2020 | 004 – Get More Organized; Library Management

By Eric Bobrow

Jan 17


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ARCHICAD Training Lesson Outline

Get More Organized: Template Optimization and Library Management

Mind Map - ARCHICAD Project File

We're focusing the first set of lessons on the left side of the diagram - general structure and settings and your office template

Comparison of International Template, USA Template and MasterTemplate

Customization of your office template

Library Management

  • Standard ARCHICAD Library
  • Migration Libraries
  • Embedded Library
  • Supplemental Linked Libraries
  • Office Library

ARCHICAD Training Lesson Transcript

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IntroductionLesson today will be focused on getting more organized, template optimization, and library management; join Slack for communication during course and community cuilding0:00:00bobrow.com/slack
Mind MapEric showed his mind map, noting the left side has the general structural setup (your templates embody that setup) and the right side is the specific building/project elements; the firest few sessions of this course focus on the general0:04:01Mind map
Comparing the 3 TemplatesUSA vs International vs MasterTemplate0:07:57
Overview of the International TemplateInternational Template:
Easy to understand, fairly minimal, a good framework; has a view defined for the site, for the stories; has floor, ceiling and structural plans; no pre-drawn sections; has clone folders for elevations, worksheets, details and 3D documents; a few layouts in the Layout Book (an index cover sheet, some floor plans, elevations and some masters with title block); a minimal set of layers and layer combinations; 11 Pen Sets; 5 graphic overrides; relatively small amount of profiles and compositesInternational Template
Clone Folders - has a shortcut arrow icon on them to indicate they are a clone; it’s set to go to all of the stories; can change settings from the default0:11:58International Template, Clone Folders
Pen Sets - has different sets for different purposes0:15:58International Template, Pen Sets
Overview of the US TemplateUS Template:0:17:20US Template
More complicated set of folders; has a general purpose view (all visible and unlocked); has schematic design, design development and and construction documents folders with their own set of views; no clone folders so if you were to create another story you'd also have to set up the views. The Layout Book and Navigator are more development; many more layers (uses a prefix structure for organization) and layer combinations
Attribute Manager - many surfaces built in; extensive set of zones, building materials, profiles and composites0:25:36Attribute Manager
Overview of the MasterTemplateMasterTemplate:0:27:03MasterTemplate
Overall Structure is set up with 5 folders, each designed to have views added. 1. Reference worksheets (typical 2D information you are creating/importing) 2. Design, legends, 3D (early design, modeling, and tools that will help you to see and build things quickly). 3. Construction documents (could be output or used for schematic design documents as well as construction documents; overall serves pretty well for different levels of the building development. 4. Presentation documents (rendering and other types of presentations) 5. Trash | Recycyle Bin (for things that you’re not using in a particular project you want out of the way, disappear from view, and in the layout book).MasterTemplate structure
Layout Book - has a set of sheets for small projects, numbers from A1-18; if you have a larger project you'll want to divide by groupings (A100 series, 200 seies, etc); the template set up to be used either way, and Eric recomments deleting the ones not using.0:29:13MasterTemplate Layout Book
Expanding MasterTemplateCreating worksheets for project notes, reference materials, calculation formulas; there is a set of structural notes on a worksheet, and a set of typical notes; generally stuff you don't want to print, but would reference or copy into active sheets0:42:42Worksheets
In the MasterTemplate Eric created a clone folder of worksheets, and an active folder of worksheets and schedules, and you can add to those active folders the select worksheets you want in the clone folder (it won't delete them from the clone folder, will just add a copy to the active folder).0:47:10
SchedulesMasterTemplate has a long list of schedules available0:49:58Schedules
How to migrate a templateEric briefly went through the process of migrating a template (will be a longer discussion of migration later on)0:51:26Migrating templates
Layout Book notesThe Layout Book may have more folders that you need. Simply move to the trash bin ones you don't need.
Templates: if you use something on 30% of your projects, put it on your template
Where to make project notesFile>Menu>Info>Project Notes; every time you open it, it adds a timestamp; the notes lives in the project file0:58:13Project Notes
How to move a custom element to the MasterTemplateClick Options>Attribute Manager, and on the right side you'll see 3 small icons (sheet of paper with an arrow pointing right, sheet of paper with an arrow pointing left, and an X). Click the one with right arrow and you can select another project file and all the attributes you can bring in from that file (i.e. Building Materials, Complex Profiles, etc.). You selece the ones you want and >>Append them to the list, making sure you have clicked the box to Include All Associated Attributes1:01:27Importing attributes
Putting details in your templateEric detailed the process of using details on views and sections, how to save as an independent detail view; can create a library of details1:03:44Details

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