As you start to get into more detailed schedules you will notice the importance of Element ID’s.
This is the main defining difference between any two elements.
At the concept stage of design, the element ID’s become irrelevant but as we go into Developed Design & start to require Quantities the ID’s become essential.
For every tool you will find the Element ID at the bottom under Tags & Categories:
The NZ template for example also moves the Element ID into a more prominent area in the Info box to save you from having to open the settings:
So when you begin to schedule windows, or walls or columns the Element ID can be extremely useful to clarify which element is being scheduled.
If you have taken up last weeks tip on creating more schedules to help your Quantity Surveyor you may be looking at the best way to get these schedules to them. One method you may not be aware of is exporting schedules as Excel worksheets. To do this you need to save the schedules as
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If you search a plan object from Cadimage in BIMComponents you may need to add the attributes for the plants to your project to display the surfaces correctly. To enable the attributes in your file you can download the attributes file (Phormium Materials) from : http://cadimage.com/mycadimage/downloads/goodies 1. Then open the attribute manager>
If you are editing a surface color or a pen, you may want to have a range of custom colors in the palette. You must select the custom pen box and then edit it, finally click ‘add to custom colors’
Do you have a corrupt file? The new Open & Repair function is available in the Open dialogue. This function can fix v17 damaged pln files in certain cases. ArchiCAD 17 introduces a new feature that will enable you to repair a corrupt file. Just go to File>open>open> enable the box ‘Open and repair’ ,
If you have placed Zones in your Building using specific cover fills, you can create a simple Floor Finishes Schedule by using the following settings. First create a new Schedule, Document>Schedules & Lists>Schedules>Scheme Settings… Click Create New and enter in the settings as shown below: This will give you a result that looks like this:
Since you have build a perfect 3D representation of the proposed building it seems a waste of time for the Quantity Surveyor to take a scale ruler to a set of 2D drawings to figure out quantities. ArchiCAD can find out anything about all the elements in your project using the interactive schedule, it may
You now already from a previous post how to enable the ‘doors opening in animation’: http://blog.cadimage.com/2010/09/tip-of-the-day-18062008/ Remember to enable to ‘Rebuild the model for each frame’ of the rendering process.