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Four Years in a Row – ArchiCAD Brings it Home at “The Hammers”

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

ArchiCAD 18 – BIM Product of the Year & Product of the Year, Runner Up

Exciting news for GRAPHISOFT from the Construction Computing Awards – our BIM software, ArchiCAD 18, has won BIM Product of the Year award for the fourth year in a row. For four years running, ArchiCAD has dominated the BIM Product of the Year category, surpassing competitors Autodesk Revit (2014) Autodesk BIM360 Glue (2013) Nemetschek Vectorworks (2012) and Autodesk Revit Architecture (2011).

ArchiCAD 18 is a BIM solution that features smooth integration of rendering that never interrupts the design workflow. No need to buy, install or learn any new software. There are “point and click” type settings as well as advanced. Powered by Cinema 4D – MAXON’s world-class engine guarantees high quality, photorealistic presentation-ready images with the best architectural workflow.

“It’s great to see votes from users and readers deliver GRAPHISOFT a strong showing not only for ArchiCAD and BIMx, but also for the outstanding work of our partners and customers,” said Akos Pfemeter, Vice President of Marketing, GRAPHISOFT.

The Construction Computing Awards; affectionately known as “The Hammers”, showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. For 9 years now, the Construction Computing Awards event has become a place where members of the industry gather to network and exchange ideas while having fun.

Along with the highly prized product awards won by GRAPHISOFT, ArchiCAD architect LSI Architects was honored with Collaboration Project of the Year.  UK Partner GRAPHISOFT Connect was runner up for Channel Partner of the Year.

Mobile Technology of the Year, Runner Up – BIMx

GRAPHISOFT was also recognized with an award for Mobile Technology of the Year. This is the second year in a row BIMx has been recognized with a Hammer award for Mobile Technology.

BIMx, has been in use since 2011 and it has been recognized as a revolutionary, game-changing app. As a presentation tool, it is unmatched in its ability to help architects communicate design intent and provide understanding to clients – even those with limited experience or exposure to architectural concepts.

GRAPHISOFT expanded the capabilities of BIMx – with BIMx Docs to high acclaim and the app has helped ArchiCAD users see its benefits on the job site. BIMx Docs offers lightning fast navigation within and across large layout books. Even if you are only working with 2D drawings, BIMx Docs offers unbeatable performance based on Map app technology.

Energy Efficient Home in Mendham, NJ Designed in ArchiCAD

Monday, November 17th, 2014

A picturesque piece of land nestled in the town of Mendham, New Jersey stretched for seven acres. Architect Andrew Passacantando, AIA was tasked with renovating the existing property to meet the needs of his client. When the project first began, Passacantando says he investigated renovating the existing house, but after a walk-through of the property, decided it would be best to start over.

ArchiCAD BIMAfter the home was torn down, he used ArchiCAD to create a different configuration for the home, making the building much taller. The home features double-walled construction as well as other energy efficient design aspects such as geo-thermal wells, low voltage lighting and Marvin windows. It became a much larger home, but one that uses little energy.  Passacantando says he relied heavily on ArchiCAD software as a design tool to create the initial concept for the home.

“When we started out – at first glance, we had a simple renovation on our hands. It soon transitioned into a rather complicated project. I was again reminded of how valuable BIM is to me as an architect, and I stress this to anyone considering making the transition to using BIM. By the time we were actually building the home, we were building it for the second time, and as a result,  this house went up without a single hiccup.”



Monday, November 3rd, 2014

At AIA Orlando’s BIM BAM BOOM event held last week, AIA members witnessed a unique BIM event in which GRAPHISOFT North America, Applied Software – Autodesk’s local reseller and Nemetschek Vectorworks were tasked with modeling Le Corbusier’s finest work the Chapel of Ronchamp with finite time and resources.

Unfortunately, a rather distorted version of the event’s outcome has made its way into the public eye in the form of a completely false claim by Autodesk’s Reseller to have been named the winner of the event for the second year in a row. Nothing could be further from the truth.


Become Familiar with BIMCloud on Your Mobile Device in Upcoming Online Seminar

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

What is BIMCloud? How can it help my firm collaborate? Does it take extra equipment?

These and many other questions will be answered at an upcoming live, online seminar scheduled for October 30th. This is your opportunity to get to know and understand the ground-breaking workflow integration of the GRAPHISOFT BIMcloud solution with mobile devices.

Since it launched in March of 2014, industry reviews of BIMcloud have been supremely positive. Users attest that it is a solution that has revolutionized project workflow and management. BIMcloud was awarded a Silver Stevie Award in the Best New Product or Service of the Year – Software – Cloud Application/Service category in the 11th Annual International Business Awards.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how:

  • Designers can seamlessly collaborate with other members of the team – including engineers, consultants, etc. – using ArchiCAD’s award-winning Teamwork solution.
  • BIMcloud hosts shared Teamwork projects – securely and safely – while also managing various user roles and activities.
  • Team members using BIMx Docs with Hyper-model capabilities on mobile devices are now an integral part of Teamwork.
  • Team members using mobile devices can seamlessly collaborate with other team members, and provide invaluable design feedback regardless of location, using various devices.

WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2014 – Learn More Here


MDT Designs Heartland Health Center with ArchiCAD

Monday, October 13th, 2014

This article was first published on the BIM Engine Blog by ArchiCAD.

Our readers know that we have some amazing firms and sole proprietors using ArchiCAD. Manske Dieckmann Thompson (MDT) is just such a firm that has been profiled here in our blog before. Since we last caught up with this Chicago based design firm – the team has had several projects come to fruition – one in particular officially opened to the public.

Construction on their most recent project, the Heartland Health Center Devon (HHCD) began in October of last year and completed at the end of this summer. Modeled entirely in ArchiCAD, MDT relied on the software to manage and coordinate data from engineers working on the project.


Architects Enable Preparedness with Beehive Shelter Systems Using BIM

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Beehive Shelter Systems, is an architectural / engineering firm led by Lane Lythgoe. The firm is dedicated to NBCE (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Electromagnetic) Bunker design throughout the United States. In recent years Beehive Shelter Systems has seen global interest in its bunker projects. Major disasters, civil unrest and the threat of terrorism has led citizens to focus on being prepared for emergencies – sending the bunker industry into a growth boom period that does not appear to be slowing.

ArchiCAD has been the software of choice in use by Lythgoe and the team at Beehive for the past eleven years to build safe environments for the family and property. Lythgoe’s expertise and knowledge of the highly specialized bunker requirements has been recognized in his recently receiving a U.S. patent for a pre-cast bunker design that was completely designed in ArchiCAD. 

Be a Triple Threat by Combining ArchiCAD, BIMx and Skills

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Jackson Hole, Wyoming based Chris Lee of Design Associates Architects has been relying on ArchiCAD since the late nineties – to design residential, commercial and industrial projects. As a sole proprietor, Lee says he is always looking for ways to be efficient and help his practice thrive. Lee takes advantage of the powerful combination of his skills and ArchiCAD to be the most efficient and compete with firms of larger size. One of his go-to features of ArchiCAD is BIMx and he exploits it to his advantage time and time again.ArchiCAD

ArchiCAD “Back when BIMx was called Virtual Building Explorer I began sending models to clients. The feedback I got was great – for them to be able to experience the design in their own place and time was huge”.

Most recently, this technology proved valuable on a current project he’s managing for an executive client. Lee recently competed with nine other firms, “powerhouses” as he put it, to win a high end residential project. In this type of “David and Goliath” scenario, Lee says he credits his triple threat of “killer tech”, namely ArchiCAD, BIMx Docs and his skills with the win.


See Through House

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

See Through House Brings In Natural Light

KUBE Architecture put their ArchiCAD skills to use on a recent interior renovation of a row home located in the Foggy Bottom section of Washington DC. Their skill and application of unique solutions has resulted in the firm’s receiving recognition for its design of the “See-Through House.” The “See-Through House” received an excellence in interior design award winner from the AIA DC Chapter.

ArchiCAD renovationAs its name would lead the reader to believe, the home has a see-through feature: glass floors that run from ceiling to basement were employed to transform the rather dark interior of the three story single family home into a space full of natural light – something the home’s prospective owners desperately wanted to achieve.

Challenges Overcome

That transformation did not come easily. Historic building codes put restrictions on what could be done to the home. During the design phase of the renovation the team at KUBE had to focus only on the home’s interior, front and rear. After some deliberation and close communication with the client, the “See-Through House” began to take shape.

“Our clients traveled to DC to go over the design concepts we’d come up with. For those meetings we were very fortunate to have the drawings, and 3D perspectives to show them. When you consider that we were essentially putting a hole in the middle of the ceiling and on every level of the home to allow that natural light to come in, the ability to demonstrate that clearly at the early design phase was very important.”


How ArchiCAD Increases Project Delivery on Renovation Projects

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

On Friday morning during AIA Chicago, GRAPHISOFT is sponsoring a presentation entitled Increase Project Delivery Efficiency on Renovation Projects Utilizing BIM Strategies and Workflows. We get it – the session starts very early – 7 am but it will be SO WORTH IT.


ArchiCAD for RenovationBecause renovation projects represent a huge chunk of the architecture projects out there today. They require careful planning, phasing, and coordination. And making sure that your model contains relevant information can be time-consuming. So maybe it isn’t in your wheelhouse to take on renovations, but it should be and can be efficiently done with ArchiCAD.

Presenters, Jennifer Costanzo, Principal, STR Partners and Kyla Kuhnlein | AIA | LEED AP BD+C are going to change how you view renovation projects. Their discussion about using renovation filters and override styles that are available in the ArchiCAD is not to be missed.

The techniques they’ll discuss saved them approximately 100 work hours – a major accomplishment considering the middle school they were tasked with updating was considered “functionally obsolete”.

Engineers and Architects Working Together #notamyth

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Riverstone Structural Concepts is a structural engineering force to be reckoned with, having built a successful business by using ArchiCAD to be efficient, increase profits and shrink timelines.

There’s no need to just take just our word for it, you can hear Patrick Bird of Riverstone speak at AIA Chicago. He’s presenting on day one. We expect him to wow you with details about his adoption of ArchiCAD into his business model and workflow has increased revenues and reduced budget overages.

The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, from 12:30-1:30 at the CE Theatre D, booth 2266 entitled Architects, Engineers, and BIM: Working Together Has Never Been Easier. Patrick Bird, S.E. President, of RiverStone Structural Concepts will be joined by Veronica Schreibeis, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal Architect, Vera Iconica Architecture for the session. They will discuss the ways they leverage new collaboration technology to gain a significant competitive edge.

ArchiCAD StructuralSchreibeis characterizes her firm’s work with Riverstone as a well-rehearsed dance. Since they began working together, employing the BIM server and “learning all the steps” involved and coordinating on a variety of projects ranging from small mobile cabins to large fire stations and community centers, the team at Vera Iconica Architecture can see the positive impact it has had.

Schreibeis describes the process, “What we’re doing is creating a virtual job site. A consultant can come into the model just as a sub-contractor would enter a job site. We work with engineers to interior designers to add their expertise as part of a growing, project-specific knowledge base housed in the virtual model. When detailed information from each field of expertise is modeled in 3D, coordination and collaboration are seamless. All team members, including the client and contractor, can fly through the model for quick cognition of the project, thus starting off on the same foot to ensure a smooth process.”

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