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The Virtual Building concept is the core technology behind our solutions and embraces the entire building industry while managing all the information associated with a building’s life cycle.

Unlike a simple 3D computer model, ARCHICAD’s Virtual Building contains a great deal more information about the building’s components and their behavioral characteristics. It’s a 3D digital database that tracks all elements that make up a building. This information can include surface area and volume, thermal properties, room descriptions, price and product specs, window & door schedules, plans, sections, elevations and much more. All of this derived from a single file ensures all team members are using accurate and up to date information that is automatically coordinated throughout the entire design/build process.

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Another phrase used to describe the Virtual Building concept is Building Information Modeling or BIM. Although this term is relatively new to the industry, the technology has been around for over 20 years within ARCHICAD. Additionally, Building Simulation is another phrase commonly used in the industry that also means the same thing.

The Virtual Building model is useful for all professionals connected to the building industry – architects and residential designers, interior designers, real estate agents, facility managers, estimators, remodelers and marketing staff. Working from the same Virtual Building as the architect, a property manager can easily obtain exact room dimensions and area calculations, present perspective views from any vantage and even invite prospects on a virtual tour of the building. Interior designers can begin working during the planning phase on the same Virtual Building model and integrate their designs. After construction is complete, facility managers are able to use the comprehensive materials list and integrated 3D partition plans to track building assets, modify spaces, track inventory and occupancy.

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Another benefit of working with a single Virtual Building is the ability to share and distribute the information within the model. Unlike antiquated drawing sharing techniques like Reference files and XREFS developed over 20 years ago, ARCHICAD’s included BIM Server functionality allows a building’s responsibilities to be divided just as a real project.

Where 2D XREFs are not natural in a 3D building model environment and merely complicate and restrict the natural flow of architectural deign process, ARCHICAD’s BIM Server was developed from the beginning to work in a 3D virtual building environment. Projects can be divided by individual stories, areas, layers or separate 2D or 3D drawings, title blocks, even details, allowing an almost infinite way to distribute responsibilities.

Additionally, team members do not need to be connected to the network to interact and exchange with the master file residing on the server. This allows the utmost freedom when in the office, on the job site or at the client’s office. Only a simple wi-fi connection is needed to share updates.

And as the project evolves, a variety of data sets can be organized and automatically distributed to the entire team using ARCHICAD’s Publisher. With just the click of a button, an entire set of current project drawings can be outputted in the following formats: DWG, PDF, PLT, DWF, DXF.

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This automation allows the entire project team to quickly respond to project changes and client requests that often are discouraged with traditional manual updating and outputting techniques. Most importantly, this efficiency minimizes liability and ensures accurate and up to date drawings are constantly being sent to all team members.

Finally, the Virtual Building dramatically changes the work load and time expenditures on any given project. As opposed to firms using traditional drafting based systems that require considerable time spent revising and drafting lines, the Virtual Building approach forces firms to spend more time in the design and presentation phases. Not only is time spent in the early design phase less expensive with fewer consultants involved than in the tedious construction document phase, but more time is spent on design which is much more rewarding to both the designer and ultimately the client.

ARCHICAD based firms are able to quickly produce impressive presentations at the beginning of the project as opposed to drafting based firms that require an additional fee or software and staff to produce. These early presentations ensure that all team members are clear on the design intent and constructability of the project, while the client is able to make key decisions from the project’s inception and all but eliminate expensive on-site surprises.

Archicad

ARCHICAD by Graphisoft, gives users the ability to create great architecture and increase productivity. From day one, ARCHICAD has been designed by architects for architects, and over the years it has become the industry’s most innovative and productive BIM solution.

 

The most comprehensive architectural tool available: The Virtual Building approach gives you the competitive edge today while integrating your work into the Building Information Solution. With ARCHICAD you can quickly and easily access just the right representation of the building for each design phase, and for all of the different partners involved in the project. All your documents are just a click or two away. Your client can see not only the functional arrangement and the site plan, but also how it feels to walk through the space, or how sunlight affects a particular room at different times of the day.

 

Consultants can receive the building data in electronic format, regardless of which CAD platform they are on, make changes and return the file to you for further work without any loss of the Virtual Building data in the process. Comprehensive schedules and bills of materials are available for builders and sub-contractors, as well as drawings of scale-sensitive details.

Builders can plan tasks, create time-based animations and document any phase of a building’s construction or demolition. And developers can use the photo-realistic renderings for a sales brochure. The best news: these documents are created while you design, and remain up-to-date as you proceed.

ArchiCAD: Faster Than Ever

ARCHICAD 21 is now faster than ever! No more waiting for views to load. Graphisoft has extended its robust 64-bit and multi-processing technologies with background processing – an industry first for BIM. This results in lightning-fast response times and turbo-charged updates, making ARCHICAD the undisputed speed leader in the BIM business

Most of the time, your computer’s processing capacity is fairly uneven. That’s because different kinds of computing processes are needed to support the architectural design workflow. Tasks requiring more processing capacity are interspersed with tasks that are not so demanding, so your workflow ay appear to speed up… and slow down.

Only ARCHICAD takes advantage of unused computer capacity by anticipating what you might do next and preparing for those actions in the background. This “second guessing” greatly increases the overall responsiveness of the application, so it feels more agile with projects of any kind or size. That’s the dramatic difference you’ll notice between this next- gen technology and standard BIM software without background processing.

ArchiCAD is Architecture First

ARCHICAD was designed for architects by architects and provides an ease of use workflow that is natural for design. Used by architects, designers and builders throughout the world, ARCHICAD provides you with a native building information modeling platform designed to help professional architects create realistic digital representations of their vision. Combining ease of use with advanced modeling capabilities, this application can integrate the architecture process, from the initial concept and sketch to documentation and detail.

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Improved IFC-based collaboration and collision detection improves collaboration between architects and engineers. ARCHICAD allows users to import the IFC model exactly as it looked in the original application in which it was created: “perfect geometry, minimal attributes.”

 

ARCHICAD 21 – $5,495 w/o ARCHIPLUS.   $4,995 w/ ARCHIPLUS

ARCHIPLUS – $700/year.  Upgrade your professional license with ARCHIPLUS, the optional annual subscription for ARCHICAD.  Includes all upgrades, priority tech support, USB key insurance and access to more objects, textures and tutorials on-line.

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ARCHICAD SOLO now available for small firms

ARCHICAD Solo delivers cutting edge technology via one of the fastest BIM tools available. Users find a level of performance many have come to expect from Graphisoft. ARCHICAD Solo delivers an intuitive and responsive set of tools homebuilders and small firms need that simplifies the process of BIM adoption for the sole practitioner.

With ARCHICAD Solo, you can focus on perfecting your design because as you work, the software captures all your project information from which the 3D model and 2D drawings are quickly and efficiently produced. Throughout the design process you will be using intelligent model-based workflows for new construction, renovation, and retrofit projects and many aspects of the documentation process is automated to eliminate costly and tedious rework.

PRESENTATIONS UPGRADED

archicad-solo-edition-bimxARCHICAD Solo features a renovation filter, quantity and material takeoffs and 3D presentation app – BIMx – all working together to support the creation of custom, high-end residential homes. BIMx is the ultimate BIM projject presentation application offering integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation. It enables designers to communicate and share projects with clients on both Windows and Max workstations, as well as iOS and Android devices. ARCHICAD Solo provides powerful advantages over a 2D CAD solution – operating on a building focused, 3D model-based design platform. For remodeling and home expansion projects, ARCHICAD Solo supplies a built-in renovation tool. Users can coordinate all documentation and create integrated presentations for client meetings.

BUILT-IN ENERGY EVALUATION
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Graphisoft continues to innovate in “green” solutions, uniquely offering the best workflow for sustainable design integrated right within ARCHICAD. The built-in Energy Evaluation functionality is based on entirely new technology that allows users or designers to perform reliable, dynamic energy assessments of their BIM models. These evaluations rely on BIM geometry analysis and accurate, hour-by-hour online weather data of the building’s location.

Homebuilders who rely on ARCHICAD Solo have the ability to create quantity take-offs and schedules for bills of materials. The software also allows for Passive House design – supporting full PHPP export.

ARCHICAD Solo – $2,995.

A lite version of ARCHICAD professional without the sketch or photo-rendering engine and networking capabilities. For a detail list of features, click here.

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BIMx

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BIMx — the ultimate BIM project presentation application — features the BIMx Hyper-model, a unique technology* for integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation. With the BIMx Hyper-model, you get smooth handling and outstanding performance. Even for projects with complex 3D models and extensive 2D documentation.

Updates from the Cloud

With a direct link to BIM projects in ARCHICAD, BIMx offers smooth  and easy communication with stakeholders outside the office. The Document picker in BIMx enables popular cloud storage services like iCloud or Dropbox to be linked to your App, so downloading and opening BIMx Models is as seamless as possible. GRAPHISOFT’s cloud-based BIMx Model Transfer makes sure sharing your projects with clients is secure and effective.

Custom Element Info Sets

Building Information Models contain an enormous amount of information. Architects can now choose from a variety of information sets to be published with their Hyper-model.
Using Apple’s data detector, any info in the info box is recognizable as email, a telephone number, a weblink, an address, providing direct links to the appropriate Mobile App. Enter the weblink to a certain furniture store, the database of building utilities, etc., for fast and smooth communication and organization.

Zone Info and Orientation Labels

Zone Stamps on the Floor Plans and Zone Labels in the 3D model are interactive within the BIMx model. By tapping on these items you can access Zone info tags where architects can provide additional information about any space-related details.

Real-estate agents and Building operators keep information about room finishes and other accessory details packed in Zone info tags, which can be accessed with a tap on the Zone Label.

AirPrint Support

Present new details to the clients or on the construction site, replace a lost or obsolete drawing and have it ready for documentation. In BIMx PRO, you can seamlessly print 3D and 2D contents of BIMx Hyper-models from iOS devices on AirPrint-capable printers. Even non-professionals like clients, or contractors can quickly obtain prints right from BIMx without the need to use ARCHICAD. Print the entire drawing, or zoom in to a detail of the 3D view or 2D drawings. Whatever it takes to get the point across, faster than ever.

MEP Modeler

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The MEP (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing) Modeler is an integral extension to ARCHICAD. Architectural practices and architectural departments of A/E firms using ARCHICAD can use MEP Modeler to create, edit or import 3D MEP networks (ductwork, piping and cable trays) and coordinate them with the ARCHICAD Virtual Building™.

The Graphisoft MEP Modeler™ can be used in the following workflows:

BIM Workflow – Where the MEP engineer can provide 3D data, architects are able to import the consultant’s MEP model into ARCHICAD using the IFC format. In addition to this generic IFC interface, the MEP Modeler package provides an improved connection with AutoCAD® MEP via IFC format, using an export plug-in called ARCHICAD Connection.

2D Workflow – Based on 2D documentation received from engineers, architects can use the powerful built-in tools to create and edit the MEP model within ARCHICAD

Its powerful modeling & coordination capabilities in combination with the above workflows make the MEP Modeler the solution for architects to help drive more efficiency in the building process.

The MEP Modeler consists of a rich set of capabilities in the areas for modeling, editing and coordination:

MEP Toolbox

The MEP Toolbox provides a dedicated set of tools to create components of the various MEP systems:

  • Straight segments of HVAC ducts, pipes and electrical cable trays
  • Transitions, junctions, in-line elements to connect MEP components with each other
  • Equipment and terminals for automatic connection at the intake and the output           locations of the MEP systems.
  • MEP elements are parametric for easy configuration of custom dimensions.

MEP Library

The Graphisoft MEP Modeler ships with a rich MEP specific object library. This library contains specially configured MEP elements that include smart connection points for automatic connection during routing of MEP systems. Upon installation of the MEP Modeler, relevant standard ARCHICAD objects will be extended with smart connection points as well as specific MEP related parameters.

 MEP Systems

The Graphisoft MEP Modeler uses MEP systems to represent a group of MEP elements that are handled together, making the creation and editing of MEP elements much more efficient and consistent. MEP systems, such as ducts, pipes and cable trays control certain attributes of elements belonging to the same system. System level attributes such as contour pens, system materials and centerlines define the look of entire systems, helping with identification. When new elements are added to an existing MEP system, they will automatically take on the appropriate connection parameters such as shape and diameter as well as width and height values.

Placing MEP Elements

One of the basic methods of creating the desired mechanical systems is by placing individual duct, pipe or trays MEP elements one at a time. With this method, connections are built up one-by-one and element positions are adjusted individually at the time of placement. This is a very flexible “LEGO®” type workflow where you have full control over the type, allocation and parameters of placed elements.

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 Smart MEP Routing

MEP systems can be created with ease using the MEP Routing function. Individual MEP elements are placed automatically along the defined route based upon certain preset rules. Routing is available in the floor plan and the 3D window. ARCHICAD’s smart cursor and guide lines enable designers to create connected MEP elements with a series of mouse-clicks from scratch, quickly and easily. The 3D route of the system and the individual elements can be modified at any time.

 Editing MEP elements

A powerful set of graphical editing aids to modify the geometry of individual MEP elements of MEP systems is provided. Editing a part of an MEP system will automatically change connected elements. New connector elements may be also be added to the system.

 Creating custom MEP elements

Custom MEP elements using standard ARCHICAD tools such as Walls, Slabs and GDL Objects including any MEP elements may be created and saved. These custom library parts will be automatically added to the current MEP library. They may be placed into the project or may later be re-used in other projects. Custom created MEP elements have the same smart behavior as the standard MEP library parts shipped with the MEP Modeler.

Automatic Collision Detection

This capability provides a unique, fully automated routine to identify and visualize conflicts between the architectural design and the MEP network. Collision detection of the MEP system against the building structure ensures fast and precise feedback for the architect and streamlines coordination with the building engineering team.

MEP Collision Detection identifies the exact location of discrepancies on the floor plans and the 3D views. All collision entries are automatically added  Mark-Up Palette, providing easy identification. Designers can quickly evaluate these entries one-by-one and identify their location in the design with a single click. Discussions can be conducted between the members of the extended design team to evaluate alternative solutions, using ARCHICAD’s Mark-Up tools.

Collaboration with Engineers

In addition to traditional 2D workflows, MEP systems can be directly imported into ARCHICAD from Autodesk AutoCAD MEP 2008 and 2009 applications. All AutoCAD MEP systems are identified and automatically converted to native ARCHICAD MEP elements. The ARCHICAD Connection plug-in can be installed free with the Autodesk AutoCAD MEP 2008 and 2009 applications. Engineers using AutoCAD MEP can then export their MEP design using the ARCHICAD Connection plug-in, and architects using ARCHICAD can import the MEP design database as smart ARCHICAD MEP elements.

Sharing and Visualizing the MEP Model

ARCHICAD’s extensive export capabilities enable designers to output files in different modeling formats including the industry standard IFC 2×3 format for coordination using external applications.

The ability to visualize MEP systems in the complete building environment improves communication between architects, engineers and contractors. Visualization can be done within ARCHICAD using color codes for the various mechanical systems in combination with wireframe representation of the architectural structures. ARCHICAD’s powerful rendering capabilities can be used to create photo-realistic visualizations of systems for the different trades.