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Internationally Acclaimed Swedish Firm Designs Luxury Cruise Liners in ARCHICAD

Tillberg Design reports dramatic increase in efficiency

Munich/Viken, Sweden - September 1, 1999 Tillberg Design, with offices in Viken, Sweden; London; and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., uses Graphisoft's ARCHICAD to create their renowned cruise ship architecture and interiors. The massive vessels designed by this 30-year-old company - including the Swedish-American Line's legendary Kungsholm, and SuperStar Leo, built by Meyers in 1998 - combine luxury with functionality. ARCHICAD assists them in ensuring technical precision and harmony in their designs.

"The biggest transformation in our company's history was the decision to use CAD software for the design and construction of ships," explains Tillberg Design's founder and CEO, Robert Tillberg. "Using ARCHICAD, we can easily modify existing designs without having to start over again and correct each single piece, as was the case with hand drawings. Consequently, our efficiency has increased enormously."

Tillberg attracts clients from all over the world with its unique designs of show lounges, cabins, lobbies, shops and casinos. From interior design and decoration to ship exteriors, their impressive portfolio includes work for cruise lines such as Star Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Cunard Cruise Lines and American Hawaii.

Tillberg Design has more than 60 employees, and owns 40 ARCHICAD licenses running on the Mac OS. When looking for the best software solution for their firm, the Swedish architects were impressed above all by ARCHICAD's 3D visualization and TeamWork capabilities.

"These days, it is impossible to design a ship on your own. A reliable and highly efficient design team, together with cabin and stairway specialists and, of course, a capable project leader, are needed," says Lennart Ekstedt, managing director of Tillberg Design. "And the team members are not necessarily sitting together in the same office."

With the increased collaboration between offices, file compatibility was a major concern. The support of the latest DXF and DWG files (data exchange and drawing formats) was crucial for Tillberg Design in choosing the right CAD application. ARCHICAD's open API (Application Programming Interface) also creates new opportunities for ship designers by allowing them to develop funcionality for their special needs.

Graphisoft is a leading provider of computer-aided design (CAD) software solutions for the architectural profession and the building industry. Founded in 1982, Graphisoft is ranked today among the largest AEC CAD software developers in the world, with 12 offices all over the world in addition to its headquarters. Graphisoft's flagship product, ARCHICAD, is used by more than 75,000 architects worldwide and distributed in 25 languages and 80 countries. Shares of Graphisoft are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Neuer Markt under the symbol GPH. More information about Graphisoft is available at