A common frustration when using the beam tool is how to get the beams to show separately to blocking set between. No doubt we are all familiar with this We can now use the Floor Plan 3D document to create tidy looking floor framing plans, (refer to this tip for guidance) By default I get
When placing beams the first height you are asked for is the thickness of the beam. This thickness is always measured from the top surface downwards. This surface is also important when considering your set out as this surface is the one used to measure the height from the floor level ArchiCAD always measures the
If you are modelling rafters using the Beam Tool, changing the profile to a complex profile allows a rotation angle as well as a pitch. Handy if your beams are running against or with the slope of the roof as in the case of rafter purlins.