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At Rill Architects we run ArchiCAD on macOS. If you work at Rill, this is your stuff. If you don't, but you work in ArchiCAD, you may find something interesting. Anybody else, I don't know.

The standard project folder setup. The screenshots are out of date, but the descriptions are current as of Archicad 21.

The top level looks like this:

• The project file is at the top level. (If there's ever a project so large in needs a separate layout file, it goes at the top too.)

1 Design. Everything that is part of the project, whether in the documents or in reality.

• Consultants: Files from landscape, HVAC, interiors, etc. (Not the topo survey; that goes in 4 Site & Existing Conditions / Site Info.)

• Modules: Published modules for hotlinking into other project files.

• Product Info: Finishes, fixtures, appliances, etc. Manufacturers' information.

• Schematics: All the files associated with Schematic Design, including the project file.

• Specifications: Specification documents.

2 Output: All the files used to communicate the project to anyone.

• BIMx: BIMx files. This is the path for BIMx publication.

• Competitions: Files related to submissions. If a project is submitted more than once, use sub-folders with descriptive names.

• DWG: DWGs to send to others. This is the path for DWG publication.

• Model Pictures: Output images. Renderings including sketch renderings, screenshots. No site photos, those go in Site & Existing or Construction Images.

• PDF: PDF output. Use dated folders as needed. This is the path for PDF publication.

• Post-Project Binder: Files for making the binder, including PDFs of the pages, and the copy of the PLN.

• Web Docs: Files for the website.

3 Contract & Correspondence: Administrative documents, including contracts and proposals. Remember that specs belong in the Design folder.

4 Site & Existing Conditions: Site information, and existing conditions, including photos, if applicable. Includes the project file for the existing structure. The 'Existing Project.PLN' will be left here by a save as when the addition project starts.

• Site Info: Surveyor topo data.

5 Construction & Completion Images: Images from the construction in progress, and of the completed project. Perhaps it is odd to have such a specialized folder at the top level, but I think it makes it easier for people to find.

6 Old Files: Old files.