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Top-Ten Swedish Firm Switches to ARCHICAD

Faced with compulsory AutoCAD upgrade, Liljewall opts for flexible Virtual Building solution

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN/BUDAPEST, September 6, 2001 - Liljewall Arkitekter AB, one of the largest privately owned architectural firms in Sweden, has upgraded its CAD system from AutoCAD r14 to ARCHICAD 7.0.

Users of Autodesk and POINT products for two decades, Liljewall worked closely with Lasercad, Graphisoft's Sweden-based distributor partner, to evaluate ARCHICAD. "Their staff had increased, so they were looking for a CAD solution that would support and promote their expansion," explains Jan Björs, head of Lasercad's Gothenburg office. In addition to a five-site ARCHICAD license, Liljewall received extensive feature demonstrations from Lasercad, and a consultation from a competitive firm using ARCHICAD.

"ARCHICAD 7.0 is intuitive and easy to work with. The interface is simple to understand, and there are only a few buttons to handle," says Christer Liljewall, co-owner of the firm. "The way that values are input for wall thickness, height, floor slab thickness, material, colors, etc., is similar for all tools; therefore, we've been able to get up to speed with the program very quickly."

"The company could see that with ARCHICAD there was great potential in allowing the entire staff take an active part in projects from an early phase," reports Björs. "After the trial period with a five-site license, they purchased 25 copies of ARCHICAD 7.0."

The firm is considering to purchase 15 additional sites in the near future.