ArchiCAD Basic Training – Module 5
5-3. Layer Combinations, View Settings, Model View Options & Cut Plane Settings

ArchiCAD Training –  (Quick Start Course – 5-3)

This 19 minute lesson focuses on how to create the right View for particular drawings by manipulating Layer Combinations (which control what elements are seen), Model View Options (which control how these elements are shown) and Cut Plane Settings (which determine at what height the walls are cut in order to show windows and doors properly).

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  1. StephenWambua
    12 years ago

    hallo Eric,
    i would like to create a slab which is like a wave form , not flat style , is it possible?


    • Eric Bobrow
      12 years ago

      Stephen –

      In ArchiCAD, the slab tool is limited to creating flat shapes, although it allows an arbitrary polygonal outline and optional holes.

      To create a surface that has a wave form, you might try using a Complex Profile (introduced in ArchiCAD 10) which will create an extrusion with a constant cross-section and a uniform depth. You can then use a Solid Element Operation to Intersect this with a Slab to create the wave form shape with a polygonal outline rather than a uniform rectangular shape on plan.

      You might also be able to creat this with the Shell tool (introduced in ArchiCAD 15) which allows a profile to be extruded and can have a polygonal outline – thus combining both options into one element.

      These are somewhat advanced techniques, although in practice they are not that tricky or time-consuming to create once you understand how to use these parts of ArchiCAD (Complex Profiles, Solid Element Operations, and/or the Shell tool).


  2. JulianoMandinga
    12 years ago

    I mean the model view options does on the Int. version does not have the Presentation-Solid. How do I create one?

  3. JulianoMandinga
    12 years ago

    Hi Eric,

    The international version has less layer combination than the US version i.e. the presentation layer combination does not exist in the international version, I am hoping to learn more about layer combination. I have your master template but do not know yet how to take full advantage of it. It would be good to see how to use the master template on a live project from drafting, through to publishing.

  4. JohnWalker
    12 years ago

    How do you show all windows if you have some high windows (daylighting only) as well as view height windows when they might not fall in the same cut plane?

    • Eric Bobrow
      12 years ago

      John –

      You may set the walls and windows to use the Symbolic representation rather than Projected, and then all the openings will show regardless of height.

      To control this further, you may use Projected settings but change the cut plane for each View; thus you can get a standard floor plan and a separate clerestory (daylighting) plan.

      For split-level projects, sometimes it is necessary to create more than one View (each with a different cut plane) and combine them on a Layout sheet. When laid out properly, they will appear to be a single Drawing even though one actually has two or more side by side.