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…
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.
The designLab team in Boston, MA began work to design a new Dance and Visual Arts Center at Seton Hill University project in Greenberg, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2012. The design intends to embody the industrial heritage of its location in a modern and attractive manner, through exposed steel and minimal finishes. designLab focused in on the university’s goal to create a building that was both open and inviting to students and faculty as well as the community of Greensburg. It will house areas for students and community members to study and apply principles of dance, sculpture, graphic design, metal-smithing, clay works, photography, printmaking, drawing and painting. Welding facilities and a foundry or metal casting area also make up the various studios. The center will provide space for art therapy and education studios as well as the Harlan Gallery to display student works and installations.
GRAPHISOFT North America has announced that ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2015 is now available. Users of ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2015 will find a full-fledged BIM solution including critical features that are necessary at smaller firms, home builders and building contractors. The feature set in ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2015 allows for the creation of any type of Virtual BuildingTM model and architectural documentation (floor plans, sections/elevations, 3D views, details).
Small firms get big software at a low price point.
Enhanced Mark-Up Features, ArchiCAD Start Edition
GRAPHISOFT built on the huge value of the previous edition of STAR(T) which already contained the powerful MORPH and Shell tools. Running on the powerful ArchiCAD 18 engine, STAR(T) Edition 2015 elevates that value once again. It is all that is needed to create a BIM that is data-rich and able to produce all floor plans, sections/elevations, 3D views and details for a project. Advanced modeling tools such as the Shell tool, MORPH and priority-based connections are also included within STAR(T) 2015. Serving as a base for the latest ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2015, ArchiCAD 18’s robust, well-tested engine satisfies the needs of a smaller practice. Therefore, ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition has most of the feature set, content and benefits of ArchiCAD 18.
GRAPHISOFT is a proud co-sponsor of an upcoming event at the National Building Museum. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – will display 20 featured projects, offering a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process. Beginning January 24th and running through August 30th, 2015 the installation highlights 20 different projects designed by BIG from around the world, exploring how the cultural and climatic contexts of each location shaped their design solutions. The array of signature designs provides a glimpse into how the firm works with intense creativity and innovation while developing concepts for new buildings. (more…)
GRAPHISOFT will be exhibiting at the 2015 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, NV on January 20-22nd at booth S2149. Touted as THE building industry’s biggest event, the 2015 IBS promises to be a can’t-miss event.
During the NAHB IBS, GRAPHISOFT will showcase the latest version of its premium BIM software. ArchiCAD® 18, highlighting its new solutions and key customer-focused initiatives built in. The software supports a collaborative environment using the same BIM data. Seeing a live demo of ArchiCAD 18 will give you a chance to witness the software supporting the creative flow through modeling and documentation of buildings.
ArchiCAD 18 assists home builders in their day-to-day by supporting data exchange. ArchiCAD 18 tracks and automatically documents changes to the building model. And with a brand new Revision Management solution integrated into the entire BIM workflow, the software works within 2D, 3D or any kind of hybrid workflows. The software also works well with PDF data-exchange, in recognition of its becoming a worldwide drawing standard. By introducing BIM-related intelligence and data hierarchies into PDF files, ArchiCAD 18 offers PDF-based smooth workflows for a wide range of stakeholders in the AEC process.
Don’t miss out on this unique and information-rich event, click here to register for a free exhibit hall pass.
The dates are set for the Interior Design Show in Canada. Now in its 17th year, the show brings together some of the leading brands, innovative speakers and promising local talent to spotlight trends and share ideas and inspire new designs. Beginning January 22nd and running through January 25th, the show promises an experience that will charge your creative energy.
BIM: More than a Buzzword Presentation – Earn .1 CEU
GRAPHISOFT is sponsoring the CEU tradeday sessions during the IDS show as well as making a presentation entitled BIM: More than a Buzzword. Led by GRAPHISOFT North America Product Manager, Yanni Alexakis, the session will introduce Building Information Modeling or BIM and help attendees understand that it is more than a catch phrase, and more than a piece of code. BIM goes beyond a new iteration of CAD. It’s a new way of working that makes it easier for interior designers to do their job and to coordinate with other professionals involved in a building project, too.
In this presentation, you’ll see BIM used in a real-world interior design application. You’ll understand the benefits of BIM first-hand—and learn how BIM is positioning today’s leading interior designers to be more competitive, productive and profitable. You’ll discover that BIM is an affordable, effective and efficient tool for communicating ideas, analyzing and evaluating space, and helping to forecast the performance of a finished building.
At the end of the session, attendees will earn .1 CEU and know how to:
Create custom objects using the Morph Tool
Easily share files on mobile devices, with clients
Create photorealistic renderings directly from the model
Navigate with in the model in 3D view to quickly evaluate design decisions.