Category Archives: Quick Tips

Connecting Sea Level & Morphs

Today I have been working on translating a .dwg survey into existing conditions for neighboring buildings for a remodel. The survey locates windows for neighboring properties, giving sill height, head height, and window width only. All dimensions are relative to sea level.

Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 7.31.23 AM.png

To locate these windows correctly, I first set the Altitude (Sea Level) properly.From here I could place temporary morph lines in plan to locate center line of windows and other building features.

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 1.00.39 PM.png

 

Then, in the morph element settings, I set the height relative to Sea Level, and matched the sill and head height described in the survey.

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 1.00.58 PM.png

From this point, it was just a matter of matching and stretching the windows to the morph lines in 3d or elevation.

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 1.04.08 PM.png

 

Advertisements

Quick Layers Palette

In 2018 I am revamping the WWABIM site with new quick tips. These will be short messages and tips to help improve your workflow, efficiency and general proficiency at modeling and documenting in ARCHICAD. This is the first tip of the year!

Use the quick layers palette! This palette will allow you to turn layers on/off, cycle through previous custom layer sets, and more with out the need to tediously sort through the layer settings dialog.

Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 3.45.25 PM.png

Options on the quick layers palette are to hide/lock/unlock a selections layer(s), or all layers not selected, and to switch back to previous/next custom layer combinations. This allows you to turn groups of element’s layers on at once, instead of sorting through the layer lists.

I recommend using the quick layers palette as a standard to your work environment. If you want to strip palettes and tool bars out of your w/e, you can also assign a shortcut to show/hide this palette, similar to how most have a shortcut for the solid element operations palette.

Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 3.52.38 PM.png