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Jan 4, 2017
1h 35m

Have you ever struggled to make your ARCHICAD documents and views look the way you want? If so, this is the ideal course for you. In this course, Applying Filters in ARCHICAD, you'll learn how to achieve many different output from a single building information model. First, you'll be introduced to the concept of modeling once, but viewing many times. Next, you'll learn about the available filtering methods in ARCHICAD including layers, pens, structure display, model view options, and graphic overrides. Finally, we'll explore the practical application of each filtering method to a sample model. When you're finished with this ARCHICAD course, you'll not only be aware of all of the filtering options you have at your disposal, but also will be able to apply them intelligently to achieve your desired outputs on any project. Software required: ARCHICAD 20.

About the author
About the author

Over 10 years experience using both ARCHICAD and REVIT on a wide range of projects. Began on large scale commercial and institutional projects and moved into BIM Management and ARCHICAD Development for a large multidisciplinary firm. Provided technical support and training to 100s of ARCHICAD users in a strategic role for the software developers responsible for producing ARCHICAD and is now the dedicated ARCHICAD Manager for a large building company in Australia.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Quinton Cooper, and welcome to my course on Applying Filters in ARCHICAD. Currently I work as the dedicated ARCHICAD manager for a large building company in Australia, and I've worked as a designer and BIM manager on a wide range of ARCHICAD and Revit projects over the last decade. This course has been designed to introduce the concept of filtering the appearance of our ARCHICAD model, and is ideal for people who are new to ARCHICAD and have a basic grasp of modeling, but are looking to take the next step in learning how to truly control the appearance of their models. Some of the major topics that we will cover include using layers to logically divide up our model into parts that can be easily managed and manipulated, filtering by structural definition or element type, the application of purpose-built pens and colors, and graphical overrides based on detailed criteria, including renovation status. By the end of this course, you'll be comfortable with the available filtering options we have in ARCHICAD and will be able to apply different combinations of these filters to your own ARCHICAD models in order to achieve your desired outputs. Modeling in ARCHICAD is easy, but having true control over the appearance of your model is a skill that requires the next level of understanding. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with the general ARCHICAD interface and have a very basic understanding of how to model elements in 3D, but beyond this, there are no prerequisites for this course. I hope you'll join me on this journey in learning about controlling the appearance of our models with the Applying Filters in ARCHICAD course, here at Pluralsight.

Partial Structure Display
Our next filtering topic is Partial Structure Display, and the concept of partial structure display is that we can control the visibility of components within elements based on their structural definition. In this module, we'll learn how to define a structural type, and this type applies to composite elements, complex profiles, and also column veneers. We'll see how these definitions are then displayed using the available structure display filters, and gain an understanding of how this also ties into dimensioning. There are three unique structural definitions that facilitate this filtering system, and these are core, finish, and other. And depending on how we assign these properties to composite elements, we have different options available to display the entire model, or the model without finishes, or the core elements only. So thinking of layers and layer combinations, they control element visibility based on what layer is assigned, whereas partial structure display relies on the structural definition. So it's a similar concept, but with layers, the user can define as many layers and layer combinations as we like, whereas partial structure display filters and definitions are actually predefined in ARCHICAD, so we can't set new filter types, we can only assign what's already there. And with these available filters in mind, we'll next look at how and also where we can define the partial structure definitions to certain model elements.

Pens and Colors
The next filters to explore are Pens and Colors. Contained in each pen set is a range of pens and colors. Each pen within a pen set has a specific color, and also white for that set. The color can be used on-screen as an aid to easily identify element types, materials or disciplines, and both the color and pen weight help us to achieve the desired depth for printing and other outputs. Each view stored in the view map will have a pen set applied to it. Elements in the model will then refer to specific pen numbers, and depending on which pen set is applied, the elements will potentially be displayed differently in different types of views. By assigning unique pen numbers to each element type or material, we have complete control over the quality of our line work. The same pen can have different colors and weights in each stored pen set so that different outputs can be achieved in terms of highlighting different pieces of information. Pens can also be used to bring documentation and details to life by clearly indicating different materials. In this module, we will review pen sets and see how pens can be structured to refer to element types, materials, or different disciplines. We'll also see how pens are applied to layouts for printing.

Model View Options
Model View Options filter the display of elements in our model by offering different levels of detail for different library parts and element types. While other filters like layer combinations or partial structure display filters respond to assigned settings in the form of attributes and definitions, model view options are based on the type of tool we use to model each element. Model view options allow us to model components such as doors and windows once, but manipulate their level of detail for different types of documentation. This filtering method predominantly focuses on the 2D plan views of each element or object, but in some cases the display of elements can be effected in 3D. And, as with all other filters, they can be applied to each view for different outputs, so the application of model view option combinations is consistent with the concept of modeling once, but viewing many times. In this module, we'll explore model view option combinations and how we can override certain settings for construction elements. We'll also look at the level of detail settings for doors, windows, and skylights, and apply some basic library part filtering.

Renovation Filters
Renovation Filters allow us to visually define the status of elements in our model at various stages of a project. Similar to layer combinations, the renovation function in ARCHICAD gives us the option to hide elements based on status rather than their layer. But we don't have to simply hide elements. We can also override their appearance based on their renovation status, so we can easily create snapshots of our project at different stages. The basic premise behind renovation in ARCHICAD is that each element we model receives a particular status. We then create graphic override styles for each status, and finally we build renovation filters that determine whether an element is shown, hidden, or receives an override based on the status it was assigned. In this module, we'll see how renovation status is assigned to elements as we model, we'll explore basic graphic overrides based on renovation status, and also look at some additional separate override options stored directly in the renovation filters. And we'll learn how to pin elements in our model to specific renovation filters for creating options.

Graphic Overrides
The basic concept behind Graphic Overrides is quite similar to other filters in that we're ultimately looking to achieve multiple outputs from a single model, while manipulating the appearance of the model through different overrides. What's unique about graphic overrides is this filter doesn't hide elements the way most others do. This is about changing the appearance, rather than simply turning things on or off. And the key difference here is that while most filters are based on a single property or status, graphic overrides give us a very detailed criteria-based system in order to build our filters. Some of the different reasons we may use graphic overrides are for on-the-fly model reviews and visual checks for things like fire-rated walls or load-bearing columns. They can be used for presentation purposes, like desaturating the model during early design stages to take the focus off unresolved materials, or for transparent walls and color-coded equipment, for documentation purposes, such as showing certain items as dashed or transparent to allow for other items to be documented more clearly. And of course, for renovation and staging. So these are some of the reasons why we would use graphic overrides. Our first step in the process will be to look more closely at how to build and apply them. In this module, we'll learn how graphic override combinations work, we'll explore graphic override rules, and look at defining criteria and override styles as part of them, and we'll also create rules and combinations from scratch.