How to: Make a “Composite” Door/ Window Schedule

A common request received from Users/ Clients is how do I make my ArchiCAD door/ window schedule look the same as the company “standard”. In other words at some point in time, maybe when the company was first established, someone was tasked with producing a door/ window schedule. Remembering that most probably it was set up manually to look a certain way on a drawing board or 2D CAD software without any consideration for automation of the output. Of course this discussion would not be necessary if there was a “South African Standard” for how a door/ window schedule should be set out. Then it would be relatively easy to set up such a door/ window schedule “standard” and make it available to clients/ users.

Therefore the alternative is to look at allowing for flexibility of how a door/ window schedule can look, but at the same time use the automation process of the Interactive Schedule. The following explanation proposes the use of a “Composite” door/ window schedule consisting of more than one Interactive Schedule placed onto a layout, in this example I used 3. From the “Scheme Settings > Door List” click on “Duplicate…” and then “Rename…”. At this point it is important to point out that any filtering “Criteria” needs to be duplicated for all instances. E.g. I added “Library Part Name  –   is not  – Empty Door” to Door list 1-3.

After duplicating the Door List it is important that these are reflected in the “Navigator – View Map” as explained in a previous post. For this example I renamed the 3 Door lists to Door List – Top, Bottom & Middle. It is important to access these from the Navigator – View map as this dictates the scale for set-out.

When looking at the setup of Scheme Settings for Door List 1 – 3 it is once again important to have common “Schedule Fields:” for the filtering process. The important ones that I have underlined in the following 3 screen shots are: Orientation, Nominal W x H Size & Door Panel Style

But then this would mean that when these 3 are placed on the same layout there would be duplicate fields shown. To help eliminate this I propose the use of “Custom text 10” found under “Available Parameters: > General > Custom text 10” to act as a separator.

I then used yellow highlighter to indicate those fields that are displayed on the layout

For this example when setting up the “Style:” of the 3 Door Lists I used “Records by Rows” but you can use a combination of “Records by Rows” & “Records by Columns” depending on the look of the schedule you want to achieve.

For the layout I placed the 3 door lists one above the other. The purple rectangles indicate “superfluous” fields that are repeated but are necessary for the filtering process. I set up the schedule in such a way that these are not on the page.

It is important to point out that another common factor that the 3 Drawings share is “Split Drawing among Multiple Layouts” and “No Title”.

Please note: there are limitations to what the “Restructure Table” command can do. It is not able to ‘obscure’ the unwanted fields, therefore I propose the system of a separator field and then arranging the drawings so that they are off the page and therefore don’t plot or print.


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