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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 20
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.
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.
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.
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.
Think 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.
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.
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!
Thursday, March 17th, 2016
The Challenge Begins
The 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.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 19th, 2016
David 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.”
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.
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.)
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.”
Though 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.”
Thursday, December 10th, 2015
Seattle, WA-based CAST Architecture leveraged ARCHICAD in a big way on a new classroom building at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) in Seattle’s South End. The 30-acre site is a former planting orchard and nursery space. Originally on the outer edges of the city, the neighborhood is and among the densest and most diverse in the region. Using ARCHICAD as a tool for design and documentation, the team at CAST is working with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation and Seattle Tilth, to create a center for sustainable urban agriculture in the middle of the city.
Friday, November 20th, 2015
This post originally appeared on ConAppGuru’s blog. Written by Josh Bone the East Region Sales Director for GRAPHISOFT.
For more than a decade Josh Bone been implementing, training, and presenting construction technology solutions to AEC&O professionals. During that time he has had the opportunity to work with some of the top technology leaders in the industry. This experience has helped him define best practices and methodologies for integrating BIM and mobile applications into everyday workflows. Starting with design, then moving into trade coordination, and finally working with teams generating schedules (4D) and quantities (5D) from models Josh has delved deep into the BIM process.
Graphisoft is recognized as developing the original BIM software solution ARCHICAD.
Building Information Modeling is changing the game for many companies in the construction industry here in the U.S. Projects are experiencing increased efficiencies and decreased downtime with fewer RFIs in the field. With all the advantages that BIM adds to a project, there are still many general contractors that have not yet made the move for various reasons. I am asked frequently by companies of all sizes, “How can we incorporate BIM into our team?” (more…)