RobersonConstruc

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Any One With Suggestions:

 

I just started working for a construction company, I am the drafter/estimator. I have never used Chief Architect before. Any tips or suggestions would be a great help. I am watching the tutorials. I have drawn a floor plan so far. From the tutorials I see there are a lot options and possibilities. I will start with something simple. Is there a way to trim a wall up to another wall? Anything anyone can help me with would be greatly appreciated. Have a great day.

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3 minutes ago, RobersonConstruc said:

I will start with something simple. Is there a way to trim a wall up to another wall?

 

What is "trim a wall up to another wall"?

 

Also a good idea to fill out your signature (see mine for an example) by clicking on your user name at the top right of the page, click Account Settings, then Signature on the left. The Chief version -- X9, X10 etc is key, other info is always helpful.

 

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I would look into the video tutorials on Chieftutor.com   (Paid, but inexpensive.) David does a very good job of getting you up to speed quickly. Then, I think, you can work your way through the Chiefarchitect.com tutorials for completeness. 

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Another site you might look at is ChiefExperts.com, I have been using Chief for awhile and belong to both of those groups, well worth it

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If you have a solid knowledge of constitution and structural design CA is a great tool to generate your drawings and client presentations.

Once you work your way through the training as mentioned above I think you will see that creating designs and CD's comes fairly smoothly.

 

That said there is always more to learn no matter how long we have been at it ;)

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Number one: Carefully read the "Users Guide" found under the "Help Menu", You do not build a structure exactly following the procedure you commonly use in the field

Number two: watch the following video series by Dan Bauman on You Tube:

 

 

 

There are more at YouTube but these will get you started right

 

DJP

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I was able to draw a floorplan up of my foundation. I did not realize that you build your foundation off of your first floor plan. That is the way that I was shown on the tutorial videos.Is there any way to make a floor plan your foundation and build up? I had drawn my basement first, It was drawn as my first floor. Is there a way to tell the software that it is my foundation?

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One simple way would be to build the foundation as a blank floor plan, then copy and paste everything from floor 1 to floor 0. Then delete everything on floor 1 and rebuild, or select all the walls and change the wall type to your chosen framed wall.

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4 hours ago, solver said:

 

What is "trim a wall up to another wall"?

 

Also a good idea to fill out your signature (see mine for an example) by clicking on your user name at the top right of the page, click Account Settings, then Signature on the left. The Chief version -- X9, X10 etc is key, other info is always helpful.

 

 

You did not bother to answer my question or fill out your signature as suggested. People here are willing to help, but you need to do your part.

 

Here is a video to get you started. Watch and learn. Do what David recommended above. There are plenty of resources outside this forum for learning. This is a great place for help, after you have first tried to help yourself.

 

 

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Agreed with Eric-

This forum and it's contributors are a great resource but all of us put in a lot of time to learn this software. While we are all willing to help with certain topics of specific situations this is not an online classroom to teach CA.

That is what the videos Eric and David are for.

( your question about the relationship of 1st floor and foundation is a good example of what they will teach you.)

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