ArchiLogs is a solution for your log house design, marketing, and manufacturing needs. It’s realized as an add-on application to Archicad and completing it with special log building features. ArchiLogs produces layouts, wall drawings, calculations, and, where necessary, even CNC-codes while keeping all standard Archicad functions available.

ArchiLogs in short

  • All documents from one single file
  • Log wall elevations directly from the model
  • Illustrative log home design
  • Representative marketing
  • Accurate quantity calculation
  • Manufacturer-specific customization

Advantages and benefits of ArchiLogs

All documents from one single file

ArchiLogs gives you the benefit of an array of applications paired with the smooth workflow of an integrated solution. Together with Archicad, ArchiLogs produces complete plans, sections and elevations, construction details, object schedules, renderings, animations, and virtual reality scenes from one central database. The project is a functional model that updates all views. This means a significant reduction in the time used on documentation.

All this means that there is no need for copying the information in between different software. This reduces the risk of mistakes and speeds up the process. Maintenance and training concentrate on one entity, making ArchiLogs cost-efficient and easy to keep up to date. However, if you ever need to exchange data between applications, ArchiLogs' full IFC compatibility lets you do the exchange without any loss of information.

Log wall elevations directly from the model

The log wall elevations are produced directly from the modeled walls. Customizable toolsets let you place specific machining like drillings or grooves quickly and accurately directly on them.

The log wall elevations allow you to collect all the information needed in manufacturing, as well as for assembly on-site, to a set of easily readable documents. Therefore, even companies without automated CNC-machinery will benefit from the advantages of ArchiLogs.

ArchiLogs follows the dimensioning settings of Archicad, and the measures are available in meters, millimeters, or inches.

Illustrative log home design

Every Archicad has a built-in Sketch Log-option, but it lacks many specific log construction tools and objects. Any user of Archicad can sketch and draw plans of a log house, but when it comes to more detailed drawings, ArchiLogs is the perfect solution.

All desired details are easy to incorporate in the model with the exclusive ArchiLogs Library, which is part of the add-on. Naturally, the library can be expanded to include your details and Archicad objects.

You can create different types of drawings and adjust their appearance according to your established practice. You can view and examine the model three-dimensionally at any given moment in the design process. This real-time feedback evaluates design alternatives quickly and uncomplicated, reducing the risk of errors and surprises on site.

Representative marketing

Sales pictures are produced directly from the Archicad model. You can save images from the very same views used in the design process. Object libraries offer many usable components to enrich and enliven your perspective images or to reproduce the site of the house realistically.

During sales meetings, the project can be presented in a three-dimensional view to the customers to give them an all-round impression of their house. Modifications of the design can be done directly in the model, and the effect is visible on-screen at once. Communication with your client becomes uncomplicated and real-time.

For more advanced presentations and professional marketing material ArchiLogs uses Archicad's built-in rendering and animation properties. Animated fly-throughs and tracking shots both through and around the building are an excellent way to communicate your design ideas!

Accurate quantity calculation

ArchiLogs' accessory list is a further developed configuration of Archicad's quantity calculation. Sometimes special features are required in addition to the existing bill of materials. Everything in your Archicad model can be listed, from the amount of timber needed down to every single bolt. Through further customization, you can directly incorporate created tables and bills into your logistical management.

Manufacturer specific customization

Every log house manufacturer has their design solutions and patented details that are not included in the basic installation of the ArchiLogs add-on. There are many ways to customize the application.

Custom tools can be added for special machining. The precision of planning, as well as the visual appearance of the model, can be improved by defining the actual timber profiles and dimensions used in your company. All standard methods of customizing your work environment in Archicad are, of course, available too.

To enable CNC code printing, the commands used in the CNC machinery should be entered into the program. The type of code varies between machines, and only the used codes need to be entered.

To speed up the modeling process, some specific details might be worth coding as custom objects and parametric functions. For example, the program includes only basic timber-work types, and the window objects in the elemental library might be challenging to modify to correspond to the real model. For this kind of needs, specific customization comes handy.

Together with Archicad, ArchiLogs forms an integrated solution, both intuitive and logical, and easy to learn. ArchiLogs manuals are delivered with every license in the respective language. Inside you will find step by step instructions on how to create the log house model you want.

System requirements

Basic ArchiLogs system requirements are the same as for Archicad. If the log buildings are more extensive, we would suggest a more capable configuration than is described by this recommendation.

  • Windows: Windows 10 (64-bit version) or Windows 8.1 (64-bit version)
  • Mac: Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Recommended hardware

  • Processor: 64-bit processor with four or more cores
  • RAM: For complex, detailed models 16 GB or more may be required
  • Hard disk: we recommend to install Archicad on an SSD (or Fusion) drive; 5 GB free disk space is required for the installation, 10 GB or more is required per active project
  • Graphics card: Dedicated OpenGL 2.0 compatible graphics card with an onboard memory of 1024 MB or more is recommended to exploit hardware acceleration capabilities fully. You can find a list of supported graphics cards at
  • Display: we recommend a resolution of 1440 x 900 or higher

  • Java 8 or later is required.

Minimum hardware

  • Processor: 64-bit processor with two cores
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Hard disk space: 5 GB or more is required for the installation
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 or higher
  • Graphics card: OpenGL 2.0 compatible graphics card

Detailed system requirements can be found at GRAPHISOFT's Archicad System Requirements page.

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