January – June 2012
ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – May 24, 2012
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 ArchiCAD Training Session Notes

Where are the controls that turn on window and door labels The official name for these is dimension markers and there are two different ways to control them. 0:00:38
  ArchiCAD tip: remember layers control what is seen and model view options control how it is seen. The model view options as the name suggests has several choices such as construction document, reflected ceiling plan and presentation etc. these styles for model options are associated and recorded with view options (in the view map). So effectively each view in the view map can be set with a different view model options style. So in the questioner’s instance this is where he would go to turn off dimension markers (in some or all of his views). 0:02:45
  If further clarification is needed there is a section in the Best Practice Course about whether to work in the project map or view map (week 8 of the course)  
  ArchiCAD tip: if you need to show where the lighting switches are located when using the reflected ceiling plan style in model view options – turn ON show door option. By showing which way the door swings you highlight where the light switch needs to go 0:05:50
  ArchiCAD tip: A good time saver tip when creating lots of floors that need to have the same model view options settings is to create a clone folder; in a clone folder all the views inside have a set of settings that are common. So if you were to add for example five more floors all the floors added would have the same settings 0:08:07
Ways to deal with roof edges Questioner wants to know how to deal with eaves overhangs that are thinner than the rafters. Eric copies the roof and then places the copied roof where it needs to go to be able to cut the original roof in the correct position. Eric then uses solid element operations and hides the copied roof that was used as a template to cut the original roof. Eric has previously made a detailed video about how to cut moulded rafter tails see link on the right. 0:09:01
  Note:It was suggested for solid element operation to work properly, it is important not to have any of the solid operation elements in wire frame. Later in the video this information is questioned by a caller, who says that solid element operations will work in wire frame, but if you split the wire frame elements and then try solid element operations, he says it then won’t work (in wire frame). The best approach here is carry on as usual, but if you find you have issues, then consider this advice.  
Where to draw the pivot line when drawing roofs Eric discusses how the pivot line can be drawn on the inside, outside and even in the middle of the wall 0:26:45
  The pivot line can be turned on and off  
Quick explanation about the different phases of the renovation filter Problem when the user assigned new walls they dissapeared in the floor plan 0:30:53
Printing out the trace reference Eric describes how to include the printing of the trace reference in the plans print out. You can only do this in the print command and not the plot command, but to get around this you could print to PDF. 0:42:53
User has an issue with placing something into a location relative to another element Eric recommends viewing a section of his quick start course titled precise placements of elements. See link on the right. Eric also does a quick demonstration of some basic relative placing of element techniques 0:46:27
User has an issue with recreating before and after conditions in the renovation filter. Particulary with complex items such as roofs and meshes Eric demonstrates how you have two choices – you either create two different versions (old and new) or you can have an existing and create another part that is added on. 0:54:49
  Eric demonstrates how in the scheme schedules ArchiCAD is smart enough (when you set it up correctly) to understand what you want in the schedule (either new, existing or what needs to be demolished) 1:01:11
Hotlinking a module Eric explains what hotlinking is, and how you use it. 1:04:35
  Note: when bringing in a file into ArchiCAD from the hotlink file dialog box make sure the filter is set to the right option i.e. pln. or mod. If you choose pln then all the mod. will be greyed out and will not be available and vice versa 1:07:00
  Note: when bringing in a multistory hotlinked file  – you should bring in the hotlinked file one story at a time when you already have multistory buildings in your project that have different story height settings. If the multistory buildings in your project have the same story heights as your hotlinked file then by all means bring in all stories at the same time.  

ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – May 24, 2012

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