In this 29 minute ArchiCAD training lesson, I share some of my favorite ways to work on the model, directly in the 3D window and Section windows.
It is important to get very comfortable working in the 3D window, editing the position and geometric attributes of elements using the Pet Palette. I find it quicker in many cases to place an element anywhere convenient (either on plan or directly in 3D) then move it into position. One does not have to measure the elevation or the length, because one can simply move the element vertically and change its size with the pet palette by snapping or aligning to other elements.
It is often convenient to draw a temporary section line through an area in order to fine-tune the position of elements in that area. It is possible to snap to intersections of components in the section that do not have snaps in the 3D window or native node points at that intersection.
ArchiCAD Tip: When elements are touching each other in section (possibly trimmed using Solid Element Operations or the Connect command in version 15 or later) ArchiCAD will join their outlines (removing the line in between) if the Fill is exactly the same. This facilitates constructing certain forms, such as a foundation wall with footing, out of two or more separate elements that have the same fill; ArchiCAD will make them appear to be one unified element in the Section drawing.
One can force a line in between two elements by making them have different Fills, even if these Fills are identical in appearance. For example, Background Fill and Air Space are both “empty” fills which produce an opaque white background; however since they have different names, ArchiCAD will draw a line between two elements in section when they use these distinct Fills.
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