Archicad provides a BIM workflow for designers to start exporting their geometry to cove.tool. This article will walk through the basic workflow of setting up your mixed-use model, exporting with the Archicad plugin, and seeing your geometry in cove.tool. Here is the Archicad video tutorial that goes through the steps outlined below.

Trying to export a mixed-use project with cove.tool's ArchiCAD Plugin? This article will walk you through the basic workflow of creating custom classifications for a multi-use project and tips for creating and exporting your building's geometry. Preparing a ArchiCAD model for a mixed-use project can be done from two separate files, but this may lead to errors as you have to save multiple files as the design changes. This article provides a workflow to export geometry to two different building types from one single ArchiCAD model.

Before We Begin

Start a new project on cove.tool. In the project info page, one can select up to three building types in order to generate a mixed-use project. These building types will breakup your project into multiple input-sections where you can specify different geometry and engineering conditions throughout cove.tool. More information on creating a mixed-use project can be found here. Click on save and continue.


Back in ArchiCAD, Launch the cove.tool plugin. You will first be prompted to log into your cove.tool account via the same credentials you use to access the app. Once logged in, find your project name under the project list. Mixed-use project will have the project name listed multiples times with different building type suffixes (ex. "Project Name-buidling type 1", "Name - building type 2"). Select the first project/buidling type - in this case, "ArchiCAD Mixed Use Demo - Apartments" as shown below. Then follow the steps to classify elements and activate the cove.tool view. Since the plug-in exports geometry based on classifications, hiding one type of building while exporting the other will not work.


Next, select all the elements in the second building type, right-click and go to selection settings > click on classification and properties > under classifications unclick cove.tool - v1.0. Repeat this step till every element in the second type appears red (or unclassified).


On the cove.tool plug-in, click the export button. When it says export successful, return to the web-brower you were using and refresh the cove.tool geometry page to load the newly-exported geometry data.


On the ArchiCAD cove.tool palette, relink your project. Under the project list, select the second building type, in this case "ArchiCAD Mixed-Use Demo - Retail". Repeat steps from Step 1 to "reclassify elements and finally reactivate cove.tool view." Then repeat Step-2 and unclassify all elements from the first building type export, int this case the Apartment building type. TIP: Do not have any overlapping or repeated surfaces. If the roof of the retail building type is the same as the floor of the apartment building type, then only export that as a floor on the apartment building type and create a one sqft roof area for the retail building type.


On the cove.tool plug-in click the export button. When it says export successful, jump back to the web browser and refresh the geometry page again and click on the next building template icon. Repeat these steps if you have an additional building template. If you do not then proceed to the Daylight Page.

Click on the "Go to Daylight" button at the bottom of the page or the sun icon along the left side of the page to view your building and its 3D Analysis. This will load your 3D analysis page when you can set up the environment for 3D analysis.

Happy Modeling!!

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