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We'll look at three examples of this methodology in this lesson.
NOTE: Model taken from Jared Banks Shoegnome Open Template
We start the conceptual model with simple walls and roofs made of a single generic exterior building material.
We develop the model further by selecting and changing the walls to a composite.
The simple roof system (a single multi-plane roof) is duplicated then modified to create 3 separate roofs. One is the structural, insulated roof within the building footprint; one defines the structural elements in the overhang section outside the walls; one defines the top sheathing and shingles or tiles that run on top of both of these lower roofs.
In this approach, the walls are drawn from the beginning as a complex profile, which can be as simple as a rectangular wall section made of a single building material.
Later, one redefines that profile to add more detail; all walls that use that profile will update.
One can do this in any of several methods:
One can also use Attribute Manager to import a profile from another project, then either use step 2 or the following quick method to overwrite the original, active profile:
*NOTE: If the profile in the external file has the same name as active one that you want to overwrite you may use By Name instead of Append, and skip the rest of these steps.
This approach is ideal for unit plans for apartments, multi-family housing, hotels, condos, offices, etc.
As soon as you have a context for the unit (such as the walls separating the units), place in a few elements then select them and use the File menu > External Contents > Save Selection as Module.
Create the new Hotlinked Module (HLM) but do not check the box to replace the elements with an instance of the module. This allows you to edit the definition in context, rather than needing to open up the module file to work on it. Check the box if you prefer to work on the design in a separate file; this is useful when you want to have a staff member work on it independently from the main file.
Develop and update the elements in this unit, then repeat the Save Selection as Module (overwriting the file) and use the File menu > External Content > Hotlinked Module Manager whenever you wish to Update the module to the latest versions.
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