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.

Ode to ArchiCAD Attributes

Ode to ArchiCAD Attributes

Have I convinced you yet that Attributes are the most important aspect of ArchiCAD? Have you read this post yet? Do you agree that Attributes are more critical than 3D views and cost savings for contractors and clients? Do you see how Attributes will be the key to...
Template Creation, Template Migration, and More

Template Creation, Template Migration, and More

Whenever I think about template migration, I think about baggage and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. Isn’t there a scene where the urRu/Mystics (The hunchback good-guy wizard bird creatures) are wandering around with all their stuff piled up on their backs?...
BIM Conference 2013 First Impressions

BIM Conference 2013 First Impressions

I love conferences I love meeting people with similar interests, listening to lectures on topics that fascinate me, and in general being around a lot of passion. But the BIM Conference that Graphisoft North America organized was extra special. There’s something...
Two Ways to Understand Your Global Data

Two Ways to Understand Your Global Data

Did you survive my recent post on the differences between Attributes and Parameters? Now that I’ve exhaustively described how Attributes, parameters, and non-parameter based data relate, I want to look more closely at Attributes. In ArchiCAD there are twelve...
ArchiCAD and Shop Drawings

ArchiCAD and Shop Drawings

The Layout Book is a very strong feature of ArchiCAD, but sometimes it’s easy to forget how powerful it is. How wonderful is it that one can just drag and drop to place views? And that views are numbered correctly (by either using a Grid or the views’...
Symbol Line Types in ALL Composites

Symbol Line Types in ALL Composites

For a while now we’ve been able to add dashed and dotted lines to Composites and Complex Profiles. I’ve exploited that feature with the white dotted line trick to get dissimilar fills to merge. Here’s a video on that. And more recently we’ve...
Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD (Part 2)

Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD (Part 2)

In the previous post we talked about hotlinked markers in your multi-page PDFs. Today let’s talk about some other implications and possibilities of a multi-page PDF created from the Publisher in ArchiCAD. Imagine you’re laying out your sheets to work well digitally...
Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD (Part 1)

Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD (Part 1)

Did you know that the PDF sets you have been printing for years are WAY more powerful than you ever knew? In fact, after reading this series of posts, you might stop printing physical sets altogether. Well that might be a little extreme, but you’ll WANT to stop...
All the Many Different ArchiCAD Keys

All the Many Different ArchiCAD Keys

Did you know there is more than one type of ArchiCAD license? For whatever personal reasons this is on my mind recently. So let’s talk about license and key types. And yes I admit this is more nerdy than day-to-day helpful. Nevertheless, I think you’ll...
EcoDesigner STAR – Day One

EcoDesigner STAR – Day One

My brain hurts. And I am reminded of the graphs I drew over at Shoegnome on why people fail at BIM. Take a quick moment and read it. Then come back here. Read it? Good. Because we’re about to embark on a many month adventure into BEM (Building Energy Modeling)....
Surprising Benefits of the Morph Tool

Surprising Benefits of the Morph Tool

Here’s a quote from my last post on Element IDs and the Element ID Manager: “All 3D elements (including grids and zones) as well as fills have an Element ID. Lines, Polylines, Dimensions, Text, and other annotation elements do not” But what happens...
Order AND Complexity

Order AND Complexity

I’ve been thinking a lot about Order and Chaos… If you haven’t read the Slate article A Unified Theory of Muppet Types, find time to read it after you’re done with this post (or pause and read that before continuing). It was transformative for...
The Evolution of an Elevation

The Evolution of an Elevation

A few recent BIM-related encounters all pointed to a similar question/want: why can’t ArchiCAD handle element edges in elevation to mimic the heavy air lines of a hand-drawn elevation? It’s a good question, but not something I’m going to answer...
Static Thoughts – Part 3

Static Thoughts – Part 3

Other Thoughts This is the third part in my series on Static Thoughts. I’m not looking to be all encompassing and comprehensive. Instead I want to spur your imagination into the different functions at our disposal. I’m confident there are even more...
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