- Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:12 am
Thanks for the feedback guys, but perhaps I should go into a bit more detail so you can see why this is frustrating for us.
1. If we were doing one house or something like that, where we had a kitchen on the east side and bathroom on the west, and we wanted to do enlarged plans for those two areas...no problem.
2. Our situation is much more complex. We are designing 4 homes in a tight urban lot here in L.A. and each one is completely different from the other.
3. The separation between units is 12".
4. Each home is 3 stories.
We show each home 3 times:
1. Overall Plans - 1/8" scale. which show all the homes as they sit next to each other. Just large dimensions, not a lot of details.
2. Unit Plans - 1/4" scale. Full annotations, keynotes, etc, etc. We show all 3 floors plus the roof one ONE sheet. The contractors like this, as we do, because there is no flipping sheets on the job site. You see one entire unit, all floors, on one sheet.
3. Enlarged Plans - 1/2" or 1" (depends). Full annotations as required. Remember, each unit is different so we have to show various kitchens, bathrooms, etc.
Here is how we did this in Revit.
1. Draw a "marquee" if you will in the shape of the unit. A few clicks.
2. Create a view at a larger scale. One click.
3. Now I'm in that larger view, all objects are 3D and live, bi-directional, and I can annotate away. I don't see anything outside the marquee...i.e. the unit next door. I can tag windows, doors, etc.
To do the same thing in ArchiCAD, we could do 2 things (however, I think there's a 3rd we just discovered)
1. Detail view. The problem here is that these are all 2D elements. I can't tag the windows. I can't tag the doors. I can't tag zones, etc. Rebuilding is a pain and what if we forget. Plus lots of stuff re-sets when you Rebuild.
2. So we went with the Live View route that Barry showed. But we had to create sooooo many layers. Such a pain in the a**. We had to create Dimension layers for each unit, wall type tags for each unit, etc. AGAIN, the reason is because I just create one dimension layer, the dimensions from Unit B show on Unit A's enlarged plan....because they're only 12" apart.
We may have a 3rd way...what do you guys think....and why has no one mentioned this before? We are using the marquee tool to create a 3D Document floor plan. This seems to be working really well. Everything is live. You only see what we margueed. We don't have to create a ton of layers either. This seems promising.
I've attached some progress images from the project we're literally working on right now so you can see what I mean.
I don't know, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but this seems like a lot of hassle for something that I know is done super simply in that other software.
Anyway, can't wait for your thoughts.
ArchiCAD 23 - iMac 27", Late 2017, 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7, 32GB Ram, Radeon Pro 8GB, OSX Catalina