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Making Dreams a Reality with ARCHICAD

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Settlers Ridge ExtToronto-based, Discovery Dream Homes, creates custom log and timber frame homes using ARCHICAD. At any given time, some 40 projects are in progress – all managed and built in ARCHICAD.

A model home just outside the city shows potential clients what Discovery Dream Homes can create – but the team relies heavily on creating 3D presentations in ARCHICAD and shares them via the award-winning presentation app, BIMx.

“We use BIMx for every project we do. It had a profound impact on our presentation style from the moment it was introduced to us,” explained Shawn Hunter. “When people are trying to decide whether to hire us or not, BIMx tips the scales in our favor every time.”

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ARCHICAD 20 Now Shipping

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

The wait is over!

GRAPHISOFT® announced that ARCHICAD® 20’s global rollout process has begun.

Shipping started last week with the International, US, UK/Ireland, German, and Austrian versions, followed by the French version on July 4 – the first six of 28 local versions.  The rest of the localized language versions will be released on a continual basis.  BIMcloud will also be released in parallel with the localized versions of ARCHICAD 20.

ARCHICAD 20 features a brand new, flat-design graphical UI that sets the new version apart from run-of-the-mill BIM tools. Underneath the surface, a number of important functional improvements put the emphasis on the “I” in BIM. Click here for more information about ARCHICAD 20.

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Get Going at Grassroots!

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Stand Out in the Crowd

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and GRAPHISOFT want to help you Stand Out and get yourself noticed by potential employers. Learn how to use BIMx to create an interactive, mobile portfolio at the upcoming Grassroots Leadership Conference in DC. GRAPHISOFT’s Catherine Cabezas and Rita Hicks will be presenting some useful tips for attendees to hone their presentation skills and highlight what is most appealing to potential hiring decision makers.
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There are many ways to learn how to stand out during the Grassroots Leadership Conference. You can practice your interview skills during mock interviews by signing up here.

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ARCHICAD 20 World Premiere

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

See ARCHICAD 20 – demonstrated live to GRAPHISOFT’s Key Clients.

In May, GRAPHISOFT announced the latest version of its industry-leading BIM software solution – ARCHICAD 20. On June 13 you will be able to see its world premiere!

ARCHICAD 20 features a number of important functional improvements that put the emphasis on the “I” in BIM, increasing the value for both ARCHICAD users and external stakeholders alike. Its brand new, “flat-design” graphical UI sets the new version apart from run-of-the-mill BIM tools.

Register to watch the world premiere of ARCHICAD 20 during GRAPHISOFT’s Key Client Conference held in Budapest. The event will be streamed live on June 13, 2016, at 3:00-4:30 PM (CET)

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Enhanced Information Management

Storing: ARCHICAD 20 helps architects and designers to utilize their Building Information Model as the central storage place for all project information. They can even easily store and maintain design information that was not created using CAD or BIM tools, like Excel spreadsheets.

Displaying: ARCHICAD 20 takes that well-structured information and helps architects use it efficiently. Smart filters and a brand new graphical override help designers to freely change the representation of any 2D and 3D views of elements with similar properties. The result? A number of workflows that make communication, coordination and model checking much more efficient.

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Hello Philadelphia!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

All About AIA 2016

GRAPHISOFT will be exhibiting at this year’s National AIA Convention in booth 2439. We can’t wait to see you! The AIA Convention  is THE architecture and design event of the year. Each year thousands of architects, designers, business leaders, industry reps, and others from around the world gather to gain knowledge, make contacts, and re-energize their creative process.

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The new release of ARCHICAD 20 contains a number of important functional improvements that put the emphasis on the “I” in BIM — all of which increase the value for both ARCHICAD users and external stakeholders alike. Its brand new, “flat-design” graphical UI sets the new version apart from run-of-the-mill BIM tools.

Our main reason for making ARCHICAD is you – your success is our success and it means everything to us. Get to know the newest version of ARCHICAD. We enhanced the way ARCHICAD 20 stores, manages and shares information. We also developed a fresh new interface for ARCHICAD 20. Our ongoing investment in ARCHICAD is just one of many reasons why it continues to deliver great value and stand out as one of the best solutions for the industry.The new information applied to your best practices for will help you and your firm outpace others for projects.

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ARCHICAD 20 Announced

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A Fresh Look at BIM

GRAPHISOFT announced the latest version of its industry-leading BIM software solution – ARCHICAD 20 today. This version features a number of important functional improvements that put the emphasis on the “I” in BIM, increasing the value for both ARCHICAD users and external stakeholders alike. Its brand new, “flat-design” graphical UI sets the new version apart from run-of-the-mill BIM tools.

“The true potential of BIM is that it can hold all the necessary information for designing, constructing and operating buildings,” said Peter Temesvari, Director of Product Management at GRAPHISOFT. “A significant part of this information is non-geometrical data. ARCHICAD 20 offers powerful workflows to manage, visualize and exchange such information with any stakeholder participating in the design and construction process.”

What’s new in ARCHICAD 20AC20_Splash_Screen

Enhanced Information Management

Storing: ARCHICAD 20 helps architects and designers to utilize their Building Information Model as the central storage place for all project information. They can even easily store and maintain design information that was not created using CAD or BIM tools, like Excel spreadsheets.

Displaying: ARCHICAD 20 takes that well-structured information and helps architects use it efficiently. Smart filters and a brand new graphical override help designers to freely change the representation of any 2D and 3D views of elements with similar properties. The result? A number of workflows that make communication, coordination and model checking much more efficient.

Sharing: ARCHICAD 20 leads BIM applications again in fully supporting the IFC 4 open-source standard. IFC 4 supports new coordination workflows (Design Transfer View and Reference View) and provides great help when coordinating with other disciplines. Information sharing via purpose-made tools such as BIMx or generic tools such as Excel enables a much wider target group to get involved and use the wealth of information stored in BIM.

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ARCHICAD Grasshopper Connection

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

GRAPHISOFT announced the end of the six month beta phase for the ARCHICAD Grasshopper Connection. More than a thousand architects and designers around the world tested beta and now the industry-first, bi-directional connection between Grasshopper and ARCHICAD is live. The connection allows Rhino/Grasshopper users to connect to a professional BIM software (ARCHICAD).

Why is this important? What does it even mean? The non-architect writer of this blog was extremely happy to have it explained to simply via the video clip below. Although I was hungry after I watched it, I learned a lot.


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GRAPHISOFT Student Competition Update – Submission Deadline Extended!

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Submission Deadline Extended!
Have you been thinking about entering the GRAPHISOFT North America 2016 Spring Student Design Competition, but are worried you don’t have enough time to finish your submission?

Good news! We have extended the submission deadline to May 8.

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This gives you an additional week to work on your design for positioning Philadelphia’s rich history in front of the millions of tourists who visit it annually. Using ARCHICAD – you will design temporary, mobile visitor centers from shipping containers. Using as many containers as you want, in any array, while keeping them portable, self-contained and interactive – give . Give the containers a way to responds to the various sites in which it could be situated.
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More Reasons to Attend Phil-AIA-delphia 2016

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Let the Learning Begin

As AIA attendees know well, the main reason for going to AIA in the first place are the number of opportunities to learn something new. Learning units and helpful workshops remmain the primary draw for convention attendance, and for good reason. Where else can one person expose him or herself to such a provocative lineup of celebrity speakers, informative seminars, and worthwhile workshops? The AIA Convention in Philadelphia will deliver all that and more.

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ARCHICAD on the Agenda

We have assembled an impressive lineup of speakers who will lead sessions during AIA that will expand your knowledge base about BIM, Design, Mobile Technology and ways to increase profits and enhance your firm’s success.

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First up, chronologically speaking – noted New York-based architect, Joe Vance leads a session called The Next Generation Design Experience on Thursday, 5/19 at 10:45 in the morning. As BIM adoption rates increase – there are still firms making the transition that are still feeling the strain of an inefficient workflow. Either they are using multiple programs or duplicating work or both. Vance will address these issues and offer his insight on how setting a refined BIM standard is an essential part of an efficient and profitable firm. Learn how the principal of a NY firm abandoned these clunky methods to create custom models in a fraction of the time.

BeFunky CollageThink you have to have a big team to make BIM work for you? Think again. An impressive panel of four ARCHICAD Power Users have an intriguing discussion planned for Friday afternoon. BIM Power Users and the Small Firm – 5/20 at 3:30 tackles ways for small firms to leverage the power of BIM to create high-quality projects within a small team. This session is for you if you want to learn how you can utilize the power of BIM to increase client engagement at the beginning of projects, expand the range of services your firm offers by increasing communication on custom residential and other small projects and literally redefine the way your firm manages workload. The panel of sole practitioners and small firm owners will even share insight into ways you can support your firm’s marketing strategy at every phase by taking advantage of BIM.

 

BIMx PRO Wins Architizer A+ Award!

Friday, April 15th, 2016

The architecture and design industry worldwide has spoken. BIMx PRO won the A+ Architizer Award – ahead of the thousands of technology apps that were submitted including rival Autodesk. An elite group of experts made up an international jury of more than 300 architects and cultural leaders. They chose it as the best of the best, proving it is an app that truly stands out. The illustrious jury members included such industry luminaries as Denise Scott Brown, Bjarke Ingels and Tom Kundig, as well as personalities from beyond architecture like Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos), Yves Behar (Fuseproject), John Edelman (CEO, Design Within Reach), Cameron Sinclair (Architecture for Humanity) and Barry Bergdoll (MoMA).

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The app won the Architizer A+ Jury Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award in the world’s largest awards program for architecture and products. This prestigious announcement comes on the heels of BIMx PRO being prominently featured in the Apple launch film for its iPad Pro.

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