ArchiCAD Zone to Room Configuration

To access the Zone to Room Configuration panel, select the following within the dRofus Menu:



The Zone <-> Room Configuration Editor dialog will then open as follows:



Top Section:

  • Chose Configuration: Provides a drop down list of pre-defined configurations.
  • New: Create a new configuration.
  • Copy: Makes a copy of the active configuration.
  • Delete: Deletes the active configuration.
  • Available to users: If this is checked all Users can see/use this configuration. If not checked then only those who have BIM Administration access can use the configuration.
  • Is Default Configuration: The User with BIM Administration access can mark one of the configurations as default by checking this item. This will set the configuration as the default configuration used in all related dialog panels (i.e., for synchronizing Rooms, linking Rooms, place-linking Rooms etc.) for all Users.

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The configuration set as default will be used by all Users in the project. Please take care when changing configuration settings as it will affect the entire Project. As an alternative to changing the default configuration, you can select which configuration to use at a time when carrying out the linking or synchronization of Zones or when viewing the Zone(s)' Model's Equipment dialog.

IFC properties will not appear within the Zone <-> Room Configuration Editor dialog, unless you select at least one Zone prior to opening the dialog. This also applies prior to carrying out the Sync Zones with dRofus command.


The dRofus Addon always has a configuration called "Default" for Zone <-> Room Configurations. This "Default" configuration cannot be edited, but you can copy it and then make modifications to the copied configuration. If you set another configuration as default, the configuration called "Default" will actually no longer be the default configuration.

'Attributes not linked' Section:

  • dRofus attribute (left-hand side): This is a list of all the available dRofus attributes which you can synchronize data to / from that are not already in the current configuration.
  • ArchiCAD parameter (right-hand side): This is a list of all the available ArchiCAD parameters which you can synchronize data to / from that are not already in the current configuration. This list is based on the available parameters in Zone Stamps currently in use by the Zone Category.

If any of the attributes or parameters are in grey tone, it means that it is a read-only attribute / parameter, and therefore you can only synchronize data from this attribute / parameter and not to.

'Linked Attributes' Section:

Select a Key Attribute to be used for matching: Select a dRofus Attribute and an ArchiCAD Parameter, then click on "Link ==". Every configuration is required to have only one mapping as the Key attribute used for comparing.

For Room configurations, it is recommended that the dRofus Room ID or the Room Function Number attribute is used as the Key attribute used for comparing as they are guaranteed to be unique (at least within dRofus) so it will be easy to spot deviations in Rooms if changes happen in either ArchiCAD or dRofus.

When linking Zones to Rooms, the key value is read from dRofus and then written in to ArchiCAD (unless the ArchiCAD parameter is read-only or the dRofus parameter is empty - in which case the key value is read from ArchiCAD and then written in to dRofus). The following is an example of a Zone <-> Room Configuration where the Room ID is used as the key, and the values against the Room ID attribute in dRofus gets injected in to a parameter called UserData under InternalData in ArchiCAD, after which the link between the dRofus Rooms and ArchiCAD Zones will then be maintained:



Write data to Model: Select a dRofus attribute, then select an ArchiCAD parameter and then click on "Link -->". Next time the configuration is used for linking or synchronizing, the data flow direction will be from dRofus to ArchiCAD - i.e., values from the Rooms' selected dRofus attribute will be written in to the Zones' selected ArchiCAD parameter.

Write data to dRofus: Select a dRofus Attribute, then select an ArchiCAD parameter and then click on "Link <--". Next time the configuration is used for linking or synchronizing, the data flow direction will be from ArchiCAD to dRofus - i.e., values from the Zones' selected ArchiCAD parameter will be written in to the Rooms' selected dRofus attribute.  

Unlink: Select an existing mapping within the list of linked attributes / parameters and then click on "Unlink".