Creating Key Plans

5m 8s

In this course, Josh Bone will demonstrate methods for creating optimized models using ArchiCAD 21.

We will demonstrate methods on how to create granular models that can enable you to extract more views from the model for documentation which will reduce errors and omissions as a byproduct.

When you are done with this course, you'll know how to find ways to leverage the BIM from the early design phases through design into construction.


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Just to create this, I'm going to create a key plan. I'm going to work off my clone folders because I like clone folders. I'll use a combination of clones and traditional folders that you'll see here in the construction documentation. Clone If you like this wonderful, no reason to keep them both here, you can take the construction documentation custom folders, and you can delete that out. If you prefer to have you own custom folders, leave that and delete out the clone folder. But I'm going to set this up here, and I wanna take my floor plan, and I want to click and hold, if I hold down Alt on the Mac, If I hold down control on Windows, I can drag a copy of a clone folder.

I can drag a copy of a single story. I wanna set this up as key plans. So here's my clone folder for key plans. Now we know we copied off, floor plans so the one thing I need to do is under the clone folder, is go back in here, under settings, I wanna make sure that my layers are correct, and when I do this correctly, key plans, my scale that was set up here, I'm gonna set this to one foot and 10, my pen set, I can set up a key plan pen set, for how I want my pen sets to display, my model view options for key plan, my graphic overrides for key plan, my renovation filters I'll keep them the same, my dimension types key plan, will set all of this up, and define that when I hit OK, here's all my key plan views.

And I can do my main level, So key plan, my upper level key plan, and I could tell this again here do I wanna show foundations? Or I can set this up do not use with my clone folder. And if we do go back later on and decide to go back under design and story settings, and get rid of the third floor level here, the moment that I do that and click OK, it tells me "Deleting stories is not undoable here, are you sure you want to do that?" yes delete anyway I'm not putting anything in, and now I'll see my main level, key plan, and everything's being defined by that, back in here we can see how we're going to set that up, so each of those views can be set, for floor plans, sections, elevations, you can use a combination of clone folders, or non-clone folders, if I want to set up a particular view, I just go back in I'm gonna open this section here, and in this section, I wanna make sure I have the right layer showing, I'm back down here on floor plans, I'll go to document, layers, go to sections, there's our sections showing up, remember I merged these elements here, that's why it's reflecting correctly, I wanna make sure here that if I'm setting my scale, I can set my scale to a quarter of an inch, I can set my pen set, so I can define my pen set, as my architectural pens black controlling that I'm going to merge these two elements for just a moment I'll grab these elements here, I'll go to connect, and merge the elements so they recognize one another, and once I have this set up the way that I want it to be defined, this can be under building sections, I want to make sure everything's showing correctly, when I go to right click save current view, sections, a quarter inch, I can go to all my settings make sure they're represented correctly, I'll do a fitting window here, and as I create this now, this is gonna be called section, My project map, I can do this by the ID, I can define here, no number, call it transverse, section so we can set that up, hit create, and now there's that view that we've created from here.

You wanna pay attention, to what's showing up in your properties, you want to look at your view settings, you can always go back and tweak that, and try your best to work around setting up custom view settings for each of these options, because it's hard to go back in, and descramble what settings that you had set up, to make that custom.

So again, setting up these views, defining these views, these are the elements that you're going to take directly and put them on to your layout sheets in archiCAD so moving forward, pay very close attention in the view map, understand that it's linked to the project map, but this is the way you filter out your views, moving forward in archiCAD. That concludes our lessons on View Map, you'll continuously learn from this tool and as you start to dive in hopefully this is a good basis for you to help you understand how to leverage these tools in archiCAD 21

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From the course:
ArchiCAD Intermediate Level Training

Level 2

Duration: 7h 4m

Author: Josh Bone