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Maximizing Efficiency: Doors and Window Schedules in Archicad

As architects and designers, we understand the importance of efficiently documenting every aspect of a building project, including doors and windows. These elements are not just functional components; they contribute to the overall aesthetics and functionality of a space.

In today's digital age, leveraging Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems like Archicad allows us to streamline the scheduling process, from small-scale projects to large-scale developments.


Why do we schedule doors and windows? Simply put, we can't avoid them, and there are typically a lot of them in any building project. From residential homes to commercial complexes, doors and windows play a crucial role in defining the character of a space. By documenting them quickly and efficiently, we can ensure smooth project management and communication among stakeholders.


The project type significantly influences how we approach door and window schedules. In smaller projects with fewer doors and windows, individual scheduling may suffice. However, with larger projects that may have thousands of these elements, a more systematic approach is necessary. Archicad addresses this challenge by developing a system to categorize and group doors and windows, eliminating the need to elevate each one individually.


Aligning industry requirements with our documentation software capabilities is key. In the case of Archicad, we adhere to standard door and window objects to ensure compatibility and ease of scheduling. By restricting ourselves to these standard elements, we can efficiently organize and manage door and window schedules within the software.


The main categories to consider when scheduling doors and windows in Archicad are as follows:


Tabulated Schedule Required: This category resembles an Excel table and showcases typical elevations without door types. Each item is assigned a unique ID number, allowing for easy tracking and management.

Draw/Elevated Schedule Required: Doors with substantial glazing or additional elements are shown as elevations, accompanied by an ID number. These elements are scheduled as line items, providing detailed documentation.

Complex Glazing/Shopfront: These elements, such as shopfronts with intricate designs, are showcased as elevations and plans elevated as per the model. They are presented as typical drawings, ensuring clarity and accuracy.


For more detailed information on scheduling doors and windows in Archicad, we invite you to watch our informative video. If you have any questions or need assistance with your project, don't hesitate to contact TotalCAD at info@archicad.co.za. We are here to support you every step of the way in maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of your building projects.

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