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China's CISDI successfully rolls out ARCHICAD virtual modeling on multiple projects

CISDI Engineering, a leading Chinese engineering firm, has continued its successful roll-out of ARCHICAD, implementing Virtual Building modeling across six building design projects so far.

December 04, 2006. The completion of multiple buildings using ARCHICAD follows a three-month decision process involving detailed performance comparison between ARCHICAD® and Autodesk® Revit®.The challenge set by the engineering division of the $400m revenue firm was to view and compare the functionality and features of both applications on a large project. Only ARCHICAD proved to have the capability of handling a 40,000m2 building to CISDI's satisfaction.

Satisfied too are the company's architects, who back the move to Archicad. Hu Aihua explains: "After using ARCHICAD, I discarded Autocad® completely. The visibility and smart intelligence of ARCHICAD captivates and inspires me. I rarely experience this creative freedom as an architect."

From a commercial stand-point, Director of the Civil Architecture Engineering Department at CISDI, Ms. Zhang Hongchuan, sees adopting ARCHICAD as a sound decision. "3D design solutions enhance the core competitive capability of our enterprise. We can save significant amounts of time and money identifying mistakes before construction begins. It's a substantial leap forward for the building industry." Designer Zheng Tong continues: "We now also save a great deal of time by automatically generating drawings that powerfully communicate our concepts with our clients. I think ARCHICAD has no rival solution in architectural design."

ARCHICAD helps users to win more business by assisting them to design more creatively, analyze earlier, generate documentation rapidly and efficiently coordinate projects both internally and externally. In a global Return-on-Investment survey, ARCHICAD on average was found to contribute 12% to a practice's profit, and lift productivity by 39%.