Teamwork Views, Drawings, and Layouts

Since most of our projects involve multiple buildings on a single site, we often rely on hotlink modules to place those buildings onto a site in separate Teamwork files. This means the site plan needs to be placed from one teamwork file to another.


This process is actually very simple to do. All that is required is to open both Teamwork files and use the organizer to link a view from one project to the layout of the other. With the file containing the layout book, search for the other open t/w file in the left hand column of the organizer. Lastly, you only need to click import to bring the view from one file to a layout of another.



Now comes the real issue, that is to update the views. In the past, we have run into the issue of this warning:


To effectively update drawings from a separate projects view map, start with the drawing settings. The drawing should be set to manual, or you will receive repeated update warnings and, in the best case scenario, a slow update for any externally linked drawings.


After extensive tests and trial and error, I have found the most reliable way to update a drawing. Follow these steps and it shouldn’t fail to update:

  1. Open BOTH projects, the one containing the view and the one with the drawing that needs to be updated
  2. In the project with the view, do a send and receive. Once you S/R, do not make any changes to the ARCHICAD file, do not even change zoom or pan the view. Even the smallest change to your local data will result in the “Drawing Checking Process has Failed” warning
  3. Immediately switch to the project with the drawing that needs updating. I use com+tab, rather than the mouse to avoid any accidental zoom or pan to the view.
  4. Once the layout/drawing that needs updating is open, simply right click and select update

Follow these steps exactly, and you will find it much less frustrating to update your external drawings.

4 thoughts on “Teamwork Views, Drawings, and Layouts

  1. Frank Til Breton

    Did you try this alternative solution: with the publisher from the source file, you can publish a .pmk file. PMK files are quite light to update, behave graphically like any internal link (view-drawing) ? In this case you do not need any right to update except the right in the general file to update the drawings


    1. wwabim Post author

      I would rather not revert back to workflows we used back in pre-AC10 versions. I don’t miss plotmaker at all, so we don’t use .pmk files.
      It may be more stable and easier to update, but it’s just an extra step that isn’t needed with current AC versions. It may make more sense if we had bigger projects or bigger plan sets.


  2. Francois@MultiCad

    Thanks for the well explained work-around tip “WWA BIM”
    Have you tested the response to drawing updates via the Drawing Manager? Is the error showing up there as well? It looks like you are working in ARCHICAD 20 . . .

    I hope that GRAPHISOFT will address this issue in future updates. Fixing something like this would make a world of difference for so many users.


    1. wwabim Post author

      it is the same workflow with the drawing manager. I don’t think it is necessarily an issue with the software, just a non-transparent solution to the inner workings of ARCHICAD. It would be great if local data differences weren’t so “touchy”, but they are, so these steps get successful updates most consistently.



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