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ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – April 30, 2012
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 ArchiCAD Training Session Notes

QUESTION ANSWER SUMMARY AND NOTES START TIME
Introduction    
Two different composite wall types not cleaning up when joined together Eric demontrates how changing some settings in the element attributes>composites can clean up your walls 0:01:50
  Changing the wall priority number can aid the walls in cleaning up 0:17:35
  ArchiCAD tip: If you are finding that your walls are not cleaning up properly – go and check if auto intersection is turned off 0:03:42
  Eric takes two walls with different materials that are joined together and uses the merge wall command and then the capture profile of selection command. Eric is now able to open the newly merged walls in the profile editor (note: the reason for merging the two walls is to be able to open both walls together in the profile editor). Because the two walls are now a single profile they clean up much better. If you try this technique please don’t forget to put the opening reference line where your windows or doors need to go (Eric illustrates this at time 0:22:25) 0:19:28
Custom wall profile issue – Reference line in wrong place so wall not cleaning up properly In effect the 3d window is showing a custom wall profile with an interior wall running into it (the custom wall profile and interior wall are made of different materials), and are not cleaning up properly, thus the edge of the interior wall can be seen in the exterior wall. This issue can be easily fixed by moving the reference line 0:26:04
Quick demonstration of the find and select tool   0:05:08
Does making many solid element operations slow ArchiCAD down The answer is yes. 0:38:28
Issue with Lightworks – matching to the internal engine giving strange results Start 0:47:24
  How to create a new material 0:48:28
  ArchiCAD tip: when creating a new material; the best way to do it is to create something simililar and then bring in a new texture. This is because all the settings will already be close to being right and will only need tweaking slightly. An example would be creating an aged red brick by duplicating a red brick that already exists, and then doing a little fine tweaking to make the brick look aged  
  How to change the texture of a material 0:48:40
  Eric talks briefly about alpha channels 0:50:00
Issue with editing user made 2d symbols Start 0:57:30
  Eric draws a symbol using 2d linework. He then saves the linework as an object, he opens the object, does some basic editing and adds some hotspots to the object 0:58:50
Creating a roof that is thicker at one end than the other Start 1:09:30
  Eric begins by drawing a butterfly roof, to top off a building. He then takes a section of the building and copies and pastes the 2d linework of the roof outline into the profile manager. The reason for doing all this, is the roof tool doesn’t allow for roofs with differential thicknesses. The profile manager affords Eric the ability to alter the roofs shape/thickness. 1:11:12
  Note: When you have finished editing the roof profile you have the option of saving as either a complex custom wall or beam profile (there is no roof profile option) both have their own advantages that Eric demonstrates 1:18:38
  The complex profile may need the colour (color) {the ArchiCAD assigned colour (color) was a jaded grey}, of its overhead lines changing on plan to enable the complex profile to stand out 1:25:00
  If the butterfly roof then needs to be tilted: the custom beam profile should be used, as this can be tilted and the custom wall profile can’t. Unfortunately, in this tutorial, Eric encountered a problem with trimming walls to roofs (solid element operations). He didn’t have time in this tutorial to fix the problem, but he promised to come back to it at a later date. 1:27:40
  A viewer commented that the same procedure for creating a butterfly roof could be used for creating a parking garage ramp. A viewer also asks about creating a ramp to connect a parking area to a multi-level building; he asks about using the mesh tool to achieve this. Eric’s reply is because a mesh has to have one completely flat side – you would have to create two meshes for creating the shape (i.e. top and bottom surfaces) and then you substract one surface from another with a solid element operation  

ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – April 30, 2012

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