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Six Steps for General Contractors to get started with BIM

Friday, November 20th, 2015

This post originally appeared on ConAppGuru’s blog. Written by Josh Bone the East Region Sales Director for GRAPHISOFT.

For more than a decade Josh Bone  been implementing, training, and presenting construction technology solutions to AEC&O professionals.  During that time he has had the opportunity to work with some of the top technology leaders in the industry. This experience has helped him define best practices and methodologies for integrating BIM and mobile applications into everyday workflows. Starting with design, then moving into trade coordination, and finally working with teams generating schedules (4D) and quantities (5D) from models Josh has delved deep into the BIM process.

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BIM for Contractors ARCHICAD
Building Information Modeling is changing the game for many companies in the construction industry here in the U.S. Projects are experiencing increased efficiencies and decreased downtime with fewer RFIs in the field. With all the advantages that BIM adds to a project, there are still many general contractors that have not yet made the move for various reasons. I am asked frequently by companies of all sizes, “How can we incorporate BIM into our team?” (more…)

Can’t Miss Webinar: Revolutionary Use of ARCHICAD 19, Point Clouds, Laser Scanning and Drones

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

My job is so cool.

I mean, I get to talk to some of the most impressively intelligent people on the planet on a daily basis. I get to talk to them about their favorite software. I ask them what makes them tick, how do they like to design, hear them describe their inspiration and passion for architecture – all good stuff. It really is fun for me, a journalist with a broadcasting background – who struggled with Lincoln Logs as a kid, to learn about architecture and design from the people who do it every day so well.

Recently I got a chance to hear Philip Allsopp, Chief Design Officer with Smart Pad Living, LLC (www.smartpadliving.com) talk about a fascinating project he’s working on.

ARCHICAD HABSIn just a few words, you’ll understand why this conversation was particularly cool. Allsopp and his team really pushed the envelope on a recent project. They combined the power of drones, 3D laser scanning, and point clouds with ARCHICAD 19 to recreate high quality drawings of the Arizona State Fairgrounds Grandstand Building, an important, historic structure built of concrete, steel, and some adobe as part of the 1938 WPA project. The building is in jeopardy of being torn down and part of the effort to save it includes creating accurate as-built HABS (Historic American Building Survey) drawings to support fund-raising and preservation efforts.  These HABS drawings will also be lodged with the United States Library of Congress.

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Life’s a Beach, Designing Beach Homes in ARCHICAD

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Todd Miller of QMA Architects & Planners – a long-time ARCHICAD user and architect based in New Jersey – is currently designing a Key West Style Beach house in Ventnor, NJ. Miller took some time out from his schedule of creating custom residential projects to explain how he uses ARCHICAD to create his designs and why he feels it is important to stay current with ARCHICAD.

“We went from hand drawing right into ARCHICAD, and dabbled with other programs while working in other offices. When I went to school, the CAD system was keypunch based. Taking advantage of all the new technology – the architect in me loves the new rendering engines, high quality renderings – without all the tweaking saves so much time.”

Miller, working side by side with his wife, licensed architect Jeannette Quon, adds that he enjoys the freedom ARCHICAD gives him to be able to add details to his design through his modeling software. During client meetings, he takes care to spend ample time with his clients to determine their wants, needs, goals, and aspirations for the home. Throughout the 35 years Miller has been practicing, including the last 25 as principal of QMA, he reports good success with that process. Since adopting ARCHICAD back at version 4.5 some twenty years ago, Miller has relied on the actual model and high quality renderings to demonstrate design intent and scope.

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Keep Studying, ARCHICAD and Education

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Education Excellence

We continue our focus on ARCHICAD and Education series with a new video tutorial, and several other inspiring stories of students and professors who are pushing the limits of design and productivity with ARCHICAD.

Check out this month’s tutorial, on Complex Profiles

Ready to start using ARCHICAD? Register today for your free student copy at www.MyARCHICAD.com. 

You could be featured on the BIMEngine Blog! Contact us at EduNARegistration@graphisoft.com and share your ARCHICAD story!


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