However, Graphisoft informed us that in the
profile editor you can draw any polygon independent from
the [wall] profile.
The top and bottom of the opening will be placed on that
polygon. This lets you freely set the position of your openings
in the profile.
: QT-6 - This movie shows how to adjust openings
in complex slanted walls for vertical or "associate
with wall" alignments.
- A polygon can be drawn inside the Profile Manager.
This polygon can determine the independent conditions
of any opening (eg: window or door) with respect to
the wall's complex profile.
For those not familiar
with BIM programs you may be asking, why is the complete
curved wall not showing in your section image, what happened
to the last circular window? (see image
06). For those new
to BIM it is a very good question, and one of the fundamental
issues to be addressed by 3D CAD programs that generate 2D
views from 3D models. The question has to do with what you
see in the background, beyond the section cut planes through
complete virtual building models.
- With a window the default placed the window parallel
with the slope, and it successfully resolved complex
geometries, the straight sections spanning from jamb
side to jamb side.
- As you can see "Limited" is chosen above and Infinite
is the other choice. Zero depth will only show elements
that are cut. Unfortunately, with the new IE tool
you cannot put in a horizontal value for your range.
In the Section Selection
Settings palette, under the General flippy triangle, you
can set the Horizontal and Vertical Range. (see
image 07). "Limited"
is the default choice. "Infinite" will show everything
beyond the cut plane. User-determined horizontal limits can
be determined via Hotspots on the floor plan (if the marker
range on the screen view options is turned on). Setting similar
settings for horizontal sections (ie: Plans) is made
in the Floor Plan Cut Plane settings dialog.
Back to modeling, there really isn't
much else new in this update. For very advanced modeling
Graphisoft has MaxonForm for ArchiCAD 11, an advanced modeling
add-on based on the powerful multi-use 3D software suite
by its sister company.
Interior Elevation Tool
This new tool automates the creation of interior
elevations, even in complex shaped rooms. Unlike the Section
and Elevation tools, the new Interior Elevation tool is used
to create new viewpoints only -- that is, you cannot place
just the markers without a linked reference.
are also implemented differently. Unlike Sections, with the
new IE tool you must first click "once" to define
the limit line of what you see, then a "second" click
to complete the limit line. This can be confusing at first;
the limit line is equal to the limit or more accurately the
the interior view. Then you move the cursor to the desired
position from where you view (where your body would stand
in the space or equivalent to the section cut line). A QuickTime
movie will highlight this process. (see
: QT-7 - This movie shows operations in the Resource
view. Adding new resources via the Information form.
Another interesting item of discovery was what
to do with "curved walls" with the new Interior
Elevation tool. Remember our curved-complex profile wall
in our test file? How can you trace the limit of that? Here
Graphisoft has developed a method. Since the "limit
line" can only contain straight lines you must adjust
the limit line so that it includes the curved wall or touches
it on either end (not necessary to touch both). All structures
touched by the limit line will be included in the view.
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