BUZZ BRYAN, ARCHITECT
This is a very affordable course delivered in a moderate pace by a skilled master .....truly a five star experience. I appreciate the occasional sidebar subjects beyond the presentation topic. The body of knowledge is a challenge for most of us.....Eric, I commend you for making it so simple.... Read more ...
In my view Eric Bobrow's "Best Practices Course" is an essential partner to owning an ArchiCAD license.
A good working knowledge of a CAD system is a critical component in an architect’s office that frees up time for creative work and provides an effective medium to translate design ideas into technical drawing data. We are all aware of the complexities of current CAD programs and ArchiCAD is no exception.
Eric’s “Best Practices Course” and his ongoing “Conference Calls” have completely changed my user experience with ArchiCAD. Eric’s simple instructions and detail explanations demystify the complex user interface that ArchiCAD has.
Eric has a unique teaching style. Very often he will show several ways to do the same thing - and on many occasions his diversions deep into menu structures... ... Read more ...
Have used Archicad for 10 years and thought I knew much about the program but now after I've seen some of your best practices series, I realize exactly how much I really did not know. Thank you for the very informative and informative course.
5 stars ...
Stig Brandal. Norway... Read more ...
When you come first to ArchiCAD you may believe that it is very simple to model buildings in 3D. In fact you can do it easily, but if you feel that this is the target, you’re missing the best of it.
As ArchiCAD user since 1995, I must say that, when I signed as a member at Eric’s ABC Best Practices Course I thought that it would just improve some techniques, not much more, but must say that I was completely mistaken: This excellent course has made me rethink the way I use ArchiCAD.
Eric's lessons, with his calm style of talking, brings you a blend of a best friend's tip with the expert's master advice from one of the most advanced ArchiCAD users ever.
Now I'm using all the power of ArchiCAD, reducing the time to deliver my projects in more than 60% and what is much better: My model contains more and more... ... Read more ...
Eric's Best Practices course is fantastic.
Eric's teaching and instruction breaks down difficult concepts step by step and walks you through a clear and direct path to both understanding and mastery. These courses will lift you do another level in your understanding and application of Archicad tools and techniques, saving you time and money.
The bottom line...I am very pleased with my purchase, and highly recommend it.... Read more ...
Even though I consider myself an experienced Archicad user, I always enjoy the new lessons and material that Eric provides, as it always proves to be a way to learn a new, different and maybe better way to do certain things. As an example, I modeled terrains a certain way for years (following some tutorial I had read before) and Eric's logic and reasoning on the way he taught how to model terrain was so straightforward and made all the sense in the world, and the final product was project files that were much less complex, and that translated into speedier processing times for sections, elevations, and the overall 3D model !!
That same logic applies to many other topics.
The coaching program is a great resource also, and I enjoy being able to sometimes throw Eric a complex question and getting a smart, logical way to... ... Read more ...
Kenneth R. Andrews AIA
I started with Archicad 4 1/2 years ago and struggled to completely switch over from 25 years of autocad. Running a two man architectural practice and studying Archicad at night was a definite challenge. Then while traveling on a business trip, I saw an ad for the Best Practices Course...I signed up and have been a member ever since.
This course is well worth every penny spent. The course is very thorough in every aspect and the Coaching Call program in my opinion is extremely valuable. It helps answer specific questions and with the Archicad community that has other questions it collectively broadens your knowledge. The course and training video's have also allowed my business to expand, Archicad with all the 3d capabilities has allowed clients to visualize the projects from conception to completion and I owe a great debt of... ... Read more ...
The course offers fantastic value and is a must for all ArchiCAD users.
The Quick Start Course will greatly benefit new users, the Best Practice Course will take your knowledge further, and the Coaching Calls will appeal to all users from beginner to experienced user.
Very few people have Eric’s knowledge of ArchiCAD; Eric is also very approachable and will endeavour to answer any question thrown at him on the Coaching calls (however easy or difficult the question posed).
I am particularly pleased at the way Eric has identified where a lot of users are having difficulties, he has incorporated entire Coaching Calls on these topics e.g. scheduling, detailing, renderings and presentations.... Read more ...
I must say .. great job Eric ! definitely worth money spent.... Read more ...
Eric's training courses gave me a better understanding in using ArchiCAD & has helped me in producing faster better documentation for my projects.
As others have found - producing 3D perspectives while designing the floor plans give the clients a better understanding of what they are paying for and any changes required are easily done as Eric shows us how, easily and efficiently.
Thanks Eric, & I will keep updating my skills with your courses as ArchiCAD changes with newer & better ways for drawing and modeling into the future.... Read more ...
When I first began searching for online training on ArchiCAD, I stumbled across some short extracts on YouTube from Eric Bobrow and his Best Practices Course. Being very pleased with the quality of training in these videos, and also coming highly recommended by senior members on forums, I decided to invest in The Best Practices Course.
My first email to Eric was "I'VE BEEN WOWED". Not only did the course include a comprehensive Best Practices Course curriculum, I was surprised to find additional components which include the QuickStart Course, as well as dozens of coaching call videos (dating as far back as 2011).
As an ArchiCAD beginner, I find the coaching sessions that Eric organises to be an additional highlight to the Best Practices Course. What I like most, is the fact that the coaching calls invite real Architects... ... Read more ...
I'm an architectural designer who has 18 years of experience as an AutoCAD user. Over the years, I have experimented with other products in hopes of breaking away from Autodesk and find a simpler way to model my projects in 3D. I finally made the leap to ArchiCAD in 2012 and haven't looked back since. I work solo and didn't have time for traditional classroom training that I knew I would need to get up and running as quickly as possible.
I found Eric Bobrow's free YouTube tutorials while sifting through all the best training materials I could find online. I worked my way through each one of his freebies, while simultaneously working through the tutorials that come with ArchiCAD. It only took a couple of videos to realize that his training was concise, thoughtful, well paced, thorough, and far superior to other training I... ... Read more ...
Before starting the Best Practices Course, I had no control (balance) over ArchiCAD projects. I did not have the ability to do multiple projects in a short time.
In the past 2 years I have learned so much from the QuickStart and Best Practices Courses and the ArchiCAD Coaching Program. Now I am really enjoying ArchiCAD projects, no tension, no time wasted. I have more control on my projects in ArchiCAD, it feels easy.
I really appreciate Mr. Eric Bobrow, his way of teaching, his methods and patience. Anyone who goes through all of his courses will really get mastery over ArchiCAD.
Thanks to Eric.
RAJAGOPALA HATHWAR (INDIA)
Your Best Practices Course makes this ArchiCAD program a slam dunk to use. I love it.
Without your course I wouldn't have a clue on how to work this program. The workbooks from Graphisoft are not detailed enough, in my opinion, to be able to figure out many drawing processes. I was very discouraged before I bought your course. You deserve all of the success that you have had with the courses as it makes the program much easier to learn and get productive.
Another plus in your favor is that I can get speedy answers to questions that I have. You are the "greatest" customer service person that I have ever worked with, by far. Every success that you have had, you have earned by time consuming hard work and taking care of your customers after the sale with as much energy and attentiveness as most companies engage in before a... ... Read more ...
Eric is a genius, I pray for you to live longer than your fore fathers in good health and wealthy condition.
You are incredible Guy.
Best regards... Read more ...
I couldn't be more pleased with the ArchiCad Best Practices course by Eric Bobrow.
I bought ArchiCad many versions ago intending to switch from DataCad and Chief Architect for a more robust and flexible program. Despite working through the "getting started" tutorials numerous times, I never felt confident enough to start a project in ArchIcad rather than in the programs I knew well.
Once I discovered the Best Practices course, I quickly transitioned to only working in ArchiCad for the design and construction documents. ArchiCad is a powerful and complex program with many great features, but also a fairly steep learning curve.
The Quick Start and Best Practices courses flatten that curve substantially. The training is organized so one can work through a natural design / documentation process or one can jump to a... ... Read more ...
Despite being an experienced user, I have found the combination of back to basics training and fine tuning of techniques really helpful.
The outcome is a much better workflow from first sketches through to working drawing and specification output.
Specifically the use of mod files to create easily accessible and pick-able elements speeds up the drawing process. Intelligent use of PDFs both to import drawings and text file has been useful. Help with creating simple and effective GDL objects from external drawing sources has also been great.
The combination of the Best Practices Course and the Coaching calls has genuinely increased my productivity hugely. Well done Eric!... Read more ...
Jim Belisle OAA/OALA
After enjoying Eric's ArchiCAD tutorials & coach calls for over two years, I can sincerely say that his work has been extremely helpful to me, as a sole practitioner, working with ArchiCAD.
Eric is very organized, offers personal assistance, and provides clear, succinct explanations to project problems suggested by participants in the Best Practice Course. I have been working with ArchiCAD since version 6 and I learn new things during each of Eric's tutorials & coaching calls. During the coaching calls, it is fantastic to observe Eric; absorb, analyze and solve specific project problems that he has not seen previously.
Watching his method of working with these various issues, helps me to work on my own projects and benefit from the magnificence of ArchiCAD.... Read more ...
Some of the best money I have ever spent is buying into this course!
As an old guy struggling with the processes of getting the thru put working, Eric's courses overall have been a real support tool. Starting with version 4.16 many years ago and learning a lot of bad habits, the course materials and organization have shown the way to improvement. Although I cannot put a specific time on the improvements ( I am not noted for keeping my total time updated) it is clear that elements of the course have reduced my time to results ratio substantially.
My guess would be working at least 25% faster on most sections of the work and at least 15% on the rest. A recent apartment project that I did a pretty good time keeping on has resulted in a reduction of more than 25% to get from first sketches to a 22 sheet presentation... ... Read more ...
The Best Practices Course would have to be the best value for money that I have ever come across.
Each month there is new course material posted and there is always a new coaching call that you can either join or watch at a later date. If you have a specific problem you can always email Eric direct and get a response within the hour, nothing it seems is too much trouble.
It would appear that Eric just loves Archicad and I'm sure he would teach it for nothing if he could afford it. Well he almost is doing it for nothing. I learn't more in the first month with Eric than I did in the previous 6 months using the manual and bumbling along on my own.
Eric has a great style of teaching and you are never a made to feel like an idiot for not knowing the basics. If you want a head start with ArchiCAD then this is your... ... Read more ...
I started with Eric about the time Graphisoft seemed to be changing their business model in the US. Prior to that, ArchiCAD resellers were instrumental in training their client/purchasers on the functional use of ArchiCAD. With the new business model, learning ArchiCAD required finding someone with knowledge, time and motivation to share their knowledge.
Eric was one of the individuals. His Best Practices course is quite extensive, in-depth program that I often refer back seeing things I'd forgotten or missed... only wishing I had more time to digest his teachings. The QuickStart program is very beneficial starting out and even now I often use for reference. The thing that ties it all together is the Coaching Calls which are pre-planned sessions where Eric answers student specific questions.
An additional benefit... ... Read more ...
This course has made Archicad usable and a true BIM standard.
Learning the basics of Archicad is not in itself difficult, but mastering the details required to make the programme the office standard for all types of architectural work requires a great deal of experimentation and dedicated application. This course has made the journey easier, more interesting, and has revealed capabilities not previously envisioned.
I do not consider myself a pro but because of this course, I can turn out a complete set of project drawings in a far shorter time than previously done, even with help.
The training videos are thorough in their subject matter, carefully explained and very often, packed with new revelations. Thank you Eric!... Read more ...
Both are fantastic courses, very well structured.
QuickStart is explained in a simple but very detailed manner that is perfect for those who want to start using ArchiCAD. The Best Practices Course surpassed my expectations and I love the way that Eric discusses all matters.
Congratulations Eric, fantastic! Recommend to everyone!
Anisio Goulart - Brazil... Read more ...
Eric deserves a great round of applause for his generosity and professionalism in the way he has presented the QuickStart Course. He has packed so much information into each module that he explains very clearly and patiently and he also spends invaluable time on the comparison with the International version, for those of us in Europe.
The QSC is exceptionally good value for money as it gets one working with the software very quickly.... Read more ...
If you’re a beginner, there’s no faster way to get started with ArchiCAD than my QuickStart Course. In 29 easy-to-follow video lessons totaling 13 hours of instruction, you’ll learn the basics in a way that makes it easy to understand.
You’ll learn how to create a 3D model, annotate it to create 2D drawings, and place the drawings onto Layout sheets for printing or plotting.
Starting with an orientation to the tools and working interface, you’ll quickly become comfortable and productive.
This course stands on its own, yet leads directly into the Best Practices Course, since it is created with these important principles in mind.
Make ArchiCAD your friend and trusted ally, rather than something you struggle with. Get a deeper understanding of the best ways to take advantage of ArchiCAD’s power, and you’ll be flying!
Enrollment in the Best Practices Course includes QuickStart (basics) plus dozens of hours of intermediate and advanced video lessons that you can watch any time you like in our member area. PLUS, get 6 months of membership in my ArchiCAD Coaching Program FREE when you enroll!
When you are a member of my ArchiCAD Coaching Program, you may send in your questions via email or ask them during our live webinars, which are held 3 times each month. Learn how to apply the Best Practices Principles in practice and in the context of your own project.
Members comment that my calm demeanor and precise explanations help them to break through previous limitations, and inspire them to be fearless in their explorations of this complex and challenging program. Many have told me that this has transformed their practice, making a huge difference in their day to day working process.
The chunks of information are just the right size to incorporate into a busy practice. Well worth the investment in time and money.”
After a weekend with QuickStart, I was able to effectively work in ArchiCAD on real projects!”
You’ll learn how to work with both printed survey drawings (entering metes and bounds manually based on survey data) as well as with DWG and PDF survey files (using them as a trace reference to input your site).
I’ll teach you how to create a mesh-based topography model following the contour lines, as well as how to regrade the terrain and calculate cut and fill volumes.
More advanced sections cover the creation of roads, paths and paved areas, using both Solid Element Operations and Boolean subtraction.
The Roof Design, Modeling and Documentation ArchiCAD training course is a series of easy to follow video lessons that will teach you how to design a roof system and model it so that you get accurate drawings for your project.
You’ll learn how to work with simple systems with a single plate height as well as complex configurations with multiple levels. Connections between roof systems, adding new roofs or replacing them as part of a remodel, working with dormers, skylights, vaulted roofs, flat roofs with drainage systems, roof tiles and other coverings, eaves-troughs and downspouts are all covered in this course. Manual and automated framing is shown, allowing you to create entire framing models and accurate clean section drawings.
The RoofDesign course includes lessons for users of ArchiCAD 10 and above. Special sections are devoted to explaining and demonstrating the new methods applicable for multi-plane roofs that were introduced by Graphisoft in ArchiCAD 15.
The FastTrack! ArchiCAD training course is a series of easy to follow video lessons that will teach you how to speed up your work in ArchiCAD while maintaining control and improving your model and documentation quality. You’ll learn the optimum methods and techniques for modeling quickly, drafting precisely and navigating rapidly around ArchiCAD.
I’ve refined these ideas during my 22 years of using and teaching ArchiCAD. These are the FASTEST ways to work cleanly, wasting no effort as you power through your tasks.
FastTrack! is a carefully-crafted selection of 19 easy to follow yet incredibly potent lessons from my popular Best Practices Course. You’ll get access to 8 hours of videos you can watch any time you wish in your web browser, as many times as you like. You can even download them to your computer for permanent reference and offline access.
The Best Practices 3-Pack of ArchiCAD training courses is a set of three of my specialty courses in an inexpensive bundle.
Each course provides a series of easy to follow video lessons that will teach you how to speed up your work in ArchiCAD while maintaining control and improving your model and documentation quality. You’ll learn the optimum methods and techniques for modeling quickly, drafting precisely and navigating rapidly around ArchiCAD, in general and specifically with relation to roof systems and site models.
I’ve refined these ideas during my 23 years of using and teaching ArchiCAD. These are the FASTEST ways to work cleanly, wasting no effort as you power through your tasks.
You’ll get access to over 16 hours of high quality training videos you can watch any time you wish in your web browser, as many times as you like. You can even download them to your computer for permanent reference and offline access.
I’m pleased to announce a new option for experiencing the ArchiCAD training lessons inside the Best Practices Course website. With my new ArchiCAD Training Passes, you can get temporary access at a very affordable price. When you need to figure out how to do things in ArchiCAD in the most effective way possible, you can watch my training videos and quickly get my expert guidance.
With the 30 day pass, you can even take advantage of my ArchiCAD Coaching Program, and send me your questions via email. I’ll answer them by email or address them in one of our three regularly scheduled live webinar coaching sessions.
If you’ve been thinking about checking out the Best Practices Course, or simply have some current questions that you want help with, this is a great way to do it! Simply click one of the Add to Cart buttons below, and you’ll get immediate access to the member area of the course as soon as your payment is processed.
If you sign up as a full member, you’ll get permanent access to the course lessons PLUS get 6 months of my ArchiCAD Coaching and tech support. Don’t get stuck without help – let me offer you my guidance and support!
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- Eric Bobrow