Chief Architect Live Demonstration

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3D Viewer: Creating Interactive Models for Your Clients

Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 12:00 PM PDT

3D Viewer models are interactive virtual reality models you can export from your Chief Architect designs. These models can be viewed on mobile devices (phones/tablets) and are a great way to help your clients or subcontractors visualize your designs—especially if you cannot meet with them in person. Phillip Gibney will be hosting this live session, covering the following outline, and taking questions about the process from attendees.

  • Exporting 3D Viewer models from Chief Architect
  • Saving 3D Cameras that can be exported
  • How to share a 3D Viewer model with a client
  • Navigating the 3D Viewer app on a tablet
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3D Viewer Models

Chief Boot Camp

Friday, June 5, 2020, at 10:00 AM PDT

If you are evaluating the software or just getting started using Chief Architect, Chief Boot Camp is a great way to learn the basics of how the software works—and best of all, it's free. In this session, we will cover the following topics:

  • Getting started
  • Defaults & preferences
  • Floor plans & dimensions
  • Roofs & ceilings
  • Framing
  • Kitchens & baths
  • Elevations & 3D views
  • Layouts & construction drawings
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Chief Boot Camp

3D Walkthroughs: How to Make Great Virtual Tours

Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 12:00 PM PDT

3D Walkthroughs are the perfect way to animate and make your home designs come to life. You can share these virtual tours with your clients or post them on your website and social media. Virtual tour videos are a great way to help your clients visualize your designs and showcase your work. Dustin Cruz will be hosting this live session, covering the following outline, and taking questions about the process from attendees.

  • How to set up your scene
  • Creating a 3D walkthrough path
  • Recording tips & tricks
  • Sharing your virtual tour video
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3D Walkthroughs: how to make great virtual tours

Kitchen Islands: Making the "Social Island"

Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 12:00 PM PDT

The Kitchen Islands seminar will use the "Social Island" project to demonstrate some of the more unique design tools available in Chief Architect. Starting with a basic kitchen island, we will transform it into a Social Island large enough for social distancing. Scott Harris, CKBD, will be hosting this live session, covering the following outline, and taking questions about the process from attendees.

  • Custom countertops — drawing & shaping
  • Creating 3D solids for design elements
  • How to use "Replace From Library" for client options
  • Dimensioning kitchen islands
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Kitchen Islands: Making the "Social Island"

Material Properties: How to Import, Set the Pattern & Visualize in 3D

Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 12:00 PM PDT

Material Properties are the key to creating great‑looking 3D renderings. In this session, we will review the material property settings you can use for both 3D and 2D line drawings. Dustin Cruz will be hosting this live session, covering the following outline, and taking questions about the process from attendees.

  • Simple material settings & how to change them
  • Optimize for 2D line drawings
  • How to import new materials
  • Advanced material settings: normal maps, ambient occlusion, metal roughness
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Material Properties: How to Import, Set the Pattern, and Visualize in 3D

Remodeling: How to Generate As-Built Overlays in 2D & 3D

Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 12:00 PM PDT

As‑built overlays may be required for building permits and can be helpful for the construction crew. In this session, we will look at the process to create as‑built overlays you can use in 2D and 3D. Scott Harris, CKBD, will be hosting this live session, covering the following outline, and taking questions about the process from attendees.

  • Recommended remodel process for as‑built overlays
  • Creating a 2D as‑built layer set
  • Building a remodel saved plan view
  • Showing the as‑built overlay in 3D
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Remodeling: Generate as‑built overlays

As-Built Measurements: Best Practices

Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 12:00 PM PDT

When you start a remodel project, step one involves getting good as‑built measurements. In this session, we will look at the best practices of an experienced remodeling contractor. Al Frey and Scott Harris will be hosting this live session, covering the following outline, and taking questions about the process from attendees.

  • Tools of the trade
  • The remodel checklist
  • Measuring — tips & tricks
  • Creating the as‑built plan
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As-built measurements: best practices

Kitchen Remodeling: Designing & 3D Visualization

Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 12:00 PM PDT

This kitchen remodeling session begins with the as‑built plan and transforms the space into a large open kitchen for the client. We will review the as-built overlay in 2D and 3D and use Chief Architect's design tools for the new kitchen. Scott Harris, CKBD, will be hosting this live session, covering the following outline, and taking questions about the process from attendees.

  • Wall demo and new wall construction
  • Creating the shed ceiling
  • Floor plan and wall elevation dimensions
  • Review the as‑built overlay in 2D & 3D
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Kitchen remodeling: designing and visualization

Bathroom Remodeling: Designing & 3D Visualization

Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 12:00 PM PDT

This bath remodel session begins with the as-built plan and transforms the space into a large master bathroom. We will review the as-built overlay in 2D and 3D and use the Chief Architect design tools for the new bath. Scott Harris, CKBD, will be hosting this live session, covering the following outline, and taking questions about the process from attendees.

  • Wall demo and new wall construction
  • Creating the shower, water closet and vanity
  • Floor plan and wall elevation dimensions
  • Review the as‑built overlay in 2D & 3D
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Bathroom remodeling: designing and visualization

Remodeling: New Addition Framing & Materials List

Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 12:00 PM PDT

This new addition will allow for a large new master bath and closet. In the session, we will look at the structural changes for the foundation and framing. Scott Harris, CKBD, will be hosting this live session, covering the following outline, and taking questions about the process from attendees.

  • Creating new‑construction walls
  • Framing & roof construction
  • 3D & elevation views
  • Creating a remodel list of materials
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Remodeling: New addition framing and material list

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