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ArchiCAD: Best Practice: The Virtual Building™ Revealed by Bob Martens

By Bob Martens

Out there for the reason that 1984, ArchiCAD has firmly proven itself the most effective Computer-Aided layout (CAD) software program applications to be had. The variety of ArchiCAD clients keeps to extend as consistent product improvement broadens the program's spectrum of attainable functions. ArchiCAD most sensible perform: The digital Building™ printed offers accomplished info at the many instruments, capabilities, and approaches of the program’s examine, specialist, and academic makes use of.

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These pages can be viewed with a standard Internet browser (Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator for Mac/PC). A free GDL object web plug-in (“GDL web control”) was developed for this purpose. The perspectives points can be chosen at will. The objects aren’t simply displayed, they are also parameterized. The GDL object displayed in the open browser window can simply be “dragged and dropped” into the open project document and inserted (as of ArchiCAD Version 7). 0, Art•lantis Render, DXF, DWG, DGN, 3D Studio, Lightscape, VRML, SVF and Wavefront.

Hoshino Residential Library offers a range of 150 GDL objects such as bathroom furnishings, electric appliances, fences, trees as well as special dining room and kitchen furniture. 54 Lamp World Library contains 110 different lamps that can be used in photo-realistic situations. Office and Business Library offers a broad range (300 GDL objects overall) consisting of office furniture and furnishings as well restaurant furnishings and lighting elements, backdrops, etc. Construction Equipment Library supports the planning of a construction site and includes construction scaffolding, containers, 2D construction site symbols, construction vehicles and many other items (53 GDL objects and 16 textures).

9 Examples of so-called “unreal objects” GDL objects can be exchanged without problems between the different ArchiCAD-Version numbers (upwards compatible), as well as between the version editions (full, school and student editions). Additionally, there are peripheral products that support the use of ArchiCAD outside the ArchiCAD program structure. The products are listed on the next pages: 47 The GDL Object Publisher is a tool used for the publication of comprehensive GDL object libraries by means of HTML pages.

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