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Ideal for users of any level, beginners through advanced.
My Best Practices 2020 program offers guidance and support on:
Dear Hard-Working ARCHICAD User –
YOU are invited to join me on the journey towards ARCHICAD mastery!
Whether you're a veteran or a beginner, there are so many intricacies to ARCHICAD that it's likely that you are NOT using the program as effectively as possible.
Perhaps you already know that - you find the program challenging, and there are areas you don't venture into because they are complex and you aren't confident you can pull them off.
Or perhaps you're getting work out the door routinely, using the methods you've developed over time.
However if you haven't kept "sharpening your saw" you're missing out on the benefits of an optimized workflow with the latest tools, wasting your precious time and money.
After seeing my current Best Practices Update webinar sharing 10 Cool Tutorials, California architect Bob Schwenke, a 30 year veteran (he started the same year that I did) wrote to me: "What you showed today showed me so many things within the program that I have ignored which will reduce the amount of time it takes to produce my plans."
New Zealand architectural designer Steve Masey sent me a note: "I just wanted to say thank you for the effort you’ve put into the webinar today. I’ve been using Archicad for the last 12 years, and was still able to make 3 pages of notes of things to apply in Archicad."
Ross Cahill-O'Brien of Dublin Ireland wrote that he and his colleague were "mad keen to get all the tricks.."
These are comments following my two hour webinar.
Imagine how much there is to learn in my full ARCHICAD Best Practices 2020 course - covering virtually all aspects of using ARCHICAD. I am building this out with an entirely new set of fully up to date lessons.
If you use ARCHICAD to get your work done, then you know how important it is to work efficiently.
When you're not sure how to do things, it takes longer. You may have to rework things more than once to get them to look right. You can even go around in circles for some things just because you're missing some small step or setting.
When work piles up and you have deadlines, it can be a high stress time trying to get work out the door.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Working with ARCHICAD can be a highly enjoyable, profitable process.
One that is continually stimulating and even exciting, as you design and produce sets of drawings faster than ever before.
One in which you're continually learning and mastering new things, optimizing your workflow - so you can focus on the things that made you choose to be an architect or work in the building design field. Your unique skills, unencumbered by the limitations of your ARCHICAD abilities, creating and delivering high quality materials.
Recently I was talking with Ken Andrews, a Georgia architect who as a relatively new user went through the Best Practices Course when it launched in 2011, and adopted MasterTemplate shortly afterwards.
Ken said that he is very grateful to me since he enjoys his work more than ever these days, and produces his projects much more quickly using what he's learned and incorporated from my teaching.
On three recent jobs, he completed retail store designs with permit sets of drawings in 3 or 4 days each that used to take him 2 or 3 weeks. That's over 3 times faster!
He also told me about a custom home that he just finished designing; he delivered the final drawings in a fraction of the time, and got them through the permit process in a single day.
He's more profitable, and the clients keep coming back for more since the quality of his deliverables stand out compared to other architects.
At 69 years old Ken is still learning. In fact he often sits in on my ARCHICAD Coaching Program calls since he keeps discovering time-saving tricks as I answer questions and demonstrate best practices working methods.
ARCHICAD Best Practices have changed so much over the years. When I first started working with version 3.42 of the program back in 1989, walls and slabs were made of one material and spanned a single story.
Composites came a bit later, and multi-story walls and complex profiles were introduced in 2006 with ArchiCAD 10.
We used to stack these building pieces, now it’s best to intersect them so the various components of these assemblies can clean up automatically to create detailed sections.
Columns were introduced in version 5 along with curved edges for slabs. Believe it or not, we used to approximate a curve with a series of short segments.
Teamwork was breakthrough new technology in 5.1, 3D navigation in version 6, Publisher in version 7, OpenGL for easy 3D navigation in version 8, Lightworks rendering and rich text formatting in version 9.
(I’m leaving out countless other improvements and a few intermediate versions along the way.)
Do you recall ArchiCAD 10? It was revolutionary, as Plotmaker (a separate program for plotting and arranging drawings on layout sheets) was integrated into ArchiCAD, becoming the Layout Book in the Navigator. Solid Element Operations and Complex Profiles made this version truly stunning.
Virtual Trace was the big innovation in ArchiCAD 11, 64 bit multi-processing in 12, and the BIM Server arrived around version 13 or 14 (I’ve started to lose track). Renovation tags and filters simplified remodel projects dramatically in version 15. Multi-plane roofs appeared in 15, Morphs and Shells in 16.
The introduction of Building Materials in ArchiCAD 17 changed the game dramatically. I rebuilt MasterTemplate from scratch at that time to make sure that it was fully in sync with Graphisoft’s new project structure.
In recent years new options have dramatically changed the best ways to place and manage labels, annotation and schedules.
New methods for visualizing your model have been introduced in the form of Cinerender, BIMx and Graphic Overrides.
New integrated system-based tools for stairs, railings and curtain walls are much more flexible - allowing you to model things that were tedious or impractical before - but at a cost of greater complexity and a steeper learning curve.
Sharing models with consultants and importing objects from manufacturers are both much easier using the latest IFC translators along with add-ons to directly import Revit files.
In ARCHICAD 22, formula-based properties open up dramatic new possibilities for quantity take-offs and cost estimation, and offset modifiers make complex profiles more flexible.
In ARCHICAD 23, more options have been added for beams and columns, and other subtle improvements and extensions continue to help users achieve more - if you understand how to take advantage of them.
Do you keep learning and refining your working methods as Graphisoft changes the program and the rules of the game?
It has been my mission for almost 30 years to help ARCHICAD users use the program more effectively. I make it my business (literally) to keep up with everything I can, and translate the technicalities into practical step by step instruction and application.
My original Best Practices Course launched in 2011 - which is almost ancient history in computer terms. It took me well over 3 years to cover the robust curriculum I laid out, so the core lessons were presented using ArchiCAD 14, 15, 16 and 17.
While I’ve supplemented these lessons with updates for 18, 19, 20 and 21 (sometimes as separate courses presented in the Masters of ARCHICAD series), it’s time to revamp everything so it is a coherent whole - again.
ARCHICAD Best Practices 2020 is my new comprehensive training resource. Lesson production is in process, with live webinar broadcast sessions for each topic. This mammoth course will be finished in 2020, so I’m naming it “2020”. I like this name since it reminds me of the rating we give for perfect eyesight here in the U.S.: 20/20 vision.
I’m aiming to make this new course THE CLASSIC ARCHICAD REFERENCE for the 2020s.
(Wow - the 2020s - are we really living in the future already?)
In addition to these lessons (which are recorded and posted for permanent reference in the member area) I’m running coaching calls on a weekly basis to help you integrate the new knowledge into your actual projects.
Membership in the ARCHICAD Coaching Program is included with your purchase, which makes this a TOTAL bargain.
This venture is ambitious, and I don’t expect that all members will attend each session. In fact, I’m sure I personally will be the only one who is there every time...
If you want to have the most up to date, comprehensive educational resource for ARCHICAD available to you over the coming years, that you can refer to whenever you have a question...
My new ARCHICAD Best Practices 2020 training course will be invaluable - perhaps priceless.
Your success is my business.
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Timothy Ball (UK) – Highly Detailed 3D Modeling: Create Working Drawings Without 2D Drafting – $297
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It is designed for ARCHICAD users of ALL levels who want to achieve greater mastery:
Higher quality, faster production, more control, with enjoyment and ease.
I guarantee it! If you don't feel that the ARCHICAD Best Practices 2020 course has given you the resources you need to transform your practice and increase your efficiency and productivity, or if the format of the program doesn't work for you, or if you get tired of listening to my voice...I'll give you a full refund.
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Absolutely. There is a set of basic training lessons called QuickStart that will get you up to speed quickly, learning the fundamentals in the context of best practices methods. After you go through QuickStart, you'll already be producing work, and ready to learn more theory as well as intermediate methods.
You'll learn and really come to understand the core principles built into ARCHICAD so you aren't fighting the program. If you have a challenge, you'll know how to approach it. And of course, you'll see clear step by step demonstrations that actually deal with the issues you face every day in your projects.
Your access is permanent. Many of the lessons will be broadcast live, others will be produced offline; however they will all be available 24/7 in the member area of the website. You can watch them in your browser, or download them for permanent or offline reference.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the convenient chat widget in the bottom right corner (it looks like two chat bubbles).
After receiving many requests, I set up an extended payment option to allow the course purchase to be split into 3 installments. Simply click the Signup button, then in the bottom right of the order form, enter 3-PAY and click the Apply button. You'll see the 3 payment option appear, and can get started with a smaller initial investment!
This course has a full 12 month satisfaction guarantee. I'm confident that you'll be delighted and find it one of the best investments you've ever made in your professional career. However, if you're not happy, then simply email me at email@example.com and I'll take care of you without hassle or hesitation.
I will teach you the best methods to get your work done based on my 30 years of experience working with ARCHICAD and training users. I'm committed to your success, and do my best to overdeliver rather than stop half-way.
While I love teaching tips and tricks, I make sure that you learn the fundamental, core skills and tools so you'll become highly self-sufficient, and develop your natural problem solving skills.
The combination of theory, step by step instruction and coaching will give you everything you need.
You can get my personal assistance with your ARCHICAD questions by sending me an email or by asking during the weekly live group coaching webinars.
It's often useful to send in a file so I can answer in context, and adjust or fix elements or settings, or add new features to the model that you need; I'll send the file back to you with the enhancements or changes.
I love helping ARCHICAD users, and am always open to new ideas. I invite you to send me feedback or suggestions at any time! Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will personally respond.
If you want to have...
THE most up to date, comprehensive educational resource for ARCHICAD
available to you over the coming years, that you can refer to whenever you have a question...
The Best Practices 2020 course will be one of the best investments you can make.
Your success is my business. Join me on the voyage towards ARCHICAD mastery.
Your friendly ARCHICAD Guru,
P.S. If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please drop me a line at email@example.com or post a comment below.