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October 16th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
Webinar: Design Immersion | Sketch to Virtual Reality
Thank you for registering for our October 4, 2017, Design Immersion Webinar!
If you attended the live webinar, you can revisit key points in the video and share it with other team members. If you registered but could not attend, please watch the recording at your convenience.
Architecture is going through a fundamental shift in how designers communicate ideas. Today’s clients are technology savvy and becoming more comfortable with interactive design immersion technologies such as iPads, BIMx, Google Cardboard VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. We invite you to join this presentation to learn how mobile and virtual reality (VR) technologies are changing the way architects interact with clients, consultants, contractors and other stakeholders.
October 13th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
Years of Coordinating, Designing and Managing
Core architecture + design (CORE) recently completed a downtown Washington DC office building at 600 Massachusetts Avenue. The 400,000 -square foot 11 story LEED Platinum office building features five outdoor terraces on different levels throughout the building. The brand-new building also includes four levels underground, with 3 of those levels dedicated to parking. Other features include a four story atrium, and forward thinking amenities.
The project had its start 18 years ago, all the while being designed in ARCHICAD by Ron Ngiam and the team at CORE.
Having begun the project in ARCHICAD 9 and upgrading through to ARCHICAD 20 begged the question: to upgrade or not. Ngiam says they chose to migrate the project through each upgrade so that they’d maintain the integrity of the project and the wealth of information they’d accumulated throughout its life cycle.
“True, the potential to lose information might convince others to abandon the upgrade path, but at the end of the day – we chose to upgrade. The benefits of being able to consult with the team and access so much data about the building that we acquired over the years definitely outweighed that risk.”
October 5th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
Software transition stories happen all the time, whether we hear about them or not. In learning about the story of an architectural firm switching from one software to another, the reader needs to fully understand the why. One story worth checking out is that of the firm SYLLA INTERNATIONAL.
Sylla is an architectural firm based in Tampa, Florida which made the decision to switch their BIM software from one they’d been using for nearly two decades. The firm transitioned from using Bentley Microstation and Bentley Architecture to ARCHICAD. This surprising change took time and careful consideration, as owner and president, Cheikh T. Sylla described to us in an interview.
The firm works on a mix of projects which include large education buildings that can have construction costs up to and including a budget of $60 million or more. Sylla International operates with a small, yet powerful staff, aided by their new workflow and software of choice. In fact, since making the switch Cheikh T. Sylla – owner and principal has been confident he made the right decision in choosing ARCHICAD software by GRAPHISOFT. Having downsized its staff in order to compete in a slow economy, Sylla International has been able to maintain an efficiency and handle sizable projects in spite of reduced manpower.
September 26th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
Architecture is going through a fundamental shift in how designers communicate ideas. Today’s clients are technology savvy and becoming more comfortable with interactive design immersion technologies such as iPads, BIMx, Googlle Cardboard VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
On October 4 at 3pm ET/12pm PT we’ll dive deep to help you learn how well ARCHICAD works within these powerful technologies. Your ARCHICAD model provides the basis for some pretty amazing visuals. When you go mobile with BIMx and share your design in the virtual space with VR, the power of those visuals is amplified.
Secure your spot in this important webinar and Register today
Make Mobile and VR Work for You
We invite you to join this presentation on Monday, Oct. 4th to learn how mobile and virtual reality technologies are changing the way architects interact with clients, consultants, contractors and other stakeholders.
This webinar will transform your presentations and use of VR.
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September 22nd, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
The relationship between ARCHICAD and March Studio began three years ago. The branded architecture firm, located in Santa Monica, California recalls their first project in which they used ARCHICAD to design the Cinema Media Arts Center at Providence High School in Burbank, CA. The project became a prototype for future work, ushering in a movement away from producing designs in 2D CAD and SketchUp. With the change in software came an expansion in the range of services the firm could offer their clients.
September 20th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
By the time Matt Goff and Zoran Pevec graduated college, they had already completed their first joint project, a single-family home remodel/addition in Venice Beach, CA. The two wasted no time in establishing their firm, Archive Design Group (ADG) in Los Angeles and since then have been focusing on designing high-end single family homes, landscapes and interiors with a focus on project specific contexts and user experience.
ADG knew early on that they would assert a company philosophy that embraced casual and comfortable, yet substantial and unique designs. To achieve that goal and be profitable, the software solution choice they made would have to support an awareness of the relationship between maintaining an efficient workflow, while being able to exercise an open-minded design process, and taking great care to refine final product.
“We considered several other BIM solutions in our search,” explained Goff. “What sealed the deal for us choosing ARCHICAD was the inherent flexibility, while being able to efficiently move projects forward. The BIM workflow and ability to produce high quality presentation drawings, all in one Mac-based program, made it the obvious choice for us.”
Choosing ARCHICAD has allowed ADG to embrace a more streamlined workflow than what could be achieved using a collection of various software. The program has helped them maintain day-to-day efficiency and focus more energy on design. Goff estimates this cuts a sizeable, 15% off the work day from construction documentation prep, while making profitable business moves forward.
“ARCHICAD frees us from menial necessities and improves coordination, giving us freedom to step back and focus more on all aspects of our business. We can worry less about fine tuning settings, formatting and cross referencing. Because there are many moving parts in evolving a project, we rely on TeamWork functionality of the program and the use of BIM Server to comfortably collaborate and deliver on deadline in a detail-oriented manner. We know what to expect from our workflow so we can confidently take on new projects. Having ARCHICAD has really addressed a lot of the variables involved in delivering high quality work, on schedule.”
Goff cites multiple challenges for which he’s come to rely on ARCHICAD to help him and his team overcome in the 2 ½ years they’ve used the software. First on his list, one that any architect can relate to, dealing with project changes and conflict resolution.
August 28th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
Go Mobile in Five
This five-minute video clip explains how easy it is to explore BIMx Hyper-models on mobile devices. Using the latest, multi-award winning BIMx and BIMx PRO apps on any Apple iOS or Google Android mobile device, brings a unique technology to any project. With integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation, BIMx helps bridge the gap between the design studio and the construction site.
August 26th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
McInturff Architects pushes the use of ARCHICAD to its furthest point. On a recent residential project, Christopher Boyd, principal of the firm describes how the software helped his team design what would become a 10K SF beach house in just nine months. Building restrictions in the area forbid construction during summer months, which limited his team to having a third of the time typically needed for a project of that size. For added difficulty, McInturff found themselves working with brand new partners this time around.
“We get reminders of how powerful our software choice is from time to time,” explained Boyd. “This project was no exception. Usually you need 18-24 months to get a house of this size and complexity built. I knew we needed to produce a set of drawings that would help a contractor who was unfamiliar with our work. Knowing that we’d be developing drawings as construction began, spending minimal time fixing them was a must. Enter BIMx.”
August 24th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
The Elk Creek Revitalization Offices and Conferencing Center currently being designed by Maryland based ARCHICAD firm, Clark Design Group (CDG) demonstrates the power of ARCHICAD on multi-use buildings. The project – a massive renovation of an existing warehouse space – requires gutting everything inside the building. The design idea centers around creating a sort of “Main St.” feel, opening the end walls with storefront and curtain walls so that visitors can see from one end to the other.
The 50k square-ft collaborative office and conference center embraces one of the newest trends in office spaces – featuring a cafeteria, conference rooms with state of the art A/V and video conferencing technology capabilities. Two things have become very clear on this project, the team must work to take advantage of very little natural light in the interior spaces and must work quickly to meet an anticipated construction start date in September.
The natural light problem is being addressed by popping up a clerestory in the middle of the roof. A skilled ARCHICAD 20 team handles the deadline and fast-pace of this project.
Richard Rinehart, CDG Associate Principal notes that this undertaking highlights how well ARCHICAD outpaces other software and helps the firm collaborate with other platforms.
August 18th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
What’s in It for Me?
Building information modeling (BIM) is now the technique of choice for the building design and construction industry. Firms and solo practitioners looking for a competitive edge need to fully commit to adopting and implementing BIM technologies and workflows.
Learn how you can reap these and many other benefits of using ARCHICAD:
#1. Leveraging the Power of BIM & Streamlined Workflows
Register for this webinar. After you participate, we’re confident you’ll adore ARCHICAD.