Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Reflected ceiling plans (RCP), part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Now let's take a look at what we can do with this 3D document here. So I have modeled some ceiling slabs. If we go here to section B,you'll notice that we have some slabs made of Gypsum plasterboard in the layer ceiling. And this is simply a generic slab that I have modeled in the floor plan and then moved up. So I have done these wherever I could. So if I go back to the floor plan now and see how we can get an RCP out of it.
And since we're gonna be looking up I'm gonna change the layer combination to the 5.1, because I do wanna see the beams and the ceilings that I have above. So now I'm gonna go to the 3D documents, right-click, and press new 3D documents from the floor plan. ArchiCAD's gonna ask me what's the name of this new 3D document, so I'm gonna call it RCP 01, ground floor reflected ceiling plan, so ground floor RCP.
And I don't need this number here, and then press create. So ArchiCAD is gonna do a 3D cut of the model looking down. If we zoom in here you can see that every element is being displayed here. I'm gonna change this scale to one to 50, so similar to our floor plans. Before we do the RCPs let's get off track a little bit. I'm gonna right-click here on this 3D document, go to 3D document settings, and here I'm gonna change these floor plan projection, I'm gonna change the height of the 3D cut and I also wanna see up to one story below, so I see a little bit of more information here.
And I also want to turn on some shadows to make it look good. I'm gonna press OK and then ArchiCAD will perform those changes. And this is a quick way to get a nice good looking 3D plan that you can use in your presentations. So if you think about this 3D plan since the beginning of the project we could choose some nice colors for those surface and to make it look good for the presentation. Now let's go back to the RCPs. So I'm gonna go here to my 3D document, right-click, 3D document settings.
I just realized I misspelled here, so I'm gonna do RCP, and then instead of looking down I wanna be looking up, so I'm gonna change here from floor plan to reflected ceiling. I no longer want to cut at this height, I actually want to cut above the doors, I don't wanna see the doors, and I don't wanna see the floor above, because I don't wanna see the ceiling of the first floor here on the stair well. So I'm gonna change to the source story up to something about 3600.
I also don't need transparency, and I prefer to have everything that is uncut in a uniform transparent color. And I also no longer need the shadow, so I'm gonna turn it off and then press OK. Now we have ArchiCAD looking up to our 3D ceiling slabs. And I can use the objects here, I'm gonna go to the library of ArchiCAD 20, I'm gonna go to the library of ArchiCAD 20, basic libraries, elements 2D, and we have some electric symbols here that I want to use.
I'm gonna load this spotlight and place it somewhere in here. Yes, I do, actually no I wanna choose the layer. I'm gonna put it for now on the same layer as ceilings. Press OK. And I can start adding some electric symbols. Put some dimensions to them, put some details callout, and make it look like a proper ceiling plan.
- Opening and navigating an ArchiCAD project
- Setting up working units and stories
- Importing drawings
- Modeling walls, slabs, doors, and windows
- Grouping and ungrouping objects
- Creating sections and elevations
- Working with dimensions
- Publishing drawings
- Modeling and documenting detailed designs
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 06/14/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: using the Stair tool and working with objects. In addition, new videos were added that cover what's new in ArchiCAD 21, stair settings, working with railings, railing settings, using the Multiply tool, and 3D styles.