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February 18th, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
E. William (Bill) East, the inventor of Construction Operations Building Information Exchange known as COBie – a data format for the publication of a subset of building model information focused on delivering building information not geometric modeling says ARCHICAD is 100% COBie-compliant. According to the Building Smart Alliance COBie “…is an information exchange specification for the life-cycle capture and delivery of information needed by facility managers. COBie can be viewed in design, construction, and maintenance software as well as in simple spreadsheets. This versatility allows COBie to be used all projects regardless of size and technological sophistication.”
Having a reliable international standard to share information can streamline an otherwise wasteful construction handover process. Using COBie specification involves identification of the content of the information that must be captured and exchanged at each phase of the project to begin to reduce the waste associated with the current paper process. The designer is required to provide the space layout, system list, types of equipment, and the location of named equipment. The builder adds equipment make, model and serial number and provides manufacturer literature, warranty and replacement parts information. The commissioning agent provides the job plan data with associated tools, training and equipment requirements.
January 27th, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
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:
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.)
January 21st, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
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.
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.
Now that they are modeling the houses completely in ARCHICAD, David McKee Architects enhance their visualization process with BIMx for presentations.
January 7th, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
A wealth of easy to understand information about using ARCHICAD is available to new ARCHICAD users, prospects, students and anyone who wants to sharpen their current skills with the software. There you can also find a full-fledged BIM Curriculum to support the education of students, young architects and building industry professionals. This unique educational resource includes 12 seminar lectures supplemented by Lecture Notes and Teachers Notes to cover a full semester.
Five volumes of GRAPHISOFT approved training resources take on various aspects of using the software and are geared toward different levels of knowledge and interest. Each volume includes a step-by-step PDF manual, narrated video clips and ARCHICAD project files for hands-on practice. Each volume builds on the previous – or can be viewed in random order depending on the viewer’s skill level. The volumes are summarized below.
Volume 1 – Beginner level
This section begins with introducing the fundamental concepts, techniques and key benefits of GRAPHISOFT’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions. The training will familiarize you with the interface and navigation as well as the modeling, documentation and publishing concepts of ARCHICAD.
December 10th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
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.
November 20th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
November 18th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
My job is so cool.
I mean, I get to talk to some of the most impressively intelligent people on the planet on a daily basis. I get to talk to them about their favorite software. I ask them what makes them tick, how do they like to design, hear them describe their inspiration and passion for architecture – all good stuff. It really is fun for me, a journalist with a broadcasting background – who struggled with Lincoln Logs as a kid, to learn about architecture and design from the people who do it every day so well.
Recently I got a chance to hear Philip Allsopp, Chief Design Officer with Smart Pad Living, LLC (www.smartpadliving.com) talk about a fascinating project he’s working on.
In just a few words, you’ll understand why this conversation was particularly cool. Allsopp and his team really pushed the envelope on a recent project. They combined the power of drones, 3D laser scanning, and point clouds with ARCHICAD 19 to recreate high quality drawings of the Arizona State Fairgrounds Grandstand Building, an important, historic structure built of concrete, steel, and some adobe as part of the 1938 WPA project. The building is in jeopardy of being torn down and part of the effort to save it includes creating accurate as-built HABS (Historic American Building Survey) drawings to support fund-raising and preservation efforts. These HABS drawings will also be lodged with the United States Library of Congress.
November 17th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
Todd Miller of QMA Architects & Planners – a long-time ARCHICAD user and architect based in New Jersey – is currently designing a Key West Style Beach house in Ventnor, NJ. Miller took some time out from his schedule of creating custom residential projects to explain how he uses ARCHICAD to create his designs and why he feels it is important to stay current with ARCHICAD.
“We went from hand drawing right into ARCHICAD, and dabbled with other programs while working in other offices. When I went to school, the CAD system was keypunch based. Taking advantage of all the new technology – the architect in me loves the new rendering engines, high quality renderings – without all the tweaking saves so much time.”
Miller, working side by side with his wife, licensed architect Jeannette Quon, adds that he enjoys the freedom ARCHICAD gives him to be able to add details to his design through his modeling software. During client meetings, he takes care to spend ample time with his clients to determine their wants, needs, goals, and aspirations for the home. Throughout the 35 years Miller has been practicing, including the last 25 as principal of QMA, he reports good success with that process. Since adopting ARCHICAD back at version 4.5 some twenty years ago, Miller has relied on the actual model and high quality renderings to demonstrate design intent and scope.
November 13th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
We continue our focus on ARCHICAD and Education series with a new video tutorial, and several other inspiring stories of students and professors who are pushing the limits of design and productivity with ARCHICAD.
Check out this month’s tutorial, on Complex Profiles
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October 29th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
Vero Beach, Florida based Clemens Bruns Schaub Architect & Associates (CBSA&A) began their conversion to ARCHICAD from AutoCAD in November of 2014. Since then the team has completed several projects and benefited from a variety of features in the software.
The decision to convert from an AutoCAD to ARCHICAD workflow took months during which all the team members considered options from varying solutions. A demonstration by authorized GRAPHISOFT reseller, Jon Sage, at an AIA event helped the decision “click” into place.
“For years I looked at ARCHICAD and didn’t realize it was more than an illustration tool,” explained Clem Schaub, principal at CBSA&A. “ARCHICAD is a design-based tool that can produce all the construction documents needed for a project.”
For the custom residential projects that make up their portfolio, Schaub saw an additional benefit in that the team could work on models simultaneously. “As we went through the process of looking at ARCHICAD and analyzing the best way to move forward, we realized how much more effective we could be when we take advantage of ARCHICAD’s TeamWork feature. So we went all in.”