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.
GRAPHISOFT client, designLAB, wins AIA Honor Award for critical conservation project
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.
Solibri offers best-in-class link for ARCHICAD users
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.
Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection Comes to Mac – article on Architosh
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
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."
Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection Now Also Available for Mac OS Users
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.
GRAPHISOFT’s ARCHICAD 20 Wins Digital Building Transition Award in France
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.
GRAPHISOFT’s Native BIM Formats Accepted for Architectural Building Submission in Singapore
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore recently launched the Code of Practice (CoP) for BIM e-submissions and voluntary submission of architectural plans in native BIM formats, which includes GRAPHISOFT’s .pla file format. The CoP sets out the minimum modelling standards and regulatory information required to be provided in the BIM model. The GRAPHISOFT Singapore team worked closely with BCA to develop a standard template and associated guidelines to help and guide ARCHICAD users in their architectural plan submissions in native BIM format.
Award-winning Mleiha Archaeological Centre designed using ARCHICAD
Dabbagh Architects is a winner in the 2016 Cityscape Awards (Community, Culture and Tourism Project) for its design of the Mleiha Archaeological Centre in the United Arab Emirates. Completed in January 2016, the Centre's goal is to inject new life into various archaeological sites in the Emirate.
Read the case study about the Mleiha Archaeological Centre to learn how Dabbagh Architects used ARCHICAD to overcome a number of challenges, resulting in an award-winning design for the ages.
An excellent video about the project is available here.
Google Cardboard Support Introduced in Latest Release of GRAPHISOFT BIMx
GRAPHISOFT has announced virtual reality (VR) functions to its multi award-winning BIM presentation and communication app, BIMx.
New VR functionality added to BIMx with Google CardboardTM viewer (version 2.0) for Android and iOS smart phones allows users to navigate in the 3D space simply by turning their heads in the desired direction.