NorCal & PNW Virtual Archicad User Group

Cassandra Blake

TOPIC: Specification Schedule using Zones and Objects

David Marlatt, DNM Architecture

Often we need to include tables in our documents regarding product specs, code issues or other information which is not dependent on elements in the model. The solution has been to create an external spreadsheet, publish a PDF and link this to a layout, but this can be cumbersome, sometimes links are lost, and not everyone on the team may understand where the information resides.

Still a work-in-progress, DNM Architecture will present an “Archicad hack” that adds tables to layouts and stores the information directly in the Archicad file. Using a combination of Zones and Objects the table contents can be edited directly in the Archicad schedule or in the object settings. Items can be added or removed from the table by dragging them in or out of the zone. A library of “schedule objects” (e.g. wood windows, metal windows, code sections, plumbing fixtures, finishes) can be created and stored in the Archicad template, ready to be used by dragging into the relevant zone.

What a better way to end your day than with like-minded Archicad Users! Grab a beverage and settle in to join this virtual conversation. We’ll share best practices and exchange ideas for making the most of Archicad; celebrate the accomplishments of fellow users; and network with each other.

At this User Group you will also have the opportunity to:

– Discover what the latest release of ARCHICAD brings;
– Discuss software management strategies and best practices for rolling out new versions of ARCHICAD;
– Exchange ideas, ask questions and share your accomplishments with ARCHICAD and related BIM apps;

If there’s something you’d like to explore or if you’d like to share a recent discovery or project case study, please reach out to the event organizer, Tracie Simmons at We’re always looking for ways to help our users make the most of ARCHICAD.