Posts Tagged ‘ArchiCAD’
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
The article below first appeared in the February issue of Metal Architecture.
Steeling Inspiration from Industrial Heritage
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.
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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.
Monday, January 19th, 2015
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.
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.
Because 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”.
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.
Schreibeis 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.”
Friday, June 20th, 2014
The unique three-day event that is Dwell on Design LA has become a must-see and must-do for interior design professionals and members of the AEC community. As it returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center June 20th through the 22nd, GRAPHISOFT will be exhibiting at booth #952.
ArchiCAD takes center stage on Friday, June 20th, as GRAPHISOFT sponsors two presentations highlighting how BIM can facilitate and streamline the workflow process for interior design.
BIM for High End Residential Design, presented by Mark Vacha is scheduled for 1:30 in meeting room 304C. Vacha’s presentation will discuss his use of ArchiCAD on a beachfront home in Ocean Beach, CA, with a “tight window” lot. He’ll help attendees learn how to apply an efficient BIM-based workflow to master a typical SD, DD, CD. He’ll go over Permitting, Bidding architectural processes and successfully integrating various disciplines (e.g., structural engineering, etc.) into the BIM workflow.
Session participants will also see how GRAPHISOFT’s presentation tool, BIMx can improve communications and accurately set expectations between designer, contractor, and client. BIMx has helped Vacha’s clients fall in love with their home before it’s built.
Also on Friday, Dwell on Design attendees can attend a presentation entitled Competitive Advantage with BIM Technology, by Meghan Beckmann of KAA Design Group. Beckmann’s presentation will highlight two of the firm’s recent projects that exemplify the potential for using ArchiCAD to compete for and win projects, improve design process efficiency, and add value for clients.
Thursday, June 19th, 2014
This time next week, we’ll be at this year’s AIA National Convention in Chicago, IL. During the AIA show, GRAPHISOFT will showcase the latest version of its premium BIM software. ArchiCAD® 18. As the world’s brightest architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders come together in the heart of America’s architectural epicenter— GRAPHISOFT will demonstrate the new solutions and key customer focused initiatives found in ArchiCAD 18.
ArchiCAD 18 streamlines the BIM workflow with built-in CineRender, a brand new render engine with high-end photorealistic rendering capabilities previously found only in the professional visualization application CINEMA 4D – now available right inside the BIM tool. The integration of CineRender, MAXON’s world-class CINEMA 4D rendering engine into ArchiCAD 18, brings this capability closer to a much wider range of users.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
There will be a live online seminar demonstrating the features and highlights of ArchiCAD 18. The webinar is scheduled for June 17, 2014. ArchiCAD 18 – the industry-leading BIM software solution from GRAPHISOFT is a must-have for architects and designers.
With ArchiCAD 18 the user has access to powerful innovations that smooth out the BIM workflow and ensure all creative impulses are supported and enhanced.
ArchiCAD 18 is equipped with CineRender. That means architects and all users have access to a render engine that delivers high-end photo-realistic rendering capabilities which can only be found in the professional visualization application CINEMA 4D – now available right inside the BIM tool. (more…)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Note from the editor:
This post was first published on the GRAPHISOFT blog “BIM Engine by ArchiCAD” shortly after the conclusion of the inaugural GRAPHISOFT BIM Conference 2013. It highlights the versatility of the software, its many applications and ability to create a truly collaborative, efficient workflow for architects and structural engineers. Definitely worth a read and absolutely worth a reprint.
Those Structural Engineers Using ArchiCAD Showed Up in San Diego
BIM Engine has featured the structural engineering firm Riverstone Structural Concepts before. Mary interviewed Patrick, the owner of this ArchiCAD using engineering firm, for a previous post. If you’re not familiar with Riverstone Structural Concepts, you might want to start by reading that post then returning here. (more…)