Brian, wrote:I thought I'd respond here in case others have looked at insulating concrete form systems such as Durisol:
Hi Karl. I did a quick search on Durisol, and and found one post that briefly mentions this material.
1. I would like to create an exterior wall made of Durisol block with brick finish. I want each on a different layer so I can display either one to demonstrate different stages of construction.
2. Would be nice as well to have ArchiCAD output the number of Durisol blocks required for construction, their sizes, and types.
If you could provide some direction on the approach I should take, I would really appreciate it. I was thinking to model the block in GDL. Have you already done this? I'm assuming a GDL model of Durisol would be very similar to a GDL model of a CMU? Is there a library I can purchase that would speed up the drawing process? I also need to account for the mortar joints.
I purchased the Accessories package from CadImage a while ago...
repicb wrote:You're welcome. Durisol was a pet interest. I think the Cadimage Accessory will resolve the brick visibility issue for you, though, based on Gerald's plan-view screenshot. Extra $$ though.
Thank you SO much for your help Karl, you have no idea how much this helps me.
My worst fears, however, were realized concerning the lack of layer on/off for composite walls in AC.
Just seems like a lot of work and tricks to get a CMU or durisol block to show up correctly in AC in all views. I hate tricks because they disrupt the logic of the CAD package. It's like patching a pair of jeans.I think GDL is the way you want to go to have the blocks show up in all views properly, particularly section. Note, too, that once you've modeled your block objects and assembled them, you can subtract them from a concrete wall (mass) to obtain the concrete core shape for both structural drawings as well as concrete volume for ordering material. That concrete wall will actually be the host wall for all doors and windows, as well as the host for the brick veneer accessory.
Going about it the GDL way, does AC then remain advantageous over let's say AutoCAD? Can I quickly move a wall in this way or does it all of a sudden involve more work?
I'm really just trying to find the right CAD package to model the Durisol blocks, and have the ability to change drawing plans quickly. Accurate plans with no "tricks" would be great.
I guess I have a tall order. I was hoping ArchiCAD would save me from the perils of the AutoCAD interface (which I despise with a passion).Revit is the only Autodesk product that I would consider if you don't go with ArchiCAD. I wouldn't touch AutoCAD for this. Either way, allocate time for the learning curve.