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Making the Switch to ARCHICAD – Sylla International

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.
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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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Webber + Studio Architects Dig Deeper Into Design with ArchiCAD

Monday, June 9th, 2014

ArchiCADEver 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.
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