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Railway in Archicad

Ingolf
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Would it be possible to model a railway track with one (or two parallel) segments made by the railing tool?

 

Operating system used: Windows 11

Ingolf Sundfør, Bricklayer, Author of several Real Life Problem Solving Books for Archicaddicts in Norway.
PC/i7/W11/ArchiCAD 6.5-27
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Ingolf
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Now I have watched the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glU67P2bWoI and made some improvements. I have used Archicad 27 EDU Norwegian. It is indeed possible to create a quite advanced and real Railway Line in Terrain with Archicad using a combination of the Line Tool, the Magic Wand, the Railing Tool, the Mesh Tool, Layers, Complex Profiles, SEO with both Upwards Extrusion, Intersection and as a "Stamp", and last but not least 3D Cutaway for smooth ends. All volumes and lengths can be obtained from the model. The Railway Sleepers are not counted automatically as they are made of Balusters in the Railing Tool. But the number of Sleepers can easily be extracted by dividing the track length by the distance between the Sleepers. All angles are here set to 45 degrees, each and every angle can be set separately in the Complex Profile. Pretty satisfied 😊 

Railway Track in Archicad.png

 

Ingolf Sundfør, Bricklayer, Author of several Real Life Problem Solving Books for Archicaddicts in Norway.
PC/i7/W11/ArchiCAD 6.5-27

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Eduardo Rolon
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From user @4dProof youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glU67P2bWoI

Eduardo Rolón AIA NCARB
AC27 US/INT -> AC08

Macbook Pro M1 Max 64GB ram, OS X 10.XX latest
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That's really nice, thanks 😊  But will it be OK draped on a bumpy Mesh?

Ingolf Sundfør, Bricklayer, Author of several Real Life Problem Solving Books for Archicaddicts in Norway.
PC/i7/W11/ArchiCAD 6.5-27
Eduardo Rolon
Moderator

No idea, you'll need to try it. I don't think that railway tracks are bumpy…

Eduardo Rolón AIA NCARB
AC27 US/INT -> AC08

Macbook Pro M1 Max 64GB ram, OS X 10.XX latest
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Ingolf
Advocate

Now I have watched the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glU67P2bWoI and made some improvements. I have used Archicad 27 EDU Norwegian. It is indeed possible to create a quite advanced and real Railway Line in Terrain with Archicad using a combination of the Line Tool, the Magic Wand, the Railing Tool, the Mesh Tool, Layers, Complex Profiles, SEO with both Upwards Extrusion, Intersection and as a "Stamp", and last but not least 3D Cutaway for smooth ends. All volumes and lengths can be obtained from the model. The Railway Sleepers are not counted automatically as they are made of Balusters in the Railing Tool. But the number of Sleepers can easily be extracted by dividing the track length by the distance between the Sleepers. All angles are here set to 45 degrees, each and every angle can be set separately in the Complex Profile. Pretty satisfied 😊 

Railway Track in Archicad.png

 

Ingolf Sundfør, Bricklayer, Author of several Real Life Problem Solving Books for Archicaddicts in Norway.
PC/i7/W11/ArchiCAD 6.5-27

Good to see that even proffesional teachers also get stuck sometimes ^^

 

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Vestby BIM Student

it definitely can work on a complex mesh. I think its most important to keep track of where level of detail and level of precision are important. The rail tool is one of those that works great when "close enough" is your end target. And in most conceivable situations, close enough is exactly what I need from this kind of site context. Even for detailed renderings, I don't usually worry if something like a rail road or path or site wall are exactly where they should be, as long as they are believable and get the idea across.

BIM solutions and trouble shooting (self proclaimed) expert. Using Archicad 26 5002 US on Mac OS 11.5.2

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