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ARCHICAD Training Series – Volume 3 – Intermediate ARCHICAD

Volume 3 — Intermediate ARCHICAD

These GRAPHISOFT approved training materials consist of multiple parts targeting users with different degrees of ARCHICAD knowledge. Each volume includes a PDF manual (an e-book, including detailed explanation 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 was made with the INT (English) version of ARCHICAD 21. The project file, guide and the narrated movie clips for the earlier version are still available.

ARCHICAD Training Series – Volume 3 – Intermediate ARCHICAD
  • language: English
  • e-book: 577 pages
  • videos: 300 min
  • time: 10 hours

The third volume of the ARCHICAD Training Series presents you the generic modeling and documentation solutions of ARCHICAD.
It is intended for users, who would like to get a good understanding of ARCHICAD’s modeling and documentation tools, as well as students and teachers using it as part of the BIM Curriculum Exercises.

Topics Covered

In this volume you can learn how to create the envelope of a building using external DWG data for the terrain, exterior walls with different construction methods, slabs, roofs with associative connection to exterior walls, timber structures and foundations.

You can practice the placement of entrance doors, internal doors, windows, skylights as well as creating different stairs and railings with dedicated Stair and Railing Tools.

Furthermore you can learn about placing zones in rooms, creating dimensioned model views and retrieve information from the 3D model as schedules or quantity takeoffs.

You will place dimensions to any projected model view (floor plan, section, elevation, etc.) and into 3D Documents, furnish the building with GDL objects, and make custom profiles.

Next you will create quick details from the BIM model and using preset manufacturer drawings. Also, you can practice how to modify an existing schedule to meet your needs.

After finishing the modeling phase, we will focus on presentation and documentation. You will create custom views, so this way you can create different types of plans (conceptual, structural, ceiling, fire, MEP plans, etc.) from one single model. Finally, we will setup and publish the layout book of the project.

You will also learn how to use the built-in 3D visualization tools, so that you can create state-of-the-art images, stunning renderings.

In the design process, you have to communicate your ideas with other stakeholders, like owners, engineers and contractors. ARCHICAD provides efficient and refined publishing procedures for this and gives you the option to automatically generate target-specific, tailored project documents. In this training you will learn how you can remotely share your design-development project data with clients and colleagues for interactive review, even if they don’t have an ARCHICAD license.

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1 - Creating the Site
  • Lesson 2 – Basic Exterior Walls
  • Lesson 3 - Floor Slab and Pavement
  • Lesson 4 - Additional Exterior Walls
  • Lesson 5 - Wall Ends and Complex Profiles
  • Lesson 6 - Creating a Single Roof
  • Lesson 7 - Timber Structures
  • Lesson 8 - Terrace Slab and Foundations
  • Lesson 9 - Internal Slabs and Walls
  • Lesson 10 - Doors
  • Lesson 11 – Windows and Skylights
  • Lesson 12 –Solid Element Operations
  • Lesson 13 – Internal Stair
  • Lesson 14 - Floor Structures
  • Lesson 15 – Creating Zones
  • Lesson 16 – Zone Lists and Refining Zones
  • Lesson 17 - Appearance of Zones and Slabs
  • Lesson 18 – Railings
  • Lesson 19 – Retaining Walls and External Stairs
  • Lesson 20 - Site and Furniture
  • Lesson 21 – Views
  • Lesson 22 – 3D Styles, Sketch Engine and White Model
  • Lesson 23 – Surface Painter and 2D Bitmaps
  • Lesson 24 – The CineRender Engine
  • Lesson 25 – Dimensions
  • Lesson 26 – 3D-Documents and Details
  • Lesson 27 - Interactive Schedules
  • Lesson 28 – Layouting
  • Lesson 29 – Publishing


It is highly recommended that you complete the previous volumes of this training series before you start doing this one, also a general knowledge of architectural design and its terminology is desirable.

Software Requirements

This training was made with the INT (English) version of ARCHICAD 21, therefore we recommend using the same version for practicing.

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