Huw Roberts, CEO
Creating great architecture has never really been an easy task, with a slew of factors coming into play. Solid technical abilities, excellent sense of design, and consideration of all kinds of environmental concerns during construction are crucial behind every awe-inspiring piece of architecture. However, at present, having a strong grip on cutting-edge proptech tools is equally essential for facilitating collaboration between all teams involved in the construction of a building. And when it comes to proptech tools, the most powerful among them is Building Information Modelling (BIM), combining information, technology, people, and processes together, transforming the way construction and restoration projects have been traditionally carried out. Thanks to BIM, general contractors (GCs) no more need to rely on architects, designers, and engineers to coordinate construction drawings or find too many mistakes after it is too late. It allows all project stakeholders to detect any possible overlaps when they’re still on paper—enabling them to effortlessly coordinate their work and make sure there’s no confusion between different teams. But even though the market is replete with BIM solution providers, Graphisoft is leading the way by letting all the key stakeholders design, visualize, document, and deliver projects of all sizes using Archicad, its industry-leading BIM software solution for architecture and design.
A One-of-a-Kind Solution
Touted as the most efficient and intuitive BIM solution in the market, Graphisoft’s Archicad empowers creators to develop and compare design alternatives, automate documentation, work in teams and deliver professional presentations by leveraging the latest visualization techniques. The construction team can bridge the gap between the design studio and the construction site with award-winning BIMx, the popular presentation and coordination tool in Archicad meant for all project stakeholders. BIMx features the ‘BIM Hyper-model’ – a game-like navigation tool that helps anyone explore the building model on the go and understand project deliverables.
Real-time model cut-throughs, in-context measuring, and project markups in the model context make BIMx the best on-site BIM companion.The added feather on the cap is that a digital model means no more paper on the building site or at client meetings. All the relevant model data is at the architect’s fingertips for easy access and sharing. Additionally, the team can also use BIMx on any mobile device without special hardware, which implies the unhindered accessibility of the tool.
From Design to Documentation
When it comes to making critical decisions related to the design of the building, it is Archicad’s powerful set of built-in tools and easy-to-use interface that help architects to elevate their designs with the use of its free-form tools and model their project at any level— from conceptual volume model to a full Building Information Model. With the latest version of Archicad’s (Archicad 25) powerful toolkit, architects can effortlessly integrate the structural and architectural models in one shared design hub, resulting in a powerful, collaborative environment. By making the most of the tools that represent real building elements — like walls, beams, and slabs —architects get to design in both 2D and 3D model views with a toolkit that includes a smart cursor, selected elements and tools, context-based editing, and input options. They also get access to intuitive modeling tools like the Curtain Wall and Stair Tool that provide a creative, productive, and enjoyable design experience, making building modeling as easy as drawing a line in a CAD application.
Residencial Poniente”—A Complex Of 166 Residential Units And Complementary Areas In The City Of Córdoba, Spain Have Been Built Using Graphisoft’s One-Of-A-Kind Bim Software
Apart from collaboration and design, visualization is also crucial for showing the attributes of a proposed architectural design. To that end, Archicad’s professional architectural visualization tools translate an architect’s conceptual designs into compelling imagery of future buildings—bringing models to life, inspiring the audience, and inviting stakeholders to engage with their designs. But that’s not all.
Archicad’s ‘out of the box’ documentation tools are also an equally important factor that refines the look and feel of documentation to match the audience.
The documentation tools help all stakeholders easily create schedules and sheets with accurate information coming from the BIM model, leaving no room for mistakes or miscalculations.
The Beacon of Excellence
Being a software that offers a complete end-to-end design and documentation workflow for integrated Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) practices of any size, it is quite natural that Archicad has powered the construction of numerous architectural marvels around the world. One such exemplar is the Zardarye Concert Hall, inaugurated in 2018, on Moscow City Day. Back then, the hall was awarded the Moscow City Council Award for “Best Architectural and Urban Planning Solution for a Public Object.” And in 2019, it was even shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Award.
Similarly, “Residencial Poniente”—a complex of 166 residential units and complementary areas in the city of Córdoba, Spain have been built using Graphisoft’s one-of-a-kind BIM software. Maese Luis 24 (ML24), the architecture and design studio behind the construction of this complex, had its first practical and real application of BIM technology using Archicad. Prior to the completion of this project and for at least a year, various existing BIM software on the market were studied and analyzed by the studio, when they finally stopped at Archicad for its ease of use and the logic behind its structure. According to the studio, Archicad acted as the perfectly connected graphic database added with the GDL programming language, based on mathematical relationships and functions that greatly improve the program’s fluidity. This allowed them to handle this enormous project with such ease and break-less coordination that they could no more think of designing and constructing buildings of this size without Archicad.
Thus, it is quite evident why Archicad is now used by hundreds of thousands of architects worldwide in 108 countries and 27 languages. Inspired by this success, Graphisoft is all set to keep developing and upgrading the features of Archicad to continue transgressing barriers in the AEC industry every step of the way. Finally, driven by the belief that integrating people, workflows, and information in real-time is critical for successful building construction, Graphisoft aims to empower the team of building professionals with its advanced BIM software and accompanying know-how to help fulfill their mission: creating great architecture.