Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Other modeling tools, part of Learning ArchiCAD.
- There are some other tools that for this course we're not going to go into detail but they're worth looking at. One of them is the Column tools. So if we press on the Column, Ctrl + t you can see that ArchiCAD kept it pretty consistent on the way you edit it. So let's focus here on the first tab on Geometry and Positioning. You can change the height of the column attaching it to the current floor or to the floor above with the distance. You can change the shape of the column from square to round or a complex profile.
You can change the dimensions here, the building materials, and so on. If you press OK, click on your project and there you go. You have a column there. Same goes for the beams. So if I click here on the Beam tool, Ctrl + t same thing. You can change the size of the beam, the height of the top of the beam. You can change the shape of the beam and the width of it. You can also change the material and if the beam is inclined or not.
So let's keep it straight. Press OK. And you can add the beam just like you add a wall. The beam will automatically intersect as you intersect the reference line. So go ahead and take a look on the other tools that we haven't seen and give it a go. Try it and you will notice that it's pretty consistent the way you change things in ArchiCAD. So, let's delete these guys. Take a look at our 3D and let's explore a little bit.
I'm going to show you some other tips. So I'm going to use the Explore button. Yes. Let's run a little bit and move right inside here. Another tip when modeling is that a wall doesn't necessarily need to be a wall, a column doesn't necessarily need to be a column. What I mean by that is that you can use the column to model a table leg for instance. Or just like here, I used the slab tool to model the counter top for this kitchen.
So feel free to use some of those elements as something else. This is all part of the modeling. As long as you choose the right building material, it's all good. And that concludes the modeling part for the Up and Running course of ArchiCAD. Now it's time to do some documenting.
ArchiCAD expert Thiago Mundim shows you how to use the ArchiCAD tools needed to model, document, and publish your design. He begins with covering the interface basics, navigating your BIM model, and modeling essential architectural elements in 2D and 3D. Then he outlines how to document your design, adding sections, elevations, dimensions, and details. Finally, you'll learn how to set up layout sheets and publish designs in common formats such as PDF and DWG. Thiago also shows you how to export drawings to the free BIMx app for tablets and smartphones, so you can take your ArchiCAD work anywhere.
- Setting up projects, stories, and working units
- Importing other drawings in ArchiCAD
- Working with walls
- Creating slabs
- Adding windows, doors, roofs, and stairs
- Creating zones
- Editing sections
- Setting up drawing dimensions
- Working with the pen set
- Adding views and schedules
- Publishing ArchiCAD projects