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Documenting with ARCHICAD

DOCUMENTATION

The best reward for a passionate architect is to see design ideas take on physical form. With GRAPHISOFT® ARCHICAD®’s Building Information Modeling approach, architects can create structurally correct construction details right out of the box - with full confidence.

With ARCHICAD, you create a 3D Building Information Model — all the necessary documentation and images are created automatically. Priority-based junctions and intelligent building materials ensure correct graphical representation of elements and materials in sections (cut fills), surfaces in 3D views, and thermal properties throughout the building energy evaluations. ARCHICAD offers a native BIM design and documentation workflow for Renovation and Refurbishment projects common in developing parts of the world. ARCHICAD’s powerful view setting possibilities, its issue and revision handling, together with the integrated publishing capabilities, ensure that printing or saving the various drawing sets of a project won‘t require extra time and will be derived from the same Building Information Model.

Create high-quality photorealistic renderings with CineRender – MAXON Cinema 4D's integrated rendering engine.

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Visualization

High-End Photorealistic Rendering

High-End Photorealistic Rendering

Stunning graphical representation nowadays is inevitable in the architectural design field, and architects have dozens of possibilities available for creating high-end architectural photo renderings. But very few solutions are smoothly integrated in the design workflow letting architects keep their activities inside the BIM tool.

The integration of CineRender – MAXON’s world-class Cinema 4D rendering engine – into ARCHICAD guarantees high quality, photorealistic presentation-ready images closer to a much wider range of designers.

Similar to a real world camera, EVERY user has the freedom to produce professional images suited to THEIR competence, without installing, buying or learning new software.

ARCHICAD’s live rendering preview and background processor support make the rendering workflow a smooth, uninterrupted process.

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CineRender Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, Canada | architectsAlliance
CineRender

From Beginner to Novice

While beginner users will opt for the “point-and-shoot” one-click workflow, anyone without training can further fine-tune the image by applying preset scenes and environments. Furthermore, experienced users can use detailed settings to create their professional renderings right inside the BIM tool, taking advantage of CineRender's professional physical rendering attributes, like depth of field blur, visible light, HDRI support, or Global Illumination.

Dedicated lamps with IES Light standard support ensure real-life identical results. The unique architectural white rendering preset makes for a great conceptual visualization technique.

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Material Catalogs and Pre-set 'Scenes'

A professional surface catalogue comprising more than 300 pre-built surfaces brings life to the building model instantly, within ArchiCAD. Additional 500+ pre-built surfaces can be downloaded from BIMcomponents.com, exclusively available to users with an active subscription license.

The Cinema 4D community on the web hosts thousands of surfaces that can be used right away in ARCHICAD as well.

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CineRender
CineRender

Surface Painter

Thanks to the Surface Painter pallette, creative design is instantaneous, and makes for impressive presentations – allowing to manage and "paint" element surfaces in the 3D window. Thanks to the helpful feedback in Paint Mode, applying, overriding, searching surfaces is fun and easy.

Using the Surface Painter pallette to manage surfaces is an intuitive way to boost productivity in the everyday design workflow.

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Integrated Revision Management

A Productivity Leap in Documentation

The challenge of managing project changes on all levels of the revision process by issuing project documents, tracking changes and change requests, and managing the full cycle of various revisions has been a time-consuming and error-prone, manual process.

The brand new Revision Management solution in ARCHICAD is fully integrated into the BIM workflow, providing solutions for any process with innovative and flexible tools to increase productivity.

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Revision Management
Revision Management

Automated to the Architects Needs

ARCHICAD’s new revision solution is automated to the level that architects can focus on their real task: designing and documenting. The flexible system supports the classical 2D revision style of applying revision clouds in affected areas using the Change tool, which assigns Change IDs automatically.

The system also supports the innovative BIM-based revision methods. The change manager palette is an intuitive dialog for managing and organizing project changes. Automatically assigned time and owner fields follow all changes that are smartly attached to individual elements in the BIM model.

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Manage Published Issues

After closing a current state of revision, the documentation must be published. With the help of issue management included in the Revision Change manager, all affected layouts are highlighted and filtered, saving the user a great amount of time identifying these, and automatically refreshing the issue tables where needed.

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Revision Management

Renovation & Refurbishment Workflow

Renovation for Sustainablility

Partly in order to decrease energy consumption throughout the world, many have chosen to renovate the existing, as opposed to new building projects. Renovation and refurbishment projects have several benefits, like the energy saved during building and during operation; the reduced carbon footprint and construction waste.

These projects set many additional challenges for the architects: All demolition and construction phases must be visualized and documented by strict local architectural conventions.

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Renovation Management
Renovation Management

Element-level Renovation Statuses

These projects set many additional challenges for the architects: All demolition and construction phases must be visualized and documented by strict local architectural conventions.

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The best reward for a passionate architect is to see design ideas take on physical form. With GRAPHISOFT® ARCHICAD®’s Building Information Modeling approach, architects can create structurally correct construction details right out of the box - with full confidence.

With ARCHICAD, you create a 3D Building Information Model — all the necessary documentation and images are created automatically. New, priority-based junctions and intelligent building materials ensure correct graphical representation of elements and materials in sections (cut fills), surfaces in 3D views, and thermal properties throughout the building energy evaluations. ARCHICAD offers a native BIM design and documentation workflow for Renovation and Refurbishment projects common in developing parts of the world. ARCHICAD’s powerful view setting possibilities, its unique drawing handling, together with the integrated publishing capabilities, ensure that printing or saving the various drawing sets of a project won‘t require extra time and will be derived from the same Building Information Model.

Content Creation

ARCHICAD presents direct modeling capabilities in the native BIM environment with its Shell tool and improved MORPH™ tool, allowing element creation with any custom geometry in an intuitive graphical way. More than a thousand real, up-to-date manufacturer specific objects are provided by BIMobject® among the thousands of generic and premium building components found on BIMcomponents.com.

Best-In-Class BIM Workflow

Ideally, building design is not an exercise on paper; the real results are the finished building. With ARCHICAD, you don't have to compromise on design freedom or structural correctness. ARCHICAD offers an impressive array of real BIM design tools and workflows right from the beginning of the design process.

Renovation and Refurbishment Support

ARCHICAD — BIM Lives in the Details

ARCHICAD offers the best BIM-based documentation workflow available on the market today. It simplifies the modeling and documentation of buildings even when the model contains a high level of detail. ARCHICAD’s end-to-end BIM workflow allows the model to stay live until the very end of the project.

Priorty Based Connections

ARCHICAD’s Priority Based Connections put a real ROI on the work invested in the creation of the Building Information Model, by automatically providing construction documentation level sections and details.
ARCHICAD users can develop structurally correct details and simplify the modeling and documentation of buildings, even when the design contains an unprecedented level of detail.
ARCHICAD’s end-to-end BIM workflow allows the model to stay live until the very end of the project, saving considerable time at the construction documentation phase.
Priorty Based Connections
Intelligent Building Materials

Intelligent Building Materials

The appropriate and consistent use of building materials is crucial not only when developing the final construction documentation sets, but also when creating building energy analysis reports.
New, intelligent building materials ensure correct graphical representation of materials in sections (cut fills), element surfaces in 3D views, and thermal properties throughout the building energy evaluations.
Cut fill pen colors can be globally defined and applied to any ARCHICAD construction element in the project. This not only simplifies the user interface, but also allows the same material to be used consistently throughout the design project.

Element Association to Story Heights

Automated cross-linking of construction elements may easily result in an ambiguous building project. ARCHICAD enables designers to link certain building elements to stories in an architecturally sound manner.
The height of walls, columns and zones can be linked to a particular story in the project: when the story position changes, the heights of the linked elements will automatically be adjusted. This way, if the story height changes, the height of all linked elements will also be updated automatically.
Architects will still have the option to assign fixed heights to elements, and to define the base elevation height to a given reference level. This ensures that designers will stay in full control of their project.
Element Association to Story Heights