How to: The significance of certain “Schedule Fields” in the Interactive Schedule

The Interactive Schedule not only displays quantities and other parameters, but you can actually edit it. The ability to edit the Interactive Schedule is what I will discuss in this post.

When learning how to use the Interactive Schedule a good place to start would be with one of the default Schedules as supplied by Graphisoft with the ArchiCAD 15 Template for example. When launching ArchiCAD there is the option to start a New Project. If ArchiCAD is already launched then from the File Menu > New > New… This open the New Project Window. Select option Use a Template = ArchiCAD 15 Template.tpl. You will then see 4 “default/ example” Element Schedules: Door List, Object Inventory, Wall List, and Window List.

For this post I decided to use the Door List to help illustrate the importance of certain Schedule Fields. Under the tab Fields / Door List > Schedule Fields: you will see 9 used. Some of these are important while others are not.

Then on the left hand side of “Fields / Door List” you can find additional “Available Parameters:” under the drop down arrows “General”, “Window / Door” and then there are lots more available if you click on the button “Additional Parameters…”

When opening the “Additional Object Parameters” window it is easier to filter by using the option “Select Object by: = Folder View (used Objects only). Then click on the down arrows and select any door. Which door you select does not matter. Under the “Available Parameters:” there is a long list to choose from. Select a parameter from the list and click on the “>>Add>>” button.

Important “Schedule Fields:”

Nominal W x H Size. To help illustrate this I placed 3 instances of D3 Sliding 15 with 3 different widths. 

Then from the tab Fields / Door List > Schedule Fields: I clicked on Nominal W x H Size and then on the Remove button. The result of this is the Door List schedule does not recognize the 3 doors as being unique by their Width or Height.

Orientation. To help illustrate this I placed 2 instances of D1 15 with 2 different door swings, namely Left and Right hand.

Then from the tab Fields / Door List > Schedule Fields: I clicked on “Orientation” and then on the Remove button. The result of this is the Door List schedule does not recognize the 2 doors as being unique by their orientation, Left or Right hung.

Door Panel Style. To help illustrate this I placed 10 instances of D1 15 with the same door swing but with 10 different Door Panels.

The result of this when scheduling is that the default Door List does not recognize that the door panels are different and schedules them as 1 door.

To fix this open the Scheme Settings > Fields / Door List > Additional Parameters…

The “Additional Object Parameters” window will open. Click on the top drop-down menu – “Select Object by: = Folder View (used Objects only). In the example project file I placed 10 instances of D1 15.gsm. But in your own project you can select any door object that has door panels. Under “Available Parameters:” search for gs_door_typ  Abc   Door Panel Style. Click on the “>>Add>>” button and it is shown under “Selected Parameters:”. Click “OK” to close the window.

“Door Panel Style” is now added to the bottom of the “Schedule Fields:”

The Door List now separates D1 15 into 10 cells, by Door Panel Style

Less Important “Schedule Fields:” 

The use of “less Important” is to highlight those schedule fields that do not necessarily affect the filtering process but the “look” or “output” of the Schedule. For example 3D Back View, 3D Front Axonometry, 3D Front View & 2D Symbol are visual fields.  While others are Descriptive in nature, like Library Part Name, Quantity, Zone Number, W/D nominal sill height etc…..

There are many Schedule Fields that would fall under the “Less Important” category, therefore it sometimes takes a ‘trial & error’ process to figure out which is which. In other words practice and experience working with the Interactive Schedule.

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