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.
With this update, BIMx users on iPads and Android tablets can use the Multitasking and Split View features, using two apps side-by-side. URL-based data exchange between BIMx and other apps offers a smooth user experience.
The update also enables selection of more than one element from an inbound hyperlink, facilitating easy data access on construction sites and with facility management. BIMx offers a feature for locating building components in the Virtual Building easily, which greatly helps with checking and marking up these elements on site. To access BIM elements in the 3D model quickly, insert these hyperlinks into any website, a Facilities Management database or into a product catalog application.
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. (more…)
The team recently relocated to East Tosa, drawn to its vibrant community and fun events that the neighborhood hosts throughout the year. The move quickly provided early return on the “fun events” element – with the Tour of America’s Dairyland – East Tosa Gran Prix bike race on June 28th.
GCA’s new office happens to be located along the race route – which provided the firm a wonderful opportunity to play host to the cycling enthusiasts in the area. They invite you and your family to visit the new space up for a “look-in”. Expect race-themed snacks and beverages between the of 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, June 28th. Grab a beer, watch the cyclists, and see our new digs.
Hey Tweeples! Mark your calendars for an exciting AIA Twitter Chat – set for May 6th (2-3PM Eastern), a week before the AIA Convention in Atlanta. During this Twitter Chat, AIA Member Laura Teagarden will focus the discussion on “Tools and Technology for Architects.”
As the sponsor of the AIA Tweet Up, we at GRAPHISOFT North America invite you to participate in this Twitter Chat to flex your Twitter muscles, get yourself in gear for the convention and get into some meaningful discussion about what types of tools assist you, the architect, in your day to day. This is your opportunity to jump into the conversation and provide your opinion, feedback, ask questions and maybe even meet some new Twitter Users.
California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) has added BIM as a required course in their curriculum. All students who wish to graduate with a degree in Construction Management must take the course over two quarters. Instructor, Elbert Speidel works to provide comprehensive exposure to the various types of software in the industry today.
“Part of the strategy in being able to teach them BIM is giving them an opportunity to see what is out there. We aren’t exclusively teaching one type of software, since that does not reflect how firms operate. Each firm has its preference and for that reason, there is no one BIM software exclusive to the market.”
The post below first appeared on the GRAPHISOFT North America blog, BIM Engine by ArchiCAD. Written by Jared Banks, AIA, aka Shoegnome, the following essay will provide you, dear reader, with an up close view and thorough review of the 2015 GRAPHISOFT North America BIM Conference. Having been there, I can attest to Jared’s experience, the validity of his assertion about how the event has changed and what attendees gained by being there.
ArchiCAD users share a passion for what they do that is perhaps unmatched elsewhere in the industry. They will spend all day in an educational session learning about ways to capitalize on the power of the software to grow their business, take a break for lunch, during which they’ll continue sharing ideas and experiences on the same subject, go back into another classroom environment for more information, break and talk about the software, lather, rinse, repeat until the sun goes down…
AIA|DC has made a commitment to use ArchiCAD as a way to manage its exhibition designs at the District Architecture Center in Washington, DC. Its upcoming exhibition, reVISION::Thinking Big, New Projects in Washington DC, was produced using ArchiCAD18 and opens April 15th.
The exhibition highlights five phased, mixed-use projects, each in various stages of completion: design, development review, or under construction. Organized by AIA|DC and curated by Mary Konsoulis, The Yards, The Wharf, Burnham Place at Union Station, Capitol Crossing, and McMillan are conveyed around three themes—reconnecting to the water, building above barriers, and repurposing public works—and the exhibition examines the theories and context behind each project’s design, as well as the complexity inherent in projects of such vision and scope.
Have you wondered about how BIMx and BIMx PRO can support your practice? How can the presentation app serve you best? What are some of the ways you can capitalize on your ability to communicate with prospective clients and customers?
Take advantage of an upcoming webinar that will answer all those questions and more. GRAPHISOFT developers are prepared to explain how to use BIMx PRO to the best of your, and its ability during a free webinar designed to help you become a pro at using BIMx PRO.
Not only will the webinar help you familiarize yourself with the award-winning presentation app, it will give you a peek inside GRAPHISOFT headquarters in Budapest, Hungary.
The expression, “less is more” certainly applies to the recent announcement from GRAPHISOFT about its award-winning and extremely popular BIM presentation app known as BIMx. The company has updated the product name, simplified its licensing structure and added flexibility to the ways the app can be purchased and used within a project.
Discover the Benefits of a Complete and Detailed Model
GRAPHISOFT North America proudly announces a webinar scheduled for February 26, 2015 featuring work by Asheville, NC based Griffin Architects, PA. An ArchiCAD firm since 1998, Griffin Architects focuses on highly detailed high end custom residential and commercial projects, using ArchiCAD to model every aspect of the design process. From the beginning schematics of a project’s early phases to adding details as design ideas are finalized and creating construction documents, the firm relies on ArchiCAD to express their ideas, communicate with their clients through an efficient and productive workflow.
“We see ArchiCAD as the tool for expressing our ideas,” said Greg Lambert, Griffin Architect Project Manager. “Being able to model it, which is in essence virtually building it, you can accurately judge your idea and either put it into the finished design or come up with a new idea.”
The focus of this webinar will center on a project currently on the boards for the firm now, a 15,000 square foot home, new construction. During this webinar, attendees will learn how:
Fully modeling for client approval saved time
Visualizing and showing 3D enhanced communication of design intent
Creating a detailed model that becomes the plan
Producing interior elevations and detailed sections quickly and directly from the model
Reducing 2D work
Attendees will also hear from team members on the scalability of this process.
“Whether it is a small or large home or building, this process works on any scale. The time you spend modeling becomes the documents you need in the end, the model becomes the way in which you communicate with your client and the contractor, the model is the virtual building – ArchiCAD does it all,” Lambert added.
Get the most out of your model, no matter the project size by signing up for this webinar. Scheduled for February 26th, 2015 from 2p-3p.