ArchiCAD 17 – New Feature: Core-Based Reference Line

AC17_BOX_CAM1For walls and slabs: Option to assign a reference line-plane not just to either side of the wall, but also to either side of the wall’s core skin, or to the top/bottom of the slab core.

This way, when the user edits the wall or slab (e.g. adds skins or changes the thickness), the wall/slab core connections remain constant, and the elements’ positions relative to their reference line remain unchanged.

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 9.29.06 AMFor example, walls can join slabs by connecting to the slab core, rather than the top of the slab finish.  This feature is also useful when slabs are used for another purpose (such as a ceiling): the reference level can be placed at the slab bottom, rather than the top.

  • Use the new Modify Wall Reference Line/Slab Reference Plane dialogs (replaces Wall Extras) to relocate reference line/plane without moving the geometry.

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 9.29.28 AM

Benefits

  • Users have full control over the connection of composite elements in all directions in space
  • The connection logic of composite skin layers can be managed and overviewed on an easy-to-understand graphical interface
  • Intelligently connected composite elements automatically follow any changes of the design
  • Manual rework on floor plan and section drawings is significantly reduced

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