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NEW: ARCHICAD Stairs & Railings Course

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 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 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 course was presented live during 4 webinar sessions in October and November 2017.

All sessions have been recorded and posted for easy access on the Masters of ARCHICAD member website.

The course registration fee is only $297. It will save you a huge amount of time and frustration.

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

ARCHICAD 21 Upgrade Training Launches Thursday July 6

We’re about to get underway, and you can still get on board at special launch pricing.

If you’ve got ARCHICAD 21, or will be getting this fantastic new version this year, there is a bit of a learning curve.

You can get a jump on this, and hit the ground running with my ARCHICAD 21 Upgrade Training.

Over the next couple of months, in 4 live webinar sessions spaced every other week, I’ll teach you exactly what you need to know.

This goes beyond the “what does this button do” types of short little training videos that Graphisoft provides, and will help you integrate the new tools and methods into your workflow with a minimum of downtime or confusion.

We’ll also go over upgrade and migration strategies for both ongoing projects and templates, so you’ll know exactly what to do.

The sessions will be recorded and available for convenient online access any time, however it’s always more fun to attend LIVE (and you’ll be able to ask questions too).

Maximize your investment in ARCHICAD 21 with my upgrade training, with a small outlay of time and cash:

MASTER ARCHICAD 21

The upgrade training is one of three parts of my MASTER ARCHICAD 21 project.

The other two include:

  • the expanded, revamped version of MasterTemplate 21, which incorporates all of the enhancements I’ve learned from studying other template systems and brainstorming with my colleagues
  • and the groundbreaking MASTERS of ARCHICAD 2017 online training, which runs over the next 8 months, exploring Best Practices methods for running a complex project from concept through working drawings and beyond

For more details (and special launch pricing through July 14) please visit bobrow.com/ac21

Questions? Feedback?
Post a comment here – I’m all ears!

Eric

P.S. One last reminder, while you can still get the discounted launch pricing:

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Groundbreaking MASTERS of ARCHICAD 2017 Online Training Program Spans the Globe While Developing A Complex Project Using Latest Best Practices Methods

Press Release:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/masters-of-archicad/2017-training-program/prweb14472087.htm

ARCHICAD experts team up from the USA, UK and Austria to teach an ambitious online training course over 8 months, sharing their knowledge and experience with users around the world.

A complex 60 room hotel design on an Austrian hillside (adapted from a real-world project) will be developed and constructed from concept through working drawings, integrating BIM data for cost and quantity analysis, specifications reporting, IFC-based consultant collaboration and presentation renderings.

The new program (taught by Austrian architect Andreas Lettner, UK architect Tim Ball and myself) launches July 12. See full details in the press release (link above).

For more info about ARCHICAD 21 training resources and the new MASTERS of ARCHICAD 2017 training course and Summit conference, please visit https://www.bobrow.com/ac21

Promotional pricing on ARCHICAD 21 training and MasterTemplate is available on that page for a limited time.

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MASTER ARCHICAD 21: New Training and MasterTemplate

ARCHICAD Master: Eric Bobrow

SPECIAL SALE!

ARCHICAD 21 is here.

Everything is now set up to help you MASTER ARCHICAD 21, including a revamped and expanded version of MasterTemplate, a complete upgrade training course, and an ambitious MASTERS of ARCHICAD 2017 program.

Click here or scroll down for special MASTER ARCHICAD 21 sale pricing, available for a limited time.

MasterTemplate 21

MasterTemplate, the Office Standard for ArchiCAD, has been in continuous development since 2007, with new versions prepared each year to take advantage of the latest features and technology provided by Graphisoft.

This is our tenth anniversary, and this year I’ve incorporated innovative options compiled from extensive field research for last year’s ArchiCAD Templates and Office Standards course. I’m also integrating systematic optimizations based on discussions with Tim Ball and Andreas Lettner from the MASTERS of ARCHICAD 2017 online course.

Graphisoft’s new ARCHICAD 21 is a fantastic leap forward in many ways. MasterTemplate has been retooled to give the most elegant, integrated solution available for ARCHICAD users anywhere in the world.

ARCHICAD 21 Upgrade Training

As I’ve done for over 20 years, I have created a special upgrade training course to cover the new features of ARCHICAD 21.

This series of four 90-minute online training webinars shows you how to migrate your projects and templates forward into the new software, and goes into depth on all of the new tools and reworked methods.

Classes were presented in July and August 2017, and the recordings are now posted for permanent reference.

MASTERS of ARCHICAD 2017

UK Architect Tim Ball and Eric Bobrow at Graphisoft BIM Conference, March 2017

Tim Ball and I were talking about how to describe MASTERS of ARCHICAD 2017.

I said: “It’s an online training series that shows a real-life complex project being developed from concept through working drawings and beyond, pushing the technology and demonstrating best practices for workflow and collaboration.”

Tim said: “It’s actually much simpler than that. We’re going to show how to efficiently and effectively use ARCHICAD on real projects in a way that makes your firm money.”

The MASTERS of ARCHICAD 2017 training program is for you if you:

  • Want to learn, grow and use ArchiCAD’s cool technology to the max
  • Want your firm to be highly profitable in delivering your projects to clients

We’ll take a complex, real-world project (60 room hotel on a hillside) and develop it from concept through working drawings while also producing cost estimates, collaborating with consultants and creating marketing renderings.

The workflow will systematically develop the building model and data using the LOD system, a widely used BIM terminology defining the “Level of Detail” appropriate for each phase of a project. When done properly, virtually all of the individual and team effort and decision-making during design and production are fully leveraged throughout the project lifecycle.

The BIM model will flow smoothly from LOD 100 (conceptual design) through LOD 200 and LOD 300 while teaching current Best Practices methods for ARCHICAD 21.

The program launched July 12 and runs on alternate Wednesdays at 1 pm US Pacific time. We’ve planned out 18 live webinar sessions running until March 2018, with each session recorded and posted for permanent reference.

Following the conclusion of the course, there will be a special one day online Summit conference in March 2018, with presentations by Masters of ARCHICAD faculty chronicling the development of the project, along with lessons learned and tips and tricks.

Sign up during our MASTER ARCHICAD 21 Sale!

During our MASTER ARCHICAD 21 sale, you may purchase any or all of these resources at a substantial discount.

NEW – EXPANDED MASTERS BUNDLE – Get It All:

NOTE: Existing users of MasterTemplate may request a special discount code to purchase at upgrade pricing ($97 for MasterTemplate 21, or $100 discount off any bundle).

Questions? Add a comment here or email support (at) bobrow.com.