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INTERACTIVE ARCHICAD PRACTICE MANUAL

2nd Edition

Vaneshrie Sullivan

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CONTENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR NOTE TO THE READER PREFACE 1 INTRODUCTION 2 CORE TRAINING COMPONENTS FOR GENERIC ROLES WITHIN A PRACTICE 3 FOLDERS AND FILING SYSTEM 3.1 ARCHICAD ADD-ONS 3.2 ARCHICAD HOTFIXES 3.3 ARCHICAD PROJECTS ARCHIVE 3.4 ARCHICAD PROTOCOL 3.5 ARCHICAD TRAINING 3.6 LIBRARIES 3.7 USER PREFERENCES 3.8 ADMIN 4 SOLO PROJECTS AND TEAMWORK PROJECT SETUP 4.1 SMALL PROJECTS 4.2 MEDIUM PROJECTS 4.3 LARGER PROJECTS 4.4 LARGER PROJECTS WITH MULTIPLE BUILDINGS 5 PROJECT FOLDER STRUCTURE 6 NAMING A DRAWING 7 SETTING UP AN OFFICE TEMPLATE PURPOSE EXPLANATION OF TEMPLATESAVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ARCHICAD INTERFACE AND USER PREFERENCES TITLE BLOCK INFORMATION 7.1 7.2 VIII X XII 1 3

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iv 10 HANDLING REVISIONS OF FILES AND DRAWINGS 10.1 REVISIONS OF FILES 10.2 REVISIONS OF DRAWINGS WITHIN A FILE ARCHIVING 11.1 ARCHIVING PROCESS FOR ELECTRONIC DRAWINGS (2D) 11.2 ARCHIVE FOLDER STRUCTURE 11.3 ARCHIVING PROCESS FOR ELECTRONIC DRAWINGS (MODELS) WORKING AT VARIOUS SCALES ON ARCHICAD DETAILS 13.1 CREATING A LIBRARY OF DETAILS 13.2 CREATING SCALE SENSITIVE DETAILS CREATING AN OFFICE STANDARD FOR LIBRARIES SETTING UP A FILE FOR COLLABORATION OR INTEROFFICE PROJECT PROTOCOL 15.1 GENERAL 15.2 LAYERS 15.3 COLLABORATION WITH ARCHITECTS NOT NECESSARILY ON ARCHICAD 15.4 IN COLLABORATION WITH OTHER PROJECT ROLES OPENING OF DWG FILES IMPORTING A DWG IN THE CORRECT SCALE FOR PRINTING CREATING A STANDARD OFFICE TEMPLATE FOR ONE-OFF OPENING OF DWG FILES 51 51 52 55 55 57 57

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v 19 20 21 CREATING A 3D SITE FROM A 2D SURVEY CONVERTING MULTIPLE MESHES INTO ONE SUGGESTED METHODS OF IMPORTING A DWG 21.1 IMPORTING A DWG FILE TO CHECK DRAWINGS 21.2 IMPORTING A DWG FILE TO USE AS AN OS MAP 21.3 IMPORTING A DWG FILE FOR A SITE SURVEY OR REFURBISHMENT 21.4 IMPORTING A DWG FILE TO CREATE LIBRARY PARTS IN ARCHICAD 21.5 IMPORTING DWG BLOCKS AS LIBRARY PARTS 21.6 IMPORTING A 2D DRAWING AS A LIBRARY PART SETTING UP PUBLISHING FOLDERS FOR EXPORTING FILES TO CONSULTANTS COMPOSITES 23.1 BEGINNING A DRAWING AND COMPOSITES 23.2 GETTING COMPOSITE WALLS TO TRIM PROPERLY 23.3 WORKING WITH COMPOSITE WALLS IN HOTLINK MODULES SETTING UP THE PROJECT AND FAVORITES 89 99 103 105 110 113

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vi 25 BEGINNING A NEW DRAWING 25.1 NAMING STOREYS, VIEWS AND DETAILS 25.2 CREATING STOREYS 25.3 THE WORK ENVIRONMENT AND ORGANISER PALETTE 25.4 THE DRAWING 25.5 DIMENSIONING 25.6 CREATING A ROOF PLAN 25.7 WORKING IN MODELSPACE 25.8 CREATING LAYOUTS BEGINNING A PLANNING DRAWING 26.1 LAYER PRIORITIES BEGINNING A PROJECT AT THE CONSTRUCTION PHASE 27.1 VIEW SETTINGS AND STORING OPTIONS BEGINNING AN INTERIOR PACKAGE BEGINNING A REFURBISHMENT FROM A 2D DWG IMPORT 29.1 USING THE ROTATE ORIENTATION AND SAVING ZOOM OPTIONS 29.2 NUMBERING EXISTING DOORS AND WINDOWS BRINGING IN PDF FILES INTO A DRAWING PREPARING SITE PLANS SETTING UP A FILE FOR A MASTER PLANNING DOCUMENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 149 150 155 156 158 160 168 172 173 175 176 181 181 187 189 194

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