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Creating a Roof Sweep in ArchiCAD

By David Pacifico, RA, November 13, 2003

Want to create a roof sweep in ArchiCAD? If you take advantage of the PolyRoof geometry settings, it's easy to do.

1. Select the Roof Tool.

2. Choose the PolyRoof method (automatic hip roof).

3. Draw a line around either where the "birds mouth" or the pivot line will go. You could also use the space bar (Magic Wand) to click around the perimeter of the house. The following dialog box will appear:

4. Fill out the dialogue box with the settings above or adjust as needed for your roof.

5. Click OK and check the results.

About the Author

David Pacifico, R.A., is president of Pacifico Associates Inc., a leading provider of architectural IT solutions and building simulation services. A registered architect since 1986, David worked primarily as a lead designer and project architect for several leading area firms, including Prevost Treacy & Partners Inc., Greiner Inc. and Ralph Calder & Associates, Inc, prior to starting Pacifico Associates Inc.

In founding Pacifico Associates in 1996, David serves the building industry as it transitions to the information age. Pacifico Associates Inc. gives seminars, provides training and solutions for architects, interior designers, and builders who want to move to 3D computer model-based design. For more information visit http://www.parch.com.

About Graphisoft

Graphisoft is a leading provider of design and management software solutions for the architectural profession and the building industry. Founded in 1982, Graphisoft is ranked today among the largest AEC CAD software developers in the world, with ten offices worldwide in addition to its Budapest headquarters. ArchiCAD and other Graphisoft products are used by more than 100,000 architects, facility managers and building professionals all over the world. Shares of Graphisoft are traded on the Budapest (GRAPHI) Stock Exchange. More information about Graphisoft is available at http://www.graphisoft.com.

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