Due to size and speed issues, very complex or large projects usually do not have a master file that contains all the drawings. Consequently the building model is stored in multiple project files (some of them can be Teamwork projects; others can be simple ARCHICAD project files that refer to hotlinked modules). There are two ways to import the drawings into the documentation file.
Note: You can save an ARCHICAD model view in PMK format by using the Publisher. PMK is a native ARCHICAD drawing format which takes up relatively less hard drive space than many other formats.
This method is only recommended if the PMK files are rarely updated, or if the automatic drawing update from the model file is too slow. This might be the best solution for very large projects with extensive documentation sets. If this method is used, the BIM Manager or Documentation Manager must control the saving and linking/updating of these PMK files.
This is a complex system but very powerful, and in some cases may be the only way to handle large projects. Where complex documentation structures are used in the office, it is crucial that the BIM Manager/project leader develop the proposed file hierarchy and distribute this to the project team members prior to starting the documentation.