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ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – March 27, 2012
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 ArchiCAD Training Session Notes

QUESTION ANSWER SUMMARY AND NOTES START TIME
Introductions    
Updating your office template to a newer version of ArchiCAD Start 0:02:44
  Opening up the ArchiCAD 14 version of master template in ArchiCAD 15 0:04:10
  Updating master template so it can migrate from ArchiCAD 14 library to the ArchiCAD 15 library 0:05:42
  Using the find and select tool to find library parts that have been superseded, but don’t have exact correlate with the newer version of ArchiCAD 0:08:15
  Note: When loading in libraries; the library manager can give you a report of the objects just loaded in if required and this can be very useful 0:19:17
Finishing a plastered brick wall to a sloping roofline. And making an opening or entrance in this brick and plastered wall Start 0:21:45
  Eric discusses how custom profiles can be used to show a wall finish 0:24:50
  ArchiCAD tip: Sometimes when working on the 3d model the objects on screen can appear to be a little bit dark. To resolve this issue go to “more sun” and manually manoeuvre the sun until you are satisfied with the results 0:29:49
  ArchiCAD tip: Need a guide line and find you can’t get one to show up where you want it. Then go to create guideline segment; this tool enables you to draw one in where you want it. You will find this tool just to the right of the inject parameter tool in the toolbar palette 0:31:48
  Eric draws a thin plaster finish onto the wall passing the roofline. He then uses the “trim elements to roof command” to trim the plaster finish to the underside of the sloping roof 0:32:20
  How to make an opening in a brick wall that has had a plaster finish applied to it (i.e. in effect you are cutting through two walls – one the brick wall and two the plaster finish) 0:33:08
  How to turn off door markers 0:34:50
  How to show the plaster wall as a new item in the renovation filter 0:39:55
Demonstration of the renovation filter and how to show various building phases of two adjacent composite walls of different thicknesses Eric intends to show all the different phases from existing to demolition through to
finished in the renovation filter
0:42:34
  After drawing the walls you need to make the reference lines of the walls with different thicknesses line up 0:44:42
  How to change the fill patterns that signify existing and new elements in the renovation tool settings 0:48:41
Quick overview on gutters Eric talks briefly about gutters in the ArchiCAD library, and talks about the options if the gutter library parts are not what you need 0:54:44
Making a movie Start 1:03:53
  If you open the camera settings and then click on path you will have the options to first name the groups of cameras and you will also have the ability to tell ArchiCAD what camera settings you want to see on your plan (i.e. camera positions, paths, views) 1:08:02
  How to increase or decrease the number of views inbetween each camera position 1:10:14
  How to move the cameras handles to fine tune the position of the camera’s path 1:10:42
  When you create a fly through of the camera positions there is the possibility to use either the 3d window or the photo rendering settings. The choice here is either speed or quality 1:13:35
  How to change the frames per second of the movie 1:25:58

ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – March 27, 2012

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  1. Eric Bobrow
    5 years ago

    Fardin –

    You asked me for a time table for when the course materials will be completed. This is a difficult question for me to answer, and I understand that it is an important one.

    At various points I have made an estimate for completion that has proved to be wildly over-optimistic. I’d rather not promise a specific date or time-table, since I’m not confident I can meet any specific commitment.

    However, I can give you a general report on the progress over the past 3 months and how this projects forward. From early January through early April, I completed weeks 11 through 15, a total of 12 or 13 hours of material. So I’m averaging about 1 hour of new material each week, but only 1.5 “weeks” per month. The “weeks” that were originally going to be 45 minutes to 1 hour of material have expanded to 2 or in some cases 3 hours per topic.

    Based on the last quarter, I could estimate that I will be able to complete the remaining 15 “weeks” in 9 more months – by the end of 2012. On the other hand, if the topics that are remaining prove to be less “complex” and I can produce one weekly topic per week on the calendar, then it would be finished sometime in July. My guess is that it will be somewhere in between – perhaps by September.

    But again, as I wrote earlier, my priority is to create a work of lasting value that is as amazingly useful as I possibly can. I hope you can appreciate this, and be patient as I continue to produce lessons that will help you improve your understanding and effectiveness as you work in ArchiCAD.

    With regards to your other question – as to the costs of continuing in the ArchiCAD Coaching Program, you will see this clearly described on the page near the top of the Coaching Calls menu that refers to the Coaching Program for Best Practices Course Members. I will also be sending out another email on this to course members who have let their coaching membership lapse.

    Eric


  2. FardinGhodoussi
    5 years ago

    Dear Eric,

    Hi,

    I can not access this video dispite I have loged in, please advise.

    Regards

    Fardin


    • Eric Bobrow
      5 years ago

      Fardin –

      I apologize for the problem. The reason for this issue is that your coaching call membership expired at the end of March 2012, since you signed up for the Best Practices Course in September 2011.

      This month a new update to our membership system software will allow me to give you (as well as others in the same position) access to calls during your active membership, while blocking access to later sessions if you do not renew and keep it active.

      While I am waiting for the new system to be installed, I have extended your coaching membership through the end of April so that you should have no problem now watching this video or any of the ones through April. Again, I apologize for the frustration, and hope this resolves the problem.

      Best regards,
      Eric


      • Fardin
        5 years ago

        Dear Eric,

        Thank you for your respond, but I didn’t understand your point for renewing my membership, my purchase for best practice course is not even gone through more than half of the training session, despite this supposed to be finish before of end of last year, so way I need to pay extra to renew my membership for the product I have fully paid and waiting for it since September 2011.
        When I purchased this training you promised the complete course will ready before end of year 2011.
        I appreciate your explanation.

        Regards

        Fardin
        PS still I can not access to above video.


        • Eric Bobrow
          5 years ago

          Fardin –

          Let me explain. Your purchase of the Best Practices Course included all the “weeks” or modules of the main course, plus the entire QuickStart Course, and 6 months of membership in the ArchiCAD Coaching Program.

          I am still working on the main course, as you know, and it is taking much longer than anticipated. I have prioritized doing it as well as possible, rather than rushing through it.

          One side effect of “doing it as well as possible” is that the weekly modules have expanded in scope; instead of 3 lessons totaling 45 minutes in a single weekly topic, in many cases recently I have had up to 6 lessons totaling 3 hours or more for that topic.

          This means that the course, when it is finished, is likely to be at least twice as large as originally promised – perhaps 40 hours (or more) rather than 20. In fact, DVD #3, which is in the process of being prepared, has 14 hours of material covering Weeks 10 – 15. To date, I have produced about 22 hours of the main course material, which is what I originally promised; however it is covering only half the course outline.

          So it is going slowly, but you will get far more than originally planned, and with the highest quality that I can possibly produce.

          You will have permanent access to all of these Best Practices Course lessons, as well as the 13 hours of the QuickStart Course, without paying anything additional.

          It is only the ArchiCAD Coaching Program sessions that have a time limit (you get 6 months with your Best Practices registration) and a monthly or yearly fee if you want to continue having access to new sessions. This is only fair, I believe, as it is an ongoing effort (3 live sessions per month) rather than a one-time project (albeit a mammoth one) to prepare the Best Practices Course lessons. If you do not want to continue in the coaching program, that is your choice; however if you wish to view the recorded sessions or to participate “live”, you will need to renew your coaching membership on a month to month or yearly basis.

          I hope this clarifies everything.

          Eric

          P.S. I have checked your account and you should be able to access the video on this page. I assume you have logged out and logged back in – if not, please do so. Sometimes the browser does not refresh the page even though it has changed; you may have to clear your browser cache in order to see the video. Let me know if you still have an issue seeing this video.


        • Fardin
          5 years ago

          Dear Eric,

          I appreciate your explanation but I would like to have a time table which confirm when we can have a complete set of this training, also please advise the cost for a year registration for access to your product
          .

          Regards

          Fardin