Creating Concise Documentation, Part 3 (ArchiCAD Insights Tutorial)

28 Feb, 2007 By: Angi Izzi

Set model view options in Archicad.

In Archicad, one of the most important parts in completing efficient construction documentation is to set up your model views correctly. This simply controls how you view the model for documentation.

To set up your print layout, select Options / Element Attributes.

Under the Element Attributes dialog box you set up your print layout.

For more about how to set these up correctly, see some of our previous articles:

Set Up Efficient Drawings, Part 1
Creating Concise Documentation, Part 2

Once you determine your Element Attributes, you must set up the Model View Options. Go to Document / Set Model View / Model View Options. Here you can set up a variety of print views. This step is key in setting up your documents correctly and creating an efficient process.

In the Model View Options, you see the following:

The Model View Option dialog box brings up all the options you need to set your print layouts.

The Model View Option Combinations are templates that help you set up how you want to view and print drawings. The templates are helpful but probably not exactly what you will use. Each of the preset combinations automatically set the options in the menu. For example, in the Construction Documentation combination, the following dialog box shows the preset items.

In the Construction Elements template, you'll see these preset options.

To begin, select how you want your beams to show the column symbol. Next, if you select the option under Show Section Markers: As in Settings, you can set up all the markers individually, such as Section / Elevation Settings, so that you can have a plan that has different markers for each elevation but also shows a section marker with the cut planes. If you choose to show it in normal or in key plan, all markers are shown in this way in that particular view map. If you're working on a view map with only key plans showing, then you may choose this option. The best choice is to use the options in the Section / Elevation Settings to show each one as needed.

Door and Window Options
The doors and window options are the same, but this dialog box lets you treat them differently, so be sure to make changes to both locations as needed.

If you select Show on Plan, the symbol for doors and windows appears on the plans, but if you don't check the box with markers, the marker identifying the door or window won't show.

If you select Show Opening Only, you'll see an empty opening for doors or windows the exact size as they were designed. This option is typically used for a reflected ceiling plan. If you check with contours it simply shows the lines on both sides of the opening.

Hide on Plan simply heals the walls where the door or windows are placed.

Options for Fills and Zones Next, click on the small arrow to the left of the text reading Options for Fills & Zones to control showing fills and zones.

Use the Options for Fills & Zones dialog box to control how they are affected by the model view options.

In this dialog box, the Fill Background lets you select a background for items with this setting such as walls, slabs, fills and, most importantly, objects. These settings control how fills and zones are affected by the Model View Options. These settings affect walls, slabs, fills, zones roofs and any other element containing cover fills.

Set the Cut Fill Pattern to Solid to show your walls as solid. This setting is commonly used when displaying walls for a presentation that shows only solid walls.

Set the Zone Background to Category Color so you can show your zones in color for presentation or programming drawings.

Set Up Recurring Model View Options
Follow the steps below to make a Reflected Ceiling Plan Model View.

Set the Construction Element Options as shown below paying attention mainly to the highlighted options.

To make a Reflected Ceiling Plan Model View, start by setting the Construction Element Options.

Select Store As after the items are the way you want them to appear on the RPC (reflected ceiling plan). A new menu asks you to make a new combination or overwrite an existing one.

After you have set all your combinations, select OK to save these options to your current project and to a project template. Alternatively, you can save these options for another project by exporting them to a file and importing them into the new file. You can export only one option at a time.

You can access your View Option Combinations via the Quick Options menu to change the current view so that it shows your Model View Options appropriately.

Next Month
Next time, we'll show you how to store your Model View Options in each drawing using the View Map. This process will bring efficiency to your models so that you can view the model exactly as it appears when printed as it does when you are working.

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