design team.
  • Build a robust library of referenceable and shareable 3D objects.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of Information Modeling concepts by creating, manipulating and updating objects with associated and embedded data.


Your Instructor

Jacob Dale
Jacob Dale

Jacob bridges two decades of industry experience and dual professional degrees in Entertainment Design and Architecture. He has been using Vectorworks as an essential 3D design, CAD, and rendering tool since the 20th century.

Jacob has served as a training consultant to professionals ranging from major motion picture set designers and live entertainment lighting designers to leading architecture firms.

You can learn more about Jacob on his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacobdale/

Email Jacob directly: [email protected]

Who Should Participate

Those who work in events, AV, lighting design, scenic design, film and anyone interested in upgrading their entertainment design workflow with Vectorworks Spotlight should particpate in this masterclass.
Join us if you have solid intermediate skills with Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software and are looking to raise your game to the next level with 3D modeling and resource management.

Enrollment in this Masterclass includes:

  • Weekly batches of project based training exercises and pre-recorded video lectures
  • Commenting and discussion feature integrated within each lecture where enrolled participants can discuss, ask questions, share screenshots about the lecture and related assignments with the instructor and other enrolled participants
  • Weekly Group Q&A Livestream Webinars with Masterclass Instructor and fellow enrolled participants
  • Periodic skills quizzes
  • Lecture-integrated supportive text and image based digital workbooks
  • Downloadable exercise files in .VWX 2018 format (when appropriate)
  • Downloadable supporting worksheets (when appropriate)
  • Downloadable shortcut reminders & tip sheets (when appropriate)
  • Personalized masterclass completion certificates
    • available in PDF format to participants that complete and submit all lectures, quizzes, and assignments by official masterclass conclusion date
    • Instructions on how to list Tangably masterclass completion credentials on LinkedIn and other professional networks
  • Enrolled Participant Reporting
    • At the end of each masterclass Tangably provides a custom report summarizing enrolled participant completion rates.
  • One year of member access to the Tangably Network
    • A professional online private network for Vectorworks software professionals - members can discuss tips & tricks, post & view job listings, post classified ads, participate in LIVE chat discussions, message other members directly, view and RSVP to a calendar of industry events + webinars + training opportunities


Enrollment closes Monday July 16, 2018


Industry Expertise

This course is a 4 week instructor-guided exploration and practice of the tools and workflows used in Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software by industry professionals. It is taught by an Industry Expert Instructor with two decades of experience utilizing Vectorworks Design Software on real-world projects.

Project Based Instruction

This course is designed as project-based training. Each course module will focus on using tools and workflows within Vectorworks Spotlight software to build on a digital model of a project grounded on real-world constraints and simulated client demands and requests.

Comprehensive Training

Whether you are new to the industry looking to get a handle on the state of the art software, or an industry veteran that has decided to take your design workflow to the digital world, this course will propel you forward in your practice.

State-of-the-art Professional Skills

Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software is used by a majority of professional designers in Live Entertainment, Lighting, Audio/Visual, Major Motion Pictures, Television, Theatre, Corporate Event, and Exhibit Design.


The Tangably Advanced 3D Modeling & Resource Management | Vectorworks Spotlight Masterclass, builds on the Tangably Foundational and Tangably Intermediate Masterclasses. If you are unfamiliar with foundational concepts such as drawing, modeling, and file organization, it’s a good idea to complete Foundational and Intermediate before embarking on Advanced 3D Modeling.

Additionally, before considering this masterclass you should comprehend:

  • drafting concepts including:
    • plan and elevation projections
    • scale vs. actual size
    • drawing units
  • basic mouse and keyboard operations
  • operation of a Mac or Windows Operating System

Participants must provide or have access to their own computer or workstation with the most recent version of Vectorworks Spotlight software and installed latest Service Pack release (currently Vectorworks 2018, Service Pack 2).*

A two button mouse with a scroll wheel, trackball with left and right buttons, or a multi-touch input surface is recommended.

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*PLEASE NOTE: Tangably is not affiliated with Nemetschek Vectorworks and does not sell or distribute Vectorworks Spotlight software. Therefore, if you are enrolling in a Tangably Masterclass or Tangably Training Program, it is your responsibility (or your employers) to secure or plan to acquire a fully functioning copy of current Vectorworks Spotlight software (valid throughout the duration of instruction) before enrolling.

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Enrollment closes Monday July 16, 2018