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Hitting the Ground Running with ARCHICAD

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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.

Take BIMx with You

Monday, August 28th, 2017

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.

ARCHICAD Provides Steely Support on Fast-Paced Project

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

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.”

ARCHICAD Powers Massive Renovation to Achieve Main Street Feel

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

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.

SketchUp to ARCHICAD Webinar August 24

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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
#2. Designing Naturally in 3D
#3. Fast, Accurate, Automated Construction Documents
#4. Improving Communication
#5. Having More Fun Designing

Register for this webinar. After you participate, we’re confident you’ll adore ARCHICAD.

We’ll cover:

  • How to harness the power of BIM for even the smallest of projects and embrace the process as you implement a BIM workflow
  • The tool similarities between SketchUp and ARCHICAD and how easy the transition can be within your work methodology
  • How to import SketchUp and DWG into ARCHICAD to develop your projects into smart building information models and crank out amazing construction documentation.


Training on ARCHICAD via Black Spectacles

Monday, July 17th, 2017

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.


Watch and Learn – OPEN BIM Basics

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

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:

  • Model preparation and element classification

  • Graphic overrides

  • IFC export basics and exporting via publisher sets

  • IFC import basics

  • Detecting IFC model Changes

  • BCF messaging

  • Collision detection basics

  • Using BIMx for Collaboration

Sign up for the ARCHICAD 21 Live Webinar

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

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.

Register for ARCHICAD 21 Webinar

ARCHICAD 21 Now Shipping

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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.

It is not too late to learn about ARCHICAD 21, you can visit our site – and watch the video clip below to get a taste of the simple and intuitive stair tool.

A Brief Look Back at the #2017BIMCON

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


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