Highlighting Elements by Properties – Part 1

One of the key submission issues to BCA in Singapore is to highlight the elements by certain properties. While it can be easily solved in Revit by setting Filter Rules (in details here) or using the Color Splasher add-in it needs a workaround in ARCHICAD as for now, but thanks to the increasing demand for the feature this will probably change soon with one of the major updates of ARCHICAD. Until then, don’t let this stop you from using it if it suits more your design needs as there is always a solution!


Elements highlighted in Revit

One way of highlighting elements by certain properties/criteria is using the Mark-Up tool. Say, we would like to highlight elements with different fire ratings. Note, that this setup can be part of your project template, and does not have to be set up for each and every project.

1., Create Mark-Up Styles under Options/Element Attributes/Mark-Up Styles. Make sure that the Highlighted Elements colors represent the colors you want for your elements (correction color is irrelevant in this case).

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2., Create Find & Select criteria sets, so it will be easier later to select the elements having the same properties. Add the FireResistance IFC property using the little arrow besides the Add button.

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3., Change the list to IFC Schemes from Project in the Select IFC Properties dialog to add the needed property. Then define the value, for ex. 1H and store the Criteria Set.

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4., Change the value to 2H and create a new set, so you will end up having two Criteria Sets in total.

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5., When building the model, define the same IFC parameter in the element settings under Tags and Categories/Manage IFC Properties….

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6., When it is time to highlight, select the elements using the Find and Select criterias. Create a new entry on the Mark-Up palette, define the name and choose the Mark-Up Style.

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Click Highlight Element and the selected elements will be shown with the color defined in the style. You can repeat this with multiple styles.

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The highlights apply to both 2D and 3D for construction elements and zones as well, and can be freely turned on and off using the eye icons next to the entries on the Mark-Up Tool palette.

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Elements highlighted in ARCHICAD

Stay tuned, we will show another way of highlighting the elements in an upcoming post. Until then, for more information on the Mark-Up Tool visit the GRAPHISOFT Help Center at:



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