todays task: weeding out line types called out as “NOT USED” from our template and favorites… curse you beams and elevation markers! where are you hiding pen 1?


The element ID manager is a great tool for numbering or re-numbering element ID’s with unique identifiers.

There are plenty of good resources out there, so I don’t think I need to elaborate much further.  Please check out the following links and get familiar with this tool; it is a huge time saver!

Element ID resource 1

Element ID resource 2 (skip to 17:10 for ID manager)

Photo Set

Yesterday we came across a puzzling trouble shooting problem when applying a custom sash to a Cadimage window.  The sash, in both 3d and plan symbol, sat outside the wall line and window frame; as if it were applied to the face of the wall, not sitting inside the wall and window.

The solution, as Chris discovered, is to use the Fixed Sash in the panel type rather than the Fixed Pane.


As you know, overlapping zones can be a problem.  If you have interior elevation markers referencing a zone, they may or may not reference the zone you want.  If you have a whole building zone for floor area calculations and a room zone for scheduling and elevation marker coordination things get screwy.  So the big and easy solution is to avoid overlapping zones.

What happens when a door (usually sliding or pocket door) references a zone  you don’t want?

The normal solution seems to have been to drag the zone past the wall line over the entire door until it references the correct zone.  The unfortunate result is the interior elevation of the adjacent room then also references this zone.

The proper solution is to correct the door swing direction.  What you may not realize is that all door types (even pocket doors) have an inside and outside direction, or door swing.  The doors are scheduled per room by the zone they “swing” into.

The info box has a “flip” command that will revers the “inside” and “outside” faces of the door.  You can also use the rotate and mirror commands to get the door facing the proper direction.

If you know before placing the door which room you want it to schedule to you simply start to place the door at the face of the wall into that room.  You may have noticed the sun or lamp symbol when first placing the door, this represents the outside of the door or door swing direction.

If the door is already placed and you want to verify which is the outside or inside you can select the door and review the editable hot-spots at the centerline of the door.  There should be three for all doors; one at the marker, one at the doors dimension-able center and one opposite the marker.  This third hot spot is a locator for the horizontal position and distance of the marker.  This hotspot is also an indication of the direction of the door swing.


A question came up regarding hot linked files and the surface material management.  Certainly the attribute manager can be used to maintain consistency between a building model file and a site model file where the buildings are hot linked in to the site model.

ArchiCAD however will automatically update the file to include the hot linked files additional attributes (fills, lines, surfaces and building materials). It will include all materials with different names AND identification umbers.

 Here is a great read for anyone who may have the time or interest in digging into this in more depth.

For everyone else, here is a great graphic that quickly explains how the name has more impact than the actual characteristic or settings of an attribute.



Above is a typical elevation marker (this is taken from the favorites as an example).  The inner lines are the specific elevations, the border lines are the elevation perimeter or extents.

The inner lines can be adjusted to within about 12” of the elevation extents and can be adjusted to exclude portions of the room by adding nodes and adjusting the shape of the elevation line.

A glitch came up today where the elevation extents could not be changed or modified when a multi-segment elevation line (inner line) extends beyond the elevation extents line (border line).

Notice in the above image the elevation is segmented and extends beyond the elevation extents.  After this has been done the perimeter can not be offset, nodes can not be added and the border is more or less “fixed” at the size and shape before the over extension of the elevation occurred.

Even after offsetting the elevation to within the elevation extents the border can not be adjusted.  You will be able to identify that this happened and is the cause of the problem by the segmented or missing elevations extent line.  Unfortunately there is no fix for this other than to delete and replace the elevation marker.

Interestingly enough, a non-segmented elevation can be drug beyond the elevation extents and cause a similar problem that is then solved by bringing it back inside the extents.

My suggestion about interior elevation markers is to avoid segmenting the elevation whenever possible. If it is necessary to add e segment to exclude or include information it is critical to take care not to move the elevation beyond the elevation extents.

If I am missing something please feel free to drop me a note with a potential fix or work around other than deleting and re-creating the marker. Anyone?


A while ago I posted a link and comment on keynotes; I shared my thoughts with a linked in group and look where its gone!

This is what I love about software user/manager collaboration!  We start talking about keynotes and there are easily a dozen great ideas on scheduling, IFC data population and more…

There is some great feed back from Nathan and Tim in this forum conversation.


Key noting "add-ons"

It’s great that revit has a keynote add on. Archicad has a few great add ons for this. My only concern is why this has been an add on solution. We have 18 released versions of the oldest and greatest BIM software ever created, and our labeling solution is still third party,

I certainly use the project info for a lot of standard notes, but a dedicated (and maybe functionally duplicate) version of the project info menu would be a great addition to the technology we love.

what are your keynote, standard note and labeling tricks or tips?


I'm just waiting or ArchiCAD (or Revit) to follow Bently's example


So this is how deep the software is.  We have been plagued with screwy favorite settings and placement for a while now.  In upgrading to 18 we notice that our object ID’s and wall layers saved to the favorites where seemingly changing to the previously used/placed item.

Thanks to Nick at GSNA I got to the bottom of the problem in about 15 seconds.  The favorites preferences allows you to exclude certain parameters from applying to the favorites.  Simply going through and un-checking all boxes except home story will solve all the problems.

Photo Set


Well, to start with, here are some samples of what I mean by using 3D docs for visuals with added technical info and labelling. Note. No added fills or colouring in 3d party software is required. All is straight from AC with the right material settings. Background images in this case are from Google setreetview, and the AC camera is quickly adjusted to suit (roughly). What I like about these is that I give colour to those elements that I wish to highlight only. The rest can remain in line drawing. 

Great model and documents

Source: karolyhorvath

Duplicate & Missing Objects

Here are some great tips on keeping your library clean and program running effectively… a technical but helpful read!

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So heres some good news this time.  Beam intersections work awesome, much better than previous versions, in archiCAD 18.  I really had issues with beams at angles and horizontal beams intersecting.  Beams also seldom worked as an operator in an SEO condition.  Others may not have experienced these problems, but it was a minor struggle at times.


Something has definitely been improved.  I am putting interior trim, specifically base board around my stair and the beams work perfectly!