Architectural Modeling Course – Overview

Overview and preparation

Take your architecture modeling skills to the next level with the help of our online and free Architecture Modeling Course.

We'll begin the course with a brief explanation of Building Information Modeling and how you can use ARCHLine.XP as a tool to create  BIM model.

During the course, we will create building elements such as walls with doors, windows, stairs, ramps, floors and roofs with instant 3D views.

Once the model is in place, we'll add various views such as sections, elevations, site plans and photorealistic images, all created from one 3D model.

Next step is to create documentation produced directly from the BIM model, such as annotated print layouts, callouts, schedules, quantity take-offs, etc.

If you want to get to know the world of building information modeling, this course is for you!


Computer requirements:
Computer that meets the System Requirements
Operating System:
Microsoft Windows 10 or newer
ARCHLine.XP 2023 Professional and the Workshop Projects install set.
Local administrative privileges on the computer may be required to allow for software installation and to configure computer settings.

1. Converting the 2D room plan into 3D

  1. Getting to know the user interface
  2. Importing DWG and converting the 2D room plan into 3D
  3. Accurate drawing of architectural elements,
  4. Using window and door tools
  5. Adding slabs and ramps
  6. Working with multi-layer walls
  7. Creating corner window
  8. Drawing up the staircase

2. Multi storey building, working on second floor

  1. Multi storey buildings, creating second floor
  2. Accurate drawing of architectural elements,
  3. Working with multi-layer walls
  4. Staircase editing on second floor
  5. Using window and door tools
  6. Drawing up flat roof and balconies
  7. Creating railings
  8. Drawing up the staircase

3. Creating complex sloped roof

  1. Multi storey buildings, creating third floor for roof
  2. Editing slab contour
  3. Creating complex sloped roof
  4. Drawing tools (sketch or pick walls) to create the roof footprint
  5. Trim top of wall to roof
  6. Adding downspout and rain gutters
  7. Placing solar panels
  8. Creating columns
  9. Column accessories: cotout, recess, attachment

4. Section and elevation

  1. Creating sections.
  2. Representation modes of sections.
  3. Creating elevations.
  4. Shadows on elevations.
  5. Creating callout.
  6. Connect walls and floor for accurate section view.
  7. Refreshing section and callout.

5. Dimensioning, detailing and schedules

  1. Dimension properties
  2. Generating all wall dimensions at one time
  3. Door and window dimension tools,
  4. Moving door and window by editing dimension,
  5. Linear dimensions with horizontal, vertical, and aligned dimension lines
  6. Calculate area and volume of a room, editing room properties
  7. Room partitioning, e.g. when the kitchen, dining-room and lounge area combined into one space
  8. Tags
  9. Schedules

6. Documents in Layout

  1. Paper size, orientation, Stamp, Scale factor, Content to print.
  2. 3D image window
  3. How to create plot stamps? Create custom plot stamp
  4. PDF printing / Publishing a PDF file
  5. Printing queue

7. Creating in-place mass model

  1. Hiding texts and dimensions by layer walk.
  2. Using shapes to conceptualize a building model.
  3. Show conceptual buildings next to actual building.
  4. Layer manager.
  5. Move elements to another layer.
  6. Placing the city plan mass in the project by Link command. .
  7. Drawing a swimming pool.
  8. Import object from 3D Warehouse.

8. Visual Design

  1. Display 3D model in a perspective view.
  2. Adding shadows.
  3. Sun study - sun and shadow on a building over a period of time.
  4. Light sources. IES light sources, adding light sources. Placing lamps.
  5. Snapshots.
  6. Render styles.
  7. Creating new materials.
  8. Color card.
  9. Rendering