Posts Tagged ‘Efficiency’
Thursday, October 5th, 2017
Software transition stories happen all the time, whether we hear about them or not. In learning about the story of an architectural firm switching from one software to another, the reader needs to fully understand the why. One story worth checking out is that of the firm SYLLA INTERNATIONAL.
Sylla is an architectural firm based in Tampa, Florida which made the decision to switch their BIM software from one they’d been using for nearly two decades. The firm transitioned from using Bentley Microstation and Bentley Architecture to ARCHICAD. This surprising change took time and careful consideration, as owner and president, Cheikh T. Sylla described to us in an interview.
The firm works on a mix of projects which include large education buildings that can have construction costs up to and including a budget of $60 million or more. Sylla International operates with a small, yet powerful staff, aided by their new workflow and software of choice. In fact, since making the switch Cheikh T. Sylla – owner and principal has been confident he made the right decision in choosing ARCHICAD software by GRAPHISOFT. Having downsized its staff in order to compete in a slow economy, Sylla International has been able to maintain an efficiency and handle sizable projects in spite of reduced manpower.
Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
Toronto-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.”
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
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.”
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
At last week’s press preview of the National Building Museum’s exhibition “Hot to Cold: an Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation” by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), I had the distinct pleasure of hearing Bjarke Ingels speak in some detail about his firm’s process, their vision and method of creating buildings in various parts of the globe. The virtual journey across the planet is smartly achieved in 800 feet of 60 three-dimensional models of projects that move from the world’s warmest climates to those that face some of Earth’s coldest temperatures. Helpful color codes that span the rainbow tell the viewer in which climate type the building resides.
The exhibition marks the firm’s return to the museum. No surprise they’d be asked back, since in two months their Maze exhibit last year attracted more than 50,000 visitors and the firm is currently working on a redesign of the Smithsonian’s campus. The Maze display engulfed the museum’s atrium. This time, for Hot to Cold, the exhibit takes visitors above the great hall and around the second floor, but there is no need to retreat from the expanse of the hall into a classroom or separate viewing space. The models have been cleverly suspended from the museum’s third floor to rest in line with the second floor’s railings and sit nestled in between the massive columns that surround the atrium. One can take in the model without feeling the least bit confined and get a sense of how the project would sit in its particular location.
This was the first time I had heard Ingels speak live. He’s been featured on several TED talks that have made the rounds online. He shared his thoughts on architecture with a passion and energy that is engaging. After making his opening remarks which included admitting an addiction to the show “Homeland” that he blames in part for his current love affair with Washington, DC – the group of press gathered for the preview of the exhibition wordlessly begged him for more. He graciously complied and got back on the podium to answer some questions and did not disappoint with the level of thought and attention given to each question.
Friday, January 16th, 2015
ArchiCAD 16 powered the design of the Shadetree Apartment complex located in the heart of South Carolina’s Johns Island. Morelli Clinard Residential Designs (MCRD) managed the design of the complex, made up of more than 136 units of one, two and three bedroom apartments by taking full advantage of the module feature in ArchiCAD.
“With a project of this size, updating one wall throughout the entire building can be tedious and time-consuming. By maximizing our productivity with ArchiCAD, we save time and of course, money for our client.”
The project is currently under construction with a summer 2015 completion date. The firm has experience designing and managing multi-unit residences through the module feature in ArchiCAD. On a recent town home project in Charlotte, NC the team worked on a 107 unit complex that involved eight different designs within the building. Once again being able to update a large project with single edits proved valuable.
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
The dates are set for the Interior Design Show in Canada. Now in its 17th year, the show brings together some of the leading brands, innovative speakers and promising local talent to spotlight trends and share ideas and inspire new designs. Beginning January 22nd and running through January 25th, the show promises an experience that will charge your creative energy.
BIM: More than a Buzzword Presentation – Earn .1 CEU
GRAPHISOFT is sponsoring the CEU tradeday sessions during the IDS show as well as making a presentation entitled BIM: More than a Buzzword. Led by GRAPHISOFT North America Product Manager, Yanni Alexakis, the session will introduce Building Information Modeling or BIM and help attendees understand that it is more than a catch phrase, and more than a piece of code. BIM goes beyond a new iteration of CAD. It’s a new way of working that makes it easier for interior designers to do their job and to coordinate with other professionals involved in a building project, too.
In this presentation, you’ll see BIM used in a real-world interior design application. You’ll understand the benefits of BIM first-hand—and learn how BIM is positioning today’s leading interior designers to be more competitive, productive and profitable. You’ll discover that BIM is an affordable, effective and efficient tool for communicating ideas, analyzing and evaluating space, and helping to forecast the performance of a finished building.
At the end of the session, attendees will earn .1 CEU and know how to:
- Create custom objects using the Morph Tool
- Easily share files on mobile devices, with clients
- Create photorealistic renderings directly from the model
- Navigate with in the model in 3D view to quickly evaluate design decisions.
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.
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Compelling Presentations with BIMx
Custom Timber Log Homes manages building design of log homes for the Eastern Region of the US and Canada. Chris Sparks is part owner of the company and tells us he sees each project through to blueprints and construction completion with ArchiCAD. As a long-time ArchiCAD user, Sparks has been familiar with BIMx – GRAPHISOFT’s presentation tool – and has been capitalizing on its features since its inception in 2012. The application’s ability to demonstrate the plans and designs of the log homes his company creates provides a wonderful tool. So when BIMx Docs – the next generation of presentation tool that combines 2D drawings with the 3D documents – was released in October of 2013, Sparks was anxious to try it.
“I’ve been using ArchiCAD since version 8 and BIMx for a year and a half. I always get fantastic feedback – people are blown away by what I can show them and what the software itself can do. With the advent of BIMx Docs – being able to map the BIM and the construction documents – well, we’re at a whole other level of wow.”
Monday, June 9th, 2014
Ever since Austin, TX based Webber + Studio Architects begain using ArchiCAD on its custom, high-end residential projects since switching from Vectorworks in 2012, the firm has seen the transition improve efficiency, workflow and overall production value. The workflow team members used then involved creating all their 3D work in Sketch Up and switch to Vectorworks for 2D drawings. Errors and missed coordination were common occurrences because of all the back and forth associated with that process.