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So that a zone can be shown with an abbreviation in the plan where there's not enough space, and with the full name in schedules where abbreviations look awkward. Put the abbreviation in the Short Name parameter. If the parameter is empty, the full name is used in plan. Another idea would be to hard-code standard abbreviations for typical
Location: 01 General / 1 Graphic Symbols Another one for the well-under-4KB* series... The length of the object is the length of the long line. The length of the short line is set by the Short Line Factor parameter. You can adjust this factor graphically. The spacing of the lines is controlled by the Spacing parameter. Also graphi-justable. This
This has got to stop.
The Working Units and Levels preferences offer two reference levels in addition to project zero. It is common to set one of these levels to sea level. (We don't use the other one for anything at this time.) With sea level set correctly, you can build your site model mesh using sea level topo data. Level dimension texts have autotext
The user has requirements. The software has capabilities. Where the capabilities end and the requirements keep going is a limit. To get beyond the limit requires workarounds. Some limits are harder than others and all we can do is wish (beg) them removed. Here's a rich example concerning structural posts (columns) in residential construction. These are things like 4x4s, multiple
Location: 01 General / Drawing Tools System requirements: Accessories add-on in Add-ons folder An accessory as a special object that can be associated with another element. When you edit the element, the accessories edit themselves to keep up. This kind of automatic geometry is rare in Archicad, and welcome. Yet the accessories live in the limbo of semi-features known as
Location: Doesn't matter. This is our main (only) zone stamp. A zone stamp is a special object associated with a zone. If you use zones, the stamp takes the place of 'dumber' room name objects or texts. I always use zones instead of room name objects. Unlike the room name object, the name and number are not parameters. They are
Most of the advice about sections and elevations applies to interior elevations as well. We do interior elevations because the larger scale lets us show more information. Some of this information is already in the model and the scale change reveals it. Some of it is fine modeling that doesn't need to be done until you start the interiors.
In Archicad terminology, a marker is a special object that has a subordinate relationship to another element, representing the element and/or saying something about it. Viewpoint markers represent viewpoints in project windows. Each viewpoint type has its own marker objects. There are default markers for each one in the Archicad library, but we (as usual) use customized stuff. Each marker
I tweaked the Shape Tag object so you could have a masking fill within the polygon. The intent is to show a solid white fill. To ensure wide compatibility, I've provided parameters for the fill and the white pen. Non-locals may want/need to change the defaults to their preferred solid fill and white pen. Download
The reflected ceiling plan is a universal drawing type that Archicad simply does not handle very well. We took a medium-size step forward in Archicad 11 with addition of the 'Ceiling Plan' model view option for GDL objects. This allows object developers to make objects that draw themselves differently whether the 'Ceiling Plan' or 'Floor Plan' setting is active.
With Drawing Title 10a you can: • Set the Orientation of the title. You can have the title rotate to align with the Drawing (default), the Layout, or a Custom Angle. Use the Layout option to keep the title horizontal when you rotate a drawing. This is optional, and it's not always right. For example, if you rotate a wall
Location: 06 Wood & Plastic / 2D Wood A 2D symbol for plates, blocking, or other non-finish wood. This one replaces Lumber Continuous JAM81 and Lumber Blocking JAM8. If you Use Standard Sizes, you can select the Board Size from the list. Better, you can stretch the symbol graphically, and it will snap to the standard sizes. Stretch it by
The big difference between a building section and a wall section, besides the scale itself, is that the wall section has much more fine detail. The additional detail of a wall section comes from (some) scale-sensitive model elements, along with 2D geometry and annotation placed in/around the modeled section. That's right, drawing. But this kind of drawing doesn't leave
What Shows • General. The site plan is generated from the First Floor story. The 3D grade mesh is not shown because its pen and linetype options are too limited. • Property boundary with metes and bounds. For the boundary, use an empty fill. (Only a fill can report its area, and you'll need the property area for the
What shows: Walls, stairs, counters, decks, appliances and mechanical equipment, and all electrical symbols.
Location: 04 Masonry / 2D Masonry 2D symbol for brick walls in large scale sections and details. It will alternate bricks and joints. The height of a brick is controlled by the Brick Triplet Height, which is the height of three bricks. You can directly set the Joint Width and Reveal. In Section Mode, the width is set by
Location: Like all markers, the location doesn't matter. Markers are selected directly in the settings dialog or info box. Detail TagOnly JM11 is just the call-out tag with no flag, direction, or area box. Use it when an area or flag marker might be confusing because of the orientation of the detail relative to the drawing you're calling it from.
Things on the cover sheet and where they come from. First of all, the cover sheets have their own master layouts, C Cover, D Cover, and E Cover. The 'data zone' at the bottom of the sheet is proportioned differently for each sheet. This way, if you need to change the sheet size, you just change the master and
Location: 03 Concrete A 3D concrete beam with rebars, and/or a 2D symbol of a concrete beam section. Placed in... Model means a 3D beam that will show up in plan and section. Note that the actual placement will very likely take place in the plan window. 2D Detail means a 2D symbol of the section through the beam, suitable