This 21 minute video lesson starts the process of developing an actual building, following the dimensional information from a drawing. There are two PDF files, one for USA users in feet and inches, and the other for International users with metric standards. Please open the appropriate PDF and print it out as a reference while you go through parts 1 and 2 of this module.
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After ArchiCAD is started up, a New project is created using the standard template (use the one for your version of ArchiCAD) and default profile (this choice is set in the New Project dialog box, and affects menu setup and palette placement). After this file is opened and the profile is applied, your screen should look similar to what is shown (both USA and INT versions are demonstrated).
The wall tool is activated and dimensional information is set (6″ or 150mm thickness). The geometry method is switched to Polywall, so that multiple walls can be drawn in a continuous process, and the first set of walls is created using dimensions from the PDF drawing. Both USA and INT units are referred to for each step to make this easy to follow for all users. The lengths are confirmed using the Measure tool.
The rest of the building outline is created in a second series of input steps. This time there is a variation: one of the wall distances is set to line up with an existing element using a Guideline. The activation of guidelines is discussed both for ArchiCAD 15 (as shown onscreen) as well as ArchiCAD 10 through 14 (and Start Edition), as these are slightly different.
The building is viewed in 3D in perspective and axonometric views, then rotated using the orbit button.
The process of creating the building exterior walls is repeated using the INT version as a quick review, which also makes clear that these steps can be very quick when you know the actual distances you need to input.
TROUBLESHOOTING NOTES: If you make a mistake in entering one of the end-points of a series of walls (when drawing with the Polywall method), you may back up one step with the Backspace key (PC) or Delete key (Mac). You can actually go back as many steps as you need, then continue on from that point. If you want to start over entirely, use the Escape key, which will cancel the entire chain of walls. If you complete the series, but decide it’s not worth keeping (or simply want to practice doing it again), use the Undo command from the Edit menu (or Command-Z or CTRL-Z).
For best cleanup of wall intersections, make sure you connect the new wall you’re about to draw to the Reference Line of the existing wall you want to connect with. To see which side the reference line is for an existing wall, you can hover your mouse cursor over the edge of the wall on each side; on the reference line side, you’ll see a heavier Mercedes (three line symbol indicating you are on the edge), while on the other side, you’ll see a lighter Mercedes cursor symbol. Simply follow the reference line edge to the end of the wall, and when you see a heavy check-mark cursor, you can click to start your new wall.
As you start to draw your wall, you’ll see a ghost image with the “rubber-band line” attached to your cursor, and the thickness of the wall indicated with a lighter line (usually one side or the other, but perhaps it may be centered). If the wall image looks to be facing the wrong way for your needs, you may change the Construction Method in the Info Box from Left to Right or Centered while in the middle of drawing the wall; return your mouse to the drawing area and you will see the ghost preview image of the wall update to the new position.
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