Monthly Archives: September 2012

Angled Parking Bay Object Available On BIMcomponents.com

Does your design require angled parking bays? If so then with a quick search you can find this on BIMcomponents.com. This is so easy to do by searching the cloud-based community database, directly from within ArchiCAD 16. Open the Object Default Settings and then in the search field type in “parking”. Then click on the arrow and select either “On BIM Components Portal” or “Both” then click “Enter”. This will initiate the search and in almost no-time you should see “Parking Stall”. Then it is a simple matter of selecting “Parking Stall” and clicking on the button “Download and Embed”.

You will then see the “Downloading from BIM Components Portal” dialogue window. This can happen very quickly depending on the size of the object.

Once this has completed the object immediately becomes available.

Downloaded objects are stored in the Embedded Library.

Please note the “diamond” hotspot parametric’s

 

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How to: Change the Climate Data to reference one of the climatic zones of South Africa

The first step before changing the climate data is to set the Project Location. This is important considering that choosing one of the climatic zones of South Africa would not help you to locate the project correctly.

To do this you can access the Project Location from Energy Model Review > Environment Settings…

With the Project Location window open you can then enter a Latitude: and Longitude: Please note: this can be entered as “decimal degrees” or “degrees, minutes, seconds” by clicking on the arrow pointing to the right.

 

You can verify the coordinates that you have entered by clicking on the button “Show in Google Maps…”

Once you have done this you can click on “OK” to close the Project Location window. You should then see Environment Settings window once again. Now click on button “Climate Data”

 

Now click on the option: Use ASHRAE IWEC, TMY, WTEC2 file and then click on the “Browse…” button

 

You can now select one of the 6 climatic zone files. This can be accessed by downloading as per my previous blog. Then click on “Open” to close this window. The climatic data referenced will now be shown. In this example I choose Durban. Please note: that this data would not be as accurate as the climate data downloaded from the Strusoft Climate Server which would be related to the exact location. Whereas the Durban.epw file covers East London to Richards Bay?

 

You can now close the Climate Data window by clicking on “OK”.

 

 

 

Modular Joinery Object on BIMcomponents.com

Modular Joinery Object (MJO) for ArchiCAD 16, is now available to all users on Software Subscription Agreement (SSA). To download it launch ArchiCAD 16, open up the “Door/ Window Default Settings”, and search for ‘modular’ with the option “On BIM Components Portal” or “Both” selected. Then select the Modular Door/ Window object and click on the button “Download and Embed” at the bottom. Please note: You need to do this in both “Window Default Settings” and “Door Default Settings”.

Thanks to our partners at GRAPHISOFT UK, who commissioned Ralph Wessel of Encina Ltd. to create a window/door/panel/storefront/curtain wall GDL object, called Modular Joinery, for kindly making it available for Southern Africa users on SSA contract. Special thanks go to Simon Gilbert from GRAPHISOFT UK, who assisted me with this process, and of course Levente Filetóth and his team at GRAPHISOFT HQ.

MJO allows for amazing complexity and unifies both window and door options into one Object. MJO for ArchiCAD 16 also includes an update. This update has now been extended to incorporate typical uPVC and timber profiles along with improved representations enabling the objects to be used in conjunction with the default library of doors and windows in ArchiCAD. Download the “Modular Joinery update.pdf” for more details.

Modular Joinery update

Download the “Modular Joinery Manual. pdf” for help with using MJO.

Modular Joinery Manual

For a “quick guide” to using MJO please refer to the following two images: