2020 | 014 – Foundations of the Attribute System

By Menchu Cabreros

Apr 25
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ARCHICAD Training Lesson Outline

Foundations of the Attribute System

Element attributes are the foundation of every element you model or draw in ARCHICAD. They are managed in Attribute Manager:

  • Layers
  • Line Types
  • Fills
  • Surfaces
  • Building Materials
  • Composites
  • Complex Profiles
  • Zone Categories

Note: Also found in Attribute Manager, but not associated with elements:

  • Layer Combinations
  • Pen Sets
  • Cities
  • Operation Profiles
  • Markup Styles

Element attributes are built up on top of each other:

  • Fills refer to Line Types
  • Surfaces refer to Fills and Line Types
  • Building Materials refer to Surfaces and Fills
  • Composites and Complex Profiles refer to Building Materials, Surfaces and Line Types

TECH NOTES:

Element Attributes are referred to internally via Index numbers, which allows you to rename them without losing data or breaking references.

Note: Views refer to NAMES of Settings; these "text strings" can lose their association when the name is changed.
Examples: Layer Combinations, Pen Sets, Model View Options, etc.

Element Attributes can be renamed and/or redefined manually or via Attribute Manager, allowing iterative development and experimentation. Elements that refer to these attributes will update automatically.

Advanced Best Practices TIP: 

Build your model thinking ahead about TYPES of elements, name the attributes based on the Type, then redefine as you develop your design.

Example:
Define several different basic composites for walls, name them WALL TYPE 1, WALL TYPE 2, etc. As you work through your design, refine the definitions to have more detail; the elements that reference these types or categories of wall assemblies will update automatically.

ARCHICAD Training Lesson Transcript

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