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…)
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”. (more…)
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.” (more…)
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.