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GRAPHISOFT Korea Online Camp & Competition

February 15, 2017 |

GRAPHISOFT Korea recently held its first annual Online Camp & Competition for architecture students to showcase their creativity and knowledge of BIM. The online camp offered students an opportunity to learn ARCHICAD and BIM remotely. To compete, students had to use the ARCHICAD training materials. The online training lasted 5 days with 102 students from 17 universities completing the course; 73 of these students went on to compete. Four teams were selected to present to a panel of professors, architects, and BIM specialists. The first-place winner of the competition, Mr. Changjun Bae, was awarded 1,000,000 KRW (US$870) and a 3-day trip to Japan; the 2nd and 3rd place teams were awarded 500,000 KRW (US$435) and 300,000 KRW (US$260) respectively.

To view the finalist' projects visit the competition website...

ARCHICAD 20 - A deep dive into its best new features

GRAPHISOFT introduced version 20 – the latest version of its industry-leading BIM application – back in 2016 and Architosh covered it previously. However, in this review type feature, the editor takes a ‘deep dive’ into the three top focus areas in version 20: (1) the new user interface, (2) graphic overrides, and (3) the “I” in BIM. "The goal of digging deeper should be obvious. We discover, for example, the edge of functionality with the new graphic overrides technology, but the BIM pioneer – always thinking ahead – provided the not-so-obvious answer to addressing ways to get beyond this edge." In this feature article, Architosh takes a deeper look at the three big new features in ARCHICAD 20. Part insights, part step-by-step, they dive deep into many aspects of graphic overrides, the Property Manager and what the new UI brings to UX.

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A complete BIM residential project

SARCO Architects Costa Rica has employed a solid BIM solution for their residential projects from the initial design to construction. Their award-winning Casa Magayon project was designed in 3D using ARCHICAD from start to finish – the entire 2D documentation process was generated from the “live” ARCHICAD model, with absolutely no content drawn in 2D. "It would be impossible to tackle complex projects without a comprehensive tool like ARCHICAD," says Roderick Anderson, CEO & Design Director, SARCO Architects Costa Rica.

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Keynote Speakers and Course Schedule Announced for Third Biennial GRAPHISOFT BIM North America User Conference

GRAPHISOFT will host its North America BIM Conference March 22-24 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Featuring renowned keynote speakers and a unique course line up, this year’s conference provides the ultimate BIM learning and networking experience. The flagship event, now in its third year, welcomes users from around the world to the only conference in North America that is 100% ARCHICAD. This year’s pair of keynote speakers highlights a commitment to innovation as well as creating architecture rich in individual personality, local context, and highly social experiences. Co-founder and CEO of online showcase and industry resource Architizer, Marc Kushner, and internationally-lauded architecture firm, Bjarke Ingels Group Partner, Kai-Uwe Bergmann live and breathe at the intersection of architecture and technology, where GRAPHISOFT lives, breathes and thrives as well.

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GRAPHISOFT client, designLAB, wins AIA Honor Award for critical conservation project

January 17, 2017 |ARCHICAD Users Award AIA designLAB

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that designLab has won an Honor Award for its work on the Claire T. Carney Library at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. The library was originally designed by famed architect and brutalism pioneer, Paul Rudolph. The project is an outstanding example of designLAB's dedication to the idea of critical conservation. The Claire T. Carney Library is the 160,000 square foot centerpiece of the concentric campus plan. The process of restoration, interpretation and transformation celebrates the historic architecture, while creating a state-of-the-art learning environment.

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Solibri offers best-in-class link for ARCHICAD users

December 28, 2016 |

Solibri Model Checker (SMC) users can now benefit from a unique software extension providing a direct link between SMC and ARCHICAD. The result is fast BIM updates and the use of SMC while working in a real-time design environment. There's no need to save files and upload back and forth between programs anymore. “Solibri and GRAPHISOFT share the same belief in Open BIM – meaning interoperability that benefits all users. This extension is another good example of how we in the Nemetschek Group put our user’s needs first when developing our latest software releases,” said Heikki Kulusjärvi, Solibri CEO.

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Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection Comes to Mac – article on Architosh

December 15, 2016 |

To some, the ultimate architectural design workflow on Mac has just been created. GRAPHISOFT’s efforts put together three leading AEC industry tools working together on the Mac platform.


Excitement for using Google Cardboard VR with BIMx grows

December 14, 2016 |

According to 2PM Architects, "Virtual Reality VR is great for architectural projects. It is not always easy for clients to visualise the design from drawings on paper, but Google Cardboard VR with BIM changes all that." The UK-based firm took a look at what other VR solutions are available on the market for architects, and found that "ArchiCAD BIMx with Google Cardboard VR is the best, and most simple, workflow from BIM to VR architectural walkthroughs. Google Cardboard also has the advantage of being £15 and uses the VR on a smart phone. Other VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive cost over £500 and so are less accessible."

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Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection Now Also Available for Mac OS Users

December 13, 2016 |Press Release Mac Rhino Grasshopper

GRAPHISOFT has announced the release of its intelligent Grasshopper–ARCHICAD Live Connection for the Mac OS. Developed by GRAPHISOFT, Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connections allow architects to leverage the strengths of the three design environments — Rhino, Grasshopper and ARCHICAD — filling a gap in the design process between early stage design and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Now, Mac users can access this unique connection, offering tools beyond seamless bi-directional geometry transfer and allowing basic geometrical shapes to be translated into full BIM elements, while maintaining algorithmic editing functionality.
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GRAPHISOFT’s ARCHICAD 20 Wins Digital Building Transition Award in France

December 1, 2016 |Press Release Award ARCHICAD 20

GRAPHISOFT has announced that ARCHICAD 20 has won the Digital Transition Plan for Buildings award in the “Design Tools” category at the first annual Digital Building Transition Awards held in Paris, France on November 29.  Established by the Government of France, the awards recognize software innovations that help building design and construction professionals transition to and work within a Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow.
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