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ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – May 30, 2012
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 ArchiCAD Training Session Notes

Ornamental gable wall front Start 0:03:00
Where to go to set up and save different ArchiCAD screen arrangements For example different screen resolutions one for working and a different resolution for showing a client a project 0:04:56
Ornamental gable wall front cont’d. Eric demonstrates three different methods to achieve this. ArchiCAD tip: a couple of good navigating shortcuts 1). push down the center mouse button to pan and 2). to rotate the building in 3d press down shift simultaneously with the center mouse button  
  Eric demonstrates how the revamped trim to roof works in ArchiCAD 15. 0:09:09
  Eric demonstrates how to draw a triangular projection piece for the gable wall using the roof and slab tools. Its appearence is the sort of decoration that is found on roman temples (e.g. like a cornice except this has straight and not moulded sides). 0:11:57
  Eric demonstrates how to mitre the edges together (of the triangle projection piece) with solid element operations and then he goes through the different possibilities of custom edge settings 0:14:31
  ArchiCAD tip: move the sun around to brighten the screen 0:18:16
  Eric, again, demonstrates how to do a triangular shaped wall projection (this time with mouldings). This time he uses the beam tool to create it. The big advantage in using the beam tool is that you can make a custom profile, thus you can create ornate mouldings. 0:19:00
  ArchiCAD tip: when making a custom profile it is a good idea to first draw a shape that matches the dimensions and volume of the profile that you want to create. You then select the shape, right click and choose the, “capture profile of selection” command. By doing it this way you already have a template with the exact dimensions to model with. Thus making creating a desired profile that little bit easier. 0:24:00
  There was a few issues with cleaning up using the beam tool to make the triangular cornice profile. So Eric shows a third way to make the triangular projection this involves turning a complex shape into an object 0:29:30
A gable wall projecting above a pitched roof To achieve this Eric copies the roof and then raises the copied roof. Eric then slightly sets back the original roof; he then uses the copied roof as a template for trimming. Finally he hides the copied roof and this leaves a projecting gable wall that is above the original pitch roof. 0:38:17
How to create a new pen set and how to switch it to all black for plotting Eric illustrates how to create a personalized penset and in doing so he goes over how to change pen colours (colors) and lineweights. There is the possibility to overwrite a penset, so you don’t have to start from scratch if you later wish to make a few slight changes to a personalized penset. To change your pen set go to documents>pensets>pens and colours. Eric also gives a comprehensive explanation of pensets and even compares the differences between the american and international templates and  their pensets. It is very difficult to break this topic into sections; I therefore advise if viewers are interested in this topic that they watch all the recording starting 0:45:29 and ending 1:29:22 0:45:29
  Note: in ArchiCAD 15 (and possibly in some earlier versions. Eric is unsure if it is available in versions 13 and 14) you are able to save a pen-weight file to use in another program such as AutoCAD. But please beaware because when Eric hovered over the, “save as CBT” button, a little box appeared that stated available only if the DXF-DWG addon is loaded. So for this to work in AutoCAD an add-on may need to be downloaded. People who regularly use both ArchiCAD and AutoCAD will no doubt understand better than I how the CBT file works 1:24:21
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ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – May 30, 2012

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