Guide to Better ARCHICAD

Guide to Better ARCHICAD
08/02/2017 Admin Macinteract

Use the following regularly to keep ARCHICAD File performance and size at its best.
In addition make sure you check the following Graphisoft Troubleshooting Tech notes > https://helpcenter.graphisoft.com/troubleshooting/performance/

  1. SWITCH OFF WIFI on your Workstation
    An ethernet connection is a lot faster and more stable. Keep a single fast connection to the server avoids a lot of problems.
  2. BACKUPS & RECORD SETS
    1. generate Record files > PLA’s to be saved at key stages. (See note on Libraries below; do not use a PLA as a Library on a bim server!)
  3. MANAGE FILE SIZE
    1. NAVIGATOR / ORGANIZER
      Besides obviously naming any marker or saved view appropriately:

      1. Sections > remove temp items
      2. Elevations > remove temp items
      3. Worksheets > remove old consultant drawings and temp items
      4. 3d Documents > remove sun studies, diagrams from previous stages
      5. Name markers and saved views appropriately. Including temporary markers so you know they are TEMP and YOURS!
    2. SPLIT FILES
      1. Layouts > separate into LAYOUT FILE (reduces files size by at least 50%)
      2. split large files > if it does not fit on A0 at a reasonable scale (very large projects)
  4. 3D ERRORS
    If you get an error report when opening the 3D window, FIX the issues it reports.
    Typically they relate to either:

    1. sloppy editing
      Use a schedule to list elements by type and measured area. Find and select anything that is 0m2 or close to it. Press the show in plan view button and delete if necessary. If the element looks right, but has 0m2, try cut & pasting it in place. Redraw if that didn’t fix it.
    2. Library parts parameters.
      Check and adjust parameters. Mostly this is due to incorrect pen assignment of pen 0 or pen -1 to parameters where this is not allowed or adjusting a dimension to 0 where this is not allowed. Sometimes the issue can be a window or door that’s been placed outside of the extent of the wall.
  5. EXTERNAL CONTENT
    ARCHICAD continuously checks the status of linked files.

    1. Drawing Manager.

      1. remove or re-link missing references,
      2. NEVER link anything from your own computer / desktop,
      3. Set all drawings to manual update (YOU should be in control of what updates & when),
      4. NEVER place an xref, place a DWG as an external drawing instead. Its layers can be control via the drawings Settings dialogue.
    2. IFC
      1. Don’t merge an IFC into your project files.
        Merging an IFC can have a serious performance & file stability impact on your project. Use a separate PLN to merge the IFC and hotlink your project into. Use it for coordination only. If you need a reference in your project file either model it or use external drawings if a 2D reference is sufficient.
      2. Oblige suppliers of IFC to use the Graphisoft Revit plugin.
        This helps Revit prepare an IFC for smoother transition into ARCHICAD, i.e. more geometry will be properly translated to ARCHICAD elements instead of into library objects. They can get it here: http://www.graphisoft.com/downloads/interoperability.html
      3. When merging an IFC you can choose to export the Library it creates to your server instead of embedding it into your project file.
        You can find this setting also in File > Interoperability > IFC > IFC Options:
        “Save Library Parts generated during import to: Linked Library” & point it to a default project folder on your server.
    3. HOTLINKS
      1. You can adjust the Work Environment > Company Standards & Schemes > Data Safety & Integrity > Hotlink Update to “Ignore Hotlinks” and un-tick “Automatically Check Status of All Hotlinks in Hotlink Manager”.
  6. LIBRARIES
    1. check and remove anything unnecessary from the embedded Library.
      In particular any objects of excessive size (>1MB) or have special characters (” ‘ , : !@#$%^&*()+) in the name!!
    2. NEVER load a PLA as a library, instead extract PLA Libraries into folder and convert to LCF.
      PLA’s contain all used objects, which may cause duplicate objects errors when default libraries are loaded and ARCHICAD may display the wrong object.
    3. Minimise Texture file sizes.
      Loading Textures bigger than a few MB’s in file size is going to eat up your computer’s RAM quite quickly. If you’re not rendering extreme close-ups (and arguably ARCHICAD isn’t the right tool for that anyway) then these should be reduced in size straightaway and saved into a Texture folder part of your project or Office Library.
  7. TEAMWORK
    1. reshare teamwork files, once per month to cleanout old users caches.
      Every time a user joins the size of the teamwork project increases.
    2. Adjust Project Settings IMMEDIATELY after sharing.
      In the Share dialogue, tick “Open Project Settings after Share” in the bottom left corner.
      The default makes way to many backups at the wrong time of day, both impacting BIM server performance negatively.
      Adjust the Backup (or Snapshot) settings to:

      1. not make PLN backups & daily,
      2. after hours (stagger times between project files!), keep 3 copies for BIM Project backups.
  8. RESTART
    Restart your workstation and bim server, at least once a month and especially when either is acting up a bit.

…please remember to allow time for the above regularly, before it starts to slow down your file(s).