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Relevant Stories

Everyone should be familiar with the Floor Plan Display settings for the various element types in ARCHICAD. Some tools are very flexible in regards to which stories they are visible on, others seem very limited; namely the wall and column tool. With these tools, you only get two options; Home Story Only and All Relevant Stories. So what constitutes a Relevant Story?

For this example, I have just thrown together a couple walls in the ARCHICAD20 Residential Template, but it illustrates the point well enough.Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 4.46.32 PM

The boundary walls are 12′ tall and extend 2′ to the the story above. The bisecting wall is 10 feet tall and is top linked to stop at exactly the story above. All walls are set to show on All Relevant Stories.

The resulting floor plans are as follows (Home Story left, Above Home Story right):

If this is not showing how you need or expect it to you can adjust the view settings to determine the constraints for a Relevant Story in the view map view settings.

Going to the Roof Story’s view settings, go to the 2D/3D Documents section and click on Floor Plan Cut Plane Settings…

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From here, you can define what extents will be considered relevant for this view. If I want the boundary walls to show as cut instead of outline as illustrated in the plan views above, I can drop the Cut Plan height to Current Story to a level that will cut the outer walls. Then if I want to include the interior wall as an outline element (not cut through), I can set the Relative Floor Plan Range: Show down to: Current Story -2′ (or any height that would include this wall.

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The result is that the home story for these walls has not changed, all walls are shown as cut just as before, but the story above shows with the taller walls cut and the lower wall as outline only:

One of the amazing advantages of this feature is that a wall may be Relevant for one view, but not for another. Even though the story settings match, the wall height never changes, but the wall appears on one plan view, but not another of the same story. Or it appears as cut in one plan view but as outlines only for another view of the same story.

The default for our floor plans is to have the Cut Plan height to Current Story set to 4′, and all offsets set to 0″, but there are always cases to fine tune this to show or hide elements, or change how certain elements may show in a given view.


Moving Elements to a Different Home Story

You may notice that when you change an elements home story in the element selection settings, the elevation (height to project 0) also changes, or more accurately remains the same relative to its home story. This means that if you move a slab from the first floor to the second floor, it will move up the difference in the story settings.

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Home story changed from Story 2 to Story 3 (Please ignore the sloppy 3/64″ modeling)

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 1.50.47 PM Walls jump to story 3 with same relationship to home story

If, however, you need to locate an element to a new story, but maintain its relationship to project 0, so that it stays at the same elevation but is located on a new story, you will need to relink the elements home story. This is done with a simple right click function, rather than in the element settings. Simply select the elements  you want to change the story settings of, right click, select Relink Home Story… and the elements will remain at the correct height/elevation, but be set to the new home story.

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Right click after selecting the element to redefine the elements home story

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The elements will remain in their original location

Story Setting Quick Tips


There are often times when you may need to show walls on multiple stories. Walls however are more limited in what stories they can be shown on than beams, slabs or roofs.

If for example you want to show your upper story walls on the roof plan to illustrate the outlines of the top plate from below you will need to set the exterior walls to show on All Relevant Stories. Then you will need to make those walls relevant to the roof story. To be considered relevant they need to at least touch that story, or extend through it.

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Wall top linked to story above, Show on All Relevant Stories

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Walls show outline only (uncut) on story above (roof plan)


Beams have more options for what stories they will show up on. But if you need to show a beam on more than one story above or below its home story you will need to adjust the cut plane options for the plan view that needs to see those beams. An example of where this has been done is on an architectural trellis at the first floor that needed to show on the first floor, second floor, and on the roof plan, but not on the third floor. To accomplish this, set the beams of the trellis to show on home story and one story up.

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Then in the roof plans cut plane settings from the roof plans View Settings, we set the Relative Floor Plan Range to show up to 2 Story(s) below with an offset of 0″

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Keep in mind that this will potentially show everything that extends beyond the roof limits from up to 2 stories below, and some things may need to be filtered off with layer settings. This should also be used sparingly and only for floor that need content from other stories that can not be applied to that view by simply changing the Floor Plan Display to show on All Relevant Stories.