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Best Practices Course Index

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Copyright Eric Bobrow - 2011

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Description | Comments [1] The overview describes the underlying structure for everything that follows. Good motivation to start and stay organized.

Week #1 The 7 Keys to Best Practices Overview of the 7 Keys In Depth: Keys 1 through 5 In Depth: Keys 6 & 7 Week #2 Get Organized Set Up A Standard Project Folder Create A Project Template (TPL) File 0:16:39 Organization 0:19:49 Template 0:08:12 Organization, Overview 0:20:52 Organization, Overview 0:16:27 Organization, Overview

1 1.1 1.2 1.3 2 2.1 2.2

Good Tip: Download the New Project Folder. A comprehensive set of empty folders will get you all set up for your next new project.

Developing A Template File Week #3 Get More Organized Mind Mapping the Template Concept Optimizing Your Template Library Management Week #4 Library Management & Migrating Projects ArchiCAD 10, 11 & 12 Library Management ArchiCAD 13 Library Management & Migrating A Project ArchiCAD 14 Library Management & Complex Project Migration Week #5 General Notes & Specifications Using Microsoft Word and PDF Using Word and PDF on Larger Sheets General Notes and Your Template Week #6 Save Your Favorite Settings Introduction to Favorites Managing and Migrating Favorites Modules for typical rooms and arrangements

0:19:26 Template

2.3 3

A good discussion of the value of developing and using templates for projects. Also, refers to Master Template, a "start-up kit" for large and small projects.

0:11:02 Template 0:23:16 Template 0:21:25 Libraries

3.1 3.2 3.3 4

Helpful hint: Explains distinction between "Overwrite" and "Append" in Attribute Manager.

0:15:27 Libraries 0:23:56 Libraries 0:16:03 Libraries

4.1 4.2 4.3 5

0:14:47 Documentation, General Notes 0:14:28 Documentation, General Notes Documentation, General Notes, 0:25:13 Drawing Manager

5.1 5.2 5.3 6 6.1 6.2 6.3

Simple, clever ways to get your notes and specs onto your layouts.

0:11:12 Settings, Favorites 0:17:27 Settings, Favorites 0:19:46 Settings, Modules

Parameter Transfer Video Tutorial Week #7 Interactive Legends Basic Setup Advanced Setup using a Worksheet Additional Variations and Applications Week #8 Understand ArchiCADs Structure: The Navigator, Part 1 Project Map and View Map which should you use? Using Layers and Views to their Full


6.4 7 7.1 7.2 7.3 8 Parameter Transfer home/the-course/week-6/part-3/ http://evp-4cd9ab1c9b070030475ff6643a13b05a8b786a1b34ee1.s3.a transfer.mp4

0:21:05 Settings, Legends 0:19:43 Settings, Legends 0:20:00 Settings, Legends

0:19:40 Structure, Navigator

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Potential Layers and Layer Combinations Quick Layers Palette Article Week #9 ArchiCADs Structure: The Navigator, Part 2 (Continued) Layer Management Layer Management; Window>Palettes>Quick Layer Palette... Clone Folders Advanced View Options; use marquee to create cutaway 3D view Week # 10 Using ArchiCAD's Structure: Guiding Principles Model Well in 3D to Draw Less in 2D Work from the General to the Specific Anchor Your Design Intent

0:11:10 Structure, Layers, Views 0:19:22 Structure, Views

8.2 8.3 8.4 9


Layers, Layer Combinations, Hidden 0:11:49 Layers 0:19:19 Layer Combinations, Layer Settings 0:15:16 Views, Clone Folders, Layer Settings 0:13:47 Views, View Settings, Zooming

9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4

Tip: Quick Layers Palette ArchiCADs Powerful Clone Folders (article) Be sure to name your views!

10 0:35:16 0:15:57 0:30:55 10.1 10.2 10.3

Week #11

Conceptual Design Strategies How do you start: Lines, Fills, Zones, Walls or Mass Model? Program Planning areas and lists of spaces Early modeling approaches massing vs. pseudo-detail, color palettes 0:44:38 Overview, Workflow 0:22:49 Conceptual design, Program 0:40:51 Modeling, Massing, Visualization

11 11.1 11.2 11.3 12 Importing DWG & PDF into a worksheet Drafting Property Lines Placing PDF Survey Drawing to Scale Advanced Site Creation Advanced Site Creation, cont. Case Study: Additional Techniques 0:48:55 DWG, PDF, Site, Worksheet 0:26:00 Terrain, Mesh, Site?? 0:15:19 Site, Improvements?? 0:45:49 0:41:52 0:33:00 Alignment relationships; Marquee tool; Guidelines; Intersect command; Trim command; Work 0:15:38 Environment>Guidelines 0:17:33 0:13:53 0:33:48 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 13

Week #12 Modeling

Site Survey and Topography

Building a Mesh to Optimum Effect

Week #13

Aligning and Placing Elements

Guide Lines (AC 10-14, AC 15); AC 15 Guidelines Video tutorial Using the Ruler and Shift Key Constraints Introduction to Virtual Trace and the Trace & Reference Palette Uses of Virtual Trace for Model Views, Layouts and 2D Drawings Week 14 Navigation & Drafting Power Tips Advanced Coordinate Methods Advanced Mouse Constraints and the Control Box Using the Grid for Sketching and Precise Placement Navigation Shortcuts and Speed Tricks Managing the 3D Window Week 14 Advanced Selection and Editing Advanced Element Selection and Settings Power Selection Techniques Interactive Editing with the Pet Palette and Hotspots Drawing and Editing in 3D

13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 14

0:25:31 0:20:15 0:28:24

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Week XX Working With Roofs Roof construction on a single level Complex roofs with multiple levels and/or plate heights Flat roofs and parapets Week XX Complex Modeling Solid Element Operations Complex Profiles and non-vertical walls Introduction to Curtain Walls, Trussmaker, Roofmaker Week XX Complex Projects Split levels, multi-story walls, clerestory conditions Multi-building Hotlinked Modules Week XX Strategies for Remodel Projects Using two separate PLN files for the as-built and new designs One PLN: Duplicating stories vs. using different layer combinations on the same story Hotlinking the as-built model into the new project file Week XX Managing Attributes, Project Preferences, Work Environment Defining Materials, Composites etc. Attribute Manager Model View Options, Dimensions Project Preferences vs. Work Environment Settings Week XX Creating custom library parts Creating a simple 2D or 3D part; creating custom door panels Simple GDL editing for parameterization of materials Creating a hybrid part 3D with custom 2D Importing DWG, 3DS, SketchUp or IFC to create library parts Week XX Managing and Optimizing Live Sections and Elevations Clean modeling to create clean drawings Adding detail in 3D and 2D Update strategies Week XX The Navigator, Part 2 Layout Book Publisher Project Chooser Week XX Detail Drawings Creating details, placing and referencing them Management placeholders, updating, rescaling, replacing Reusable details and sheets, detail libraries Week XX Project Data Interactive Schedules basic usage Interactive Schedules additional options Introduction to Quantity Take-offs Week XX In-office Project Management Redline & Markup Spell Checking Use of Virtual Trace for Version and Revision Comparison Week XX Collaboration Introduction to Teamwork More Teamwork IFC file exchange Teamwork, Complex Projects, Management Teamwork, Complex Projects, Management Translation, IFC, Consultants Documentation, Redline, Management Documentation, Spellcheck Virtual Trace, Management, Update, Revision Documentation, Schedules Documentation, Schedules Documentation, Quantities Documentation, Details Documentation, Details, Update Documentation, Details, Settings, Library Documentation, Layouts Documentation, Printing, Translation, DWG, PDF Documentation, Two Files, Complex Projects Modeling, Sections, Elevations Modeling, Detail Modeling, Speed, Sections, Elevations, Update GDL, Object Creation, Library, Customization GDL, Object Creation GDL, Object Creation Import, DWG, 3DS, SketchUp, IFC, Library Materials, Composites, Attributes Attributes MVO, Dimensions Preferences, Work Environment Remodel, As-Built, Two Files Modeling, Stories, Levels, Views Complex Projects, Multiple Buildings HLM Modeling, SEO Modeling, Profiles, Walls Curtain Walls, Trussmaker, Roofmaker Roof Roof Roof

Remodel, As-Built, Single File Remodel, As-Built, HLM[08/12/2012 11.25.03]

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Week XX Collaboration and Communication DWG import and export Project Reviewer Virtual Building Explorer Week XX Backup and Migration Strategies Autosave vs. Manual Save Backup sensible redundancy Migration over the years Week XX Large Project Strategies Teamwork vs. Hotlinked Modules Managing complexity via layers, 3d window filters, marquee Reducing polygons and file size Week XX Conclusion Review of the Best Practices Course Words of Wisdom Whats Ahead Overview Overview Overview 0:01:54 0:03:28 0:10:26 0:13:36 0:20:21 0:23:51 0:30:48 Template Attributes, Template, Organization Library Attributes, Zones Profiles, Modeling Attributes, Profiles, Template Profiles, Attributes, Template Teamwork, HLM, Complex Projects Complex Projects, Visualization, Management Complex Projects, Visualization, Management Data Safety, Management Backup, Data Safety, Management Data Safety, Migration, Management Translation, DWG, Consultants Communication, Client Review Communication, Client Review, Visualization

Coaching Call - January 5, 2011

Creating A New Project From An Old Project (A Pseudo Template) Finding Missing Attributes How To Load Libraries Replacing Zone Identifier Complex Profiles Description Bringing Complex Profiles Into A Template Creating a Library of Custom Profiles When & Why You Might Open Another Instance of ArchiCAD How to Open an Additional Session of ArchiCAD Scaling Imported DWG File Using the Define Graphically Command Placing an External Drawing & Setting Measurement Value DXF-DWG Translation Placing Windows & Doors at Correct Height & Level New Location of Story Settings Command Edit Elements by Story How to Resize a JPG or PDF Publishing PDFs (Brief Answer) Updating Sheets in Layouts Copy all windows from one story to another story

0:32:04 Management, Speed 0:34:35 Management, Speed 0:36:07 DWG, Placement 0:45:40 Editing, Placement 0:48:10 DWG, Placement 0:52:00 DWG, Management Windows, Doors, Modeling, 0:54:56 Troubleshooting 1:07:58 Stories 1:09:08 1:10:51 Editing, JPG, PDF 1:19:35 PDF, Publishing 1:21:01 Layouts, Update, Speed

Coaching Call - January 20, 2011

Can Pages Be Used to Create Specs For Use in ArchiCAD? (There are good & bad points the best? no page size limit.) Showing Clerestory Windows Properly Layer Categories & Intersections & Layer Intersection Priorities Extensions in Layer Settings Dialog Box Explained Using A Layers for A Particular View e.g. (U | Drawing | Ceiling) Best Way To Use The Interactive Legend Use of Additional Rendering Packages Maxwell Rendering Creating A Simple Rendering with Lightworks & Placing Directly on CDs Rendering Script How to Modify a Single Object e.g. Pentypes Using Find & Select Scale Factor of Renderings

0:03:17 Specs, Specifications 0:06:36 Clerestory Windows 0:19:43 Layers 0:25:11 0:31:40 0:33:32 0:37:00 0:39:14 0:40:22 Rendering, Lightworks 0:48:07 0:53:32 0:54:38 Find & Select 1:00:08 Rendering Scale[08/12/2012 11.25.03]

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Coaching Call February 2, 2011

Migrating a Project Updating Specifications North Arrow Symbol (Locating & Making it Follow North) Using Mesh Tool To Model Levels of a Site Correctly Setting The Level Dimension & How to Gravitate it to the Mesh Getting New Library Parts Using Find & Select to Find Missing Objects Using Spotlight or Windows Search Command to Find Missing Objects Brief Description of Zone Stamps & Intro to Zone Default Settings Dialog Box How to Create Complex Shapes e.g. Japanese Style Pitched Roof An Even Better Example of Creating a Japanese Style Pitched Roof Making a Gable Trim to Roof vs. Solid Elements Operations Creating Rafters Creating a Turret Profiler Mentioned (Good for Creating Balusters) Creating Color Options (to Use with a Client) 0:02:07 0:08:00 Update Specifications 0:09:50 North Arrow 0:14:17 Mesh Tool 0:31:11 Level Dimension 0:34:22 Library Parts 0:40:40 Find & Select 0:45:10 Library Parts Search 0:52:44 Zone Stamps 0:57:20 Complex Roof 1:19:33 1:24:40 1:26:56 1:30:38 1:36:26 Pitched Roof Gable Solid Element Operations, Trim Rafters Turret

1:41:29 Profiler 1:43.23 Color

Coaching Call March 2, 2011

Configuring Your Work Environment Using Complex Profiles to Create Brick Facing on Top of a CMU Wall Add >File >Close Window into Menu Toolbar 0:08:43 Work Environment 0:16:05 Complex Profiles 0:20:35 Fills 0:21:40 0:23:04 0:31:10 0:37:13 0:41:04 0:46:20 Complex Profiles 0:47:25 Slab 0:47:50 0:48:37 0:49:05 Parallel Projection 0:50:20 Library 0:55:00 Solid Element Operation 0:57:47 Complex Profile, Window Cutout 1:01:04 Add-On 1:03:08 Material, Scale

Profile is made with Fills Custom Edges - the pet palette "U" Icon Breaking up surfaces Creating a Tunnel Using Solid Element Operations REVIEW: Custom Profile steps Ways to Use the Picture Object The Work Around for Complex Profiles in Graphisofts Start Edition "Slabify" Using slabs: the old fashioned way. Create slab Turn the slab into an Object: View in Parallel Projection (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+F3) Save as Library Part Place object on a layer you can turn off.

Solid Element Operations and visibility issue How to create a Complex Profile with profile Technical issues: this will be answered later. window cutout? Recommendations for Complex Profile AddOns Changing The Scale of Materials Using the Profiler to Create a Wall Section That Depicts Wall Framing (Discussed Not Demonstrated) Where to Place Jpegs &Tiffs in the Library Manager (Best to put in another library that is then loaded into ArchiCADs Library) Using Complex Profiles to Create Vertically Curved Walls That Windows Will Orient To In Regards To The Angling & Depth Relationship The Line Tools Arrow Options

1:14:26 Profiler

1:16:52 Importing Jpegs, Tiffs...

1:22:50 Complex Profiler 1:28:50 Line Tool

Office Hours #1 March 17, 2011

Creating Detail Markers That Are Linked[08/12/2012 11.25.03]

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Properly to a Detail Created in Another View Creating An Independent Detail Reducing the Scale & Removing Elements of a Floor Plan (For Perhaps a Key Plan) Changing the Floor Plan to a Very Small Scale Same for Sections Model View Options How To Get Resolutions Suitable For Very Large Printed Output (Discussed Not Discussed) How to Show Doors & Windows as Simple Cut Outs in a Section Floor Plan Cut Plane Settings & Showing Walls On Particular Settings Pen Colors & The Printed Product

0:08:13 Detail Markers 0:19:39 0:25:14 0:35:48 Scale 0:40:39 Model Views

0:47:31 Resolutions, Printed Output 1:01:30 Doors, Windows, Simple Cutouts 1:06:30 Floor Plan Cut Plane 1:12:53 Pen Colors

Office Hours March 31, 2011

Prayer for Japan Adding Additional Stories for Framing Purposes Cons of Added Framing Stories = Stairs & "Previous Story" More on Using Trace Reference Effectively Bringing in Standard Materials & Attributes Using Attribute Manager Trace Reference Used When Printing a Plan Changing the Pen Set for a Drawing/Layout Adjusting An Object in Display To Affect Visible Lines (for Example a Cabinets Edges) How To Handle Remodels (Check out for: Four Ways To Handle Remodels & Additions) Using Older Details in Current File Via Hotlink Bringing in Detached Outbuildings As Hotlinked Modules Presentation Elevations Navigating in the Navigator Panel Quick Tip For The Eyedropper Tool (Selecting Materials) Fill Types Power of Using the Following Command: View>3D Navigation Extras> Look to Perpendicular The Pros & Cons Binging Views From An Older Job Into A New Job. Best Solution: Copy Project In 0:08:17 Framing, Stories 0:10:30 Elevation Settings, Story Settings 0:25:33 Trace Reference 0:31:21 Attributes 0:44:53 Trace Reference, Multiple Layouts 0:47:00 Pen Set, All Grey Pens 0:50:10

0:53:26 Remodels 0:55:04 Hotlink 1:05:47 Hotlink Modules 1:16:10 Presentation Elevation 1:17:33 Navigation Panel 1:29:41 Eyedropper Tool archicad.html

New Fill Type = Image Fills [ie, Blue 1:31:04 Mosaic]

1:40:26 Use of individual fills to build up a complex profile, beware the model may slow down with added fills. Create CP with studs, skins, etc.

Coaching Call April 13, 2011

Possible to Set An Origin for a Fill For a Complex Profile (CP) ? What Do The Numbers Mean For the Depth Cue (in the Photo Rendering Settings Dialog Box) Adjusting the Fill on a Complex Profile & the Concept of the Patch Tool Starting a Project; Brief Comparison of Templates; Setting Up a Template; Importance of Layers When Migrating a Project; Organization Structure of Layers Pen Sets Activating Different Pen Sets With Different Views 0:08:23 Origin for Fill, Complex Profile 0:25:03 Example of a Master Temple CP

0:39:15 Depth Cue 0:47:30 Complex Profile, Patch Tool

0:55:16 Templates 1:20:13 Pen Sets 1:29:47 Views, Pen Sets 0:04:00 Course Website

Coaching Call April 19 2011

Signing Into The Course Website News: Video Transcripts & Audio Versions[08/12/2012 11.25.03]

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Now Available How To Create A Barrel Vault Roof Using The Magic Wand Settings Grouping How to Trim a Roof Using The Split Tool Using the Solid Element Operation Command To Trim Walls To A Roof More On The Split Command Splitting the Roof Using The Split Tool & An Arc Magic Wand Settings Using the Curved Wall Cutting Element & Solid Element Operations To Trim The Side Of A Wall Printing Out Layer Settings for Study (Check Out The Layer Combination Table in the Master Template) Troubleshooting: Why Windows Would Show Up In 3D View, But Not In Plan View Roof Elevation Working With Sections; Story Height Markers & Managing When Stories Are Viewable (Including Dummy Stories) & Use of The Worksheet Cadimage Products: Worth Purchasing? Exporting & Importing Schedules

0:04:51 0:12:50 0:21:28 0:30:00 0:32:28

Video, Audio Transcripts Barrel Vault Roof Magic Wand Grouping Trim, Roof, Split Tool

0:34:06 Solid Element Operation, Trim 0:36:57 Split Command 0:47:04 Split Tool 0:54:09 Magic Wand

0:57:27 Solid Element Operation, Trim

1:01:14 Layer Settings 1:13:36 Window, View 1:22:34 Roof, Elevation

1:25:03 Sections, Marker Cadimage 1:30:38 Exporting Schedules 1:36:20 Best Practices Course - Comprehensive Index now on Google Docs Description of the Index and uses Searching this Course Index Request for help to update and improve the Index Enounce MySpeed software for speed listening to videos 0:00:19 0:02:14 0:04:20 0:06:20 0:08:48 Enounce MySpeed 0:12:40 0:14:17 0:15:39 0:17:34 0:18:10 0:19:08 0:19:54 0:20:57 0:21:28 0:22:58 0:24:22 0:25:14 0:27:46 0:28:02 0:28:55

Coaching Call April 28 2011

Announcement - Course Index

Warped surface "Eyebrow" dormer Image of the model with problem explained Picture of the existing eyebrow dormer Solution to eyebrow Making a polyroof using the automatic roof tool Creating a basic version of the dormer Custom window / use slab tool Special snaps to add nodes Context sensitive guidelines Spline Tool to create the eyebrow window Pet palette to subtract shape from the slab Magic Wand Settings for curves Converting Slab to Library Object 3D projection Settings - Parallel Projection Save 3D Model as... Create non-rectangular Window opening in wall Change slab ID to Wallhole Show Selection (only) in 3D, the F5 shortcut. Fill tool and offset to edit complex shapes with Magic Wand Gravitate to Roof tool to place wall on roof plane Window in a "disappeared" wall trick Overview of the processes to create the warped roof: 1) Framing with the Beam Tool 2) Create warped roof with Mesh Tool Framing with the Beam Tool Changing the Beam Slant Angle Drag multiple copies command Creating the warped surface with beams

Slab Snap Guidelines Spline Pet Palette Magic Wand Parallel Projections

0:31:06 0:31:40 Wallhole 0:38:35 0:40:40 Fill, Offset, Magic Wand 0:45:00 Gravity, Plumb Bob 0:47:44

0:49:14 0:50:15 0:53:56 0:55:00 0:55:48

Beam, Framing Beam Slant Angle Drag Multiple Copy Warped Beam[08/12/2012 11.25.03]

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Multiple windows inset in complex wall

Import Revit and Sketch-Up Web details Export to AutoCad

Mesh (as skin) Tool to create a Roof Modeling Tip: begin by creating a basic shape first and don't worry about its exact location or size. Mesh points on mesh vs Mesh points on ref plane Multiple element adjust to line Truly warped Sod Roofs! Using Mesh to Roof Add-on to give the skin some thickness Goodies and ArchiCAD Downloads Create Roof from Mesh Too time consumming - how to improve? Window schedule criteria for "empty windows" Improved technique for band of windows No easy or quick answers available IFC translations are no longer parametric. Clean hatch-less export of wall: Model View Partial Structure Display

0:56:51 Mesh, Roof

0:57:32 Modeling Tip 1:00:15 Mesh Points 1:01:42 Adjust Multiple Lines 1:02:38 1:05:32 Add-on, Mesh to Roof 1:06:36 Goodies 1:18:54 1:33:30 1:42:08 1:44:39 1:49:12 1:53:38 1:57:28 1:58:35 1:59:34 2:02:55 Empty Window Revit, Sketch-Up IFC Export, Model View Partial Structure Display Dimensions, Partial Structure 0:01:15

Dimensions: Model view vs Partial Structure

Coaching Call - May 11, 2011

Update- Course Index Best Practices Course - Comprehensive Index available on Google Docs Use of the Find Tool & Gadget to Search the Index Erics Blog Site, Mini Trainer/Summary of Best Practices Compilation of all Erics Tutorials (from all web-sites) Course Web Address News about ArchiCAD 15 Erics on Linkedin ArchiCAD Detailing Best Practices Resource News: Outsourcing with oDesk & Shortcuts to Move Through Schedules Quicker Bringing in AutoCAD DWG Images as References Tip to Bring DWG Images as References The Elevation Tool & Creating a Single Elevation & Single Reference Creating a New Layout Marker Range Dimensioning to Rough Framing Determining Composite Structure of Walls, Materials & Fills Using Solid Element Operations & Use of Layers for Solid Operators Explanation of Modeling Elements Visible in MasterTemplate Turn off Orbit> Go to View>3D Navigation Extras>Look to Perpendicular CMD + click or CTRL + click allows for adding in additional dimensions to doors or windows etcetera To Dimension all walls at one time: Document>Document Extras>Automatic Dimensioning>Exterior/Interior Dimensioning 0:01:15 Index 0:04:55 0:11:06 Eric Bobrow Blog Tutorials Web Address ArchiCAD 15 Linkedin Detailing

0:13:17 0:14:47 0:18:55 0:19:34 0:14:47 0:18:55

0:21:38 Outsourcing 0:29:50 Scheduling Shortcut 0:31:24 DWG, Images 0:33:01 DWG, Images, References 0:37:38 0:42:20 0:46:28 0:53:55 Elevations, Reference Layout Marker Dimensioning

1:02:17 Composites 1:10:04 SEO, Solid Element Operations 1:17:09 1:20:12 Sketch Rendering

Sketch Rendering for Scaled Elevation


1:38:01 Automatic Dimensioning

Coaching Call - May 17, 2011

Announcements Eric Bobrow's Blog Page 2nd DVD Available Eric's Facebook Page Quickstart Course Started 0:01:14 0:05:04 0:06:44 0:08:04 Tutorials, Training DVD Eric, Facebook Quickstart Course[08/12/2012 11.25.03]

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LinkedIn Discussion - Using Auto Text with Detail Drawings Project Info Labels Allow for Paragraphing Pasting Text Into a Label Label Settings - Lining Up The Leader How to Create Very Detailed Features e.g. Towers & Recessed Arches Creating a Framed Arched Empty Opening with a Door Creating an Object Locating an Object e.g. Niche Window Changing Multiple Materials on an Object at Once How to Get a Mesh to Meet a Story Setting Placing a Smaller Niche Inside a Larger Niche How to Handle the Appearance of a Detail on Plan Options>Project Preferences>Levels & Project North Locating Object e.g. Niche

0:09:28 0:14:46 0:21:11 0:24:18 0:29:45

LinkedIn, Discussion, Details Project Info Label, Paragraph Label, Pasting, Text Label, Leader

0:33:05 Detailed Recessed Arches 0:38:30 Empty Arch 0:48:15 Create Object 0:58:57 Find Object 1:01:59 Object, Materials 1:10:55 Mesh, Story Settings 1:25:41 Niche 1:28:54 Locating Object 1:30:27 Detail, Appearance

Coaching Call May 26, 2011

3D Projection Settings - the North arrow vs Sun shadows 3D Projection Settings - Sun Settings 3D Window Setting - shadows in OpenGL in AC14 only Parallel Projection Settings - More Sun Project North and Set City dialogs Project Preferences: Levels and Project North Surveyor's Measurements: Bearings Import AutoCad detail sheets Plan view Detail Call Out to an imported detail Place *.Dwg via Place External Drawing Numbering details by layout sheet cells Placing detail reference on a view ArchiCAD Line weights vs AutoCad pen colors Yes, each drawing is associated to its own pen set and its own scale. Yes, you can set pens for each sheet and for each drawing. Place a sheet of details with the Merge feature Editing an external detail in ArchiCAD, Place into Detail Window not on a layout Record your aha moments, create cheat sheets The Quick Layers palette to control ad hoc views How to control Lineweights in Interior Elevation View? What are settings of an element vs what are settings of a view? Hm, Lineweights did not change in 3D Primary pen control is in the object itself, Secondary is in the Drawing Pen Set, Intermediate is in the View Pen Set Eyedropper in the Window Library, the Ctrl+Alt or Cmd+Alt technique Patching or cutting imported details 0:03:00 0:05:12 Sun Settings 0:05:57 OpenGL, shadows 0:06:40 More Sun 0:07:40 Project North 0:08:27 Levels, Project North 0:10:06 Bearings, Surveyor 0:17:37 AutoCad, Details 0:19:47 0:21:28 0:23:30 0:24:36 Detail Call Out Place External Drawing Sheet Cells Detail Reference

0:27:53 Autocad Pen Colors 0:31:48 0:32:32 Pen Sets 0:33:44 Merge 0:36:00 Detail Window, Explode 0:38:00 0:39:36 0:42:00 Quick Layers Palette Interior Elevation Lineweights, 0:47:10 Window Muntin Lineweight Window Selection Settings, 0:48:38 Parameters 0:51:19 3D Pens, 2D Pens Object Pen Set, Drawing Pen Set, 0:53:00 View Pen Set Eyedropper, Parameter Transfer, 0:58:34 Ctrl+Alt, Cmd+Alt 1:04:34 Interior Elevation, Boundary Line, Standback Line, Shaded View, 1:05:24 Linework View 1:14:14 1:17:28 Spline Tool, More Toolbox 1:20:33 Fill Tool Profile as Beam, Beam Tool, Beam

Can you have multiple pen sets on one sheet? Can each sheet have its own pen set for drawing vs plotting?

Getting rusty between uses of AC F2 switch to plan vs view map to switch

Interior Elevation Tool vs Elevation Tool Stone Retaining Walls on Sloping Terrain Spline Tool, more toolbox Custom Profile Wall[08/12/2012 11.25.03]

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Custom Profile Beam Model with Boulders Sphere Object? Library Part, Sphere, Ellipsoid

1:24:07 1:32:06 1:34:51 1:38:06 1:41:33

Slant Angle. Boulder Wall Library Part Cadimage Objects Basic Shapes Objects Online

Coaching Call - June 16, 2011

Review of how questions are answered. Review of how to interact with the webinar. Streamlining Layers: To hide locked layers in layer list (Options>Work Environment>(check) Dialog Boxes and Palettes>Hide Locked Layers in Pop-Up Palettes 0:03:21 Questions 0:06:12 Interact, Webinar

Streamlining Layers How to set interior elevations at the correct scale. How to show walls on a remote story with a dashed outline.

0:07:46 Stream Layers 0:10:28 Interior Elevation, Scale 0:16:00 View, Remote Story

How to keep views from changing when moving between views: Settings>Ignore Zoom When Opening This View... How construction elements will be viewed on remote or multiple stories: Options>Project Preferences>Construction Elements Best way to see a particular element: Window>Palettes>Quick Layer Palettes Changing layer priority so elements won't interact e.g. interior and exterior walls Model View Options... Creating new layer combination, model view combination & new view To copy, paste, explode, and add walls as line work: Edit>Reshape>Explode Into Current View> Keep drawing primitves only>Group>Place on appropriate layer Zone Stamps How to change the default font for an entire project Saving selected elements in 'Favorites' palette Elevation settings How to bring favorites in with their material attributes How to change the proportion of texture such as on siding How to create an arched top door that can be accessed in the objects window

0:17:39 Zoom

0:24:41 Remote/Multiple Story/Stories 0:26:25 0:27:14 Layer Priority 0:28:28 0:30:15 Layer, Model View Combination

0:31:40 0:46:11 Zone Stamps 0:58:50 Default Font 1:03:37 Favorites Palette 1:05:50 Elevation Settings 1:09:32 1:16:10 Texture Proportions 1:21:29 Create Arched Door 0:06:00 0:07:17 0:12:32 0:16:40 0:25:30 Webinar Find & Select Favorites Dormer Modeling

Coaching Call - June 21, 2011

Explanation of how the phone works with webinar Find & Select Adding a ceiling in a dormer Modeling concepts & related views Use of the "3d Cutting Planes": View>Elements in 3D View>3D Cutting Planes Partial Selection Tool Direction Dependent Selection Tool Pen Color & Line Weights Bringing Drawings in & Placing in Worksheets Title Management on Drawings Dragged Onto Sheets Dimension for Working Units Explained Options>Project Preferences>Working Units Project Preferences: Options>Project Preferences>Dimensions Why use gridlines? Marker Limits: View>On Screen View

Find & Select: Edit>Find&Select Exporting "Favorites"

0:30:55 Cutting Planes 0:46:01 0:47:17 0:54:34 1:12:06 Import Drawings, Worksheets 1:20:08 Drawings 1:31:12 Working Units 1:34:24 Project preferences 1:37:28 Gridlines[08/12/2012 11.25.03]

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Options>Marker Range Jogging Marker for Depth Options for placing gridlines

1:43:15 Markers 1:48:45 1:55:23

Coaching Call - July 21, 2011

Creating a path on a terrain mesh (flush) Solid Element Operations: SEO Create the path: Spline tool for 2D shape, magic wand (spacebar), slab tool for 3d shape (0:06:16), SEO (0:07:03), SEO is in new sub-menu; "Connect" in AC-15 Second SEO operation = subtraction, moving the path to new location on mesh Undo and repeat the process - just for teaching purposes Copy Mesh, variations on the path theme include: color coding portions of the site/mesh for planting, easements, parking, lakes, etc. Road with cross slope on mesh? Cigraph Add-On: ArchiTerra - rules based road placement - but not engineering on site grades Special Window: Trapezoid and measure in elevation Mesh, User Defined Ridges, Points, 0:00:18 Mesh, Polyline, Z-Height,


Spline Tool, Magic Wand, Slab Tool, SEO Operator/ Intersection/ Target,

0:09:42 SEO Operator/ Subtraction/ Target 0:13:04 New AC-15, Undo URL below is for English version of Cigraph, also available in German and Italian

Path with 2" profile above Mesh (raised)

0:21:42 Copy Mesh, Color Coding

Create Window heads parallel to roof slope?

MAC OS Lion issue Graphisoft does not recommend upgrades to Lion at this time "Consolidate" in AC15 will automatically replace the 14 library with the 14 migration library. AC-15 will also automatically find all required migration libraries your project needs, back to AC11 Hot Linked Files, relink the MT15 HLM in Hotlink Manager OR keep MT14 and update the parts yourself. Eric summarizes migrating to AC 15 & to MasterTemplate 15 Save as: Archive, (Save files under separate name before migrating) Those elements go on a layer, check your layers. Turn on ALL Layers. Select the objects, then use the Edit Menu > Align and then >Distribute

0:24:00 Cigraph add-on: ArchiTerra New Roof Tool, AC-15, Special 0:38:30 Windows 0:41:51 New Connect Tool, AC-15 Code Meter: AC Repair Re-Install, Multi-Line Text Slows Program Down. 0:51:00 Lion.

Migrate Project into AC15, including Master Template?

Library Manager, Linked Library, Add 0:55:13 Library 15, Consolidate

1:03:20 MasterTemplate 1:08:00 MasterTemplate 1:15:25 1:18:40 1:20:00 Align command, Distribute Command 0:04:32 Cutting Plane Heights

Roof Wizard: Beams - I can't see them? Can I space objects equidistant after placement?

Coaching Call - July 27, 2011

Changing cutting plane height permanently for view How to make a sheet "look" like it has one view with different cutting planes Non-rectangular cropping MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) Creating Manholes

About MEP Modeler & Manholes How to where to shorten story level extension lines in elevation views

0:11:09 0:18:58 Non-Rectangular Cropping 0:21:48 MEP 0:26:25 Manhole 0:39:00 Story Level ExtensionLines 0:41:25 Story marker Settings 0:45:34 Elevation Settings 0:48:13 Rafter 0:52:06 Trim Tool 1:10:12 ArchiCAD Add-on 1:21:28 Stacked View 1:33:18

Story Markers settings Elevation Settings How to create the California rafter (flat rafter) and dormers Using the Trim tool Explanation of ArchiCAD add-on "Objective by Encina" How to get rid of lines in stacked view elevations Creating a simple tent shaped structure with framing pieces in ArchiCAD 15

Coaching Call - August 10, 2011[08/12/2012 11.25.03]

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home/the-course/coaching-calls/coachingcall-august-10-2011/ Wall display: Outline vs. Symbolic Model View Options Cutting Planes (Discussed, not demonstrated) 2 Stories w/no height difference (Discussed, not demonstrated) 0:06:25 Model Views 0:09:55 Cutting Planes 0:10:25 0:12:25 Schedules 0:20:04 Creating Layers 0:23:28 Navigation Palette AC15 0:27:17 Find & Select, Export 0:32:18 Creating Custom Bay Windows 0:45:47 Altering GDL Script

How Schedules work w/plans that have varying layer combinations Creating layer combinations How to keep the Navigation Palette open in ArchiCAD 15 Find & Select storing & exporting options How to create a glass walled "window" bay area How an object can be permanently changed.

Tinkering with GDL script Using parameter transfer with "Favorites": (for Mac: Command + Option) keys (for Windows: Ctrl +Alt)

Saving PDFs with ArchiCAD's Publisher Loading Favorites Finding Composites: Options>Element Attributes>Composites Exporting & Importing Favorites Using Attribute Manager to more comprehensively manage composite structures Using Enounce MySpeed

0:55:48 Favorites 1:04:18 PDF, Publisher 1:12:00 Favorites 1:12:48 1:14:41

1:21:50 Attribute Manager 1:28:00 Enounce MySpeed 0:01:40 0:05:34 0:07:57 0:17:50 0:18:34 Sound, Call Teamwork Module File Dropped Ceiling, Acoustical Tile

Coaching Call - August 18, 2011

Update on Quick Start Using audio pin when calling in Working as a team in a small office Using dropped ceilings and acoustical tiles How to open more than one project in ArchiCAD at a time Using dropped ceilings and acoustical tiles How to snap to grid points in a fill: View>Grid Options> Grids & Backgrounds How to get acoustical tile in 3d SEO in AC15: Design>Connect>Solid Element Operations Showing vectorial 3d hatching: View>3d View Mode>3d View Settings>(turn on)3d Vectorial Hatching Hide>Help Tags Options>Work Environment>Dialog Boxes & Palettes>Dialog Box Update Auto Delay View>3d View Mode>3d Window Settings Turn off in Camera Settings Document>Set Model View>Model View Options>(last tab)

How to setup Teamwork in a small office Module File

0:19:33 Multiple Open Projects 0:21:43 0:24:36 Grid Snap 0:33:21 Acoustical Tile in 3d 0:47:25

Help Tag Control Controlling dialog box delay Controlling 3d views in Mac & Windows Turning off camera/s Dashed window & door swing lines Dimensioning to center line of a stud in a composite wall Centering ceiling tiles to a room Using renovation filters in AC15 Showing element status in schedule

0:52:59 Vectorial Hatching 0:54:18 Help Tags 0:55:25 Dialog Box Delay 1:01:45 Mac, Windows 3d View 1:04:34 Camera 1:10:50 Swing Line 1:16:06 1:26:16 1:28:56 1:38:57 Dimension Center Line Ceiling Tile, Centering Renovation Schedule, Status


Coaching Call - August 30, 2011

How to reverse swing (in swing) a door panel yet keep the casing and threshold on the exterior. Tip: to add more tools by removing tool labels Options>Work Environment>Toolbox>Tool (showing just icons!) Group Options> Show icon only How to maintain favorites across projects. How to pan with the current version of iMac mouse. Adjusting the grid line. Adding drawings to layout sheets &

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publishing. Project Index in MasterTemplate

0:56:39 Layout Sheet, Publishing 1:15:13 Index, MasterTemplate 0:04:13 Detail Drawing 0:39:48 Topo Map, Mesh 0:55:32 Curved staircase 1:20:47 Curtain Walls in Start Edition 1:26:42 BIMx, VBE Tip: to create borders on title block with sharp corners. 1:28:51 0:01:50 Updates, News 0:16:48 Corner Windows 0:18:24 Camera 0:24:14 AC Objects, Fills, Attributes 0:35:30 Finding Objects 0:42:15 3D components 1:02:12 Renovation Palette

Coaching Call - September 14, 2011

Detail drawings Turning a topographical map into a 3d mesh Creating a curved staircase under the soffit of a stair enclosure. How to model something that looks like a curtain walls using the Start Edition. BIMx (formerly VBE) & how to open it.

Coaching Call - September 22, 2011

News/Updates related to AC Best Practices Corner windows Hiding cameras from floor plan view Correcting problem fills: Understanding AC Objects default fill, replacing attributes Finding objects in ArchiCAD How to access 3D components on a worksheet Using the Renovation Palette in AC 15 Migrating a project from an older version of MasterTemplate to a new version of MasterTemplate Harnessing the power of Pen Sets Problems with slow copy & paste in AC 15 Turning off grid in 3D view The best way to show tiling in a bathroom fitout Creating a continuous interior view for a space any space other than a square


View>3D View Mode>Editing Plane Display

1:14:25 Migrating, Updated MasterTemplate 1:18:03 Pen Sets 1:25:00 1:26:29 Grid 1:27:21 Tiling 1:40:18 Interior Views/Elevations 0:00:53 0:06:25 Wall Line Weights 0:16:44 Line Weight, Scale

Coaching Call - September 27, 2011

Announcements: QuickStart Controlling wall line weight settings Managing line weights at different scales Adjusting fill scale (possible, but not easy or exact) Options>Element Attributes>Fill Types>Edit Vectorial Pattern Creating a new composite: Options>Element Attributes>Composites Modifying a gable roof with differing heights on the two ends (with a steeper slope) Using the marquee tool to stretch things Using the new Renovation tool to manage addenda & bulletins How to log into The Best Practices site and view coaching calls Tracker explanation and settings Site Modeling with the Mesh Tool

0:21:45 Fill Scale 0:25:44 Composite 0:35:07 Sloped Gable Roof 0:37:11 Marquee, Stretch 0:45:13 Renovation, Addendum, Bulletin 1:08:34 Logging Into Best Practices Course 1:11:50 Tracker Check QuickStart 7.2 (; or for an article that Eric has created that covers this check out (; or for the video ( Check toward the ends of the article and/or video

Using views to designate phases Creating a roof for an L-shaped upper floor

Multiplane Roofs

1:15:49 Site Modeling, Mesh 1:25:31 Views, Phases 1:27:16 Multiplane Roof

Coaching Call - October 12, 2011[08/12/2012 11.25.03]

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home/the-course/coaching-calls/coachingcall-october-12-2011/ News & Information Setting up keyboard shortcut keys F1 - F12 FN Key has moved; now it's above delete key on new Mac keyboards View Options Palette: Window>Toolbars>On-Screen View Options Placing Objects: Bring to Front etc. Right click>Display Order About keyboard shortcuts: Options>Work Environments>Keyboard Shortcuts; Creating keyboard shortcut; list of shortcuts 3 ways to move fills efficiently Troubleshooting: Finding the fill Setting the angle of beams in elevation view Using SEO to cut a beam on an angle The Trace & Reference tool/palette Reference Eric's article Accessing an installed/purchased font & implementing as the new default Missing text in saved PDFs Changing out the defaulted font in a template Options>Element Attributes>Line Types Creating a new line type and save as a symbol 0:44:14 Trace & Reference 0:51:30 Font 0:56:56 Text, PDF, Font 0:57:44 Font, Template 0:59:33 Line Spacing 1:05:11 1:10:05 1:14:49 1:27:15 Line Type, Symbol Troubleshoot, Pocket Door Custom Column Walls 0:00:40 Updates 0:03:45 Keyboard Shortcuts, F1 - F12 0:06:26 FN 0:06:49 View Options Placing Objects

0:10:15 0:12:45 0:18:09 0:22:05 0:34:46

Keyboard Shortcut Move, Fill Troubleshoot, Fill, Trace & Reference Beams, Angle SEO, Angled Beam

Changing the spacing of a line

Troubleshooting pocket door facing in AC 14 Creating a custom column Interior/Exterior/& Adjoining Walls Why using the Renovation Palette to indicate multiple schemes/versions isn't possible & alternatives.

1:30:45 Multiple Versions/Shemes Publishing Sets with user defined sheets Using the Magic Wand to quickly "place" walls Scaling and Splitting sheets 0:01:44 Sheet Index 0:13:20 Publishing Sets 0:17:53 Magic Wand 0:22:34 Scaling / Splitting Sheet 0:24:44 Multiplane Roofs 0:34:01 Roof Construction 0:36:12 DWG, Imported 0:45:22 Rotate, PDF 0:48:03 Scaling PDF 0:58:26 Align, Image Backgroun 1:00:24 Rotate 1:00:41 Camera 1:15:29 Foundation, Footing

Coaching Call - October 18, 2011

Indexing sheets from outside sources

Multiplane Roofs in AC 15, creating & viewing options Roof Construction in AC 14 & AC 15 Check QuickStart Course Module 4 Why imported DWG Furniture files are so large Rotating PDF or structure to match either / or How to get a PDF scaled correctly when imported to AC Aligning an AC model to a background image 1-click to rotate an angled structure to it's original placement Creating a camera view / Placing a camera Modeling foundations and footings Brief explanation on how to make the previous demonstration into a complex profile using: Design>Complex Profiles>Capture Profile of Selection... Indicating earth in sections Check out the QuickStart Module 7, Part 2; & / or Eric's video on Terrain Modeling and Solid Element Operations Design>Connect>Solid Element Operations...

1:25:53 Complex Profile

SEO, Solid Element Operations, 1:34:13 Terrain Modeling 0:06:20

Coaching Call - October 27, 2011

Q?: Make Roof Dormer side walls that display in plan correctly Sidebar: Mod file - 1) clipboard copy or 2) "external content" Verify story setting heights when importing

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A: split dormer wall and place on other layer

multi-story mod files Make sure the other layer's intersection priority is different Layer Intersection Priority: additional uses Trim wall to roof OR AC-15 option: Connect tool

0:12:40 attributes. 0:15:45 Split Tool 0:20:30 Layer combinations, clean up walls AC-14 to AC-10 Solid Element 0:25:24 Operations: Maintain Operations Module file, clipboard, marquee, save 0:34:50 selection Trim to Roof in 14 becomes Crop to 0:40:45 Roof in 15 0:44:20 Dummy Layout Sheets 0:46:40 Layout Subset 0:50:35 Index Sort Order, cell size settings 0:54:40 PDF 0:57:27 Zone Tool 1:03:10 >Project Preferences >Dimensions 1:06:14 1:10:50 Boundary shape View options: Marker range, View: 1:17:48 refresh 1:21:00 change text and other options 1:24:00 change color shade used in plan 1:26:27 Solid Element Operations

Making a module file

How do I add Consultant Sheets into Index?

Zone Tool: change measurement units

Trim vs SEO vs Connect debate Create dummy (blank) sheets named per consultant data Change the Index order by creating new Layout Subsets. Index source view: Index Field, blank button is the sort key Include Consultant drawings as PDF into Layout Book General discussion of Zones Change the area settings in Project Preferences Redefine preferences to make changes permanent >On-screen View option >Marker Range + >View >Refresh >Rebuild from source view Zone selection settings >Options >Element Attributes >Zone category

Adjusting shape of placed detail reference

Change Zone Text size and Zone color

Place sloped wall under stair?

Coaching Call - November 17, 2011

Cursor/mouse constraints Window>Toolbars>Drafting Aids>Mouse constraints Keyboard shortcuts Cursor constraints reshaping, realigning polygon shapes Window parameters Use slab tool to create thin glass rectangle. Select it and show it in 3D. File>Libraries and Objects>Save 3D Model as>Save Library Part>select "window" as type and name your window. Special snaps Document>Set Model View>Model View Options>Options for GDL Objects Model view options Create set of life safety plans Options>Project Preferences>Dimensions Zone tool; Zone fills; Model view options>Override Fill Display Can't do it at this time in AC Drafting aids toolbar; Mouse constraints; Cursor snap variants Keyboard shortcuts Wall alignment Polygons, reshaping Windows; Windows, parameters; 0:21:45 Windows, frameless 0:05:06 0:09:47 0:11:15 0:15:57

Frameless windows Create custom window

Placement of elements Displaying minimal space ADA requirements and life safety

0:30:34 Windows, custom 0:37:43 Door placement; Cursor snap 0:45:18 Model view options; Minimal space ADA; Life safety; Minimal space; 0:50:08 Model view options Life safety; Model view options; Clone 0:54:06 folder 0:56:42 Fill tool; Dimensions 1:02:39 Zones; Zone stamp; Zone categories 1:12:20 Layers; Layer Combinations; Layer Intersection Priorities; Layer 1:19:26 Management 1:25:58 Hotlinked modules; Hotlinks manager

Covered in Quick Start Course: "Precise Placement of Elements"

Display areas using fills Display area and dimensions

Dual-screen setup: Auto-update 3D window? Creating design schemes without re-modeling each time Workarounds, layer combinations; layer management Hotlinked modules; create variations using hotlinks

Coaching Call - November 22, 2011

Showing just wall framing and just wall covering in different views Best settings for tracker Viewing 3D stair in upper level Document>Partial Structure Display> & Document>Set Model View>Model View Options Etc. (For more see video) In info box click Floor Plan Display>Show on stories>... & Stair settings>Stair Settings>Stair Settings>2D Detail Level = Scale Sensitive> ~then go to~

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Parameters>Story Settings>On... Best way to cut out floor space above staircase using bulleon subtraction Printing the trace reference Effecting the floorplan with a marquee Stair tools that work better than ArchiCAD stairs Info about MasterTemplate Creating a double pitch roof in AC15

0:25:46 Stairs, Multiple levels 0:37:23 Bulleon Subtraction 0:43:30 Trace Reference 0:45:35 Marquee, Floorplan 0:57:18 Stair Tools 1:15:20 MasterTemplate 1:16:35 Roof, Double Pitch

Coaching Call - November 30, 2011

Free 7 Keys Offer for colleagues and Friends Post feed-back: Feed-back on Quick Start Course 0:01:10 Most web pages have a "submit comments" box below the video link 0:05:00 Back referencing titles Offset with reference to opposite end of element, use escape key to deselect elements prior to stretch Change beam's fill, change beam priority, change wall priority, or change Layer Intersection Priority. Note: wall priorities are even and beam priorities are odd numbers 0:07:03 Section Marker, NCS2 Marker TIP: Minus key offsets stretch 0:18:00 reference point

Create Self-Updating Drawing Title Marquee Stretch

Beam intersection with wall: display issues

0:25:30 >Options >Proj Prefs >Construction Elements >3D Intersection Priorities 0:30:13 >All cols vs beams

Mouse scroll wheel Tab through Pet Palette choices? Use Google searches Guideline segments and shortcuts

Use Object instead of beam to provide cover fill feature. For example: the Cube in "Special Construction" library subfolder >Work Environment >Advanced redraw options Shortcut keys: F or Shift + F. (think F for Flick) remember to search Google for answers to your questions Work Env >Shortcut Schemes > Keyboard shortcuts. In MAC the double S icon shortcut is NOT available, create your own shortcut.

0:38:40 Objects vs beam tool 0:44:04 0:47:34 0:48:00 Google search, ArchiTalk

0:49:15 YouTube video tutorial on Guide 0:55:10 Lines 0:57:10 Beam Objects, Joist Beam and the 0:59:19 Wood I-Joist objects v=E99TsG6jJ1E

Forcing guidelines Partial Fill display on elements Use separate fill or use linetypes. EX: insulation linetype User comment: use beam object vs beam tool reference to above issue of beam intersections and fill cover User comment: InsulFill object InsulFill object has parameter for R value, also look at the detailer library for masonry and brick fills DWG: Export of fills? Use Model view to remove fills if appropriate Beam Tool vs Beam Objects: Pro & Con the beam tool can have complex profile, tilt, rotate, clean up intersections. The objects have cover fill and some other options Partial structure display and dimensioning Trace Reference: see through current Trace ref: to ghost current view to better see reference below.

DWG, translator, MVO - Model View 1:08:55 Options

1:12:40 Partial Structure display, MVO, View 1:16:54 Map 1:27:30 0:00:33 Annotate, 3d Document

Coaching Call - December 14, 2011

Annotating 3d Documents Creating a 3d view: Right click in 3d document>Capture Window for 3d Document Annotating; adding labels & dimensions To update a 3d drawing: Right click>Open 3d Source>(Make changes)>Redefine 3d Document

0:01:04 3d View 0:01:44 Labels, Dimensions

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Deleting the ground line in the footing Showing TS Object (beam) with a dashed line Some shortcuts "W" to switch back & forth between last commands; "F" key to flick through pet pallet options; "Shift F" to flick backwards through options; to Go-To a specific view Right click & choose Go To To change or create shortcuts: Options>Work Environment> Keyboard Shortcuts; To view commands in order: while in Keyboard Shortcuts choose:: All Commands in Alphabetical Order in List drop down menu... Creating filters & using the Renovation Filter Explanation of Renovation filters Using the Renovation palette to change the look of things: Window>Palette>Renovation Tip when editing Fills Using different stages for present & future construction Elevation Selection Settings Modeling floors, walls & roofs so sections & structural plans are more accurately depicted & require less 2d work Changing generic fills to a composite structure Profile walls in the Interactive Legends (from MasterTemplate) Complex profiles: Design> Complex Profiles> Profile Manager Explanation of View Point vs. View The difference between Rebuild & Rebuild From Model or Source View Creating a detail

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0:20:45 Shortcuts

0:28:18 Change, Create Shortcuts 0:33:56 Filter, Renovation Filter 0:37:09 0:40:54 Renovation Palette 0:44:25 Edit, Fills 0:47:05 0:53:56 Elevation Settings

0:59:15 Modeling 1:05:50 Fills, Composite Structure Profile Walls, Interactive Legends, 1:08:07 MasterTemplate 1:10:39 Complex Profiles 1:24:50 Views 1:25:35 Rebuild 1:27:12 Detail

Coaching Call - December 22, 2011

New Layout - Master The Red Color: > Options >Work Environment >User Preference Schemes > On-Screen Options >Use uniform color for master items on Layouts Right Click on any existing Master layout, choose "new master layout Using Autotext Drag existing Master + press Ctrl or Cmd: Creates new Master

0:00:39 0:01:33 0:04:07 0:05:30 Create Master with grid

Create new Master layout

Another way to create new master

Coaching Call - January 18, 2012

Component or Block function in ArchiCAD? Answers: Custom Object and Hotlinked Module Custom Objects: First Select elements, then > File >Libraries and Objects >Save Selection as... > , then provide a name Fix viewing and proportion issues with object Hotlinked Module: Select Elements, >File > External Content > Save Selection as Module. You create an external MOD file. Update with hot link manager to see revised hotlinks Measured stretch with reference to remote point > Adjust command, keybd shortcut = Ctrl+or Cmd+- (dash) Use object tool, use "find library parts" with Keyword box >File > Libraries and Objects >Library Manager


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0:11:54 0:15:15 Remote reference: dimension plus "-" 0:19:31 key 0:23:54 0:25:31 AC: it is best to have the Path or Library location be the same on the 0:27:50 two machines. Use copies for safety BP Week3 BP Week 4 QS-2

Measured Stretch with marquee Stretch or Trim multiple elements Railings Managing Library for Office and Home use

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to a file with the Office Standard template?

same attributes: Copy and Paste 2D information from elevations, worksheets, etc has to be copied individually

0:37:23 Launch new instance of ArchiCAD 0:42:50 Importing notes and dimensions 0:44:45 Sloped walls Magic Wand Settings controls curve 0:48:12 resolution 0:53:30

Intersection cleanup of sloped walls? Magic Wand? Apply slab to a space defined by walls Create regular polygon with magic wand and circle tool Options > Project Preferences > Construction Elements > 3D Intersection Priorites Mixed Window types - complex window ganging windows diamond muntin sashes or custom sashes Text alignment in mirrored plans Anchor points control relationships Area reports Program planning, Fill tool, Zone Tool Zone Tool Cut an Axonometric view with a marquee? >Save current view, to save the cut away view

0:56:03 Use Eyedropper and Syringe tool for 0:59:00 attributes 1:10:45 Text alignment: Always readable 1:13:40 check box 1:24:03 1:25:53 Marquee bounding box itself is no 1:29:26 longer saved in AC15

Coaching Call - January 26, 2012

How to add profiles to the Master Template (or to another file) Custom Profile: copy objects with their attributes from project to project, or copy into the Template file. Sidebar: Manage screen size display in ArchiCAD

Dragging a view from one layout to another Manage enlarged plans vs text and dimensions

Install GDL labels in ArchiCAD

Use views and layers to manage scale. TIP: Hide locked layers to see only layers of the combination Add GDL objects to the environment via: 1) the object tool dialog box, or 2) through the library manager. Paper size vs model size (72 pts per inch/ALL CAPS)

Be careful, objects bring in ALL their 0:01:00 attributes such a layer names. >Options >Project Pref. >Work Env. > 0:04:34 Palette Schemes 0:13:00 Enlarged Plans: Saved Views & Layer 0:19:06 Combinations 0:27:26

0:30:24 Not recommended to use model size: be careful! Paper size insures that the 0:41:49 text remains legible Model size is helpful with imported 0:46:30 DWG files.

Text setting that changes with scale

Default Label Action: Stretch vs Drag bounding box

Double click allows new label boundary to autostretch for any length text without line breaks

0:48:30 Tip: Preferred position of pet palette Tip: F key "flicks" through pet palette 0:55:00 options 0:58:48 Tip: Use favorites to save the second 1:05:27 label line

Pipes without AC's MEP modeler Label with two leaders lines

Use complex profiles with beam, wall and column tools

Use the polyline tool with arrow head option Working with several houses in single project Keep each plan in separate PLN file, then create new file and place the house plans as Hotlinked Modules in the new file How to use label without text? Place at least a single space to place the label Modify Wall comand When to use invert direction, structure, reference line, etc? Composite Walls Any advantage to creating the exterior vs interior at the top of the Composite structure dialog window? Labeling windows and doors in Elevation view Two step process 1) >Settings dialog: >Listing and Labeling > Label Door. 2) Change Label Selection settings

1:09:30 1:17:23 1:19:50 The convention is that the reference line would be at the top or the 1:27:35 uppermost framing/core skin.

1:32:23 0:01:36 Merge [File>File Special>Merge] Text tool, Text settings, Rotate 0:20:32 command Object tool, Find library parts, 0:29:18 keyword: "text", select Text 3D

Coaching Call - January 31, 2012

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Wood shingle siding with different colors and exposures Edit materials Edit textures Change vertical spacing (exposure) for shingle courses

0:34:38 Options>Element 0:37:01 Attributes>Materials>Material Settings 0:39:20 Options>Element 0:46:30 Attributes>Materials>Material Settings Options>Element Attributes>Materials>Material 0:49:10 Settings>Vectorial hatching 0:52:54 0:53:21 Curtain wall tool 0:58:15 Roofs; Hip roof; Roof tool, Geometry 1:03:22 Method, multi-plane 0.02.50 Dragging a drawing onto a layout sheet and changing the drawing title style. Quick adjust for title style Drawing settings for a specific drawing Drawing Default Settings Turning numeric scale bar on or off Drawing custom name Setting drawing default to "Name by View" Best Practice: Setting drawing default 0:03:55 0:04:40 0:05:09 0:05:52 0:06:30 0:06:44 0:09:25 0:10:10 0:15:08 0:17:40 0:19:14 0:23:18 0:25:03

Change elevation views using fills Can you make a suspended ceiling from a curtain wall? Curtain walls Other approaches to create suspended ceilings Complex roof structure

Coaching Call - February 16, 2012

Controlling the drawing settings when bringing finished drawings onto the layout sheet.

Using modeling tools to create cabinetry Importing PDF drawings and placing into a worksheet. Description of what worksheets are. Synchronizing scale settings in the drawing and all views. Resizing the PDF to match the dimensions. Setting up virtual trace to see the worksheet PDF on the plan and start building the model. Setting up an interior elevation marker. How to set up interior elevation marker for either infinite or limited range. Picking a library cabinet and modifying its parameters. Using walls and slabs to create personalised cabinet doors and shelves Note!: Exclusive to Interior Elevations (Excluding view blocking walls): In Interior Elevation Selection Settings> Model Display> Exclude View Blocking Walls How to stack cabinet doors upon one another, whilst still showing as individual separated doors in the 3d window. Tip - for fast copying of elements select all items to be moved. Click on one node, choose either horizontal or vertical move from the pop up palette. And as you move the elements press down the alt key on windows or the option key on the mac. The multiply command for making multiple shelves. Simulating a floor in 2d plan view with fills Troubleshooting the dimensioning string when not showing Troubleshooting: Text fonts not printing in publisher Setting up materials to scale - rotating the materials direction and how to choose or set the materials origin. Tip most users will know that you can draw a marquee and right mouse click to

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the option show marquee selection in 3d. What a lot of users dont realize is that this same button if you select an object in 3d (no need to draw a marquee) and click on this option you can show just this selected item in 3d. Changing the size of a material. Changing the material 3d textures origin point. Rotating the material textures direction. Setting the starting origin on a brickwork texture - so the brickwork coursing starts in the right position at a specific required point. Using a column as a temporary guide and snap point, for getting the start origin on some brick coursing in the precise position it was needed.

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Coaching Call - February 21, 2012

Introduction Layer reversal tool (quick layers palette) Coaching call starts at 0:01:00 Explanation of quick layers - includes how to quickly turn on/off or lock your selected layers and also how to hide or lock all the layers that have not been selected . Toggling layers this reverses your current selection so what you have hidden shows up and vice versa Archicad tip - If you cant see a particular element on a layer, bring up quick layers and use the toggle feature (see description above) to find the element. This saves going into the layer dialog box, finding the layer (possibly manually through trial and error if layer name is unknown) and turning the layer on.

Window>palettes>quick layers 0:01:00



Articles@ 0:06:53 Updating views and setting pensets for a particular view that is to be put on a sheet Start Overview of the drawing selection settings that set the update view to either auto or manual. Followed by an explanation of the possible motives behind choosing either of these options. Setting pen sets for a particular view that is being prepared for output. So you can work on your drawing in one pen set and print off your work in a different pen set style (e.g. like in AutoCAD you draw in coloured (colored) pens and usually you will print off in all monochrome) Align view Start Brief explanation of the settings in the camera tool Description of what the align view tool is about Archicad tip - Use a hotspot to mark a place Aligning views of existing photos or images with buildings in the digital world Using the 3d window settings to control how the 3d window is displayed. Eric describes how to render with an image in the background, and how if you use that image in a rendering you can also set it to be the 0:09:20 Right click on drawing>drawing selection settings>update type>auto or manual




0:20:30 Toolbox>more>camera>open camera settings 0:25:10


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Description of the view cone and roll angle

Issue with the proportion of height and width in a rendering. Explanation of how to size an ArchiCAD rendering so it is the right size when placed in a photograph

Extending multiple beams or walls to a given point How to bring in a dwg file into ArchiCAD at the right scale whilst keeping it editable

background of your 3d view. You then move your 3d view around until you get a close match An important point to remember is that you need to put the image in the background of the photorendering settings. This is because you cant put an image into the 3d window settings command Archicad tip You can use the navigator preview dialog box in the 3d window to move the camera position. You can also go to view - 3d navigation extras put a camera into the path and this will put a new camera into the floor plan at your current position. From here you have access to the precise movement controls of the camera settings dialogue box Start Archicad tip A key procedure is to synchronize proportions from the image with the 3d window and if possible resize the image in photoshop, so that it has the exact number of pixels as you are working with on screen Why resolution is more important than dpi in rendering The questioner had modelled a house in ArchiCAD. When the house was built he took a photo of the actual built house and its surroundings and then he tried to put into the photo an ArchiCAD model of the same house. This time with a new garage attached. He found that for some reason he could not make the model fit correct proportionally into the photograph The adjust command (walls, beams, lines and arcs work with this command) Place an external drawing command (file>external content>place an external drawing), followed by description of how to turn off some of the dwgs layers. This is achieved by right click on the drawing>drawing selection settings>properties>drawings own layers (only works in ArchiCAD 14 or higher)


The navigator preview dialog box is found on the navigation toolbar (i.e. where rotate, pan etc. are) 0:50:28







File>external content>place an external drawing. Right click on the drawing>drawing selection settings>properties>drawings own layers (only works in ArchiCAD 14 or 1:11:52 higher)

File special merge command Exploding into current view command. This will allow editing of the dwg without bringing in all the layers from AutoCAD into your project

1:13:42 File>file special>merge Edit>reshape>explode into current view 1:17:00

Coaching Call - February 29, 2012

Introduction Creating multiple materials on varied surfaces Changing a standard fill wall to a composite of a complex profile fill wall To capture a profile that will open up in profile manager Editing a complex profile How to modify an edge material in a complex profile (custom edge settings) ArchiCAD only allows you to have one material on each side of an object. But there's a work around and Eric demonstrates how this can be done. Buildings in a project that have different story heights Start Archicad tip If you are working with two buildings in the same project that arent 0:18:50 0:00:46 0:01:57 Design>complexprofile>capture 0:02:27 profile of selection 0:06:47 0:09:00

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structurally connected - it is often better to work with them in two different files and place their information into a single layout. This enables each file to have its own story height. Eric demonstrates how the window anchor settings effect the position of the windows Eric explains how the floor plan cut plane works Eric explains a work around for the cut planes of windows in adjacent buildings (with different story heights) that are grouped together on a layout not showing correctly.

0:28:10 document>floor plan cut plane 0:31:42

0:34:00 Scheduling and listing for several buildings in the same site Start 0:39:49 Hotlinking (file>external content>place hotlinked module). Note: it is better to bring in the modules one story at a time, so they keep their proper relationships within that particular building. 0:52:35 Pink ghosting and unselectable mass in 3d window Identify what the unselectable mass is by isolating layers or trial and error 3d selections. The pink ghosting occurs in ArchiCAD 15 and appears when "display the trimming body", is switched on. The pink ghosting or trimming body when switched on signifies what the roof would trim below it (don't forget the setting of either pivot line or contour line will also effect what is being trimmed below). 0:59:56 Sun studies Note: In older versions of ArchiCAD sun shadows only worked in the internal engine. However in recent versions of ArchiCAD sun shadows will also work in open GL How to move the suns position, set the quality of the sun and fix a location (country and city) and time of day for the sun How to set the project north arrow View>3d view mode>3d window settings>sun shadows 1:13:58 View>3d view mode>3d projection settings Options>project preferences>levels 1:17:30 and project north (View>on screen view options>trimming bodies) (View>elements in 3d view>show selection/marquee in 3d) file>external content>place hotlinked module

Making views for different times of the day. Eric also demonstrates how to copy the shadows to scale from the live 3d view and paste them as static 2d graphics showing where the shadows are Archicad tip: When you paste multiple objects into a drawing, you may want to go to edit and undo the paste and then go to edit and click on redo. This will enable objects to come back into the drawing with selection handles. Thus enabling you to then put them all onto a layer or change other attributes about them Problem of how to simulate continuous railings ArchiCAD objects such as cylinders, cylinder shell and elbows can be used to create a model, if the library parts arent sufficient. Not mentioned in this tutorial, but perhaps applicable to this question is the profiler tool. This tool is excellent for producing railings or balusters of various shapes (the profiler tool is a free addon, and should not be confused with the complex profile tool). Error messages in ArchiCAD Eric explains what error messages are and what might be causing them.


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Coaching Call - March 15, 2012

Introduction Discussion on Eric Bobrows YouTube[08/12/2012 11.25.03]

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Using cover fills

Angle of rotation

Views onto layouts

Editing details

Publishing drawings to dwg

channel and his latest video tracing 2d drawings to create 3d models Start How to alter the fill in the element attributes How to alter a 3d material (w siding) to make it look like the cover fill in the 2d window ArchiCAD tip: When you lock all sides of an object with the same material the element attributes material dialog box will open at the exact same material Fill of surface material this involves the 2d fill looking at what the 3d window surface hatch is Changing a drawings angle of rotation.This will cause the x and y guidelines to reorientate and can be very helpful when drawing a building/s at an angle How the change of orientation effects the north arrow position Solving a problem - when the drawings are dragged onto a layout the pensets switch to a different setting ArchiCAD tip: You can set up more than one elevation marker for different drawing types e.g. construction documents and presentations (when they have different settings) Changing the default drawing penset settings Eric explains the most effective way to set up drawings ready for printing. He explains that it is better to create a view consciously, give it a name and ideally group all related drawings together Window marker not showing. Eric goes through the window marker settings and possible reasons why it is not showing. He then explains if the marker still wont show copy and paste a window and marker from a job where the marker is showing into your current job. There is also an option to turn on/off markers in the renovation tool (ArchiCad 15) and this could be another possible reason for a window marker not showing Question about when details are edited and then further elements are added to the main model/drawing how is it possible to stop the detail reverting back to its original unedited state when the detail is rebuilt Linework and fill consolidation will make the detail simpler to edit (this command came in ArchiCAD 12) If you have called out a detail and havent done any or much work on it you can right click then open detail drawing and click on rebuild from source view. This will update the detail to match the main drawing. But this method will bring back lines and fills that you have previously deleted If you have done some or a lot of work editing the detail drawing. Then decide to make some more alterations to your main model/drawing. You should bring up the trace and reference palette to help in updating/coordinating the detail The questioner asks if it is possible to consolidate the lines and fills when sending to dwg format (so as to prevent lines on top of lines occurring) Eric's answer to the above question - Switch the drawing section selection settings status from auto rebuild model to drawing. This will change everything to lines and fills. The

mfrlapNQQeMNftyTl_g&index=6&feature=plcp 0:05:05 0:07:24 options>element attributes> materials 0:09:35


0:12:50 This tool can be found in the navigation area 0:17:00 0:19:15


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0:31:57 Model view options; Window selection settings; Renovation tool settings


0:46:21 Edit>reshape>linework and/or fill consolidation 0:49:15 View>refresh>rebuild from source view

0:53:05 Trace and Reference palette


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How to show different (historic time periods) phases

Walls with an inconsistent width

Problems with MAC Lion OS

linework and fill consolidation tool can then be used before exporting to dwg. When the drawing has been exported you can then change the status back to auto rebuild model. Another option is make a copy of the file and then unlink it and clean it up. And then save a record copy as a separate file. You can also do the above with plans. To do this you would first save a copy of your file and click on explode into current view, and then you would do a linework and fill consolidation Making railings - if ArchiCAD hasnt got the right library part, you can either model them yourself, or get a third party addon such as cadimage or cigraph to give yourself more options Create an as built file then create a design project that takes it up from phase A of the construction. So the as built is existing and phase A is new. Then save a copy and redesignate everything that is new as existing Layer combinations could also be used to simulate the different time periods and hotlinked modules can be used by updating the module for different phases The two tools for drawing walls with varying widths are trapezoidal and polygonal walls. Note: Windows cant be placed in polygonal walls and with the trapezoidal wall - window reference lines cant be flipped with the design>modify wall> reference line tool. The windows have to be perpendicular to the reference side Using trapezoidal and polygonal wall tools together to simulate complex walls that contain windows. Note: polygonal walls wont show skins so you have to manually draw these details in Problems with ArchiCAD fonts and other issues in Mac OS Lion. Erics has heard it is now okay, but there may still be still some issues so proceed with a degree of caution




1:22:29 design>modify wall> reference line tool



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Coaching Call - March 21, 2012

Introductions Start Finding the true shape and dimensions of an octagonal roof

How to create octagon walls quickly with the magic wand tool. And how to then rotate these octagon walls to an exact position using snap points. Creating a complex hip roof that follows the outline of the octagon walls. Note: in ArchiCAD 10-14 you have options for creating the slope and offset, before the roof creation operation completes, and in ArchiCAD 15 it uses the default settings to complete the roof. This is because you have the ability to make alterations after the roof has been completed. Setting up a perpendicular view. View>3d navigation extras>look to perpendicular of clicked surface. Note: you have to make sure that your screen is set to axonometric and not perspective view to ensure you are seeing the true lengths of objects being viewed. Note: only the side you clicked when you set up a perpendicular view will have true lengths. View>3d view mode>axonometric Pasting a screen shot of the model in the 3d window into the 2d floor plan. If you need to then resize the screen shot and still keep

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its original proportions you would select the screenshot and select the stretch option and then resize with the shift key pressed down. Marquee>edit copy>paste To be able to draft and dimension the true shape of the roof you need to first switch from open GL 3d engine to internal 3d engine. Then you draw a selection marquee and go to copy, a dialogue box appears and you select the scaled drawing option and select your preferences from elements to copy View>3d view mode>internal 3d engine Making a framing plan using the roof maker tool Design>design extras>roofmaker>roof wizard Editing ArchiCAD pen set How to create a penset that has a couple of colour pens for emphasis, but retains the majority of the pens set to black Creating custom pen sets. Document>pen sets>pen set selection How to associate selected views with the newly created pen set Setting up model view options to make a drawing stand out for a particular purpose (e.g. set up walls to show less detail) document>set model view>model view options Note: if you want the drawing to print out using your newly created pen set. You must ensure that the drawing selection settings arent overriding your chosen pen set 2d window settings Changing the window settings in 2d from detailed to basic Locking a drawing on a layout and record To lock the viewport once it has been copies placed on a layout sheet; first select the drawing and then go to edit>locking>lock To lock a drawing as a record copy (stop future updates) file>external content>drawing manager Saving back-up or record copies of a project Schedules and scheme settings Questioner has a problem with information not always showing up Eric explains how to set up criteria, values and fields How to find where information in the schedule is found on the plan The user can also input information into the schedule from the window selection settings Linking an image to a drawing on a sheet Start How to place a linked detail marker and defining the marker reference Changing the appearance of the marker Drawing a roof that is sloped in one direction, Start with roof sides not parallel to the walls. (so it appears to be sloped in two directions) Altering the roof plane of a simple single plane roof on the fly. Note: clicking on a node that is not on the pivot line, will enable you to change the roof angle (This is very useful when you have an adjoining roof or building that you want to match heights with) Eric illustrates how the pivot line works Eric draws three walls all joined together with different heights, and illustrates how to draw a roof that will intersect all three heights on each of the walls Archicad tip: an easy way to handle a two pitched roof is to use columns and treat their heights as survey elevation points and attach the roof to their centres and then save the columns to an invisible layer for record purposes Importing a dwg drawing that is editable Start The place external drawing and attach xref

0:10:00 View>3d view mode>internal 3d engine

0:11:37 Design>design extras>roofmaker>roof wizard 0:20:33

0:23:53 Document>pen sets>pen set selection 0:25:35 0:29:08 document>set model view>model view options


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options will make the dwg file uneditable in ArchiCAD. To bring in a dwg file that is editable you can select merge (file>file special>merge) this can get messy though because you will be bringing in all the dwg files layers from AutoCAD. Continued below Eric advises that you use the place external drawing option to bring in the dwg and then you should do a explode in current view (edit>reshape>explode into current view) a dialog box then pops up and you should select keep drawing primitives only and uncheck keep drawing primitives original layers. If you do all this the dwg will be fully editable and all the AutoCAD layers will go on just the ArchiCAD layer. Another sophisticated way to bring in an editable dwg (and still keep all the dwg layers) is to bring it into a separate project file, open it rather than place it as a drawing. And in the separate project file look at the layers and collapse elements that are on several layers onto a smaller number of layers

1:39:10 edit>reshape>explode into current view

Coaching Call - March 27, 2012

Introductions Updating your office template to a newer version of ArchiCAD Start 0:02:44 Opening up the ArchiCAD 14 version of master template in ArchiCAD 15 Updating master template so it can migrate from ArchiCAD 14 library to the ArchiCAD 15 library Using the find and select tool to find library parts that have been superseded, but dont have exact correlate with the newer version of ArchiCAD Note: When loading in libraries; the library manager can give you a report of the objects just loaded in if required and this can be very useful Start 0:04:10



file>libraries and objects>library 0:19:17 manager

Finishing a plastered brick wall to a sloping roofline. And making an opening or entrance in this brick and plastered wall

0:21:45 Eric discusses how custom profiles can be used to show a wall finish ArchiCAD tip: Sometimes when working on the 3d model the objects on screen can appear to be a little bit dark. To resolve this issue go to more sun and manually manoeuvre the sun until you are satisfied with the results ArchiCAD tip: Need a guide line and find you cant get one to show up where you want it. Then go to create guideline segment; this tool enables you to draw one in where you want it. You will find this tool just to the right of the inject parameter tool in the toolbar palette Eric draws a thin plaster finish onto the wall passing the roofline. He then uses the trim elements to roof command to trim the plaster finish to the underside of the sloping roof How to make an opening in a brick wall that has had a plaster finish applied to it (i.e. in effect you are cutting through two walls one the brick wall and two the plaster finish) How to turn off door markers How to show the plaster wall as a new item in the renovation filter 0:24:50

View>3d view mode>3d projection 0:29:49 settings

0:31:48 Design>connect>trim elements to roof/shell (ArchiCAD 15), before ArchiCAD 15 you would use solid element operations or the trim to roof 0:32:20 command

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status 0:39:55 Demonstration of the renovation filter and how Eric intends to show all the different phases to show various building phases of two from existing to demolition through to adjacent composite walls of different finished in the renovation filter thicknesses 0:42:34 After drawing the walls you need to make the reference lines of the walls with different thicknesses line up How to change the fill patterns that signify existing and new elements in the renovation tool settings Eric talks briefly about gutters in the ArchiCAD library, and talks about the options if the gutter library parts are not what you need Start If you open the camera settings and then click on path you will have the options to first name the groups of cameras and you will also have the ability to tell ArchiCAD what camera settings you want to see on your plan (i.e. camera positions, paths, views) How to increase or decrease the number of views inbetween each camera position How to move the cameras handles to fine tune the position of the cameras path When you create a fly through of the camera positions there is the possibility to use either the 3d window or the photo rendering settings. The choice here is either speed or quality How to change the frames per second of the movie

0:44:42 Design>modify wall>reference line


Quick overview on gutters

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Making a movie

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Document>creative imaging>create fly 1:13:35 through Document>creative imaging>create fly 1:25:58 through>set

Coaching Call - April 12, 2012

Introductions A member on the coaching call states that his company is using mac os lion with ArchiCAD (including Cigraph ArchiCAD plugins) and it is working flawlessly Problem with window casings being inset (i.e. they are overlapping the window frame and glass) when they need to be outset Note: The window casing (if selected) will change its position according to the wall closure setting. Therefore if the window casing is in the wrong position; try changing the wall closure setting. There is also a setting that allows the window casing to be moved or offset from its original position Questioner couldn't find the niche tool in the library. The reason behind this was the questioner was looking in objects and should have been looking under windows in the toolbox. Note: Because niche is classed as a window it will show up in the window schedule. But there is a way to stop niche's being shown in the window schedule and you would do this by putting an X in the window ID Eric goes through the niche settings. Solid element operations for creating a niche in a wall (this would be used when the niche tool can't give you the shape that you want) Note: When you have made a profile for the


Window casing not displaying properly


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Missing niche tool

window selection settings>folder view>find library parts>keyword (type 0:11:50 niche here)

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Niche with rounded top and niches of elaborate shape

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niche shape and you are ready to insert the profile into the wall. It is important to remember that auto intersection has to to be turned off. Otherwise the profile shape will be automatically intersected and will refuse to finish inside the wall. Cutting the hole in the wall using solid element operations Archicad tip: Think about putting all your solid element operations together on their own named layer. Note: When using solid element operations to make a niche, the niche will not show on the floor plan. If it is important to have the niche showing a patch will have to be made An issue with some library parts appearing in plan as transparent. The problem was when a fill (for example as a floor) was put below the library part it could be seen Eric demonstrates a work around for the above issue. It involves doing a boolean operation in the fill using the shape of the transparent object as a template. An alternative work around would be to make a cover-up fill by drawing a fill in the shape of the transparent object and then turning it into a background fill. Library parts are moved around in a drawing, so it would be prudent to group the cover-up fill and transparent object together A questioner asks is it possible to make opaque library parts transparent so that they can show the background colour (color) of the floor. Eric goes through the various options from transparency to tinting Eric demonstrates an alternative method of creating a wash, rather than putting a tone behind everything. This can be useful because it cuts out the need for altering the library parts to transparent and then changing them back to opaque. Eric uses both a tube and an elbow in object>basic shapes to create an inclined ring. He illustrates how the parameter settings can be manipulated to alter the rings size, shape and inclination Start The shape has two straight sides, a curved back wall and curved top. The front of the alter is open and the edges of the straight sides have a curved profile to them Eric first demonstrates how to draw the two straight side walls and rounded top piece as one connected piece in the profile manager. He then demonstrates how to tighten up your measurements from the original rough sketch. Eric makes the front curved edge profile and then uses the wall tool to draw the curved profile into the shape of the alter opening The curved profile was drawn in plan view and it now needs to be tilted up Eric demonstrates how the navigator preview can set up your view (i.e. tilt up the curved profile), enabling the ability to save the curved profile as a 3d object Archicad tip: If you need to find the centre between two points - go to create guideline segment draw a line between the two points and you will find that the centre point will now highlight Eric demonstrates how to draw the curved back part of the alter

0:25:32 Options>auto intersection Design>connect>solid element operations or design>solid element 0:26:44 operations (ArchiCAD 10 to 14)


Transparent library parts



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How to create an inclined ring

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Creating an alter shape with the profile manager

design>complex profiles>profile 0:55:54 manager


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file>libraries and objects>save 3d 1:12:01 model as

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Coaching Call - April 25, 2012

Introduction A large church window needs to cross several stories and show on each individual storey in plan views Start Go into the wall selection settings and change the show on stories setting from, "home story only", "to show on all relevant stories". Eric illustrates the, "make fills and zones transparent" feature in the trace and reference palette. This feature is useful when you want to see the trace reference more clearly. How to make a recessed large church window Start in an inset wall The gothic arch opening and its parameters. When going through the parameters, Eric shows the setting that will make the top of the arch either rounded or pointed Eric puts a gothic arch opening into the thick wall. And then he puts a thin wall make up piece into the gothic arch opening. This make up piece is to afford the window a host. Finally, Eric puts a window into the gothic arch opening. An alternative method not shown in this tutorial is to use solid element operations for making the opening Eric talks about his architect internet marketing programme and he says that there are still a few openings left Question on automatic drawing layout ID and naming Eric talks about creating layouts in the layout book How to change the colour (color) of master items on layouts from red to a colour (color) of your choice


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Window>folder view>Find library 0:15:23 parts> (type in the word)Arch>Find


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0:27:05 Master layout settings>Drawing placement>Align and assign drawings 0:28:45 to a grid 0:29:45 0:39:55 File>Libraries and objects>Import 0:40:35 blocks from dxf/dwg File>Libraries and objects>Save as 0:48:48 title type

How to set up a grid on a layout Explanation of categories, "drawing" and "layout" in autotext Explanation of import blocks from dxf/dwg and Start save as title type Explanation of import blocks from dxf/dwg command Explanation of save as title type command How to use autotext with the save as title type command (this would be used to add automatically updating fields to the save as title type command). Note: although these fields can update automatically they aren't parametric i.e. you can't stretch lines etc. How to use imperial and metric units in the same project Start How to use quick options to switch the dimension units between imperial and metric on the fly How to create two views in the same project - one using imperial units and the other view using metric units How to show both metric and imperial dimensions in the same drawing. Note: when showing metric and imperial dimensions in the same drawing; the converted dimension will need refreshing to update if a dimension is altered Question on the ability to work with an imperial and metric library in the same project Start Loading in beam profiles that comply to

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building codes

Reflected ceiling plans

Start Any beam profile can be loaded in that complies with building codes. (There are also options to choose a particular building code from a particular country) Overview on creating reflected ceiling plans. Looking at model view options and layer combinations etc.


1:17:30 Options>Import standard steel profile


Coaching Call - April 30, 2012

Introduction Two different composite wall types not cleaning up when joined together

Custom wall profile issue - Reference line in wrong place so wall not cleaning up properly

Eric demontrates how changing some settings in the element attributes>composites can clean up your walls Changing the wall priority number can aid the walls in cleaning up ArchiCAD tip: If you are finding that your walls are not cleaning up properly - go and check if auto intersection is turned off Eric takes two walls with different materials that are joined together and uses the merge wall command and then the capture profile of selection command. Eric is now able to open the newly merged walls in the profile editor (note: the reason for merging the two walls is to be able to open both walls together in the profile editor). Because the two walls are now a single profile they clean up much better. If you try this technique please don't forget to put the opening reference line where your windows or doors need to go (Eric illustrates this at time 0:22:25) In effect the 3d window is showing a custom wall profile with an interior wall running into it (the custom wall profile and interior wall are made of different materials), and are not cleaning up properly, thus the edge of the interior wall can be seen in the exterior wall. This issue can be easily fixed by moving the reference line

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0:03:42 Options>auto intersection

design>complex profiles>merge walls and then design>complex 0:19:28 profiles>capture profile of selection

Quick demonstration of the find and select tool Does making many solid element operations The answer is yes. slow ArchiCAD down Issue with Lightworks - matching to the Start internal engine giving strange results How to create a new material ArchiCAD tip: when creating a new material; the best way to do it is to create something simililar and then bring in a new texture. This is because all the settings will already be close to being right and will only need tweaking slightly. An example would be creating an aged red brick by duplicating a red brick that already exists, and then doing a little fine tweaking to make the brick look aged How to change the texture of a material Eric talks briefly about alpha channels Issue with editing user made 2d symbols Start Eric draws a symbol using 2d linework. He then saves the linework as an object, he opens the object, does some basic editing and adds some hotspots to the object Creating a roof that is thicker at one end than Start the other Eric begins by drawing a butterfly roof, to top off a building. He then takes a section of the building and copies and pastes the 2d linework of the roof outline into the profile manager. The reason for doing all this, is the roof tool doesn't allow for roofs with

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differential thicknesses. The profile manager affords Eric the ability to alter the roofs shape/thickness. Note: When you have finished editing the roof profile you have the option of saving as either a complex custom wall or beam profile (there is no roof profile option) both have their own advantages that Eric demonstrates The complex profile may need the colour (color) {the ArchiCAD assigned colour (color) was a jaded grey}, of its overhead lines changing on plan to enable the complex profile to stand out If the butterfly roof then needs to be tilted: the custom beam profile should be used, as this can be tilted and the custom wall profile can't. Unfortunately, in this tutorial, Eric encountered a problem with trimming walls to roofs (solid element operations). He didn't have time in this tutorial to fix the problem, but he promised to come back to it at a later date. A viewer commented that the same procedure for creating a butterfly roof could be used for creating a parking garage ramp. A viewer also asks about creating a ramp to connect a parking area to a multi-level building; he asks about using the mesh tool to achieve this. Eric's reply is because a mesh has to have one completely flat side you would have to create two meshes for creating the shape (i.e. top and bottom surfaces) and then you substract one surface from another with a solid element operation

Design>complex profile>profile 1:11:12 manager


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Coaching Call - May 15, 2012

Introduction Two meshes adjacent to each other that are separate but adjoining. Is there an easy way to align them in elevation to each other Start ArchiCAD tip: It can be a good idea to break up a complex mesh into multiple pieces because the mesh can build up a lot of polygons and lots of polygons can hamper solid element operations The questioner wants to create a mesh that is part grass and part mulch (forested area) these areas are adjacent to each other and need to be synchronized together at the right heights correctly. Eric explains the critical issue for making them align is to put the external points of all meshes that are adjacent to each other on top of each other in plan view. You can then go to the 3d window and raise or lower the meshes together to the correct position Issue with walls cleaning up in plan, but their joining line showing in elevation and 3d, even though they have the same materials Start ArchiCAD tip: Struggling to select something e.g. walls Then select the wall tool in the tool box, and then you should be able to shift and click to select the wall easily. Eric explains the need for consistency when you draw things. He decides to flip the reference lines over on a wall, to make it match up with all the other wall reference lines. Note: You can't just change the reference line side in the wall tool (as this will change the reference line and move the[08/12/2012 11.25.03]






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wall's position), you need to change the reference line using (design>modify wall>reference line>invert all sides) as this will change the reference side, but will keep the wall in the same position Eric shows how to offset the reference line in a wall using the wall selection settings. This would be used to line up the reference lines of two walls that are joined together: where one on the adjoinng walls is a different thickness to the other Eric demonstrates a workaround which is used when the walls can't be made to clean up. It involves drawing a white line over the part of the drawing in elevation, that won't clean up. This procedure acts as camouflage ArchiCAD tip: Sometimes when there are clean up problems, it is because there are two walls on top of each other; therefore this is one line of enquiry that should be looked into Issues concerning cleaning up three way wall intersections Start ArchiCAD tip: There is a toolbar available that can be pulled out that contains on screen view options. This can be quicker than keep going into the menu and finding it manually. Window>toolbars>on screen view options Eric demonstrates some of the many types of three-way wall intersection junctions. He also demonstrates how to make a polygonal wall piece, to act as a junction, to tie the three walls together. This would be used if you can't get the shape at the wall junction that you want, or if the three walls won't clean up properly. Note: The big limitation when doing this procedure is that it can't be used for composite walls as a polygonal wall can only have a single fill colour Eric demonstrates how to make a patch to cover up un-cleanable lines and hatches on the plan. Note: For this command to work a marquee must first be drawn After you create the patch you then need to edit it. You do this by opening the object and then clicking on the button "2d symbol". Note: The patch can be copied/mirrored and moved to other locations in your drawing and hotspots can be added allowing for more exact positioning. It is also good practice to put the patch on the same layer as the thing it is covering up. ArchiCAD tip: If you're doing a lot of cleanup work where you constantly need to be sending objects to the back or to the front by right mouse clicking and then clicking on the required option - Then bring out windows>toolbars>arrange elements; this toolbar will allow you to conduct these operations much faster Switching from auto-rebuild to drawing: means turning the drawing (in this view) into 2d elements, so objects like walls can no longer be selected (just the fills and lines)

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Document>document extra>create 0:47:16 patch

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When user was in sections or elevations changing from "auto-rebuild model" to "drawing" he was having problems with unwanted fills being brought along and asked if there was a quick way of deleting these in a couple of clicks

Right mouse click>section 1:05:43 settings>status To delete all the fills in a particular view select the fills tool and then go to edit>select all fills and press delete. To delete selective fills go to the "find and select" command in the edit menu. Here you would keep adding a criteria until you have narrowed down what you are looking for

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Coaching Call - May 24, 2012 The official name for these is dimension markers and there are two different ways to control them. Document>set model view>model view options>options for construction elements and there is also the possibility of turning them on and off 0:00:38 through the quick options palette

Where are the controls that turn on window and door labels

Ways to deal with roof edges

Where to draw the pivot line when drawing roofs

ArchiCAD tip: remember layers control what is seen and model view options control how it is seen. The model view options as the name suggests has several choices such as construction document, reflected ceiling plan and presentation etc. these styles for model options are associated and recorded with view options (in the view map). So effectively each view in the view map can be set with a different view model options style. So in the questioner's instance this is where he would go to turn off dimension markers (in some or all of his views). If further clarification is needed there is a section in the Best Practice Course about whether to work in the project map or view map (week 8 of the course) ArchiCAD tip: if you need to show where the lighting switches are located when using the reflected ceiling plan style in model view options - turn ON show door option. By showing which way the door swings you highlight where the light switch needs to go ArchiCAD tip: A good time saver tip when creating lots of floors that need to have the same model view options settings is to create a clone folder; in a clone folder all the views inside have a set of settings that are common. So if you were to add for example five more floors all the floors added would have the same settings Questioner wants to know how to deal with eaves overhangs that are thinner than the rafters. Eric copies the roof and then places the copied roof where it needs to go to be able to cut the original roof in the correct position. Eric then uses solid element operations and hides the copied roof that was used as a template to cut the original roof. Eric has previously made a detailed video about how to cut moulded rafter tails see link on the right. Note:It was suggested for solid element operation to work properly, it is important not to have any of the solid operation elements in wire frame. Later in the video this information is questioned by a caller, who says that solid element operations will work in wire frame, but if you split the wire frame elements and then try solid element operations, he says it then won't work (in wire frame). The best approach here is carry on as usual, but if you find you have issues, then consider this advice. Eric discusses how the pivot line can be drawn on the inside, outside and even in the middle of the wall





0:26:45 View>on screen view options>roof pivot lines 0:30:53

The pivot line can be turned on and off Quick explanation about the different phases Problem when the user assigned new walls of the renovation filter they dissapeared in the floor plan Printing out the trace reference Eric describes how to include the printing of the trace reference in the plans print out. You can only do this in the print command and not the plot command, but to get around this you could print to PDF. User has an issue with placing something into Eric recommends viewing a section of his

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a location relative to another element

User has an issue with recreating before and after conditions in the renovation filter. Particulary with complex items such as roofs and meshes

quick start course titled precise placements of elements. See link on the right. Eric also does a quick demonstration of some basic relative placing of element techniques Eric demonstrates how you have two choices - you either create two different versions (old and new) or you can have an existing and create another part that is added on. Eric demonstrates how in the scheme schedules ArchiCAD is smart enough (when you set it up correctly) to understand what you want in the schedule (either new, existing or what needs to be demolished) Eric explains what hotlinking is, and how you use it. Note: when bringing in a file into ArchiCAD from the hotlink file dialog box make sure the filter is set to the right option i.e. pln. or mod. If you choose pln then all the mod. will be greyed out and will not be available and vice versa Note: when bringing in a multistory hotlinked file - you should bring in the hotlinked file one story at a time when you already have multistory buildings in your project that have different story height settings. If the multistory buildings in your project have the same story heights as your hotlinked file then by all means bring in all stories at the same time.


0:54:49 Open your particular schedule and click on scheme settings from here click on add a criteria and go through the list until you find renovation status and from here you choose whether it 1:01:11 is new, existing or to be demolished File>external content>place hotlinked 1:04:35 module

Hotlinking a module


Coaching Call - May 30, 2012 Start For example different screen resolutions one for working and a different resolution for showing a client a project ArchiCAD tip: a couple of good navigating shortcuts 1). push down the center mouse button to pan and 2). to rotate the building in 3d press down shift simultaneously with the center mouse button Eric demonstrates how the revamped trim to roof works in ArchiCAD 15. Eric demonstrates how to draw a triangular projection piece for the gable wall using the roof and slab tools. Its appearence is the sort of decoration that is found on roman temples (e.g. like a cornice except this has straight and not moulded sides). Eric demonstrates how to mitre the edges together (of the triangle projection piece) with solid element operations and then he goes through the different possibilities of custom edge settings ArchiCAD tip: move the sun around to brighten the screen Eric, again, demonstrates how to do a triangular shaped wall projection (this time with mouldings). This time he uses the beam tool to create it. The big advantage in using the beam tool is that you can make a custom profile, thus you can create ornate mouldings. ArchiCAD tip: when making a custom profile it is a good idea to first draw a shape that matches the dimensions and volume of the profile that you want to create. You then select the shape, right click and choose the, "capture profile of selection" command. By doing it this way you already have a template with the exact dimensions to model 0:03:00 options>work environment>info 0:04:56 box>palette schemes

Ornamental gable wall front Where to go to set up and save different ArchiCAD screen arrangements Ornamental gable wall front cont'd. Eric demonstrates three different methods to achieve this.

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A gable wall projecting above a pitched roof

How to create a new pen set and how to switch it to all black for plotting

with. Thus making creating a desired profile that little bit easier. There was a few issues with cleaning up using the beam tool to make the triangular cornice profile. So Eric shows a third way to make the triangular projection this involves turning a complex shape into an object To achieve this Eric copies the roof and then raises the copied roof. Eric then slightly sets back the original roof; he then uses the copied roof as a template for trimming. Finally he hides the copied roof and this leaves a projecting gable wall that is above the original pitch roof. Eric illustrates how to create a personalized penset and in doing so he goes over how to change pen colours (colors) and lineweights. There is the possibility to overwrite a penset, so you don't have to start from scratch if you later wish to make a few slight changes to a personalized penset. To change your pen set go to documents>pensets>pens and colours. Eric also gives a comprehensive explanation of pensets and even compares the differences between the american and international templates and their pensets. It is very difficult to break this topic into sections; I therefore advise if viewers are interested in this topic that they watch all the recording starting 0:45:29 and ending 1:29:22 Note: in ArchiCAD 15 (and possibly in some earlier versions. Eric is unsure if it is available in versions 13 and 14) you are able to save a pen-weight file to use in another program such as AutoCAD. But please beaware because when Eric hovered over the, "save as CBT" button, a little box appeared that stated available only if the DXF-DWG addon is loaded. So for this to work in AutoCAD an add-on may need to be downloaded. People who regularly use both ArchiCAD and AutoCAD will no doubt understand better than I how the CBT file works





Option>element attributes>attribute 1:24:21 manager>save as ctb

Coaching Call - June 14, 2012

Arrowheads showing on walls and how to turn To make the arrowheads go away turn on on/off wall and beam intersection clean up clean wall and beam intersections. Some people occasionally turn off clean wall and beam intersections, so they can see where walls and beams are cleaning up (the arrows highlight which side the reference line is on). Below this command is the wall and beam reference line on/off button. This button will also turn on/off the arrowheads, but you will not be able to show or un-show the wall and beam clean up with this button. Composite wall showing as a wall with a fill Eric copied a composite wall between (no longer composite) when copied into different projects and it worked perfectly; another project therefore, Eric suspected that the composite wall may have been brought into another project using favorites. Below is an explanation of how favorites work and why this issue of a composite wall turning into a fill was happening Eric does a quick overview on how favourites (favorites) work Note: when you have defined custom wall types, custom materials or indeed any type of custom attribute and you want to use them in another file, you will need to import their definition and the simplest way to do

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this is to copy and paste from one file to another (this method ensures that they bring in their definitions). If you wanted to do this on a large scale then you would use attribute manager. Joining together concrete curbs that are sloped and curved

Options>element attributes>attribute 0:18:00 manager

How to draw plinth blocks and corner blocks on an architrave

When labeling objects is there a way of setting the label location in the elevation and section in the label default settings?

Start 0:19:31 ArchiCad tip: when working in 3d - shadows can make working in and understanding a drawing difficult. They can be turned off if so desired. 0:22:30 Eric shows how to tilt a complex beam profile. To position items precisely a section view can be created (and then worked in) to allow you to clearly see what heights and positions objects need to be at. Note: When the slope pitch changes abrubtly, then, it is better to create a new piece of adjoining curb rather than extend the piece of curb (this enables you to more accurately follow the slopes inclination). 0:31:55 When Eric came to the problem of creating a curved and tilted curb profile, he decided to create it using small pieces of curb joined together and he made small tweaks to each curb in order to create the curvature and necessary tilt. Note: to create a really smooth curve you will need to make many tiny curb pieces; it maybe a better idea if you have time constraints to make slightly fewer curb pieces and just put up with a slightly less smooth transition. There're some powerful third party addon tools that may enable the job to be done quicker such as "objective" by encina and cad image make a tool called "extrusions". 0:38:00 Eric shows how to change the number of 0:49:42 decimal places that ArchiCAD reads to. Eric does a quick overview on curved and straight ramps (These ramps are objects in ArchiCAD's library). Later on in this tutorial 0:52:43 a questioner explains how to have more and also control in designing the side flanges of the ramps 01:07:35 There was a problem in that solid element operations wasn't allowing this questioner to use doors or windows as an operator or target. 0:55:51 Eric shows how to switch from cut solid line to cut dashed line in plan view. This maybe is a useful feature to illustrate something floating above the cut plane etc. 0:58:14 Eric shows how the column tool (square column) can be used to make the plinth piece 1:00:01 Eric tells the questioner that when using solid element operations instead of selecting the door/window as a target or operator, select the wall that the door/window is attached to and by doing this you will be able to cut into the door/window. 1:03:40 Unfortunately you will still have to do this manually, but the good news is that it will stay linked in terms of the ID 1:11:54 ArchiCAD 16 has a link to e-SPEC which creates specification documents. A listener comments that e-SPEC will not work on macs with ArchiCAD 1:20:04

View>3d view mode>3d window settings>sun shadows

options>project preferences>dimensions

Coaching Call - June 20, 2012 The questioner in his drawings often shows existing and new elevations and sections, and thus needs two different markers. Eric

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The interior elevation tool

Eyedropper tool

Construction simulation


Framing tool

advises that the caller should use the interior elevation marker, as opposed to cutting a section. The interior elevation marker has a few tricks up its sleeve, such as you can set it to ignore certain items that are in the way, e.g. walls that are blocking the view. Eric demonstrates how to set up the interior elevation marker There're two ways to change the renovation status, one by using the renovation palette, and the other by opening up the settings and going into tags and categories Eric creates two views in the view map. These views show new and existing conditions. Although Eric was able to create views showing the different conditions, he wasn't able to get the marker to change (drawing numbers) according to which view it was showing (both existing and new had the same drawing number). Therefore, at this moment in time two markers are still needed to ensure the documentation isn't showing the same drawing number for existing and new conditions. A few of the callers comment on how they work around these issues, and Eric also goes through alternative ways of going about it (including creating a patch at 0:37:36, unfortunately, even this method failed to bring in the markers). Before ArchiCAD 11 this tool wasn't very good, but it has come on leaps and bounds since then. Eric does an overview on this particular tool and its settings. He discusses issues such as creating single and multiple views, and the marker settings. Quick look at how it works. Eric, also shows how to change default settings on certain tools with the eyedropper. An example of this is changing a drawing title default settings using the eyedropper. Without the eyedropper you would have to set the drawing title settings manually. A point to remember is don't eyedrop a "custom" title, as this involves manually updating every title on a layout, it is much better to eyedrop a "by view" title, as this updates automatically as you bring in a drawing. Using construction simulation to show the different time lines of a building (note historic time line i.e. how the building changed through its lifetime). Note: this is a free download (or what ArchiCAD calls goodies) and needs to be installed from the ArchiCAD website. See link on the right (make sure you download the right version for your ArchiCAD). Because the downloads were taking a long time, it was decided to demonstrate the tool in another tutorial, although, Eric did take the time to explain what the tool is capable of in this tutorial. The user had been using teamwork in the office and wanted to now use teamwork in another location (home). Eric explains the principles in setting up teamwork outside the office (much of the information needed to do this is found on ArchiCADWIKI). If people are still having problems setting up, Eric is available to do it on a consultancy basis. Eric talks about the add-on encina objective tool. This tool can be purchased either through Eric, or directly through their website

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home/the-course/coaching-calls/januaryjune-2012/archicad-training-coaching-calljuly-10-2012/ Morph tool Eric talks about how good the new morph tool is, and says he will eventually demonstrate the tool in the Best Practices Course. He doesn't demonstate the tool on this occasion though. If anybody needs a demonstration of the tool now, then they should look up the morph tool on YouTube (see link on right). The questioner has created an elevation and wants to be able to see tiling on an interior wall when looking through a window. He is able to see the tiling (through the window) in the 3d window, but when he creates a 2d elevation for some reason he is unable to see the tiling through the window. Eric demonstrated a workaround to this problem: he created an editable line/fill snapshot and pasted it in the 2d elevation (see below for more details at time 0:19:10) Eric demonstrates how to alter the transmittance of glass (transparency settings) in the material editor. ArchiCAD tip: If you need to see a true elevation in the 3d window, then click on view>3d navigation extras>look to perpendicular of clicked surface. How to take a snapshot of something in the 3d window, and bring it into a 2d elevation as editable fills/lines. Note: you can also use this procedure to export something to another programe such as PhotoShop. Note: before you do this create a true elevation in the 3d window; the procedure is shown above. Eric shows how to not have items that are behind a window showing up. Open up an elevation>right click mouse and elevation settings>model display>uncut elements>and from here turn off transparency ArchiCAD tip: you have made some alterations to an object such as a window, and you want to change it back to the default window settings, but are finding that the undo button won't go back far enough.Then use the info box palette (window settings) to change your window to a different type of window; using the backward and forward arrows, you can then get it back to your original default window. If this explanation is confusing watch Eric demonstrate it. Eric shows how to make a 3d document. 3d documents allow you to place text, labels and dimensions on created views from the 3d window; once created the 3d view can't be rotated. Issues with the hedge being too straight and regen time left this questioner frustrated with ArchiCAD planting objects. Eric showed how to make your own personalised hedge using the slab tool with a leaf material, and then he turned it into a (curvy) complex profile, and finally he used solid element operations to create an attractive natural shape.The biggest advantage with this method is when a lot of hedging is needed, because it is all just one object the rendering time won't be affected. ArchiCAD tip: save the profile as a wall object and this will enable you to create a curved hedge if needed (using the curved wall setting of the wall tool). And if you create a few different hedge profiles you then will have a completely random pattern

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Issue with the transparency setting in elevations


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3d documents

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Issue with scaling when bringing in a DWG. into ArchiCAD

that has a fast rendering time. A caller also comments that the new morph tool may help in creating random patterns, but this hasn't been tested by anybody as of yet. There was a problem when bringing in a DWG into ArchiCAD the drawing was about a 1000 times to big. The issue was ArchiCAD was getting information from the DWG that was in paper size.The strategy for dealing with this issue is to import it whilst paying attention to what the drawing unit size is (is it a mm or an inch) then when you brinh it in measure if it is correct. If it is not correct make a note of the ratio (is it for example a 1000 times to big or small), then undo the import and import it again with the correct number. Eric demonstrates how to manually resize a drawing. Note when doing a manual resize make sure that "grouping" is turned off, as this will prevent resize from working. Eric demontrates using the ArchiCAD translator for sending back the DWG file (at the correct scale) when you have finished editing it in ArchiCAD





Coaching Call - July 19, 2012

In the layout book menu, is there a way of putting master sheets in a sub-set folder?

Eric shows how to get back to a standard palette set up

Using the organizer to bring in a layout or view from another project into your current project.

Unfortunately when you point at something in the masters area there is no option for organization. As a work around you could consider alphabetizing the masters list (it is also a good idea to move the ones you use least to the bottom of the masters list). If your masters list is still too long, you may like to consider deleting the ones you don't need, and importing them back from another project as you need them. Eric demonstrates how to do this at time 0:09:10 If you have messed with your screen set-up and find yourself wanting to get back to a standard set-up this is the procedure to follow. This is useful on a complex multi-building project. You could maintain the basic design model for building (a) in one file, another file for building (b), and perhaps in a third file you might have a site plan, and you might want to bring into the site plan layout book, the layouts for buildings (a) and (b).

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The best practice for group, ungroup, autogroup and suspend groups Magic wand settings Can you delete layouts that are part of a clone folder without losing the rest of the clone layouts

How to find and replace text in a drawing

How do you create a sketch rendered view that will automatically appear in a layout set.

How to create various polygonal wall shapes using the magic wand Eric demonstrates how to create a clone folder, and shows what happens when you delete part of a clone folder. You can't delete just a part of a clone folder, but you can change the title of any views that you no longer need, to something such as N/A (not applicable). This highlights what views in a project that you no longer need. If you have a or many miss-spelt words, or you have say text in a drawing that for an example says 2x4, and you want to change all the instances to 2x6, then use this option. Search and replace appears to be useful when many text items need changing at once, but if just one or two items need changing and you know where they are on the drawing then it would probably be quicker to do it manually. Eric shows how to create a view, and he then changes the settings of the view from


0:31:06 Edit>search and replace text

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the 3d window to the photorendering window. This will enable the view to automatically render every time it is clicked on (with the current photorendering settings). If you have updated the 3d model and you now want to update your created view, all you have to do is click on the green update button in the navigator. What is the best way to demolish a roof plane Eric first demonstrates how to set up the or slope and proceed with alteration by adding renovation filter correctly. He then puts the the roof of an extension or addition original roof on existing status, and draws the new roof shape and puts it on planned status. The extension building causes the roof shape to change considerably, and it is best to view the recording to see how Eric gets around the difficulties. How do you change a penset in a layout The caller explained the quick options palette was greyed out, so it wasn't possible to change the pensets from here. Eric explained that is possible to change the penset by going to document>pensets>pens and colors. Can a 3d document be a hidden line drawing Eric first demonstrates how to create a 3d rather than a shaded drawing document. It is possible to make alterations in a 3d document, but it is not possible to rotate the view. Eric then shows how to dimension the document. Unfortunately it is not possible to create a 3d document with a hidden line drawing (not true, see July 25th coaching call below). Eric did try, and used open GL and the internal engine, but both failed to work. There may be a sort of a work around, and this would involve changing the materials of elements. For speed Eric recommends using the attribute manager. Eric has made a video about changing material schemes and put it on YouTube (see link to the right) Demonstration of the editing plane that appears in the 3d window of ArchiCAD 15 and 16



1:25:00 Document>3d document>create document v=pfA0ODKCLOY



Coaching Call - July 25, 2012

Follow up to the question on the 19th July coaching call about 3d documents being hidden line rather than shaded

The pivot line on a roof

When you have created your 3d document by going to document>3d document>create document, right click your mouse and click on 3d document settings. Then go to model display and uncut elements and then change fill uncut surfaces to uniform pencolour. Once you have changed to uniform pencolour, you can then change the uncut surfaces pen to white or transparent. Eric demonstrates the pivot line, and how the pivot line influences the roofs position. He shows where to go to turn the pivot line on/off (view>on screen options>roof pivot lines). In regards whether it is best to draw the pivot line on the outside or inside of the wall, or on the inside face of framing: Eric says it is up to you, but you would have to zoom in tight and draw the roof very carefully, if you choose to draw it on the framing (as it is harder to snap to than the inside or outside of a wall). Remember where the pivot line falls is the starting height for the roof (so you must be consistent where you draw a roof in a project). ArchiCAD tip: if you decide to draw to the framing you can make the framing easier to snap to by showing core only quick options palette>and then change entire model to core only. ArchiCAD tip: to move up and down stories


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Composite fills

Issue with solid element operations on roofs

Problem with intersecting composite walls

What is the difference between a metal door and a commercial metal door

Setting up a workflow when the given dimensions are the egress width and the drawn element is the door width

in a project use the keyboard shortcut and press control/command and then either the up or down arrow on your keyboard. Eric demonstrates custom plane settings (found in ArchiCAD 15 and 16). How the composite fill shows up on plan. Eric shows what it looks like when the entire model is shown, and when just the core is shown. He then talks about symbol fills, and how to change the orientation of this fill: options>element attributes>composites>fill orientation. Eric has in the past made a video on this subject, and here he describes how he made the video (see link on right to watch video). Make a copy of the roof you want to use solid element operations on. You can then use the copied roof as a template to cut the original roof. Don't forget when you have copied your roof to turn the copy of the multi-plane roof (if it is a multi-plane roof) into a single plane roof, so you can work on it (select roof, right mouse click and select split into single plane roofs). ArchiCAD tip: it is a good idea to create a layer specifically for solid element operations. You can then lock this layer when you have made your solid element operations to avoid any mistakes. A caller describes how he builds up the roof shape in separate pieces. He will use one roof as the framing, and then put another roof piece on top that acts as the sheeting, finally he will come back and put on some tails. Eric demonstrates what the caller is describing and also has a conversation about cutting the birdsmouth. The caller when making composite walls found that the core of the wall cut fine, but the finish of the wall wasn't intersecting properly. The problem was found to be that the wall priority number wasn't set correctly. Eric also described how a company on its website had produced many great ArchiCAD articles, and in particular had made an article on wall priorities, and helpfully had images to show you what the priority numbers meant when intersecting walls. The company is called onland and the article is called - onland:composite wall priorities. see link on the right. The differences appear to be in the panel decoration. Eric says commercial has more elaborate decoration for the panels. There may be other differences too, but Eric at this time isn't aware of what they are. Eric demonstrates how to put a door in a drawing and fix it to the egress width size. He then shows how to switch to egress dimension in the schedule settings

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Coaching Call - July 31, 2012 Eric says he will be doing tutorials on energy valuation as part of the best practices course. Eric also talks about what the new morph tool can do for you. If you are at an early design stage and you want to show a client a drawing that conveys the shape without too much detail, then set the photorendering setting to sketch and from here you can tweak the settings to make the rendering look like a pencil drawing. The caller who was giving this tip 0:00:00


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Problem with ArchiCAD doing unpredictable things

Navigator disappearing

Door schedules

Is there a way to link ArchiCAD and its Artlantis file?

How to convert a 3ds model to gdl with its materials

Drawing an Hexagonal floor plan and roof

says he selects "tech pencil", (which is in the photorendering settings>basic settings>line style) and "custom" for the sketch style (this too is found in basic settings). You can then tweak the other settings to get the effects that you want. Continued below. One procedure that the caller does is change the custom line colour (in basic settings) to grey and this makes the drawing look like it was done in a soft graphite pencil. You could also create an elevation from the 3d window (see description on how to do this on the right), although there would be a problem getting it to scale. The caller gets it to scale by saving the view as a jpeg or pdf and then import it onto one of the layout sheets and then resize it (this is easy to do because you will know how long your building is) and then you work out your scale of the building on the layout sheet. When you have done that as long as you keep saving it in the same view settings it will keep coming back at the same scale. The start of the coaching call was beset with ArchiCAD not doing what it was supposed to be doing. Eric goes through some troubleshooting techniques. Caller wants to know why the navigator keeps disappearing on him. Sometimes people inadvertently click on the setting auto-hide navigator (this happens when you right mouse click in the title bar, and accidently click on auto-hide navigator). Auto-hide navigator can sometimes be a useful feature, say for example you are meeting clients and you want to have your screen clear. Basically the caller was asking if there was a short cut for listing items (found in parameters under listing items in the door and window tool). Eric says that there is a little short cut and that it is found in the schedule scheme settings under add object parameters instead of going through the entire library switch from folder view to folder view of used objects only or favourite objects. The caller wants to know when she is rendering an ArchiCAD model in Artlantis, and notices a change that needs to be made to the ArchiCAD model, can she make the change in ArchiCAD, and then update it with the ArchiCAD model already in Artlantis. To do this you would use a reference file which is a hybrid of the revised design in ArchiCAD and the Artlantis rendering settings. To do this you need to first download "3d studio in" from the Graphisoft website (it's in the goodies section). Eric didn't have time in this tutorial to install the download and do a demonstration, but promised to come back to it at a later date (Archicadwiki has some tips on exchanging models, see link on near right). Eric comments that ArchiCAD 16 has the ability to bring in objects without triangulation (see article link on Archicadwiki far right) Eric warns about bringing in too many detailed 3ds models because they contain so many polygons they will slow your project down. The caller was creating plans for an historic intricate dovecote (bird house). Eric demonstrates creating elevations for the six

Setting up a perpendicular view. View>3d navigation extras>look to perpendicular of clicked surface. Note: you have to make sure that your screen is set to axonometric and not perspective view to ensure you are seeing the true lengths of objects being viewed. Note: only the side you clicked when you set up a perpendicular view will have true lengths. View>3d viewmode>axonometric






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sides, and shows how to draw the roof. Eric creates the walls by tracing a circle with the magicwand (Eric shows how to set up the magicwand in the settings). To get six elevations, Eric first rotates one of the elevations to the correct angle, and then he selects multiply followed by rotate multiple copies (distribute -1). Eric creates the roof system with the magicwand and then adds more levels. Eric then decides because of the roofs intricate shape it might be easier to draw it with the shell tool. Eric thinks the best way to create the roof with the shell tool may be to create each individual side and then join them together. Eric does a demonstration on how to use the shell tool to create roofs, but unfortunately because the video isn't working properly it is difficult to follow. A caller suggests profile manager could be used to make a roof profile. Eric agrees but warns that you can't trim a profile to a required shape, and sometimes a roof needs to be trimmed (you could use solid element operations, but it could get tricky).

Coaching Call - August 15, 2012 0:03:45

Question on the stair tool

An explanation on stair settings and how each parameter influences the finished stair. This explanation is particularly useful for people who have the measurements of a finished stair, and are struggling to input the measurements correctly into the stair tool. Problem merging two roofs The demonstration is done in ArchiCAD version 14. The questioner had a building with two roofs built at different levels that merged together. The lower of the roofs protruded into the higher roof, and the questioner was having problems making this roof clean up where the two roofs merged together. Eric shows how to trim the roof. In this demonstration the higher roof was selected and used as the controlling element (this means it won't be modified). And then with the controlling roof selected Eric pressed control/command and clicked on the edge of the lower roof. This operation will trim the lower roof where it protrudes into the higher roof. All that is left to do now is make the lower roof fit tightly against the wall, and you would do this in plan by adding nodes, and then reshaping the lower roof. How to make a railing guard on a ramp slope The caller was American and therefore had the American version of ArchiCAD and in his version in objects he has something called "ada handrail".Once selected Eric told him to go to parameters and in the general settings alter the vertical displacement. I am not sure but I don't think the international version has an equivalent. How to resize an image to a known dimension The caller had a site drawing that he wanted to bring into ArchiCAD. Unfortunately this site drawing wasn't very accurate and needed to be resized. Eric brought in the pdf/jpeg using file>external content>place external drawing. He then looked on the drawing to find a known dimension, in this case he found a scale bar and he used the measurement tool to measure the scale bar. He had to use the measurement tool to see if what the scale bar was saying was accurate. Having




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found that it wasn't accurate he knew he had to resize the scale bar and by definition the drawing. To resize go to edit>reshape>resize and from here you can resize by either percentage ratio or graphically, most people will probably choose graphically. To resize all you have to do is click on the start and end of the scale bar and then type in what the real distance of the scale bar should be. As the pdf/jpeg won't have snap points on it, it is a good idea to zoom in as far as you can when marking your points for greater accuracy. How to set up background images of a Eric goes through some of the options for proposed site that you want to place the setting up the position of where you want to model in view the building from. ArchiCAD tip: if you want to work with an image of your building in Photoshop, you should save the image with an alpha channel, so Photoshop will automatically know the space behind the building is empty. Eric shows how to put an image or colour/color behind your building. This explanation is about creating a pretty background for presentation purposes, it is not about ligning up the building with the background to get a realistic affect (although with some tweaking it can be made to look fairly realistic). If you need to line up your view then you need to use the align view command (Eric has demonstrated the procedure to do this in previous coaching calls) Similar to the above discription, Eric creates a plain wall behind the building and then creates a new material (in this case a scene to use as a backdrop to the building) and applies the new material to the wall. When creating a new material remember to put an asterisk before the name of the new material, as this will make the new material pop up at the start of the list of materials, and thus, will make it easier to find. You may find that you have to reset the origin where the material starts, and you would do this by design>align 3d texture>set origin. It is also possible to curve the wall and create a cyclorama. Issue with lines showing where complex The caller says to Eric that he should profile intersects other pieces. An example postpone this tutorial for now, as he needs being a moulded complex profile bottom of a to email Eric a project he has where this wall, with an ordainary wall put on top of it. problem occured. Eric agrees, but does go on to do a quick demonstration on why the problems are occuring at time 0:55:50. Please note: if you don't want to see a line make sure that you use the same material and the same name; conversely if you want to use the same material in both pieces, and also want to see a line where they connect, all you have to do is make a copy of one of the materials and change the name (so in effect you have one material with its original name and the same material, but with its name changed). How to change the colour/color of windows The caller has a window and he wants to from the default colour/colors. paint the inside one colour/color and the outside a different colour/color. You would do this by selecting your window, then open up the window tool settings, under general settings find sash options and when you have selected this look to the right hand side of the dialog box and click on the image of a marker/pen this will open up the material settings. Caller wasn't happy with the ArchiCAD library One option would be to have a look at


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for trees and shrubs and wanted some advice Green Line botantical library for ArchiCAD at on what options he had This product is very extensive and is several gigabytes in size and therefore comes on a disk. Eric says the product is very realistic. Another option would be to import objects from other sources, such as dwg, 3dstudio and sketchup. If you have ArchiCAD 16 it is also possible to use the morph tool to do some modeling. Rotating objects in space If you create something and find you want to rotate it, first isolate the item in 3d, go into 3d projection settings and rotate the object to the viewpoint you require, and then save it as a 3d object. Eric demonstrates the full procedure here. The two options you have when deleting When you click on a section marker and try section markers that you have used as a to delete it, two options are given, "keep as temporary drawing aid and you no longer independent" and "delete viewpoint". Eric have a use for explains what both these mean and do. If you want to get rid of the section view completely, then select, "delete viewpoint", as this removes it from everywhere including your clone folders.



Coaching Call - August 21, 2012 The caller was having problems because his 3d view was too dark in parts and he found that he kept having to move the sun around in the 3d projection settings. Eric demonstrates how to create and save multiple views and in each particular view that he creates he changes the sun's position. The reason Eric did this was because now everytime he clicks on a view the sun's position is remembered from when it was saved and therefore time is saved in having to keep repositioning the sun. In the 3d projection settings there is also an option for, "more sun". When you click on this button you can alter how the light is being visualized (e.g. how much shadow is being created) and you can also change the location, season and time of day. Eric looks at increasing light in the rendering settings (he looks at how to use the sun and ambient in lightworks). He then goes on to describe how lamps can be used in a view to brighten it up. Eric has a tip that he shows and he calls it the undersun which he uses for lighting dark corners such as the underside of soffits. In internal camera views it can appear dark because of shadows being cast. To turn off shadows in lightworks go to document>creative imaging>photorendering settings>shadow casting>off. This will give a subtle lightening effect. Eric then demontrates how to put a general light in the room for increased lighting. When exported out, fills become dots and lines and therefore if exported to a programme such as AutoCAD the file size will balloon. Fill types with more dots and lines e.g. plaster will cause the most problems. Eric says changing the fills to a colour/color may be an albeit unsatisfactory compromise to keep the file size managable. If you have to email out some pdf's it may be a good idea to turn off the fill layer, or go to document>set model view>model view options>override fill display. A caller who has Adobe acrobat professional says that 0:01:08

Problems with lighting in 3d views



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there is a way to reduce the file size using acrobat. After he has created a pdf of his work in ArchiCAD he then opens up the pdf in acrobat and in the file menu there is a function that allows you to reduce the file size and apparently it reduces the file down to about a tenth of its previous size. To finish off Eric goes over how to create transparent, opaque or colours/colors that can be put used in place of a fill. Questioner asks how to create a pdf publisher Eric explains the publishing settings. set, and wants to know is the set static, or will it change as the model changes? Eric explains how to create a publisher set. The set is static, but you can easily republish, so this is not a problem. What is the difference between real folder This option is found in the publishing set structure and flat file structure properties dialog box. Real folder creates folders and a hierarchy, whilst flat just publishes the pdf's at the same level. How do you transfer composite walls in a file One way to do this is to copy the composite or an old template to a new template wall from the old template into the new template of ArchiCAD. The other way that you can do global management is options>element attributes>attribute manager and you can bring them in from here (Eric demonstrates the full procedure). Wall end tool (found under more in the tool The caller wanted the wall to finish by box) wrapping around. Eric shows how to do this, and goes through this tools settings. A limitation with this tool is that it only works on the ends of walls,and therefore can't be used on openings in walls. There is a possible workaround here - if you choose a door and then go into its general settings and find the door panel option in here choose empty. This will show the opening cased, but without the door, and Eric finishes off this description by telling you how to turn the door marker off. Eric explains what multi-plane roofs can and can't do How to create a recess in a wall with an The caller wanted to create a fireplace. Eric arched top, without letting it cut itself right explains that a good way to do this is the through the wall niche tool.This tool is found in the window tool, just open the window settings and type in the folder search "niche" (problem with this in that the niche tool leaves a curved back wall). Another option would be to stay in the window tool and search for a folder called openings, and in this folder find arched top window opening. The arched top window opening cuts a hole right through the wall, therefore you would have to put a thin wall make-up piece at the back of the opening and cut it to the shape using solid element operations (Eric demonstrates the full procedure including how to create a patch to clean up the floor plan where the recessed feature is).







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Coaching Call - September 6, 2012 The caller needed a metal profile roof. He couldn't find a suitable roof, so he faked it using a 16" standing seam roof, but he didn't know how to change the roof's colour/color to something more suitable. Eric demonstrates how to change the roofs color, by first opening up the material settings (options>element attributes>materials) and with the engine set to internal engine, Eric decides to change 0:03:03

How to change the colour/color of a roof

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How to make the roof show a tile profile (in this case a spanish tile profile)

How to use steelwork in drawings - domestic and comercial

the texture (this is done by going into the "texture" settings and clicking on search. This opens up the ArchiCAD library, and from here you search through the textures folder (which contains many png. and jpeg. images. These images can also be resized in this dialog box, so that they are at a more appropriate size for your drawing. In regards to changing the color of these textures: if they have the word alpha before the png. file extension, then these file types can have their color changed, if the word alpha isn't there then that particular texture image cannot have its color changed. Continued in box below. Note: during his demonstration Eric found a few problems: 1) The internal engine will update the color changes in the alpha texture images just fine, but. 2) The OpenGL engine however for some reason would not update when Eric tried to change the alpha image textures color. 3) The lightworks engine would update the change of color in the alpha image, but only when you click on "match with internal engine". ArchiCAD tip: if you are using a brick or stone wall texture from the ArchiCAD library it is possible to tweak the color of the brick or stone wall. The rules described in the above two boxes do apply though. Sometimes the only solution when editing a drawing is to use Adobe Photoshop or an equivalent software package. Eric does a quick demonstration of how to use Photoshop to do this. A good trick that Eric did was take one of the textures from the ArchiCAD library into Photoshop and recolored it to his desired color, saved it as a copy and from here he could now use it back in ArchiCAD. The caller wanted to show a tiled roof that had a curvy profile in his drawing. Unfortunately, ArchiCAD roofs can appear a little flat, but there is a free add on called accessories that can breathe new life into a flat looking roof. Eric goes through where to find it on the Graphisoft website and how to load it into your ArchiCAD library at time 0:25:28. Eric then demonstrates how this tool works at time 0:35:23. The tile profile will also show in section, and in the 3d window you can choose your own colors and decide the spacing between the tiles, all this makes it a very useful tool. The only downside with this tool is, i do suspect that because of the detail involved it may slow your project down. The 3d tile profile may not be displaying quite as you would want it to when you open it in the 2d section view. So here Eric shows how to create a patch and modify the 2d line work slightly. In this demonstrated case the tile had a vertical cut, and it needed to be perpendicular. Eric briefly demonstrates standard steel profiled walls and beams. After doing this Eric shows where to go to make your own steel profiles, design>complex profiles>profile manager. Because there are so many standard steel profiles, it would be impracticle to have them all loaded in ArchiCAD at any given time. If you find what you are looking for isn't already in ArchiCAD, more than likely you will be able to find it and load it in by going to, options>import standard steel profile (this





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feature was only added to ArchiCAD around version 13). Very quick demonstration of the ridge tile object Plan view in layouts is revolved from the original plan view. Is there a way for text and dimensions to re-orient? 0:59:05 1:07:09

The answer is partially yes, and you would need to go into the text selection settings to make the necessary changes. You need to be looking at the tick box options of "fixed angle" and "always readable" . What these do is when you tilt the drawing the text will appear horizontal, but be aware that if you rotate your drawing 180 degrees the text will be horizontal but upside down. As for the dimensions when Eric rotated these on the layout they disappeared (this was a glitch on this tutorial, but Eric feels that dimensions won't re-orient). Where should complex profiles begin and end The caller wants to know how to turn on the materials in a particular composite (section view). Eric demonstrates this and talks about the importance of giving everything a name and leaving nothing custom e.g. layer combinations, custom profiles etc. Eric then creates a profile that has a composite wall below, and a complex eaves detail at the top, all come together as one piece. Producing 2d shadow studies on elevations of The caller wants to show the amount of adjoining buildings shadow his new building will cast on all the adjoining buildings (right to light issues). The caller shows Eric a past drawing on which shadows are cast on axo projections, but these dissapear on sections and elevations. Eric goes through the various options and procedures for casting shadows on elevations. Basically, what was happening was some walls were blocking the seeing of the casting of shadows in a particular 2d elevation section view. Eric tries to copy and paste the shadows in the right position from a view that wasn't being blocked by a wall being in the way. Unfortunately this method is only partially successful and there are still times where you are going to have to look where the shadows are being cast in 3d and then draw them into the 2d elevation manually. Eric also demonstrates how 3d cutaway works: view>elements in 3d view>3d cutting planes, this sets up where the model is cutaway and then go to view>elements in 3d view>3d cutaway to turn on the cutaway that you have just made. Unfortunately 3d cutaway couldn't help in this particular question.




Coaching Call - September 11, 2012 Start Eric demonstrates basic camera settings. This is a very basic explanation where Eric goes through how the settings effect the camera's position (in this particular explanation, Eric doesn't demonstrate how to make an animation). A little trick, if you want to make the walls truly vertical (i.e. to avoid foreshortening issues) then make sure that both your camera position and your target position are at the exact same height (so you are looking at the building horizontally). Eric demonstrates how to render the view the camera is pointing at. To set up the right photorendering settings go to 0:04:35 0:07:25

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document>creative imaging>photorendering settings. And to render the image go to document>creative imaging>photorender projection. Eric show's how to create simple rendered camera views, and he highlights that if you then make further changes to the model the rendered camera views will update themselves once double clicked on. You can also place a rendered camera view on a layout sheet, and update any changes made here too. Camera paths can clutter up a drawing and there is an option for turning them off. First open up the camera tool, and click on path, and under display options set to "none". Find and Select Eric demonstrates this tool and pays special attention on telling people how to use the, "criteria" to get the best out of this tool. Eyedropper tool Brief explanation on this tool Masking the background around text names? Sometimes it is hard to read text names due to them merging in with their backgrounds. Here, Eric shows how to set their backgrounds to opaque go to Text selection settings>text block formatting>opaque, you can also give the background a particular color, by clicking on the monitor icon, that is situated to the right of the opaque checkbox To remove the little handles that surround "text" go to view>on screen view options>textbox handles. There really is no need to remove these handles unless they annoy you, because these little handles don't print out. Masking the background of zones Select the zone stamp that you want to change and then open up the zone category settings>set to basic zone stamp (found under edit selected category)>and finally change the fill background pen from transparency to opaque. If you cant' find a zone stamp that is suitable in ArchiCAD, it is possible to purchase a more advanced one from a company called masterscript. How to save/export a 3ds file with textures File>save as>3d studio file, then a dialog and at the correct scale box pops up and that asks, "construct 3d object according to", from here it gives options such as layers, materials etc. Eric explains what the different options entail. Roof object showing dashed line on floor plan Eric goes through a lot of interesting options view. And the caller would like to know if he regarding what you can show, and how you can show it as a solid line for ceiling plan. can change what is seen on the different Basically, he wants to know can he show two storys and views. Eventually, Eric answers different types of roof linetypes in plan views. the question and the answer is - Eric shows how to set both solid and dashed lines, but he doesn't think there is a way to set both at the same time for different views. Here is what to do to change the linetype options>project preferences>construction elements>here you can change the line type for above and below the home story. But think carefully before you use it; because it also effects everything else that is above and below the home story too. Eric puts a colored fill behind a zone stamp, to personalize the zone stamp How to create your own personalized The caller describes the context of the architectural window that has tracery. This problem that he is having example just has shaped mullions, but the process for creating tracery is basically the same. Eric starts to make the personalized window Eric shows some new features that are in ArchiCAD 16, and these consist of more controls for designating names to materials of newly created objects. Eric shows how to make the newly created object cut its own shape into a wall. This



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How to place a detail that comes from a manufacturer (dwg. format) onto a layout

Control/command clicking to adjust the roof edge on multi plane roofs

involves giving it a special ID called wallhole. Note: This process is essential for making your window cut out the true shape of your window (e.g. curved top rail) into the wall. If you don't follow this procedure the window will only cut out a square or rectangle shape that follows the windows maximum dimensions. Note: Eric also mentions that the wallhole shape that you create to cutout your personalized window has to be made using the slab tool. You can make all kinds of objects not just windows, and some of the objects you may want to rotate to a different orientation, Eric shows you how to do this. Eric shows how to put a detail onto a layout sheet, and goes through some of the settings such as changing the scale and changing the pensets. Note: The detail can't be edited when brought in this way. To edit first bring it in as a detail and explode it. Unfortunately, you can't adjust click on multi plane roofs. First you need to turn them into single plane roofs. An alternative way to join together two connected multi plane roofs is Eric selects one of the multi plane roofs and right clicks, and selects connect>trim elements to roof/shell. Eric goes through the procedure and also talks about how the pivot line and contours effects how the roof is cut.




Coaching Call - September 19, 2012 How to install ArchiCAD updates. Note: if you are in an office that uses the BIM server, then everybody has to upgrade at the same time. Eric says he is re-opening the course in October, if anybody is interested in taking the course contact Eric. The course is about teaching architects how to market their business more effectively. The caller is sending ArchiCAD files to a consultant who is using AutoCAD. The consultant intends to edit the file, and then send it back to the ArchiCAD user. Eric explains the settings in the translator in great detail. I would recommend that all but the most experienced ArchiCAD users view this. A caller gives a tip: Which is when exporting/converting dwg. files, always include a dimension (or object scale bar) so a measurement test can be done. Another caller says the exported files don't always scale correctly when opened in AutoCAD, so double check your info, or get the receiver to double check when he/she receives the file. An option for an ArchiCAD user who doesn't own a copy of AutoCAD, but wants to double check the scale is correct, is to get a copy of the free AutoCAD viewer from Autodesk. There is a different process to drawing a roof in ArchiCAD 15 and higher. Eric, demonstrates both the old (ArchiCAD 14 and below) and new way (ArchiCAD 15 and above) of drawing roofs. First of all Eric demonstrates ArchiCAD 14 and below method - here the number of pieces in the segmented roof is determined by the magic wand settings - options>magic wand settings>segments along arc The ArchiCAD 15 and above method of 0:00:00

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Internet marketing course


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How to draw a barrel vault roof that is continuous and not segmented


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Is there a way of making markers respond to the filters in the renovation tool? Caller having trouble editing a custom drawing Eric first demonstrates how to bring in a title custom drawing title onto a layout. Because it has been saved as an object, Eric says it can't be easily edited. So Eric shows how to explode it (cutom drawing title), re-work it (using autotext, and possibly the 2d line and circle tools), and then save it as a drawing title. File>libraries and objects>save selection as>drawing title. The caller then asks how to edit the custom drawing title gsm source file. Eric says there are two main ways to do this - 1) He would save the reworked, "drawing title" somewhere so that you can always tweak it and make another version of your title. 2) The other method is to open the object, file>libraries and objects>open object. From here open "2d symbol", set the scale to 1/1 (this is because a title is an object intended to be placed on paper, so it is actual size and not scaled), make your necessary changes and save it. Discussion about creating your building with After the discussion the caller says that he very intricate construction details (built into the had a question - His wall complex profile model itself) in 3d using complex profiles. worked out fine and he found that windows These details would then show up everywhere cut into it etc., but unfortunately there is no accross the project. (MUST SEE) ability to make a roof complex profile, so the caller got around this by using a wall complex profile to make the roof. But doing it this way meant that the roof didn't show up very well on plan or elevation. So the caller faked the roof a bit by putting a roof plane in as well and he put fills in the roof planes. The caller would like to know is this the best way of doing it, or is it better to draw everything as individual elements. Eric doesn't have an answer other than doing such intricate complex profiles can bog your project down due to the number of polygons. This segment wasn't so much answering a question - think of it more as opening your mind to the possibilities that are achievable in ArchiCAD.

drawing a barrel vault roof involves using the shell tool as there is no vault shaped rib in the roof tool. The settings required in the shell tool are simple extrusions (the first option on the left that looks a bit like a roof tile) and the construction method is also simple (again the first option on the left that looks like a tunnel). The first two clicks define the direction, and the third click defines how wide it is going to be (all the other settings e.g. the height etc. are found in the info box palette). Eric goes through the process of drawing the barrel vault and then shows how to make alterations to it. The caller has created a clone folder to save his details in, and he wants to save the detail in a different place on his hard drive as part of a detail library. Eric explains the differences between a linked and independent detail. One is linked to a source marker, and the other is independent, so you can draw what you want. Eric goes through saving as a module and creating a hotlink. He describes, where you would typically use them, and how they differ from each other. You could also save the details as a copy of the pln or tpl file, and just delete the building (don't forget to unlink the details first); the advantage of doing it this way is everything is set up ready. Eric doesn't think that this is possible




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Historic building has chimneys built (merging) into the wall, and the architect wants control on what lines show on the plan.

Basically he wants to control how the chimney and walls display. Unfortunately, he has to also have a capping on top of the wall and this extra detail makes controling what lines are seen even more difficult. Eric tidy's up the drawing first and then tell's the caller to open up the layer manager to work with this problem area. This is because in only one layer combination (the roof plan in this case), Eric sets the wall priority number to "2", by doing this he ensures that this wall won't clean up with the wall's adjacent to it. Therefore all the necessary lines are showing. This caller was navigating through his views using the project map, and Eric warns against this because the project map will retain the last previously used layer combinations. Whereas, if you navigate through the view map the layer combinations are controlled by what the user has set for that particular view and thus you have a predictable working environment. Note: To recap - a good thing to always remember is that elements that clean up with each other can always be controlled by layers. You would open up your layer manager, and in the layer combination that you are working on, you would designate that certain layers within that combination are going to be different. This is achieved by changing the layer priority number (the number here determines whether items clean up or not), if adjacent items both have a number "1" they will clean up and if they are set to different number i.e. one item to "1" and one item to "2" then they won't clean up. The beauty of this is that you can assign a layer combination just for this problem area, and assign a different layer combination for this area in your other storeys. Thus, you have full control throughout your project on what cleans up and what doesn't. Showing the walls of a building in different The walls in this case are just simple walls colours/colors on the plan; for highlighting the and not composite walls. Therefore all that buildings different time periods. needs doing is select the walls that need changing and open the floor plan and section settings, find cut surfaces (drop down arrow), and open "cut fill background pen", and from here it's just a matter of changing the wall to your chosen colour/color. If you wanted to do this to a composite wall, you can only do it this way (i think) - follow the procedure for simple walls, but under "cut fill background pen" you will find a checkbox that reads "apply structures settings" if this is unchecked you can change the composite walls color, but if it is checked the color of the wall will be locked in to what it was given when it was originally made. Eric also gives a brief explanation on your options if you had "apply structures settings checked". How to switch off (pop up) error messages Sometimes when you are working on a (e.g. a boundary line crossing itself) drawing error messages will pop up. On occasions fixing these error messages are not critical to your drawing, and you may feel that you want to keep working on your drawing. To turn off the pop up warning


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messages (this won't fix the actual error, but will stop the warning messages) options>work environment>images and calculations>3d and calculation process check controls> then uncheck "interrupt with error messages" and "write report" Problem with the information from "Zones" not Basically when the caller was opening up showing up in the schedule his, "room finish schedule" a blank page came up. He couldn't understand why as he had set the criteria to show zones. Eric first used the quick layers tool palette to locate where all the zones in the project where windows>palettes>quick layers. Eric also demonstrates to the uninitiated how to use the quick layers palette to find things quickly. The description on how to make zones show up in a schedule doesn't really get going until about time 0:38:54. The problem in the caller's case was in the zone selection settings the ID (found in tags and categories) needed changing from the letter "X" to something different. Eric describes why sometimes you might have to create two zone stamps in order to get more data in it. ArchiCAD migration library Eric briefly describes the migration library Creating a view Eric briefly describes creating views Un-wanted red lines showing on screen The caller had a series of red lines (trimming body) appearing on his drawing. The caller had inadvertently switched on trimming bodies, and it just needed to be turned off again. view>on screen options>trimming bodies. Note: The command show trimming body only occurs in ArchiCAD 15 and above. Eric also talks about what the trimming body command is used for. How to save and insert a custom made panel Eric answers this question by saving an in a curtain wall already created custom panel for inserting in a curtain wall. Eric, originally had a few problems saving and then inserting the panel in the curtain wall, but eventually he figured out how to do it. Basically when you are ready for inserting your saved panel choose custom panel (under type), and then within the custom panel settings you click on "panel name" and this brings up a list of all the available created panels. This procedure undertaken here is also the same when choosing a custom panel you have made for a door (when you are in the door tool), this may make the explanation a little easier to understand. I have put a link to an excellent video on creating custom panels that I found on YouTube (see to the right). I would advise to either download or watch as soon as possible just incase it is taken down. What is the difference between saving a Eric explains the differences and also how custom part as a new object vs save selection these commands have changed in later as releases of ArchiCAD Problem with renovation override styles in the The caller was finding that the fill tool in the renovation tool renovation override style for "new elements" would only work if the exsisting wall had been given a fill. The caller was finding if the existing wall had no fill, then he couldn't put a fill there when he switched over to "new elements". Eric couldn't solve this problem but promised to look into it further at a later date. As an observer (just a guess) it looked like there may be a little bug that was preventing the necessary changes.



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Can the renovation filter be used when generating 3d?

The renovation filters are recorded in the view, in a project usually there are many different views, with different settings for each particular view. To set the renovation filter, select a particular view, and open its view settings, from here you can set the renovation filter. This works in 2d and 3d, in fact any view can be set up with the renovation filter, only the schedule doesn't allow this, but even here you can still filter using "criteria". Is it possible to show the text and information If you want to show text (information) from from zones in section views? And also is it zones in section views there is an add-on possible when using the massing tool to show available from a website called something representing color in the section "simpleaddon", (see link on right). This view? website publishes this addon and many others that are all bundled together for $20. You can even download the addons for free, but there are some restrictions on what features you are able to use. Eric briefly demonstrates zones and massing. If the massing is not showing up in 3d, then follow this procedure: view>elements in 3d view>filter elements in 3d, and in the dialog box make sure that zones is checked. Eric says unfortunately he thinks it is not possible to get the massing tool to show something representing color in section view. The addon previously mentioned may be able to do this, but Eric doubts that it can. Eric advises the caller to contact the makers of the addon, and ask if it is possible to make changes to the addon to enable this. Most companies welcome such feedback, if it is not too difficult they may make the changes you need. How to show the first floor plan on the site Eric opens the view settings of the site plan, plan and clicks on floor plan cut plane settings, from here he advises, change the "cut plane height to current story", or change the "relative floor plan range". Be warned that in order to see the walls, you must also set the wall selection settings floor plan display to show all relevant stories (Eric demonstrates how to do this) How to download a map from Google Maps If you want to be able to open multiple and put it into a drawing as a location map. layouts or sections/elevations and flip And how to open multiple layouts and flip inbetween them - then follow this procedure inbetween them options>work environment>more options>when opening view or layout from a menu or by double clicking on navigator>prefer to open in a new window. Eric then goes onto Google maps and saves a location as a pdf. and he then puts the pdf. into a layout using "file>external content>place external drawing". Eric then shows how to crop and rescale the pdf. and change the title style if required. How to remove site contours from the floor The contours were showing as a spline, and plan only Eric advised that the contours be put on their own layer so they can be controlled (on/off). Another way to control the contours is to open the mesh selection settings and use the "floor plan display" to select what story's are to be shown (Eric demonstrates what to do). The caller was using the same layer combination for floor plans and 3d, and Eric advises him that this is bad practice and he needs to be using separate layer combinations for both of these. So that he has more control on what is seen and not seen in the different views. Eric then shows how to put a cover up fill in the 2d floor plan (over the building). This is used to stop the contour lines showing through the building.


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Finally, Eric talks about how solid element operations can also be used to achieve this effect in the 3d window (see link on right for explanation on how to do this). Eric discusses layers and stories, and talks Eric discusses best practice and also talks about best practice issues about how to change the line type (e.g. full, dotted, dashed) in plan view - go to options>project preferences>construction elements. Eric also describes how to edit how fills are shown in different story's (e.g. roof) - select a roof>open its selection settings>floor plan and section>floor plan display>show on stories>edit custom>show fill on Discussion on using templates in worksheets - Eric discusses the benefits of making a e.g. using a template of electrical symbols and template and he also discusses his own eyedropping them into a project "master template" and how it works. If anybody needs to send a large file (up to 50mb) "" will do this for you for free. And they will also allow you to send files above 50mb for a small fee How do you create stairs? A lady caller finds that ArchiCAD stairs don't satisfy her needs and wants to create her own stairs. Eric demonstrates what to do. In this case, Eric needs to bring in a dwg. file into ArchiCAD to get the stair measurements, so he can begin designing the stair. Eric brings in the dwg. file with the "place external drawing", option and before he does anything else, he checks the drawings measurements using the "measure tool". This is very important because sometimes when a drawing is brought in it can be the wrong size and need rescaling/resizing. The lady had drawn the entire house in dwg. 2d format; because, of this Eric advised her that it might now be faster to trace over the dwg. in ArchiCAD (see link on right for tutorial showing how to do this.) Eric demonstrates using slabs to model the stairs Eric says another option is to visit the cadimage website if you're willing to pay and want more advanced stair options. Creating a stair using selection. Eric creates a stair on plan using the fill and line tools and then selects the stair using design>create stair using selection option. Making a stair using custom profiles - this way you would make the stair by drawing it in section. An advantage of drawing a stair this way is you can give the tread a bullnose, and you also have more control what the stringer looks like in section - and if say there is a beam at the bottom of the landing, you could put that in your profile and it will show up in section. A person on YouTube has made a video on how the morph tool in ArchiCAD 16 can improve and clean up stairs. (see link on right - there is actually 2 videos, so when the link finishes playing click on the next video in the sequence) v=RUSw6hBkj5Y 0:52:05



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Coaching Call - October 25, 2012

Preparing questions for coaching calls

Eric explains what he personally did, to show

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new and existing, before the renovation filter became available in ArchiCAD 15 The caller had inadvertently loaded an ArchiCAD library twice, thus causing many duplicates to appear. Eric shows the caller how to load in a library the correct way. Eric demonstrates the renovation filter. And he also discusses the notes in the master template reference manual regarding renovations.

about this, and Eric explains them all, and explains the pro's and con's of each. 0:10:22

Eric demonstrates how the renovation filter works. And then he talks about how the caller had been given the mastertemplate reference manual for ArchiCAD 14 (i.e. before the renovation filter was created). When ArchiCAD 15, became available Eric updated the reference manual notes for mastertemplate to take account of the newly available renovation filter. Hence the confusion and the previous question in this coaching call on how, "to show new and existing before the renovation filter became available". Why you should change the name of a view Basically when you change the name of a in the project map and not the view map view in the project map it gets inherited in the view map, and therefore it is good practice to go about it this way round. The caller had created a complex profile wall, The caller needed to check "apply and the fills assigned to this wall weren't structure's settings", in the complex wall showing up when he created a section view profile, wall's selection settings, cut of the wall. Eric also talks about how you set surfaces. Note: you should check all the up the pen type and thickness for skins in "apply structures settings" checkboxes. composites. Complex foundation design has adjacent Eric opens the layers dialog box and foundation not cleaning up as the caller wants changes the layer intersection priority number - shortcut for layers dialog box is: control L and then change the layer intersection priority number to two and this stops adjacent walls from cleaning up. Eric also describes the "wall priority" function (found when you select a wall, and then open up, floor plan and section, under structure), and how it works. Basically this is about whether you want walls or parts of walls to pass through each other, and you would typically use this feature when joining together different materials e.g. wood and steel and core and exterior etc. How to place a sloped plane over a window The caller was from India (very hot and sunny), so I am presuming that he was trying to create some sort of shading device. Eric draws this using the roof tool, and he puts a negative number in to reverse the slope (make it tilt downwards) from the pivot line. Grid of intersecting columns and beams not The beams were positioned only halfway intersecting correctly onto the column, but were being shown cutting completely through the columns, and the caller wanted the 3d window to show beams only partially cutting through the columns. Eric opens up options>project preferences>construction elements>3d intersection priorities, and changes the number. Eric then demonstrates how the beam tools priority number works. Creating a custom door panel in a curtain wall Eric first creates the panel using tools such as the slab tool. Then he saves the created custom curtain wall panel (in ArchiCAD 16 this is the procedure to do this) file>libraries and objects>save selection as>door leaf. To place this newly created panel into your project follow this procedure - first open up the curtain wall panel selection settings>curtain wall door settings>change the general settings to door leaf settings>and then move the slider down until you find "custom panel" from here you just choose the panel that you created earlier. Finally Eric demonstrates the procedure for showing the door at an open








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How to set back a window frame into a wall

How to control the speed of a movie flythrough

Confusion between the project map and the view map

angle. Eric demonstrates what to do. The type of wall e.g. studwall or solid wall will effect which settings in the window selection settings that need to be tweaked to make the window frame move. Therefore you need to watch the video to understand which settings you need to be tweaking. Eric goes through how to speed up the movie, slow it down, control the file size, control the frame rate and change the compression type etc. First, Eric tells the caller that there is a video going through the differences between project map and view map in the best practice course (see link on right). Eric then demonstrates the differences for further clarity. In essence the project map is the skeleton of your work (it is the place where you give your views names and where you go when you want to create an independent worksheet or detail.), and the view map allows you to see multiple styles of views (the sort of precise layer combination and style stuff that you create for presentations and printing out). Therefore the best practice is to do your work in the view map.




Coaching Call - October 30, 2012 0:01:30

Preparing questions for coaching calls

Eric has started a Google Documents page for showing questions that will be appearing in the next coaching calls. If anybody wants to check what questions will be appearing in the next coaching call, then open this document. (see link on the right) How to turn on/off the grid snap points. If you On occasions some people may accidentally have objects like walls snapping to the grid switch on the "grid snap". The grid is found squares unexpectedly, then this is probably in the 2d plan window, and when switched the reason why. on grid snap will make objects like walls snap to one of the four corners of the squares that make up the grid intersections on the screen. To toggle on/off go to view>grid snap, or use the shortcut shift+s. When the grid snap is activated a little dot follows your cursor about showing you the nearest snap point. The grid snap doesn't actually turn on/off the grid squares, it just changes whether they are snapable or not. Matching two different pen sets across two Eric shows the caller how to make a custom projects pen set that contains custom colors and line thicknesses - document>pensets>pens and colors - he does this at time 0:09:45. He also shows how to set up a view with your pre-made custom penset. The next part that Eric demonstrates is how to bring in a custom made penset into another project. He does this by going options>element attributes>attribute manager, and from here you have the ability to bring in a penset from another project. Eric describes what the acronym IFC means and what it is used for Cleaning out registry listings related to Eric talks about which old files he thinks are ArchiCAD safe to delete. Eric also says deleting these files won't make much difference to the speed ArchiCAD runs at. Opening up old files on a recent ArchiCAD A lady wanted to open up an ArchiCAD 9 release file on her ArchiCAD 16 (Apple computer). Eric says that ArchiCAD 16 is able to open files going back to ArchiCAD 8.1., if you find that you aren't able to open an old file on a newer release of ArchiCAD click on the link 0:04:20


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to the right. The caller had the roof set to a single plane roof, and that is why multi-plane roof settings were greyed out. To turn on multiplane open up the roof default settings, then open up geometry and positioning, and to the right of the dialog box there is a choice for single and multi-plane roofs - make sure that you have the multi-plane option checked and this will allow you to access the multi-plane geometry settings. If you have a multi-plane roof, and you want Eric has covered this on the best practices to add to the roof with a gable how do you do course (see link on the right). Eric also that? demonstrates what to do to add a gable to a newly created multi-plane roof. Basically you press down on the multiplane roofs pivot line (blue line of the side that you want to change) and then select "custom plane settings" (the icon that has a roof as its picture), and from here just check gable. Eric then shows how to merge a gable roof (i.e. an extension) to an existing multi-plane roof using - right click>connect>trim elements to roof/shell Eric shows how to alter the multiplane roof to account for a later extension that had been planned for a building. Basically, Eric demonstrates how to draw the extension roof as part of the original multi-plane roof (all one piece roof) and also he describes the circumstances and reasons why (pro's and con's) you might want to keep it joined to or separate to the original multi-plane roof. Quick discussion on what to do when using the renovation tool regarding existing and new roofs (to make the roof appear intact). How to move the roof pivot line to rest on a different point off the wall plate. How to raise the extension roofs ridge height up, so it is at the same height (or common ridge line) as the original multiplane roof. Is it possible to do wood framing in ArchiCAD, The answer is yes ArchiCAD does enable or do I need to buy a third-party addon? you to do wood framing. If the user does wood framing regularly, and wants to do more sophisticated wood framing then an option would be to go to as they produce an excellent wood framing tool (it even produces dimensioned elevations and cut-lists) according to Eric (you can purchase this through Eric, or go direct). For all the people who want to see ArchiCAD's wood framing tool - Eric demonstrates "wall accessories", which is a free addon from ArchiCAD - design>design extras>accessories. If you haven't got it installed on your computer go to help>archicad downloads>accessories, and then install this addon on your computer (if you are still unsure what to do, then watch the video as Eric takes you through what to do). Don't forget once you have downloaded the addon you still need to install it into ArchiCAD through the library manager. Cursor not moving at right angles when shift When the shift key is pressed down the key pressed down mouse will move locked to a right angle. The direction it locks to is either horizontal, vertical or the continuation of a previously created angle. The position of the cursor will decide which of these three types will lock to a straight line (i.e. which node is the cursor closest to). If you find that the mouse is locking to the wrong option, release the shift option and re-adjust the postion of the cursor in regards to the nodes. Eric shows Problem activating multi-plane geometry in the roof default settings 0:29:08

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on the video where the cursor needs to be positioned for each of the options. ArchiCAD 16 users - problems moving objects In ArchiCAD 16 the horizontal and vertical vertically and horizontally in 3d commands are merged together, therefore if you want to move objects in a truly horizontal or vertical manner, you must first move them along the (blue line) x or y axis. Look for the small x y letters on the screen. A building with different finishes running along Eric demonstrates what to do to rectify this. each internal room wall of the same external The newest version of ArchiCAD deals with wall, was showing a joint line everytime the this issue in a more sophisticated manner. wall's finish changed (on the external wall And if these sort of problems can't be side). rectified, Eric shows some work arounds. Eric also talks about how changing the wall priority number effects how things clean up. Quick discussion on whether it is best to have Eric also gives advice on how the type of your reference line inside or outside the wall job may determine where you want to put the reference line, and he talks about (and demonstrates) how you may have to make some new reversed sided composite walls if you decide to change the reference line side, otherwise you may end up with the external wall on the inside.




Coaching Call - November 15, 2012 inf_contact_key=7406b1014f4c71ca525c588 0:03:35

Best practice workflow for turning a 2d hand Eric shows how to bring the hand drawing drawing of a roof (and all its details) into a 3d into the project. Then having brought the model and detailed section drawing in, he then proceeds to use a scale bar that was conveniently placed on the hand drawing as a guide to properly scale the drawing. Having scaled the drawing correctly he then proceeds to trace around the hand drawn roof with fills (still working in plan view). The reason for this is to enable him to then copy the fills, and paste them into the complex profile editor. Eric demonstrates how to turn the fills pasted into the complex editor into a complex profile of a roof An alternative way to do it is use "trussmaker" which is found by design>design extras>trussmaker. The caller had to unfortunately leave the call due to technical difficulties, so Eric decides not to demonstrate trussmaker at this time (actually the caller comes back online and Eric decides to demonstate trussmaker at time 0:24:55. Eric says he prefers to use complex profiles over trussmaker because trussmaker has some limitations over the geometry, which may make it diffcult with certain details such as connectors. Note: When you are using fills to make a complex profile be aware that if the fills are touching then they will become one fill. This can create problems if you want to assign each a different material. In this case you would have to pull all the fills apart a little just so they aren't touching one another. Eric demonstrates how to use trussmaker. To make it easier for him to see what he is doing Eric decides to bring up the palette quick layers to temporary turn off some of the layers. Window>palettes>quick layers Eric shows how to add an outer sheathing layer, and inner plasterboard ceiling. How to insert the symbol for batt insulation into the composite. Eric demonstrates how to do it, and reorient the fill. Eric also demonstrates how to place an object insulation batt into the project. The




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difference and advantage with the object insulation batt is it is size adjustable, so you can make it only partially fill a particular area or shape. Explanation of 3d cutting planes ArchiCAD tip: when you have made a 3d cutaway section using the marquee tool; you may find that you want to change the color of the cutaway edge, to do this go to elements in 3d view>3d cutting planes, and from here you can change the edges color. This is particulary good for presentation purposes. This feature also enables you to cut extra pieces off the cutaway section in a horizontal plane (or any other plane), so in effect you are taking the building apart to examine it, or to show to clients. How to show the composite material fills in Right click in the 3d window and click on the 3d window "capture window for 3d document". The beauty of this feature is that you can also annotate and dimension the view from here. The only limitation working from here is that the view won't rotate (it is at the fixed angle that it was created at) How to make changes to elevation markers For instance change the line color and (storey heights) create a marker head. Eric demonstrates what to do (in elevation selection settings), but he did find that ArchiCAD was rather buggy when he tried to open adjacent markers that he had also made changes to, he found some parameters worked and others hadn't. Creating a graphic for a title block that will be Eric demonstrates how to do this, and he used in every master's sheet also talks about how to reference the graphic in when you start another project. Eric then shows how to use the orgnaizer to bring in views from other projects and drag them on to a layout sheet. Eric discusses creating templates, and putting stuff into the template, so that future projects have access to it. Followed by an interesting discussion on how some of the caller's arrange their master sheets. How to merge files in attribute manager with Options>element attributes>attribute creating duplicates manager. Eric explains the differences between "append and overwrite". Basically by selecting append you are adding them to the end of the list (with new index number), and overwrite will take something of a certain numeric position and overwrite the item with the same numeric position. Eric also explains what purge unused does






Coaching Call - November 20, 2012 Eric demonstrates "virtual trace" working on the first floor and coordinating the first floor window positions with the ground floor window positions. He used the "transparent fills and background feature", to achieve this. If this feature ("transparent fills and background") is accidentally left on, it will make the fills in your project invisible. This is particulary noticable when you have fills that don't have any linework accompanying it; then you wouldn't see anything at all, and thus this is the reason why the caller couldn't see any of his fills in his project. The caller was finding that the renovation tool setting does not affect the 3d window and you have to set it via the menu. Also when he looks at his building in plan using the planned status filter, and then flicks to 3d it defaults to existing filter. Unfortunately, this is how Graphisoft has set up how the 3d 0:01:15

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window works with the renovation filter. To get around this Eric sets up the 3d window to the status he wants and then saves it as a view. He does this for every status, and thus all the status's are just a click away in the 3d window. Eric also describes the overrides feature in the renovation filter (in this case giving the new construction elements a different color in the 3d window). It is only the new construction elements that are shown with a different color (to highlight to the client the changes) - "planned status" in the 3d window is shown in its natural colors/materials. Walls not cleaning up properly A gentleman caller had two composite walls that were joined together via an offset (he needed the offset because the external composite was a cladding panel and needed to be placed away from the insulation). The walls were not cleaning up correctly in certain places. Eric first opens up composites and checks the wall priority numbers - options>element attributes>composites - this is not the solution on this occasion. Eric thinks the problem lies with the position of the reference line (because of the wall offset it is being pushed far out - much further than it normally would be), and he advises making a patch to solve the issue. Eric also gives advice on positioning the reference line. A lady caller also had a problem with walls in her case the skins were in reverse order to what she needed. Eric explains what to do and how the reference line affects things (see Eric's slightly earlier explanation on reference lines). Eric also shows the lady how to set up the composite in reverse order. Note: remember when in composites the skin at the top of the list will be the closest to the reference line. The lady was a new ArchiCAD user and found setting up (very complex) composites confusing, so Eric showed her how to set up and work with a basic (no composite fill) wall, and advised her to come back at a later date when she was more confident, set up the composite wall, and then just eyedrop the composite wall created into the project. A caller at time 0:43:00 advises the lady to create a composite wall at the required thickness and give it a name. The caller suggests that this composite wall should be given just one blank fill (for example airspace), just for the time being, and when she has completed the project (and perhaps feeling less stressed and more confident) she could come back to the composite wall and edit it; creating all the necessary fills that go into the wall. The beauty of doing it (editing it) this way is when she has finished creating the fills for the previously created composite wall the entire project will update at the same time. If you do decide to make your composite walls this way then be careful if you then decide to draw the internal walls from the centre reference line. A single plane roof is placed on story 3, and The caller said he had no problems doing the caller wants the projection outline to show this before ArchiCAD 16 came along, but on story 2 now for some reason he is unable to do it. First Eric checks the "show on stories" in the roof selection settings - floor plan display settings, and after finding this was set correctly (home story and one story down setting) he then goes to



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options>project preferences>construction elements, and found this was set correctly too. Eric then goes back to the roof selection (floor plan display) settings and changes the floor plan display from projected to projected with overhead. and now the roof shows the projected outline on story 2. How to create a curtain wall corner detail that At first there was no ideal solution found for has a butt (glass joined) corner with no frame. this issue, but right at the end of this And very quick explanation on how to put a question slot at time 1:21:30 a solution is curtain wall in another wall e.g. brick wall found, but personally I would watch all this shop front tutorial question answer, as Eric and the caller take us through the different selection settings. The solution involves first changing the corner mullion to corner frame and making the dimension zero, then make it invisible (so you end up with invisible for type, and custom frame for frame class, set at zero - the order you do this procedure appears to be very important). Eric also gives a tip for creating a curtain wall inside a traditional wall (for example a shop front) he says create the traditional wall and then create a "wallhole", and now you can put the curtain wall inside the "wallhole" space. If you don't know how wallhole works then look through previous tutorials; Eric has explained this several times in the past (if you are struggling to find one try this Coaching Call September 11, 2012 at time 1:12:23) Is it best to use layers to organize building In general, it is better to let the stories elements such as columns and beams, rather organize your project vertically (each story than have them on a separate story? referring to a discrete vertical level) and use layers and layer combinations to show or hide elements on each story to create specific plans. Eric demonstrates what to do and he also describes how mastertemplate can improve your workflow (template available through Eric). Eric has also made another thorough video tutorial on this topic - see link on the right. How to turn off the 3d grid in ArchiCAD 15 View>editing plane display and above What are the differences between drafting, cover, and cut fills? And how to get a vectorial fill to not show in plan, but to show in section.


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