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ArchiCAD

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ArchiCAD Training
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Basic ArchiCAD
2-days Basic ArchiCAD 16 Training

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Contents
Introduction ______________________________________________ 5
Opening the project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Navigation in ArchiCAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Multiplying Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Creating Curtain Wall System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Modifying Curtain Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Creating Interior Walls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Placing Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Mirroring Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Creating Stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Creating Flat Roofs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Creating Parapet Walls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Placing Stairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Dimensioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Automatic Dimensioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Creating Section Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Elevation Dimensioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Elevation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Inserting Background Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Placing Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Merging Plans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Rendering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Creating 3D Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Layouting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Defining Project Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Exporting to PDF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
ArchiCADTraining Series Vol. 2

Contents

ArchiCADTraining Series Vol. 2

Introduction

Introduction
Welcome to the ArchiCAD Training Series!
This Guide is part of the ArchiCAD Training Series, which currently
includes the following materials:

Vol. 1, The ArchiCAD BIM Concept

Vol. 2, Basic ArchiCAD

Vol. 3, Intermediate ArchiCAD

Vol. 4, Advanced ArchiCAD

Vol. 5, Using Teamwork

You are now reading Vol. 2, Basic ArchiCAD a comprehensive handson training to familiarize you with the basic modeling and
documentation tools of ArchiCAD. This guide is meant for new ArchiCAD
users. We strongly recommend that you complete Training Series Vol. 1
before starting this one.
This guide is also suitable for using as BIM Curriculum "Exercises" - for
Hands-on Practice in universities where ArchiCAD is taught to students.
Lecturers who would like to use this guide as a BIM Curriculum should
visit the educational sites of the GRAPHISOFT website
(http://www.graphisoft.com/education/curriculum/) where, after
registration, they will be entitled to obtain a full set of training materials
suitable for seminar lectures.

Contents of this guide:


Training guide e-book: The PDF guide includes detailed explanation of
every step, with several screenshots.
ArchiCAD project file: The pre-set training file will help your learning
process. Pre-set project views help you to navigate between different
steps thus you can focus on the core knowledge.
Movie clips: Narrated movie clips are available on the YouTube channel
for GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD (www.youtube.com/user/Archicad) providing
step-by-step instructions for each step of the training guide. The
ArchiCAD YouTube Channel can also be accessed from the Help menu of
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ArchiCAD. Enter the name of this Training Guide in the search field to
locate the related videos.
You must have ArchiCAD 16 or later version installed on your computer
to use this guide. This e-book and the movie clips were made with the
English language version of ArchiCAD. For your conveniance we
recommend you to download and use the same version for practicing.
If you do not have ArchiCAD yet, please visit https://myarchicad.com/ to
obtain a free ArchiCAD installer:

If you are a student, a teacher or a representative of a school,


register and download a fully functional Education Version of
ArchiCAD for Students and Teachers.

If you are a professional architect, register and download a fully


functional 30-day trial version of ArchiCAD. Projects saved with this
TRIAL version can be automatically upgraded to FULL versions upon
purchase of a commercial license.

Please contact your local distributor for purchasing commercial


ArchiCAD licenses. http://www.graphisoft.com/purchase/
How to use this training material?

Install the required ArchiCAD version

Open the PDF Guide

Open the related movie clips from the GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD


Youtube Channel

Follow the instructions given in the PDF guide and the videos.

We hope you will find this training useful and wish you success with your
future ArchiCAD projects!
Good Luck!
The GRAPHISOFT Team

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Opening the project

Opening the project


The goal of this training material is to quickly make you familiar with
ArchiCADs basic modelling /documentation techniques and the
fundamental project organization concepts. In order to shorten the
learning curve well start working with predefined project template files,
which already include the required project defaults, object libraries and
element attributes.
Instead of manually defining every parameter of new elements well use
the so-called Favorites feature of ArchiCAD. Favorites are preset
parameter combinations of ArchiCAD tools, which allow you to store the
frequently used building element types in your projects. The project
template files used in this training material include the favorites
required to complete the modeling steps. Naturally you may also define
these parameter combinations manually in the tool setting dialogs.
Lets start modeling by opening the first template file.

1) Double-click the ArchiCAD application icon on your desktop to start


ArchiCAD.

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2) The ArchiCAD startup-screen appears, followed by the Start


ArchiCAD dialog box, providing various options.

3) In the Set up Work Environment pop-up list, select Standard


Profile.
Note: ArchiCAD is shipped with three default Profiles: Standard,
Visualization and Layouting. These predefined profiles are designed
to get you up and running with ArchiCAD. Naturally, you or your
office CAD manager can reconfigure these profiles as needed.
4) Select Open a Project and Browse for a Solo Project option, and
then click Browse to open an ArchiCAD project file.

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5) Select the 01 Pavilion.pln file in the training project folder and click
on the Open button to open the file.

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Navigation in ArchiCAD
At first glance you can see a Slab, a Steel Column, a Section Marker and
four Elevation Views in Floor Plan. On the right side of the ArchiCAD
interface is the Navigator Palette (Navigator), a tree structure view that
lets you build up the entire logical structure of your project and navigate
in it. Here you can create folders, then copy, drag and drop views and
other project items depending on their particular purpose.

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Multiplying Elements

Multiplying Elements
Lets see how we can create multiple copies of an element to speed up
the modeling workflow.

1) Select the existing Steel Column in the Floor Plan with the Arrow
Tool.

2) Select Edit/Move/Mirror a Copy menu command.


3) Define the mirroring axis with two clicks, as if you were drawing a
Line.

4) Move the cursor near the middle of the Slabs upper edge, and click
when the cursor takes on the following shape:

(Arrow with Heavy Checkmark).

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5) Draw the mirroring axis, while holding down the Shift key.

6) Pick up the settings of an existing column. With the shortcut


ALT+Click, the cursor will change to an Eyedropper; click on the
column.

7) Place the two new columns above the Slab.

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8) Select all columns and select Edit/Align/Bottom menu command.


All selected elements will be aligned to the bottommost point of the
selected group - that is, the bottom column.

9) To ensure the columns are all distributed evenly, select all columns
and use Edit/Distribute/Along X command.

10) Select Edit/Move/Mirror a Copy command.

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11) Define the mirroring axis.

12) The first axis point is the middle of the Slab. Draw the mirroring
axis, while holding down the Shift key.

13) Open the 3D Window. Press either F3 key or select the Window/3D
Window command.

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Creating Curtain Wall System

Creating Curtain Wall System


The building is surrounded by a curtain wall system, so well use the
Curtain Wall tool to create it.

1) Activate the Curtain Wall tool.


2) Double-click CurtainWall from the Favorites palette.
Note: Favorites allow you to save your preferred tool configurations
for later use. This way you can access your most frequently used
building elements with just one click.

3) Choose the Polyline - Single Geometry Method from the Info Box.

4) You have to place the Curtain Wall 6000mm from the left side of the
Slab.

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a) Move the cursor to the upper-left corner of the Slab.

b) Type x6000+ and the cursor jumps to the correct position.

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c) Press Enter, move the cursor down, and click when the cursor
takes on the following shape: Pencil point with perpendicular sign.

d) Click with the Sun cursor to define the outside direction of the
Curtain Wall. Here, move the cursor to the left side of the Curtain
Wall and click.

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e) In the appearing Place Curtain Wall dialog box, modify the height
of the Curtain Wall to 3000mm and click Place.

f)Create the other three Curtain Walls with the same method.

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Modifying Curtain Walls

Modifying Curtain Walls


The unnecessary Mullions should be removed from the Curtain Wall.

1) Select the Curtain Wall in Floor plan with the Arrow tool.
2) Then click the Edit in 3D button, which appears on the selected
Curtain Wall. Another way to enter Edit mode: select the Curtain
Wall, then the Design/ Modify Curtain Wall/Edit System command.

3) When the Curtain Wall is in editing mode, the model is shown in the
3D window.

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4) Select the middle Mullion frame and delete it.

5) Drag the Mullion frame.


a) Select the Mullion frame and drag it with the mouse.

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b) Click when the cursors shape indicates it is at the halfway point


of the Boundary frame (Arrow with Heavy Checkmark).

6) Create a new Mullion frame.


a) Double-click on Mullion Frame in the Favorites palette.
b) Move the cursor to the middle of the Boundary frame.
c) Draw the Frame upside down while holding down the Shift key.

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7) Delete the Frame which is on the right side of the Panel.

8) Replace the middle Panel with a Door.


a) Select the middle Panel.

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b) Double-click on CW Door 2 in the Favorites palette.

9) When you have completed your modifications of the selected


Curtain Wall, click OK in the Edit mode Display palette to save
changes and return to the 3D window.

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10) Delete the unnecessary Mullion frames of the other three sides, as
shown in the pictures.

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Creating Interior Walls


Continue working on the current project or open 02 Pavilion.pln
ArchiCAD file from the training project folder.
Lets place the partition walls to create the rooms of the building.

1) Select the Wall tool from the Toolbox.


2) Double-click on Wall 200 from the Favorites palette.

3) Set the Geometry Method to Rectangular and the Construction


Method to Left (reference line is in the left side).

4) The corner of the new Wall will be 10.500 mm from the left edge of
the Slab and 3.400 mm from the bottom of the Slab.

5) Move the cursor to the bottom-left corner of the Slab.

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6) Type the following: x10500+. (Cursor jumps to the right.)

7) Type y3400+. The cursor immediately snaps upwards.

8) Press Enter and move the cursor toward the upper right.

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9) Define the size of the rectangular wall: x7600 and y3600.

10) Press Enter.

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11) You have to edit these walls separately. The solution is to


temporarily suspend groups by choosing the Suspend Group toggle
icon in the Standard Toolbar, or use the Edit/Grouping/Suspend
Groups command.

12) Activate the Arrow tool and select the upper horizontal Wall. Click
on the upper side of the Wall and drag it downwards. Hold down
the Shift key to constrain mouse movement vertically.

13) Define the distance of offset: r800, then press Enter.

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14) Do the same with the other horizontal Wall.

15) Double-click on Wall 100 in the Favorites palette.

16) Choose Single Geometry Method and Center Construction Method


(reference line is in the middle) in the Info Box.

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17) Create the new walls so that they divide the existing horizontal wall
into three equal segments. Lets set the Special Snap Points to
display divisions along elements. Select View/Special Snap
Options/Division(3) from Menubar.

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18) Draw two walls; the cursor will show you the trisecting points.

19) As a final step, we need to erase the middle part of the bottom
horizontal wall.
a) Hold down the Ctrl/Cmd key and the cursor changes to Scissors.

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b) Click on the middle part of the Wall.

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Placing Doors
Now well create doors in the partition walls.

1) Activate the Door tool and select Internal Door from the Favorites
palette.

2) Set the Anchor Point to Side. The Anchor Point setting defines
whether you place the Door by its center point or its side.

3) You have to place the Door 100mm from the bottom-left corner of
the wall. Move the cursor to the bottom-left corner and type x100+.

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4) Press Enter.
5) To place the Door, click at the desired wall edge.
6) Then click a second time to define the swing direction of the Door.

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Mirroring Doors
Lets create mirrored copies of the door.

1) To be able to mirror the Door, first you have to set View/Special


Snap Options back to Half.

2) Select the Door with the Arrow tool.


3) Activate the Edit/Move/Mirror a Copy command.

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4) Move the cursor near the middle of the upper Wall, and click
when the cursor takes on the following shape:

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Creating Stories
Continue working on the current project or open 03 Pavilion.pln
ArchiCAD file from the training project folder.
Stories are fundamental parts of all ArchiCAD projects. Lets see how to
create them.

1) Go to Design/Story Settings.
2) Select Ground Floor and click on the Insert above command.
3) Modify the Story Name to Roof.

4) Click OK.
5) Select the Ground Floor from the Navigator and right-click to bring
up its context menu.

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6) Choose Show as Trace Reference.


Note: Trace Reference allows you to display different model views
or layouts in the context of the active view. This feature helps you
to check the consistency of your documentation and your model.

7) You can see the Elements of the Ground Floor in the Roof story.

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Creating Flat Roofs


Well model the flat roof of the pavilion using the Slab tool.

1) Activate the Slab tool.


2) Select Flat Roof from the Favorites palette.
3) Create the Flat Roof with the Magic Wand:
a) Hold down the Space key and the cursor changes to the Magic
Wand.
b) Click on the inside of the Ground Floors Slab.

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Creating Parapet Walls

Creating Parapet Walls


Well use profiled walls to model the Parapet Walls of the flat roof. The
profile of the Parapet Wall has already been defined in the default
project template file with the Profile Manager. (The use of the Profile
Manager is explained in the Advanced ArchiCAD Training Guide.)

1)
2)
3)
4)

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Select the Wall tool.


Double-click on Parapet Wall in the list of Favorites.
Set the Reference line of the Wall to Right.
Hold down the Space key and when the cursor changes to the Magic
Wand, click on the inside of the Ground Floors Slab.

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Placing Stairs

Placing Stairs
Lets create a simple straight-run stair with StairMaker, the built-in stairmodeling tool of ArchiCAD.

1) Double-click on the Ground Floor in the Navigator palette.


2) Open the Stair dialog box from the Toolbox.
3) Select the Create Stair command.

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4) In the appearing dialog box set the type of the Stair to Straight Run
and click on the OK button.

5) Set the following values:


a) Total height is 1500mm; Flight width is 3500mm; Full length is
2500mm.

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b) Structure type is Treads only.

c) Upper surface material: Stn-Marble White; Front surface


material: Paint 01; Tread surface material: Paint 01.

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d) Railing type: No Railings.

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e) Finally, you have to define the type of the 2D View.

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6) If you have completed the above tasks, click Save As to give it a


name: Pavilion Stair. The Stair is saved in your Embedded Library.

7) Double-click on the Stair tool and select the Pavilion Stair.


8) Move the cursor inside the Preview Area: the cursor changes to a
rotate arrow. Rotate the 2D Symbol to the required position.
Define the primary hotspot of the Stair; this will be its left-upper
point.

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9) Modify the Relative Base Height to -1500 mm.

10) The Anchor point of the Stair is 2000 mm from the bottom-left
corner of the Slab. Move the cursor to the corner and type x2000+.
The cursor jumps to the appropriate position.

11) Press the Enter key.

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Dimensioning

Dimensioning
Continue working on the current project or open 04 Pavilion.pln
ArchiCAD file from the training project folder.
Well add basic wall dimensions to the project on the floor plan.

1) Choose the Dimension Tool from the Toolbar.


2) Select Dim (2.5) from the Favorites palette.

3) Set the Geometry Method to X-Y Only in the Info Box.

4) Click on the upper-left corner of the vertical wall, then the bottomright corner of the other vertical wall. You can see two reference
points.

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5) In order to finish the dimensioning you have to double-click on an


empty space area.

6) The next step is to move the Hammer cursor to the position where
you want to place the dimension line.

7) Click on the side of the vertical walls. Two reference points will
appear on each wall.

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8) Double-click on an empty space and move the Hammer cursor to


the position where you want to place the dimension line.

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Automatic Dimensioning
Automatic dimensioning is a very powerful tool that allows you to apply
the most typical dimensions on the floor plan views with only a few
clicks.

1) Select all Walls:


a) Activate the Wall tool.
b) Choose Edit/Select All Walls command.

2) Click on Document/Document Extras/Automatic Dimensioning/


Exterior Dimensioning command.

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3) Define the appropriate preferences for the dimensioning.

4) Click OK.
5) Define the direction of the dimension lines. You can do this in one
two ways:
a) Click the side edge of an existing Wall (the dimension direction
will follow the Wall direction);
b) Click in an empty area, and then click a second time to define the
dimension direction.

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6) Click with the Hammer cursor to place the dimension lines.

7) Delete the unnecessary dimension lines.


8) Insert new Dimension points:
a) Select the Dimension line with the Arrow tool.
b) Then, with the Dimension Tool selected, Ctrl/Cmd-click on the
desired new Reference Point. The new point can be located
between existing chain points or anywhere outside the dimension
chain.
9) Create new Dimensions to the Slab and the Stair.

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10) The final result should be similar to the one in this picture.

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Creating Section Viewpoints


Creating new section markers and section views is easy with ArchiCADs
Section Tool.

1) Activate the Section tool.


2) Set the Horizontal Range to Infinite Depth and choose the Single
Geometry Method from the Info Box.

3) Click twice to define both ends of the Section.


4) Click on the right side of the line with the eyeball cursor to set the
orientation of the Section.

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5) Open the New Section from the Navigator palette. The new Section
viewpoint is created and listed automatically in the Navigator
Project Map.

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Elevation Dimensioning
Elevation Dimensions allow you to place height markers in Section/
Elevation/IE and 3D Document windows.

1) Define the necessary preferences for the dimensioning in the Info


Box.

2) Activate S/E Dim. (2.5) from the Favorites palette.

3) Place individual markers by clicking the points that you want to


dimension, then Double-click or click OK in the Control Box. Use the
Hammer cursor to position the marker.

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Elevation

Elevation
Working with Elevations is very similar to Sections. The process is
explained in the previous chapter.

1) Open the South Elevation View from the Navigator palette.

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Inserting Background Images


We can improve the elevation view by adding a realistic background
image behind it.

1) Double-click on the Figure tool.


2) Click the Open button to browse the directory system for image
files. Select Sky_cloudy2_photo.jpg file from the ArchiCAD Library/
[BImg] Background Images / Photos 1024x768 folder.

3) Set the bottom-left Anchor point.


4) Click OK.

5) Place the Figure with a single click.

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6) Resize the image by using the Pet palette.

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Placing Objects
ArchiCAD is shipped with an extensive parametric object library, which
helps you to quickly improve your model and documentation. Lets place
a few tree objects on the elevations.

1) Open the Object Default Settings by double-clicking on the Object


tool.

2) Browse for a Tree object from the linked library. There are two ways
to do it:
a) Select the tree object from the ArchiCAD Library /Basic Library /
1.7 2D Elements / Plant Symbols folder.
b) Choose the Find Library Parts option to locate library parts by
name using keywords in a search engine. Type the tree keyword
and press the Find button.

c) Select the preferred Tree object.

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3) Click on the left-bottom Anchor point of the Object, then click OK.
4) Place the tree object in the Elevation View.
5) You have to position the tree object behind the building. To do this,
you must change the display order of the object.

6) Select the object.


a) Option 1: Choose the Edit/Display Order/Send Backward
command. You may have to run this command twice to achieve the
appropriate result.

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b) Option 2: Right-click to bring up the elements context menu,


then select the Display Order/Send Backward command twice.

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7) Create a copy of the tree object. Activate either the Edit/Move/


Drag a Copy command or use Ctrl+Shift+D(Windows)/
Cmd+Alt+D(Mac) shortcuts.

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8) Replace the type of the tree: double-click on the Object tool and
select another tree object from the folder.

9) Place the new 2D People Symbols in the Elevation View.

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Merging Plans

Merging Plans
The furniture layout is already available in an external ArchiCAD module
file. Well merge it into our project to shorten the documentation and
modeling time.
Note: You can learn more about ArchiCAD modules in other
volumes of this training guide series.
10) Activate the Ground Floor view from the Navigator palette.

11) Select File/File Special/Merge command.

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12) Browse for the Furnishing_Plan.mod file and click Open.

13) Until the file is placed, its elements will be surrounded by a dashed
rectangle. Click within the rectangle to move the elements to the
desired position. Click outside or click OK from the context menu (or
the Control Box) to place the elements.

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Rendering
ArchiCAD offers you various visualization modes to present your design
to your customers. You can select from two predefined Rendering
Settings from the Navigator palette: the first uses the LightWorks
Rendering Engine, while the second works with the Sketch Engine.

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Creating 3D Documents
The 3D document is a unique ArchiCAD feature that presents your
models with annotations in a 3D perspective or axonometric view. The
3D Document allows you to use the 3D view of the model as the basis
for creating a document, to which you can add dimensions, labels and
additional 2D drawing elements.

1) Open the 3D-01 Document from the Navigator palette.

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2) Select the Dimension tool.


3) Activate Dim (2.5) from the Favorites palette.
4) Set the position of the Text to Top.

5) Choose the Dimension Plane from the Info Box:


a) Horizontal, Vertical, Free Plane

6) Set the Geometry Method:


a) X-Y Only, Any Direction

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7) Place individual markers by clicking the points that you want to


dimension, then Double-click or click OK in the Control Box. Use the
Hammer cursor to position the marker.

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Layouting
Continue working on the current project or open 05 Pavilion.pln
ArchiCAD file from the training project folder.
The final documentation layouts are available in the Layout Book. Lets
see how to complete your documentation in ArchiCAD.

1) Activate the Navigators Layout Book.


2) Double-click on the A.01 Pavilion Layout.

3) Switch to the Navigator View Map, which is the second button in


the Navigator palette.

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4) Drag the 0. Ground Floor from the Floor Plans folder and drop it
onto the Layout.

5) Modify the placed layout by using the Pet palette. Move the layout
to the upper-right corner.

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6) If you do not want to place the drawings one by one, select the
Show Organizer command from the Project Chooser at the top left
of the Navigator.

7) Choose the View Map in the left side of the Navigator and the
Layout Book in the right side.

8) Select each Elevation in the View Map and drag them into the A.01
Pavilion Layout.

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9) Place the other drawings (Sections, Roof, Rendering) onto the


Layout and arrange them into the correct position.

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Defining Project Info


ArchiCAD can automatically display Project Info data on all sheets of the
layout book. This solution will significantly reduce the time spent on
project documentation.

1) Open the File/Info/Project info dialog box, which contains the most
important information about your project.

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2) If you fill in these fields with the necessary data, the text on the
layouts will change automatically.

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Exporting to PDF
The project documentation can be published in many file formats with
just one click of the mouse. PDF is the most widely use document
archiving format in the construction industry, so lets see how to export
to this format.

1) Open the Organizer dialog box from the Project Chooser at the top
left of the Navigator.

2) Click on Publisher Sets to the right side of the Navigator.

3) Choose the 3 - Pavilion Publisher Set from the list.

4) Select the A.01 Pavilion Layout from the Layout Book and click Add
Shortcut.

5) Define the output format. Files can be saved in a large variety of


formats, including all standard image formats and CAD exchange
formats. Select PDF file format.

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6) Click on the Publish button.

Congratulations!
You have succesfully completed this Training Guide! We hope that you
have learnt many new and exciting things about the possibilities of BIM
and understood how ArchiCAD supports the architectural design
workflow. Please check the other volumes of this training series for
more details about ArchiCAD.
Should you have any questions regarding ArchiCAD or other
GRAPHISOFT products, please visit ArchiCADwiki, our online knowledge
base: http://archicadwiki.com
Please feel free to contact GRAPHISOFT and its worldwide partners with
further questions at www.graphisoft.com.
We look forward to seeing you in the ArchiCAD user community.
The GRAPHISOFT Team
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