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Digital Architectural Graphic Standards - Details

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In my conversion from drafting table world to the ArchiCAD digital world, I'm curious as to what you use to replace the old peel & stick standard detail blocks for residential construction, you know, the ones that you photocopied off onto self adhesive paper and stuck all over your details page.

Is there a CD of digital equivalents that you import into AC in .dgn or .dxf format and apply as a 2D image? or what? The thought of creating all new digital standard graphic details is mind boggling..


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In our office we have indeed drawn a whole set of standard details
and saved each drawing as a separate module file (*.mod).
As we work on a project and need to show a standard detail
we "merge" the needed detail into the project in an unlinked
section/elevation window set to the same scale as the module drawing.
I am curious about how others handle this issue.
Peter Devlin


I thought modules were essentially "scaleless" when you merge them. How do keep track of what scale to set the unlinked section/elevation window to? (Also, is there a reason you prefer a section window to an unlinked detail window?) Sorry, don't mean to hijack the thread.....

To RJ- Yes, you'll need to either redraw them yourself (probably not as bad as you might think, and a great opportunity to refine them) or you can buy a number of details in DWG format. But I've never found any detail libraries that were very useful for residential construction in California. You also have the option to scan your current details and print them as images. But this does lead to large Plotmaker files.
Richard Morrison, Architect-Interior Designer
AC25 (since AC6.0), Win10

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The standard detail module drawings we have made are not only
a drawing but they have a standard size border and a side bar
with lines and hotspots to type in notes and arrows.
The borders and the side bars are 2D library parts that are coded
to be non-scale sensitive so that they can be used to compose a sheet
in plotmaker that can be plotted on standard size paper.
This means, as you point out, that one needs to know the scale
the drawing was made at, so all of our module names contain
a reference to their native scale. For example one of our standard
details is named "Sonotube Detail (1").mod" and the (1") means
the drawing's scale is 1"=1'-0".

As to the use of "unlinked detail windows", there are two reasons or office
does not use them.
One, my boss prefers to use the method that we developed in AC 6.5.
Two, I confess that when I first tried to use "detail windows"
in the disaster called AC 8.0 I became so gun shy that I stopped
trying to use the "detail window" capability.
I really must start using "detail windows" as they have
reportedly been fixed in AC 8.1 and AC 9.0.
Thank you,
Peter Devlin

David Pacifico
You can get Architectural Graphic Standards on CD ROM.
It allows you to search in different ways and offers drawings, text and tables that can be used in ArchiCAD mostly thru DWG.
David Pacifico, RA
AC22 27", iMac i7, 32 gig Ram, 4 gig video Ram Build on our experience

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The annual subscription service offered by Wiley looks interesting:

Looks to be cost effective, always up to date, and easier than finding images on CD's and the book (if you have Broadband).

Anyone use this or the CD's? The little demo doesn't quite cover the content, more on the process. Does the digital Architectural Graphics Standards series cover residential wood framing and construction details?

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