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

Preparing questions for coaching calls Eric has started a Google Documents page for showing questions that will be appearing in the next coaching calls. If anybody wants to check what questions will be appearing in the next coaching call, then open this document. (see link on the right) 0:02:42
Eric explains what he personally did, to show new and existing, before the renovation filter became available in ArchiCAD 15 There are various different methods of going about this, and Eric explains them all, and explains the pro’s and con’s of each. 0:07:55
The caller had inadvertently loaded an ArchiCAD library twice, thus causing many duplicates to appear. Eric shows the caller how to load in a library the correct way.   0:10:22
Eric demonstrates the renovation filter. And he also discusses the notes in the master template reference manual regarding renovations. Eric demonstrates how the renovation filter works. And then he talks about how the caller had been given the mastertemplate reference manual for ArchiCAD 14 (i.e. before the renovation filter was created). When ArchiCAD 15, became available Eric updated the reference manual notes for mastertemplate to take account of the newly available renovation filter. Hence the confusion and the previous question in this coaching call on how, “to show new and existing before the renovation filter became available”. 0:14:10
Why you should change the name of a view in the project map and not the view map Basically when you change the name of a view in the project map it gets inherited in the view map, and therefore it is good practice to go about it this way round. 0:21:32
The caller had created a complex profile wall, and the fills assigned to this wall weren’t showing up when he created a section view of the wall. Eric also talks about how you set up the pen type and thickness for skins in composites. The caller needed to check “apply structure’s settings”, in the complex wall profile, wall’s selection settings, cut surfaces. Note: you should check all the “apply structures settings” checkboxes. 0:27:39
Complex foundation design has adjacent foundation not cleaning up as the caller wants Eric opens the layers dialog box and changes the layer intersection priority number – shortcut for layers dialog box is: control L and then change the layer intersection priority number to two and this stops adjacent walls from cleaning up. 0:35:05
  Eric also describes the “wall priority” function (found when you select a wall, and then open up, floor plan and section, under structure), and how it works. Basically this is about whether you want walls or parts of walls to pass through each other, and you would typically use this feature when joining together different materials e.g. wood and steel and core and exterior etc. 0:47:22
How to place a sloped plane over a window The caller was from India (very hot and sunny), so I am presuming that he was trying to create some sort of shading device. Eric draws this using the roof tool, and he puts a negative number in to reverse the slope (make it tilt downwards) from the pivot line. 0:54:20
Grid of intersecting columns and beams not intersecting correctly The beams were positioned only halfway onto the column, but were being shown cutting completely through the columns, and the caller wanted the 3d window to show beams only partially cutting through the columns. Eric opens up options>project preferences>construction elements>3d intersection priorities, and changes the number. Eric then demonstrates how the beam tools priority number works. 0:58:00
Creating a custom door panel in a curtain wall Eric first creates the panel using tools such as the slab tool. Then he saves the created custom curtain wall panel (in ArchiCAD 16 this is the procedure to do this) file>libraries and objects>save selection as>door leaf. To place this newly created panel into your project follow this procedure – first open up the curtain wall panel selection settings>curtain wall door settings>change the general settings to door leaf settings>and then move the slider down until you find “custom panel” from here you just choose the panel that you created earlier. Finally Eric demonstrates the procedure for showing the door at an open angle. 1:07:50
How to set back a window frame into a wall Eric demonstrates what to do. The type of wall e.g. studwall or solid wall will effect which settings in the window selection settings that need to be tweaked to make the window frame move. Therefore you need to watch the video to understand which settings you need to be tweaking. 1:20:14
How to control the speed of a movie flythrough Eric goes through how to speed up the movie, slow it down, control the file size, control the frame rate and change the compression type etc. 1:27:38
Confusion between the project map and the view map First, Eric tells the caller that there is a video going through the differences between project map and view map in the best practice course (see link on right). Eric then demonstrates the differences for further clarity. In essence the project map is the skeleton of your work (it is the place where you give your views names and where you go when you want to create an independent worksheet or detail.), and the view map allows you to see multiple styles of views (the sort of precise layer combination and style stuff that you create for presentations and printing out). Therefore the best practice is to do your work in the view map. 1:41:10

ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – October 25, 2012

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  1. Eric Bobrow
    11 years ago

    Hi Dave and Bob –
    I apologize for the confusion. I had duplicated the October 17 coaching call page, and had not completed putting up the October 25 recording when I had to run out of the office. I’m at a 4 day business conference, and have been fully engaged (not even turning on my computer for 2 days, believe it or not) until this moment. I have now updated this page to have the correct recording – the one for Oct. 25.

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    11 years ago


    Could the above recorded Coaching call be from October 17, 2012? It’s all too familiar and I missed the CC on the 25th…

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    11 years ago

    Eric, can you confirm this recording? I just watched a few minutes, and it’s actually a repeat of the content for Oct 17.