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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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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.”

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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.

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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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.

 

Get in on the Competition – Get a Jump Start too!

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Now that you’ve registered for GRAPHISOFT’s 2016 Student Competition, you are one step closer to the cash prizes! If you haven’t signed up for the competition, there’s no time to lose—there are only a few weeks left to submit your design.

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NOT FAMILIAR WITH ARCHICAD BIM SOFTWARE?

Don’t have time to sit through hours of tutorials to learn ARCHICAD? Let us help you get jump started! We are offering two online webinars (April 5th and April 26th) hosted by our best ARCHICAD gurus where we’ll go over the basics and answer your specific questions.

YOUR CHANCE FOR FAME AND FORTUNE—AND PERHAPS A FULL-TIME GIG!

Designing an amazing ARCHICAD project not only provides fame and fortune to the winners, but all who participate get to add another unique design to their portfolios! That’s important because firms across the country are ready to hire graduates with ARCHICAD know-how.

Stand out from the crowd. Add ARCHICAD to your list of skills and open more doors towards landing the perfect job!

Register here!


 

GRAPHISOFT Student Design Competition Launched

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Challenge Begins

Philly-Streets-shutterstock_97749506 resizedThe wait is over – you can now dig in to the challenge set forth by GRAPHISOFT North America, the makers of ARCHICAD, in partnership with noted ARCHICAD firm, Kitchen & Associates and AIA West Jersey, a section of AIA-NJ. Our official website hosting the inaugural student design competition, coinciding with this year’s AIA 2016 Convention is live.

The Setting

As Philadelphia hosts the 2016 AIA National Convention, the city continues its long tradition of serving as a colorful backdrop to dozens of concerts, conventions, sporting events and festivals annually. With so many wonderful venues in one historic place – wouldn’t it be great if the city had a way to welcome those various event attendees in a cohesive and effective manner?

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ARCHICAD Student Design Competition

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Calling All Students!

GRAPHISOFT North America announces an exciting student design competition that challenges you to position Philadelphia’s rich history in front of the millions of tourists who visit it annually. The City of Brotherly Love hosts dozens of concerts, conventions, sporting events, and festivals – so the draw is there, but what the city lacks are temporary mobile visitor centers that can be brought to those venues and welcome event attendees.

In this national one-stage competition – all US-based architecture students (graduate or undergraduate) will be challenged to develop and design a mobile visitors’ center using shipping containers which could be constructed in various locations around the city of Philadelphia.

A total of $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.

Click here to receive all competition information on eligibility, how to register, submission deadlines and entry requirements. Or visit competition.graphisoftus.com. For additional information or questions about the competition, please contact Rita Hicks, GRAPHISOFT North America rhicks@graphisoft.com

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Successfully Managing Projects with ARCHICAD

Friday, February 19th, 2016

DEIV resizedDavid Clayton, AIA of DEIV Architecture has been using ARCHICAD for the better part of the past two years. Having first been exposed to the software while a student, version 7, Clayton confesses having to learn Revit and AutoCAD to enter the job market back in 2002. However when he began his own firm some nine years later – he knew what software to use.

“I kept thinking that I’ve always loved ARCHICAD. It’s the only software I know of that you can have good quality documents while being editing and designing in perspective mode.I just like designing in perspective because that’s how we see things with our eyes.”

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Twinmotion for ARCHICAD

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

GRAPHISOFT is hosting an exciting live online webinar to introcude Twinmotion for ARCHICAD

Scheduled for February 2 – the webinar will focus on the award-winning real-time visualization technology “Twinmotion” and how it changes the way designers and engineers interact with their models. Developed by Ka-Ra and distributed worldwide by Abvent, Twinmotion is compatible with every 3D modeling software on the market today, including ARCHICAD. Twinmotion is a great fit for any landscape, urban planning or building professional. Designed with an easy, intuitive user interface, it can be used right out of the box. In addition to being incredibly easy to use, Twinmotion creates high quality images and animations in the blink of an eye.Twinmotion_Cathedrale_FR_1-1500x813

Led by Ildikó Szabó of Abvent webinar attendees will be walked through a workflow demo of Twinmotion 2016, highlighting all the fantastic new features in the latest version of this game-changing visualization software.

Twinmotion 2016 offers several productivity enhancements, such as:

  • smooth collaboration with ARCHICAD and BIM solutions
  • point cloud import and automatic conversion to a terrain in Twinmotion
  • enriched object library: vegetation, animated characters, vehicles
  • expanded material library: ceilings
  • project phasing

In addition, BIMmotion, the revolutionary stand-alone viewer, allows Twinmotion users to share an .exe file with their clients, enabling them to explore the project on their own — following it from start to finish. All this is now possible without having to install Twinmotion. (Windows only.)

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David McKee Architects – Award Winning Design with ARCHICAD

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Fayetteville, AR based firm, David McKee Architects has a long and unique history using ARCHICAD to design high-end custom residential homes. In addition to those types of projects, David and his team recently completed a preliminary design for a project at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks in the Fay Jones architectural style.

“The Botanical garden project is still in the very preliminary design phase, we are excited about seeing the project through and possibly earning a LEED certification.”

David McKee Architects ARCHICADThough only recently upgrading the ARCHICAD 19, the firm has been producing outstanding work, winning an AIA award for design in an earlier version of ARCHICAD. Since upgrading, the team has noticed an improvement in visualization and detailing in the model.

“The biggest difference between then and now has to do with how we were using it in our workflow. We still hand draw in the office, but overall, the way we tackle a project changed. In the previous version, we were using ARCHICAD to draft, and were modeling with fewer details than we do now. In the current version of ARCHICAD we fully visualize the project when we meet with our clients.”

Now that they are modeling the houses completely in ARCHICAD, David McKee Architects enhance their visualization process with BIMx for presentations.

“With BIMx our clients come to our office, connect their iPad and walk through the design. It has been a huge help in communicating design intent. The walkthrough is a great tool to go beyond 2D drawings to get design ideas across to the client. In our experience it is not unusual for us to go thru 3 or 4 design iterations, but those rounds of changes are no big deal, because with the ARCHICAD model, we jump right into construction documents.”

 

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