January – June 2012
ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – June 14, 2012
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 ArchiCAD Training Session Notes

Arrowheads showing on walls and how to turn on/off wall and beam intersection clean up To make the arrowheads go away turn on 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. 0:00:52
Composite wall showing as a wall with a fill (no longer composite) when copied into another project Eric copied a composite wall between different projects and it worked perfectly; 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 0:04:08
  Eric does a quick overview on how favourites (favorites) work 0:08:21
  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 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. 0:18:00
Joining together concrete curbs that are sloped and curved 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 decimal places that ArchiCAD reads to. 0:49:42
  Eric does a quick overview on curved and straight ramps (These ramps are objects in ArchiCAD’s library). Later on in this tutorial a questioner explains  how to have more control in designing the side flanges of the ramps   0:52:43 and also 01:07:35
How to draw plinth blocks and corner blocks on an architrave 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
When labeling objects is there a way of setting the label location in the elevation and section in the label default settings? 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

ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – June 14, 2012

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