Using Your ArchiCAD Template

Published: 16th November 2011
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Company principles set the graphic appearance and arrangement of documents made by a company. You must be certain that the projects your firm promotes have a consistant composition, your office standards will help that and improve all round productivity. Embedding your office criteria into your template projects is a simple way to help make this happen.

ArchiCAD has a wonderful file type known as a template or TPL file. By default, ArchiCAD makes an untitled template file whenever you begin a project. One great factor about ArchiCAD is that when you're saving a project for the very first time it will automatically ask you for a brand new file name and save location. This helps avoid mistakenly overriding a previous venture..

Beginning template files are just like blank sheets of paper typically. However, it is quite possible to set up templates made up of a rich collection of characteristics, a pre-defined framework and useful reference elements.

This article will explore a variety of ways that template files will help streamline and accelerate the work-flow, in addition to assisting office standards. For ideas, we're going to make use of ArchiCAD MasterTemplate (, as this can function as a excellent general example of this.

Getting Together A Solid Package of Construction Documents

There are four aspects that meet in concert that lead to a successful and well organized ArchiCAD template. In the overall picture, you require these for any CAD or BIM project.

Geometry - The design of the building in it's entirety

Drawings - The representation and annotation of the design in a string of views from different orientations and amounts of details.

Attributes - Visual styles of rendering including types of lines and fills; Complex permutations of these such as composite walls, slabs and roofs; Libraries of objects, doorways, windows and markers; Classifications of pens / lineweights and materials; Organizational resources such as layers and layer combinations

- The defined inter-relationship of sketches and layout sheets
- Classifications of views and hierarchies of connected views in folders
- Set up of schedules to report amounts and tabulate data
- Master layouts that serve as title-block backdrops for the sheets

Geometry, needless to say, is fundamental to our principle of constructing, and formal drawings date back at least several hundred years.

Attributes and structure (in the manner I use these terms) are more recent, part of the digital rendering of building designs.

Two out of these four important parts are already established when you begin a new job.

There is not any geometry (except if it is a remodel or add-on), and thus no drawings to talk about.

Both attributes and structures and currently present though. There are materials, layers, and line types along with other fundamental attributes. Other standard layouts, master layouts,and views can be identified too.

To help you start out on the proper foot, use a template that has a large selection of attributes and structure sets. An additional fantastic factor about ArchiCAD is that it comes with a basic template that will give you a framework and standard set. This basic template is simple to utilize and understand right off the back. This is what you get when you first install ArchiCAD and start up the program. You can open it again by selecting File and New. Select "Use a Template" and choose your ArchiCAD Template.

The initial Graphisoft template provides default settings for all the tools so that as soon as you activate any tool and begin to draw, you get something common and sensible for the country you are living in.

If you're creating in the USA, as an example, when you draw a wall it'll have a 10 foot height and a 9 inch width;the Slab tool is pre-set to draw slabs that are 12" thick with top surface set at 0. When you set a marker, it'll set a marker for the common marker most commonly used in your own country.

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