ACP | February 28, 2019

By Eric Bobrow

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First caller had a series of 5 questions - ArchiCAD V22. (He sent in a file which Eric opened and worked on during the call).
Qu. 1 Caller could not get the 'Weep Screed' Profile he had custom made to be placed as/used by the beam tool (so that he could then position it on an angle within a wall.Eric first opened the callers model showing the 'Weep Screed' element which was currently placed as a 'Wall' Complex Profile. Eric selected it and checked its settings (R click > Edit Selected Composite/Profile). Caller had already correctly set item as "Use With" Wall or a Beam In the Profile Editor. Eric noted the Reference Point which is used to place the profile was not in the correct place.0:03:28Complex Profiles, Beam tool
Eric then opened the Beam Tool and showed that in order to access Complex Profiles, the Beam tool needs to be set as Structure > Complex Profile. Eric was able to select the callers Weep Screed profile from the list.0:04:55Beam Tool settings, Complex Profiles
Eric demonstrates placing a beam with the new profile (includes demonstration of Tilting vs incline).0:06:40Placing Beams, Tilt, Incline
Qu 2. Caller had placed a Composite Wall but needed to extend 2 of the outside skins of the Composite down lower, but not the whole wall (ie. drag the plywood down to masonry, and stucco down to Screed.)0:09:08
Eric shows how the strength/priority of materials (in Building Materials menu) can be changed so that whole wall can be dragged down and it will stop and start again around a flooring of lower priority.0:12:00Building Materials, Priority
A more appropriate solution to callers question is to create Offset Modifiers for Complex Profiles (new feature of ArchiCAD V22). Eric converts the Composite wall to a Complex Profile (Options > Complex Profiles > Capture Profile of Selection) to make the two outside skins of the wall editable by adding the Plywood and Stucco skins as New Profile Modifiers.0:14:00Offset Modifiers for Complex Profiles, convert Composite wall to Complex Profile. Make Composite wall editable. New Profile Modifiers
Eric switches the Composite wall with the Complex Profile with modifiers that he has just created. He then uses PET Palette for modifiers of the new Complex Profile wall to extend exterior skins down (independent of body of wall).0:20:20Pet Palette for Complex Profile, Composite wall, Complex Profile
How to create a step/cut-out in the Wall editable skin that has been extended down?Best Practice: Use Solid Element Operations to trim out section of Plywood skin that has been extended down0:23:54Solid Element Operations (Operation: Subtraction).
Eric demonstrates use Eyedropper tool to quickly transfer adjusted wall skin settings to adjacent wall0:25:29Eyedropper
Eric places new Weep Screed Profile/Beam into position in wall, then extends "Stucco" skin layer of Complex Profile wall down to Beam. He uses SEO (Subtraction with Downward Extrusion) to trim this skin back to Beam which is placed on an angle.0:26:12SEO (Subtraction with Downward Extrusion)
Eric corrects placement of the Reference point of the Complex Profile (which is used to create & place Weep Screed beam). He also edits dimensions of the profile on the fly.0:29:20Reference Point, Complex Profile, editing Complex Profiles
Qu 3. Caller has modelled a series of stepped footings and felt the process he used took too long. He asked Eric if there was a better way?Eric suggested using Multiplier with Vertical Offset. He also mentioned trying the ArchiCAD V22 Stair tool, and began to experiment with an example (which might be more adjustable if this was required).0:32:35Multiplier with Vertical Offset. Stair tool
Eric shows how to Use Vertical Offset & Multiply: ie. select footing > R click > Move > Multiply. Increment and Spread (with Vertical Displacement).0:42:05Multiplier with Vertical Offset
A new caller asked how to carry out the actions described above, in ArchiCAD V21? ie. extend certain skins of a Composite wall.Eric demonstrates using Material priority & SEO. Ie. pull entire wall down, skins will stop and start again around slab. Use SEO (Subtraction) to trim away unwanted material.0:44:48Material priority, Solid Element Operations, Archicad V22
Original caller asked Eric to make a copy of the model he had adjusted available to other callers.Eric uploads it to Slack (as V22 file).0:51:40
What is the best practice for managing an office's 2D detail Library? (ie. when an office has built up hundreds of 2D Details from years of projects/work).Eric suggests having a reference file of 2D details that is nicely organised (including having details at different scales with the appropriately sized text for consistency). Details can be copied from, and pasted into a detail window in a new active project. Eric advises against putting detail drawings in your template or placing a whole drawing of details & cropping to only see the one that is required. Both of these practices will increase file size dramatically.0:57:40
Qus: When locating a Weep Screed, is there a way to reference the grading plan elevation with a defined offset?1:08:14
Eric demonstrates the answer by creating a terrain mesh. Then placing an Object With Gravity to automatically pick up the height of the terrain. Copy the value of the elevation from the dialogue box for the element and use this to place the new beam ( to follow the terrain).1:10:07Object with Gravity, terrain mesh
Summary: To offset an item eg 8" above grade, Eric first shows how to find the grade by using the Level Dimension mark or placing an element with Gravity1:15:42Level Dimension, Object with Gravity
Qus: How do you raise the terrain mesh to meet the bottom of a structure eg. series of walls which sits 'floating' due to uneven terrain below.Eric adds new points to the mesh and raises or lowers them as required to re-grade terrain mesh.1:17:05Mesh tool, add points to mesh
Can you add an individual point to a terrain mesh?Yes! Eric shows how.1:26:05Mesh tool, add points to mesh
Circular Staircase Qu's: how do you modify such that the channel stringers are under the treads instead of on the sides as is the default in the model?(Archicad V21).Explanation of the problem with viewing of callers model.1:32:08Circular Stair, Stair Tool
As an aside: Eric shows a unique use of railing tool to create a dormer detail1:32:45Railing tool, Stair Tool, mouldings
Eric opens callers model containing stair and works through settings of stair tool to create the desired structure.1:35:05Stair Tool
Trouble Shooting: Eric shows how to check Model View Settings & Stair Model options if something isn't displaying as you would expect1:44:30Model View Settings, Stair Tool
Eric shows how to create a new stringer profile using Complex Profiles > Profile Manager, selecting one that is similar, and modifying.1:48:30Complex Profiles, Profile Manager
The current Complex profile is swapped out for the newly created profile in the existing staircase (in Beam Component Settings)1:51:50Complex Profiles, Beam Component Settings
Troubleshooting: Eric creates a new circular staircase using the settings from a straight stair which is displaying the components correctly.1:53:42
Eric further trouble shoots why the modified callers stair is not displaying correctly, and solves it using the Reset Custom Structure function in the Stair Tool.1:56:43Stair Tool: Reset Custom Structure function
Qus: Is there a way to create kitchen cabinets that have flush frame doors with a 1-1/4" face frame around all doors and drawers? (Archicad V22).Eric was not able to find this type of model in the ArchiCAD Library but advised that flush cabinets are available from CadImage for a fee.2:05:36CadImage, Flush face cabinet doors
Possible solution/work around is to put in a cabinet with no door, and model the flush frame door using the wall tool. Eric's demonstrates this approach.2:17:46
Eric points out new feature in wall tool - "Align texture to wall edges"2:30:50Wall tool, Align texture to wall edges
Caller submits screen shot of CadImage options for previous caller to achieve the flush front cabinet doors2:32:00Cadimage, Flush face cabinet doors
New caller advises re: the previous discussion - using the stair tool to create the Stepped footing. This can be achieved with settings in the monolithic structure.Eric trials this option using the Stair Tool and agrees2:35:28Stair Tool, Monolithic
Eric demonstrates moulding tool options available in Objects Standard Library.2:38:17Objects Standard Library, moulding Tool
Eric shows how to create mouldings with the railing tool (including settings).2:41:14Mouldings, Railing tool
Qus: Can you create a cost estimate using Archicad schedules and zones?Eric demonstrates by adding some properties to an existing schedule. Includes use of Options > Property Manager to carry out calculations.2:52:48Schedules, Zones, Cost Estimates
Is it possible to label wall skirting and coving using the skin label tool?Eric describes different types of labelling & explores components in the callers model that are being labelled by the skin label. He is unable to identify why the skirt and cove aren't included in this label. He offers some alternative ways to label these.3:17:20Skin Label Tool, Labelling
Qus: What is the different between 'Trim elements to roof/shell' & 'Crop to Single Plane roof'?Eric demonstrates and explains the difference (including that Crop is used when you do not want to create an enduring relationship between the trimmed walls and roof.). Crop is sometimes used to trim bottom wall of a dormer.3:30:50Trim elements to roof/shell, Crop to Single Plane roof'
How are Graphic Override Options and Renovation Filter best used so that they don’t conflict with each other?Eric demonstrates the use of each3:41:20Graphic Override Options, Renovation Filter
Reducing File sizes: will Hotlink Modules reduce file sizes?Eric answers No, and explains why.3:49:52File size, Hotlink Modules
Description of use of Hotlink Modules plus examples3:51:15Hotlink Modules
More on reducing file sizes (including turning references into objects to show multiple buildings etc.)3:52:24Reducing File Size
Qus: When printing directly from model space, how can we print to scale?Eric shows how to select this scale in the Print menu/dialog box.4:04:20Printing to Scale, Model Space

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