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Working Better with TeamWork in ARCHICAD

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Vero Beach, Florida based Clemens Bruns Schaub Architect & Associates (CBSA&A) began their conversion to ARCHICAD from AutoCAD in November of 2014. Since then the team has completed several projects and benefited from a variety of features in the software.

The decision to convert from an AutoCAD to ARCHICAD workflow took months during which all the team members considered options from varying solutions. A demonstration by authorized GRAPHISOFT reseller, Jon Sage, at an AIA event helped the decision “click” into place.

“For years I looked at ARCHICAD and didn’t realize it was more than an illustration tool,” explained Clem Schaub, principal at CBSA&A. “ARCHICAD is a design-based tool that can produce all the construction documents needed for a project.”

Transition from AutoCAD to ARCHICADFor the custom residential projects that make up their portfolio, Schaub saw an additional benefit in that the team could work on models simultaneously. “As we went through the process of looking at ARCHICAD and analyzing the best way to move forward, we realized how much more effective we could be when we take advantage of ARCHICAD’s TeamWork feature. So we went all in.”


Efficient Renovation Supported by ARCHICAD

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Efficient Renovation

J Wilson Fuqua & Associates Architects (WF), a Dallas, TX-based high end residential and remodeling architecture and interior design firm recently completed a home design project using the renovation tool found in ARCHICAD 17. Lead architect on the project, Fuqua says ARCHICAD simplified the process of documenting and showing both existing and new work. WF works on remodeling homes that are built circa 1960 to current day.

wilson fuqua archicad bim“The renovation tool in ARCHICAD is amazing. As you traditionally document a house, adding on elements or removing them, you’re left with all these little details. If you try to put them on different layers, you are not reflecting what is really happening. ARCHICAD becomes our coordination tool, keeping all the right information in all the right places. It helps us be the best architects we can be.”

As is their standard practice, the firm begins with taking a field measurement of the home, and adds in photography to obtain details for the 3D model. The initial phases of the project for the firm includes modeling the interiors to rough out the plans but progresses with increasing detail as the project moves forward.

“We model the interiors quite a bit, reason being that showing that information in the 3D model makes it clear to everyone concerned what parts were changing, what were new and what was set for demolition.”

Don Duffy Architecture Dives in to ARCHICAD

Monday, October 12th, 2015

After attending a two-day workshop with GRAPHISOFT BIM consultant, Veleda Miller, the team at North Carolina based, Don Duffy Architecture transitioned away from AutoCAD and adopted ARCHICAD as their software. Duffy reviewed a few BIM options such as Home Architect and Revit, but believed that ARCHICAD would meet the firm’s needs the best.

Duffy Architecture ARCHICAD“We knew we needed to upgrade our software and being a PC-based office, thought staying with AutoCAD would be an obvious choice. ARCHICAD works well in our PC environment and we liked the idea of being able to own a version of the software for as long as we wanted to run it.”

Once the choice was made, they dove fully into the program in January of 2015 and have since completed the drawing package for a few projects now currently in construction.

The team had worked in 2D AutoCAD and SketchUp prior to adopting ARCHICAD. There was no question they’d have a learning curve as they moved forward with the transition. To best minimize difficulties, the architects had to commit to using the software and develop a new approach to projects. After about a four week period – confidence in using the software was at a very good level – and the efficiencies became evident early on.

Kraig Magas explains, “Before switching to ARCHICAD, in the schematic design phase, we’d create hand sketches. Then, once all parties are on board with the concept – we would move over to AutoCAD. Now, we start working in ARCHICAD much earlier – arriving at a consensus on intent and scope fairly quickly.”

ARCHICAD Education that Works

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Once a month, GRAPHISOFT will share a new video tutorial, along with inspiring stories of students and professors who are pushing the limits of design and productivity with ARCHICAD.

Check out the first tutorial, 5 Ways to Rock Your Studio World.

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Clark Design Group Uses ARCHICAD to Speed Up Approvals

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Participatory Planning

The clever architects at Clark Design Group have come up with a way to plan their projects, using ARCHICAD, that helps to simplify the lengthy planning and design period of a project before creating construction documents. Richard Rinehart calls the process “participatory planning.” It involves designing in real-time in front of the client – on the entire scope of projects taken on by the firm, industrial, medical, institutional and has helped the firm become more efficient and productive.

ARCHICAD“When we deal with large clients and have to develop a plan for the MEP or piping and duct work, we use ARCHICAD. The software lets us move things around, make decisions quickly and get moving forward. On a recent 60K square foot pilot plant, we cut down what would have been a six to eight month approval process to just two weeks.”

Relying heavily on the morph tool and being able to show exactly what would happen if an element of the building were, say, to move 40 feet to one direction, everyone looking at the model has an immediate understanding of whether that would work or not.


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