Vectorworks Advanced Reporting & Publishing

Class Description: 

This hands-on project-based workshop provides an advanced exploration of professional skills with information modeling in Vectorworks Spotlight. Every object created within Vectorworks Spotlight contains information that can be counted, calculated, and reported. Understanding the hidden world of data will allow the participant the power to utilize and share the information within the digital show model. Participants will develop a solid understanding and familiarity of Reporting, Worksheet creation, and Publishing natively within Vectorworks Spotlight Design Software.


Generate instrument & equipment inventories from a digital event model

Automatically count and categorize staging and scenic elements

Calculate areas, lengths, volumes of model elements & materials

Customize worksheets for desired calculations and graphic standards

Manage a library of worksheets and custom reports within the Resource Manager

Generate and deploy custom formulas within worksheets

Organize, present, and publish reports

Create publishing, printing, and plotting standards

Optimize presentation documents for internal and client review

Understand a multitude of publishing and export formats


Vectorworks has the capability to create detailed customizable and dynamic worksheets that will be updated as an event model is iterated.

Developing a solid understanding of how to control this robust reporting engine within Vectorworks Spotlight will allow the participant to design, iterate, and model with access to more information related to equipment supply or demands on external suppliers and vendors.

The second half of the masterclass focuses heavily on the power of publishing tools. After building a robust understanding of getting documents out of various printers and plotters, we move our focus toward publishing for digital consumption including PDFs, 3D viewing, and optimizing for hand-held devices.

Additionally, this workshop addresses the need to publish or export to a variety of file formats for communication across software platforms. Learn to export for CAD users, 3D Model coordination, 3D Printing, and other formats.

Skills Taught: 

    • Lighting
      • Lighting Draftsperson
        • Vectorworks
          • Advanced Skills

Training Category: 


IATSE, Local 728

Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians

1001 W. Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91506

(818) 954-0728


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