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Announcing Virtual Reality Enabled BIMx with Google Cardboard

Monday, November 21st, 2016

You have come to know and trust BIMx, our award-winning BIM project presentation application, for bringing your ARCHICAD Building Information Model to mobile devices. Now you can use it with Google CardboardTM, a practical alternative to Virtual Reality headsets. This addition of virtual reality (VR) technology enhances the eye-catching presentations and brings VR to more people in a fun and easy way.

cardboardbimx-presslores-07-montageBIMx and BIMx PRO with Google Cardboard functionality furthers the ability of ARCHICAD firms to blow their customers away with design ideas. Their models truly come alive during BIMx presentations. VR capacity significantly raises that wow factor.

BIMx users worldwide have requested the addition of virtual reality capability to BIMx. This enhanced functionality provides architectural and interior design firms an impressive way to share their detailed models. Users can look around from pre-defined positions and enable a free walking mode with custom speed options.

For a full demonstration of the new VR capability added to BIMx, please visit – Using Google Cardboard with BIMx on Android and iPhone

With this update, BIMx users on iPads and Android tablets can use the Multitasking and Split View features, using two apps side-by-side. URL-based data exchange between BIMx and other apps offers a smooth user experience.

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The update also enables selection of more than one element from an inbound hyperlink, facilitating easy data access on construction sites and with facility management. BIMx offers a feature for locating building components in the Virtual Building easily, which greatly helps with checking and marking up these elements on site. To access BIM elements in the 3D model quickly, insert these hyperlinks into any website, a Facilities Management database or into a product catalog application.

Making Dreams a Reality with ARCHICAD

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Settlers Ridge ExtToronto-based, Discovery Dream Homes, creates custom log and timber frame homes using ARCHICAD. At any given time, some 40 projects are in progress – all managed and built in ARCHICAD.

A model home just outside the city shows potential clients what Discovery Dream Homes can create – but the team relies heavily on creating 3D presentations in ARCHICAD and shares them via the award-winning presentation app, BIMx.

“We use BIMx for every project we do. It had a profound impact on our presentation style from the moment it was introduced to us,” explained Shawn Hunter. “When people are trying to decide whether to hire us or not, BIMx tips the scales in our favor every time.”

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ARCHICAD 20 Now Shipping

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

The wait is over!

GRAPHISOFT® announced that ARCHICAD® 20’s global rollout process has begun.

Shipping started last week with the International, US, UK/Ireland, German, and Austrian versions, followed by the French version on July 4 – the first six of 28 local versions.  The rest of the localized language versions will be released on a continual basis.  BIMcloud will also be released in parallel with the localized versions of ARCHICAD 20.

ARCHICAD 20 features a brand new, flat-design graphical UI that sets the new version apart from run-of-the-mill BIM tools. Underneath the surface, a number of important functional improvements put the emphasis on the “I” in BIM. Click here for more information about ARCHICAD 20.

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Get in on the Competition – Get a Jump Start too!

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Now that you’ve registered for GRAPHISOFT’s 2016 Student Competition, you are one step closer to the cash prizes! If you haven’t signed up for the competition, there’s no time to lose—there are only a few weeks left to submit your design.

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NOT FAMILIAR WITH ARCHICAD BIM SOFTWARE?

Don’t have time to sit through hours of tutorials to learn ARCHICAD? Let us help you get jump started! We are offering two online webinars (April 5th and April 26th) hosted by our best ARCHICAD gurus where we’ll go over the basics and answer your specific questions.

YOUR CHANCE FOR FAME AND FORTUNE—AND PERHAPS A FULL-TIME GIG!

Designing an amazing ARCHICAD project not only provides fame and fortune to the winners, but all who participate get to add another unique design to their portfolios! That’s important because firms across the country are ready to hire graduates with ARCHICAD know-how.

Stand out from the crowd. Add ARCHICAD to your list of skills and open more doors towards landing the perfect job!

Register here!


 

Successfully Managing Projects with ARCHICAD

Friday, February 19th, 2016

DEIV resizedDavid Clayton, AIA of DEIV Architecture has been using ARCHICAD for the better part of the past two years. Having first been exposed to the software while a student, version 7, Clayton confesses having to learn Revit and AutoCAD to enter the job market back in 2002. However when he began his own firm some nine years later – he knew what software to use.

“I kept thinking that I’ve always loved ARCHICAD. It’s the only software I know of that you can have good quality documents while being editing and designing in perspective mode.I just like designing in perspective because that’s how we see things with our eyes.”

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Urban Farm Project Grows with ARCHICAD

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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.

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Six Steps for General Contractors to get started with BIM

Friday, November 20th, 2015

This post originally appeared on ConAppGuru’s blog. Written by Josh Bone the East Region Sales Director for GRAPHISOFT.

For more than a decade Josh Bone  been implementing, training, and presenting construction technology solutions to AEC&O professionals.  During that time he has had the opportunity to work with some of the top technology leaders in the industry. This experience has helped him define best practices and methodologies for integrating BIM and mobile applications into everyday workflows. Starting with design, then moving into trade coordination, and finally working with teams generating schedules (4D) and quantities (5D) from models Josh has delved deep into the BIM process.

Graphisoft is recognized as developing the original BIM software solution ARCHICAD.



BIM for Contractors ARCHICAD
Building Information Modeling is changing the game for many companies in the construction industry here in the U.S. Projects are experiencing increased efficiencies and decreased downtime with fewer RFIs in the field. With all the advantages that BIM adds to a project, there are still many general contractors that have not yet made the move for various reasons. I am asked frequently by companies of all sizes, “How can we incorporate BIM into our team?” (more…)

Sylla International – Success Since the Switch to ARCHICAD

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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.

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Thank You Atlanta! AIA 2015 Recap

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
We have caught our breath after a successful show in Atlanta during the AIA 2015 National Convention. There were so many highlights, we hardly know where to begin!

It makes the most sense to start where all the action happened – our booth. This year, our booth was a busy hub where we demonstrated the performance enhancements in ARCHICAD 19, the latest version of our premium BIM software. Once again, our convention booth was designed and modeled in ARCHICAD, providing an open and welcoming space to allow for comfortable interactions throughout the show. Judging by the crowds that gathered we consider our mission accomplished. Visitors were able to relax and see first-hand how we’ve improved the user interface of ARCHICAD, speed up performance and made the work environment so streamlined and efficient.

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ARCHICAD 19 Showcased at AIA 2015

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

This year’s AIA National Convention takes place in Atlanta, GA. Between May 14th and 16th GRAPHISOFT will showcase the latest version of its premium BIM software, ARCHICAD® 19. The convention brings together the world’s brightest architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders. GRAPHISOFT will demonstrate optimized speed and performance enhancements found in ARCHICAD 19.

ArchiCAD 19During demonstrations of ARCHICAD 19 on the show floor – convention attendees will be able to discover how the software can benefit your a firm’s workflow or a sole proprietor’s practice. With ARCHICAD 19, GRAPHISOFT continues to provide users with solutions that simplify processes, improve profitability and grow business.

“By enhancing software performance GRAPHISOFT powers up an already intuitive and responsive set of tools for the architect,” said Steve Benford, Managing Director, at GRAPHISOFT North America. “With ARCHICAD 19 our users will have access to cutting edge technology and one of the fastest BIM tools available.”

With so much to see and do at the AIA show, GRAPHISOFT North America would like to highlight some presentations scheduled from seasoned and newly established ARCHICAD firms. These sessions provide a wonderful opportunity to hear about their experiences in using BIM to achieve growth and improve profitability.

Featured Session: Sustained & Long Term Growth from BIM Adoption

On Friday morning, Don Whitten, AIA of Marietta GA based – Collins Cooper will present “Sustained and Long Term Growth from BIM Adoption” in Room B313. Since transitioning to a BIM workflow a decade ago, Collins Cooper has made the most of that strategic advantage. During the presentation, Whitten, joined by Clayton Daspit of The Beck Group will provide real-world examples that demonstrate the impact of the adoption of an integrated BIM workflow had on their firm’s future.

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