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New ARCHICAD Tutorial on Stairs & Railings – “Subtle Controls”

The new Stair and Railing Tools in ARCHICAD 21 are very powerful and flexible. While generally intuitive in approach, due to the inherent complexity of the design options, there are many essential settings, buttons and input fields that are not obvious and take a while to figure out.

In my latest ARCHICAD video tutorial, I share some of the “subtle controls” that I discovered through dozens of hours of experimentation as I developed a wide range of stairs and railings over the past few months.

This 17 minute presentation is packed with carefully explained step by step sequences that demonstrate some of the essential methods that are NOT obvious yet you absolutely need to know in order to “get the job done.”

To really get the most out of these new tools (and even to get the basics done and out the door) requires careful study and patience.

If you’d like to shorten your learning curve, check out my new training course on ARCHICAD Stairs & Railings. I will present it as a series of 4 live online webinars starting tomorrow October 12 which will run over the next few weeks. Video recordings will be posted for permanent reference (and believe me, you’ll want to refer to them more than once to fully absorb the materials).

You can sign up now and join us live (which means you can ask questions and submit challenging examples for me to model or explain how to approach) or purchase the course later; either way you can watch the training sessions at your convenience.

For more information and to sign up for the ARCHICAD Stairs & Railings Training Course, click here.

NOTE: The new course is offered at half price during the intro sale for a very limited time.

NEW: ARCHICAD Stairs & Railings Course

UPDATE: This new course launches October 12 – click here to sign up for half-price!

ARCHICAD 21 introduces powerful new technology to create and manage Stairs and Railings. When I first saw this demonstrated at the Graphisoft BIM Conference in Las Vegas in March 2017, I knew that it was an exciting game changer, with virtually limitless possibilities.

I also knew that it would have to be extremely complex in terms of options and controls in order to handle the wide range of designs and building contexts that ARCHICAD users would throw at it. It was clear that learning to work comfortably and efficiently might be a challenge, even though the systems and structures appeared to be intuitive and well-suited to the requirements.

CLIMBING THE STEEP LEARNING CURVE

When I started to work with these tools in July while teaching my ARCHICAD 21 Upgrade Training Course, I found the learning curve to be even steeper than I imagined. I struggled with some things that should have been easy, but were controlled in unexpected ways: for example, how to make the beginning or end post of a railing extend beyond the stair to rest on the landing.

I put in dozens and dozens of hours, working through the settings to craft stairs and railings that matched various designs, or to replicate some of the built-in objects provided in earlier versions.

After a long while, I understood the methods, settings and strategies on a deeper level. It was as if I had immersed myself in a foreign country and forced myself to only speak their language; after a while it became natural and now I can easily and naturally find my way.

In my new ARCHICAD Stairs & Railings Training Course, I’ll teach you the new language so you can find your way and work comfortably and efficiently with these powerful tools.

BEST PRACTICES FOR STAIRS & RAILINGS

In four 90 minute live online webinar sessions, we’ll go over:

  • How to think about your stairs and railings in the context of your project model
  • Initial settings and Favorites that will make your life easier
  • The various structural styles of stairs and how to choose the closest match to your design ideas and requirements
  • Railing styles and associativity and how to lock in your design intent
  • Levels of hierarchy and control – how to get these tools to behave and do what you want
  • Customizing components: stair treads, newel posts, balusters, railing ends and connections
  • Railing transitions and connections – the things you absolutely have to know
  • Understanding how parts are linked together and knowing how to break links when necessary
  • Editing modes that allow selection and modification of hidden components
  • Using the tools in unconventional ways to handle other modeling challenges
  • Knowing where to look: how to diagnose issues and fix them quickly
  • Step by step: building common and uncommon stair and railing designs

BONUS: I’ll also show you how to load back into your ARCHICAD 21 project all of the old standard railings and stairs, so that you can continue to use them while you’re learning all of the new methods. This does NOT happen automatically when you migrate a project, and in fact Graphisoft makes this a bit tricky to pull off – but it’s easy when you know how.

SIGN UP FOR THE STAIRS & RAILINGS COURSE

The new course will be presented live on Thursdays at 1 pm U.S. Pacific Time on:

  • October 12
  • October 26
  • November 9
  • November 30

All sessions will be recorded and posted for permanent reference on the Masters of ARCHICAD member website.

TIP: Attend the course live to be able to ask questions. You’ll even be able to send in stair and railing design examples and challenge me to build them!

The standard course registration fee is $297, with a limited-time half-price intro offer.

Please post your comments or questions below, or email me at support@bobrow.com.

I look forward to sharing this new course with you and the entire ARCHICAD community!

What went down during the first session of the MASTERS of ARCHICAD 2017 Online Training

“GREAT”

That’s the word repeated over and over by attendees at the first session.

Here’s how things went down. (Comments by attendees are indented with quotes.)

After my brief introduction, Tim Ball talked about how to leverage your workflow so you only have to do most things ONCE.

  • “Yes – I really want to know about doing things only once, please.”

Andreas Lettner then showed the project to us in the context of a dramatic terrain model.

  • “The site looks awesome with the google map overlaid on the contours. Will we learn how to do this by the end of the course? That will be GREAT!!!”

Next he showed the model, with visual tricks that INSTANTLY displayed the massing, facade and internal structure in a variety of different ways. It was stunning.

  • “Yes, shell-shocked. How do you get paid for all this stuff?”

Andreas reassured everyone that he’ll teach us how to generate these seemingly complicated presentation and study images very easily.

 

Tim went over the course outline (16 live online sessions over 8 months), explaining how we’ll cover best practices methods for the project lifecycle in a systematic, easy to understand sequence.

  • “The outline for the course looks terrific.”

Andreas then ran through a 35 minute introduction to tools, methods and project structure. Moving quickly, he showed things in a way that a newer user could appreciate, yet somehow he also presented a few methods and ideas that opened my eyes to new possibilities.

I’ve been around ARCHICAD for well over 25 years, and I still learned some new things in his intro!

At the end of the session, there was a chorus of enthusiastic comments:

  • “Great first session guys. Both Tim and Andreas are inspiring.”
  • “By the way great presentation!”
  • “GREAT PRESENTATION”
  • “Great. Lots of interesting info.”
  • “Thanks all. Looking forward to these sessions.”
  • “Great work. Thank you. I cannot wait for the video. Too much information”

The recording of the session has just been posted in the member website.

Watch this first session at your convenience, and be ready for the rest of this inspiring, thought-provoking and transformative course.

You can attend live sessions every other week for the next 8 months, and/or catch the recordings.

I’m confident that this GREAT course will help you make a quantum leap in your understanding and usage of ARCHICAD.

You’ll never regret investing in yourself and your practice.

Eric

P.S. I’ll post excerpts from the first session later today, so you can see first-hand what people were talking about.

P.P.S. Tim Ball says that in addition to teaching you lots of cool things:

  • “We’re going to show how to efficiently and effectively use ARCHICAD on real projects in a way that makes your firm money.”

Interested?

Sign up now for the MASTERS of ARCHICAD 2017 Training Series

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