Jared Banks

Jared Banks AIA, was raised in New England (Connecticut), educated in Texas (Rice University), and worked in Minnesota for eight years before moving to Seattle, Washington. He has written over 800 articles and blog posts about BIM, ARCHICAD, and the relationship between the practice of architecture and technology. When he’s not helping people use ARCHICAD more effectively, Jared is either designing residential projects for his clients at Shoegnome Architects or hanging out with his wife and daughters.

Maximizing the Benefits of Favorites in ARCHICAD

Maximizing the Benefits of Favorites in ARCHICAD

Favorites received a much needed overhaul in ARCHICAD 20. Let’s examine the current state of Favorites and then look ahead to ARCHICAD 21 enhancements that will further supercharge Favorites. Accessing Favorites The three primary ways to access Favorites are via...
Better 3D yields better 2D

Better 3D yields better 2D

Introduction (Constants and Continuous Change) In 2016 we covered the reasons to do BIM (there are only two) and the first task to focus on after making the leap (there is only one): There are only two reasons to do BIM Your first task when switching to BIM Both posts...
Random Path to Mastery

Random Path to Mastery

I don’t like aspirational purchases, especially ones related to my business. I’m not one to spend money on something that “I swear I’ll learn.” There are so many great software and technology options available today to supercharge what we...
Our clients need to see our designs in VR

Our clients need to see our designs in VR

BIMx and VR: the first encounter At least twenty-five people attended our most recent Seattle Area ARCHICAD User Group. Having run and organized user groups since 2009, I was very pleased with the turnout; typically our bi-monthly attendance is closer to eighteen. We...
Conquering BIM: never do just one thing

Conquering BIM: never do just one thing

Part One: Never do just one thing In my first post about Project Info, I ended with this statement about automation and coordination: “It’s an old ARCHICAD adage that if you’re going to see something more than once, model it. That’s how we...
Intelligent Dumbing (2016)

Intelligent Dumbing (2016)

Good BIM practices require us to include as much information as we know, as early as possible. Often this results in educated guesses, placeholders, and an avalanche of specificity that frightens anyone without the understanding of why we work this way. It is not...
The importance of Project Info – Part 2

The importance of Project Info – Part 2

This is Part 2 of my thoughts on the importance of Project Info; it’s mostly a hodgepodge of ideas that didn’t fit into the previous post. If you haven’t read Part 1, I suggest you start there. Days of Early BIM A long time ago I used to dump all...
The importance of Project Info – Part 1

The importance of Project Info – Part 1

Last summer I wrote an article called Label-mania! Where does your data live? In it I talked about view based data, element based data and project based data. The article focused on linking element based data to automatic labels so that various views (Sections,...
New User Trouble: You don’t know how to click

New User Trouble: You don’t know how to click

About three years ago I felt like a beginner again. After spending most of 2013 researching and writing about ARCHICAD (and moving around the country and taking care of my family), I finally started doing a live project. When one uses ARCHICAD to research, test, and...
Forget One Click and It Won’t Work

Forget One Click and It Won’t Work

Here’s the story of the day I forgot how to use the Mesh Tool.   I was making changes to a project, a lake cabin in western Washington done in conjunction with Cary Westerbeck of Westerbeck | Architecture. We needed to adjust the existing site Mesh to properly...
Pen Sets, Part Nine: Graphic Overrides

Pen Sets, Part Nine: Graphic Overrides

This is the ninth post in my endless series on Pens and Pen Sets in ARCHICAD. In this article I’ll cover how Graphic Overrides have affected Pens and Pen Sets and then discuss a number of examples. I’m assuming you’ve read many or all of the previous...
Project Preview, ARCHICAD, and BIMx

Project Preview, ARCHICAD, and BIMx

Project Preview is a feature that often gets ignored. It’s not BIG BIM. It’s not even little bim. It really isn’t BIM at all. But it is fun and will increase your enjoyment of ARCHICAD. Project Preview is simply the image associated with the ARCHICAD...
Introduction to ARCHICAD Markers

Introduction to ARCHICAD Markers

Mastering Marker (and thus Drawing) references is a paradigm shift when moving from the old ways to ARCHICAD. Once upon a time, we had to spend hours coordinating all this information. Do the sections on the plans reference the right section numbers on the sections...
There are only two reasons to do BIM

There are only two reasons to do BIM

The B in BIM stands for Business Recently, I talked about your first task when learning BIM. Once you can match and exceed what you did before, what comes next? Whatever you want, really. But it should be done within the following frame work: Whether you are just...
Not Every Problem Calls for a Hammer

Not Every Problem Calls for a Hammer

In the previous three articles on ARCHICAD Tools we covered the basic concepts of how to pick the ideal Tool to model various elements in ARCHICAD. If you are just joining us, here are links to those posts: A Tool by Any Other Name — Part 1 A Tool by Any Other Name —...
The Right Tool for the Job

The Right Tool for the Job

This is the third post in my series on ARCHICAD Tools. If you’re just joining us, here are links to first two posts: A Tool by Any Other Name — Part 1 A Tool by Any Other Name — Part 2 Not Every Problem Calls for a Hammer It is technically possible to model...
A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 2

A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 2

How am I going to model this Octopus? ARCHICAD doesn’t have an Octopus Tool! Previously we looked at the potential uses of Tools in general and how a Tool’s name can be misleading. While a tool might be named after its primary use, what the name implies is not...
A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 1

A TOOL BY ANY OTHER NAME – PART 1

What is in a Name? A common difficulty for new users is figuring out how to model the desired geometry in ARCHICAD; and make it look correct in section, elevation, plan and 3D, while avoiding unnecessary drafting or redundant model elements. This struggle is often...
The I in Schedules stands for IFC

The I in Schedules stands for IFC

In a recent blog post, we looked at why we should care about IFC. Now we will look at one way to use IFC. Don’t panic, this is not going to get overly technical. I won’t get into naming conventions or how your project is doomed if you don’t use the...
BIM: the I stands for IFC

BIM: the I stands for IFC

There is a common misconception among firms doing small projects that we don’t need much or any Information in our files. By Information, I mean the “I” in BIM, which BIM aficionados love to pontificate about. Let’s consider the traditional...
Your first task when switching to BIM

Your first task when switching to BIM

There is no If. There is only When. While reflecting on ten years of using ARCHICAD, I wrote about my friend Jon. Maybe you clicked on the hyperlink on his name. If you did, you probably read a few of his articles. He’s written some great posts. Two of my...
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