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Documenting with ArchiCAD

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 17 — BIM Lives in the Details

ArchiCAD 17 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 17’s brand new 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 17 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