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ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – April 23, 2013
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 ArchiCAD Training Session Notes

QUESTION ANSWER SUMMARY AND NOTES START TIME
Special Coaching Call Topic – Schedules (entire coaching call devoted to this topic)    
Eric explains the differences between element and component schedules Elements are thing that you could select on the plan such as a window or a wall, whereas compenents are to do with things that are part of the object e.g. skins of a wall. 0:01:55
Eric starts by making a basic window schedule Eric explains the abbreviation NCS stands for National CAD Standards. When in the schedule Eric explains the heading “mark” (in the header) really means the ID of the element. Eric explains it is possible to have up to three lines in the header which can be used as grouping headers. Eric explains it is possible to change the size of elements whilst in the schedule and these changes will take place accross your project (plan, section etc). When in a schedule the header title “material” just means the surface finish not necessarily the material it is made from. You can also change the elements material in the schedule. 0:03:38
  In the windows selection settings there is a section under parameters called parameters for listing here you can put in extra information such as cost, manaufacturer etc. These parameters can be added to a schedule and Eric has promised to show how to do this later in this tutorial. 0:07:22
  Eric show how to change the format of the schedule e.g. to change the font type 0:09:28
The scheme settings Eric explains the scheme settings, the scheme settings criteria and fields. 0:10:19
  Eric shows how to add a parameter and he explains what some of the (more confusing long winded choices) parameters for a window mean. 0:13:00
How to show each of the same window type as a single entry or as a group in schedules You may either want to have windows show up individually, or as a group if they they are the same window type and size. Eric shows you which box you need to check to enable your choice. 0:19:26
How to change your elements ID name or number (in the schedule and across your project) and how to change the ID’s position in the infobar To change your ID’s position in the infobar go to options>work environment>infobox. When you get here just drag the item you want to move up or down. So if you want to move your ID forward then just drag it up. 0:19:50
Adding in more text element parameters You may need to add in a parameter that isn’t available in the parameters drop-down list, so Eric shows how to add in more parameters. And by following this procedure you can add many new parameters such as finish, glazing, manufacturer etc. 0:23:15
How to put a schedule onto a sheet First, Eric creates a view and goes through all the various settings such as scale etc. Then Eric drags the saved view onto a sheet. When it is dragged onto a sheet the schedule comes in with a title and if you don’t want to have the title there Eric shows how to remove the title (go to the infobox and select “no title”, where it says “built in drawing title”). 0:26:55
How do you eliminate demolished (renovation palette) windows from the window schedule? This is dealt with by selecting the criteria “renovation status” in the scheme settings and then changing its value to what you require (in this case new). And by doing this the schedule will only show what you have asked it to show (in this case just the new windows). Eric and a couple of caller’s enter into a thorough discussion about the renovation palette in schedules. 0:34:00
How to show the front elevation drawing of a window or door separately below not within the schedule row First Eric shows how to bring elevations of an element into a schedule. Then he shows how to create them on a separate row. The way to create the elevations on a separate row is to create two schedules. Eric shows how to set the elevations to a scale. 0:47:30
How to insert a header cell (for when you want to group things within a cell)   1:03:28
How to change the schedule cell size (to a particular specific size that you require. This is a more precise way of changing the cell size than the manual button)   1:09:00
Calculating and listing new areas for doors and windows with their demolition area/volume. And also the same procedure for existing openings. And how to override the renovation palette to change the colour/color of the lines and fills shown on the various status’s.   1:13:13
Where to go to find out what the listing parameters actually mean Go to help>reference guide. In ArchiCAD 16 it starts on page 789 and the page title is “element listing parameters in the interactive schedule”. It is a very useful section as it goes through what the definition of what each parameter is and does.  
Finding the quantity of the core and various skins of composite walls in square meters and also some in cubic meters   1:30:30
Listing a skylight in a schedule The caller was finding that the skylight’s height and width wasn’t showing up in the schedule. In order to get the height and width to show you have to drag in nominal height and width pararmeters when using a skylight. This can cause problems for some users as width and height are shown in a different column to nominal width and height in the schedule. These issues might be occuring because a window makes a hole in a wall, whilst a skylight makes a hole in a roof therefore ArchiCAD treats them differently. 1:48:31
How to save a schedule as an excel file   1:59:03
Setting up a schedule (demonstration). A caller had sent in several different schedule types that he wanted Eric to replicate. The demonstration includes an explanation of schedule fields (this includes sumation and grouping etc). Eric also explains zones and zone stamps (in relation to schedules). 2:02:25

ArchiCAD Training – Coaching Call – April 23, 2013

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  1. LivinusAkoh
    4 years ago

    How do you eliminate openings from both window and door schedules since they are not required in the schedules? –livinus


    • Eric Bobrow
      4 years ago

      Hi Livinus –

      In every schedule, there are “Criteria” that determine which elements are listed. When you’re looking at a schedule, click the Scheme Settings… button in the upper right to see the overall settings for the schedule, then look in the Criteria tab.

      The most basic criteria is to set which type of elements are shown. For example, windows, doors, or objects are the most common.

      Additional criteria can be added to exclude elements. The two that are used most frequently are to filter by ID (the ID is the number or identifier you usually show in the schedule for each element) or by name (the library part name). For example, you can exclude elements with a blank ID (if you remove the ID text string) or with a specific ID (such as “EXIST”). You can also filter out certain names, such as Empty Door Opening or Empty Window Opening.

      From what you wrote, the second option I referred to (filtering the criteria by name to exclude the parts with a name that includes “Empty”) should give you what you want.

      In ArchiCAD 15 and later, the new Renovation tags provide another useful filter – it would be common to exclude Existing doors and windows from the schedule, and only list New ones.

      Eric