Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module

Interactive Training Guide

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Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide (International English Metric version)
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ArchiCAD®, Virtual Building™, Virtual Trace™ and Virtual Building Solutions™ are trademarks of Graphisoft. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders. Credits We used the following ArchiCAD projects in most of the training exercises: NHS OFFICE COMPLEX, 3100 S. FIGUEROA STREET LOS ANGELES, CA 90007 Architect: paastudio 17437 Posetano Road Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 POSETANO RESIDENCE, California, US Architect: paastudio 17437 Posetano Road Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 “Armchair 42” was designed by Alvar Allto in 1931-32. Artek Art and Technology (www.artek.fi) is renowned as one of the most innovative contributors to modern design. Photo by Thomas A. Dailey

CONTENTS
Getting started with the ArchiCAD Interactive Training Guide _____ 5 Step 1: Download and install ArchiCAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Step 2: Create the interactive training environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Step 3: How to use Movie Player in ArchiCAD? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import _____________________ 9 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Step 1: Setting up DWG, DXF Translators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Step 2: Collaboration using DWG, DXF files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Step 3: Creating a new ArchiCAD object from an external 3D DXF file. . .22 Chapter 2: PDF export and import _____________________________25 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Step 1. Adding external PDF documents to the Layout Book . . . . . . . . . . .25 Step 2. Publishing the Layout Book as a PDF document set . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Chapter 3: Universal 3D Support ______________________________32 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Step 1. Creating a simple computer workstation design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Step 2. Placing the design views on layouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Step 3. Publishing a 3D PDF from ArchiCAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Chapter 4: External reference files (Xrefs) ______________________41 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Step 1: Attaching Xrefs to the project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Step 2. Managing Xrefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Step 3. Nested External Reference Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Chapter 5: Project Hotlinks __________________________________50 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Step 1: Hotlinked drawings in the Model View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Step 2: Hotlinked drawings in the Layout Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Step 3: Updating and Managing Project Hotlinks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Chapter 6: Hotlinked Modules _______________________________ 58 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Step 1: Setting up the host project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Step 2: Creating a typical design module unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Step 3: Designing a typical bathroom module unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Step 4: Compiling all design modules into the host project . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Step 5: Automatic Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Chapter 7: Project Mark-Up _________________________________ 68 Step 1: Creating a new Mark-Up entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Step 2: Managing Mark-Up entries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Chapter 8: Project Reviewer _________________________________ 75 Step 1: Publishing a design documentation set to the Internet . . . . . . . . . . .75 Step 2: Reviewing the design set using an Internet browser . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Step 3: Working with external DWF markup files in ArchiCAD . . . . . . . . .81 Chapter 9: TeamWork ______________________________________ 83 Step 1: Setting up a TeamWork project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Step 2: Signing-In to a TeamWork project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Step 3: Reserving Workspaces in a TeamWork project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Step 4: Working in the TeamWork environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Step 5: Collaborating in TeamWork environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Chapter 10: IFC: Industry Foundation Classes __________________ 97 Step 1: Exporting an ArchiCAD project in IFC2x2 format. . . . . . . . . . . . . .98 Step 2: Importing an IFC database to ArchiCAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101

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Getting started with the ArchiCAD Interactive Training Guide

GETTING STARTED WITH THE ARCHICAD INTERACTIVE TRAINING GUIDE
This interactive training guide was written to ease and speed up your learning process, saving you time. Please read the three steps of this short introduction to familiarize yourself with the interactive training environment in ArchiCAD. Every chapter of the interactive training guide contains the following elements: • a PDF Guide with detailed explanations and screenshots; • narrated movie clips providing step-by-step instructions, • an ArchiCAD training project file to complete the exercises. All you need to do is to start the installer and follow the instructions. The ArchiCAD 11 Student version is free to download for students and for professors from the Graphisoft website (www.graphisoft.com). Please feel free to contact Graphisoft or any of the worldwide partners for further information. Please note that there are separate installer packages for Macintosh and for Windows operating systems. Please make sure to use the appropriate installer. 1 Please install ArchiCAD 11 or later version on your computer.

The PDF guide can be printed and all the narrated movie clips can be launched from the PDF. However, we recommend that you play the movie clips within ArchiCAD, while completing the steps using the training project files.

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL ARCHICAD
To best enjoy the unique benefits and simplicity of learning in an interactive environment, we recommended that you install ArchiCAD 11 on your computer.

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Getting started with the ArchiCAD Interactive Training Guide

STEP 2: CREATE THE INTERACTIVE
TRAINING ENVIRONMENT
Introduction.mp4 Watch Movie Please follow these simple steps to start using this interactive training guide: 1 Start ArchiCAD The simplest way to start ArchiCAD is by double-clicking its desktop shortcut. The ArchiCAD splash screen will appear shortly after you start the program.

The standard installation process installs the chapters of this training guide to the Graphisoft folder on your computer, next to the ArchiCAD 11 installation folder. The Graphisoft folder is located in the “Applications” folder on Macintosh, or in the “Program Files” folder on Windows operating systems. 3 Browse the chapters of this training guide and open any of the ArchiCAD Project archive (.PLA) files.

2 Activate the “Open Project” option in the “Start ArchiCAD” dialog and select the “Browse” option to locate the project file on your local computer. Do not forget to use “Standard Profile” for the active Work Environment.

4 Select the “Read elements directly from archive” option for Active Library Usage in the “Open Archive Project” dialog.

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and you are ready to proceed with any of the exercises! Please note that for certain exercises the training environment described above will not be available. so practically all you have to do is to click the “Save” button to proceed. This is an important step. 1 Open the Movie Player by activating “Help > ArchiCAD Movie Player”. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 7 . In such cases please play the corresponding training movie clip using Apple’s free QuickTime Player application. The Solo Project format and the correct library are selected automatically. STEP 3: HOW TO USE MOVIE PLAYER IN ARCHICAD? Let’s briefly look over the main features and functions of the ArchiCAD Movie Player. The Movie Player plug-in also requires this step for it to be able to open the necessary training clips automatically. Now that the “training environment” has been set up.Getting started with the ArchiCAD Interactive Training Guide ArchiCAD will open the selected archive project and read all the library elements directly from the archive file. since certain exercises will require a Solo Project file to be saved on your local computer. 5 Activate the “File > Save As…” command. such as an Internet browser or a PDF viewer. The ArchiCAD training project files are all saved as archive files. and save an ArchiCAD Solo Project of the currently open design file to the folder in which the previously opened archive file was located. since some of the steps of the exercises will be completed using other applications. This is important because the library elements have different names in localized versions of ArchiCAD (“localized” meaning translated to foreign languages and customized to meet different local standards). All the training movie clips are available from the chapter-folders of this guide.

You can pause the movie at any time. or use the slider to repeat or skip any parts of the clip. You can also click the “Previous” button if you wish to open the previous clip. 4 Once the movie is over and you have completed the current step of the exercise. Feel free to reposition or re-size the movie player on your screen.graphisoft. 3 Click the Play button on the player to start the first clip. click the “Next” button to proceed to the next step of the exercise and open the corresponding training clip. 8 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . The title bar of the movie player always indicates the number of the current step and the total number of steps available in the current chapter.com. We hope that you will find this guide useful and will agree with what experienced architects worldwide say: ArchiCAD is easy to learn and fun to use.Getting started with the ArchiCAD Interactive Training Guide 2 The Movie Player will open and the first training clip will be automatically loaded. You are always free to contact Graphisoft and its worldwide partners if you have further questions: www.

ArchiCAD also makes it possible to precisely customize and save Translator files and for an extended design team to use the same export and import settings throughout their data exchange. ArchiCAD provides various ready-made DWG-DXF Translators “out-of-the box” to help your work.PLN” ArchiCAD Solo Project to your local computer. ArchiCAD provides DWG and DXF data import and export support out of the box. which make it easier to apply a customized set of conversion rules to equivalent elements and functions of ArchiCAD and DXF – DWG files.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import CHAPTER 1: DWG – DXF EXPORT AND IMPORT INTRODUCTION In this training chapter we will present how to export DWG and DXF files from ArchiCAD. This makes the everyday work of CAD Managers much easier.PLA” project archive file and select the “Read elements directly from archive” option in the “Open Archive Project” dialog. It also helps us exchange additional information with minimal loss and interference. 2 Activate the “File > File Special… > DXF-DWG Translator Setup…” command to open the DXF-DWG Translator Setup dialog. The ArchiCAD design project files contain both “Model Views” as well as “Layout Books”. you have to make sure that the project information will be handled – or translated – as is required by the engineers and other partners and project teams. DXF TRANSLATORS NHS OFFICE_01. STEP 1: SETTING UP DWG. This will provide additional benefits – compared to the conventional “Merge” option – since it allows us to work on the same project in ArchiCAD and AutoCAD at the same time.mp4 Watch Movie Before exchanging any DWG or DXF data. which enables designers to merge DXF or DWG file back into the ArchiCAD file of origin. Here we will introduce “Smart Merge” (or round-trip conversion). This makes it easy to support both “paper space” and “model space” information during the export and import of DWG and DXF files. You are free to use these translators or to create your own translators if necessary. We will explore “Translators”. Save the project as “NHS OFFICE. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 9 . We will also present how to import or merge DWG and DXF files into the ArchiCAD project. 1 Open the “NHS OFFICE.

Pre-set DWG and DXF Translators in ArchiCAD There are four pre-defined Translators shipped with ArchiCAD to provide some help with your first steps when working with DWG or DXF files.. XREF). (Please note that RGB colors are only available from AutoCAD 2004. fill and line styles will look exactly as they appear in the current ArchiCAD project. ArchiCAD provides “Translators” to apply a customized set of conversion rules to equivalent elements and functions when saving or merging DWG and DXF files. Zone stamps will be saved as separate “Stamp and Fill” elements. all complex ArchiCAD elements in the floor plans (“Model Space” data) will be exploded. Attributes > Pens and Colors > Methods: For accurate color-matching. These pre-set Translators were created using feedback from ArchiCAD users: they incorporate the most commonly used DWG and DXF import and export processes. text fonts.) Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 10 . 3 Note that there are four pre-set Translators in the list and one locked “Special Built-in Translator” that cannot be modified or deleted. Save Options: The ArchiCAD layout will be saved into the “Paper Space as Flattened Drawing”. • import “Blocks” from an AutoCAD drawing and create ArchiCAD Library Parts out of them. since all the necessary file export and import add-ons are installed together with ArchiCAD and are smoothly integrated with the ArchiCAD user interface. (For example. This means that all the colors. ArchiCAD’s DWG and DXF information exchange enables designers to: • open. • save and/or export any ArchiCAD project view or layout in AutoCAD formats. These topics will be discussed in the following chapters of this training guide. 3D Data will be exported with simplified data structure. Of course.g. place or merge AutoCAD drawings into the ArchiCAD design (into both Layout and Model Views). These Translator files help CAD Managers to ensure standardized information exchange between the members of the extended design team.. The very same Translators can be used during DWG and DXF file import and export (by using “Smart Megre” (or round-trip) conversion) or when working with external reference files (e. i. Translators represent standalone XML files on your local computer. ArchiCAD Pens and AutoCAD Colors will be converted using their RGB color code should no exact matching Standard AutoCAD color exist. you are free to set up your own custom Translators at any time.) Explanation: This Translator creates a DWG or DXF file with the same visual appearance as in ArchiCAD. lines. to submit a Plan for Approval or to send to a plotter service. “For as is output” Description: Use this Translator to save ArchiCAD layouts/views in DXF/DWG format if you plan to output them "as is".e.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import Translators ArchiCAD is capable of importing and exporting DWG and DXF files right out of the box. without further editing after conversion. containing all the rules and various configurations that need to be executed when exchanging DWG or DXF files.

For instance. but in this case AutoCAD users can edit the files with greater comfort and ease. Refer to the screenshot below.e. working with Xref files provides access for multiple members of the AutoCAD user team for simultaneous access to the layout drawings.. ensuring the very same appearance for these elements in the DWG file as in their source in the ArchiCAD project.e. Save Options: The ArchiCAD layout will be saved into “Paper Space with Cropped Drawings’ Content”. Custom Functions > Save Extras: ArchiCAD “Labels” should NOT be converted to AutoCAD “Leaders” (if your “For as is output” Translator has this enabled – i. master – DWG file.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import “For further editing” Description: Use this translator to save ArchiCAD layouts/views in DXF/DWG format if you plan to continue editing them after conversion.. In everyday use this means that all ArchiCAD drawings on the layouts will be exported as separate DWG Xref (external reference) files. the exported DWG or DXF file might not have the exact visual outlook as its ArchiCAD source. Since AutoCAD does not provide advanced teamworking functionality. Explanation: When using this Translator. etc. Complex elements in the ArchiCAD floor plan views (“Model Space”) will be converted to AutoCAD Blocks. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 11 . if it is checkmarked – then please disable it). referenced from the main – i. and drawings will be placed into the layout as “Linked Xref drawings”. ArchiCAD library parts will not be exploded. In everyday use this means that all the original ArchiCAD labels will be exploded to lines and texts.

Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import Attribute > Layers > Methods: All ArchiCAD doors and windows will be placed on custom layers in the exported DWG or DXF files. (Please note that RGB colors are only available from AutoCAD 2004. Exporting these elements on separate layers helps the work of the AutoCAD users. since this is the commonly used approach in AutoCAD. Should no exact matching Standard AutoCAD color exist then Pens will be converted using their RGB color code. Attributes > Pens and Colors > Methods: ArchiCAD Pens will be converted to AutoCAD colors by setting the color and lineweight “BYLAYER” of all elements. 12 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . This means that all the original ArchiCAD labels will be converted to AutoCAD labels (and will not be exploded). Converting these ArchiCAD elements to their AutoCAD equivalent will again ensure higher productivity for AutoCAD users when working with the exported DWG or DXF files. This is important because ArchiCAD stores all openings in the corresponding walls they are placed in..) Custom Functions > Save Extras: ArchiCAD “Labels” will be converted to AutoCAD “Leaders”.

There are plenty of other options that will not covered in the frame of this training guide. This will provide even greater comfort since dimension values will be updated automatically if the dimensioned element is changed. Note: when using this Translator. Click the “Associative Dimensions where appropriate” checkbox to convert AutoCAD dimension chains to associated ArchiCAD dimensions whenever possible. “Keep pen index number” Description: Use this Translator to save ArchiCAD layouts/views in DXF/DWG format if you plan to continue editing them after conversion all while keeping pen index numbers. and all AutiCAD dimension chains will be converted to ArchiCAD dimension chains (instead of lines and text). Open Options: ArchiCAD blocks will be imported as “Grouped 2D Elements”. since it will convert all AutoCAD elements to their ArchiCAD equivalent (instead of exploding them). Custom Functions > Open Extras: AutoCAD Leaders will be converted to ArchiCAD Labels should the Leader’s original content be in Text or MText. dimension chains will be converted as “Single Dimension Units”. and Associative Dimensions will be applied where applicable. Pen Colors and Lineweights will not be retained. Explanation: This Translator was created based on feedback from those ArchiCAD users who collaborate using DWG and DXF files with AutoCAD users and who benefit from the advantages of the “round trip conversion” method (which will be presented later in this training chapter). Open Options: ArchiCAD blocks will be imported as “Grouped 2D Elements”. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 13 .Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import “For editable import” Description: Use this Translator to open DXF/DWG content to continue editing after converting in ArchiCAD. Explanation: This Translator will ensure easier work for ArchiCAD users.

but in cases of “round-trip” conversion (importing back a DWG or DXF file which had initially been exported from ArchiCAD).Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import The following examples will present an ArchiCAD project and its DWG Exports using different built-in Translators. Further. using ArchiCAD’s “For As Is Output” Translator. Library Parts with background fills have also been exploded to achieve the same visual appearance. 14 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . the color of the elements in ArchiCAD will stay the same when importing or merging the files back to ArchiCAD. This screenshot presents a part of the floor plan in an ArchiCAD project: Attributes > Pens and Colors > Pen Color Conversion: The major characteristic of this Translator is that the ArchiCAD Pen – AutoCAD Color conversion table has been filled out. This means that the color of the ArchiCAD elements will not be the in the exported DWG and DXF files. Note that all ArchiCAD Labels have been exploded to lines and text block references. This screenshot presents the exported DWG file opened with Autodesk AutoCAD 2007.

Using this Translator will help building engineers to continue their work using these DWG files: later these can be smoothly merged back to the original ArchiCAD project.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import This screenshot presents the exported DWG file opened with Autodesk AutoCAD 2007. and all Pen colors have been changed according to the Pen-Color conversion table of the Translator. 5 Open the “Info” tab page of the dialog to display this Translator’s summary. Note that all ArchiCAD Labels have been exploded as AutoCAD Leaders. 4 Select the “For as is output” built-in Translator from the list. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 15 . using ArchiCAD’s “Keep Pen Index Number” Translator.

As you can see in the “Description” of the “Info” tab page. Using preset DWG-DXF Translators across the office will ensure seamless collaboration with the engineers and other consultants.XML file to your local machine. Using this Translator will make it much easier to identify changed layers and elements when merging back the work of the engineers to the architectural design project. 12 Click “OK” to leave this dialog and notice that the new layer conversion item has been added to the list. Notice that you can define or adjust not only the Drawing Unit. 6 Open the “Settings in Selected Translator” tab page of the dialog to display and browse all the various file export and import options. this DWG-DXF translator is recommended for when saved ArchiCAD layouts or views will be used as the basis for continuous work by engineers and partners. 7 Select the “For further editing” built-in Translator from the list. 14 Enter “My first DWG Translator” in the name window and save the . Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 16 . 13 Click the “Create New…” button in the “Available Translators” tab page of the dialog to save the modified Translator. The result will be that the “Furniture & Equipment” ArchiCAD layer will be renamed as “Equipment” in the exported file.) 8 Open the “Settings in Selected Translator” tab page of the dialog and unfold the “Attributes > Layers > Layer name and conversion” option. 10 Select the “Furniture & Equipment” Layer from the pop-up list and notice that the name of this layer will be inserted to the “ArchiCAD” side of the conversion.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import As explained earlier. (Please see the section on “Smart Merge” below for further details. 15 You can also enter a short “Description” of the new translator in the “Info” tab page of the dialog for easy future identification. 11 Now enter “Equipment” for the “DXF/DWG” side of the layer conversion. “Pen-color conversion”. but also carefully fine-tune various export and import attributes (including “Layer name conversion”. “Font-style conversion”) and define Fill and Line styles. 9 Click the “New” button to open the “Edit the layer conversion item” dialog to add a new method. this DWG-DXF Translator is recommended for printing and plotting. Notice that this XML Translator file can be freely distributed – even as an email attachment – and shared with the other members of the ArchiCAD design team.

1 Activate the “1 DWG Export” view in the Navigator-View Map.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import 16 Click the “Save Settings & Close” button to leave the DWG-DXF Translation Setup dialog. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 17 .mp4 Watch Movie ArchiCAD’s “Smart Merge” provides streamlined collaboration when exchanging DWG-DXF files with the extended design team. STEP 2: COLLABORATION USING DWG. “Smart Merge” makes it easy to define and apply rules when merging external files to the current ArchiCAD design project. etc. DXF FILES NHS OFFICE_02.) 2 Activate the “File > Save As…” option to export this floor plan view as a DWG file. 3 Select the “DWG File” from the “Format” pop-up list of the “Save Plan” dialog. 4 Select the previously created “My first DWG Translator” from the Translator list. and ensures that only relevant information will be merged back to the project file (for instance only those layers that the engineers worked on.

from an AutoCAD user. nor with this interactive training guide. When ArchiCAD asks for an SHX font file. The role of the SHX files in the Conversion Process The DXF/DWG conversion process relies on the availability of AutoCAD fonts – including the SHX fonts. When working on designs you may ask for such SHX files from the engineer and members of the consultant team if they are using AutoCAD. Note on TrueType fonts: You can use TrueType fonts in ArchiCAD without any problem on either Windows or MAC OS.shx” (“txt. Should you have the necessary . Otherwise.shx” in this training guide due to proprietary reasons.dwg” for the file name.shx” or “simplex. True-type versions of all SHX fonts are also available in the AutoCAD package. 6 ArchiCAD will ask for an “.shx”. The shapes may be added to the drawings as simple symbols. these fonts are not available with the ArchiCAD package. press the “Skip All” button to proceed.) Once you have shown the folder to ArchiCAD.) Note on Fonts vs. If you do not have these fonts available.shx” font files. Please note that the “My first DWG Translator” Translator file was created based on the built-in “For further editing” Translator file. you may select another one. (MAC OS users should copy the TrueType font files into the system drive’s Library/Font folder. “bigfont. Shapes: AutoCAD uses SHX files not only as fonts but for other purposes as well. to ensure more accurate reproduction of the imported file within ArchiCAD. The requested filename should give you a clue as to which kind is needed – font or shape.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import 5 Enter “Floor Plan 1 Export. which are part of the AutoCAD package. you might encounter inconsistencies in text formatting (such as incorrect line breaks). create a separate folder for them. select it from this collection. (AutoCAD users are encouraged to distribute “. If you don’t have the requested font. (In this case the conversion results may differ. Distribution of these is allowed. 8 Let’s suppose that the previously exported DWG file has been sent to the electrical engineers. ArchiCAD will display a message asking for these fonts during the course of a conversion.shx”) AutoCAD file as part of the conversion process.) 18 . and even encouraged.shx file on your local machine. This will allow us to benefit from the “Smart Merge” options provided by ArchiCAD. Complex line types insert shapes into their patterns. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 7 This file is not crucial to complete this exercise. Once you get the fonts. please open it. for proprietary reasons. However. Selecting an SHX of this kind instead of a font may cause problems – so when ArchiCAD requests that you locate an SHX file. However we cannot provide you with such “. it will automatically search for the required SHX font files in that folder from that point on (but not in any newly created sub-folders). and click “Save” to proceed and export the DWG file to your local machine. It is recommended that you acquire the SHX font files. use the “Skip” option if you are not sure an SHX file you found is the right kind.

mcf ” Smart-Merge configuration appears with rules and actions. After they are done with their work they will send an updated DWG file back to us. lighting fixtures. the actions of that rule will be executed on it. It is also important to pay attention to the order of the Actions. We need to merge back only those items (layers and/or elements) that have been changed by the engineers. Those elements that do not meet any of the conditions in the list are ignored. We will create a new Smart-Merge configuration file based on the following example description: The lighting engineer – after multiple rounds of file exchanges – has added additional elements to the design (for instance. Every “Rule” is defined by “IF – THEN” conditions relevant to the actual merged Element. and so on). 9 Activate “File > File Special… > Smart Merge Options…” to open the “Smart Merge Options” dialog. It is important to keep in mind that Smart Merge only examines visible and unlocked layers. since they might influence other parts of the project as well. Notice that the “default. This dialog enables you to fine-tune the Smart-Merge options. The electrical engineers might also have changed some elements in the original design project (for instance. A Smart-Merge rule is made of a condition part and one or more “Actions”. 10 Open the “Edit Rules for current configuration” tab page to display and manage the Smart-Merge rules. For instance. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 19 . You can save the rules to a configuration file that can be easily opened and re-used later and even shared with other members of the team. and so on). It would be good to be able to review these changes easily. the first Rule in the list consists of the following condition and action: If a certain Element is “Unchanged in ArchiCAD” and “Deleted in the ‘external file’” that is currently being merged. If an element coming from the DXF or DWG file meets a condition of a rule. then “Put Element on ‘Deleted’ Layer”.” option if you wish to have a closer look of the merged elements after executing a “Smart Merge” in ArchiCAD. Use the “Confirm and zoom to merged elements. It would be desirable for the architect to put these new elements on a specific layer in ArchiCAD for easy overview.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import The members of the external design and engineer teams – as well as consultants – often use conventional 2D files as the basis of their work. We need to merge it back to the design project database to be able to analyze their work and to have enough information to make the necessary design decisions. the layout grid of the reflected ceiling plan. the positions of built-in furniture or slight changes in the layout of partition walls to match the reflected ceiling plan grid.

• Choose the “Merge content of Model space into current View” radio button if you want the Model Space portion of the DXF-DWG file merged into your ArchiCAD project file. Layouts (“Paper Space”) Every ArchiCAD design project file contains both Model Views (“Model Space”) as well as Layout Books (or “Paper Space”). • If Element is “New from ‘external file’” then ”Outline from Merged File”. In this case the “Merge DXF-DWG Model Space” dialog will come up. 17 In the Merge dialog select the “Floor Plan RCP. 18 It the “Merge DXF-DWG” dialog select the “Merge content of Model Space into current View” option and click “OK” to proceed. 12 Select and delete all the available Rules one by one to start to define the new configuration from sketch. 15 Once you are ready with the “Smart Merge” settings.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import 11 Click the “Duplicate” button and enter “Electrical” for the name of the new Smart Merge configuration file. the Top View of AutoCAD elements located in the Model Space of the merged DXF-DWG file will be generated. 13 Click the “New Rule” button to add two rules to the current configuration: • If Element is “Unchanged in ArchiCAD” and “Edited in ‘external file’ then “Put Element on ‘Edited’ Layer”. 16 Activate the “File > File Special… > Merge” command to merge external files to the current design project. 20 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . Now you are ready to merge the files. 14 Checkmark the “Confirm and zoom to merged elements.dwg” file from the folder of this chapter and hit “Open” to proceed. just as presented in this exercise.” radio button to zoom to the merged elements (in our example the merged content represents the new elements which have been created by the electrical engineer). don’t forget to click the “Apply” button to activate them. and these Top Views will be placed into the ArchiCAD Model View as 2D ArchiCAD elements. Merging DXF – DWG files to Model Views (“Model Space”) vs. If Model Space is merged to the ArchiCAD project. and you need to decide which you want to merge.

click the “Append Options” button to set two DXF-DWG Import options in the Translation Setup. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 21 . If you leave this box unchecked. make sure that “or Further Editing” is selected. all the elements and artificial lights of the reflected ceiling plan designed by the electrical engineer have been successfully merged to the original project design database. The content of Viewports within the DXF-DWG file will be converted into Drawings in ArchiCAD and these Drawings will be placed onto their appropriate Layout according to their Viewport definition in AutoCAD. If you choose 2D Elements or Grouped 2D Elements. Please note that ArchiCAD uses the previously presented Translator files for Smart-Merging DWG and DXF content. A new Master Layout will also be created in case the DXF-DWG drawing contains Paper Space size definitions not already available in the Project file. with “embedded” status. AutoCAD Leaders will be converted to simple ArchiCAD 2D elements. these elements will be converted into ArchiCAD elements and will be placed directly into the Layout they belong to. The “Import Options for Elements on Paper Space” dialog will come up. 19 Uncheck all three “Specify On-Screen” options in the “Merge DXF-DWG Model Space” dialog. in the “Custom Functions. If Paper Space is merged. Check the results. Paper Space definitions will be converted to Layouts in the Layout Book of ArchiCAD. At “Import Options for Elements on Paper Space” you can configure certain conversion options: Translate AutoCAD Blocks as: Just as in the Open Options portion of the Translation Setup Dialog. This checkbox is also available in the “Translation Setup” Dialog. Open Extras” area. Grouped 2D Elements or ArchiCAD Library Parts. In this case. These Drawings are not editable entities: they will appear in the Drawing Manager of ArchiCAD. all the references of all the blocks are decomposed into simple floor plan elements. If there were elements drawn in Paper Space of the DXF-DWG file. As you can see.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import • Choose the “Append Paper Space(s) to Layout Book” radio button if you want the Paper Space(s) defined in the DXF-DWG merged file appended to the Layout Book of the ArchiCAD project file. Convert AutoCAD Leaders to Labels: Check this box if you wish this conversion to be performed during the Merge process. and hit “Merge” to proceed. you have three choices: 2D Elements. Note that this button will be available only if the DXF-DWG file to be merged contains Paper Space information.

In this exercise we will present how to create an ArchiCAD object (an Armchair) from an external 3D DXF file (in this example from a web product catalog).mp4 Watch Movie Importing 3D DXF files as ArchiCAD objects can be useful if designers wish to add manufacturer-specific design content to the project. If you chose any other piece of furniture by mistake. (If you do not have an Internet connection.dxf ” file to your machine. 1 Visit the http://www. This DXF file contains the 3D wire of this chair.artek. Artek is a furniture company in Finland. 22 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . Click “Products” and then “Armchairs” and select the second armchair from the left in the first line of the page.fi/ website on the Internet. please enter “42” in the Search Product field on the Products page to find this chair. This chair was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1931-32.) “Armchair 42” should be displayed on the screen now. 2 Select “3D wire (dxf)” from the “Downloads” pop-up menu. and download the “42-3d.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import STEP 3: CREATING A NEW ARCHICAD OBJECT FROM AN EXTERNAL 3D DXF FILE NHS OFFICE_03. (Please fill the necessary info if you are asked to provide feedback about the use of this file). please proceed to point 3 below.

If you are interested in this topic. Please note that the “. Select the “For Editable Import” Translator and click “Open” to proceed. 10 Close this dialog and return to the floor plan. please use this file in case you do not have an Internet connection. since we are about to save the previously downloaded 3D wire frame as an ArchiCAD object. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 23 . We will not get into details about the exact meaning and functionality of GDL editing now. Please read the “Advanced GDL” Interactive Training Guide if you wish to customize this object with additional parametric options.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import 3 The “Armchair 42_3D. 5 Activate the “File > Libraries and Objects > Open Object…” command. 9 Activate the “File > Save As…” command and enter “Armchair 42” for the name. it is not possible to define materials. or if you encounter any obstacles during the download process. For example. open the “Object Settings” dialog and note that the previously saved Armchair has been automatically selected.dxf ” file from the “DWG Import” folder of this exercise. 6 Select the previously downloaded DXF file. please download the “Advanced GDL” Interactive Training Guide module. the parameter list is empty.dxf ” file is also available from the “DWG Import” folder of this exercise. 11 Activate the “Object Tool”. 4 Activate the pre-set “2 DXF Import” entry from the “Navigator – View Map” in the current project. 8 ArchiCAD provides a state-of-the-art toolset for parametric object development and editing. Currently. and enable “All GDL Objects”.gsm” extension will be automatically added to the name. 7 Click the “3D View” button bellow the preview window (fifth button) to display the 3D view of the chair. ArchiCAD’s Object editor will appear and the 3D wireframe model of the Aalvar Aalto chair will be loaded. or the “Armchair 42_3D.

You can also open the 3D window to display the object in 3D. In this case the 3D site can be imported to the ArchiCAD project the very same way as was described in this exercise. Building manufacturers often publish product catalogs in “3D DXF” format. Surveyors might also provide “3D DXF” information about the building site. and can be freely used in any of your ArchiCAD projects. This Armchair is now a standard ArchiCAD object. 24 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . which is usually freely accessible for all designers and can be imported to an ArchiCAD project in seconds.Chapter 1: DWG – DXF export and import 12 Click “OK” to leave this dialog and click anywhere on the floor plan to place the new chair on the floor plan view. and the design development can be started immediately.

images. These PDF documents can be opened and printed by virtually anyone with the help of a free PDF viewer. ArchiCAD provides PDF (Portable Document Format) export-import support out of the box. Save the project as “NHS PDF drawings are widely used for collaboration in the design process.html). We will also present how easy it is to publish the new layout sheet from ArchiCAD. and layout of any source document. PDF files are compact and complete. and can be shared.adobe. and printed by anyone with free Adobe Reader software (http://www. In this exercise we will add multiple PDF details to a layout sheet. for instance). with a ten-year track record.PLA” project archive file and select the “Read elements directly from archive” option in the “Open Archive Project” dialog. regardless of the application and platform used to create it. PDF sheets can be inserted directly into the Model Views (“model space”) as well as into Layout Books (“paper space”). This will speed up the process of professional layouting. ADDING EXTERNAL PDF DOCUMENTS TO THE LAYOUT BOOK NHS OFFICE_01.com/products/acrobat/readstep2. 1 Open the “NHS OFFICE.Chater 2: PDF export and import CHAPTER 2: PDF EXPORT AND IMPORT INTRODUCTION In this training chapter we will present how to place external PDF drawings into the ArchiCAD layout book with the help of a pre-defined Drawing Grid. viewed. graphics. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 25 . PDF is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. This makes it very easy to add any scanned or other PDF documents to the design with a single click. ArchiCAD provides full supports for importing external PDF documents. These files might contain details from the manufacturers. but can also contain scanned documents from the client or even information from the consultant or engineer team. The free Acrobat Reader is also available from the ArchiCAD 11 product CD-Rom. STEP 1. PDF is a universal file format that preserves the fonts.mp4 Watch Movie Portable Document Format: PDF stands for “Portable Document Format” and is a proprietary file format developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated for representing two dimensional documents in a device-independent and resolution-independent format. and they are also able to share (publish) – the project design in PDF format with a single click. This means that designers can use (import) existing PDF documents (such as hand-drawn details.

1 External PDF Details” layout in the Navigator-Layout Book. 26 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . In this case we recommend that you create subfolders next to the ArchiCAD project file.1 External PDF Details” layout in the Navigator-Layout Book and note that the previously discussed drawing grid appeared on the current layout. 6 Double-click the “A-01. and store all external content in these folders. Use the “Store Path as Relative to Project” option if you wish to open this ArchiCAD project on other computers (e. outside the office).g.PLN” ArchiCAD Solo Project to your local computer. ArchiCAD enables us to create custom drawing grids on layouts. 8 Select all the PDF Details in the “PDF Details to Import” folder and checkmark the “Store Path as relative to Project” option. Automatic Drawing IDs have further benefits that are discussed in the “Documentation” training module. 3 Select “Arch-D” Master Layout and open its “Settings” dialog. 5 Drag-and-drop the “Arch-D” pre-set Master Layout on the previously displayed “A-01. Let’s add some external PDF details to this layout. ArchiCAD can store the location (path) of external content through its “Absolute” location or through its path “Relative” to the current Project. Switch to the “Grid for Drawing IDs” tab page and investigate its settings. 4 Create grid cells in 3 horizontal rows and 4 vertical columns to host detailed drawings by entering “3” and “4” for the number of cells. Custom Drawing IDs can be automatically provided to these grids cells: this speeds up the documentation process.. 7 Activate the “File > External Content > Place External Drawing…” command to add external drawings to this layout.1 External PDF Details” layout in the “A-01 PDF” folder in the Navigator-Layout Book. 2 Activate the “A-01.Chater 2: PDF export and import OFFICE.

Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 27 . external PDF documents are listed here among the other views and drawings of the current layout book.Chater 2: PDF export and import Storing an “Absolute” path as relative to the project can be useful if you wish to import external content form an external server and when the ArchiCAD project file might be opened on other computers in the office. 10 Choose the “Drawing Manager” dialog from the Navigator or activate the “File > External Content > Drawing Manager…” command. which also can access this external server. The Drawing Manager will be discussed in detail in the “Project Hotlinks” chapter of this training guide. 9 Click the “Open” button to import all twelve selected PDF details on the current layout and notice that ArchiCAD automatically placed the PDF details into the cells of the previously defined drawing grid. All the previously imported.

4 Define a publishing path on your local computer (on the Desktop. Apple provides PDF read and write capabilities integrated with the MAC OS system. then you can use the ArchiCAD 11 installer application to install the optional Amyuni PDF Converter on your machine. Microsoft Word at “File > Page Setup…” if you wish to create a PDF file from your word document. for example) and click “OK” to leave this dialog. 1 Open the “Organizer” from the Navigator. but in case it is not yet installed on your machine. ArchiCAD also uses this built-in. you can do this any time using the ArchiCAD install CD-Rom and selecting “Custom Installtion” in the Installer dialog. The Project Organizer is discussed in the Documentation Interactive Training Guide Module. you are free to select the “Amyuni PDF Converter” from 28 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide .Chater 2: PDF export and import STEP 2. a new – virtual – printer will be added to your local printers: it is called “Amyuni PDF Converter”. and type “PDF Set” for the name of the new set. For example. 2 Activate the “Create New Publisher Set” option from the pop-up list. This printer can be used from any of your applications to create PDF file output. This PDF converter is part of the standard installation process. PUBLISHING THE LAYOUT BOOK AS A PDF DOCUMENT SET NHS OFFICE_02. The Amyuni PDF Converter is a virtual printer for Windows XP that creates PDF file output. you do not need to install any PDF driver on your machine. MAC OS system integrated PDF creator engine. Please note: The Amyuni PDF Converter is not available for Windows XP 64-bit OS. This means that when you install this application.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s see how easy it is to create and publish a PDF document set with ArchiCAD. Macintosh Operating Systems: For the Macintosh platform. 3 Open the “Publisher Set Properties” dialog and select the “Save files” Publishing method from the pop-up list. How to install PDF printers on your computer? Windows Operating Systems: If you have Windows XP 32-bit OS installed on your computer. This means that you are ready to create and open PDF files right out of the box using MAC OS.

The “Format” tab page of the Publisher provides more options to customize the published documentation set. 6 Drag and drop the previously created “A-01 PDF” layout as well as the “A-02 Plans”. As a result ArchiCAD will create one PDF file with multiple pages (corresponding to the layout sheets you published). Leaving this unchecked will publish each file in the folder as a separate PDF file. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 29 . we recommend that you activate this option and merge all published layouts into the one PDF file. The “Paper-Size” pop-up list provides various standard paper sizes. in the Publisher Sets area) and drag and drop some layouts from the Layout Book area on the left.Chater 2: PDF export and import 5 Create a new folder called “PDF Document Set” (on the right. 7 Click on the “PDF Document Set” container on the right side to select it. but you can also define your custom paper size. If you wish to publish multiple layouts corresponding to the same design project. 9 Activate the “Document Options” dialog and investigate all the options provided to create PDF document sets. For the PDF file format you can use “Page Options…” as well as “Document Options…” to define further. and define “PDF” in the “Format” tab page of the dialog. “A-03 Elevations” and the “A-04 Sections” subsets from the Layout Book to the new PDF publisher set. 8 Checkmark the “Merge to one PDF file” checkbox to publish all layouts into one PDF file. special options for the PDF set. At the “Page Options” dialog you can define the exact paper size you wish to use and also define the orientation of the paper sheets.

Model View Options. You can add Headers and Footers to the pages. etc…) Use the “Document Options” dialog to define various other options for the set. Notice that the publishing speed of this PDF documentation set is fast even with large project and numerous layouts. name of the current story. You can define the exact scale you wish to use and decide about the exact position of the drawing on the sheet using the “Arrangements” options. Open the “PDF Options” dialog to publish a password-protected PDF document set. 30 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . date and time. as well as various other pieces of information (e. The “Header/Footer” dialog enables designers to fully customize the header and footer texts of the layouts by automatically including the project name. The “Quality” pop-up list lets us define the exact quality for the PDF set. You can also decide if you wish to include ArchiCAD’s drawing grid on the sheets or if you wish to use hairlines (uniform thin lines) when creating the PDF set. 10 Hit the “Publish” button to proceed. bookmarks and an optional password. or create a black-and-white set for monochrome printers. user name. You can publish all texts and markers of the drawings using their original.Chater 2: PDF export and import combinations. Please note that you can also output data from ArchiCAD to PDF format using the Print command..g. fixed text but you can also resize these to the scale of the publishing. applied Layer PDFs created with ArchiCAD can include standard PDF features including thumbnails.

click the “Close” button to proceed.Pdf ” document from the desktop using any free PDF viewer application (such as Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader) to display the results.Chater 2: PDF export and import 11 Once all layouts and drawings are published. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 31 . 12 Open the newly created “PDF Document Set. Notice that all the selected sheets of the layout book have been included in this PDF documentation set.

Chapter 3: Universal 3D Support CHAPTER 3: UNIVERSAL 3D SUPPORT INTRODUCTION In this training chapter we will create a simple computer workstation and then present how to export this ArchiCAD Worksation Project to a “Universal 3D” file format. If you have an International English ArchiCAD library installed on your machine.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s create a simple interior design proposal in ArchiCAD. the plan views of such design elements do not provide obvious and easy-to-understand information for the client. It is much more preferable to provide an easy-to-understand 3D project presentation.pln”. Save the project file on your local computer as an ArchiCAD Solo Project file: “U3D Presentation. CREATING A SIMPLE COMPUTER WORKSTATION DESIGN U3D Presentation_01. At the end. 3 Open the Slab Tool by double-clicking its icon in the Toolbox and adjust the settings as the screenshot presents. The slab thickness should be “10 mm”. 1 Open the “U3D Presentation. 2 Activate the “01 Plan view” from the “Universal 3D” folder of the Navigator–View Set. providing all the benefits of the 3D design view and details to clients. ArchiCAD’s advanced publishing features support various file formats and standards so that architects can easily share design information with virtually anyone with a single click. Otherwise. the Structure should be “Solid Fill” and the materials in the model page should be set to “Mtl-Aluminum”. Typically. Besides the “standard” PDF format. In this example we will use only a couple of objects to create a computer workstation. we will open the results using Adobe’s free Acrobat viewer to display the results.pla” ArchiCAD project file. ArchiCAD also supports the new – “state of the art” – Universal 3D (U3D) format. use this library. please select the Read Library Elements directly from Archive option in the “Open ArchiCAD project” dialogue. 32 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . and enabling easier understanding of the design idea. Direct support for the popular Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) was presented in the previous chapter of this guide. STEP 1. This enables designers to share 3 dimensional information through PDF document sets.

open the Object Browser tab page on the left and select the “Find library parts” option from the pop-up list.0) and have it span over one grid unit in the x and y-directions. Note: If you are not using a localized version of ArchiCAD 11.y=0. please select any desired table from the available Library Parts. the search result may vary. 10 Switch on Gravity and select “Gravity to slab” in the Standard toolbar. 5 Create a new Slab starting from the origin (x. 8 Type “computer” as your keyword. 6 Switch to 3D view by activating the “02 Perspective view” from the “Universal 3D” folder of the Navigator-View map. 7 Open the Object tool from the Toolbox. In this case. English metric ArchiCAD 11 library is not loaded. or if the default.Chapter 3: Universal 3D Support Let’s create a computer workstation over this simple Slab by adding a couple of standard ArchiCAD library parts to it. select “Contain keyword” from the “Find all files names which:” pop-up list and hit “Enter” to start the search. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 33 . 9 Select “Computer Table 10” from the search results and hit “OK” to leave this dialog. 4 Switch on the Construction Grid Snap and the Grid display in the Standard toolbar .

13 Select “Design Chair 01 10” and place it on the Slab. Feel free to move the table in 3D with the relevant feature of the Pet-Palette if you wish. a keyboard and a mouse. These are a display. a “Cube” computer. and type “Apple” for the keyword. Arrange the new objects to the positions shown in the screenshot. Move and rotate the chair in 3D and create an arrangement similar to that on the screenshot. a keyboard and a computer to the workstation design. 34 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . Let’s add a monitor. 12 Open the “Object Settings” dialog again and search for library parts containing “design” in their name. 15 Place all the available Library Parts containing “Apple” on the existing table.Chapter 3: Universal 3D Support 11 Click above the previously created Slab in the 3D window to place the “Computer Table” on it. 14 Switch back to the Floor Plan view and open the “Object Settings” dialog again. with the “Gravity” feature on.

The intelligent cursor will change to a checkmark as soon as any of the table hotspots are detected. thanks to the “Gravity” feature. 3 Select it and open its settings by activating “Drawing Selection Settings” from the context menu. 2 Place the plan view over the left area of the layout. and elevate them up to the top of the desk.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s place the plan and the 3D views of the previously created design on a layout. PLACING THE DESIGN VIEWS ON LAYOUTS U3D Presentation_02. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 35 . Let’s switch to the 3D view now. 4 Adjust the drawing scale to “1:20” on the “Properties” tab page and hit “OK” to apply the settings. 17 Click any of the hotspots of the selected element.01 U3D Presentation” layout will be displayed. de-select all selected items (if any). Activate the Arrow Tool and switch on the “Quick Selection” selection method. right-click on an empty area and activate the “Save View and Place on Layout” option from the context menu. 1 Switch to the Floor plan view.Chapter 3: Universal 3D Support All these objects have been placed on our base Slab. 16 Open the 3D view and select all the Apple computer parts in the 3D view. STEP 2. activate the “Elevate” option from the Pet-Palette and elevate them to the top of the existing table. ArchiCAD will immediately switch to the Layout Book and the “A.

01 U3D Presentation” layout in the “Universal 3D Presentation” Layout Book. However it is not informative and expressive on its own. we can enhance our Adobe Acrobat PDF documentation with some extra. static 3D view of the design. 10 Zoom-out. 36 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . select the 3D view. but enhance this view with some extras. open its settings and enter “50%” for “magnification” in the “Properties” tab page of the Drawing Settings dialog. Let’s add the 3D view of the design as well. 6 Activate the “02 Perspective view” from the Navigator-View Map and activate the “File > Save As…” dialog. Since ArchiCAD supports the industry standard “Universal 3D” option.Chapter 3: Universal 3D Support 5 Move the drawing around the layout if necessary and use the “Offset edge” option in the Pet-Palette to adjust the frames to resemble the screenshot. we will add not only a regular. Define a path on your local machine (and remember this path. 11 Adjust the drawing frame and re-position the drawing on the layout to resemble the screenshot. 8 Right-click on an empty area in the 3D window and again select the “Save View and Place on Layout” option from the context menu. 9 Place the 3D view of the design next to the plan view on the previously used “A. since you will need this file later on). Thanks to the Universal 3D (U3D) technology. 7 Select “U3D File” for the file-type and enter “U3D Presentation” for the file name and hit the “Save” button. This 2D plan view is already on the layout. interactive content.

U3D allows viewers to navigate in the 3D model embedded in a PDF document. Universal 3D “U3D” is a new open file format for 3D data. Please note that U3D technology is relatively new. to facilitate data exchange. 5 Hit the “Document Options…” button in the “Format” dialog and activate the “PDF Options” button in the “Document Options” dialogue. 3 Open the “Publisher Set Properties” dialog by clicking the “Publishing Properties” button in the Organizer-Publisher. 2 Activate the “U3D Presentation Set” from the “Publisher-set Chooser” pop-up list.mp4 Watch Movie Now let’s publish our layout in Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) with smart Universal 3D content. and that at this time only small project models can be shared seamlessly using the Universal 3D format. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 37 . return to “Publisher” and hit the “Publish” button to save the layout in PDF format with embedded “Universal 3D” content on your local machine. Make sure that the “Save files” publishing method is selected and define a publishing path on your local machine. Universal 3D will simplify the transformation of complex 3D data into a format that can be streamed. 4 Drag-and-drop the “A. compressed and viewed on affordable. 7 Hit “OK” twice. Project models with relatively large numbers of polygons might result in lower navigation and display performance when opened as 3D PDF documents in Adobe Acrobat applications. Select this layout and choose “PDF” from the “Format” dialog below. The goal is a universal standard for three-dimensional data of all kinds.u3d” file on your local machine.01 U3D Presentation” layout from the Layout Book list on the left to Publisher on the right. nonproprietary software/hardware platforms while providing a high quality viewing experience. PUBLISHING A 3D PDF FROM ARCHICAD U3D Presentation_03. U3D was selected by Adobe as the native 3D format implemented within the Acrobat family of products.Chapter 3: Universal 3D Support STEP 3. 6 Checkmark the “Embed 3D content” option in the “PDF Options” dialog and browse to define the location of the previously saved “U3D Presentation. 1 Open the “Organizer” from the Navigator palette and switch to “Publisher Sets” mode.

Chapter 3: Universal 3D Support 8 Once the publishing is complete click “Close” in the “Publishing…” dialogue. Now let’s open the published PDF document with the free. 10 Move the cursor over the 3D image on the right and notice that the cursor shape changes to a “pointing hand” – indicating that Acrobat found additional content behind this conventional 3D rendering.Pdf ” layout.01 U3D Presentation. 38 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . A menu appears on the top of the view. and let’s review the benefits of “Universal 3D” content. 11 Click on the image now and notice how the content changes. cross-platform Adobe Acrobat Reader 7 (or later) application. 9 Start Adobe Acrobat Reader 7 and open the previously published “A.

modify the background color and even toggle cross-sections. Move and Zoom options to navigate. Use the Rotate. enable extra light. Hit the “Views” pop-up menu to save any custom view for later. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 39 . You can also switch between perspective and axonometric projection.Chapter 3: Universal 3D Support 12 Try out the different features of the menu bar by clicking them. change the rendering mode of the model.

Chapter 3: Universal 3D Support ArchiCAD and “Universal 3D” technology enables designers to provide valuable additional 3D content and features for standard PDF sheets. even if they are not experienced in reading regular plan sections and other “engineer-like” drawings. 40 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . The result will provide clients the sensation of 3D navigation in a regular PDF document and a fuller understanding of your design.

This allows us to attach external DWG and DXF files to the actual design project and makes enhanced collaboration with the extended design team possible using DWG and DXF design information. To be able to efficiently use this Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 41 .Chapter 4: External reference files (Xrefs) CHAPTER 4: EXTERNAL REFERENCE FILES (XREFS) INTRODUCTION In this training chapter we will present how to work with External Reference Files (Xrefs) in ArchiCAD.PLA” project archive file and select the “Read elements directly from archive” option in the “Open Archive Project” dialog. Save the project as “NHS OFFICE. ArchiCAD provides advanced external reference file – so-called “Xref ” – support out of the box. Let’s suppose that the electrical engineer is ready with the layout of the lighting fixtures in the ceiling. STEP 1: ATTACHING XREFS TO THE PROJECT NHS OFFICE_01. 2 Activate the “1 Floor” entry in the “Stories” container of the Navigator-Project Map. Activate the “Fit in window” option to display the complete first floor of the project. We will attach two DWG files to the project as External Reference Files. We will attach some external drawings to an ArchiCAD project and learn how to manage these Xrefs.PLN” ArchiCAD Solo Project to your local computer.mp4 Watch Movie 1 Open the “NHS OFFICE.

ArchiCAD understands this and automatically updates the corresponding content in the project file so the latest data is always available. Architects are able to use ArchiCAD’s standard features when working on the design (the Smart Cursor will snap to the referenced drawing elements. so it is important to efficiently update the Referenced External content in the ArchiCAD project. and view information about them. 4 Click the “Browse” button and select the “Electrical Grid. 42 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . in a separate chapter of this guide). As soon as a new version of the referenced DWG or DXF file is available from the engineers. but when they do not necessarily want to permanently merge this information to the design project. etc. except that they are DXF or DWG files and not ArchiCAD project files. The content of the External Referenced Files is continuously updated as the project design develops. road and parking layout provided by the traffic engineer. ArchiCAD works with External Reference Files in the same way as AutoCAD. make sure that: a “Attachment” is selected for “Reference Type”. Externally referencing DWG and DXF files to the ArchiCAD project can be extremely useful when designers have to incorporate design information from external DWG-DXF sources during their everyday design development work. unload and reload them. bind them to the project file. You can attach and detach Xref files in ArchiCAD. they can be easily detached from the ArchiCAD project.) External DWG and DXF Reference Files are typically used to provide information about the site plan (provided by the surveyor). Their layer structure will be also visible and editable. pipe and machinery layouts of the HVAC systems provided by the building engineers. and so on. The External Reference File management system in ArchiCAD has been developed to streamline collaboration between architects who use ArchiCAD and engineers or consultants who use applications supporting DWG and DXF file formats. As soon as the External Referenced Files are no longer needed. which will allow us to coordinate the lighting fixtures layout. Xrefs External Reference Files (Xref) are similar to hotlinked modules (these will be discussed later. positioning of lighting fixtures in reflected ceiling plans provided by the electrical engineer. 5 In the “Attach Xref ” dialog.dwg” file from the “Xrefs” folder and click “Open” to proceed. b none of the “Specify On-Screen” radio buttons are checked at “Insertion point”. The referenced DWG and DXF files will be displayed in the ArchiCAD project. 3 Activate the “File > External Content > Attach Xref…” command to open the “Attach Xref ” dialog.Chapter 4: External reference files (Xrefs) information we have been provided with not only the reflected ceiling plan with the position of the lighting fixtures but also with the electrical engineer’s simplified structural grid.

click “Attach”. 8 Set the options in the “Attach Xref ” dialog the same way as before and click the “Attach” button to proceed. When you attach an External Reference File to the ArchiCAD design project. d “0.dwg” from the “Xref ” folder. The functions of these files are discussed in the first chapter of this training guide.dwg” has been successfully ‘Xref ’-ed to the design project.SHX” files on your local computer. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide As you can see. The “Attach Xref ” dialog: a The “Reference Type” radio button determines how nested Xrefs will be handled. Please note that we are using the very same DWG – DXF Translators for attaching the External Reference File that we presented in a previous chapter of this guide. For example. please click “Skip All” to proceed. 7 Activate the “File > External Content > Attach Xref…” command once again and this time select “RCP Story 1. the content of the “Electrical Grid. c Use the “Anchor Point” controls to define which point of the Xref the drawing’s placement will be based on. Please check out the “DXF-DWG Import-Export” chapter of this guide for further details. Let’s continue by adding another Xref file. e “For editable import” has been selected for “Translator”. and attach the layout of the lighting fixtures in the reflected ceiling plan as designed by the electrical engineer. 6 Once all the settings match those in the screenshot above. 1 floor” is selected for “Place on story”.) b The “Insertion Point”. in the previous case. a layer will be created for it. “Overlay”: Nested Xrefs from the referenced file will not be visible in the Project. The resulting layer names will have the following format: ‘Xref_NAME|LAYER_NAME’. As you can see. e Select the appropriate “Translator” to be used during the conversion. This simplified construction grid was used by the electrical engineer to coordinate the layout of the lighting fixtures across stories. 43 . If you do not have any AutoCAD “. “Scale” and “Rotation” options let you fine-tune the placement parameters of the external reference file. You can enter specific “X” and “Y” coordinates but you can also determine these coordinates by specifying them “On Screen” with the help of the cursor. d Use the “Place on story” pop-up list to choose the story upon which to place the Xref. “Attachment”: All levels of nesting can be displayed in the Project file. the reflected ceiling plan of the first story has been successfully attached to the project. relative to existing design elements on the plan. the layers “Constru_57|0” and “Constru_57|Construction Grid__F” were added as new layers. (Nesting occurs when you load an external reference to a file that has external references loaded to other files.Chapter 4: External reference files (Xrefs) c “Drawing’s own origin” is selected for “Anchor Point”.

mp4 Watch Movie ArchiCAD’s Xref Managr enables designers to review and manage all the Xrefs of the actual design project. 1 Activate the “File > External Content > Xref Manager…” command to open the “Xref Management” dialog. 2 Add another Xref by clicking the “Attach” button.Chapter 4: External reference files (Xrefs) STEP 2. the leasing space information is immediately visible on the floor plan. Attach “Lease Space Story 1. Pretend that we do not need the reflected ceiling plan any longer. but we might not want to display it on the plan at all times. and notice that both are part of an external reference file (Xref). The View Mode Buttons at the top determine how the list of attached Xref files is displayed: • the left button will display all Xrefs in the order they were attached. • the right view mode button will display attached Xrefs in a hierarchical tree structure. As you can see. The “Attach Xref ” dialog will open. The leasing space information can be useful from time to time. If an attached file refers to other files. So the ceiling grid will be modified. Clicking the “+” sign reveals the names of the associated files. MANAGING XREFS NHS OFFICE_02. a “+” sign will appear on its left. 10 Move the cursor over the lines of the electrical grid and the RCP elements. 44 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . 9 Zoom in to the floor plan and activate the “Arrow Tool” and also make sure that “Quick Selection” is also activated. This also indicates nested relationships between Xrefs.dwg” using the very same settings as earlier. since the client decided to use an entirely different lighting system.

7 Select the “Electrical Grid” Xref entry from the list and click the “Bind” button to merge its entire content to the project. 3 Activate “File > External Content > Xref Manager…” once again to display the “Xref Management” dialog. At the same time. 8 Click the “Show Log” button to review the latest actions and then click “OK” to execute these Xref modifications. since this grid layout has been provided by the electrical engineer.Chapter 4: External reference files (Xrefs) 6 Click the “Remove Xref ’s Attributes” button to remove all these attributes. 4 Select the “Lease Space Story 1” Xref entry from the list and click the “Unload” button to temporary unload it – or “hide” it for the time being. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 45 . delete – all the corresponding attributes of the RCP Xref drawing (layers. 5 Select the “RCP Story 1” Xref entry from the list and click the “Detach” button to remove it from the project.e. and will be the same for the new lighting fixture distribution as well. it would be desirable to make the electrical grid layout an integral part of the design project. The result will be immediately visible on the screen: the RCP plan and the Lease Space information have disappeared from the plan. and the construction grid layout has been merged to the project.. linetypes and fills) from the project. ArchiCAD will immediately ask you if you also wish to remove – i.

Binding will make all instances of the Reference File part of the Project. This enables architects to show only certain layers of the external drawings and hide all unwanted layers. taking on following format: “Xref_NAME $ NUMBER $ LAYER_NAME”. Obviously: • changing the file name and overwriting the existing DWG file would be a possible solution. and one at the end. and open the “Lease Space Story 1 Update. Some of them contain Nested External Reference Files.Chapter 4: External reference files (Xrefs) Note: Clicking the “Bind” button will merge the content of the external reference to the Project and delete the external reference to the file from the list. while leaving all other configuration unchanged. 3 Click the “Browse” button to open the Directory dialog box and to select a new source file for this drawing. STEP 3. When you bind an Xref. while also keeping the previous version of the DWG file. but the new drawing has a different file name and is located in a different folder. but in this case we need to pay attention to the Attach Xref dialog and make sure that the insertion point. etc. We will specify a new source for this entry. The following screenshots presents a Layer Settings dialog at the beginning of the current step of this exercise.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s continue with the previous exercise and suppose that a new set of DWG drawings has arrived from the consulting engineers. We received an update of the lease space arrangement. which might be necessary for future design evaluation. We will present another alternative solution to solve this update situation. are correct. the layer names of the Xref will reflect the change.. 2 Select the existing “Lease Space Story 1”. • attaching the updated leasing space drawing as a new reference file would be another option. scale. NESTED EXTERNAL REFERENCE FILES NHS OFFICE_03.dwg” file in the “Updated Xrefs” folder of this exercise and click “Open” to proceed. even if the drawing is not bound to the project. 46 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . rotation. Let’s see how we can update this external file attachment. 4 Browse. Please keep in mind that all layers of the external referenced drawings will be displayed in ArchiCAD’s Layer Settings dialog (all will be locked). which is currently “unloaded”. ArchiCAD cannot bind only one instance of any given Xref file. 1 Activate the “File > External Content > Xref Manager…” command to open the “Xref Management” dialog. however we would lose the content of the original file. In this case.

8 Click the “Attach” button to attach the new RCP design to the project. scale.dwg” file from the “Updated Xrefs” folder of this exercise and click “Open” to proceed. Browse and select the “RCP Story1-Update 2B. This feature is particularly useful when you have an Xref in your project whose original file was changed and saved under a new name. There is no need to re-configure the attachment settings (insertion point. indicating what should load into the project when attaching an External Reference File. Let’s see how can we integrate this information into the design project. 6 Click “OK” to return to the floor plan and notice that the updated lease space plan is immediately visible. and switch to ‘tree’ view. Since DWG files used as external references can also contain additional external references. Clicking the “+” sign reveals the names of the associated files. reaching down several levels. nesting can occur. ArchiCAD will reload the content from the new file. translator. however.) Suppose we also received an updated reflected ceiling plan with a new layout of the lighting fixtures. rotation. This nesting can be quite complex. a “+” sign will appear on its left. The RCP layout. The hierarchical view mode lets you see which files refer to other external files. The right view mode button will display attached Xrefs in a hierarchical tree structure.Chapter 4: External reference files (Xrefs) 5 Click the “Reload” button in the Xref Management dialog. contains nested Xrefs (other External Reference File attachments). If an attached file refers to other files. etc. which will then be associated with the given Xref name. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 47 . 7 Activate the “File > External Content > Xref Manager…” command to open the “Xref Management” dialog.

stairs and furniture). Selecting the “Overlay” option would result in the nested Xrefs from the referenced file not being visible in the project. since we wish to display all levels of nesting in the project file. d place the Xref on the “0. click “Attach” to proceed. c use the Drawing’s own origin. 10 The “Xref Management” dialog displays not only the new Reference File for the external ceiling plan. 1 floor”. 48 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . f Finally. 11 Click “OK” to return to the floor plan and to investigate the updated RCP design as well as the nested Xref content (bathroom fixtures. Please note that we selected “Attachment” for Reference type.Chapter 4: External reference files (Xrefs) 9 Specify the very same settings as before in the “Attach Xref ” dialog: a select “Attachment” for reference type. but also all the corresponding nested Xrefs as well. e use “For editable import” Translator. b make sure that all “On-Screen” radio buttons are unchecked.

In this case you will need to make sure that the file names are identical. This means that architects – similarly to AutoCAD users – need to update Xref content manually. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 49 .Chapter 4: External reference files (Xrefs) Updating Xrefs: If a newer version of an existing Xref is available. you need to open the Xref Management dialog. this update is not automatic. you can simply overwrite the existing file with the new content in the appropriate folder. For Xrefs. and click the “Reload” button to update the content in the project as well. select the appropriate Xref in the list. If a newer version of an External Referenced Drawing is available. ArchiCAD immediately informs you when the source content is updated – and automatically updates the design project as well (this will be presented in the following chapters of this training guide). however. In the case of project hotlinks as well as hotlinked modules.

PDF files and image files). Since ArchiCAD always stores their content in the project design database. 2 Activate the “1 Model view” entry from the Project Hotlinks folder of the Navigator-View Map and make sure that the “Hotlinked Drawings” layer is selected. use the “File > External Content > Place External Drawing…” command to access the same “Place Drawing” dialog box. Hotlinked – or “imported” – drawings can be set to update automatically to reflect all changes in the source file. 4 Click next to the elevators on the empty floor plan view with the cursor to select the anchor point of the new hotlinked content. Save the project as “NHS OFFICE. STEP 1: HOTLINKED DRAWINGS IN THE MODEL VIEW NHS OFFICE_01.mp4 Watch Movie Hotlinked drawings placed into ArchiCAD’s Model Views can be any supported external files (such as DWG. Alternatively.PLN” ArchiCAD Solo Project to your local computer. Their size. The appearance of these drawings can be fully customized and their content is automatically updated as soon as their external sources are modified. 1 Open the “NHS OFFICE.PLA” project archive file and select the “Read elements directly from archive” option in the “Open Archive Project” dialog. even if their external sources are temporarily unavailable.Chapter 5: Project Hotlinks CHAPTER 5: PROJECT HOTLINKS INTRODUCTION In this training chapter we will present how to insert external drawings or documents (Project Hotlinks) to the ArchiCAD design project (model views as well as layouts). In this chapter we will present how easy it is to create a design development set about an elevator design that is ready to be discussed with the engineers or with the client. scale and framing options can be customized. However they cannot include ArchiCAD Views. We would like to add some external information to this project to help to work out the construction details of the elevators. 50 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . their latest available stage will be always displayed in the project. 3 Click once on the “Drawing Tool” in the Toolbox to activate this tool to place external hotlinked content into the Model View of the current project. Project hotlinks can be “internal” ArchiCAD views as well as “external” files of various types and formats that have been placed into the actual project project.

Select “1 meter” from the pop-up list and click “Place” to proceed. 8 Select the new drawing on the floor plan and open its Settings dialog and enter “1:2” for “Drawing Scale” on the “Properties” tab page. 6 Browse the “External Files” folder on your local machine and select “Machine Room Detail. 7 The “Place of Drawings” dialog will ask you to specify the unit conversion of the DWG drawing. Notice that the “Magnification” value has changed to “50.dwg” file for insertion. The external drawing is placed with the anchor point that you selected in “Drawing Settings” dialog (by default.Chapter 5: Project Hotlinks 5 Make sure that “All Available Types” are enabled in the “Link To” dialog. but its scale still needs to be adjusted. Also note the variety of file types that can be inserted into the Model View of the project. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 51 . As you can see. Click “Open” to proceed. the drawing is immediately visible on the screen.00”. The External Drawing File contains construction specifications provided by the manufacturer regarding how to design the elevator machinery room and its surroundings. its center point).

This is a nice and elegant way to do your everyday design development work. We are ready to continue the design development of the elevator shaft and machinery room. 52 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . since external hotlinked drawings retain their source file and therefore can be automatically updated if the source content changes.Chapter 5: Project Hotlinks 9 Click “OK” to leave the dialog and note the results of the scale adjustments on the floor plan. The previously described method could be used to place the external hotlinked drawing as an “underlay” and to modify the current elevator shaft and add the necessary machinery room in accordance with this. Let’s continue by adding the manufacturer’s corresponding specifications from a PDF document. The selected PDF document contains multiple pages. 11 Select the “Hydraulic Elevators. Now we have all the necessary information available in the floor plan view. 10 Click again on the empty area of the floor plan (while still having the “Drawing Tool” activated) to open the “Link To” dialog. Hotlinked external drawings placed in ArchiCAD’s Model have some advantages over regular images (placed with the “Figure” tool).pdf ” from the “External Files” folder and click “Open” to proceed. but only page 6 is relevant for us. so let’s insert this page only on the floor plan. 12 Select page six in the “Place PDF page” dialog and click the “Place” button to place it in the Model View.

PDF and various raster image files).mp4 Watch Movie Hotlinked drawings placed onto ArchiCAD’s Layouts can include existing ArchiCAD views (from the current project file and other project files). 4 Place it at the top left area of the layout. Let’s continue with the previous example and place the previous floor plan view on a layout and add some more hotlinked external content. As you can see. However. 1 Activate the context menu on the Floor Plan View (left-click over an empty area) and select the “Save View and Place on Layout” option.Chapter 5: Project Hotlinks STEP 2: HOTLINKED DRAWINGS IN THE LAYOUT BOOK NHS OFFICE_02. indicating that you are ready to place the previously displayed Floor Plan View on the currently empty “A01. elevator specifications sheet. 7 Select the “Link drawing to an external source” option and click “Browse” to select the drawing file. All these drawings are in different scales and in different formats. Use the “Offset Edge” option in the Pet Palette to adjust all four drawing frames. We will need only the elevator area and the previously added drawings. internal model View on the layout (as we placed the “1 Model view” floor plan before). so that only the necessary part of the floor plan will be visible. 2 Click anywhere on the layout to place the previously edited “1 Model view” here. we will not need the entire floor plan to develop our Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide Let’s proceed and add some more external hotlinked drawings on this layout. We received a “hoistway” detail and specifications from a subcontractor as a plotter file. ArchiCAD will immediately switch to the Layout Book and the cursor shape will change. As you can see.1 Elevator Specifications” Layout Sheet in the “Project Hotlinks” subset. 53 . as well as all other supported external files (such as DWG. the floor plan view is larger than the current layout. 3 Select the floor plan drawing and click its perimeter with the mouse. 5 Click on the empty are of the layout with the mouse while the “Drawing Tool” is still activated (the very same way you did before). or choose an external file. there are two options: place an existing. 6 The “Place Drawing” dialog appears. There is also an existing elevator door-detail in a DXF file and some raster images.

13 Select “Elevator Door Detail. since we did not receive this . which is available in a DXF file. Let’s continue by placing the “Elevator Door Detail” drawing. so we need to change its scale/magnification. so we need to change its scale/magnification to reduce its size.) 14 Zoom out and notice that the elevator door detail is much larger than our layout. The layout should look like the following screenshot: 11 Click “OK” to proceed. Let’s continue by adding a couple of raster image files (photos and figures) to the layout. 16 Add the external “Elevator Photo. As you can see. 10 Select the new drawing and open its Settings dialog.shx” dialog comes up. this drawing is too small for this layout. Set the “Magnification” value to 150% of the second figure. 12 Click on an empty area of the Layout Book (while the Drawing Tool is still selected) and once again use the “External Source” to place the next drawing.Chapter 5: Project Hotlinks 8 Make sure that “All Available Types” are enabled and then select the “Hoistway detail. Change the drawing scale to “2:1” and notice that the magnification value automatically changed to “200.shx file from the subcontractor.dxf ” from the list and set the “Set value of 1 Drawing unit in 1 meter” in the “Place of Drawings” dialogue.jpg” and also the “Explanation Figure.00”.plt” file from the “External Files” folder and click “Open” to proceed. Change the Drawing Scale to 1:10 (the magnification automatically changes to 10%) and click “OK” to proceed. 54 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . 9 Click on an empty space on the layout to place the hoist detail plotter file and zoom out. (Click “Skip All” if the “Locate simplex. and move this drawing toward the lower corner of the layout.png” images to the lower right area of the layout. 15 Select the door detail and open its Settings dialog.

21 Uncheck the “Show Drawing Scale” radio button in the list and notice that the display has changed to “Off ”. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 55 . the elevator photo and the explanation figure displayed scales underneath. Click “OK” to proceed. 22 Once you are done. This can be easily fixed. save and close this ArchiCAD project file. 18 Open the “Title” tab page and select “Basic Drawing Title” from the pop-up list. so we should hide these. uncheck “Uniform Symbol Pens” and select blue for pen-color. Notice that none of the drawings and images have titles. However. This is irrelevant in this case.Chapter 5: Project Hotlinks 19 Click “OK” to leave this dialog and notice the drawing titles on the layout. 20 Select the “Elevator Photo” and the “Explanation Figure” with the “Arrow Tool” and open the “Title” page of their Settings dialog. 17 Select all the drawings on the layout with the “Arrow Tool” and open the “Drawing Settings” dialog. Notice that the Scale value has been removed from the title of the raster images. Now all the drawings have titles. Set the font size to “10 mm”.

and the “Explanation Figure.. For instance. we received a new PDF catalogue. and the modified drawings are indicated in the list.jpg” from the list and click the “Chain” button to re-link this drawing and to read the image from a new source file. 5 Select the “Elevator Photo. If all these new files are saved from the very same directory and with the very same names as the previous ones (i. and it also provides various updating and editing options for hotlinks. Notice how its status also changes in the Drawing Manager (its content on the Layout Sheet also changes).pdf ” document.png” raster image files on your computer.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s now suppose that that after a couple of days some of the external project hotlinks are updated.Chapter 5: Project Hotlinks STEP 3: UPDATING AND MANAGING PROJECT HOTLINKS NHS OFFICE_03.jpg” image from the “External Files” folder on your computer. the “Elevator Photo. and click the “Update” button to update this drawing in the ArchiCAD project from its source file on your computer.e. You can also activate “File > External Content > Drawing Manager…” to open ArchiCAD’s Drawing Manager at any time. older files are overwritten with the new ones) then ArchiCAD will understand the change and immediately inform us. 1 Change the content (or at least the creation date) of the previously inserted “Hydraulic Elevators. a new photograph and an explanation figure from the manufacturer. Notice that all the previously inserted project hotlinks are listed here.jpg”. The Drawing Manager contains all the most important information about hotlinked external files. 2 Open the previous ArchiCAD training project again and notice the “Update Drawings” dialog. This lists all the modified project hotlinks. 3 Click the “Open Drawing Manager” button to display the Drawing Manager of ArchiCAD.pdf ” in the list. Drawing Manager provides various options to manage external hotlinked content. Select the “Elevator Photo 2. You can also choose to “Skip All” if you do not want to decide about the update at this moment. Re-linking an existing project hotlink to a new content source can be useful if you wish to keep all the previously defined drawing settings 56 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . 4 Select “Hydraulic Elevator. You can choose to “Update All” content and ArchiCAD will update all the linked contents.

This will permanently remove the hotlinked drawing content from the design project. 6 Click the “Settings” button while the new “Elevator Photo 2. scale. ArchiCAD will store and display their latest available versions in the project. As another option you can use the “Delete” button to delete any of the hotlinks from the current project. not “hotlinked” anymore)..) but you wish to change drawing content. Click the “Break Link” button to confirm the operation. As soon as you have provided a new hotlink to this ArchiCAD project hotlink.00”. drawing title. the Drawing Manager will immediately change the Status and update all the relevant information.. ArchiCAD immediately senses if their source content changes and provides the possibility to update their content automatically or manually. This will immediately display its Drawing Settings. 8 Close “Drawing Manager” and open the previously created layout sheet and note the updates.jpg” is selected. etc.g. Change the Magnification value to “125. All the hotlinked external drawing files are stored in the ArchiCAD Project File.e. The very same happens if you intentionally break a project hotlink: ArchiCAD will display its “Embedded” copy (or last updated version) in the project. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 57 . since the new photo is slightly larger than the previous one. 7 Select the “Explanation Figure” item in the Drawing Manager and click the “Chain icon crossed out” button to break its hotlink. Project Hotlinks – or external drawings – stay linked to the ArchiCAD design project. ArchiCAD’s Drawing Manager provides all necessary and up-to-date information and various options to manage hotlinked content. This means that even if their source content is not available.Chapter 5: Project Hotlinks and drawing positions in the project (e. Select the “Explanation Figure” and note that its status is indicated as “Embedded” (i.

office buildings.Chapter 6: Hotlinked Modules CHAPTER 6: HOTLINKED MODULES INTRODUCTION In this training chapter we will present how to work with hotlinked modules and save considerable time and management effort on large projects consisting of typical. etc. typical design unit). repetitive units (hotels. The host file can include any number of Hotlinks. Hotlinked Modules can be used. The term “Module File” (which refers to an ArchiCAD file type with a “. a Team Project or a Module File. A Module is a set of construction elements placed on the Floor Plan using a Hotlink.mod” extension) is not equivalent to the term “Module” (which refers to a smaller. to manage the repetitive structures of buildings such as hotels or offices with a large number of identical rooms by modifying all instances in a single step. hotels. Hotlinked ArchiCAD module project files are efficient to use when working on large design projects with repetitive units – such as hospitals. 58 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . Using Hotlinked Modules allows you to insert the contents of external ArchiCAD files (sources) into the currently open Project (host). Elements belonging to a selected Module will have hollow square marks on their hotspots. This is a good way to subdivide large Projects into easier-to-handle smaller files. and only refer to attributes actually used by their elements. They contain no Section or Elevation data. Module elements – usually easy-to-handle smaller design units – inserted into the host follow all modifications of the source files. for example. The source file can be an ArchiCAD Solo Project. the same structures can be used in multiple Projects. Moreover. In this exercise we will build a multistory building using various hotlinked module design elements and will explain their functionality. hospitals). active Library or preferences information. called a Module.mod file types) are a simplified type of ArchiCAD project file. Hotlinked Modules A Hotlink is a logical pointer to a single story of an external source file. Module files (.

STEP 1: SETTING UP THE HOST PROJECT Host Project_01. 4 Click the “Form and Size” tab-page and adjust all the options as seen on the screenshot below.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s set up the host project by creating a multistory load-bearing frame using ArchiCAD’s Structural Grid. (Use the “File > Libraries and Objects > Library Manager…” dialog if necessary. and the design development of these units is handled with different architects. Using ArchiCAD’s hotlinked modules functionality ensures that the master (or host) project file always and automatically updates when the design of the typical units are changed. the library search results might differ from the results described in this guide. all these stories are completely empty. without any rotation. However. you are free to change the active library and add the available “ArchiCAD Library 10” from your local computer to the project. 1 Open the “Host Project Start. Select the “Orthogonal Grid” button to create a ‘rectangular” structural grid and select the button to place the grid directly on the plan. rooms or blocks.Chapter 6: Hotlinked Modules If you use a localized version of ArchiCAD. Hotlinks are handy when the architectural design project has numerous typical units. Select the bottom-left corner as Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 59 . this project already has a Ground Floor and four additional stories. As you can see in the Navigator-Project Map / Stories folder.pla” project file.) Please note that if you use a localized ArchiCAD library. 2 Activate the “Navigator-View Map / Hotlinked Modules / 01 Plan overview” pre-set view to switch to the Ground Floor. 3 Activate the “Design > Structural Grid…” command to create a multistory structural grid with load-bearing elements in the currently open Host design project. select the “Read elements directly from archive” option in the “Open Archive Project” dialog and save the project as an ArchiCAD Solo Project on your local machine using the same file name.

80m > X6”. We need nine vertical grid-lines altogether.60m > X5 < 4. enter “4. ArchiCAD automatically generated elements (columns.0) on the floor plan – it is marked with a bold ‘x’ – to place the insertion point of the structural grid. In the “Horizontal Grid Lines” dialog. In the “Spacing” dialog. columns and dimension chains – as parts of the structural grid – have been placed not only on the active story but also on all other stories of the project.80m > X2 < 3. 7 Click “Continue” in the Information dialog.80m” for all the Vertical grid lines.40m > X4 < 3.60m > X3 < 2. Make sure that the “Place Grid and Elements on all Stories” option in checked: this will ensure that the entire load-bearing frame – which we can place automatically with the grid – will be present on all stories without any extra work or effort. 60 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . and hit the “Insert” button to add more vertical grid-lines. This dialog warns you about the previously described issue: beams. but also on all other existing stories to speed up the work. beams and dimension chains) on not only the currently active Ground Floor. Make sure that all the three element types (that is all Columns. Because we checkmarked the “Place Grid and Elements on all stories” option in the Structural Grid dialog. Beams and Dimension Chains) are selected – their buttons are depressed – in order to generate these elements along with the structural grid lines.Chapter 6: Hotlinked Modules the anchor point of the grid. enter values as follows: “X1 < 4. 6 Hit “OK” now and click the Origin (x. 5 Click the “Attributes and Elements” tab-page and adjust all the options as seen on the screenshot below.y = 0. Checkmark the bottom and the left options in “Create Markers”.

Please note that if the selection that you wish to save as a module contains elements that cannot be modified (i. ArchiCAD will not only save the selection-set as a module file but will also replace the elements in the selection set with the hotlinked module that has been created from them. that or locked.e.mod” for its name. Saving the Grid lines as an external module will help other members of the team to work on typical units of the design and to use this master gridline to coordinate their work. 12 Make sure that the “Change the Hotlink to the saved file” option is NOT checkmarked.pln” as the file name. an alert will warn you. If this option is check-marked. and not the entire design project. located on a locked layer. This will be explained and presented in a subsequent section. 10 Select the new structural grid by Shift-Clicking (notice that all grid lines and markers are also automatically selected). In this case only the selected elements will be included in the Module. This is common in Teamwork project. 13 “File > Save” this project now by entering “Host Project. or canceling the operation altogether. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 61 . you can save these selected elements as a Module. You can copy elements from several stories by using the Marquee tool’s multistory option. 9 Return to the Floor Plan window and make sure that the “Suspend Group” button is not activated (not depressed). and make sure that the “ArchiCAD Solo Project” format is selected. 11 Activate the “File > External Content > Save Selection as Module…” option to save the selected gridlines as an external ArchiCAD module file and enter “Structural Grid Lines. The result will be that all the grouped elements will be automatically selected whenever any of the group members is selected. If you have selected elements in the floor plan of the ArchiCAD design project. or reserved by another) and the “Change the Hotlink to the saved file” checkbox is marked. You will then have the choice of either creating the module with the editable elements only (and at the same time replacing the selected elements with this module). 14 Activate the “File > Close…” command to close this project..Chapter 6: Hotlinked Modules 8 Open the 3D window by activating the “02 Perspective view” from the “Hotlinked Modules” folder of the Navigator-View Map to display the multistory structural grid in 3D. which we will discuss in a subsequent chapter.

Use a wall width of 30cm and a wall height of 2. 1 Open the “Typical Unit Type A.Chapter 6: Hotlinked Modules STEP 2: CREATING A TYPICAL DESIGN MODULE UNIT Typical Unit A_01.pln” file.70cm and don’t forget to activate “Center Wall Construction Method”.mp4 Watch Movie In this step we will create a typical design unit – in this case a design of a simple room – with the help of the previously created structural grid module. Then hit the “Place Module” button in the “Place Module” dialog. You can follow the steps below. We will soon insert and multiply these typical units in the host project. Let’s assume now that this design is developed by another member of the design team on another computer. so do not create an external. and that the external walls of the unit are drawn using the intersection of the grid lines and the Center Wall Construction Method. perhaps even in another studio. vertical wall along the second vertical grid line. Let’s start to develop a typical room design using the structural grid. Make sure that all wall intersections are accurate. 9 Save and close this project using the “File > Save” and then the “File > Close” options from the main menu. 62 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . 3 Hit the “Choose Hotlink” button and then the “New Hotlink…” button and enable “Module File” in the New Hotlink dialog.mod” file and hit the “Select” button to link it to the current project. Notice that this project is completely empty. 4 Browse the previously saved “Structural Grid Lines. but you are also free to modify the proposed design in accordance with your own tastes! 8 Add a couple of walls along the gridlines and insert a few openings as presented in the screenshot. 5 Select the Ground Floor Level and hit “OK” in the “Choose Hotlink” dialog. 2 Activate the “File > External Content > Place Hotlinked Module…” command to open the “Place Module” dialog. since this wall will be provided by the second unit when multiplied. We will add some walls and openings. 7 Click outside the marquee to finalize the module placement. 6 Make sure that the “Paste to Original Location” and “Keep Current View” options are selected in the “Pasting…” dialog.

pln” in the “New Hotlink” dialog. Hit the “Paste” button. 8 Click to select the “Typical Unit A. modules inserted into other modules). We can assume that this project is being developed by yet another member of the team.pln” module in the list and notice that its status is “OK”. To be able to start designing the bathroom unit.. in one step we have inserted not only the design of the previously created typical unit.mp4 Watch Movie In this step we will create a typical bathroom unit. 2 Activate the “File > External Content > Place Hotlinked Module…” command to open the “Place Module” dialog. The Structural Grid module is a nested module in the “Typical Unit A” project. and hit “OK” in “Choose Hotlink”. Make sure that the “Ground Floor Level” will be inserted. Hit “OK” to proceed. when we insert the Typical unit into the current bathroom design. make sure that the “Paste to Original Location” and “Zoom to Pasted Elements” options are selected. Finally. but also the structural grid. 9 Checkmark the “Skip Nested Modules” option and notice that the status of the typical unit has been changed to “Update”. place this module into the current project with the “Place Module” button. even though we did not separately insert this module into the current “Bathroom Unit” project. As you can see. 3 Hit the “Choose Hotlink…” button and then “New Hotlink” and select “ArchiCAD solo project” type from the “Enable:” pop-up list. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 63 . The easiest way to effectively gather and automatically update such project information is to insert the previously created “Typical Unit” into the current project as a hot-linked project module. 6 Click outside the marquee to finalize the module placement.e. we need to have some data about the existing structural grid and some information about the typical room design. at another location. The presence of nested modules can be managed.Chapter 6: Hotlinked Modules STEP 3: DESIGNING A TYPICAL BATHROOM MODULE UNIT Bathroom Unit_01. 4 Select the previously created “Typical Unit A. 7 Activate the “File > External Content > Hotlink Manager…” dialog to manage the presence of Hotlinks in the current project. 5 In the “Pasting…” dialog. the structural grid – as a nested module – will also be inserted. The reason for this is that ArchiCAD is able to handle so-called “nested modules” (i.pln” file and notice that this project is completely empty. So. 1 Open the “Bathroom Unit.

and activate “0. a bathtub. 13 Save and close the “Bathroom Unit” project file. 5 Repeat the same steps to insert the previously created “Bathroom modul. 10 Notice that the hotlinked content on the floor plan changed immediately. 1 Open the previously saved “Host Project Start. You are free to create a different bathroom arrangement and design. Now only the “Typical Module A” is visible. a WC unit and some fill for the floor representing tiles. 4 Select “Paste to Original Location” and “Keep Current View” in the “Pasting…” dialog and place the module on the ground floor. 64 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . 2 Activate “File > External Content > Place Hotlinked Module… > Choose Hotlink…” and select the “Typical Unit A.pln” project file as your hotlinked module. and the Structural Grid – being a nested module – disappeared.mp4 Watch Movie Now we will insert several copies of the previously created typical room design module and the bathroom module into the host project.pln” ArchiCAD file. Let’s continue designing and create a bathroom unit using the geometry information provided by the hotlinked “typical design”.pln”. 11 Create a partition wall as seen in the screenshot. just like in the attached screenshot.Chapter 6: Hotlinked Modules STEP 4: COMPILING ALL DESIGN MODULES INTO THE HOST PROJECT Host Project_02. Hotlink the “Ground Floor Level” of this module as well. Ground Floor” in the Choose Story dialog. 6 Activate “File > External Content > Hotlink Manager…” and checkmark the “Skip Nested Modules” option for both hotlinks to avoid duplicated content in the Source project file. 3 Hit the “Place Module” button and select “0. 7 Shift–Click both modules on the ground floor to select them and notice that the selection hotspots are rectangular to indicate hotlinks. Place it on the Ground Floor of the currently open host project. Ground Floor” in the Navigator – Project Map. Then add a door to the new partition wall as shown in the screenshot. 12 Add a basin. Hit “OK” to leave this dialog.

open its settings and create a 30cm thick Slab using the “Rectangular Geometry Method”. matching the axes of the grid lines. This provides designers with more time to focus on design. but also between the structural elements of the host project and the external hot-linked projects. You can do this by clicking the top-left and bottom-right corners of the columns on the current story. 10 Zoom-in to the top-left corner of the design and use the Pipette to load the properties of the external wall of the typical room design module. 65 . since the typical design unit does not have this wall on purpose. select the “Drag” action and enter “7” for number of “Increment” copies. 12 Activate the Slab Tool. There will be eight identical copies of the room and the bathroom hot-linked module units on the floor plan. ArchiCAD automatically ensures the quality of the documentation.Chapter 6: Hotlinked Modules 8 Activate the “Edit > Move > Multiply…” command. 9 Define the drag reference point by clicking the end node of the first vertical grid line with the intelligent cursor. 11 Draw a new vertical wall along the last vertical structural grid line with the help of the Intelligent Cursor Notice that ArchiCAD will automatically create clear wall intersections not only between the walls of different external hot-linked module files. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide Let’s create now an extra external wall at the last vertical gridline. 13 Activate “Design > Story Settings” and select the Ground floor in the Story list. Then click the end node of the second grid line: this will serve as the “drag-to” reference point.

66 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . Notice that the “Event List” on the right lists all the actions. However. 6 Click the “Update” button in the warning dialog to automatically update all hotlink instances in the project. It is clearly visible that the typical units are now placed across all the stories of the host project. STEP 5: AUTOMATIC UPDATE Let’s further develop the design of the typical units and explore the immediate and automatic updating of their content in the host project file. there are no openings in the walls. 5 Save this “Typical Unit A” design project and open the “Host Project Start. Do this by activating the “02 Prespective view” from the “Hotlinked Modules” folder of the Navigator-View Map. 17 Save and Close the Host Project. Repeat this for all the other stories above. “Slab” and “Fill” in the element list. open the “Typical Unit A. ArchiCAD will immediately understand that some of the hotlinked content has been modified and prompt you for an update. 3 Activate the Window tool and select a window from the library (in this example we will use a regular “double sash” window.pln” project file again using the “File > Open…” option. 16 Once you are done.pln” project file. 15 Select “First Story” in the list above and hit the “Paste Selected Types” button. “Object”. Hit the “Copy All” button.Chapter 6: Hotlinked Modules 14 Uncheck “All Types” in the “Edit Elements of Selected Story” and check only “Wall”. open the 3D window to display your work. 4 Insert two windows along the external perimeter of the horizontal wall of the typical unit with the help of the Special Snap Points and the Intelligent Cursor. 2 Activate “Special Snap Points” and select “Divisions (3)” from the pop-up list. 1 To further develop the design.

• Click the “Delete” button to break the hotlink and delete all its instances placed in your host project. but will be available for placing Modules even after closing the Project. Please note: If the Module’s Master Layer is locked. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 67 . Unused Hotlinks will not be saved with the Project. ArchiCAD will immediately warn you if you open a design project with missing hotlinks. • Click the “Save As Files…” button to create a new Module file with the currently available content of the missing hotlink. This way. The Hotlink Manager will indicate missing hotlinks. • Click the “Break Hotlink” button to break the link between the original file(s) and the instances placed in your Project. you can restore missing files from the host file.Chapter 6: Hotlinked Modules Notice that the floor plan was immediately updated with the modified typical unit design. even if their source files are temporarily unavailable. This is so until the next time you choose “New” and “Reset”. Feel free to complete the empty spaces with your own hotlinked external designs! Missing Hotlinks: All the hotlinked module files are stored within the ArchiCAD design project. By checking a box in the “Save as…” dialog box. This means that all the latest available stages of the external hotlinked modules will be always visible in the ArchiCAD host project. It also provides different options for handling such missing external project files. the “Break” and “Delete” operations will have no effect. After selecting a missing hotlink in the list you have different options: • Click the “Change Hotlink” button to modify the link and point to another available external project file. The elements that make up the module will then be incorporated as plain elements and will become individually editable. or quit ArchiCAD. you can even switch the hotlink to the newly created file. 7 Switch to the 3D window again and notice that the typical units on each floor were automatically updated with the latest design.

ArchiCAD’s Project Mark-Up is an advanced collaboration tool to facilitate communication between designers throughout the design development stage of the project. ArchiCAD provides an elegant. We will use a practical example. since the client requested that a coffee machine be placed in the elevator area.Chapter 7: Project Mark-Up CHAPTER 7: PROJECT MARK-UP In this training chapter we will present how to use ArchiCAD’s Project Mark-Up (redlining functionality) to suggest design correction.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s suppose that a dedicated project architect is responsible for all the architectural design development in this project and a team leader – or chief designer – is reviewing the work. There is always a chance that not all the suggestions will be noticed. 1 Open the “NHS OFFICE. It enables architects to point out – “redline” – problematic design elements. Save the project as “NHS OFFICE. The chief designer had a meeting with the client. The chief architect will create a new Mark-Up entry in the design to pass this information to the project architect. especially when there are numerous sheets. 68 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . STEP 1: CREATING A NEW MARK-UP ENTRY NHS OFFICE_01.PLN” ArchiCAD Solo Project to your local computer. where the chief designer and the project architect are discussing a design request of the client. This conventional method is cumbersome and takes a great deal time and paper. add new elements. Using traditional means this would require printing or plotting certain areas of the design twice a week.PLA” project archive file and select the “Read elements directly from archive” option in the “Open Archive Project” dialog. streamlined and ‘paperless’ solution for this collaboration issue. The project architect would then process this information. The chief designer would use a red pen and indicate suggestions on the print out. It turns out that the office area needs to be modified. In the following exercise we will present how can designers benefit from ArchiCAD’s Mark-Up tools and how to facilitate a design discussion and consider alternative design opinions. 2 Activate the “1 Mark-Up” entry in the “Navigator-View Map” to display only the staircase and elevator area of the floor plan. open discussions and manage change history. open discussions about design alternatives or review design proposals.

This option will be explained in the next chapter of this guide. 6 Open the “Mark-Up Entries” tab page and click the “Add Entry” button to add a new Mark-Up Entry. edit and manage discussions in the design project. select the previously added “Client Request” for Style. Please note that it is also possible to import project Mark-Up information from the Project Reviewer. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 69 . The result will be that all new elements you now add to the project will be part of the new Mark-Up Entry. 4 Click the “New” button to create a new Mark-Up style and enter “Client Request” for the name.Chapter 7: Project Mark-Up 3 Activate the “Options > Element Attributes > Mark-Up Styles…” command to open the “Mark-Up Styles” dialog to manage Mark-Up styles and attributes. and checkmark the “Create New Mark-Up Entry for Scratch” and the “Start New Mark-Up Thread” radio buttons. 9 Activate the “Start Correction” (redlining) mode by pressing its button in the “Mark-Up Tools” dialog. 7 In the “New Mark-Up Entry” dialog enter “Coffee Machine” as the name. and they will be drawn in the previously defined “Correction” color (Pen “88” in our case). The Mark-Up palette collects all the tools necessary to create. 8 Notice that a new Mark-Up Entry has been immediately added to the “Mark-Up Entries” list: all the corresponding details are visible here. Define Pen “88” for “Correction Elements”. and Pen “85” for “Highlighted Elements”. 5 Activate the “Document > Mark-Up Tools” command to display the “Mark-Up” palette on the screen. using an external DWF file.

Let’s also indicate that some existing walls need to be modified.Chapter 7: Project Mark-Up Now – in the name of the chief designer – let’s indicate the client’s requested change on the first floor plan. 10 Pick-up the settings of the existing gypsum-board partition wall from the floor plan using the “eye-dropper” (Option+click or Alt+click) on the wall. 13 Notice that as soon as you selected the first existing element. 14 Click the “Highlight Elements” button and notice that the color of the selected elements has immediately changed. four buttons (“Turn into Corrections”. since no element is selected at the moment. 70 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . Let’s just highlight these selected elements for now and explain the situation to the project architect by adding a text note to this Mark-Up Entry. 12 Activate the “Arrow” tool and select the necessary elements (walls and opening) that need to be modified. “Remove Corrections”. Or you can just highlight them (using pen “85”). 11 Create two new walls as shown on the screenshot and notice that these walls are drawn in the previously defined “correction” pen-color. Notice that all the correction and highlights buttons have been deactivated. ArchiCAD makes it possible for you to add these selected elements to the “Corrections” group and turn their colors to red (pen “88”). You are able to add as well as remove any elements from either group. All you need to do is select the element and click the necessary button. “Highlight Elements” and the “Remove Highlight”) were activated in the “Mark-Up Tools” tab page.

Place this cloud on the plan as part of the correction and resize the cloud if necessary. next to the elevators. Another possible option is to open a “discussion” about the current design issue. Please hide the column in this space with a fin-wall!” Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 71 . Let’s add a redlining cloud from the ArchiCAD library. Traditionally a “Redlining Cloud” would be also drawn with red pencil on the drawing. Enter “Susanna. please modify this area to be able to place a coffee machine here!” and click the “Place on Plan…” button to place this Tag Text on the floor plan. indicating the place of the correction. and select “Redline Cloud Rect 10” from the list. and enter a detailed explanation about the current change request: “I had a meeting with the client. Search the loaded libraries by entering the keyword “cloud”.Chapter 7: Project Mark-Up 15 Open the “Tag and Discussion” tab page in the “Mark-Up Tools” palette. Discussions make it possible to enter longer texts. These text entries are kept in the “Markup discussion” list. 16 Activate the Object Tool and open its settings dialog. which can be opened at any time by any of the designers. and it turned out that he wants to place a coffee machine on every floor. 17 Click the “Add Comment…” button to add a new comment to the Mark-Up discussion.

You can easily sort the markup entries by Name. 1 Open the “Document > Markup Tools” dialog and switch to the “Mark-Up Entries” tab page. the number of corrections and highlighted elements. style. Use the “eye” icon to show or hide any markup entry in the list (hiding an entry will present the design in its “original” stage). 18 Click the “Show discussion” button to read all the various participants’ comments about the current design issue. STEP 2: MANAGING MARK-UP ENTRIES NHS OFFICE_02. The report contains the name. and she is ready to proceed with the design development and follow up on all change requests. Thread or Views.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s suppose that the project architect – Susanna – is back to work the next morning. 19 Close “Markup Discussion” and the “MarkUp Tools” dialog and zoom out.Chapter 7: Project Mark-Up The Mark-Up Entries tab page lists all markup entries in the project by their location in the project map. Style. 72 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . date. Click “Show Report of All Entries” to display a detailed Markup report about all the Mark-Up Entries in the project. and the Tag discussion. Date. location.

11 Select the currently red partition walls – which were created by the chief designer – and press “Remove Correction” . 10 Delete the existing – i. 3 Click the “Focus on Elements” button to zoom into the elements that belong to the current entry. As you can see. 6 Reduce the length of the vertical – currently highlighted – existing wall until the edge of the steel column. 4 First. 8 Create a new. and create two more new gypsum partition wall segments to hide the column. Let’s start to modify the design to fulfill the request of the client. 12 Activate the Line tool and draw a rectangle to the corner and add the text “Coffee and refreshment machine”. You may also click the “Select Elements” button to select them. 5 Select and delete the Redlining Cloud from the plan. horizontal wall segment next to the elevators and place a door in it. also called the “Active Entry”. 7 Highlight the previously created elements by selecting them and pressing the “Highlight Elements” button. since it disturbs the work. 13 Change the Tag text and enter: “Here is the coffee machine! Please check the new partition and door!” Show it on the Plan and position it as shown on the screenshot. 9 Press the “Turn into Corrections” button in the Mark-Up palette to indicate that the previously created elements are corrections. since it is not certain that this wall is needed.” Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 73 .e.. switch off the “Show on Plan” radio button in the “Tag and Discussion” tab page to hide the Tag Text. This should also comply with the fire regulations. Highlight these elements. 14 You can also “Add a comment” to the Mark-Up discussion and enter: “The coffee machine is added. the eye-icon is turned on). currently highlighted – horizontal partition segment and the highlighted door.Chapter 7: Project Mark-Up 2 Make sure that the “Coffee Machine” Mark-Up Entry is selected and its display is on (i. since these walls should belong to the project from now on..e. all the elements of the previously added (and currently active) “Coffee Machine” markup entry are visible on the screen. The column is hidden between the partitions.

but he does not want to insert a new partition and new door next to the elevator (these elements are in “Correction” – red color). let’s keep the coffee machine and the partitions around the column and let’s delete the wall and the door next to the lift. So. He agrees with the location of the coffee machine and with the hidden column (these entries are “Highlighted” – blue color). 74 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide .Chapter 7: Project Mark-Up 15 To keep all the “Highlighted” elements (and revert these to their original settings) and to delete all the “Correction” elements in any Mark-Up Entry. and it saves designers the task of printing or plotting numerous sheets throughout the design development phase of the project. Let’s suppose that at lunch break – while Susanna is out eating – the chief designer has some time to review the design development. Project Mark-Up also ensures that no comments or design suggestions will be ignored or forgotten. simply delete the actual Mark-Up entry using the relevant button in the dialog. Even multiple comments on the same design issue can be handed and reviewed seamlessly and easily. ArchiCAD’s Project Mark-Up feature set enables designers to communicate and discuss design issues “digitally”. The design correction is ready and the coffee machine has been added. But the chief designer still has to approve it and decide about the new wall and door next to the lift.

Safari or Firefox) to view the published documentation set. ArchiCAD’s Project Reviewer provides an advanced.Chapter 8: Project Reviewer CHAPTER 8: PROJECT REVIEWER In this training chapter we will present how to facilitate streamlined. In this short example the architect will publish a design set for the Internet.. STEP 1: PUBLISHING A DESIGN DOCUMENTATION SET TO THE INTERNET NHS OFFICE_01.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s start the design review process by creating a client review design documentation set in ArchiCAD and publishing this to an FTP site on the Internet.g. the ‘Reviewer’ – e.PLN” ArchiCAD Solo Project to your local computer. The designer will be ready to address all the client’s requests. The Reviewer can immediately start ‘Redlining’ (adding corrections to the design) online using the browser. even if they do not have any ArchiCAD skills. and the client will review this using a regular Internet browser and correct the drawings. 2 Open and browse the content of the “Client Approval View Set” in the Navigator-View Map. streamlined toolset for the entire design team (including the client) to share and discuss design ideas and suggestions. ArchiCAD does not even need to be installed on the participant’s computer. These corrections will then be merged back to the source ArchiCAD design. 1 Open the “NHS OFFICE. online ‘Mark-Up’ entry can be inserted smoothly back into the ArchiCAD project. Save the project as “NHS OFFICE. Activate the different saved views to display their content. Let’s also send an email to the client and inform him/her that the design is available for his/her review and comments. The best part is that the Client’s Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 75 . In fact.PLA” project archive file and select the “Read elements directly from archive” option in the “Open Archive Project” dialog. the client – only needs a regular Internet browser (such as Explorer. After the architect has published a set of design development documentation sets from ArchiCAD to the Internet. paperless collaboration using ArchiCAD’s Project Reviewer.

Now let’s create a new Publisher Set with all the previously saved design project views. 3 Open “Project Organizer” from the Navigator and make sure that the View-Map is visible on the left side and “Publisher” is visible on the right side of the dialog. it can be used again later in the design process. and notice that you can even send an email to client. right here from within ArchiCAD (this requires that you configure email options).Chapter 8: Project Reviewer Notice that this View Set contains floor plans. activate the “Include Project Reviewer web environment” radio button and click the “Options” button for further adjustment. 6 Select “Graphisoft Style” from the Style sheet (and notice that there are various styles available: you can even publish the set including the banner of your company) and enter “Client_Review” for the Index Name of the site. sections. We want to ask the client to approve this. 5 In the “Publisher Set Properties” dialog. Click “Create” to proceed. 76 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . elevations and even a couple of details. 4 Select “New Publisher Set…” from the pop-up list and type “Publisher Set for Client Review” as the name. 7 Provide all the details necessary to access the FTP site where you will upload the set. Once this Publisher Set is created.

11 Please note: in case you don’t have access to an FTP site at the moment. as if it were an FTP upload. DWF stands for “Design Web Format”. ArchiCAD will publish the very same content on your local computer. corrections and other information added with the tools of the Redlining palette can be incorporated in your design by importing them with the Project Mark-Up feature described below. 1 Click the ArchiCAD generated link in the email message. DWF is a highly compressed format. GIF. you can simulate the process by selecting “Save Files” for Publishing method in the “Publisher Set Properties” dialog and define a path on your local machine. The applet has a Graphisoft digital signature. making it ideal for web-based publishing. JPG. It also provides you with the functionality to add Redline information to DWF files with ease-of-use and without any preliminary skills or knowledge.html” file in your browser from the previously saved location. which is an open. 77 . it is ready for the client’s review. Reviewer runs in an Internet browser environment and displays the views that you published. DWF allows CAD users to communicate design information and design intent to anyone needing to view. or print design information. and TXT files published from ArchiCAD. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide STEP 2: REVIEWING THE DESIGN SET USING AN INTERNET BROWSER NHS OFFICE_02. Comments.Chapter 8: Project Reviewer 8 Drag and drop the existing “Client Approval View Set” from the left side of the Organizer to the newly created “Publisher Set for Client Review” publisher set on the right side.mp4 Watch Movie Once the design set has been published. It will even send an email with a custom text if you wish – right here from Publisher. without forcing them to learn or even install ArchiCAD. ArchiCAD will regenerate all the design views from the central project database and upload the set to the specified FTP site. simply click the “Publish” button to start the publishing procedure. Project Reviewer is a Java applet that lets you view DWF. Simply click the “Start Reviewer” button to proceed. secure file format developed by Autodesk. This is an extremely convenient way of communicating with clients and decision-makers. 10 Once you are ready with all the settings. 2 Click the “Trust” button to accept the Java applet when using Apple’s Safari browser. 9 Click to select the uppermost folder (“Client Approval View Set”) and select “DWF” from the pop-up list on the Format tab page. or open the “Client_Review. Notice that all the icons of the entries have become the DWF icon. review.

select the “Allow Blocked Content” option after clicking the notification bar in Explorer. 3 Open the “2nd Floor Plan” drawing in the “Floor plans” folder of the “Client Approval View Set”. To resolve this. 78 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . Finally. The list on the left side provides instant access to any of the drawings. zoom. and then let’s send this Redlined information back to the architect to integrate the client’s suggestions into the design. click “Run” in the “Warning-Security” dialog (which informs you about the verified Graphisoft digital signature). including saving Redlined files after corrections. 4 Use the “Zoom-In” and “Pan” buttons to display the central area of the second floor. as well as printing or measuring. all the previously published project view sets are visible in your browser in the very same structure as in ArchiCAD’s Publisher. As you can see. Explorer will open the published document sets automatically. Click “Yes” in the “Security Warning” dialog once again to confirm the prevous action. 5 Click on the “Layers” button to display the layers of this drawing and hide the “_SF Interior” and “Floor Finishes” layers for a cleaner display of the floor plan. The buttons in the middle provide online access to various features. navigation (pan. fit in window. If you checkmark the “Always trust content from this publisher” option. etc). The main horizontal banner contains all relevant data about the selected drawing as well as a preview picture. Let’s add some corrections to certain drawings.Chapter 8: Project Reviewer Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer might block the content of the previously published document set.

10 Activate the Arrow tool to modify the size or location of the Redlining entries you have created. This will ease your work. fourteen-point for font style. 9 Use the Line . 8 Click the “Color” button to define a custom color.Chapter 8: Project Reviewer 6 Open the “Redlining” toolbar by clicking its button. if necessary. text and labels for correcting the selected drawing. Note: Please feel free to use the “Group. lines arrows. 7 Let’s define – or customize – the Redlining style we want to use by opening the options panel with the last button in the Redlining toolbar. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 79 . especially in larger projects where multiple Redlining information must be added to the same project view. printed or plotted with any data loss. open the “Swatches” tab page and select purple as the color for the current Redlining entry. and notice that this toolbar provides various Redlining functions: you can use freehand sketches.and Ungroup Selected Shapes” buttons to group selected corrections. 11 Zoom out of the currently active “2nd floor plan” using the “Fit in Window” button in the Reviewer Toolbar. This also makes it possible to accurately measure various quantities (distances. In the “Colors” palette. Project Reviewer is based on the DWF data format. then add another Mark-Up entry to the project. Hide the “RCP Lines” layer to get a clearer view of the floor plan. Cloud and Label tools from the Redlining Toolbar and add a new markup entry to remove the internal partitions and enlarge the middle kitchenette area. which means that the drawings can be accurately resized. areas) right here in the Project Reviewer environment of your browser. as well as clouds. Select “Arial”. bold. Let’s continue and measure some distances.

You can also choose to upload the Redline information (DWF Mark-Up Entries) directly to the architect’s FTP site using the Upload Redline… option in the Reviewer Toolbar. You can choose the “Save As…” option in the Reviewer Toolbar to save the corrected file – in DWF format – into a dedicated folder on your local machine.Chapter 8: Project Reviewer 12 Activate the “Surveyor Toolbar” and notice the various surveying options provided. “Boundary Tool” and “Protractor Tool”. Once we’ve added all the necessary corrections on the active drawing. let’s send the Redlined information back to the architect. The info tag displays the length of the current line segment as well as the total length of all segments. Zoom in and measure the distance between the glazing and the internal partition walls in the floor plan as shown in the screenshot. 80 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . 13 Activate the “Tape Measure Tool” from the Surveyor Toolbar. This will collect all Redlined files of a given project. The Surveyor Toolbar provides various measurement tools: “Tape Measure Tool”. 14 Activate the Redline Toolbar and enter a new Mark-Up Entry as shown in the screenshot. You can send these files back to the designer on a CD or as an email attachment. “Room Surveyor Tool”. Note that you can continue the measurement: each additional click defines a new segment.

and to send the email once you have completed the message. 1 Switch back to the same ArchiCAD project we used at the beginning of this chapter. This will be important when importing corrections – as external DWF files – to the appropriate project view in ArchiCAD.Chapter 8: Project Reviewer As a third – and perhaps easiest and fastest – alternative you can email the Redlined data to the architect right from Project Reviewer. All these corrections (DWF files from the different participants) need to be “merged” back – imported as Mark-Up Entries – into the initial ArchiCAD design. and browse and select the previously created “2nd Floor Plan. enter the necessary email addresses and enter a short message to the email body you wish to send to the architect. STEP 3: WORKING WITH EXTERNAL DWF MARKUP FILES IN ARCHICAD NHS OFFICE_03. Select the “Import from Project Reviewer/DWF File” option. 16 Use the E-mail Toolbar to specify the necessary Mail options. but also to the engineers and the consultants who are involved in various fields of the building design.dwf ” file has been automatically attached to the email message. 4 In the “New Mark-Up Entry” dialog enter “Client Review” for name and select “Client Request” for style. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 81 . 2 Activate the “Document > Mark-Up Tools…” command to display the Mark-Up Tools palette. using its built-in email client. The architect received the “Redlined” DWF files from the Client (downloaded from the FTP site or from the email attachment or perhaps from a CD) as well as from all the other participants of the extended design team. 3 Open the “Mark-Up Entries” dialog and click the “Add Entry” button to add a new Mark-Up Entry to the project.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s suppose that the previously published project documentation set has been sent out not only to the Client. In this exercise we will import and manage all corrections and Redline information that correspond to the second floor of the project. add more file attachments. and activate the “2nd floor review” entry from the “Reviewer” folder of the Navigator-View Map.dwf ” file from your local machine. Note that the previously created Redline information “2nd Floor Plan. Important: When saving DWF files (containing Mark-Up Entries) please make sure that the names of these files correspond to the initial ArchiCAD design view to which they are refer. 15 Switch to the built in “E-mail” option of Project Reviewer.

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Engineer” for the Name and select “Structural Engineer” for the Style of this Mark-Up entry. Notice that the “2nd floor” of the Mark-Up Entries list lists all three Mark-Up Entries, and all of them are also displayed on the floor plan – in accordance with the corresponding Mark-Up style.

Let’s repeat the previous step and add two more Mark-Up entries that also correspond to the second-floor plan of the design. Let’s import the corrections received from the Interior Designer and from the Structural Engineer. 5 Click the “Add Entry” button and select the “2nd Floor Plan.dwf ” file from the “Corrected Drawings/Interior Designer…” folder. Enter “Interior Designer” for the Name and select “Interior Designer” for the Style of this Mark-Up entry. 6 Click the “Add Entry” button again and select the “2nd Floor Plan.dwf ” file from the “Corrected Drawings/Structural Engineer…” folder. Enter “Structural

The architect can continue developing the design and process all Mark-Up Entries using the Mark-Up Tools as explained in the previous chapter of this guide. ArchiCAD’s Project Reviewer and Mark-Up tools enable designers to facilitate streamlined ‘paperless’ collaboration processes not only with their colleagues within the office, but also with the extended design team – including engineers, consultants and even the client.

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CHAPTER 9: TEAMWORK
In this training chapter we will present how to setup a TeamWork environment in ArchiCAD and how this can help manage different possible roles and responsibilities. Once the TeamWork environment has been set up, we will present how a teammate can reserve a workspace and start to work in the environment. We will also present how to start design discussions and corrections between teammates, using the previously discussed Project Mark-Up feature set. the people working on the same project are in face-to-face contact, can designate a large amount of freedom for team members. There are five possible roles in TeamWork: Administrator, Team Leader, Teammate, Mark-Up and View Only. The first two have to be defined in advance by the person sharing the project. He/she can either allow free access for any teammate or set up a strict cast of members who may access the project with centrally set passwords. The Graphisoft TeamWork concept provides an effective and integrated solution for sharing building information modeling (BIM) data between project team members: • Central file contain the complete virtual building database • Team members work on local copies • Team members have dedicated workspaces • Team members send and receive changes regularly

ArchiCAD’s Codie Award winning TeamWork functionality enables architect and designer teams of large practices to work simultaneously on various aspects of the same design project without continuous network dependency. A team using TeamWork functionality can be organized along a wide variety of principles. The flexibility of ArchiCAD makes it possible to use rigorous sets of house rules by defining strict hierarchical access privileges. This is relevant in larger offices. Smaller practices, where

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Benefits
• Effective: Team members can work simultaneously on the same project • Secure: No overlapping workspaces. Team members can’t modify or accidentally delete others’ work • Organized: Team members have dedicated roles and rights • Transparent: Team members can check the actual status of the project at any time • Controllable: Team leaders can revise changes made by the project team

Limitations
• Team members can’t send and receive changes simultaneously • The CAD manager has to set up a schedule for sending and receiving times

– Grids and Display Options – Active Libraries In this example of TeamWork we will share an existing ‘Solo’ ArchiCAD design project. 1 Open the “NHS OFFICE.PLA” project archive file and select the “Read elements directly from archive” option in the “Open Archive Project” dialog. 2 Activate the “File > Save As…” command and save this project as “NHS OFFICE.PLN”. This will be a regular ‘ArchiCAD Solo Project’ on your local computer. 3 Activate the “TeamWork > Share…” option to display the “Project Sharing Setup” to start the sharing process. 4 Click the “Set Key Passwords…” button to open the “Set Key Passwords” dialog. Enter “Administrator” for “Administrator Name” and enter “123” for both the Administrator and Team Leader password – we’ll use these in this exercise.

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NHS OFFICE_01.mp4 Watch Movie To start to use TeamWork, we first need to set up the necessary TeamWork environment, or in other words, create a shared ArchiCAD design project, so that design team members can start ‘signing-in’. Note: We recommend you ‘share’ a TeamWork project at the very beginning of design development work. We also recommend you define certain project settings before sharing the project (since it is more difficult to change these once more team members are already working in the TeamWork environment): – Project Scale and Measurement Units – Stories and Layers – Attributes (Pen Colors, Line and Fill Types, Composites, Materials)

Note: The “Administrator” and the “Team Leader” can be the very same person, however there is an important difference between these two roles: “Team Leader” can actually work on the project, while “Administrator” cannot. There can only be one ‘Administrator’ – this is the person coordinating the team and sharing the project first. When signed in
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which means that nobody else can be signed in at that moment and that the Team Leader reserves the entire project.Chapter 9: TeamWork as the Administrator. You can set the frequency to create new backups of the central project file. Note: Only “Registered Team Members” can add Mark-Up Entries to the workspace of any Teammate. Zone Category or Composite attributes – Define or modify measurement Units and Methods – Create or modify the structure and the basic components of the Layout Book. 6 Use the “Add new member…” button to add Teammates to the project and enter “James” and “Maria” for their names. it is not possible to work on the project or reserve areas. His/her only privileges are to: – Allow the signing in of other Team Members – Disconnect Team Members – Alter other Team Members’ passwords – Handle the Administrator and Team Leader passwords – Define or modify backup options The ‘Team Leader’ is responsible for the project. In the latter case. Team Backup Options lets you store – or archive – different versions of the shared. including Subsets and Master Layouts – Reassign abandoned Mark-Up Entries – Modify the loaded Library Set used by the Team 5 Select the “Registered Members Only” radio button. He/she has exclusive rights to: – Modify and delete Layers – Modify and delete Layer Combinations – Create. central project file. Note: A “Teammate” can be any designer who will work in his or her dedicated reserved part – called the “Workspace” – in the shared project. modify and delete Stories – Modify and delete Pen Color. Line Type. either when signed in as another Teammate or in special Mark-Up mode. they cannot create. but only mark them or add corrections. click the appropriate button on the left to create a new backup after every modification. If you want to keep and archive all versions of the team project file throughout design development. 8 Click the “Backup Options…” button to bring up the “Team Project Backup Options” dialog and investigate the Team Project Backup Options. edit or delete any elements. There can only be one person signed in as Team Leader at a time. 7 Select both members in the list and use the “Change Password” button to provide passwords for them (you can enter “123” for both passwords in this exercise). Some attribute modifications are permitted only with exclusive access to the Project. and you can define how long to keep the previous versions of the team project file. and click on the right to keep all older versions. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 85 . Fill Type. Material. Teammates can either be defined by the Administrator or are self-registered.

You do not need to use another computer to store the central project file to successfully complete this exercise. and select the “Partition Plan” Layer Combination from the pop-up list to reserve the given layers in the project.Chapter 9: TeamWork 9 Do not modify these settings for now.PLP” TeamWork project file. Checkmark the “All” radio button to reserve all Stories. 4 The next page of the “Sign In” dialog will provide the Teammates (James in this case) the option to reserve certain parts of the project to work on. Click the “Next” button. its file will have the extension . However. STEP 2: SIGNING-IN TO A TEAMWORK PROJECT NHS OFFICE_02. enter “NHS OFFICE TW. 86 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . 2 Select the “Sign In to a Team Project” option in the “Start ArchiCAD” dialog and open the previously created “NHS OFFICE TW.plp” for the filename and notice that the file format is “ArchiCAD TeamWork Project”. Enter “James” for the name and enter the corresponding password you defined in the previous section. Simply click “OK” to proceed. since this contains the “central” project information that will be accessible by others.plp. which should be located on one of the servers in the office. starting by “Signing-In” to the TeamWork project. 3 In the “Sign In” palette. 11 In the “Save Team Project as ArchiCAD TeamWork File” dialog. It will be adequate to create new folders for the local TeamWork drafts when team members will start signing-in in the next steps. 10 Click the “Share” button once you are ready with all the settings and enter the “Administrator” password when prompted. 12 Hit “Cancel” now in the “Sign In” dialog. This will be the ‘central’ design database. select “Teammate” from the available roles.mp4 Watch Movie As soon as the ArchiCAD design project is shared. no teammate can open the . 1 Start up ArchiCAD by double-clicking its desktop icon on your desktop.plp file directly. team members can start start to work on it simultaneously. Note: Once a design project has been shared. and quit ArchiCAD to complete this step of the exercise.

Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 87 .3.xx. • On Macintosh OS: if you are moving from 10. • Place the Project Library on the server machine in the appropriate Project Directory. Click “Next” in the “Sign In” dialog to proceed. project-based Library Parts should be saved in the Project Library. • Keep the paths to the Libraries standard on each project. In general.xx to 10.2. keep everything as simple as possible. then click “Next”. The following recommendations will help you avoid problems: • Avoid overloading the network. Library Management in TeamWork Proper management of Library Parts – those indispensable elements of your day-to-day work with ArchiCAD – is significant when working in a team.Chapter 9: TeamWork Note: The following options are available for making reservations: – Working on any or all stories – Working on any or all layers – Working on any or all sections/elevations – Working on any or all detail drawings – Working on any or all camera/animation paths – Working on any or all layouts – Working on a physical area defined by a rectangular or polygonal marquee – Any combination of the above 6 Select “All” Sections and Elevations and none of the “Animation/VRs”. 8 On the last tab page of the “Sign In” dialog you can overview all the reserved options. 5 Activate the “Marquee” Tool in the Toolbox and draw a marquee rectangle to reserve a part of the project as shown in the screenshot. • Always retain the Standard ArchiCAD libraries (provided as part of the ArchiCAD package) in their original installation location (in the ArchiCAD folder). Remove the “Custom Text Folder” from the ArchiCAD Standard Library and place it in your Project directory template. You can also use the “Create LAN/Local Library in” radio button to create a working copy of the active Libraries of the Team Project (this is important if you wish to continue the work on your laptop without network access). save and re-share your Project after you’ve reloaded the libraries as PLNs. 7 “Skip All” the Detail Drawings and Layouts on the next tab page. • Place any Add-On Libraries on the Server Machine. • New. • Establish and adhere to an office rule stating that the Libraries – as installed – must NOT be moved or modified. when managing libraries.

The Central Library is copied onto the local computer manually before signing-in. or copy the part from the local cache back to the Central Library. the new or altered elements will only be copied into the Central Library after choosing “Send & Receive Changes”. If there is a live connection to the network. new elements created by any user can be immediately used by the other teammates after reloading the Libraries. Separate Libraries This traditional method works with any kind of network (or even without a permanent network). keep it in the local cache. while modifications of Library parts can be seen after rebuilding a project view. Limitations: Preparation takes longer. modifications are easier to monitor and manage. newly created or modified and saved Library Parts will appear in the Central Library immediately. (If Library Manager does not appear during the sign-in process. this is the traditional ArchiCAD method and thus more familiar to users. Limitations: The preparation takes longer. changes are more apparent thanks to the live connection.Chapter 9: TeamWork Central Library We recommended you use a central library (accessible by all team members) only when you have fast and efficient networks. During the first sign-in. the Draft will have no link to the Central Library. the elements in this Library will not be transferred to the Central Library automatically. Benefits: Easy-to-use. supports off-line work. or the Library Part should be opened with the “File > Libraries and Objects > Open Object” command and saved into the Satellite Library folder. a clone (exact copy) of the Central Project Library will be created and a link between the libraries will be established. If there is no live network connection. This entails manually copying the modified and new Library Parts from the local computer to the Central Library and vice versa. which means that all changes must be followed up and administered by the user. Limitations: It can increase communication time in slower networks. If a Library Part is deleted from a Central Library. requires local computers with very large hard disk capacity. 88 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . a warning appears. “Sign In” or after reloading the Library using the Library Manager. if any additional Library is loaded next to the originally generated Satellite Library folder. All teammates have their own local copy of the Central Library on their own computers. “Receive Changes”. Other teammates using their own Satellite Libraries can see changed or newly created Library Parts after choosing “Send & Receive Changes”. or after reloading the Library with Library Manager. However.) After selecting the local Library. 9 Click the “Sign In” button after creating a LAN/Local Cache Library on your computer to complete the sign in process. As a result of this action. Benefits: Does not put an extra burden on the network and can be used in a network-down situation. it has to be manually opened and the Loaded Libraries must be checked. This either has to be done manually (see “Separate Libraries” below). requires disciplined workflow. it is easier to administer. does not put an extra burden on the network. or “Sign In”. can be used in a mixed computer platform environment. This can be set up in the very last tab page of the “Sign In Wizard” – as presented in this exercise. It is possible to either delete the part from the local cache. Local Cache Library Local Cache Libraries work well for all local networks. it needs local computers with large hard disk capacity – every library for every project must be on every computer during the projects’ lifespan. Benefits: There is only one copy of all elements. the local Library has to be specified in the Library Manager. When working with a Central Library.

the more it may slow them all down. If you do this. you should NOT sign out when you wish to go home and continue working on your laptop using your local draft TeamWork project file. Moreover. Notice that the previously defined area on the floor plan has been reserved for “James”. It is also important that you NOT Sign-Out (and release your previously reserved workspace to others) while you are working on your local draft project. some team members may need to work at home or in a remote location. 11 Close this project by activating the “File > Close…” command. As you can see in the “Layer Settings” dialog. but let’s close it for the time being. you will not be able to send back your latest design development to the central project file anymore! 10 Activate the “File > Save As…” command and save the current project as “NHS OFFICE TW-James. preserving the Sign In reservations made earlier. Continuously relying on the network may sometimes be troublesome: the more people use the network simultaneously. You may also want to save changes in a state of the Project that is not yet ready for sending and receiving changes and being made visible to other Teammates.Chapter 9: TeamWork For instance. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 89 .plc” on your local machine and make sure to use “ArchiCAD TeamWork Draft” for the format. This local TeamWork draft (. only the layers defined by the “Partition Plan” layer combination are accessible to this Teammate. This TeamWork Draft project is ready to be worked on further work by James.plc) project file is your working project file to be used for your regular design development. ArchiCAD’s TeamWork always creates local Draft copies of the Shared central design Project.

plp” TeamWork project file using the name Maria. 90 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . 4 Click “Next” to proceed and reserve “All” stories and layers. 3 Use the “Marquee” tool to reserve a floor plan area as shown in the screenshot. enter “Maria” for the name and enter the password you created in the fist step of this exercise. Click the “Show Conflicts” button to display all the details about the conflicts. 1 Activate the “TeamWork > Sign In…” command to start the sign in process and “Sign In” to the “NHS OFFICE TW. Checkmark “Entire Plan” for “Area” and note the conflicts among the Stories and the Layers. 2 Select “Teammate”. but note that all the Sections and Elevations had been reserved already. 6 Select “Skip All” for “Reserve Sections/Elevations”. 5 Click “OK” in the Conflict Details dialog and check the “Limited by Marquee” radio button and click “Next” to proceed. and notice that the James’ area (colored red) is also visible in this floor plan view.Chapter 9: TeamWork STEP 3: RESERVING WORKSPACES IN A TEAMWORK PROJECT NHS OFFICE_03. Note that all the reserved Project Map and View Map entries are indicated in the Navigator with special icons.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s continue this exercise and suppose that the second teammate – Maria – also signs in to this shared project and reserves her workspace for further design development.

9 Click the “Sign In” button to complete the sign in process. and then the “Close” command.Chapter 9: TeamWork 7 “Skip All” the Detail Drawings and the Layouts on the next tab page. to close Maria’s TeamWork draft project. using the name “NHS OFFICE TW-Maria. since they are not in your workspace. Maria – being one of the teammates of the ArchiCAD TeamWork project – can freely continue the design development on her Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 91 . Save this TeamWork draft project on your local machine. 10 Note that the floor plan now indicates two teammate-reserved areas (your reserved area is always green and the color of the others’ is always red). 11 Select any of the elements in the workspace of the other teammate and notice that you are not able to modify them.plc”. 12 Activate the “File > Save…”. 8 Checkmark the “Create LAN/Local Library in” radio button on the last page of the “Sign In” dialog and define a folder on your local machine for the working copy of the Library.

all the library elements. We will become familiar with project Mark-Up. 92 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . corrections and discussions in the TeamWork environment. This project file contains the entire design project.plc” TeamWork draft project. In the Library Manager. Activating the “Receive Changes” option will ensure that you are working on the most up-to-date version of the project available at this particular time. STEP 4: WORKING IN THE TEAMWORK ENVIRONMENT NHS OFFICE_04. 1 Open the previously created “NHS OFFICE TW-Maria. it is always a good idea to get the latest changes and updates from the other members of the team.mp4 Watch Movie Now let’s continue the design development in the Maria’s name on a remote laptop computer and see how can we continue the design in her reserved workspace.Chapter 9: TeamWork “TeamWork draft” project. You can also activate the “TeamWork > Show My Workspace Only” command to hide all the elements from the workspaces of the others and to provide a clearer overview of your workspace. This also means that team members can carry on their work – using their personal. 2 Activate the “TeamWork > Receive Changes” command to get the latest stage of the central design project (including all the changes and updates of the other team members to this point). Before you start to continue working. It is necessary to have a live data connection with the server that hosts the central design project file (created in the beginning of this chapter). make sure that the previously created “Local Cache Library” is the current active one and enter the previously defined password for Maria when asked. Activate the “Project Sharing Info…” dialog to display information about the other teammates as well as the date and time when they sent their design development updates to the central project database. local ‘draft’ copy of the project – without having a constant network connection to the central project file. and all the modifications that other teammates has done up to the last update. They need to be connected to the central design model only when they decide to share their work with the other team members and when they want to receive changes by other team members.

6 Start the “Correction” mode and add a new wall.Chapter 9: TeamWork 3 Zoom-in to the center of the 1st floor plan and add some gypsum partitions and doors to connect the two office areas – as seen on the screenshot. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 93 . Note that you are free to use the “eye-dropper” tool to pick-up element attributes (such as partitions and door settings) from other teammates’ areas. 4 Activate the “Document > Mark-Up Tools…” command to open the Mark-Up Tools palette and note that it has an additional “TeamWork” tab page. The ArchiCAD Project Mark-Up toolset can be really convenient in such cases. You can also place a comment – as shown on the screenshot – on the floor plan and even start a discussion. 7 Open the “TeamWork” tab page of the Mark-Up Tools palette and assign this Mark-Up entry to James (select “James” from the “Assign to:” pop-up list). Enter “Maria’s Mark-Up #1” and select “Remarks” for style. indicate the position of a new door in the workspace of the other teammate. you are not able to modify these elements. This means that we are not able to add any doors to the partition walls that are located in the reserved area of the other teammate – James in our case. However. 5 Create a new Mark-Up Entry (please refer to the Project Mark-Up chapter for further details). Team members will be notified whenever a Mark-Up entry has been assigned to them when sending/receiving changes to/from the central project database. Also. since – besides the previously presented features – it has some extra functionality dedicated to help the communication of teammates in the TeamWork environment.

but only mark them or add corrections. In the latter case. If your Mark-Up Entry contains not only highlighted elements. will be warned about it. you “Changes reviewed by”: If your changes have been reviewed and verified by another Team Member. Once you are ready with your work for the current section. 9 Activate the “TeamWork > Send and Receive Changes” command to send your work back to the central TeamWork project database and to receive the latest updates from the others. 12 Activate the “File > Close” command to close Maria’s current TeamWork project draft. enter his or her name and password here.Chapter 9: TeamWork Any registered team member can add Mark-Up entries to the workspace of any Teammate. This information will be added to the Project Discussion list and will be available to all participants. In case the changes you have made were also reviewed and verified by another Team Member. The “Send & Receive Changes” dialog will appear. You can also use the “TeamWork > Add Comments…” option to enter text comments about the actual stage of the design work and share it with the other teammates. reminding you that you have assigned Mark-Up Entries and placed corrections on the workspace of other teammate(s). After this. 11 In the “Send & Receive Changes” dialog. enter his/her name and password to the “Changes Reviewed by” field. remember to send your latest design updates to the central TeamWork database so that all other team members will also have access to them. 8 Activate first the “File > Save” command to save your work to your local machine. 10 Click the “Send Changes Anyway” button to proceed. any local drafts you created for this Project will be outdated. In this example we leave this field empty. ArchiCAD will display a warning message now. Save a new draft and continue working on that one. since Maria did not review her changes with any other teammates this time. Here you can enter “Comments” about the latest design work and share this with others. sending changes requires that you get a new “Sign-In ID”. edit or delete any elements. correction elements in the other person’s workspace. either when signed in as another Teammate or in special Mark-Up mode. You can place any comments in the area and these will be available for other Team Members in the TeamWork Notes. you cannot create. enter a custom text for comments (the screenshot displays an example) and click the “Send & Receive” button to continue. 94 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . In this case. but also new.

ArchiCAD will now inform you that another team member has created elements in your workspace and has released them for your use. As we mentioned before. 5 Select “Maria’s Mark-Up #1” in the list and click “Get Checked Entries Now” to proceed. The “Get Mark-Up Entries” dialog will appear now.Chapter 9: TeamWork STEP 5: COLLABORATING IN TEAMWORK ENVIRONMENT NHS OFFICE_05. Select all the Mark-Up elements on the plan and zoom in on them as was discussed in the “Project Mark-Up” Chapter of this guide. 2 Activate the “TeamWork > Receive Changes” command to get the latest updates from the other team members from the central design database. providing you access to the markup entries that have been assigned to you. every team member should start to work on his or her TeamWork draft project only after getting the latest updates from the central design database. 6 Activate “Document > Mark-Up Tools” to open the Mark-Up Tools palette. 1 Open the previously created “NHS OFFICE TW-James” draft TeamWork project file in James’ name. ArchiCAD will display a warning message now.mp4 Watch Movie Now let’s continue the design development in James’ name on a remote laptop computer and see how can we share design changes as well as Mark-Up Entries between team members. 4 Click the “Include in My Workspace” button to proceed and to access the new elements. 3 Activate the “Send & Receive Changes” command to proceed. informing you that you need to activate the “Send & Receive Changes” command in order to access those elements in your workspace that were created by other team members. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 95 . 7 Select Maria’s Mark-Up Entry in the list.

9 Feel free to continue the design development in James’ name. Create a new door as described by Maria and edit the Tag Text on the floor plan as shown on the screenshot. ArchiCAD’s TeamWork functionality ensures streamlined paperless collaboration between all the members of the project design team without continuous network dependence. activate the “TeamWork > Send & Receive Changes” command as we did before and close the TeamWork draft project in James’ name. 10 Once you are done. 96 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide .Chapter 9: TeamWork 8 Make the necessary design update: select the new wall and remove the correction from it.

beams. Australasia and America with over 650 member companies. it can be used by commercial building-model based 97 . Korea. which can be immediately used – for instance – by structural engineers to prepare accurate structural analysis and develop detailed structural design.. Highlights of using IFC • Provides a universal industry standard data exchange format • Bi-directional connection between diverse applications • Building elements preserve BIM information during data transfer The IFC model represents not just tangible building components such as walls.Chapter 10: IFC: Industry Foundation Classes CHAPTER 10: IFC: INDUSTRY FOUNDATION CLASSES In this training chapter we will present how to save an IFC building model information database from ArchiCAD. Singapore. materials. The Alliance (IAI) now has chapters in Europe. The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) is an object oriented file format with a data model developed by the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) to facilitate interoperability in the building industry.. We will also present how simple it is to open an existing IFC database with ArchiCAD. etc. activities. furniture. in the form of entities All entities can have a number of properties such as name. We will export the structural model of our ArchiCAD design project in IFC format. construction costs. ceilings. finishes. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide Thanks to its focus on ease of interoperability between software platforms. spaces. governments in some countries (Denmark. geometry. and relationships. but also more abstract concepts such as schedules. etc. Singapore) have made the use of IFC format(s) compulsory for publicly-aided building projects. doors. It shares rich building information among disciplines and professionals dealing with all phases of the facility development lifecycle. IFC is the ISO standard that supports building model based construction activities. organization. Japan. Because IFC is an open data exchange format that captures building information.

STEP 1: EXPORTING AN ARCHICAD PROJECT IN IFC2X2 FORMAT Graphisoft has been a member of the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) since 1996. This requires that the given application be "IFC-compliant. and ArchiCAD provides the most comprehensive support to users of IFC model based data sharing. paying close attention to adhering to its Industry Foundation Classes (IFC). IFC2x Edition 2 Addendum 1 (IFC 2x2 for short) has added new functionalities for: • Structural design and analysis • HVAC design and performance simulation • Electrical design Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 98 . NHS OFFICE_01. this means that they can safely work in ArchiCAD without fear of being isolated from consultants. In order to facilitate smooth flow of model based data and related information across the design.Chapter 10: IFC: Industry Foundation Classes applications to exchange data. For users." which means that it is capable of importing and exporting IFC files. one-button publish and import capability that allows users to send and receive design project data in IFC format.mp4 Watch Movie Graphisoft has been a member of the AIA since 1996. ArchiCAD has an embedded. build and management process. Every IFC release to date has been supported. clients or other specialists using other software. Graphisoft offers the IFC mechanism to exchange rich building information.

or even provide it to the authorities. select “IFX 2X2” from the “Format” pop-up list. to get an overview of the size and design complexity of the “NHS Office Building” ArchiCAD project. 6 Activate the “File > Save As…” option from the main menu. 8 Enter “NHS OFFICE IFC Export. 2 Activate the “1 NHS Office Project” pre-set view to display a floor plan view of the project.”).” command to open the “Layer Settings” dialog and hide all layers of the Site (their names starts with “Site & .ifc” for the name and click “Save” to proceed. 3 Open “2 Generic Perspective” to display the project in the 3D window.graphisoft. Switch to the “Filter” page and select “All visible” from the “Save element” list.. 4 Switch back to the floor plan and use the Navigator-Project Map to switch between the stories. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 99 . Save the project as “NHS OFFICE.com/support/ifc/downloads/ In this training guide we will not discuss IFC specifications and other related details in depth. 10 Investigate the different tab pages of the IFC export dialog.. We want do not want to export any elements of the site. Do not modify anything else this time. The latest IFC add-ons are always available for free download from the Graphisoft website. 1 Open the “NHS OFFICE.. 5 Activate the “Document > Layer > Layer Settings. 9 The “IFC 2x Edition 2 Option” dialog will appear.PLA” project archive file and select the “Read elements directly from archive” option in the “Open Archive Project” dialog. The exact title of this dialog may depend on the actual IFC add-on installed on your machine. so let’s hide all the site-related layers in the ArchiCAD design project. We will focus instead on how easy it is to share an ArchiCAD design model in IFC file format with the other members of the extended design team.Chapter 10: IFC: Industry Foundation Classes • Facilities and property management • Visualization (rendering and lighting) The latest IFC Add-ons for ArchiCAD are always available for free download from the Graphisoft website: http://www.PLN” ArchiCAD Solo Project to your local computer. providing various options to fine-tune the IFC information and configure the design data to best fit the requirements of the authority or application that will work with it afterwards. 7 In the “Save Plan” dialog..

12 Activate the “File > Close” command to close this project.Chapter 10: IFC: Industry Foundation Classes You do not need to understand the exact meaning and details of all these settings and configurations. ArchiCAD will now process the entire project design database and export the IFC database to your local machine. 11 Click “OK” to export all the visible layers of the project as an IFC 2X2 design database. All these settings will be configured depending on the application and exact purpose for which the IFC design database will be used afterwards. 100 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . The exported IFC2X2 file is ready to be processed by any application that also supports this standard.

2 Browse and select the “IFC Project. 4 Open the 3D window to display the project in the 3D view. 5 Switch to the “0. This can be easily fixed by adjusting their display settings. Note its complexity and navigate in the 3D window. Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide 101 . 3 ArchiCAD will start the conversion process.Chapter 10: IFC: Industry Foundation Classes STEP 2: IMPORTING AN IFC DATABASE TO ARCHICAD NHS OFFICE_02. If you display various stories in the floor plan view you might notice that certain objects are displayed across multiple stories. As soon as the conversion process is completed the floor plan view of the project will be displayed. Piles” story and select all objects by activating the “Object” tool and then the “Edit > Select All Objects…” option. 6 Open the “Object Selection Settings” dialog and select the “Own Story Only” option from the “Show on Stories:” pop-up menu.mp4 Watch Movie Let’s look at a quick example of how easy it is to import an existing IFC design database to ArchiCAD. The “Conversion from IFC Product” window displays the conversions of the different levels found in the IFC file. 1 Select “File > Open” from the main ArchiCAD menu and enable “IFC_*” from the pop-up list. Click “Open” to proceed.ifc” file from the “IFC Import folder” of this chapter of the guide.

has reached a point critical maturity. with its supporting standard IFC. Graphisoft ArchiCAD’s Virtual BuildingTM technology.Chapter 10: IFC: Industry Foundation Classes 7 Click “OK” to apply the new settings and notice that the floor plan representation is now correct. 102 Graphisoft® ArchiCAD® 11 Collaboration module – Interactive Training Guide . the IFC model is the definitive open model for the representation and exchange of information in the construction industry. As an international standard.