New Archicad Tutorial: Energy Orientation Area Report with Graphic Override Visual Audit

Learn how to total up areas of exterior walls, doors & windows based on orientation for energy analysis - creating a custom Orientation property, defining a custom schedule, and setting up a Graphic Override to check if everything is tagged consistently and completely.

Archicad tutorial video - Energy Analysis Area Report

Do this yourself using the techniques I demonstrate in this 24 minute video, or get this along with hundreds of other clever, efficient, productive ideas integrated into MasterTemplate, the most robust, popular independent Archicad template.

MasterTemplate, now in its 14th year of continuous development, embeds my celebrated Best Practices methods directly into the Archicad file structure, helping you take advantage of the full power and speed of the program.

I want to thank Archicad user Richard Morrison for showing me this idea, and encouraging me to adapt and include it into MasterTemplate. Great ideas should be shared!

ARCHICAD USER Webinar – Two Veterans Pushing the Limits

The August 2020 ARCHICAD USER webinar will feature two veteran users with different backgrounds and ways of approaching things. 

They will each show us how they work, and share tips and methods to save time and deliver better projects.

One of them has used Archicad even longer than I have - Duane Valencia is one of the "original masters" of Archicad!

For complete information, and to sign up, please visit the ARCHICAD USER website.

If you miss the live session, the recording will be posted on my YouTube channel as well as on the ARCHICAD USER site.

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VR for Architects – New Twinmotion Course

Twinmotion image of ARCHICAD model by 2e Architects

I'm pleased to announce (and co-produce) a new Twinmotion training course VR for Architects, which will be taught by my old friend Peter Twohy of 2e Architects in Timonium Maryland USA, who was featured this week in the April ARCHICAD USER webinar.

Twinmotion is a powerful rendering and animation tool that is currently available at no charge for ARCHICAD users. 

It allows you to create STUNNING images that are for more realistic and attention-grabbing than what is possible in the 3D window or even Cinerender.

​Many users have asked me "can you teach us how to use Twinmotion" and I've had to say "I'm not an expert, I don't have much experience yet with this tool."

Well, I have found the perfect person to teach this class - someone I like and respect on many levels.

I’ve known Peter for a long time, originally as a member of my ARCHICAD Best Practices Course, then later as a charter member of my Internet Marketing for Architects course and the Architect Marketing Institute.

Peter’s practice has gone from “taking anything I can get” - from local porch remodels on up - to whole house remodels and new luxury home design throughout the eastern U.S.

Why?

Because he’s become an expert ARCHICAD user AND an expert architect marketer.

I've just posted a recording of our April ARCHICAD USER webinar, in which Peter gave us all a tour of several projects, highlighting his efficient ARCHICAD design and documentation process as well as his groundbreaking usage of TwinMotion visualization and full Virtual Reality immersion (which he says “makes clients’ jaws drop”).

Peter was assisted in this presentation by his right-hand man, Chris Dvorak, who takes the design models Peter creates and develops them for working drawings as well as detailed visualization.

The presentation was an eye-opening show revealing how far you can take your own ARCHICAD models - when you use these fantastic tools to their fullest potential.

NEW: VR for Architects Website

Check out the new VR for Architects website for info on Peter's upcoming free webinar as well as the new Twinmotion course. You'll also see some rather impressive images and animations that Peter produces "almost effortlessly" from his ARCHICAD model.

Peter says that setting things up for Twinmotion visualization adds about 5% more effort to his project hours, while giving him a powerful advantage in winning projects. He actually saves time in client meetings - "they get it" and can make decisions more quickly.

The free webinar on May 4th (Peter jokes "may the force be with you") is titled:
"VR for Architects - Learn How to Make Your Clients' Jaws Drop!" 

The new course launches May 11th - visit the website to sign up with discounted intro pricing (scroll down or click the link in the navigation bar).

If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer them - post a comment here, or email info (at) vrforarchitects.com.

Need help with ARCHICAD?

It's a strange time we all are experiencing right now with the corona virus pandemic.

I am here to help you with ARCHICAD training, coaching and support - all virtual!

For more info on my ARCHICAD training and coaching programs, please visit archicadtraining.com/2020.

Have a question that you need help with, or simply want my guidance on something? Email me at support (at) bobrow.com.

This could be a great time to focus on learning and building your skill set, so you come out stronger on the other side.

I trust that we'll get through this eventually. Use your time wisely, stay safe and be healthy.

- Eric

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ARCHICAD Estimating MAGIC, step by step – new ARC5D demo videos show how easy it can be

This is the MAGIC of our new ARC5D Estimating Solution:

Any ARCHICAD user can now generate accurate quantity takeoffs and cost estimates in seconds throughout the entire project lifecycle from concept through working drawings. 

Of course, it does take some knowledge and the proper setup.

ARC5D makes this a straightforward, step by step, well-supported process.

YOU can add this magic to your ARCHICAD-based office without having to get a degree in rocket science.

In fact, if you're comfortable with editing door and window schedules, and reasonably familiar with Excel basics, you have most of the skills you need already!

Two New Videos Show How Fast and Easy This Can Be

For a better understanding of how this all works, and how fast and easy it is, check out these two new ARC5D demo videos created by my partner John Hallgarth (seen here at the bottom of this screenshot of the Home Page of the ARC5D website):

ARC5D Estimating Solution for ARCHICAD - home page screenshot

In the 25 minute video on the bottom left of this screenshot, John creates a new ARCHICAD project AND generates a cost estimate (all steps shown in "real time").

However, the REALLY fun and truly MAGICAL video on the bottom right shows (in 20 short minutes) how quickly this works for a 10 story condo - a REAL project, highly detailed (including the MEP and concrete and steel structure) provided by Canadian designer Gerald Hoffman. 

Watch this video closely - the cost data and reports appear on the screen as easily as the sections, elevations and 3D views! 

ARC5D Launch Offers and Special Bonuses End Friday

This is ARC5D launch week! 

Special discount pricing is available for:

  • Quantity and Cost Estimating Course - kicks off on Wednesday. 7 live weekly webinars, with recordings posted for convenient, permanent reference.
  • AMT+C5D MasterTemplate - posted and available for immediate download. 

Special BONUS Offers:

  • Course BONUS: Step by Step walkthrough videos make it easy to follow along.
  • Template BONUS: The ARC5D example commercial project (that 10 story condo) is yours to download and study.
  • (A beautiful residential example project will be ready later this month.)

Buy the course or the template by themselves, or bundled with an optional ARC5D Implementation Coaching Program (giving you expert support when you start applying ARC5D to your own projects).

Click HERE to check out the special ARC5D launch offers and see how you can get started today.

ARC5D Launch pricing and special offer bonuses (including the Step by Step walkthrough videos and the two real-world Example Projects) are set to expire Friday night.

That's when the pumpkin arrives and sweeps these deals away...

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