As far asvi know, the only method to create a custom classification system is to use classification window inside Archicad, create classes one by one, number them, oh wait, if i want to reorder my classes, it will be a nightmare....
I tried to generate classifications by mapping an excel tible using Archicad classification map, but it does not export, Archicad xml mapping uses list of lists mapping and this is not supported by excel.
Antone explored this field and had some good results ??
Also classification from revit can't be loaded in Archicad
A better classification manager should be inttoduced soon,
I've created Archicad Classification files in the past, from Excel. I started from an existing system in Excel and added a few formulas to turn them into lines of XML, ready to paste into a clean ascii document. This can be loaded in Archicad.
There was some trial and error involved to also have the tree included, to be honest. But much faster to prepare in Excel.
If the "tree" is not too long, you can simplify things by only preparing a flat list and create the tree inside Archicad with dragging and dropping items onto branches. And then export the XML again.
2 observations from me:
I had to include many steps to turn the "text" fragments into more structured numbers for branches & leafs. Formulas like LEN, RIGHT, LEFT, FIND etc... - easier to manage if you spread them over multiple columns.
This is totally dependent on the breakdown structure you are using.
I had to split a string like "02.21.1b planning des travail CCTB 01.02" into
Then I had to "escape" some characters (like > < and &) to reach valid XML.
Excel SUBSTITUTE formula to the rescue.
Then a concatenation into an item XML fragment (the dots were the code and description which I just extracted).
Then deep parent/Child trickery to understand from each line, based on the "code":
Finally concatenate the Prefix, ItemPart, Children and Postfix strings into an XML fragment.
And then, on a separate tab, I also prepared the header and footer of the document.
But you could also just start from an existing one or edit that directly inside Archicad.
Yup... That's about it.
I have a custom classification system in operation which I built manually in the Classification Manager without much effort. You still have all the data to enter, but dragging for levels etc and editing the codes & descriptions is straight forward. I can't help looking at all that coding and thinking I made the right choice! I guess it depends on how many classifications you have and whether the list is already accessible to Excel.
I had a 10K rows Spreadsheet in French... So I decided not to type it in manually.
As an alternative, you could prepare a simple flat XML (one code per line) and do the parenting directly inside Archicad via drag and drop. But that was mind-numbing as well for such an amount of items. So I preferred some Excel trickery. But you could script this in Python or C# or any other language, if you are more fluent that way.
Many trials and errors, as Archicad is very picky about importing an XML. One mistake and the whole file is rejected.
Thanks for the description !
it works , with a simple exemple,
now with this classification test it fails,
i think the PSTFIX column is the tricky one, jumping from level 3 to level 2 causes problems,
Here is the formula i used in the prefix column
I have played a bit with a Python script to convert a Revit classification file directly into an Archicad classification XML you can import. It's not perfect and needs to be tuned to the input file (e.g., how the code was set up into fields - but also how to get children inside the right parent), but this one brings you a huge step in the right direction.
import copy import sys import os import xml.etree.ElementTree as ET import datetime def parse_line(line): # Each other line has # Code Tab Code:description Tab Number Tab Tab # split with tabs fields = line.strip().split("\t") code = fields # print(" -- Code = " + fields) fields2 = fields.strip().split(":") description = fields2 # print(" -- Description = " + fields2) return (fields, fields2) def parse_rvt_assembly(filename): print(filename) now = datetime.datetime.now() # Prepare XML output # root = ET.fromstring('<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="no"?>') BuildingInformation = ET.Element('BuildingInformation') Classification = ET.SubElement(BuildingInformation, 'Classification') System = ET.SubElement(Classification, 'System') Name = ET.SubElement(System, 'Name') EditionVersion = ET.SubElement(System, 'EditionVersion') EditionDate = ET.SubElement(System, 'EditionDate') Year = ET.SubElement(EditionDate, 'Year') Year.text = str(now.year) Month = ET.SubElement(EditionDate, 'Month') Month.text = str(now.month) Day = ET.SubElement(EditionDate, 'Day') Day.text = str(now.day) Description = ET.SubElement(System, 'Description') Source = ET.SubElement(System, 'Source') Items = ET.SubElement(System, 'Items') # Make a dictionary of parents, by chopping of the last field of the ID parents = dict() # Coming from Revit, it's UTF-16, Little-Endian, CRLF with open(filename, 'r', encoding='utf-16-le') as infile: # First line = * TAB Title TAB Number TAB TAB firstline = infile.readline() fields = firstline.strip().split("\t") Name.text = fields EditionVersion.text = '0.1' # parse the items from the Third line for line in infile.readlines()[3:]: # Ignore all other lines which start with *, # or ! if line.startswith('#') or line.startswith('*') or line.startswith('!') or line.startswith('@'): print("Skipped " + line) else: print(line.strip()) fields = parse_line(line) # fields = code # fields = description # And then find out the parent, by splitting the "ID" on dots CodeFields = fields.split(".") # if the code ends with a dot, remove the (empty) last item too if (CodeFields[-1] == ''): CodeFields.pop() if len(CodeFields) > 0: foundParent = False ParentFields = copy.deepcopy(CodeFields) # otherwise we pop the original while not foundParent: ParentFields.pop() if len(ParentFields) == 0: foundParent = True Item = ET.SubElement(Items, 'Item') else: parentID = ".".join(ParentFields) parentID += "." if parentID in parents: parent = parents[parentID] # add item to children ParentChildren = parent.find('Children') if ParentChildren is None: ParentChildren = ET.SubElement(parent, 'Children') Item = ET.SubElement(ParentChildren, 'Item') foundParent = True # finish Code = ET.SubElement(Item, 'ID') ItemName = ET.SubElement(Item, 'Name') ItemName.text = fields ItemChildren = ET.SubElement(Item, 'Children') Code.text = fields ItemDescription = ET.SubElement(Item, 'Description') ItemDescription.text = fields # Add to the dictionary parents[fields] = Item with open("output.xml", "wb") as f: # convert xml data to byte object before writing b_xml = ET.tostring(BuildingInformation) f.write(b_xml) if __name__ == '__main__': filename = sys.argv if os.path.isfile(filename): parse_rvt_assembly(filename)
When applied to my input file, the result looks like the following fragment (after I applied XML-tidy script in a text editor):
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <BuildingInformation> <Classification> <System> <Name>RG904 v. 2014 - Regie Der Gebouwen</Name> <EditionVersion>0.1</EditionVersion> <EditionDate> <Year>2021</Year> <Month>9</Month> <Day>10</Day> </EditionDate> <Description/> <Source/> <Items> <Item> <ID>01.01.</ID> <Name>Inrichten van de bouwplaats</Name> <Children> <Item> <ID>01.01.10.</ID> <Name>Voorlopige omheining</Name> <Children/> <Description>Voorlopige omheining</Description> </Item> <Item> <ID>01.01.11.</ID> <Name>Voorlopige omheining in overeenstemming met de gemeentelijke voorschriften</Name> <Children/> <Description>Voorlopige omheining in overeenstemming met de gemeentelijke voorschriften</Description> </Item>
And this gets imported nicely in Archicad. But your mileage may vary.
I'm not famliar with coding language, but, if your code is strong enough to be an "international translaor" it would be a great tool,
I'm still working on the excel file, more accurate for me, trying to solve the problem i mentioned before