ArchiCAD BIM Engine
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October 12th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
After attending a two-day workshop with GRAPHISOFT BIM consultant, Veleda Miller, the team at North Carolina based, Don Duffy Architecture transitioned away from AutoCAD and adopted ARCHICAD as their software. Duffy reviewed a few BIM options such as Home Architect and Revit, but believed that ARCHICAD would meet the firm’s needs the best.
“We knew we needed to upgrade our software and being a PC-based office, thought staying with AutoCAD would be an obvious choice. ARCHICAD works well in our PC environment and we liked the idea of being able to own a version of the software for as long as we wanted to run it.”
Once the choice was made, they dove fully into the program in January of 2015 and have since completed the drawing package for a few projects now currently in construction.
The team had worked in 2D AutoCAD and SketchUp prior to adopting ARCHICAD. There was no question they’d have a learning curve as they moved forward with the transition. To best minimize difficulties, the architects had to commit to using the software and develop a new approach to projects. After about a four week period – confidence in using the software was at a very good level – and the efficiencies became evident early on.
Kraig Magas explains, “Before switching to ARCHICAD, in the schematic design phase, we’d create hand sketches. Then, once all parties are on board with the concept – we would move over to AutoCAD. Now, we start working in ARCHICAD much earlier – arriving at a consensus on intent and scope fairly quickly.”
October 9th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
Once a month, GRAPHISOFT will share a new video tutorial, along with inspiring stories of students and professors who are pushing the limits of design and productivity with ARCHICAD.
Check out the first tutorial, 5 Ways to Rock Your Studio World.
Ready to start using ARCHICAD? Register today for your free student copy at www.MyARCHICAD.com.
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October 7th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
The clever architects at Clark Design Group have come up with a way to plan their projects, using ARCHICAD, that helps to simplify the lengthy planning and design period of a project before creating construction documents. Richard Rinehart calls the process “participatory planning.” It involves designing in real-time in front of the client – on the entire scope of projects taken on by the firm, industrial, medical, institutional and has helped the firm become more efficient and productive.
“When we deal with large clients and have to develop a plan for the MEP or piping and duct work, we use ARCHICAD. The software lets us move things around, make decisions quickly and get moving forward. On a recent 60K square foot pilot plant, we cut down what would have been a six to eight month approval process to just two weeks.”
Relying heavily on the morph tool and being able to show exactly what would happen if an element of the building were, say, to move 40 feet to one direction, everyone looking at the model has an immediate understanding of whether that would work or not.
September 24th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
Boston-based VernerJohnson, Inc. specializes in planning and designing museums and the outdoor public spaces they occupy. Their planning work involves developing a complete facility program to understand what types of spaces within the museum are required, how large they need to be, and how they need to relate to one another. According to Jonathan Kharfen, AIA LEED Senior Associate at VernerJohnson, the firm relies on ARCHICAD to develop a master plan, which can then be used to assist existing or new museums develop their mission and be successful in achieving it.
“We help the museum administration and board evaluate their long-term goals and create a building that supports those goals. For example, they will need to decide if the museum or visitor center will have a strong educational component in addition to exhibits – such as classrooms, or performance spaces – or whether it will host evening events such as lectures, conferences or cocktail/dinner parties. We use our ARCHICAD model to develop a design that encapsulates their goals and expresses their mission in an engaging and unique way.”
Once that overall goal is established in the master plan, the team at VernerJohnson works to further develop the vision into a full concept design. VernerJohnson also helps develop staffing requirements, an economic strategic plan and on projects where a new facility is being created, VernerJohnson will also assist in site selection.
The process of selecting an appropriate site for the future facility’s needs can be a lengthy one. Such was the case for a visitor center along Route 70 in Riley County Kansas. The firm worked on several different site options before the project began. VernerJohnson’s planning and site selection portfolio also includes the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
September 23rd, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
See the BIM Events Happening in Your Neighborhood!
It is important to GRAPHISOFT that you get the most out of your ARCHICAD BIM software solutions. That’s why we provide regional training, seminars, user groups, and events throughout the year to help you and your firm succeed. Here is what we have lined up for the week of:
September 20 – September 26, 2015
September 22nd, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
Announcing an ARCHICAD Interoperability Increase
Exciting news from GRAPHISOFT that fills a gap in the design process between early stage design and building information modeling. GRAPHISOFT announced the release of a public beta version of a Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connection. The enhanced connection opens up creative options for architects. The existing natural link between Rhino and Grasshopper empowers them to start and modify their designs in any of the three design environments — Rhino, Grasshopper or ARCHICAD
It is an industry-first, bidirectional “real-time” connection – giving architects and designers freedom to use their favorite algorithmic design tool (Grasshopper) in combination with professional BIM software (ARCHICAD) through a best-in-class iterative design workflow. Now it is easier than ever to explore multiple design variations, create and fine-tune building details and structures using algorithms without exchanging files.
Native file format support for Rhinoceros found in ARCHICAD already let designers open and save Rhino project files of any size or complexity – the extension of this compatibility makes the benefits of using BIM at an early design phase more accessible.
As Tomohiko Yamanashi, Executive Officer and Deputy Head of Architectural Design Department at Nikken Sekkei put it, ”This connection will also help align the traditional design process with the computational design approach. I am looking forward to seeing BIM become a friendlier design tool for architects.”
The public beta test begins on September 28 – click here to sign-up for the beta or to register for a free, online webinar on October 6.
September 10th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
GRAPHISOFT has long advocated for user training and puts an increasing amount of focus on that aspect of servicing our customers. Basic tutorials and resource links are embedded in the software and users know they can contact tech support nearly around the clock for advice.
In addition to the online help center, YouTube channel, social media and social networking avenues for ARCHICAD users to get advice and training, GRAPHISOFT employs several BIM consultants who have valuable insight into what issues we are seeing from a user standpoint with the software. GRAPHISOFT also creates opportunities for our customers to benefit from in-person, on-on-one classes as well as ARCHICAD boot camp for both new and experienced users.
BIM consultants have the distinction of being able to interact with the same offices on a regular basis. The consultants will often be called upon to develop strategies in which ARCHICAD can assist on specific projects. Through that relationship and with their background as licensed architects, GRAPHISOFT BIM consultants provide a level of assistance that is unmatched in the industry.
September 3rd, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
Transitioning from AutoCAD to ARCHICAD
Things changed in January of 2015 for the team at Hlevel Architects. The team made the transition from AutoCAD to ARCHICAD. The growing firm, which specializes in both residential and commercial projects recently completed several projects with ARCHICAD.
Although still new to the software, relatively speaking, the team at Hlevel has come to know that that transition was worth the effort. Firm principle, Michaela Reiterer Henning explains, “After having used ARCHICAD for residential, interior commercial and renovation projects, we now truly understand the potential of the software. We are happy that we have moved toward using such a powerful design tool that helps us collaborate with clients, consultants and contractors.”
One such project – a 4,500 square foot, two story residential (single family) home provided a chance for the team at Hlevel to experience firsthand how ARCHICAD can assist in designing and creating the model. In a similar way, the benefits of ARCHICAD became apparent to the team as they worked on a multi-family dwelling – which amounted to a tenant improvement project and required heavy interior work.
“On the tenant improvement project, we were able to use ARCHICAD to create the images and sections all the way through to the cabinetry. We found it beneficial to save the interiors in the model and make shop drawings for those details. We saved loads of time because of all the detailing we created. Equally beneficial was the visualization in ARCHICAD as we created the dormers in the single family home. In AutoCAD, it would have been a very complicated process, because the ceiling heights change.”
July 16th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
The well-known Brazilian firm with an impressive portfolio, including two 2014 World Cup arenas had been on a competitor’s BIM platform, namely Revit, since 2007. The firm researched alternatives to that platform in keeping with its commitment to consistently streamlining their design process while adding value to their customers. The firm evaluated ARCHICAD and determined it to be a superior software. In addition, Daniel Hopf Fernandes, Founder of FAA pointed out – switching to ARCHICAD freed the firm from the new commercial policy introduced by Autodesk.
You can read the full release here
July 16th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
Making the Switch to ARCHICAD
More than a year ago here on the blog, we profiled Cheikh Sylla of Tampa, FL-based Sylla International and his decision to adopt ARCHICAD over another BIM software he had been using for quite some time. Since then he has been busy, putting his skills and ARCHICAD to the test. At the start of 2015 Sylla evaluated his decision candidly, honestly sharing his experience for his readers and other architects considering a similar change.
Was it Worth it?
Rather than rehash his thorough overview of what the impact of the change has been, I thought it wise to discuss how he’s using the software on an actual project. Sylla is in the design phase of creating a nearly six thousand square foot home that features a pool in a flood zone of Miami, Florida. Sylla is using ARCHICAD 18 to create the design through to construction documents that and at press time was nearing the point of submitting the plans to the city for review.