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The new ARCHICAD USER website kicked off in January with a monthly series of free training webinars hosted by internationally recognized ARCHICAD educator Eric Bobrow. In addition, a Worldwide User Directory is being constructed, connecting ARCHICAD USERS from around the world in a new knowledge community. YOU are invited to join us!
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Special End of Year Webinar Series:
"Best Practices Update - 10 Cool Tutorials"
ARCHICAD Best Practices have changed a LOT over the years.
Have you kept up?
Join me for a brand new free training webinar that I'll be presenting several times this month, and learn some useful ARCHICAD tips, tricks and working methods that are "hidden in plain sight" in recent upgrades.
This series is a special edition of the monthly ARCHICAD USER webinars, the free series that I've been running all year. Instead of one webinar, I'll run three separate sessions (with the same content in each):
- Monday December 17 at 4 pm PST
- Tuesday December 18 at 11 am PST
- Thursday December 27 at 1 pm PST
If you're already registered for the ARCHICAD USER monthly sessions, your connection link will work for whichever session you choose to attend. If you're not already subscribed, join over 2600 ARCHICAD USERs by clicking here:
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Monthly Training Webinar: FREE for ARCHICAD USERS
"Best Practices Update: 10 Cool Tutorials"
Monday Dec. 17 at 4 pm PST
Tuesday Dec. 18 at 11 am PST
Thursday Dec. 27 at 1 pm PST
Case Studies and Training Hosted by ARCHICAD Educator Eric Bobrow
These monthly webinar sessions are offered as a free gift to the ARCHICAD User community.
They feature interviews with leading users, onscreen review of projects, as well as training exploring ARCHICAD features in context.
NOTE: If you can't make the live presentations, access to the replay recordings will be made available to registrants.
When you sign up, you'll also get a free Bronze Level membership in the ARCHICAD USER site, and may add yourself to the Worldwide User Directory.
December 2018 - BEST PRACTICES UPDATE - 10 COOL TUTORIALS
As I planned out the December presentations, I collected a series of 10 quick demonstrations that cover a wide range of modeling, documentation, presentation and data usage.
The main criteria I used were:
Is it new or different in recent versions of ARCHICAD?
Is it valuable and useful?
Is it something that many users would miss noticing?
Is it clever, fun or otherwise cool?
Can I demonstrate it in about 5 minutes, and teach people how to use it?
I am pleased to say that I've got a set of 10 really cool, fun, awesome and interesting new things to show you.
And I bet that 9 out of 10 users who attend will learn several new tools and tips that can be put to use right away. Some avid users may already know everything I'm showing - after all, these things are in plain sight - however I'm hopeful they will enjoy the way that I put this together.
NOTE: Recordings of monthly sessions are now posted on separate pages.
You can access them by clicking on the titles or images below, or via the Webinar Recordings menu at the top of the screen.
As part of my month-long Master ARCHICAD event, I offered a free ARCHICAD USER Coaching session in November 2018.
There were a wide variety of questions from beginner through tricky advanced usage.
It is my passion and mission to help ARCHICAD USERs get the most out of this software, and my group coaching sessions are a great way to help lots of users understand best practices methods and how to apply them to their own challenges.
I've run online sessions like this for almost 8 years for members of my ARCHICAD Coaching Program, and in November I invited all ARCHICAD USERs to sit in, and get questions answered.
While working on MasterTemplate 22, I figured out quick ways to achieve various graphic effects.
They are so easy that I'm tempted to call them "tricks" however they are actually useful methods to produce images and drawings for client presentations as well as production work.
Many of them rely on clever combinations of Graphic Override Rules and Combinations, fantastic options introduced in ARCHICAD 20.
Others require careful setup in complex profiles, or specific settings in the 3D Window using the 3D Styles dialog, or the use of Model View Options.
While I showed some of these in my recent presentation on MasterTemplate (and they are all included and preset for quick access in AMT22), this webinar goes through the step by step setup and use of a great many of the most useful and interesting graphic tricks that I've figured out in recent years.
Watch the recording to see some cool options you can use in your projects!
In June we had a very special presentation with two of my favorite ARCHICAD experts. Tim Ball (UK) and Andreas Lettner (Austria) are architects and veteran ARCHICAD users who created the Masters of ARCHICAD 2017 course with me.
This online advanced Best Practices Course ran from July 2017 through May 2018, and covered the workflow, strategies and methods involved in the creation and development of a sizable hotel project, from concept through to working drawings and data extraction. In a series of 20 live classes broadcast twice monthly, we explored, demonstrated and explained a broad swath of ARCHICAD processes, sharing tips, step by step instructions and downloadable files.
This is your opportunity to catch the highlights of the year in review, the best and most interesting parts of an in-depth educational journey.
In May 2018, I interviewed Chip Hudson, a veteran ARCHICAD USER who has created one of the most highly developed and refined templates I've seen. It's going to be a treat to explore his project files to see how everything is dialed in for speed and consistency along with active scheduling and some innovative quantity take-offs.
I first became acquainted with Chip when I saw a presentation by Josh Bone of Graphisoft at a BIM Conference a few years ago. Josh showed how quickly and easily a kitchen could be assembled from the kit of parts Chip had set up in his template (see screenshot below).
It's the same idea as the Interactive Legends in MasterTemplate, applied in a focused manner to this design area. I was impressed, and got permission from Chip to incorporate the concept into the next iteration of MasterTemplate, along with a few other pieces of his template.
In preparation for the webinar, I spent an hour with Chip going through one of his projects, and saw even more cool tricks that he's developed. This session is an eye-opener for ARCHICAD USERs who want to optimize their workflow, increase productivity and create working drawings with less effort and higher quality.
I love it when people like Chip are so willing to share their knowledge with the ARCHICAD community. He's even going to make available some parts of his template, including smart library components he's developed.
In April, I interviewed award-winning Los Angeles architect Tracy Stone, whose firm emphasizes sustainable design in a modernist context. Their 4 person office has used ARCHICAD for close to 20 years, and been featured several times by Graphisoft for their innovative applications of the program in both architecture and interior design contexts.
Tracy also teaches at several Los Angeles architectural programs, and shares her work periodically at ARCHICAD user group meetings.
The firm has developed an efficient working methodology that we explored during the April training webinar.
DESIGN CHALLENGES, ARCHICAD SOLUTIONS
One of the challenging workflows Tracy Stone has tested and optimized relates to multi-unit designs on sloping sites.
She showed us how they have worked out a method for placing hotlinked modules on negative stories within the same project, allowing them greater speed and simplified management as the design progresses.
We also looked at her office standard template, and opened up some of the wide range of projects that she is known for.
The March training webinar and case study interview showcased the work of award-winning Costa Rica architect Roderick Anderson, who has been featured by Graphisoft in articles and ARCHICAD launch events. Roderick also was a presenter in the Masters of ARCHICAD Summit and taught a course on BIMx Strategies for Design and Construction as part of the Masters training series.
Roderick is well known for designing and building beautiful high end custom homes on challenging coastal sites. His firm Sarco Architects recently tackled their first complete resort development in the Dominican Republic, which has already won several prestigious design awards.
In this interview/case study, we explored several projects live, on-screen inside ARCHICAD, and discussed how Roderick approaches the design and development process. It was particularly interesting to see and hear how he carefully optimized the workflow to suit a large site with multiple buildings and a combination of private and public spaces.
BONUS - Silver and Gold Level Members Only: Roderick shares a BIMx model of one of his recent projects - a rare chance to download and study the stunning work of an ARCHICAD Master!
Andrew Passacantando AIA
In the February 13 ARCHICAD USER monthly training webinar, I interviewed New Jersey architect Andrew Passacantando about the fascinating story of his remodel of an 1870's Victorian home.
The 5800 square foot building was owned by a developer as part of a large parcel. Since it was on the historic registry, the town required that the remodel be done consistent with the historic style, while adding a two car garage and modernizing the interior with a new kitchen and other amenities.
The project started as a spec house that would be sold after the remodel was completed, however a local family saw the work in progress and purchased the property, so it became a custom home designed to meet their needs. While the front facade was retained, the interior layout was reworked and the rear of the property was allowed to be substantially augmented.
Detailed interior renderings allowed the new owners to visualize various options such as different moulding styles and make design decisions more easily. BIMx Pro has been extensively used by the contractor to manage construction on site, comparing 3D views with the actual work in progress. Approval by the historic board was more easily achieved by presenting the before and after images and walkthroughs of the ARCHICAD model.
Andrew's beautiful restoration and extension are an eye-opener for anyone involved in historic preservation or remodels of older, more ornate buildings. As a one-person firm, Andrew has evolved a highly efficient working methodology. In this webinar, I asked him to reveal the shortcuts he's developed that help him to meet deadlines, remain profitable and stay sane...
IMAGES: (Top Two Rows) Existing (on left) vs. Expanded New Design with Garage
(Lower Section) Living Room perspective, Post Top and Post Base
UK Architect Tim Ball
"Pushing ARCHICAD's Limits While Maintaining Profitability"
In the inaugural session January 16th, leading UK Architect Timothy Ball RIBA shared his latest work on an ambitious mid-size institutional project (a "care home" modeled with exquisite detail along with integrated BIM data) as he proves out his innovative methodologies on a larger scale.
Ball is well-known for his pioneering work with superbly detailed 3D models that push the limits of ARCHICAD while maintaining a highly efficient and profitable practice.
The recording of Tim Ball's presentation is now available on this page.
MONTHLY WEBINAR SERIES - CASE STUDIES PLUS TRAINING
These monthly ARCHICAD USER webinars combine interview and discussion with live study and training based on a current project of an expert user.
Each month I will interview and showcase the work of leading ARCHICAD users, weaving training content into the case studies.
These sessions are the centerpiece of the new ARCHICAD User website, which will also provide access to additional tutorials and discussion, as well as discussion areas and a worldwide user directory.
Eric Bobrow has worked with ArchiCAD for 29 years as a trainer and consultant. His firm Bobrow Consulting Group (BCG) was U.S. Reseller of the Year in 2000, ranked in the top 5 nationally for 10 years, and was awarded Graphisoft Platinum VAR status during a successful 20 year run, before he switched gears to focus on training and consulting in 2010.
His ArchiCAD Tutorials channel on YouTube has over 23,000 subscribers and reached a ground-breaking 3.5 million views. It is by far the most popular ArchiCAD video resource outside of Graphisoft itself.
MasterTemplate, the Office Standard for ArchiCAD, is the most widely-used independent template system for the software, embedding best practices principles into the structure of the project files to increase efficiency, optimize productivity, and improve consistency and graphic quality.
Bobrow is the founder and producer of the MASTERS of ARCHICAD SUMMIT and TRAINING SERIES as well as the ARCHICAD USER website.
ABOUT the ARCHICAD USER Website
The ARCHICAD USER website is the home for a worldwide virtual user group.
For 15 years I facilitated the Los Angeles ARCHICAD User Group, with an active membership of dozens of local users who attended monthly in-person meetings. We held our meetings at the local AIA chapter and at the offices of local firms.
It was an immensely valuable experience for everyone involved, and I'd like to build something like it for users around the world.
A UNIQUE SPIN ON A USER GROUP
Programs for the ARCHICAD USER site include monthly live webinar presentations, recorded tutorial videos, resource downloads and discussion areas.
The monthly webinars are a combination of case study, interview, Q&A and training content woven into an entertaining and educational 90 to 120 minute format.
To bring together our virtual community, there is also a user directory.
My plan is to facilitate personal connection, topic exploration and resource sharing in ways that are distinct from the ArchiCAD-Talk Forum and the existing LinkedIn and Facebook groups and pages.
THE JOURNEY TOWARDS ARCHICAD MASTERY
A major theme of the user group is the Journey Towards ARCHICAD Mastery, with tutorials and downloads for users ranging from beginner through expert and beyond.
Free membership will give users access to most of the community resources, with paid levels available for people who want additional support for their ARCHICAD Journey.
The site and infrastructure of the ARCHICAD User portal will be built out in a series of stages. I invite all users who would like to be part of a connected community to join us and share the journey, as we help bring up the general level of knowledge and enjoyment of ARCHICAD.
INDEPENDENCE AND COMMUNITY
The ARCHICAD USER website is an educational resource that is independent of Graphisoft, allowing us to focus entirely on inspiring, training, educating and delighting ArchiCAD users.
Graphisoft and ARCHICAD are registered trademarks of Graphisoft SE. All of us involved in the ARCHICAD USER website are grateful for the cutting edge software that Graphisoft develops and distributes. It is what brings us together here, and continues to be the inspiring tool that liberates us to create better designs with more ease and efficiency than any other BIM product.