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Gc Tutorial 1

Gc Tutorial 1

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Hyperboloid Bridge tutorial in Generative Components
This is an edited and revised version of a tutorial written as coursework whilstat Liverpool University School of Architecture on Andre Brown, MichaelKnight and Martin Winchester’s Advanced CAAD third year module.The text and images refer to an early version of Generative Components v8,therefore the programme set ups maybe slightly different and the imagesmay not be exact to what this version of the tutorial gives you. Having usedv8i, which is the latest version – the information here can still be applied. Thedownloadable .gct file has been composed, tried and tested in v8 XM 8.5.5.If you are new to GC the first thing to understand is the interface.Figure 1View 1, the symbolic view, shows the components relationships. The mainview, view 2, shows the geometric result and the features you have placed toform it. It shows your physical model and you can drag and move around thefeatures within in it, altering the model. You can pan around the model andvisualise the design. The Transaction File (TF) is the generative componentspanel in which you define and alter variables within the model. The system ofboxes in the middle is the main plane system. The plane with the yellow boxis the active plane. These windows will not be quite arranged as seen here
 
but like any window, they can be moved around and altered to preferencebut it is suggested you can see all the windows at the same time. (Figure 1)Save the TF (TF stands for transaction file), in the form of a .gct file, this canbe done by clicking File, Save on the tool bar of the TF. This saves theinstruction that is held within the TF, not the geometry. When you re-open thefile, the screen will appear blank, but do not worry all the information is heldwithin the TF. When it is opened a list with black dots appears under the title‘transaction’, clicking one of these will turn it green and you can choose thestage of the instruction to jump to. Each transaction can be expanded to seewhat is occurring and also suppressed. These steps can be played throughby using the standard forward and backward buttons. This is a key featurewithin parametric design, where the model does not need to be re-drawn tosee the different effects of altering a variable. To skip to this at any pointwithin design, click on the transaction file tab in the bottom left of the TF.(Figure 2)Figure 2 : Highlighting file tab, stages saved within transaction file and thetransactions tabIf you save after every step or major part of the build up, a new graph userchange will exist and if you name it you can quickly refer to, and alter aspecific transaction, suppress a transaction, add, delete or move atransaction also.
 
Key buttons...
The following can be found on the toolbar of View 2fit viewchange display mode – switch between wireframe, shaded surface etcrotate view, top view, side view, iso view, left view
 
These all relate to MicroStation as a drawing programme, which GenerativeComponents is run through.The scroll wheel of a three wheel mouse can be used to pan and zoom byholding it down and moving the mouse or by spinning the wheel to goinwards and outwards.The following is taken from the toolbar of the TF and further information canbe found in the help files.

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