This 19 minute lesson shows how to create interior elevations from the ArchiCAD model.
The Interior Elevation tool was introduced in ArchiCAD 11. It works like the section tool, in that it gives a live view that cuts through the model at a particular location; in this case showing a wall along with fixtures and cabinets installed next to the wall. To create a construction document, this view may be annotated with text, dimensions, labels and additional graphics as desired. 3D elements in the view (such as cabinets, windows or doors) may be selected and edited; such changes will affect all related views of these elements including the floor plan.
However, Interior Elevations have some unique features:
In this lesson, Interior Elevations are created for each of several rooms, with different variations demonstrated each time. In addition, the Views of the Interior Elevations are placed in groups onto a newly created Layout sheet. ArchiCAD automatically arranges each group in a row, although sometimes this requires some manual adjustment.
NOTE: To set the name for the Interior Elevation group, type in the room name or description in the Info Box or Interior Elevations Settings dialog before placing the IE. If you want to change the name afterwards, either select the marker on the plan and edit the name in the Info Box, or select the group in the Project Map and edit the name in the properties area at the bottom of the Navigator. To change the scale or layer combination for the IE group, it’s best to select the group of Views in the View Map and click the View Settings button; to change the default scale or layer combination or other options for all IE Views, select the IE clone folder and change its settings.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Each interior elevation drawing may take its name from a combination of static text (usually, this is the room name) and an Autotext field referring to an automatically named direction (e.g. North, East, or even Northeast) based on the Project North position. The end result is an appropriate, unique name for each IE direction such as “KITCHEN EAST.”
The Autotext field reference (which will be replaced with the direction or number of the drawing) may be entered easily from the Info Box by pressing down on the small triangle popup just to the right of the text editing area. Alternatively, the field may be inserted into the text using the special Autotext popup to the left of the text field in the Interior Elevation Settings dialog.
You may set the Project North orientation in the Options menu > Project Preferences > Levels and Project North command; in earlier versions of ArchiCAD, one sets the North direction in the View menu > 3D View Mode > 3D Projection Settings > More Sun… dialog box.
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