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GRAPHISOFT Showcases ArchiCAD 18 at AIA 2014

BOSTON, June 17, 2014 – GRAPHISOFT® will showcase the latest version of its industry-leading BIM software solution for architects and designers, ArchiCAD 18, at this year's AIA National Convention in Chicago, IL at booth #3048, June 26-28.

As the world’s brightest architects, designers, innovators and thought leaders come together in Chicago – the heart of America’s architectural epicenter – the GRAPHISOFT team, joined by GRAPHISOFT CEO, Viktor Varkonyi, will demonstrate the new solutions and key customer- focused initiatives found in ArchiCAD 18. Varkonyi says it is an exciting time to be in Chicago and participate in showing off the software.

“Without a doubt, ArchiCAD 18’s laser-like focus delivers solutions for the most important user requests related to workflow issues,” said GRAPHISOFT CEO, Viktor Varkonyi. “By keeping the clear goal of providing our users with a tool that supports them in the creative design flow with as little disruption as possible, we’ve delivered software that will enhance productivity without interference of the creative flow.”

ArchiCAD 18 streamlines the BIM workflow by fully integrating CineRender, MAXON’s world-class CINEMA 4D rendering engine into ArchiCAD 18. The high-end photorealistic rendering capabilities once found only in the professional visualization application CINEMA 4D are now available to a much wider range of users.

ArchiCAD 18 also supports the true potential of BIM by enabling collaboration on the same BIM data through BIMcloud®. BIMcloud is an industry-first, real-time BIM collaboration solution that handles any project no matter its size, location or setup of the collaborating team.

On Thursday, June 26, GRAPHISOFT is proud to announce our sponsored CES presentation led by Patrick Bird, S.E. President, Riverstone Structural Concepts, and Veronica Schreibeis, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal Architect, Vera Iconica Architecture. The session, from 12:30-1:30 at the CE Theatre D, booth 2266 is entitled Architects, Engineers, and BIM: Working Together Has Never Been Easier.

GRAPHISOFT North America Managing Director, Steve Benford says the attendees will come away from the presentation with valuable information from small architecture and engineering firms; specifically, the ways they leverage new collaboration technology to gain a significant competitive edge.

“When we say small firms can be integral to the transformation of the building industry in terms of increasing efficiency and profit margins while reducing design and construction timelines, we mean it. Our presenters report increased revenues and reduced budget overages since adopting an integrated workflow.”

With ArchiCAD at the heart of the technologies being discussed, the presenters will help attendees discover ways to differentiate their design services from competitors and maintain growth in spite of economic fluctuations. The speakers have first-hand knowledge about how the software and collaboration efforts have strengthened their reputations regionally and nationally.

On Friday morning, renovation projects take center stage. GRAPHISOFT is also sponsoring a presentation entitled Increase Project Delivery Efficiency on Renovation Projects Utilizing BIM Strategies and Workflows. Scheduled for 7 am at McCormick Place in Room S401 of the Hyatt Regency, the presentation will discuss how renovation projects can be carried out more efficiently. Presenters, Kyla Kuhnlein, AIA LEED AP BD+C, and Jennifer Costanzo, Principal, STR Partners, will demonstrate just how using renovation filters and override styles available in the latest BIM software, delivers successful documentation of existing and new building elements, identification of demolition areas, setting up the phasing of demolition and construction, and communication of these elements and tasks to their consultants and the client.

The focus will be on a project that transformed and updated a functionally obsolete middle school for 500 students and 50 faculty members. Using a single BIM model, architects were able to capture and document the building design and graphically show the different phases of construction.

About GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007. Visit archicad.com to see the most important milestones in ArchiCAD's 30-year history.