Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Third time’s a charm – and then some!
GRAPHISOFT North America has now hosted three user conferences – this year was our second time around in Las Vegas. To put it simply, we had a blast hosting what was our largest number of attendees thus far. We’d like to share some of this year’s highlights and photos from the event that capture the energy and scope of the learning and networking that went on last week in Las Vegas.
Fun AND Informative
We packed lots of fun into two full days of presentations, workshops, break-out sessions and main stage keynote addresses. Attendees earned valuable AIA credits and training from top-notch experts in the industry as well as a chance to network with peers from firms of all sizes and the collective of ARCHICAD know-how and expertise. Of course, the networking opportunities were ample – letting the group get to know one another in an informal setting.
Down to Business
Early morning sessions were well-attended. A wide range of topics made up a packed agenda. We set up courses that would show how to use ARCHICAD tools to enhance efficiency, make models even more beautiful and get the most out of ARCHICAD. Over the course of the conference, attendees learned about using GDL, building a sustainability toolkit or using ARCHICAD to make ADA compliance visible in the model. All told, we offered opportunities to earn a total of 15 AIA credits by attending education sessions.
Our opening keynote address came courtesy of Kai-Uwe Bergmann. Kai brought his expertise gained from being an integral part of the noted and celebrated firm, Bjarke Ingels Design – better known as BIG. As a partner at BIG, he’s worked on numerous architectural projects worldwide – and used them as examples of architects using design to benefit and serve others. On day two, Marc Kushner, the co-founding CEO of Architizer, addressed the audience. He showed them inspiring ways to tap into user-generated data and take advantage of endorsement marketing. His online resource is changing the way architects can showcase work, find useful products and get leads – which by the way was founded by architects for architects. Sound familiar?
In the end it was all about our users. Supporting them, showcasing them and getting to know what they need most from us. We’ll have more thoughts on the conference to share here – so stay tuned!
Monday, March 27th, 2017
The Design In Action: Build initiative is moving along nicely. Earlier this month the students presented their design boards, at CUA.
DC Council member David Grosso sat in on the presentation to see the project. He was joined by a board member from Common Good Urban Farm. Photos supplied courtesy of KUBE Architecture.
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
Distinguished Keynote Speakers Announced
Renowned keynote speakers take center stage at this year’s North America BIM Conference, being held March 22-24 in Las Vegas.
This year’s pair of keynote speakers highlights a commitment to innovation as well as creating architecture rich in individual personality, local context, and highly social experiences. They are Kai-Uwe Bergmann partner of internationally-lauded architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group and Marc Kushner, co-founder and CEO of online showcase and industry resource Architizer. The two live and breathe at the intersection of architecture and technology, where GRAPHISOFT lives, breathes and thrives as well.
A Value for Visionaries
GRAPHISOFT’s clients are visionaries, innovators, and industry leaders demanding cutting-edge technology and tools that help them build and design physical spaces.
Presentations from ARCHICAD “Power Users” and GRAPHISOFT experts help conference attendees explore ARCHICAD to push the limits of design and empowers them to use building information modeling in disruptive ways. To serve these attendees, GRAPHISOFT has compiled a unique course line up that provides the ultimate BIM learning and networking experience. Our flagship event, now in its third year, welcomes users from around the world to the only conference in North America that is 100% ARCHICAD.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Volumes 1 & 2 of the ARCHICAD 20 Training Series have been updated. Located at the Help Center and at graphisoft.com, Volume 1- The ARCHICAD BIM Concept and Volume 2- Conceptual Design are now available.
The manual’s illustrations now show improvements made to the new user interface.
All video clips demonstrate the software’s new user interface as well.
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
It is NOT too late! You can still sign up and save on the only conference that’s 100% ARCHICAD!
Early Bird Savings Discount Extended to December 17th
The GRAPHISOFT BIM 2017 North America User Conference is happening March 22nd – 24th in Las Vegas, Nevada
What can you expect?
GRAPHISOFT has brought together top-notch professionals, industry experts, and trendsetters who use ARCHICAD every day from across North America. They will be the ones presenting their tips and tricks during the GRAPHISOFT BIM 2017 North America User Conference. The conference provides you with an opportunity to engage with these industry experts in a relaxed yet informative setting. We know that these useful discussions will improve your day-to-day use of ARCHICAD.
What can you gain?
Monday, November 21st, 2016
You have come to know and trust BIMx, our award-winning BIM project presentation application, for bringing your ARCHICAD Building Information Model to mobile devices. Now you can use it with Google CardboardTM, a practical alternative to Virtual Reality headsets. This addition of virtual reality (VR) technology enhances the eye-catching presentations and brings VR to more people in a fun and easy way.
BIMx and BIMx PRO with Google Cardboard functionality furthers the ability of ARCHICAD firms to blow their customers away with design ideas. Their models truly come alive during BIMx presentations. VR capacity significantly raises that wow factor.
BIMx users worldwide have requested the addition of virtual reality capability to BIMx. This enhanced functionality provides architectural and interior design firms an impressive way to share their detailed models. Users can look around from pre-defined positions and enable a free walking mode with custom speed options.
Friday, October 21st, 2016
The Wait is Over—Sign Up Today for the Only Conference that’s 100% ARCHICAD!
The GRAPHISOFT BIM 2017 North America User Conference, March 22nd – 24th, Las Vegas
Once again, GRAPHISOFT is bringing together top-notch professionals, industry experts, and trendsetters who use ARCHICAD every day from across North America. At the GRAPHISOFT BIM 2017 North America User Conference, you will get the opportunity to engage in informative and useful discussions that will improve the day-to-day use of ARCHICAD. The courses help you earn up to 15 AIA CES credits as you learn from inspiring keynote speakers and experienced instructors.
The 2017 BIM Conference has something for everyone! New ARCHICAD users and seasoned veterans will benefit from the concise, powerful BIM software learning experience. We know you’ll come away from the conference prepared and pumped to put those new ARCHICAD skills into practice right away.
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
GRAPHISOFT reseller, ARCHVISTA, has developed a way for architects, designers and home builders to brush up on their skills. This cutting-edge learning technology and virtual in-person training at affordable pricing, is known as LEARNVIRTUAL.
The online learning platform focuses on ARCHICAD In-Practice. Featuring online case study presentations by seasoned professionals sharing their practical insights and courses taught by experienced coaches, LEARNVIRTUAL also provides hundreds of OnDemand Courses that teach the fundamentals of ARCHICAD.
Thomas M. Simmons, creator of LEARNVIRTUAL says giving practical, one-on-one instruction served as motivation for the program’s creation.
Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Trevor Abramson, FAIA, and Douglas Teiger, AIA, lead California-based Abramson Teiger Architects (ATA) and its team of dynamic architects and designers. With over 200 built projects across North America, ATA’s passion for excellence has been recognized with over thirty design awards. Their multi-faceted practice, initially focusing on single-family residences, now encompasses ecclesiastical commissions, educational facilities, creative offices, retail developments, and varied commercial buildings. The firm seeks to balance practical needs and dramatic artistic expression while treating each project as an exercise in collaboration.
ATA has been using BIM on larger scale projects of late. Specifically, the firm used the software on PLATFORM, a 220,000 SF mixed-use complex, and on a 92,000 square foot retail and creative office development, both located in the Culver City neighborhood of Los Angeles.
ALL ARCHICAD ALL THE TIME
Winning with Open BIM
ATA begins the majority of their projects in ARCHICAD, especially the larger ones. Often, the firm encounters situations where a client requires construction documents created in Revit. Even in those cases, they choose to first work in ARCHICAD because they feel it is a better tool for conceptual design work, rendering, working with steel and most importantly, IFC and model coordination.
Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Congratulations to the team at Chicago-based Landon Bone Baker Architects on their recent 2016 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award!
The ARCHICAD firm has been recognized for their work on the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC) in the “Creating Community Connection” category. This vacant housing project has become an important arts and culture hub in Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood.
DA+HC represents what is possible when public, private and non-profit sectors work together to give new life to an area of the city that had been ignored.The vacant 1980s Chicago Housing Authority project is now a vital arts and culture hub in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. Existing abandoned buildings became the framework for a community-focused and artist-led creative incubator.