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At Rill Architects we run ArchiCAD on Mac OS X. If you work at Rill, this is your stuff. If you don't, but you work in ArchiCAD, you may find something interesting. Anybody else, I don't know.
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Here I present an extra-strident version of the usual consistency argument. Graphisoft should adopt as an unbreakable regulation the idea of a Standard Element. All elements would be required to meet the standard, otherwise they're not elements. Graphisoft would mostly be enforcing this law on themselves, though add-on developers would be bound by it as well. In turn, Graphisoft would
(1) A custom profile for modeling and (2) an object for annotation. Profile: In the profile editor • The shape is that of two fascia boards with a reveal of 1/4" below the soffit board. • The horizontal stretch extents are inside the fascia board reveals. This way, when you adjust the overall width the fascia thickness will be unchanged.
Something to think about, or maybe not. Not all objects have to be right in every way. Plan symbol Plan symbol on remote stories 3D hidden line 3D shaded 3D render Elevation Elevation in distant area Section Polygon efficiency Scale sensitivity; which compounds the plan symbol, section, and polygon issues Listing Labeling User interface Parameter list Parameter transfer management (Unique
Accuracy is first. Completeness is second. We're talking about construction documents of course. The end product of our work is a building. The documents are the primary device for ensuring the building is executed in accordance with our design intent. Therefore, in evaluating the quality of documents, we are really talking about their reliability. Using these documents, how close to
There are six. Impossible: Literally. Not a slang term for "very hard". Some people will say that nothing is impossible. This is obviously not true. Somebody: Nothing is impossible! Me: Can you walk to the moon? Somebody: Of course not! Hard: Possible with effort, time, concentration, creativity, energy. Example: Flying to the moon. Tedious: Requiring time and energy, but not
A single building element, how about a window, will be represented multiple times in the construction documents. There's the window in a plan, at least one elevation, often two or more sections, maybe/probably an interior elevation, maybe a wall section, and the window schedule. Then there are dimensions and annotations related to the window. Five to fifteen representations of one
These are the primary functions of layering, in order of importance: 1. Control of display for output. The finished output has to show and hide the right elements. 2. Control of display for working on the project. Showing and hiding elements depending on the work you are doing at the moment. 3. Promotion of logical thinking about the project as
There's lots of good reasons to invest the time needed to work the model out. It helps you understand the design, find massing problems, catch tricky details, and get lots of drawings started at once. Lately we've noticed an advantage that is distinct from these, but related. With a well-developed model, we are less vulnerable to construction errors arising from
LOON ISLAND, ME -- Due to the wet spring and summer, the lake is a good 18-24" higher this year. Remember that the dock is simply resting on the lakebed and is not tied down in any way. If not kept above the water, it can blow away in high wind/waves. The idea is to elevate the whole thing while