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GRAPHISOFT and SIMBIM Solutions to support European BIM Summit

March 20, 2019 |BIM SIMBIM Solutions

GRAPHISOFT and SIMBIM Solutions (GRAPHISOFT’s distributor in Spain), will be the strategic software partners of the European BIM Summit, which will take place in Barcelona, April 11-12. A joint collaboration between BIM Academy, buildingSMART Spain, and the Building Engineers Association of Barcelona, this annual international conference will host approximately 700 participants with 20+ key speakers. This year, the event will focus on the Nordic BIM experience and OPEN BIM, while GRAPHISOFT and ARCHICAD will be represented by four key speakers.


Russian “BIM PROJECT 2018” student competition winners share their secrets to success

March 2, 2019 |Competition BIM

The “BIM PROJECT 2018” student competition, with the participation of 72 student projects, was successfully completed at the end of 2018. The competition for the best projects using building information modeling technologies aims to support architectural and construction universities in the education of future professionals. The criteria for selecting the finalists was the level of architectural and graphic presentation, as well as the effective use of GRAPHISOFT BIM tools, based on the principles of building information modeling. The jury paid close attention to the quality and detail of the competing digital models.

The organizer of the competition, GRAPHISOFT Russia, recently interviewed the three winners. The interviews and winning projects can be viewed here.

Two international BIM competitions are now open!

February 19, 2019 |OPEN BIM buildingSMART

The goal of the buildingSMART International OPEN BIM Awards is to recognize OPEN BIM in two main categories: industry projects (design, construction or operations phases) and research projects (professional or student). There are 5 awards in each of the two main categories and 3 finalists for a total of 15 finalists. The three finalists for each award will be invited to present their projects at the International Standards Summit in Beijing, China October 29-November 1, 2019. Submission registrations will be accepted through April 12, 2019.

As part of IBEW 2019, the International Transdisciplinary Building Design Competition is accepting submissions from student teams of 3-8 people to compete for valuable prizes. The competition invites students to submit design solutions for a sustainable mixed-used building in a natural environment of Coney Island by involving all disciplines in a coherent manner. The deadline for registration is June 11, 2019.

ARCHICAD's IFC4 Reference View Export Certification: All systems go!

February 6, 2019 |

All certification test files have been passed by ARCHICAD for automatic checks of the IFC4 Reference View Export certification process (supervised by buildingSMART). The image shows one example of the results of all the tests passed. The IFC4 Reference View targets all workflows that are based on reference models.


INSPIRELI AWARDS: The world’s largest architectural student contest is now open!


Based in the Czech Republic, the INSPIRELI AWARDS is the world’s largest architectural student contest. This year, ARCHICAD is the main software partner of the global contest, which awaits the projects of students of architecture, urban planning/landscape and interior design. The contest brings together students and professionals, enabling new talents to tell their stories and raise awareness about their own world view, before they get a chance to build it. Furthermore, submitted projects in the architecture category will also compete to design the Czech Republic’s Embassy in Addis Ababa, which will be built.

The final ceremony of the INSPIRELI AWARDS will be held during the 2020 UIA World Congress of Architects in Rio de Janeiro; the winner of the Grand Prize will be awarded an ARCHICAD 22 license.


buildingSMART International Standards Summit will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany

February 5, 2019 |Germany buildingSMART

The international BIM community will meet for the buildingSMART International Standards Summit and the 17th buildingSMART User Day of buildingSMART Germany at the Hilton Hotel in Düsseldorf, March 25-29, 2019. The event, where GRAPHISOFT is a platinum sponsor, will include important keynote lectures, discussions and working meetings on the standards and services of buildingSMART, international and German practice reports and, last but not least, two top-class evening events with the international and German buildingSMART community.

Tickets and program details are now available on the event’s web site.


Switzerland: land of chocolate, trains and OPEN BIM

January 31, 2019 |

Switzerland is one of the smaller markets in Europe, but one of the strongest in BIM adoption. The open BIM FORUM initiative recently held in Lucerne in the German-speaking part of the country (5 million people — less than the Berlin Metro area) clearly proved how strong and vivid its AEC community is: the two-day event designed to attract thousands of AEC professionals — all speaking Switzerdütsch, the local German dialect, was a huge success.

Thank you,, for the very professional initiative!

Hong Kong 2019: Year of BIM

January 31, 2019 |HKCIC

The Hong Kong Construction Industry Council (HKCIC) has named 2019 the 'Year of BIM.' Various activities, including the development of BIM standards for statutory submissions; and launching a BIM portal for conferences, forums, seminars, BIM competitions, etc., all with the aim of drawing industry attention to and encouraging collaboration on the adoption of BIM technology. To reinforce the message, CIC has won the support of major government bodies and industry associations. As a proud sponsor of this initiative, GRAPHISOFT is present not just on the advertisements, but in the systems, resources and development of core competencies developed for this important undertaking.

Vilalta Architects video of Lideta Mercado in Addis Ababa, designed with ARCHICAD

ARCHICAD user Vilalta Architects produced a short film about their project, Lideta Mercado, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the concept is a combination of a traditional market and shopping mall and was completed last year. The video, focusing on the architectural details of the project as well as the impressions of its users, was presented at the TEDxEixampleSalon event in Barcelona. As active users of ARCHICAD, Vilalta Architects take part in GRAPHISOFT BIM trainings and receive continuous support from SIMBIM Solutions, GRAPHISOFT’s distributor and exclusive training center in Spain.

Watch the video of Lideta Mercado.

Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit will be held in Dubai

BIMES and GRAPHISOFT are proud to be among the sponsors of the Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit, which will be held in Dubai, March 27-28, 2019. Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit is the largest and most prestigious platform dedicated to promoting and advancing architecture across the Middle East and North Africa. Bringing together the most prominent decision makers from around the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future goals and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.

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