Setting Up Worksheets

7m 4s

In this course, Josh Bone will demonstrate methods for creating optimized models using ArchiCAD 21.

We will demonstrate methods on how to create granular models that can enable you to extract more views from the model for documentation which will reduce errors and omissions as a byproduct.

When you are done with this course, you'll know how to find ways to leverage the BIM from the early design phases through design into construction.


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Now, as I go in, and I want to leverage this, let's talk about how this works; the plan symbol is the 3-D object, this is the object with all the settings, and I can now see this in 3-D, I can look at this in elevation, this has real representation of both 2-D and 3-D. But if we look above, this is the elevation view of this that I've taken and turned to a drawing, temporarily, so that I can reflect and say, "okay, this is what this "is going to look like when I place this in my plan view," this is how it's going to show up in 3-D; basically, what I did to create this, is if I hit F2 to go back into plan, instead of going into my object tool and finding the right cabinet, finding the right appliance, finding the right settings and searching through this and setting the correct parameters each time, what I've done, is I've gone in and set up typical settings for me, right out of the box.

This can be very time-consuming, it can be very tedious, and you want to make sure that when you're creating your work sheets, that it applies to a generic, 90% of your work flows, wherever you want to start in your early design phases; that's what I've created here, it's just going to be white wash, it's already set up with all the correct parameters that are typical settings here in the U.S. So instead of spending time here, going through and searching, setting parameters, we are going to go to our work sheet, we are going to right-click on millwork, and show this as a trace reference, and now we will see that in our plan view; from here, we can go to the toolbar palette, and under toolbars, under the standard toolbar, if I drop down here, these two boxes will show all of my trace reference settings.

From here, I can drag my reference to a different location, so I can reference that to a different portion of the drawing; if I'm working in the kitchen, and I want to reference millwork in the kitchen area, I want that to be close and clean, so I can access those components.

We can also go back in and choose the trace reference settings here, and I can change the background color, if I want to set this to red, so that it's more visible in my view, or change this back to a green color, I can now reference that, because that green now, can only be used for my worksheets and how I'm trace referencing those back in.

It makes it clean and easy to access all of my components; let's show you how this works, I am going to go into my plan view, and I'm going to reference my object, here, and where I rest on that object is the new point of insertion; you will see, if I hold down Alt, and I click on that point, by just simply holding down Alt, and clicking on that point, if I go to the object settings, and look at this in play in that upper left hand corner; it is now my point of insertion.

If I click ok, go back in here, Alt and click, that upper right hand corner, and I go back to my object settings, we'll see that that point of insertion is now the upper right hand corner; this is very important, and this is going to streamline your work flows, so what we're going to do right now, is a right click, millwork, shows a trace reference, we can see that in plan; understand that the plan views are the 3-D objects.

How I created these 2-D views of the elevations, I go in, I Alt click, let me just drop this into place, let me Alt click here on this element, on the upper left hand corner; I want to make sure that I'm placing this by a rotated method, I always place with a rotated method, because it gives me a lot more control on how I want to place elements, we'll demonstrate that in just a moment. So I go to my rotated method, and let's go ahead and wait here for a moment, my guideline will appear, and I'll draw this, and you can see I can rotate that around, let's go back to my sync, Alt click; I'll rest here, the guideline will appear after a second, I'll put in my sync, I'll rotate it to the correct orientation, and let's pick up my corner cabinet, which place I want to place that by Alt clicking.

So I make sure I Alt click in that corner, and now by doing that, rest here for a second, move over, and I'll create my corner cabinet; let's go over to my section tool, and on my section tool, I will take and create a section of those millwork elements that I've placed in plan; I'll right click, I'll open with current view settings, and I can see this element now, how they show it.

These are 3-D elements, this is reflecting from plan and showing up in 3-D; what I want to do is make sure that I can see those, now, in my worksheet, so what I have the ability of doing, is going back in my plan view, I'll hit F2, I'll go to my section settings with it selected, here in the info box, and what I'll do, is I'll turn this, right now, to a drawing.

Instead of being auto rebuild, I'll turn it to a 2-D drawing, temporarily; I can always revert back to an auto rebuild, meaning that it's linked to the model, and it reflects exactly what's showing in the model; manual rebuild means that we have to go back into those settings and have to manually hit the rebuild option to show what it's reflecting in the 3-D model.

I use this 98% of the time, because I want to make sure that my elevations, my sections, everything reflects what's in the actual model, so that they're current and always up to date, and it's not depending on a manual process; in some cases, we use this in details and wall sections, because we don't want it to update automatically, but drawing turns everything to a 2-D view, so when I change those settings, and right click, open with current view settings, all of these elements are now 2-D elements, and I can select those; I can right click, cut or copy, I'll copy them, and by copying those views, now, I can reference that back in here to my worksheet, and back in my worksheet, we can right click, and paste; you can always use your keyboard commands that you're most comfortable with using, so you always on your Mac, you have your command v, on your windows, you have your control v to paste, and as I paste those into that view, I can reference those, and I can organize my worksheets to work for me; each of us work in different ways, and there's things that are unique about how you like to manage your projects, and how you like to reflect those elements in your construction documents; make sure that you set this up to work for you.

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From the course:
ArchiCAD Intermediate Level Training

Level 2

Duration: 6h 42m

Author: Josh Bone