October, 2015 

connectCAD is featured in TechOps of PLSN magazine

 

schematic connectcadA review of connectCAD is featured in this month's issue of PLSN magazine:c

 

AV Integrator Cramer Inc., Others Getting Boost from New Plug-in Software

Vectorworks is arguably the most popular CAD program utilized in the live event industry. Through the years several companies have come up with clever plug ins that made the program work more efficiently in one particular field or another.

The connectCAD software is a suite of plug-ins for Vectorworks that lets you rapidly create clear wiring schematics. Using a standard CAD package, coming up with this takes you a significant amount of time creating, checking and maintaining...
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Now Vectorworks 2016-compatible with connectCAD update 1.4

Vectroworks 2016Following the release of Vectorworks 2016, connectCAD has launched update 1.4  which provides full compatibility with Vectorworks 2016. 

Existing connectCAD users who want to upgrade their Vectorworks now can get our connectCAD update by logging in and going to the order page.

New users can purchase connectCAD through our online store.

connectCAD update 1.4 is for Vectorworks 2016 only

September, 2015 

5-star customer service for AV designers

by Justin Linville from Provision Audio Video Solutions

Provision Audio Video Solutions

A lot of folks know that Customer Service is a big deal to me, and I try to keep to myself when receiving bad service. However, when I experience a truly amazing customer service encounter, it deserves to be shared.

In my line of work, we use a common piece of CAD (computer aided drafting) software called, Vectorworks. As an added plug-in for this program, we use a system called connectCAD to create, manage, and streamline system schematics and project infrastructure designs. The base software is rather complex, but connectCAD really makes a lot of things easy. However, being the detail-oriented and complex designer that I am, somehow, I still managed to screw some things up in a recent drawing. I reached out to Conrad Preen (the primary developer and owner of connectCAD) to help me figure out what went wrong, and how to prevent the issue from happening again.

Church Design for the First Southern Baptist Church in Pratt Kansas

Church design with Vectorworks Spotlight and connectCADWalthall & Associates Inc. is a design consulting firm for audio, video, automation-control and production lighting solutions, specializing in religious facilities, performing arts and sporting venues. Chuck Walthall has been in the audio-visual industry for 30 years. For the first 16+ years, he was designing, selling and installing AV systems until he established Walthall and Associates 15 years ago.

Chuck was recently contracted by the First Southern Baptist Church in Pratt Kansas to design audio-visual systems for a newly constructed worship space which will host the church’s weekly services. The space is designed to seat 500-600 and includes a full stage equipped with performance grade audio, video and lighting systems.

Walthall & Associates will define the system, do the initial budgeting, move from there into system design, specifications and construction documents, and then assist the church in finding a qualified contractor that will actually install the systems per their design.

The First Southern Baptist Church in Pratt Kansas is located in a rural populated area dedicated to agriculture. Chuck used a 3D model, created in Vectorworks, to visually express his initial design concepts. The 3D model included the loudspeakers, projectors, video screens, flat panel displays and floor pockets.

“We started with the 2-dimensional architectural plans, provided by the architect, and generated a full 3-dimensional model, to easily convey the recommended audio-visual technology.”

Following the initial design and 3D model, Chuck used connectCAD to document the audio-visual systems in schematic form and immediately was able to formulate an estimated budget. “connectCAD allows to accurately generate initial system designs and quickly formulate an opinion of probable cost, within minutes” said Walthall.

The new worship space at First Southern Baptist Church in Pratt Kansas, is a “Builders for Christ” project; constructed by over 180 volunteers workers during the summer weeks. The new worship space is expected to be complete in the fall 2015. 

 

Church design by Walthall & Associates

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