July – December 2012
ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – July 25, 2012
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 ArchiCAD Training Session Notes

Follow up to the question on the 19th July coaching call about 3d documents being hidden line rather than shaded When you have created your 3d document by going to document>3d document>create document, right click your mouse and click on 3d document settings. Then go to model display and uncut elements and then change fill uncut surfaces to uniform pencolour. Once you have changed to uniform pencolour, you can then change the uncut surfaces pen to white or transparent. 0:01:30
The pivot line on a roof Eric demonstrates the pivot line, and how the pivot line influences the roofs position. He shows where to go to turn the pivot line on/off (view>on screen options>roof pivot lines). In regards whether it is best to draw the pivot line on the outside or inside of the wall, or on the inside face of framing: Eric says it is up to you, but you would have to zoom in tight and draw the roof very carefully, if you choose to draw it on the framing (as it is harder to snap to than the inside or outside of a wall). Remember where the pivot line falls is the starting height for the roof (so you must be consistent where you draw a roof in a project). ArchiCAD tip: if you decide to draw to the framing you can make the framing easier to snap to by showing core only – quick options palette>and then change entire model to core only. 0:06:00
  ArchiCAD tip: to move up and down stories in a project use the keyboard shortcut and press control/command and then either the up or down arrow on your keyboard. 0:07:30
  Eric demonstrates custom plane settings (found in ArchiCAD 15 and 16). 0:29:54
Composite fills How the composite fill shows up on plan. Eric shows what it looks like when the entire model is shown, and when just the core is shown. He then talks about symbol fills, and how to change the orientation of this fill: options>element attributes>composites>fill orientation. 0:31:43
Issue with solid element operations on roofs Eric has in the past made a video on this subject, and here he describes how he made the video (see link on right to watch video). Make a copy of the roof you want to use solid element operations on. You can then use the copied roof as a template to cut the original roof. Don’t forget when you have copied your roof to turn the copy of the multi-plane roof (if it is a multi-plane roof) into a single plane roof, so you can work on it (select roof, right mouse click and select split into single plane roofs). ArchiCAD tip: it is a good idea to create a layer specifically for solid element operations. You can then lock this layer when you have made your solid element operations to avoid any mistakes. 0:40:20
  A caller describes how he builds up the roof shape in separate pieces. He will use one roof as the framing, and then put another roof piece on top that acts as the sheeting, finally he will come back and put on some tails. Eric demonstrates what the caller is describing and also has a conversation about cutting the birdsmouth. 0:56:50
Problem with intersecting composite walls The caller when making composite walls found that the core of the wall cut fine, but the finish of the wall wasn’t intersecting properly. The problem was found to be that the wall priority number wasn’t set correctly. Eric also described how a company on its website had produced many great ArchiCAD articles, and in particular had made an article on wall priorities, and helpfully had images to show you what the priority numbers meant when intersecting walls. The company is called onland and the article is called –  onland:composite wall priorities. see link on the right. 1:07:00
What is the difference between a metal door and a commercial metal door The differences appear to be in the panel decoration. Eric says commercial has more elaborate decoration for the panels. There may be other differences too, but Eric at this time isn’t aware of what they are. 1:15:30
Setting up a workflow when the given dimensions are the egress width and the drawn element is the door width Eric demonstrates how to put a door in a drawing and fix it to the egress width size. He then shows how to switch to egress dimension in the schedule settings 1:25:00

ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – July 25, 2012

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