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Open BIM

Integrated BIM Workflows

GRAPHISOFT continues to be at the forefront of the Open BIM movement with its best-in-class interdisciplinary collaboration solutions for architects and engineers. With intelligent, model-based workflows between the various trades, coordination errors can be reduced to virtually zero before the construction phase begins. ARCHICAD 17 continues to offer a streamlined BIM workflow with various tools including the integration of, a fully-functional BIMx license, and an integration-ready platform for the brand new, LEED compliant EcoDesigner STAR™.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Open BIM have created unprecedented potential for design collaboration among architects and engineers. With intelligent, model-based workflows between the various trades, coordination errors have been reduced to virtually zero. ARCHICAD offers architects industry-first open design collaboration workflows with leading engineering solutions worldwide.

Open Design Collaboration

Incorporate ARCHICAD’s collaboration capabilities in your workflow. Share 3D models and 2D drawings. Work seamlessly with your structural, MEP and other consultants, visualization artists or fellow architects regardless of the software they use.

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Best All-Round OPEN BIM™ Workflows

Thanks to standard requirements, new IFC data types are implemented in ARCHICAD: IFC System and IFC Time Series Schedule assignments, assignments with multilevel (‘sub’) hierarchy, special base quantities, editable IFC Type Product entities, Lining and Panel IFC properties of Windows and Doors, Space Containment relation between Zones and Morph elements, and element assignment to IFC Site or IfcBuilding (Site context elements). Of course, the upgraded data and feature implementations come with a new, user-friendly interface. In Publisher, IFC models with various content can be exported with just one click to other professions (for example, the load-bearing structure to the structural engineer, the entire model to the MEP engineer).
IFC Support for National Standards
  • Publishing IFC models with one click
    Publishing IFC models with one click
  • System definition
    System definition
  • Site context definition
    Site context definition
  • IFC data fully integrated in ARCHICAD projects
    IFC data fully integrated in ARCHICAD projects
Support of National Standards

Support of National Standards

ARCHICAD 17 supports the major, international IFC standards (IFC 2x3 Model View Definitions) required by buildingSMART and other organizations: IFC 2x3 Coordination View (1.0 and 2.0), Coordination View (Surface Geometry), Basic FM Handover View (required for COBie documentation), and Concept Design BIM 2010 (required by GSA in US, Statsbygg in Norway, and Senate Properties in Finland). Support for these standards, and our open interface to BIM component providers (such as BIMobject®) make ARCHICAD 17 the best Open BIM application for architects.

BIMobject® Partnership introduced a fundamentally new and simple way to directly provide users with thousands of building components for use in their ARCHICAD projects.
A partnership with BIMobject® enables ARCHICAD users to access more than a thousand real, up-to-date, manufacturer specific building components directly on the portal. The new BIMobject® add-on for ARCHICAD makes the conversation between users and manufacturers smooth and easy. Designers can now benefit from the broadest range of intelligent BIM components for their designs. — BIMobject® Partnership