Sales FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Who should use Vertex BD?
  • How is Vertex BD different than CAD?
  • Is Vertex BD a BIM software application?
  • What makes Vertex BD different from other building design systems?
  • What are the hardware requirements?
  • Do you provide software training?
  • How much training should we get?
  • Can you help us setup and customize the software?
  • What is included with the Support & Maintenance Service?
  • How are Vertex BD licenses managed?
  • Does Vertex BD perform structural analysis / which building codes?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Which package should I get?

Who should use Vertex BD?

Vertex BD is an advanced building design software application for medium to large sized residential and commercial builders. Home builders have been utilizing our industry leading software to automate the process of generating lot specific drawing sets, while wood and cold-formed steel panelizers, component manufacturers, and modular and manufactured home builders have taken full advantage of our extremely customizable framing generator to automate the generation of production drawings.

Vertex BD has been delivered to thousands of companies all over the world, including:

  • production home builders
  • custom home builders
  • commercial builders
  • manufactured home builders
  • modular home builders
  • component manufacturers
  • architecture firms
  • engineering firms
  • material suppliers
  • plan service providers
  • educational institutions

How is Vertex BD different than CAD?

CAD refers to the old-fashioned software applications used for creating 2D line drawings, and eventually 3D models, that contain only simple geometry.

Vertex BD is a 2D and 3D design system that enables a designer to build a structure in virtual space using objects that contain information about themselves. For example, when you draw a wall in Vertex BD, the wall object has information about what it should look like in 2D and 3D, as well as, the materials used to build that wall, the framing details to be used when generating the production drawings of that wall, and what connections that wall has to other walls, floors, roofs, etc.

Once the building has been created in the software, all this information is used to generate architectural layouts, elevation and section drawings, structural layouts, production drawings, material reports, manufacturing data, and rendered images, all from one source. This eliminates the task of creating all of those drawings and reports separately, and ensures they are all consistent with each other.

Is Vertex BD a BIM software application?

Yes. Vertex BD has utilized BIM technology long before the term BIM was commonly recognized in the industry. BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, which basically means that the model created in the software contains information about itself. See "How is Vertex BD different than CAD?" to read about how Vertex BD takes advantage of BIM technology.

In recent years, many people have misunderstood the term BIM to mean a file format compatible with Autodesk Revit. BIM is a generic term used to describe a type of software, not any one specific application.

What makes Vertex BD different from other building design systems?

Vertex BD is an advanced software application designed with volume production in mind, specifically for medium to large sized residential and commercial builders.

Vertex BD Production Home Building automates the process of generating lot specific drawing sets, saving production home builders countless hours of having to recreate drawings for each customer's choice of house options.

The framing generator saves an enormous amount of time by automatically generating productions drawings, complete with dimensions, piece labels, cut lists, and more. Unlike some other framing systems, our framing rules, details, and materials are all customizable, and our final production drawings are completely editable.

Vertex BD is a complete architectural and framing package. There is no need to redraw the model in different software applications. Once the building has been created in the software, it is used to generate architectural layouts, elevation and section drawings, structural layouts, production drawings, and material reports, all from one source.  Vertex BD Panel Manufacturing also lets you send framing data from the model to automated manufacturing equipment, while Vertex BD Production Home Building can also generate rendered images right from the building model.

Vertex BD is the most customizable building design software available. Libraries of walls, floors, roofs, ceilings, doors, windows, trims, details, and more, can all be modified to fit the way you build.

What are the hardware requirements?

See the hardware requirement page.

Do you provide software training?

Yes. We provide on-site training, as well as, training at our local offices. We can also provide online training sessions. Training is always conducted by one of our expert software support engineers, and is private for each customer.

*Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we are currently only offering online training.*

How much training should we get?

Our training sessions are tailored to specific needs. For on-site training, we recommend 2 to 3 days for Vertex BD Standard or Advanced packages, 4 days for Premium, and 5 days for Total.  Online training typically runs at a slightly faster pace:  12 to 16 hours for Standard or Advanced, 20 hours for Premium, and 24 to 36 hours for Total.  Additional time may be recommended based upon selected add-on software modules and advanced topics.

Can you help us setup and customize the software?

Yes. Our support engineers can develop customized functionality such as modifying/creating component libraries, framing rules, and material databases to more closely integrate the system to a company's existing and long term goals. Services can be performed both on-site and off-site according to what best suits your company's needs.

What is included with the Support & Maintenance Service?

Software subscriptions include our Support and Maintenance service, which gives you direct access to our team of Software Support Engineers. As part of the Vertex Systems group of companies, our engineers work closely with the software developers and are able to research questions and issues quickly utilizing the Vertex BD source code.

  • Support assistance via phone, email, and online web conferencing with GoToMeeting.
  • Software patches and updates.
  • Annual software upgrades.

How are Vertex BD licenses managed?

Vertex BD uses an internet based licensing system to control the product and module configuration, and number of users that can run the application at the same time. The software may be installed on any number of computers, but it can only run on computers that have active licenses. The licenses may be moved to different computers as needed. Each license key may have a different product and module configuration, for example, you may have one key for Vertex BD Advanced, and another key for Vertex BD Premium.

Does Vertex BD perform structural analysis / which building codes?

The Engineering add-on module is only available for Cold-Formed Steel Framing. Includes AS/NZS Standards, Eurocode and Chinese Standards.  For more information, please visit the Design Requirements and Limitations page.

How much does it cost?

There are 4 packages, plus a CNC Manufacturing Interface add-on module, available as monthly or annual subscriptions.  Package descriptions and pricing are available on our web shop.

Which package should I get?

The "Standard" package is ideal for creating architectural drawings, basic material reports, and renderings for custom projects.

The "Advanced" package is recommended for framers and component manufacturers that need to produce cut lists and shop drawings, but do not need to create architectural drawings.

The "Premium" package allows designers to produce both architectural and structural drawing sets, along with cut lists, shop drawings, and renderings.

The "Total" package is recommended for production home builders that want to utilize the Automatic House Options system to automate architectural drawing sets, and be able to produce structural drawings, cut lists, shop drawings, and renderings.

The "CNC Manufacturing Interface" is needed to send framing part data to manufacturing equipment.