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.
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.
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.
After 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.”
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.