ArchiCAD BIM Engine
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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.
“Processing changes throughout the life of a project can really drag down a project timeline. ARCHICAD helps us evolve projects from concept design all the way to permitting; providing up-to-date drawing coordination and drawing sheets which helps keep momentum.” In utilizing composite materials and complex profiles, Goff finds that ARCHICAD indeed offers a highly detail oriented set of tools to promote project refinement and resolve RFI’s or changes quickly. “The detail base drawings are integrated throughout the model. We often take a snapshot (place a detail viewport), assign it a place on a page and maybe do some touching up and labeling. This allows us to produce and modify details with ease.”
Another aspect of ARCHICAD that Goff finds attractive, from a client service standpoint, is its visualization power. “Our clients and consultants respond well to ARCHICAD’s visualization tools, often better than they do with 2D or construction document drawings. We produce ‘conversation drawings’ to aid our everyday back and forths with whomever. Rendered perspectives, plan and section cuts are easy to produce and are convincing tools to get our points across.”
A project on the boards at ADG, the Blue Jay Way Residence, a single-family home located in the bird streets of Hollywood Hills, has demonstrated how ARCHICAD allows the firm to be flexible in navigating design direction. Project specific challenges such as the site’s steep hill grade, difficult site access, and pressing code overlays forced the team to adapt to some complex parameters, while meeting intended project objectives.
“We had to finesse a certain amount of program to make it work on the site while adhering to our design intents. Through many studies and iterations, we were able to arrange the puzzle pieces into their places.”
Blue Jay is currently under construction with a targeted completion date of Fall 2018.
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.
July 17th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
Thanks to a new learning partnership between GRAPHISOFT North America and Black Spectacles you can sign up to learn ARCHICAD 20!
Subscribe and Save!
ARCHICAD for Beginners is a four-and-a-half-hour course that teaches the basics of ARCHICAD 20. For a limited time, the course is available to new subscribers of Black Spectacles at their site with a 10% discount. Use code ARCHICAD10 to activate the offer.
Supporting New Users
Our commitment to supporting new users is unwavering. We want to accelerate implementation of our powerful BIM tool for newcomers. We see it as a win-win for current and future architects and designers.
Beginning with simple navigation instruction, the course works through the software in a methodical manner that is easy to follow. Within the first module, users learn how to draw walls, add stories, and place objects, columns & beams. Upon completion, course students gain familiarity with documentation in ARCHICAD, as well as how to place labels, identify sections & elevations, and incorporate external file formats.
Led by Josh Bone, architect and former BIM specialist recognized for expertise in technology integration the easy to follow course shows how to create detailed 3D models quickly and efficiently.
July 15th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
A new presentation video has been uploaded to the ARCHICAD YouTube Channel.
Settle in and Learn OPEN BIM Basics
Granted, this isn’t a quickie. Rather, you can really get some useful knowledge during the 40-minute, practical OPEN BIM workflow presentation video. It explains how to use OPEN BIM in your practice, and also illustrates the benefits that OPEN BIM provides for architects and engineers.
You’ll see demonstrations of the following topics:
June 27th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
Abracadabra? Maybe not, but now ARCHICAD’s Magic Wand can now be used to create stairs. In ARCHICAD 21 it is possible to use the magic wand to create the stair’s baseline based on the geometry of existing elements.
June 17th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
Are you doing stairs the way we do stairs? Stairs need railings, and ARCHICAD 21 coordinates railings with complex stairs via one click. Our “Predictive Design” technology fuels this amazing advancement of our popular BIM tool too.
Want to learn more? There’s a webinar for that! Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Whether you’re already using ARCHICAD, just kicking the tires, or simply want to see the most innovative developments in BIM technology today, then this webinar is a must-see event! We’re going to show you some of ARCHICAD 21’s most incredible new features, including:
The Stair Tool:
ARCHICAD 21 evaluates thousands of options and offers the most optimal stair design choices within the context of the specific building you’re working on. Featuring GRAPHISOFT’s patent‑pending Predictive Design™ technology, the Stair Tool turns what is usually a painful task into something truly fun—so fun, we even remodeled some stair classics such as the Great Wall of China The Bauhaus Stairs of Budapest and Robson Square Vancouver to prove it!
The Railing Tool:
now you can create complex, associative railings for Stairs, Slabs, Walls, Roofs, or Meshes. The configurable Railing Pattern Editor offers unique railing patterns specific to each design project. Railings can be created with a single click based on predefined rules and standards.
Faster, More Realistic Rendering:
based on the latest MAXON Cinema 4D rendering engine, ARCHICAD 21 offers you high-quality, photo-realistic rendering right within the BIM environment, now with Light Mapping and Secondary GI methods.
June 16th, 2017 by Mary Moscarello
The global roll-out process has begun!
ARCHICAD 21 which features the highly-anticipated Stair Tool, based on GRAPHISOFT’s patent-pending Predictive Design™ technology is on its way to users of the International, German and Austrian versions.
Users of the US version take note, that version begins shipping on June 19.
French, UK/Ireland and Italian versions begin shipping shortly thereafter – the first seven of 28 local versions. The rest of the localized language versions will be released on a continual basis.