Filtering by Element Representation

Since the export considers the display settings of the current exported view, you can further filter the model according to the elements’ display status:

Partial Structure Display

ARCHICAD’s Partial Structure Display function allows you to display or hide the model’s complex or composite components, depending on their type or classification. For example, when collaborating with other designers or engineers, you may prefer to ignore non-structural walls, and to display/output only the structural components of complex elements.

The first three options in the Partial Structure Display dialog box (Document menu) display or hide the components of composite or complex elements, depending upon how you have defined those components. For example:

Choosing “Core Only” displays only the load-bearing skin of the complex or composite structures. The preferences of Partial Structure Display can be saved separately for each view.

“Core of Load-Bearing Elements Only” considers all construction elements (not just composite/complex), and enables you to hide any elements you have classified as “Non-Load-Bearing Element”. (See Structural Function on page 93.) This setting will display all elements classified as “Load-Bearing” or “Undefined”, and the composite and complex ones with their Core only.

The Veneer part of Columns can be displayed or hidden by Partial Structure Display according to its type: “Core”, “Finish” or “Other”.


Partial Structure Display


ARCHICAD offers a number of visualization tools that make it easy to find and view the imported content within ARCHICAD, and, if needed, to differentiate it from the architectural model.

Layer Display Modes

To differentiate elements from the original ARCHICAD elements, place them onto a separate layer. (You can set ARCHICAD to do this automatically as part of the merge process, using the appropriate control of IFC Translation Setup.

In 3D Views, you can use layer settings to display imported structural and mechanical elements differently from architectural elements. For example, set the 3D View Display mode of architectural layers to Wireframe, while applying Shading mode for all imported element layers.

Trace & Reference

ARCHICAD’s built-in Trace Reference feature helps the users to visually identify any differences between two views or layouts. This tool can be used effectively to compare the architectural documentation with the consultant’s drawings. For example, create some views showing architectural elements, and other views that show the structural/mechanical elements only. If you activate an architectural view, you can then use the Trace feature to view a structural/mechanical view at the same time – differentiated by highlighting or colors, or splitting the views apart on screen.


Comparing Structural and Architectural Elevations with the Trace Reference