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Foti
Newcomer
Hello

Some dwg links i have keep breaking, i get a ? to be checked, and when I check it says the external project not accessible..., source file.....,bim/cloud.....

At certain times i can relink it, but somehow it keeps breaking.

all files are set o absolute.

AC20 on windows
thanks
Foti B.
AC20 AC21/PC
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Lingwisyer
Virtuoso
Is your model on the server too? If not, it might be due to network drives not being assigned a drive letter and hence get assigned a generic letter from those available on connection meaning that the address of the linked drawings will change.

Refer to post above which is more likely the case


Ling.
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Self-taught, bend it till it breaks.
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Foti
Newcomer
Hello Lingwisyer

Yes the model is on the serve and I keep all the dwgs in the same main folder. It’s very weird, I have electrical plans that are linked and those work fine, just all of a sudden half of the mechanical don’t work.

I think I’ll have to re load all the plans, was trying to avoid that, if that even helps. Any other suggestions?

Thanks
Foti B.
AC20 AC21/PC

Lingwisyer
Virtuoso
Can't do a strike though of my last post... so I'll put this in a new one.

Given that it is only one file (or a few, not all) and all dwgs are on the same server, it might be that someone else is accessing that drawing. Archicad doesn't like it when xrefs are in use... I get around this by having an xref folder specific for Archicad that contains a duplicate of all used dwgs that I update as required. That fixes most conflicts except when said dwgs contain xrefs which themselves are in use in which case you get holes in your drawing... though this could be solved by setting the xrefs within the dwgs as relative and duplicating those as well.


Ling.
AC18-23 AUS 7000
Self-taught, bend it till it breaks.
Win10 | E5620 x 2 | 24GB | K2200

Bruce
Booster
This problem would happen sometimes in AC16. The solution then was to refresh the status of all drawings in the drawing manager (using the button at the top). This would give the drawings a digital kick, and they’d behave again
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Foti
Newcomer
Thanks

Nothing seems to be working.

Looks like ill have to reload all the dwgs, since im a new at this, should they be "place an external drawing" or should i xref them?
Foti B.
AC20 AC21/PC

Foti
Newcomer
Problem, solved

I have different layers for MEP, I decided to lock the layers, and there was the problem. Keep the layers of placed external drawings unlocked and they reload and update no problem.

I think this should get looked at, I had locked them as I did not want to move different layers from other eng.
Foti B.
AC20 AC21/PC

Bruce
Booster
A good method for working with external dwgs is to place them into their own Worksheets. This way, they never get in the way of modelling, but can be trace & referenced into the plan when required.
Bruce Walker
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https://www.mindmeister.com/65450406

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Foti
Newcomer
Hi Bruce, I thought about that but can you place a workset in a floor pan in a view map? or just on a layout? I though those where as a trace only?
Foti B.
AC20 AC21/PC

Bruce
Booster
You can create a view of the drawing in the worksheet, which can then be placed on the layout.

Alternatively (depending on what works best for your particular situation), you can place another drawing of the same dwg directly onto the layout.
Bruce Walker
http://www.brucepwalker.com
https://www.mindmeister.com/65450406

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Foti
Newcomer
Sorry Bruce I dont follow,

can you explain a little more?
Foti B.
AC20 AC21/PC

Bruce
Booster
Place the dwg using the Drawing tool (not xref) in its own worksheet. Create a View of this in the View Tree. Place this View onto the layout that has the plan you want to associate this with. Align drawings with each other. You will probably need to bring the dwg Drawing in front of the plan Drawing.
Bruce Walker
http://www.brucepwalker.com
https://www.mindmeister.com/65450406

-- since v8.1 --
AC22 6025 INT Full | macOS Mojave 10 | 3.2 GHz Intel Xeon W | 32 Gb RAM | Radeon Pro Vega 56 8 Gb

Foti
Newcomer
Thanks Bruce,

something to consider for the next project.
Foti B.
AC20 AC21/PC

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