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ARCHICAD Training Series – Volume 6 – Algorithmic Design with ARCHICAD

Volume 6 — Algorithmic Design

These GRAPHISOFT-approved training materials consist of multiple sections targeting users with varying degrees of knowledge of ARCHICAD. Each volume includes a PDF manual (an e-book, including detailed explanations of every step with images), narrated video clips (providing step-by-step instructions for the training guide) and ARCHICAD project files for hands-on practice.

This training material was developed using the INT (English) version of ARCHICAD 20.

ARCHICAD Training Series – Volume 6 – Algorithmic Design
  • language: English
  • e-book: 143 pages
  • videos: 70 minutes
  • time: 3 hours

Volume 6 of the ARCHICAD Training Series is a conceptual training with short, hands-on exercises and multiple examples to help familiarize yourself with Algorithmic BIM workflows.
The guide was developed for users with a basic understanding of Rhinoceros, Grasshopper and ARCHICAD, who are trying to gain a broader understanding of the possibilities offered by Algorithmic workflows.  

Topics covered

Volume 6 explains the basic concepts of algorithmic design and introduces the user to the algorithmic BIM workflow. Through hands-on exercises, you will be guided through examples to give you an idea about what kind of tasks can be easily and quickly accomplished using the combination of Rhino and Grasshopper together with ARCHICAD!

How to use this Training Guide

There are two ways to benefit from this training material.

  1. Complete the hands-on section of the training: You must have ARCHICAD 20, Rhino 5.0, the latest version of Grasshopper and the Grasshopper - ARCHICAD Live Connection 1.6 installed on your computer. The e-book was developed using the INT (English) version of ARCHICAD 20, so we recommend that you use this version for practicing. 
  2. To gain a conceptual understanding only, do not install any applications yet; simply read the PDF guide and start the related video clips on the ARCHICAD YouTube channel when following the hands on exercises. 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Algorithmic Design and the Algorithmic BIM Workflow – Introduction
  • Rhino, Grasshopper, and the Grasshopper – ARCHICAD Live Connection
  • Why is algorithmic design important?
  • How are Rhino, Grasshopper and ARCHICAD connected?
Chapter 2 - Rhinoceros Tutorial
Chapter 3 - Grasshopper and the Grasshopper - ARCHICAD Live Connection Tutorial 1 (columns)
Chapter 4 - Grasshopper and the Grasshopper - ARCHICAD Live Connection Tutorial 2 (slabs)
Chapter 5 – Examples for different workflows
  • Import and Export between Rhino and ARCHICAD with the built in Rhino Import/Export and the GDL, LCF observer
  • Integrated algorithmic BIM workflows between Rhino, Grasshopper and ARCHICAD
    • Andrew Potter – Building Parameter Matrix
    • Balázs Orlovits (Hungary) – Reactive Building
    • Milosz Wojciech (Poland) – Bridge Building
    • Vignesh Kaushik (Singapore) – Auditorium
    • Algorithmic truss
    • BIM tower

Prerequisites

It is crucial to have a general knowledge of architectural design and its terminology to complete this training.

Software Requirements

To complete the hands-on section of the training: You must have ARCHICAD 20, Rhino 5.0, the latest version of Grasshopper and the Grasshopper - ARCHICAD Live Connection 1.6 installed on your computer. The e-book was developed using the INT (English) version of ARCHICAD 20, so we recommend that you use this version for practicing.

If you do not have ARCHICAD yet, please visit our Downloads page to obtain a FREE trial version.

If you do not have Rhino yet, you can to download a FREE trial version here.

Grasshopper is a free plugin to Rhino, so as soon as Rhino is up and running, you can download Grasshopper here.

The Grasshopper - ARCHICAD Live Connection is a free add-on to ARCHICAD. Once ARCHICAD is running, you can download the connection here.