Highlighting Elements by Properties – Part 2

In case you missed, the first part of this post can be found here.

Continuing the previously started thread of highlighting elements with certain properties in ARCHICAD for BIM submission to BCA (Singapore), this post will present another way of showing the above mentioned using the Building Material properties and Pen Sets.

Fire resistance is in close connection with the materials so this method provides somewhat better control and automatism then using the Mark-Up Tools.

We can create a pen set that we use for representation without the highlights and a different one for the highlights. The biggest advantage of using the different Pen Sets is that we can store the chosen option in the Views.

1., Let’s create a new default Pen Set. The out-of-the-box default is a great option to start with, but we should keep it as a reference for this example. Obviously in a real template file you would want to avoid having unnecessary attributes, so it is also fine to change the existing one and overwrite it.

The new default Pen Set will have dedicated pens for fire rating representation. Pick the necessary amount of pens and set them up, including pen weights and description as well. Since we want to use the Pen Set for generic representation first, the dedicated pens will still show white as a background color fill (optionally you can use the same method to change the Cut Fill representation instead of the Fill Background).

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 11.05.312., Then create a new Pen Set to show the fire rating highlights, change the previously created background pens according to the needs, for example 2H to red, 1H to orange, 0.5H will remain white (will not be highlighted).

You might also want to change the material related cut lines according to the fire resistance of the materials (for example brick and concrete).

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The good thing is that the composites will use the cut line pens automatically, we only need to make sure that the background fills of materials will show correctly as well.

3., Go to the Building Materials settings and change the Cut Fill Background Pens of the necessary materials to the pens we created for the different fire ratings.

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 11.18.03

4., Now we just need to switch in between the Pen Sets and save the views.

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 11.53.36  Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 11.53.23

This works really well on plans and sections, but the same highlights cannot be shown in 3D, however this method and the Mark-Up Tools can be used completive to fulfil those needs.

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